What's News: May 26, 2018

Malaysian police removing items in a raid last week on three apartments linked to former prime minister Najib Razak.
Malaysian police removing items in a raid last week on three apartments linked to former prime minister Najib Razak. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


Trump revives summit hopes

Hopes for a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un revived yesterday after Mr Trump said the two sides "would like to do it", less than a day after he announced the meeting planned for June 12 in Singapore was off. His change of tone came after Pyongyang struck a conciliatory tone. 


New SMRT CEO on track

Critics are fired up over the choice of yet another military man to head SMRT, but incoming chief executive officer Neo Kian Hong is unfazed. He is fast getting up to speed and will be hitting the ground running when he takes the helm on Aug 1 .


$38.4m in Najib-linked units

A total of RM114 million (S$38.4 million) in cash was seized from luxury apartments linked to Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak last week.

This was revealed by Malaysian police yesterday in an update on their probe into alleged corruption at state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. 


Community spirit in Norway

A custom of communal work in Norway that dates back centuries still thrives in the country of 5.3 million. Called dugnad, the culture has come to mean unpaid voluntary work done in a group and could take many forms, from community gardening to the world's largest youth football tournament. 


Behind China's carrier plans

Beijing's plans for more aircraft carriers come amid a rapid naval build-up. But these hulks are vulnerable too, and point to an important message behind their deployment, says Professor Hugh White. 


ComfortDelGro-Uber deal off

With the exit of Uber from South-east Asia, ComfortDelGro said it will no longer be acquiring a 51 per cent stake in Uber's wholly owned car rental subsidiary in Singapore, Lion City Holdings. The deal, entered into last December, was valued at about $642 million.


Moral idea behind clean wage

The clean wage policy of the public service is not just about dollars and cents but is also a moral idea, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung. He said the decision to charge teachers for parking in schools was borne of the duty to abide by a "system of internal self-discipline". 


Factory data beats forecast

Manufacturing output grew by an impressive 9.1 per cent last month, slightly higher than economists' expectations of 8 per cent, according to Economic Development Board data yesterday. This beat March's revised growth of 6.1 per cent. There was growth across all manufacturing clusters, with chemicals leading the pack at 12.4 per cent. 


SA election may be postponed

The Singapore Athletics (SA) office-bearers' election, due to be held by June 30, could be delayed because the association wants to review and change its constitution, which was last updated in 2014. SA general manager Yip Ren Kai told The Straits Times the proposal to revise the Constitution was made about three weeks ago, and that it is too early to say if this would result in the election being postponed. 



Wax statue for Bollywood star

Beloved Bollywood actress Kajol, 43, has been immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds Singapore. Known for her roles in hit movies such as action comedy Dilwale (2015), Kajol's wax likeness is the seventh to be part of a Madam Tussauds exhibition honouring stars from the Indian film industry. 



McDonald's ad delivers

A moving Ramadan ad by McDonald's Singapore has gone viral, and has been picked up by international media. str.sg/ofZT


Struggling amid rubble

A year after militants occupied Marawi city in the Philippines, residents are slowly rebuilding it. str.sg/oxVq


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