Singapore

  • Thailand News

    From civil servant to prime minister: Meet Singapore’s new leader

    In a carefully choreographed succession plan, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong is poised to take the helm as the nation’s fourth prime minister. At 51, the US-trained economist inherits the mantle from Lee Hsien Loong, who relinquished his position after a remarkable two-decade tenure. Wong’s journey from a civil servant to a political luminary gained momentum through his pivotal…

  • Business News

    Johor, Singapore aim for Shenzhen-like economic zone

    The Malaysian state of Johor suggested its economic and petrochemical centres as potential locations for a special zone with neighbouring Singapore. This proposal is part of Johor’s ambition to become the Shenzhen of Southeast Asia, according to the Star’s report. The proposed area will include Iskandar Malaysia and Pengerang, located on the state’s eastern coast, said Johor Menteri Besar Onn…

  • Thailand News

    Greater Bay Airlines halts Hong Kong-Singapore flights

    Hong Kong-based carrier Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) announced the suspension of its daily service between Hong Kong and Singapore, effective from June 1. The decision, attributed to commercial considerations, comes hot on the heels of its recent rivalry with budget giants Scoot and AirAsia, as well as premium players Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Launched with much fanfare on April…

  • Thailand News

    Singapore CEO wins hearts washing dishes himself

    The CEO of FairPrice Group from Singapore took the corporate world by surprise with his unconventional approach to leadership. Henry Chu wasn’t content with merely issuing orders from the boardroom, instead, he made headlines by rolling up his sleeves and getting involved in the day-to-day operations of the company’s restaurants, including cooking and washing dishes—a move that has garnered widespread admiration.…

  • Thailand News

    Singapore tops Asia in World Happiness Report 2024 rankings

    Singapore has retained its position as the happiest country in Asia for the second consecutive year, according to the recently released World Happiness Report 2024. The city-state ranked 30th out of 143 surveyed countries globally but stood at the pinnacle in Asia, outshining its regional peers including Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. Thailand came in seventh…

  • Thailand News

    Jetstar flight fiasco: Passengers grounded as 24 hour delays soar

    Jetstar Airways faced criticism from passengers when a flight from Bangkok to Singapore was delayed by more than 24 hours. The low-budget airline came under fire after 161 passengers found themselves stranded at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Wednesday, March 13. Passengers were scheduled to board Jetstar Asia flight 3K516 for a 1.35pm departure, Singapore time, with an arrival at Changi…

  • Thailand News

    Swift deception leaves Thai influencer stranded outside Taylor gig

    A deceptive concert ticket seller left a well-known Thai social media influencer, her friend, and eight other Thais stranded outside the venue of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Singapore on March 3. Thai netizens and social media influencers flooded a social media account of a 27 year old Natrada “Pluem” Thammapanya, known among her fans as Chopluem, with words of…

  • Thailand News

    Taylor Swift saga: Tug of war over tour sparks Thailand rift (video)

    The tug of war over Taylor Swift rumbles on after Thailand and the Philippines both accused Singapore of setting up a clandestine deal to block the US singer-songwriter from appearing in other Southeast Asian countries. Politicians from the Philippines and Thailand expressed concerns regarding the secret deal negotiated by Singapore, which confines Swift’s Eras Tour exclusively to the affluent city-state…

  • Thailand News

    Singapore’s Tada revs up in Thailand with zero commission fees

    In a bid to capture the hearts and wallets of Thai commuters, Tada, the Singapore-based ride-hailing giant, is revving up for its grand entrance into Bangkok’s competitive market. With zero commission fees and a vow to balance the books within three to five years, Tada aims to disrupt the status quo and dominate Thailand’s ride-hailing landscape. Establishing its foothold in…

  • Thailand News

    Did Singapore pay millions to keep Taylor Swift to themselves?

    Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin alleges that Singapore may have struck a multimillion-dollar pact to secure Taylor Swift’s exclusivity in Southeast Asia, leaving fans fuming and conspiracy theories swirling. PM Srettha made waves with his claims at a business forum in Bangkok, stating that concert promoter AEG had disclosed Singapore’s purported offer of hefty subsidies, ranging from US$2 million (approximately…

  • Aviation News

    Singapore aims to use sustainable aviation fuel in all flights by 2026

    Singapore Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat revealed a green initiative to transition all outgoing flights to utilise sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2026. This announcement came during the Changi Aviation Summit, a precursor to the Singapore Airshow. The city-state is committing to a 1% SAF usage target by 2026, with ambitions to elevate this figure to between 3% and 5%…

  • Press Room

    ROSHI unveils groundbreaking insights into personal lending trends

    Singapore-based Fintech ROSHI has released a detailed analysis that talks about what types of individuals use personal lending services to tackle financial pressures over 2023’s high inflation economy. This meticulous study utilised first-party application data to delve into the profile characteristics and utilisation patterns of numerous Singaporeans who sought personal loans from ROSHI to mitigate income disparities during the past…

  • Business News

    Malaysia and Singapore unite to boost trade with special economic zone

    Major trading partners Malaysia and Singapore agreed on a collaborative effort to establish a special economic zone. This endeavour aims to enhance trade between the neighbouring countries, which consider each other as their second most significant trading partner. The proposed economic zone is slated to be located in Johor, a southern state of Malaysia. This zone will allow businesses to enjoy…

  • Business News

    Malaysia and Singapore lure Chinese travellers with visa-free policies

    The Chinese traveller market could see a significant rise to 7 million arrivals next year as Malaysia and Singapore become increasingly attractive due to reciprocal visa-free policies. Thailand, however, has yet to secure such an agreement with China. Following the introduction of a visa exemption for Malaysians, Beijing is speculated to extend a 30-day visa exemption to Singapore in the…

  • Business News

    Singapore and Zurich rank as world’s most expensive cities in 2023

    The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently revealed that Singapore and Zurich share the title of the world’s most expensive city in 2023. Following closely are Geneva, New York, and Hong Kong, maintaining that the worldwide cost-of-living crisis is yet unresolved. The research and analysis division of the Economist Group observed that prices for over 200 frequently utilised goods and services…

  • World News

    Unexpected connection: Late mother’s number replies

    A surprising incident caught the attention of the online world when Minnie, a young woman from Singapore, received an unexpected reply from the mobile number of her mother who passed away four years ago. Minnie continued to send text messages to her mother’s phone number intermittently, using this method to alleviate her sorrow and feel as though she was still…

  • World News

    Fish store shocker: Customer buys out entire stock, sets them free in Singapore river

    A customer left a fish store employee astounded after spending more than 400 Singapore dollars to buy all the fish in the store, only to release them all into a river. The unusual event was reported by local media, following the account of the fish store’s worker. The male customer walked into the store and stated his intention to purchase…

  • World News

    Singapore’s capital punishment stirs controversy as first female convict faces execution in decades

    Singaporean authorities are set to carry out capital punishment on two drug convicts this week, drawing attention to the first female prisoner due for execution in almost two decades. The impending executions have sparked outrage among human rights groups. According to the local rights group Transformative Justice Collective (TJC), the first convict, a 56 year old man found guilty of smuggling…

  • Transport News

    Porsche powerplay: Drivers blaze jaw-dropping trail from Bangkok to Singapore

    In a revved-up feat of automotive prowess, a dynamic team of Porsche drivers left car enthusiasts awe-struck as they blazed a trail from Bangkok, Thailand to the heart of Singapore in a jaw-dropping sub-30-hour dash. The trio, hailing from Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, took the wheel of a cutting-edge Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo in the small hours of June…

  • World News

    Singaporean landlord under scrutiny after using tenant’s undergarments

    A situation of intrusive landlord behaviour recently emerged in Singapore. This involved a homeowner illegally entering the private space of a 23 year old Malaysian woman and her boyfriend who were renting a room, causing them to quickly vacate the premises. The discovery of a scandalous act related to the tenant‘s undergarments was a critical clue that led the way…

  • Best Bites

    Shiok! 5 tasty Singaporean restaurants in Bangkok

    Singapore’s multi-ethnic community is reflected in the food, which is renowned for its unique fusion of Malay, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, and Western flavours. You’re in luck because Bangkok is home to a number of delicious Singaporean restaurants. Whether you’re familiar with Singaporean food or a first-timer, these eateries will not disappoint. Lai, come. I’ll tell you about the best Singaporean…

  • World News

    Durian surplus sparks joy in Singapore as Malaysian supply surges

    Durian surplus in Singapore has led enthusiasts to find their favourite spiky fruit available in abundance this year. The unprecedented bounty of the asperous fruit is so significant that claw machines now carry it, creating a thrilling opportunity to cradle a durian for the trivial cost of just 26 baht. A surplus from the leading producer, Malaysia, has driven durian…

  • World News

    Singapore FM condemns Jocelyn Chia’s MH370 joke, apologises to Malaysians

    Singapore’s Foreign Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, criticised stand-up comedian Jocelyn Chia on Twitter for her insensitive and offensive remarks about Malaysia during a recent performance. Chia, a Singapore-born performer, made jokes about Malaysia’s development and the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, sparking outrage in Malaysia. “I am appalled by her horrendous statements. She certainly does not speak for Singaporeans. We treasure…

  • World News

    Study reveals senior Singaporean volunteers contribute more time to charities

    A recent study has shown that senior volunteers in Singapore contribute more time to charitable causes than their younger counterparts. Conducted by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Singapore Management University, the study aimed to help social service agencies attract and retain volunteers by identifying what drives people to volunteerism and areas for their own growth. The…

  • World News

    El Nino set to return in 2023, raising haze risk for Singapore

    Haze is expected to once again rear its ugly head in Southeast Asia. The Meteorological Service Singapore has forecasted that El Nino conditions are expected to develop in the second half of 2023, following three years of La Nina conditions. This comes seven years after the last strong El Nino event. The Met Service also predicts that a positive Indian…

  • World News

    SET and SGX launch cross-border trading for Thai depositary receipts

    The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced a joint venture that enables the trading of three depositary receipts (DRs) of Thai-listed companies on the SGX. This innovative collaboration, launched yesterday, is the first of its kind under the Thailand-Singapore DR Linkage project and aims to boost the appeal of Thai-listed companies in the regional market by…

  • World News

    Singapore’s private home prices soar to US$1.2 million, topping Asia Pacific cities

    The median price of a private home in Singapore reached US$1.2 million in 2022, making it the highest among Asia Pacific cities, according to a report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific Centre for Housing. Singapore is also ranked as the most expensive city in the region for renting a private home. The median private home price in…

  • Business News

    Temasek cuts staff pay after failed FTX crypto investment

    Singapore-based investment company Temasek has announced that its investment team and senior management experienced a reduction in compensation following the firm’s failed investment in cryptocurrency company FTX. Temasek Chairman Lim Boon Heng stated that despite no misconduct by the investment team, they took collective accountability for the outcome. In November, Temasek Holdings revealed that it would write down its US$275…

  • Business News

    Singapore maintains 2023 growth forecast amid global economic risks

    Singapore‘s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has announced that it is maintaining its growth forecast for 2023 at 0.5% to 2.5%, with growth expected to be around the mid-point of this range. This comes as the economy experienced a 0.4% year-on-year growth between January and March, primarily due to the manufacturing, wholesale trade, and finance and insurance sectors. The…

  • Business News

    Dyson aims to double product range, expand beyond home innovations by 2025

    Dyson, renowned for its innovative household appliances, has been focusing on making everyday tasks more efficient and convenient for users. The development of such cutting-edge products often takes years and numerous prototypes, with Dyson’s bagless vacuum cleaner taking over five years and 5,127 prototypes to perfect. The company’s entrance into the beauty market with its hair dryer involved four years…