What's News: July 27, 2015

Locals on a beach near the Saudi king's villa. The closure of the beach in front of the villa has enraged residents.
Locals on a beach near the Saudi king's villa. The closure of the beach in front of the villa has enraged residents.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Parties gear up for GE

Political parties spelled out their plans for the coming general election and went out in force to meet potential voters over the weekend.

The People's Action Party said its candidates would be formally named after National Day, while the Workers' Party said it would contest 28 of the 89 seats.

Najib 'ignored advice' on 1MDB

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has revealed that he had asked Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down as chairman of the board of advisers of the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad but the latter ignored his advice.


3 die in Tokyo plane crash

Three people were killed yesterday when a small plane crashed into a Tokyo suburb (photo) shortly after take-off, setting homes and cars ablaze and leaving the charred remains of the fuselage lying in a burnt-out residence. Nippon Aerotech, which owns the plane, told reporters that the cause of the crash is being investigated.

French anger over closure of beach for Saudi king

The arrival of Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his vast entourage for a three-week holiday in the south of France has outraged residents and prompted a petition signed by 100,000 people nationwide angered by the closure of the beach in front of his villa.


Iran deal: Reason for unease

If the Iran nuclear deal is violated, the safeguards of inspections and economic sanctions are unlikely to be effective.

It is thus no surprise that Israel and the Arab states are uneasy, writes Jonathan Eyal.


Building firms winding up

Demand in the construction industry is stronger than ever - yet Ministry of Law figures show that almost twice as many firms filed for compulsory liquidation last year than in 2013.

Industry bodies blame factors such as manpower shortages and cost pressures.


Oil prices likely to stay low

Oil prices are likely to stay low for a long time as Iran is poised to rejoin the global economy, according to analysts. The global oil industry, already plagued by a supply glut, could see an additional one million barrels of crude enter the market each day.


Fandi in the dark

A year out from the launch of the Asean Super League, Singapore's top footballers are unclear over their involvement. Most of them play for the LionsXII and they are anxious, as coach Fandi Ahmad has still not heard whether the team will play in the new tournament.


He still gets the jitters on stage

Although it has been eight years since he won the first season of reality talent competition, Britain's Got Talent, singer Paul Potts still gets the jitters every time he is on stage. But he does not mind it.

"I think life's got to scare you or you don't take it seriously," says the 44-year-old operatic tenor.

What it should have been

In Saturday's report, "More 4-MP GRCs, Moulmein-Kallang GRC disappears", a statement about the electoral boundary changes of East Coast GRC was wrongly attributed to Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say.

It was, in fact, East Coast GRC MP Raymond Lim who said: "Nothing has changed substantively for us. We will continue to serve our residents to the best of our abilities, regardless of whether Fengshan is an SMC or part of a GRC."

In The Sunday Times yesterday, a graphic accompanying the article "The Prime Minister's constituency" showed that the Workers' Party polled 30.7 per cent of votes in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the 2011 General Election. This is incorrect. It was the Reform Party that contested there.

We are sorry for the errors.

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