Amazon retrenches 9,000 workers: Singapore employees ‘abruptly cut off from work terminals’

Amazon started laying off employees in its cloud services division on Wednesday (April 26) as part of a retrenchment exercise that is expected to affect 9,000 employees, and those from the Singapore office were not spared. The exercise, which was announced in March, comes on the heels of layoffs that cut 18,000 jobs between November 2022...

More Singapore billionaires on Forbes’ 2023 rich list, including co-founder of Raffles Medical Group

Mr Li Xiting, founder and chairman of Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics, a global provider of medical devices based in China, has again topped Forbes' list of billionaires in Singapore. Mr Li was among 35 billionaires from the Republic – up from 26 in 2022. Their collective net worth came to US$118.9 billion (S$157.6 billion), compared with US$106.7 billion...

‘I don’t need to install a pacemaker anymore’: Moses Lim shares recent health scare

Most of us hope that our health issues would disappear, and sometimes they do. On Tuesday (March 28), veteran actor Moses Lim shared on local Christian platform Hai Hao Ma a health scare he had after a routine visit to the cardiologist half a year ago. It was revealed during the check-up that his pulse was...

Geylang resident who famously refused to sell terrace house to developers now sandwiched between 2 imposing apartments

After refusing to sell his house to developers working on a luxury condo project, this homeowner in Geylang has found himself in a pickle. As the contractors have begun their work constructing the new condo, his two-storey house is now sandwiched between the two imposing buildings, reported Shin Min Daily News on Tuesday (March 28). The 50-unit condo project, NoMa developed by...

Former Singapore Idol judge Ken Lim charged in court after allegedly touching woman’s breast

Once the chief judge on reality-singing competition Singapore Idol, Ken Lim Chih Chiang was on Thursday (March 30) made to stand before a district judge after he was accused of molestation. Lim, the executive director of record label Hype Records, is said to have molested a 25-year-old woman by touching her breast. The alleged incident happened...

Chatbot dreams drive frenzied tech rally in China

Investors are piling into China's tech, media and telecom shares, with speculative bets on chatbot development crowding out other sectors in a scenario that offers a stark contrast with global caution. Mainland China computer, communications equipment and media indexes have surged between 29 per cent and 35 per cent this year, outstripping a rise of just 3.5...

PM Lee in China for week-long visit, to meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Guangzhou on Monday (March 27) on his first trip to China in four years. The Singapore leader, accompanied by his wife and a delegation of about 50 Singapore officials, was greeted on the tarmac at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at around noon by Chinese officials bearing umbrellas under...

Beware: New scam calls display local numbers without +65

While scam calls are often associated with overseas numbers or numbers with a +65 prefix, one netizen recently took to Reddit to share about a scam call they received from a local phone number. In the post, the Reddit user said they answered the call since the number was a local one. The caller claimed there was a "dispute"...

Woman wins free Cathay Pacific tickets to Hong Kong, but joy ‘short-lived’ due to $200 surcharges

To save Hong Kong's battered tourism industry, Cathay Pacific recently announced that it would be giving away 12,500 round-trip tickets to travellers from Singapore, as part of its World of Winners campaign. Hoping to be one of the lucky ones, Bernice Tan joined the contest and eventually won. Unfortunately, this moment of victory was short-lived and she went through a rollercoaster of emotions. In a...

‘I knew I could make lots of money’: Quan Yi Fong came to Singapore to learn English and become mamasan

Learning a skill isn't easy unless you've got sufficient drive, and a young Quan Yi Fong found motivation in her family's shared goal for her — to become a mamasan. In a recent episode of the Mediacorp talk show Hear U Out, Yi Fong, who is usually the host, became the guest in her own...