What's News: January 20, 2016

Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam at the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies Programme (SRP) on Jan 19, 2016.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam at the Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies Programme (SRP) on Jan 19, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


Policies to protect harmony

Singaporeans can expect policies to tackle attempts to denigrate other races or religions, preach intolerance, or sow religious discord, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam yesterday. He outlined four threats to Singapore's harmony: terror attack, radicalisation, some Muslims growing more distant from the rest of society, and Islamophobia.


Reducing focus on grades

Less emphasis will be given to academic results and more to other attributes when young people apply to tertiary institutions in the next few years.

The Primary School Leaving Examination's T-score will also be replaced by grade bands, as the authorities work to make learning more enjoyable.



Review of anti-terror laws

Indonesian President Joko Widodo  is mulling over a regulation to bar Indonesians from leaving the country to join radical groups overseas, in the wake of a deadly attack in Jakarta last week. Top political and security officials also agreed yesterday to review anti-terrorism laws.

The Kuala Langat Power Plant outside Kuala Lumpur is among 1MDB’s energy assets taken over by China General Nuclear Power. PHOTO: REUTERS


China boosts clout in Malaysia with major deals

Malaysia has been striving for a delicate balance between China and the United States as the two powers tussle for influence in the Pacific. But Beijing appears to have the upper hand, especially after two deals late last year involving asset purchases from debt-laden state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).


CPF returns: Case for change?

An economics don wants the formula for calculating CPF returns changed to incorporate GIC's returns. CPF members may gain but there will be costs as the Government may end up forking out more in subsidies, writes deputy business editor Aaron Low.


Makeover for WWII bunker

The Battle Box bunker on Fort Canning, where the British decided to surrender Singapore, has been revamped. The leaks that flooded the underground bunker whenever it rained have been fixed and air-conditioning installed. It reopens in March with history tours.


Justice Sinnathuray dies

Retired Supreme Court judge T. S. Sinnathuray died on Monday, aged 85. Justice Sinnathuray, who had suffered from a heart condition, presided over the high-profile murder trials of Adrian Lim in 1983 and John Martin Scripps in 1995.


Keppel, SembMarine rebound

Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine shares shot up sharply yesterday after higher oil prices and favourable analyst briefings gave the firms a respite from the hammering of recent weeks. They were among the market's top gainers after crude rallied from US$28 a barrel to around US$30.


ASL 'won't help S'pore football'

S-League's best players are set to be fielded in the Asean Super League (ASL) from next year. But Jermaine Pennant, the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger, does not think it is a wise move.

The English professional, who will play in the S-League this season, believes it will not benefit Singapore football if the best local players are shipped off to a different league.

Director Spike Lee (left) and actress Jada Pinkett Smith (right).


Big names boycott Oscars

The outcry over the nomination of 20 white actors, and no black ones, for the Oscars gained momentum on Monday, as director Spike Lee  and actress Jada Pinkett Smith  announced they would not be attending the ceremony onFeb 28.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 20, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe