What's News: July 4, 2015

PM Najib Razak arriving to break fast at Saujana Menteri Besar in Johor on July 3, 2015.
PM Najib Razak arriving to break fast at Saujana Menteri Besar in Johor on July 3, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS


Najib hit by graft allegations

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak found himself embroiled in a deepening controversy yesterday after The Wall Street Journal alleged that US$700 million (S$940 million) from companies linked to state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad had been wired to his personal bank accounts. He denied the claims.


Warmer China-S'pore ties

The Sino-Singapore relationship continues to get warmer, after President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to work towards an upgrade of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement when they met yesterday to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties.


Thai seafood prices are up owing to a protest by fishing boat operators. PHOTO: AGENCE

Thai fishing boats grounded

The price of seafood has gone up in Thailand, as fishing boat operators grounded their fleets in protest against new rules for the fishing industry. But the Thai government is not budging onits deadline, with the European Union onits back to tackle illegal fishing and
warning of a ban.


Tribute to 30 killed in Tunisia

Britain held a minute of silence yesterday to pay tribute to 30 Britons, who were among 38 people killed by a gunman in the Tunisia beach attack a week ago. The attack marked the country's worst loss of life in a militant attack in a decade.


MH17 crash: Push for trial

Malaysia and the Netherlands are calling for a United Nations-backed tribunal to prosecute those suspected of having shot down Flight MH17, the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in July last year, killing all 298 people on board.


Navy's new warship launched

The 80m-long Independence is powered by four engines, allowing it to hit speeds in excess of
27 knots. It can travel 3,500 nautical miles for up to 14 days without stopping to refuel.

Boasting greater firepower and streamlined operations, the first of Singapore's eight new warships was launched yesterday. Littoral mission vessel Independence is the first to be wholly designed and built here since the first Endurance-class Landing Ship Tank, launched in 1998. B1


S'pore's emission targets

Singapore has set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions ahead of talks in Paris in December to reach a new climate agreement. Achieving them will require serious efforts by everyone, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.


More accessibility for the arts

The arts in Singapore have come a long way, from colonial days when they came in silos to the cultural desert of the 1960s to a city with 66 arts performances a day. But National Arts Council chairman Chan Heng Chee has a suggestion: declare a week of half-price tickets for local shows, to bring the arts closer to average families.


Perennial in medical tie-up

Perennial Real Estate Holdings is extending its real estate business in China by riding on the Asian giant's growing healthcare industry. The real estate company has teamed up with Guangdong Boai Medical Group to jointly develop and manage hospital and medical service businesses in China.


Forget FA Cup win: Fandi

The euphoria of winning the Malaysian FA Cup in May has worn off. The LionsXII trail Malaysian Super League leaders Pahang by 10 points and coach Fandi Ahmad wants his men to buck up, not least Sahil Suhaimi, the scorer of the match-winning double in the Cup who was criticised for the team's early exit in the SEA Games.


Actress ends 4-year marriage

Chinese actress Kitty Zhang has announced the end of her four-year marriage to director Wang Quan'an, who was arrested last September for paying for sex. He was reported to have visited her at her new home in Beijing after his release from jail last month. Many Chinese netizens wished her a happy divorce.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 4, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe