5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (21 October 2019)

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Let’s face it: in this social media world, exciting and viral news like a cat feeding a baby beer would often appear in your Facebook news feed, while important news like the GDP growth of Singapore this year wouldn’t get the same reach.

It’s understandable since social media platforms would prioritise engaging and viral contents to keep users in their platform.

In order to ensure that you’d still know about important news instead just social news, below are the top five Singapore news that was reported yesterday which you should know, simplified for you in a bite-sized format:

No CPF Nominations: More Than $200 Million Left Unclaimed

Over the last six years, an accumulation of $211 million of CPF monies has been left unclaimed because it was left behind by people who passed away without nominating a benefactor.

A MOF spokesperson said that monies will be returned if there is a valid claim regardless of the time period the money has been withheld for and that they have tried making many calls to owners but have failed to reach them.

According to The Straits Times, lawyers believe that this sum will increase as our population ages and family sizes shrink.

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S’pore To Use Nature-Based Solutions To Deal With Sea Level Rise

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said that they use hard and soft engineering approaches to deal with sea level rises, and now Singapore is considering the use of nature-based solutions instead.

PM Lee Hsien Loong previously talked about how Singapore was looking for different engineering approaches like making use of polders to reclaim land as a way to counter the rising sea levels.

For more info, tap here.

Raffles Girls’ School Officially Move Into New Campus Opposite Raffles Institution

Students and staff members gathered on Monday to celebrate the opening of their new campus. With Raffles Institution just across from them, students can easily access either school via an overhead pedestrian bridge, making collaborations between both schools easier and possibly more frequent.

The RGS project took seven years to complete and cost a total of $90 million which was both funded by the school and the Ministry of Education. Despite feeling sad that they have to say goodbye to a school with such long history, many of the staff and students are excited to see what the new campus has to bring.

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Ongoing Debate Regarding MOE’s Guidelines On Planning Activities For Students

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung mentioned in his speech earlier this month that educational institutions “should not work with speakers and instructors who have been convicted of public order-related offences, or who are working with political advocacy groups funded by foreigners, or who openly show disloyalty to Singapore”.

According to The Straits Times, academics have said that they believe that the guidelines should not limit what activities are organised for the students and that Singapore should be inclusive even if certain views may be disagreed upon or uncomfortable to discuss, as long as it is all for the betterment of Singapore.

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Fake S’pore Police Force Website Scams People Into Giving Confidential Info

A fake Singapore Police Force website has re-surfaced after nine months and the police are warning the public about this impersonation. Scammers called victims and re-directed them to the fake website in an attempt for them to key in their credit card details and other personal information.

Do take note that the official police website is www.police.gov.sg. The police are also warning the public not to take suspicious calls and not to transfer any money to anyone because it may be a scam.

For more info, tap here.

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