Top 5 stories for Tuesday, 13 August 2013

We know you might have been busy and missed the headlines of the day.

Here are five stories you need to know:

Is danger on the horizon for Singapore banks?

The sun rises over the high rise financial district of Raffles place in Singapore on December 23, 2010. Global …

Last month, Moody’s downgraded Singapore banks’ creditworthiness from “stable” to “negative”. This report does a further breakdown of the performance of Singapore’s banks, concluding that Singapore’s banking system will remain stable.

Firefighters rescue Chinese woman dangling from balcony

A Chinese woman was found dangling from her balcony on the fifth-storey, after getting into a fight with her boyfriend. When she fell, her boyfriend managed to catch her and hold on to her until the firefighters arrived.

Buying Singapore land today ‘suicidal’?


Is buying land in Singapore "suicidal"? (Getty images)

Billionaire property developer Kwek Leng Beng of City Developments Limited said recently that buying land from Government Land Sales is “suicidal”, due to the high prices. In addition, the requirement that units must be sold within two years of completion means that developers would have to “buy high and sell low”.

Outrage in Malaysia over use of Muslim prayer room


Resort owner remanded over video of Buddhists in surau

Malaysia has been hit by a fresh religious row, this time involving a Muslim prayer room in a resort that was used by Buddhist tourists for worship. A video recording the prayer session was uploaded on YouTube on Sunday, sparking outrage and even calls for the tourists to be banned from the country.

Y! meets ‘Ah Boys To Men’ stars: Lobang King shares his biggest lobang
Wang Wei Liang, who stars as Bang Lee Onn or “Lobang King” in Jack Neo’s hit military film series, shares with Yahoo! Singapore about his biggest lobang. He and Tosh Zhang even show us some of their talents in singing and dancing.

  • Amazon to release smartphone later this year: report
    Amazon to release smartphone later this year: report

    Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company aims to announce its new product by the end of June and ship to customers by the end of September in time for the holidays, the Journal said in a Friday report, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter. Amazon, it said, hopes to differentiate its phone from other models with a screen that displays hologram-like three-dimensional images, which can be viewed without special glasses. Earlier this month the retailer unveiled a new media streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, which it touted as simplifying the experience of watching video online.

  • Malaysia flight's co-pilot tried to make cellphone call - report
    Malaysia flight's co-pilot tried to make cellphone call - report

    Investigators probing the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 suspect that the co-pilot of the jetliner tried to make a call with his cellphone after the plane was diverted from its scheduled route, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported sources as saying on Saturday. The newspaper cited unidentified investigative sources as saying the attempted call from co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid's phone was picked up by a cellphone tower as the plane was about 200 nautical miles northwest of the west coast state of Penang.