What's News: September 19, 2017



Surge in Singapore exports

Strong demand from China and still-robust electronics shipments helped Singapore's non-oil domestic exports expand for the third straight month in August. Exports surged 17 per cent over the same month a year earlier, blowing past economists' expectations of 11.8 per cent growth. Experts said this bodes well for Singapore's third-quarter economic growth.


Many abuse victims under 7

Nearly 40 per cent of child abuse cases probed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development in the past three years involved victims younger than seven. Experts want more training for pre-school teachers to help them spot signs of abuse so they can be an important line of defence for the children.


No role in forex losses: Dr M

Two former Malaysian leaders at the centre of a probe into multibillion-dollar losses at the central bank in the 1990s yesterday denied they played a role. Former premier Mahathir Mohamad said he had no legal authority to interfere in the policies and affairs of Malaysia's central bank when he was in power.


Marawi battle into 'final weeks'

The conflict in Marawi is into its final weeks, officials say, as security forces root out the remaining Muslim militants who have occupied this war-torn southern Philippine city for nearly four months. More than 800 militants, government troops and civilians have been killed in the fighting.


Adapting to a new world order

The Western-dominated era of capitalism and liberal democracy is fading. We are now going back to the world as it was - with several civilisations coexisting. And, unlike the past, they have to learn to get along, says Mr Ho Kwon Ping.


Amended Act on 'talak'

Parliament last month introduced a clause in the Administration of Muslim Law Act which, while it does not ban, prevents frivolous pronouncements of "talak" to initiate a divorce. Talak, an Arabic word, is uttered as a form of marital dissolution initiated by a Muslim husband.


Duo sue gallery over 'fakes'

A Malaysian father-and-son pair are suing Singapore-based Dahlia Gallery and its two owners for selling them $700,000 worth of artworks they claim are fakes. The works were supposed to be by renowned Indonesian artists.


Braddell View owners eye sale

En bloc fever is getting even hotter with owners at Braddell View, the largest of Singapore's 18 HUDC estates, the latest to eye a possible collective sale. The 918-unit estate is holding an extraordinary general meeting on Oct 10 to form a collective sales committee to kick-start the process. The owners hope to sell the sprawling 106,120 sq m development for $2 billion.


Blame game after F1 collision

Although race stewards cleared Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen of any blame after the opening-lap collision at the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, the recriminations continued yesterday. While sections of the British media laid the blame on Vettel, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene expressed his wish to move on from the fiasco.


The world in your palm

Artist Lorraine Loots from South Africa paints miniature artworks. Gallery K+ will be showing more than 100 of her Paintings For Ants, which include five new paintings of local sights such as the Raffles Hotel. The exhibition is on until the end of next month.


Nights at the races

High-speed drama, hot musical acts and social media buzz. We look back at this year's F1 Singapore Grand Prix. str.sg/f1wrap


Down by the river

My whole life has revolved around the Singapore River, says Mr Png Yiow Beng, once a bumboat man and now a cruise towkay. str.sg/riverman

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe