Kok Xinghui

Singapore

Kok Xinghui

Senior Reporter, Asia

Xinghui is a journalist based in Singapore, covering breaking news, politics, economy and health and social issues in the city state for the Post. She previously worked for The Straits Times and Today.

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Singapore’s economy is slowly recovering as income and spending tick upwards, DBS data shows

Analysing anonymised customer data, the island nation’s largest bank has noted salary improvements among lower-paid workers, and fewer customers showing wage cuts.

Analysing anonymised customer data, the island nation’s largest bank has noted salary improvements among lower-paid workers, and fewer customers showing wage cuts.

Singapore’s economy is slowly recovering as income and spending tick upwards, DBS data shows
2 Mar 2021 - 3:34PM
How did Singapore pull off its US$19 billion coronavirus Jobs Support Scheme?

During lockdown, the city was paying 75 per cent of the first S$4,600 earned by every Singaporean and permanent resident each month.

During lockdown, the city was paying 75 per cent of the first S$4,600 earned by every Singaporean and permanent resident each month.

How did Singapore pull off its US$19 billion coronavirus Jobs Support Scheme?
1 Mar 2021 - 11:35AM
South China Sea: ‘reasonable’ for Asean nations to be worried about Beijing’s coastguard law

SCMP’s China Conference: Southeast Asia hears of possibility of ‘dangerous encounters’ with China’s coastguard in South China Sea.

SCMP’s China Conference: Southeast Asia hears of possibility of ‘dangerous encounters’ with China’s coastguard in South China Sea.

South China Sea: ‘reasonable’ for Asean nations to be worried about Beijing’s coastguard law
26 Feb 2021 - 11:53AM
Coronavirus Singapore: government digs deep on new relief package

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat says fresh drawdown of up to S$11 billion (US$8.31 billion) is necessary ‘given the exceptional circumstances we are in’.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat says fresh drawdown of up to S$11 billion (US$8.31 billion) is necessary ‘given the exceptional circumstances we are in’.

Coronavirus Singapore: government digs deep on new relief package
16 Feb 2021 - 10:06PM
What Heng Swee Keat’s 2021 Singapore budget has in store for the city state’s coronavirus recovery

Heng Swee Keat is expected to avoid another draw on reserves, focusing on targeted spending, reskilling workers, and tapered support schemes.

Heng Swee Keat is expected to avoid another draw on reserves, focusing on targeted spending, reskilling workers, and tapered support schemes.

What Heng Swee Keat’s 2021 Singapore budget has in store for the city state’s coronavirus recovery
15 Feb 2021 - 10:29AM
Lunar New Year: as coronavirus crashes the party, Southeast Asians find other ways to celebrate

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

‘There’s no more visiting my aunties and all that, I’ve told them not to expect a visit.’

Lunar New Year: as coronavirus crashes the party, Southeast Asians find other ways to celebrate
22 Feb 2021 - 10:33AM
Coronavirus: why vaccine inequality in Asia threatens the world’s recovery

If 2020’s big problem was the coronavirus, vaccine inequality is 2021’s. Put simply, if rich countries continue to hog the shots then everybody will suffer.

If 2020’s big problem was the coronavirus, vaccine inequality is 2021’s. Put simply, if rich countries continue to hog the shots then everybody will suffer.

Coronavirus: why vaccine inequality in Asia threatens the world’s recovery
31 Jan 2021 - 8:14PM
Coronavirus vaccine: in Singapore, 432 report side effects but experts ‘reassured’

While the island nation has recorded a higher rate of adverse reactions so far than Israel or the US, experts say initial recipients were on the lookout for unusual effects and fewer will be reported as more are vaccinated.

While the island nation has recorded a higher rate of adverse reactions so far than Israel or the US, experts say initial recipients were on the lookout for unusual effects and fewer will be reported as more are vaccinated.

Coronavirus vaccine: in Singapore, 432 report side effects but experts ‘reassured’
30 Jan 2021 - 12:29AM
Singapore’s Lee urges China to ‘recalibrate’ for global good

Speaking at World Economic Forum, PM says Beijing should provide ‘more global public goods’ to address international issues.

Speaking at World Economic Forum, PM says Beijing should provide ‘more global public goods’ to address international issues.

Singapore’s Lee urges China to ‘recalibrate’ for global good
29 Jan 2021 - 10:12PM
Chinese firms catch up with US companies in value added to Singapore’s economy, fixed-asset investments hit 10-year high

New data shows firms from China make up 39.7 per cent of the US$23.4 billion expected to be added to the city state’s economy, with US companies accounting for 40.9 per cent.

New data shows firms from China make up 39.7 per cent of the US$23.4 billion expected to be added to the city state’s economy, with US companies accounting for 40.9 per cent.

Chinese firms catch up with US companies in value added to Singapore’s economy, fixed-asset investments hit 10-year high
21 Jan 2021 - 12:01AM
Coronavirus: could Singapore’s vaccine drive become a victim of the city’s own success?

While people elsewhere fret about vaccine safety, Singapore’s concern is different: so good has it been in fighting Covid-19, some people don’t see a pressing need to get a jab.

While people elsewhere fret about vaccine safety, Singapore’s concern is different: so good has it been in fighting Covid-19, some people don’t see a pressing need to get a jab.

Coronavirus: could Singapore’s vaccine drive become a victim of the city’s own success?
20 Jan 2021 - 11:00AM
‘The Washington Spring’ or just a blip? How Asia saw the chaos of Trump supporters storming US Capitol

Some say the scenes have turned the world’s most powerful country into a ‘laughing stock’; others say it shows a democracy that still needs to ‘mature’.

Some say the scenes have turned the world’s most powerful country into a ‘laughing stock’; others say it shows a democracy that still needs to ‘mature’.

‘The Washington Spring’ or just a blip? How Asia saw the chaos of Trump supporters storming US Capitol
7 Jan 2021 - 11:18PM
Coronavirus: TraceTogether data used in murder case, Singapore minister says as he defends police access to contact-tracing programme

Police access to the programme has stirred controversy, as the Singapore government has previously stressed it would be used only for coronavirus contact tracing.

Police access to the programme has stirred controversy, as the Singapore government has previously stressed it would be used only for coronavirus contact tracing.

Coronavirus: TraceTogether data used in murder case, Singapore minister says as he defends police access to contact-tracing programme
5 Jan 2021 - 10:34PM
Singaporeans won’t be able to choose between coronavirus vaccines: Health Minister Gan Kim Yong

Vaccines will be allocated on availability, patients’ medical history and other factors, says Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

Vaccines will be allocated on availability, patients’ medical history and other factors, says Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

Singaporeans won’t be able to choose between coronavirus vaccines: Health Minister Gan Kim Yong
4 Jan 2021 - 11:03PM
Vaccine passports, domestic tourism, pricey flights – is this the future of travel in a post-pandemic Asia?

The coronavirus has changed the industry, forcing companies and countries alike to pivot from their existing models in a region where tourism is a huge economic driver.

The coronavirus has changed the industry, forcing companies and countries alike to pivot from their existing models in a region where tourism is a huge economic driver.

Vaccine passports, domestic tourism, pricey flights – is this the future of travel in a post-pandemic Asia?
4 Jan 2021 - 11:11AM
Coronavirus: how Singapore went from hero to zero, and back to hero again

‘Mike Tyson said everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Singapore has shown she can take the pain and get back up.’

‘Mike Tyson said everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Singapore has shown she can take the pain and get back up.’

Coronavirus: how Singapore went from hero to zero, and back to hero again
18 Dec 2020 - 9:28AM
Singapore’s DBS bank to launch digital currency exchange featuring Bitcoin, Ether, XRP and Bitcoin cash

DBS Digital Exchange will be the world’s first cryptocurrency exchange backed by a traditional bank, says DBS chief Piyush Gupta

DBS Digital Exchange will be the world’s first cryptocurrency exchange backed by a traditional bank, says DBS chief Piyush Gupta

Singapore’s DBS bank to launch digital currency exchange featuring Bitcoin, Ether, XRP and Bitcoin cash
10 Dec 2020 - 10:36PM
World Economic Forum: a calculated risk for Covid-safe Singapore

Hosting the forum is a PR coup for Singapore, but as the shelved travel bubble with Hong Kong shows, Covid-19 fortunes are fickle and an international event is a ‘high stakes event’.

Hosting the forum is a PR coup for Singapore, but as the shelved travel bubble with Hong Kong shows, Covid-19 fortunes are fickle and an international event is a ‘high stakes event’.

World Economic Forum: a calculated risk for Covid-safe Singapore
9 Dec 2020 - 10:43PM
Coronavirus: Singapore and China pledge health partnership for future pandemics

‘Landmark’ number of accords between the two countries are boost for Beijing amid criticism of its response to Covid-19.

‘Landmark’ number of accords between the two countries are boost for Beijing amid criticism of its response to Covid-19.

Coronavirus: Singapore and China pledge health partnership for future pandemics
8 Dec 2020 - 9:39PM
Singapore’s DBS not fazed by entry of digital banks, boss Piyush Gupta says

While the new banks have advanced digital capabilities, none of them have a ‘monopoly on technology’, said Piyush Gupta at the Singapore Fintech Festival.

While the new banks have advanced digital capabilities, none of them have a ‘monopoly on technology’, said Piyush Gupta at the Singapore Fintech Festival.

Singapore’s DBS not fazed by entry of digital banks, boss Piyush Gupta says
7 Dec 2020 - 9:46PM
Asean women were key negotiators for CPTPP, RCEP. Are they better than men at talking trade?

Veteran diplomat Tommy Koh singled out Singapore’s female trade negotiators for praise but experts say success is not about gender.

Veteran diplomat Tommy Koh singled out Singapore’s female trade negotiators for praise but experts say success is not about gender.

Asean women were key negotiators for CPTPP, RCEP. Are they better than men at talking trade?
27 Nov 2020 - 9:19PM
Travel bubble: Singapore requires on-arrival test for Hong Kong travellers after surge in virus cases

The Hong Kong-Singapore quarantine-free travel scheme starts on Sunday, but a surge in Covid-19 infections in Hong Kong has caused concern.

The Hong Kong-Singapore quarantine-free travel scheme starts on Sunday, but a surge in Covid-19 infections in Hong Kong has caused concern.

Travel bubble: Singapore requires on-arrival test for Hong Kong travellers after surge in virus cases
21 Nov 2020 - 12:33PM
For Asia’s super-rich, Singapore family offices keep the wealth churning – but Hong Kong wants a piece of the pie too

James Dyson and the couple behind hotpot chain Haidilao are among those who have set up units in the city state to safeguard their family fortunes, with more on the way.

James Dyson and the couple behind hotpot chain Haidilao are among those who have set up units in the city state to safeguard their family fortunes, with more on the way.

For Asia’s super-rich, Singapore family offices keep the wealth churning – but Hong Kong wants a piece of the pie too
21 Nov 2020 - 8:00AM
Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble success ‘critical’ for both cities: transport minister

The surge in Hong Kong’s Covid-19 infections has caused concern, but the quarantine-free travel scheme is expected to go ahead on Sunday.

The surge in Hong Kong’s Covid-19 infections has caused concern, but the quarantine-free travel scheme is expected to go ahead on Sunday.

Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble success ‘critical’ for both cities: transport minister
21 Nov 2020 - 1:12AM
Explainer | Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble: why is the Singapore Covid-19 test more expensive and what to do before you board?

What to do before you board, who gargles and who swabs, why some tests cost more than others and what happens if you catch Covid-19. The Post has the answers to all these questions and more.

What to do before you board, who gargles and who swabs, why some tests cost more than others and what happens if you catch Covid-19. The Post has the answers to all these questions and more.

Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble: why is the Singapore Covid-19 test more expensive and what to do before you board?
21 Nov 2020 - 11:03AM
How Singapore’s corporate darling Hyflux and founder Olivia Lum fell from grace

From global leader to staving off bankruptcy, the fiasco surrounding the water company has become a case study in corporate governance gaps. But was it all just down to a ‘basic mistake’?

From global leader to staving off bankruptcy, the fiasco surrounding the water company has become a case study in corporate governance gaps. But was it all just down to a ‘basic mistake’?

How Singapore’s corporate darling Hyflux and founder Olivia Lum fell from grace
14 Nov 2020 - 9:17PM
Travel bubble: Singapore goes gaga for Hong Kong trips, sparking ticket price surge

Singapore residents raring to leave the island bought tickets in droves after details of the Hong Kong travel corridor were announced.

Singapore residents raring to leave the island bought tickets in droves after details of the Hong Kong travel corridor were announced.

Travel bubble: Singapore goes gaga for Hong Kong trips, sparking ticket price surge
12 Nov 2020 - 2:12PM
Explainer | Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble: All you need to know about flights, tests and costs

From November 22, Singapore and Hong Kong will launch quarantine-free travel on Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

From November 22, Singapore and Hong Kong will launch quarantine-free travel on Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble: All you need to know about flights, tests and costs
10 Dec 2020 - 11:22AM
Hong Kong travel bubble: Singapore Airlines to use smaller aircraft when flights begin

The airline will not use the A380, which can seat 441 passengers, as both the Singapore and Hong Kong governments are taking a conservative approach on the initial number of travellers not required to serve quarantine.

The airline will not use the A380, which can seat 441 passengers, as both the Singapore and Hong Kong governments are taking a conservative approach on the initial number of travellers not required to serve quarantine.

Hong Kong travel bubble: Singapore Airlines to use smaller aircraft when flights begin
9 Nov 2020 - 4:07PM
Will Singapore’s ruling party’s internal election reveal more about the future prime minister?

The PAP is expected to maintain the status quo in choosing its central executive committee but observers are on the lookout for any clues on leadership succession, including what is in store for education minister Lawrence Wong.

The PAP is expected to maintain the status quo in choosing its central executive committee but observers are on the lookout for any clues on leadership succession, including what is in store for education minister Lawrence Wong.

Will Singapore’s ruling party’s internal election reveal more about the future prime minister?
7 Nov 2020 - 8:21PM