What's News: June 23, 2017

MCI Minister Yaacob Ibrahim urged people to seek help early if their loved ones show signs of radicalisation.
MCI Minister Yaacob Ibrahim urged people to seek help early if their loved ones show signs of radicalisation. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


Call to fight radicals online

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim called on the religious authorities to boost their presence online to counter radical ideology influencing young Malay Muslims. He also urged people to seek help early if their loved ones show signs of radicalisation.


No place for Islamophobia

Senior Minister of State Maliki Osman yesterday stressed there is no place for Islamophobia or any similar attitude against other religions, as this would damage the social cohesion in Singapore. He urged Muslims and non-Muslims to close ranks and appreciate one another better.

A probe into an alleged cover-up of forex trading losses comes as Dr Mahathir Mohamad is planning a political comeback. PHOTO: REUTERS


Mahathir faces setback

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's plans to stage a political comeback have run into rough weather: Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration has announced a Royal Commission of Inquiry into an alleged cover-up of billions of dollars in forex trading losses at Malaysia's central bank during the period when Tun Dr Mahathir was at the helm of the country.


China-Vietnam meet called off

China and Vietnam have abruptly cancelled a meeting between senior military officials that was intended to be a fence-mending gathering. Analysts say the decision was taken after tempers flared at a closed-door discussion over disputed territories in the South China Sea.


China and the Catholic Church

Ties between China and the Catholic Church are warming, but what is the attraction for Beijing, asks Associate Editor Ravi Velloor. Could it be a realisation of people's need to fill a spiritual void? Perhaps Beijing also prefers the discipline of the Catholic Church to cults.


New panel for a car-lite future

Singapore is moving towards a car-lite future with the formation of a new panel to study how public transport can be easier for children and the elderly. Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health Lam Pin Min revealed the panel in a Facebook post yesterday.


Metro scion faces 3 years' jail

The State has argued for a three-year jail sentence for Ong Jenn, the Metro founder's grandson who pleaded guilty to attempting to be in possession of cannabis and a cannabis mixture. Ong, who faces six other drug charges, will be sentenced on July 12.


Investors upbeat about China

Speakers at a symposium for institutional investors said they see strong prospects in China, as the world's second-largest economy ramps up its efforts to integrate into global markets.

But China's economy is also facing significant risks, for instance, mounting debt levels.


FAS banks on Krishna's words

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has expressed its wish that departing Tampines Rovers chairman Krishna Ramachandra leave the Stags in sound financial health.

FAS vice-chairman Edwin Tong said yesterday: "We see that he has given us statements that he intends to ensure that the financial stability of the club is maintained."



Vintage cameras on display

Vintage Camera's Museum, Singapore's first and largest repository of the instrument, opened recently. On display at the private museum are about 1,000 cameras dating from the late 19th century to the early 2000s. They belong to steel trader S. Ramanathan, who also owns the museum.


Speedy check-in

With the new Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) self-service system at Changi Airport T4, it is DIY from the point of checking in to boarding. Check out how it works at http://str.sg/4ENd


Ramen-making school

Eatery founder Jason Lim set up in Singapore the only ramen school outside of Japan. Watch the pro prepare a bowl of the slurping good noodles at http://str.sg/4bCY

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe