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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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.