What's News: October 17, 2015

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong visiting Waterway Terraces in Punggol on Oct 16.
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong visiting Waterway Terraces in Punggol on Oct 16. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


More new flats likely in 2016

The supply of new Housing Board flats is likely to increase next year to meet higher demand arising from recent policy changes, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong yesterday.

But the number of new flats is likely to be below 20,000 - higher than that this year but lower than the figures from 2011 to 2013.


Surprise rise in non-oil exports

Non-oil domestic exports inched up 0.3 per cent in September over the same month last year, easily beating economists' estimates of a 3.9 per cent fall as well as August's dismal 8.4 per cent slide. However, economists warned that it is too early for optimism.



'Unhappiness' with Najib govt

About four in five Malaysians are discontented with Prime Minister Najib Razak's (above) administration, said a poll by Merdeka Centre. The respected pollster said people's unhappiness could be largely attributed to the sluggish economy, with the ringgit taking a nosedive this year.


India to boost ties with Africa

India will host the biggest summit with African countries this month, in a bid to boost economic and political cooperation. New Delhi has also invited Singapore as a special attendee, a move seen as part of India's efforts to reach out to Indian Ocean Rim countries.


Thinking about S'pore's future

It is not enough to think about the future. Societies also need to do so in the right way, by striking a balance between preventing bad outcomes and experimenting to achieve good things in new ways, writes Professor David Chan in the By Invitation column.

Former colleagues (from left) Adrian Kok, 30, Ang Chee Leng, 39, and Tan Ken Li, 26, are among the first Singaporeans to trek up Mount Kinabalu more than three months after an earthquake hit Sabah. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ADRIAN KOK


Singaporeans scale Mt Kinabalu after its reopening

At least 19 Singaporeans were among more than 1,100 people who have climbed Mount Kinabalu since it was partly reopened to visitors on Sept 1.

The trail to Low's Peak, the highest point at 4,095m, remains closed. The mountain in Sabah was made off-limits after an earthquake on June 5 triggered rockfalls, killing 18 people, including 10 Singaporeans.


Lee and Lee's legacy

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the 60th anniversary dinner of law firm Lee and Lee, which his parents and his uncle started in 1955, on Thursday night. Mr Lee recounted stories of the firm's origins and early years at its modest premises.


Boosting investor protection

The head of a shareholder advocacy group, Mr David Gerald, has put forward ideas to boost investor protection, including a compliance adviser to help boards familiarise themselves with requirements for governance, risk management and internal controls.


Shahril's twin aims

Singapore football captain Shahril Ishak is back in town tonight with Johor Darul Takzim II.

The striker knows he needs to score at Jalan Besar Stadium to help his club draw level with the LionsXII in the Malaysia Cup, and also boost his chances of starting for the national side in their World Cup qualifiers next month.



Targeting better involvement

Nets chief executive Jeffrey Goh is set to run unopposed for the Singapore Cycling Federation's presidency next Wednesday.

He will bring in his own team to replace the previous management committee and aims to improve community and schools involvement.


Sabotaged on own film set

Three graffiti artists, hired by producers of hit television drama Homeland in order to give its sets more realism, caused embarrassment instead by using their artwork to accuse the show of racism in the second episode of the show's fifth season, which aired in the United States on Sunday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 17, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe