0:00 – THE BIG STORY
0:41 – COVID-19 SINGAPORE UPDATE
0:54 – TAIWAN-S’PORE TRAVEL BUBBLE
A day after confirming the launch of a travel bubble with Palau, Taiwan’s health minister said the next on the island’s list for a travel bubble would likely be Singapore. Last December, Singapore announced a unilateral lifting of restrictions for travellers entering the country from Taiwan, exempting them from the two-week mandatory quarantine and only requiring them to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival.
2:50 – ‘COUNT ON ME, SINGAPORE’ IN COPYRIGHT BATTLE
One of Singapore’s most iconic and catchiest National Day songs, Count On Me, Singapore, has become embroiled in a copyright tussle. Indian composer Joseph Mendoza has been accused of copying the 1986 song, but he is claiming he wrote his version, We Can Achieve, in 1983. He also said that he found out about Count On Me, Singapore only a few days ago.
4:27 – STRONGER SIGNAL NEEDED TO PREVENT RECURRING MRT FAULTS
We speak to senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan on his commentary piece about authorities needing to send a stronger signal to errant builders and contractors involved in Singapore’s transport infrastructure, in order to avoid future preventable lapses. He weighs in on how parties should be appropriately penalised if they were found responsible. Read Christopher’s commentary:
13:21 – BEYOND OUR BORDERS
14:58 – LIFE PICKS
Travel correspondent Clara Locks flips the pages of Secret Singapore, an upcoming book that explores Singapore’s hidden gems.
Food correspondent Eunice Quek whets our appetite with her review of Tablescape’s new menu.
Film correspondent John Lui predicts if Minari can win Best Picture at the Oscars.
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