What's News: March 5, 2016


Joining forces to oust Najib

Nearly 60 of Malaysia's past and present leaders, along with political activists, have signed a declaration to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak's removal from office, in an unprecedented shift that brought long-time political foes into the same room.

Analysts say the group could shake up politics in South-east Asia's third-biggest economy.


S'pore carriers to track flights

Singapore carriers have to ensure that their flights are tracked at least every 15 minutes from July 1. The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore yesterday announced the new rule, which is meant to boost aviation safety.



Europe acts to fix border zone

The European Commission has set a timetable to restore the fraying Schengen open border area by the year end, warning that failure to do so would cost the European economy up to €18 billion (S$27 billion) a year. The proposal comes after an influx of migrants made some European Union and Western Balkan states re-impose border controls.


ISIS 'directly funded' attack in Jakarta

Police officers taking cover during the Jan 14 attack in Jakarta. ISIS sent money to finance two other terror cells in Indonesia as well.
Police officers taking cover during the Jan 14 attack in Jakarta. ISIS sent money to finance two other terror cells in Indonesia as well. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria directly funded the Jan 14 attack in Jakarta, according to new evidence uncovered by the Indonesian police. Money was also sent to finance two other terror cells in Indonesia plotting similar attacks. Their targets include an airport and Bali.


Gay bashing in Indonesia

Gay bashing has reached a crescendo in Indonesia, with even ministers and senior officials joining in.

What is worrying is that it seems to be part of a wider trend of growing intolerance of minorities, writes Endy M. Bayuni.


Show with special focus

A performance tailored for children with special needs will be held at the Esplanade on Monday. Based on a book by local author Emily Lim, it will have no sudden or loud sounds and be held in a theatre that is more brightly lit, and the children will be free to move around.


Rehab option for minor crimes

Offenders with alcohol or other addictions pleading guilty to minor crimes may be asked to go for counselling and other rehabilitation instead of being sentenced immediately, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.


More homes sold at a loss

About 400 residential properties were sold on the resale market for a loss, more than four times the number in 2013 and 2014, in further signs of a battered property market.

These included about 31 non-landed private homes which sustained losses of over $1 million, SRX Property data showed.


Big names falter at Sentosa

It was an awful day for the world's top three women golfers at the HSBC Women's Champions tournament yesterday, as their combined scorecards included seven bogeys and a double bogey.

Leading at the halfway mark at Sentosa Golf Club are South Koreans Jang Ha Na and Lee Mi Rim on eight-under 136.



Noose star outdoes hot dudes

Two of Mediacorp's heavily promoted 8 Dukes, or hot young male stars, have been out-duked by comic actor Chua Enlai (photo) from Channel 5 comedy sketch show The Noose. Ian Fang and Desmond Tan did not make the shortlist of nominees for the Star Awards' Top 10 Most Popular Artistes award category.


Saldana 'not black enough'

The studio behind a film about African-American soul and jazz musician Nina Simone has defended the casting of Zoe Saldana in the lead role after the actress came under fire for not being black enough. She should not be judged by her colour, but by her performance, the studio said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: March 05, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe