What's News: May 22, 2018



13 sworn in at Putrajaya

More than a week after he returned as Malaysia's Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's administration finally rolled into Putrajaya as 13 members of his "core Cabinet" were sworn in yesterday evening. The new Cabinet includes Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, the first ethnic Chinese to take up the key portfolio in 44 years.


New target in Najib probe

Prosecutors have their sights on the opaque activities of a little-noticed state-owned entity, SRC International, in their bid to build a case against former premier Najib Razak for corruption. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is likely to quiz Datuk Seri Najib today about multimillion ringgit fund transfers from SRC International.


Concerns over China bombers

The Philippines has expressed "very serious concern" over reports that China landed long-range bombers on islands in the disputed South China Sea, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday. The Foreign Ministry also said it was taking appropriate diplomatic action "to protect our claims".


Concerns over Cambodian law

Cambodian police have arrested a 70-year-old barber for allegedly insulting the king, the second such case since a controversial lese majeste law was introduced this year. The detentions have stoked fear that the law may be abused to silence political critics, as it is in neighbouring Thailand.


Burden of hoarding on family

Family members of those who suffer from hoarding disorders often react with a complex mix of resentment, concern and anger. Usually, there is no fairy-tale solution, only acceptance, says Dr Chong Siow Ann.


Realistic crisis control

The Home Team has been using a new realistic simulation system to conduct exercises on tackling crisis scenarios. Looking like a larger scale virtual reality game, commanders watch scenes unfold on large screens as they give out orders on their headsets.


IT help for charities' data

A new non-profit IT cloud service company called iShine Cloud will help charities with information storage and help to secure their data. The firm's platform will include Microsoft Office 365, shared storage, accounting and human resource systems.


Push for expansion in Asean

Four out of five businesses surveyed recently have plans to expand in Asean in the next three to five years, with Indonesia being the top destination.

Their expansion plans are motivated mainly by the growing domestic demand of the regional countries and requests from their customers, according to an online survey.


Arsenal set for new manager

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta is expected to be appointed as the new manager of Arsenal this week, replacing Arsene Wenger, whose 22-year tenure ended last week. Massimiliano Allegri, Luis Enrique and Joachim Low were also on the shortlist. Arteta, 36, a former Gunners captain, will be the seventh former player to manage the club.


S'porean writer making waves

Freelance researcher Vina Jie-Min Prasad, 28, not only scored nominations in the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards in science fiction and fantasy writing, but has also been tipped for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


A gift before she dies

Ex-nurse knows she is dying, but wants to give people joy by holding a concert at Assisi Hospice. http://str.sg/oxK2


Her motto: I really live

At 25, NeuralBay founder Annabelle Kwok is a technopreneur, circus performer, do-gooder and more. http://str.sg/oxKL

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe