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Singapore’s Top 5 News Stories of the Month: November 2017

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Singaporeans paid most attention to news of a potential rise in transport fares by up to 7%. The situation in Hong Kong and the death of a 18-month-old toddler at Jewel Changi Airport were the next 2 most followed news in September.  

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Singaporeans continue to focus on the Hong Kong protests as the top news story for August (93%), followed by the failed Huawei $54 phone promotion, which resulted in a public apology by the phone maker (87%). Suggestions of higher public transport fares by Minister Khaw Boon Wan was the third most followed news at 85%.

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Hong Kong protesters occupying the Legislative Council Building was the most followed story in July. This was followed by Passion Silver Card top-up for the Merdeka Generation residents, followed by rising electricity tariffs.      

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A study which concludes that elderly Singaporeans need $1,379 a month for basic needs was the most followed story in June. This was closely followed by the debate in Parliament with regards to the Bill to tackle online falsehoods and Asia’s first same-sex weddings taking place in Taiwan.  

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The Sri Lanka terror attach on Easter Sunday and the multiple incidents of voyeurism cases involving NUS and NTU students were the top 2 most followed stories (88%) in May. This was closely followed by  criticisms levied by netizens and the Education Minister (87%) on penalties meted out by NUS on the ‘voyeur’ culprit.  

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The opening of Jewel Chang Airport was the most followed story (91%) in April. This was followed by the terror attack in New Zealand (90%) and education reform of subject based-banding to replace streaming at secondary schools (84%).  

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The announcement of subject-based banding at the secondary level and Budget-related announcements  were the most followed stories in March 2019. Both stories were followed by 86% of Singaporeans. The third most followed story was ongoing talks between Malaysia and Singapore with regards to water, which was followed by 83% of Singaporeans.

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The death of actor Aloysius Pang, top story in February 2019,  was followed by 94% of Singaporeans. The data leak of HIV-positive Singaporeans came second, service failure incidents incurred by SingPost. The ‘kidnap’ video of a Gojek driver which went viral was followed by 85% of Singaporeans, followed by the fine of $1,000,000 in total […]

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When it comes to news for January 2019, the top story was the SingHealth COI report, which was followed by close to 9-in-10 Singaporeans. News of falling electricity and gas tariffs was second on the list, followed by the soaring prices of eggs due to limited exports from Malaysia. The visit of Johor Chief Minister […]

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The spate of food poisoning incidents was the most followed piece of news in Dec 2018, as 9-in-10 Singaporeans (90%) followed the story. This was followed by the recent Malaysia-Singapore tensions arising from the Malaysian vessel parked in Singapore waters, which was followed by 89% of Singaporeans. The appointment of Heng Swee Keat as PAP’s […]

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