S’pore Dollar To Ringgit is Back At 1:3 Again: 6 Topics S’poreans Talked About Today (14 May)

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Money changers are going to experience a demand for the Ringgit again. Confirm.

Why?

Because it’s back at 1:3 again.

That, and there’s a bad news for Singaporeans. Here are 6 topics Singaporeans are talking about today you need to know.

S’pore Dollar To Ringgit is Back At 1:3 Again

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After Tun Dr Mahathir won the Malaysian 14th General Elections, the country is in a state of big change.

Former prime minister, Mr Najib bin Razak was barred from leaving the country.

Malaysia put into place its third Chinese finance minister in over 60 years of governance.

And the Ringgit falls to an all-time low against the USD. And also the Singapore dollar.

Right now, at the time of writing, it’s SGD 1 to RM 2.99.

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You know what that means?

Time to go change money liao.

Don’t say bojio hor! 😉

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Malaysia might just cancel the Singapore-KL High-Speed Rail project. MIGHT.

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One thing that most of us Singaporeans in the west are looking forward to is the upcoming Singapore-KL High-Speed Rail (SG-KL HSR).

I mean, what’s not good about it? It’ll bring us to the shopping paradise of KL within one hour.

We’ll earn SGD, bring the money over to Malaysia to shop and eat to our hearts’ content. Win-win for both sides, right?

Nope.

When Tun Dr Mahathir took the seat of prime minister last week, he has been making massive changes within the government.

Including a review of all existing international projects like the SG-KL HSR.

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The project is supposed to start operating in 2026, but the new Malaysian government might just pull the plug on it.

And the new prime minister had mentioned that he might cancel some projects that are “unnecessary and wasteful” during his election campaign.

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To think there’s a new hotel in Jurong.

‘Alien’ Deep Sea Creatures Found in Latest Expedition Led By a S’porean Professor

Humans have a deep fascination for aliens.

I mean, look at the Aliens vs Predator series.

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They’re pretty much a hit with us humans.

So when news about a Singapore professor discovering “alien” sea creatures off Indonesia hit the news, everyone got excited about it.

Meet Professor Peter Ng, the head of Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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He led a 14-day South Java Deep Sea Biodiversity Expedition (SJADES 2018) together with his Indonesian counterpart, Professor Dwi Listyo Rahayu, from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

And within these 14 days, the expedition found more than 40 different species that mankind hasn’t discovered yet.

Like Spiky, the spiny crab that looks so cute, you’ll think he comes from SpongeBob SquarePants.

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A new species of giant sea cockroaches.

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Sorry guys and girls for the scary cockroach. Sorry to my macho colleague Zhi Hao, who despite goes to the gym every day is scared of cockroaches like a little girl.

A strange scallop that confirm-plus-chop cannot be makaned.

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…and a Fang Tooth.

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The scientists might have collected these specimens in two weeks but they’ll need an estimated 2 years to complete the study.

You can watch the video below:

Bad News For HDB Flat Owners: Value of Older Flats Dropping

You know, when I was a kid, my mom always told me to get a property. Even an HDB is enough because it’s an appreciating asset.

That might be true in the past, but today, this unshakable belief in the power of a property isn’t true anymore.

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Back in Mar 2017, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong asked Singaporeans not to count on the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS).

Only selected HDB blocks at areas with high redevelopment potential will be eligible for SERS.

Back then, he said that he was “concerned” about buyers buying older flats hoping to make a profit when the flat goes for en bloc sale.

And with that announcement, the uncertainty of the future sets in.

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And the value of older HDB flats took dipped by up to 20%.

Add in the question of what happens to the flat when the lease expires if it’s not eligible for SERS? And you’d understand why the price of older flats is falling.

So what are the experts telling Singaporeans to do?

Get a home first, not invest.

In other words, get an HDB flat because you like the area and wants to stay there. And not because you want to make a profit.

After all, HDBs aren’t supposed to be an investment. It’s a home.

S’porean Hiker Who Was Lost in Johor Mountain Speaks About Her Ordeal

Remember the pair of Singaporean hikers who were lost in a Johor Mountain for four days back in February this year?

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They were rescued after surviving four days in the Gunung Pulai forest reserve.

One of the survivors, 27-year-old Clarice Lum told her story in an interview with Channel News Asia.

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She did not know her hiking partner, Dominick Tan, well nor is she familiar with the trail.

However, she was still willing to give it a shot because she knew that Dominick Tan has hiked up the mountain a few times before.

That and she was a spontaneous person.

On the day of the hike, they reached the first viewpoint, but after that, they realised the forest was getting denser.

Tan had to push branches and leaves apart with his hands for them to get through. That was when he cut his hand.

Afraid that the wound will get infected, the pair decided to take a shortcut…by following red markers on the trees.

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They didn’t realise that the red markers are there to warn hikers of dangerous areas.

Finally realising that they were lost, they decided to call Malaysia’s fire and rescue department.

They were told not to move around and stay at their location, but the team sent out to look for them couldn’t locate them.

The pair couldn’t sleep as they were afraid they’ll roll down the steep slope. They were also kept awake by wild boars wandering around their area at night.

Finally, to survive, the pair wandered off in search of a water source and found a stream. Then they decided to keep moving around to get away from wild animals.

More than 200 Volunteers and 60 Search and Rescue Team Members Searched For Them.

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Her friend, Chloe, took to social media to ask for help. She pleaded for others to share her message or to go help out in the search.

On the fourth day, the search and rescue team spotted the pair of hikers beside a water body at around 11.30 am.

A boat was sent out and rescued them five minutes later.

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You can watch her video interview here.

Man Who Tried To Jaywalk Across Road With Heavy Traffic Hit By Mercedes

How many times have you stood at the side of the road, gauging the best time to run across?

Don’t deny it, we’ve had these moments once or twice in our lives.

Well, after hearing about this man who was knocked down by a black Mercedes, you might not want to do it again.

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On 12 May, a man in red shirt attempted to run across Thompson Road in front of the SPC petrol kiosk next to Thomson Medical Center.

Unfortunately for him, the driver was not able to stop in time and knocked him down.

The police confirmed that they were alerted to the accident and the 39-year-old man was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Moral of the story: Pedestrian crossings and overhead bridges are there for a reason. Use them.

You can watch the video for yourself below:


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