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Stories you might've missed: Tray return stations overflowing, a boyfriend earning more than his girlfriend but wants the bill to be S$30, a family that gives Loh Kean Yew S$200,000, and more.

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Netizens dismayed that ex-chief planner thinks 10m population ‘not really a ridiculous number’

Singapore —  When the country’s former Master Planner and CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Liu Thai Ker said on Tuesday that a 10 million population in Singapore is “not really a ridiculous number” because of the country’s need to remain competitive many netizens were utterly dismayed.

And they said so in no uncertain terms, making it plain that the number is no less provocative than when he first uttered it in April 2013.

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Tray return station overflowing with cutlery, utensils, leftovers, & trash at Jurong Point, Netizen share photos

Singapore — Photos of a tray return station brimming with used cutlery and utensils have circulated on social media.

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According to Cherokee Tomahawk’s post on the Umbrage Singapore Facebook group, the photos were taken on Jan 10 at 7:30 pm at the Kopitiam outlet inside Jurong Point.

The photos depict an overflowing tray return station with cutlery, utensils, leftovers, and trash.

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Boyf earning 40 per cent more says his family isn’t well off and shares the bill with his girlfriend or tries to keep it to S$30

Singapore — A girlfriend unsure about whether her boyfriend will eventually stop living frugally raised her concerns on if he would even allow her to buy a piece of cake she was craving.

In an anonymous confession to popular Facebook page NUSWhispers, the girlfriend wrote: “My boyfriend told me that his family isn’t well off since he was young”.

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George Yeo: With US-China tensions predicted to be long-term, Singapore must become capital city of Asean

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Singapore — Former Foreign Minister George Yeo underlined on Jan 11 (Tuesday) the importance of establishing a strong presence in Southeast Asia as well as strong ties with Singapore’s neighbours, as tensions between global superpowers the United States and China may last for “easily” up to 30 years.

At the yearly Singapore Perspectives conference organised by think-tank Institute of Policy Studies, Mr Yeo,  a Visiting Scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, called for Singapore to think more regionally so as not to get caught between the US and China.

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‘We hope to inspire future Loh Kean Yews’: Karim family’s $200,000 ‘thank you’ to champ

Singapore — The family foundation of Indonesian tycoon Bachtiar Karim has given  S$200,000 to show its support for Badminton World champion Loh Kean Yew. This appears to be the single largest donation to date for Loh.

Mr Karim heads one of the world’s biggest family-owned palm oil conglomerates, Muslim Was, which is headquartered  in Singapore. THeir net worth is estimated to be around US$3.5 billion (S$4.7 billion).

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