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

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:

Fees and Bursaries For Part-Time Students Reviewed

Fees and bursaries for part-time students will be reviewed, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on 4 September 2019.

In a speech at the Singapore University of Social Sciences’ (SUSS’) inaugural ministerial dialogue, he also mentioned that said fees might be adjusted if necessary.

He notes that while the Government has not revised the fees for part-time students, changes to full time students had already been done based on merit and financial background.

“We looked at them, but we think that these fees and bursaries should be affordable for working adults,” Prime Minister Lee said.

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Less HDB Flats Sold in August While Prices Increase

Fewer Housing Board flats were sold in August compared to July, while increase in resale prices showed during this time.

Real estate portal SRX Property said in its flash estimates yesterday that 1,921 HDB resale flats changed owners in August. This was 9.4% lower than July, and the overall was 7.6% lower than August last year.

According to SRX’s projection, around 1511 flats will hit the HDB resale market in the next three months as they approach their five-year minimum occupation period.

The drop in sales could possibly be due to the seasonal effect where such activity slows down during the Chinese Seventh Month.

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Man Attempts Robbery On 89-Year-Old Money Changer in Clarke Quay Mall

Syed Muhammad Syed Hassan Alkaff, 60, now faces charges for attempting to rob a money changer in Clarke Quay.

Alkaff went to The Central in Eu Tong Sen Street on 19 October last year and noticed that Mr Amir Hamja Shaik Dawood, 89, ran a moneychanging business in the mall.

Alkaff waited until 8:00 p.m. the next day to attack Mr Amir, pretending to do business with him before proceeding to back him up with a penknife.

Alkaff was released from preventive detention (PD) in 2016 and could possibly repeat another long term.

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PM Lee Officially Sues Terry Xu from TOC For the Allegedly Defamatory Article & FB Post

One day after Terry Xu from The Online Citizen (TOC) refused to comply with PM Lee’s requests, he was served a writ of summons along with a Statement of Claim from PM Lee’s lawyer. In other words, legal actions have begun.

Terry Xu, the Chief Editor of TOC, had published an article and Facebook post that were allegedly defamatory. He was given until 4 September 2019 to remove the article and Facebook post, and to publish an apology.

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Overturned Lorry Spills Sand Onto Woodlands Road Junction

An accident involving a lorry caused sand to spill out the junction of Kranji Road and Woodlands Road. The accident occurred at 4.33 p.m. on 4 September, and sand reached not only the roads, but portions of the grass and pavements as well.


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The driver, a 36-year-old man, was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital after the accident.

A Stomper noted that there was so much sand, that it could have possibly been mistaken for an artificial beach.

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