SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government is adjusting the balance between its key goals to achieve Singapore's future objectives. Mr Lee, who likened these goals to yin and yang elements that complement each other, said it is important to strike a balance between them. Mr Lee, who is also secretary-general of the ruling People's Action Party (PAP), said this at the party's 32nd conference on Sunday morning. Stressing that the PAP must set a clear direction, he highlighted three key goals. First, it wants to achieve a vibrant economy by creating good jobs for everyone, as well as a harmonious society where people can enjoy a balanced and fulfilling life. Second, it wants a meritocratic system where people succeed based on their effort and contributions, along with special effort to help those who start off with less to do well in school and upgrade at work. Third, it wants to build a Singapore where citizens belong and feel as one, as well as an … [Read more...] about Important to balance govt’s key goals for S’pore: PM Lee
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In case you're craving more footage from the upcoming Zack Snyder cut of the Justice League movie, which arrives in theaters and on HBO Max on March 18, a new teaser trailer has arrived. This particular look at the movie focuses on Batman, as played by Ben Affleck. The clip runs nearly a minute and features lots of Batman-centric quotes from Snyder's DC movies--and a laughing Joker--playing over imagery of Batman standing on top of a massive vehicle that resembles a gigantic tank. In another shot, a black-suited Superman helps him to his feet, where he stands tall with the assembled Justice League. "I spent a lot of time trying to divide us," Batman says. "I need to bring us together and make this right." #Batman #SnyderCut #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague #UsUnited #AFSP pic.twitter.com/3CHSdvLym1 — Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) March 4, 2021 The trailer, which you can watch above, came paired with a new character poster for Affleck's portrayal of the Dark Knight. … [Read more...] about Zack Snyder’s Justice League Gets New Batman-Centric Trailer
SINGAPORE: Mayor of North East District and Minister of State for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck has met with grassroots leaders of Punggol East SMC to find out more about the needs of residents. He has been tasked with overseeing the single-seat constituency after Speaker of Parliament Michael Palmer's shock resignation on Wednesday. Mr Teo shared his immediate priorities with Channel NewsAsia. Even as news of Mr Michael Palmer's resignation starts to sink in, the focus has shifted to ensuring there is a smooth handover of duties. Mr Teo said his priority is to make sure the needs of residents in Punggol East SMC continue to be met. He started work immediately on Wednesday evening, meeting with grassroots leaders to reassure them and to find out what are the outstanding issues that need to be dealt with. "I think their main concern was how could they get continuing support to serve the residents, and whether there will be a representative there for them to turn to, … [Read more...] about Priority to ensure Punggol East residents’ needs are met: Teo Ser Luck
SINGAPORE: I have seen it before. On Sep 16, 2008, an upbeat Anwar Ibrahim announced he had commanded the support of the majority of Malaysian Members of Parliament (MPs), six months after he led the opposition to historically smash the two-thirds parliamentary supermajority of the then ruling Barisan Nasional (BN). It was Malaysia Day. Anwar appeared to be ready to take over the Malaysian government. That afternoon, I was moderating a political forum in Kota Kinabalu, attended by a few major opposition politicians. I also witnessed a BN component party in action at the seminar, boldly withdrawing from the ruling coalition in support of Anwar’s move. The atmosphere was extremely charged, with boisterous exhortations aplenty for a new dawn in Malaysian politics. By nightfall, however, it became obvious this supposed switch of allegiance by many BN MPs did not materialise. A somber mood descended upon the gradually less crowded event. Malaysians would have to make do with … [Read more...] about Commentary: Always almost there – will Anwar Ibrahim ever become Prime Minister of Malaysia?
A 1% pay rise for NHS workers is "the most" the government can afford due to the economic cost of the COVID crisis, a health minister has told Sky News. The government is facing a furious backlash - led by the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - after calling for health care staff in England to be restricted to a pay rise of 1%. Live COVID updates from the UK and across the world But Nadine Dorries said it "would be wrong to say a single person in the government does not appreciate the effort" of NHS staff, as she defended the decision not to recommend a larger pay increase. "Of course, we recognise the sacrifice and the commitment and the vocation of nurses and all health workers over the past year," the minister said. Advertisement "We've all been touched by, or personally experienced, help by NHS workers. "But I think it is important to note that the priority of the government has been about protecting people's livelihoods, about … [Read more...] about COVID-19: 1% pay rise for NHS staff ‘the most’ the government can afford, says minister Nadine Dorries