MALAYSIA: Commercial viability, politics and financing strategies would come into play when the Pakatan Harapan government decides whether mega projects such as the East Coast Rail Link and the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) should eventually be scuttled.These were some of the considerations cited by economists and analysts as confirmation came yesterday that both projects will be reviewed.And from those aspects, the fate of the East Coast Rail Link may be in doubt, more than for the HSR. BMI Research infrastructure analyst Christian Zhang believes that the 350-kilometre HSR would be more economically viable, for one thing.“That’s one of the reasons we take a more optimistic view on the High-Speed Rail. There’s a very clear, proven demand for an express rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur,” he told the programme Money Mind.“There’s a recent report saying that Singapore-KL is the world’s busiest international air route. … [Read more...] about What now for the High-Speed Rail and Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link?
SINGAPORE: She was hardly at home when her daughter was young. Cindy Tan was busy working instead, trying to raise two children as a single mother after her divorce. Her daughter's distrust, and hatred even, was the heavy price she paid.It was years later, when she was in her 50s, that Mdm Tan got an unexpected second chance to learn to be a mother again - the mother she'd never really been - to Valerie, who was nearly 30. "It was like taking care of a newborn again,” she said. She had to be alert to her daughter’s safety nearly every minute. She had to help her form sentences in response to questions.Except that the daughter she was now taking care of, had schizophrenia.To help heal her child's broken mind, Mdm Tan had to figure out how to mend their broken relationship. It was a daunting task that required rebuilding a fragile trust with an already-resentful daughter, whose illness made her prone to paranoia, … [Read more...] about ‘Mummy, help me find my soul’: Learning to be a mum again, to help fix her child’s broken mind
SINGAPORE: They may seem light, minimalist devices, but a hit by an e-scooter packs a wallop about nine times that of an average person’s punch – or more energy than a professional boxer’s punch.And that’s if the e-scooter is travelling at the legal limit of 15kmh when it hits you.This is enough force to easily send a grown man flying into the air, what more a frail senior citizen or a young child. But even so, it’s not the direct impact of the collision itself that pedestrians should be concerned about.It’s what happens next that is the most dangerous, according to Associate Professor Yap Fook Fah from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University.“As the body falls, the head will hit the ground at a speed of 15kmh, 20kmh or even higher - that is equal to 1.5 or two tonnes of force,” he told the programme Talking Point, after demonstrating the magnitude of the impact in a lab.Studies show that … [Read more...] about Why being hit by an e-scooter can be deadly
SINGAPORE: It is quiet, almost sombre, in the wards of the nursing home moments before Mr Jack Tan arrives. And it seems as if the only reception he will get would be the impassive faces of the patients.But that is before the transformation begins. That is why the 56-year-old is there. That is his thing.Once his equipment is set up and he starts on his electronic wind instrument, a range of emotions ripple through the three wards of the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home.Resident Lilian Khoo, who is usually depressed and moody, is on her feet and dancing to the oldies he is playing for them.“I’ve never seen her as happy as I’ve seen her today,” says Mr Richard Then, the third son of the late Mdm Lee Ah Mooi.Mdm Khoo is not the only one in smiles. Others are singing and clapping. One resident, however, is gripping Mr Then’s hand instead – and crying.Mr Tan knows his target audience well. Earlier, he told CNA Insider what to expect:In the beginning, … [Read more...] about After facing death, a busker’s mission to fill a void in old folks’ lives with joy
HONG KONG: Newly married couple Jimmy and Yuki Lam dream of owning a house one day, running a successful business and living in an environment that enables them to speak freely. Their online business is doing well, so there’s potential there.But in March, the couple, both in their 20s, bought a one-way ticket out of Hong Kong. They no longer believe that the territory has a future, with its widening wealth gap and restrictive political environment making them feel disgruntled.“It’s very hard for the young generation to afford a house,” said Mrs Lam.Her husband added: “We earn HK$10,000 to HK$20,000 (S$1,710 to S$3,430) a month, and an apartment is HK$5 million upward … If you buy an apartment, you have to pay for it for the rest of your life.”To them, the city is not only dying – it is already dead. That mindset is not uncommon.While Hong Kong’s per capita income has consistently ranked high – among the world’s top … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s brain drain: Why its young are losing hope and leaving