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Morning Digest, Aug 24

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“Can you feel the PASSION?” — Die-hard fan screaming ‘MR THARMAAAN’ over and over grabs netizens’ attention


Photo: FB screengrab/AsiaOne

SINGAPORE: With the Nomination Day behind us and the campaign for the Presidential Elections in full swing, it seems that some people are feeling more than a touch of election fever.

That certainly seems to be the case for one fan of former Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is running for the presidency against former GIC chief investment officer Ng Kok Song and former chief executive of NTUC Income Tan Kin Lian.

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“Best & Worst” — Traveller flies Lion Air: “World’s most dangerous airline” before boarding 1st class Singapore Airlines


Photo: YouTube screengrab/Ben Morris

SINGAPORE: Travel vlogger Ben Morris decided to get the worst-to-best flight experience recently, saying he wanted to “start at the bottom” before his experience at the top.

And so Mr Morris Googled “the world’s most dangerous airline” and came up with Jakarta-based Lion Air, which received an average grade of 3 out of 10 based on customer reviews on Skytrax.

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Singaporeans reminisce their good times at The Cathay shortly before it closes for 1.5 years renovation


Photos: TikTok screengrabs/itsjoakimgomez

SINGAPORE: It was announced at the beginning of the year that The Cathay, one of the country’s iconic buildings, would be closed for a year and a half for a major revamp, its first in 20 years.

Its cinema closed after 83 years on June 27, 2022, and The Cathay’s tenants were told they needed to close their doors by Aug 18. But the building seems deeply steeped in so many people’s youthful memories.

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Red Dot United proposes abolishing Elected Presidency and exploring various mechanisms to protect the reserves


Photo: Facebook screengrab: Tan Kin Lian, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Ng Kok Song

SINGAPORE —  While Singaporeans prepare to head to the polls to elect their ninth president on Sept 1, opposition party Red Dot United has taken a bold stance by advocating for the abolition of the Elected Presidency and the restoration of its ceremonial role.

With the proposal to abolish the elected presidency, Red Dot United is calling for the establishment of a constitutional commission. This commission would conduct a comprehensive study on creating an independent mechanism to effectively protect the nation’s reserves.

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Is Ho Ching’s vote for Ng Kok Song?


Temasek FB, YT screencapture

SINGAPORE: A series of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife’s Facebook posts covering aspects of presidential candidate Ng Kok Song’s life and campaign has sparked questions about whether she is backing the ex-GIC chief investment officer instead of the clear establishment pick, former Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Aside from sharing photos and videos of Mr Ng, Mdm Ho — who appears to be chronically on Facebook — has made it clear that she has a good impression of Mr Ng. When he first threw his hat into the race, she praised him for doing so despite facing the popularity of Mr Tharman.

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