What's News: October 1, 2016


Launch of new digital agency

A new agency to lead Singapore into a digital future has embarked on projects in areas from classroom teaching to business logistics, even before its launch yesterday.

The new Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) comes from the merger of MDA and the Infocomm Development Authority.


Regulating political financing

A government-appointed panel has proposed a law in Malaysia to regulate political financing, after revelations of a big cash transfer to Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts before the last polls. A key proposal is a ban on donations from foreign sources.

Mr Peres' flag-draped coffin being carried by an honour guard at the start of the funeral ceremony at Mount Herzl cemetery yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Global leaders pay last respects to Peres

World leaders bid farewell to Israeli elder statesman and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres at his funeral in Jerusalem yesterday, with United States President Barack Obama hailing him as a giant of the 20th century. Leaders of Arab nations were overwhelmingly absent from the funeral.


Passengers crowd a railway station in Hangzhou, ahead of China's National Day holiday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Fewer Chinese head to Taiwan

Millions of Chinese tourists are packing their bags for distant and not-too-distant shores for the National Day holiday, with early indicators pointing to a slump in bookings for neighbouring Taiwan and Hong Kong. The decline in Chinese visitors to Taiwan reflects souring ties between Taipei and Beijing.


Thaad deployment right move

The deployment of Thaad, the anti-missile defence system, is the right move for South Korea in the face of growing assertiveness from the North. Now, Tokyo and Seoul need to step up security cooperation, writes Narushige Michishita.


Documenting Taoist festival

Local researchers will be documenting how the Taoist Nine Emperor Gods festival is celebrated across Singapore. Although the festival is unique to South-east Asia and has been celebrated here for a century, no such study has been done officially.


Stand-off in flat: Man charged

A 39-year-old man was charged in court yesterday over a 17-hour police stand-off in which a boy was held hostage in a Sembawang flat. Muhammad Iskandah Suhaimi was also charged with illegally having a knuckle duster.


No more flying under the radar

Companies and limited liability partnerships aiming to stay anonymous for illicit purposes are now in the sights of the authorities. These entities may soon be obliged to maintain beneficial ownership information for inspection by the law enforcement authorities under a proposed legal change.


Fine-tuning for elite sports

After a historic first Olympic gold and a further two Paralympic golds at the recent Rio Games, greater scrutiny will be required to identify gaps to ensure Singapore continues to succeed in sports. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu says the national high performance sports system will evolve to remain relevant.



Exploring church's design

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Balestier is often overlooked as a destination but the Art Deco building has interesting features, including a double-height hall bathed in soft light as well as a domed roof. The pre-war building has remained largely unchanged since 1934, the year it was built.


Car-rental firm grows its fleet

Ultra short-term rental company Tribecar has boosted its fleet fivefold in six months - from 23 cars in March when it began operations to 120 now. The firm, which was set up by a family which runs Malaysian conglomerate Insas, offers short-term car rentals ranging from $2 to $6 an hour.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe