Today’s News Summary: SG Bonus Fake Text; Go-Jek coming to SG; PM Lee in Bali for Retreat

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Here’s the Top News of The Day.

  • Go-Jek revs up to get going in Singapore. Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek has roped in half a dozen car rental firms to supply vehicles and sign on drivers in preparation for a Singapore launch set for next month. Go-Jek’s services go beyond providing just private-hire vehicles in Indonesia. They include a variety of concierge services, such as food and grocery deliveries as well as cleaning and massage services. Go-Jek will pit it against Grab, the sole major ride-hailing operator in the region following Uber’s exit from South-east Asia in March.

  • Singapore refutes Oxfam report on its performance in tackling inequality. The Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee refuted the report “The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index”, which is compiled by non-profit organizations Oxfam and Development Finance International which criticised Singapore for being “one of the worst-performing countries in the world at tackling inequality”. Singapore was ranked 149th out of 157 countries – below Ethiopia and Afghanistan, and above Bhutan and Haiti. 

  • Google to launch Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 smartphones in Singapore on Nov 1. Both the Pixel 3 XL and the Pixel 3 will be available in 13 countries, including Singapore, from Nov 1. Google did not reveal local pricing, though the Pixel 3 starts at US$799 (S$1,105) in the United States while the Pixel 3 XL starts at US$899 (S$1,244).

  • SG Bonus Real or Fake? MOF shares tips on how to identify legitimate messages. How to identify whether a text message notification on the SG Bonus is a legitimate one sent by the Government? The legitimate text message would have its sender listed as SG-Bonus or SGBonus, and will NOT ask for any information.

  • PM Lee Hsien Loong in Bali for a retreat with Jokowi, Asean leaders’ meet. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be in Bali for two days to attend a Leaders’ Retreat with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and an Asean leaders’ gathering. He will also participate in a dialogue with World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim at the Human Capital Summit.  The two leaders will review the progress in bilateral relations and discuss ways to deepen cooperation. They will also exchange views on regional and international developments.

Top 10 events happening in Singapore in October 2018