Kok Xinghui

Singapore

Kok Xinghui

Correspondent, Asia

Xinghui is an Asia desk journalist based in Singapore. She covers politics, macroeconomics, business, and health and social issues in Asia and in the city state for the Post. She previously worked for The Straits Times and Today.

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Will Kim Jong-un look to China to battle North Korea’s ‘explosive’ Covid-19 spread?

Even as the unvaccinated nation faces a collapse of its health system, Pyongyang has rebuffed aid offers from South Korea and the UN.

Even as the unvaccinated nation faces a collapse of its health system, Pyongyang has rebuffed aid offers from South Korea and the UN.

18 May 2022 - 2:05PM
China’s new envoy to Singapore says will promote ‘peace and prosperity’ in the region

Sun Haiyan, a longtime member of the International Liaison Department, is China’s 12th ambassador to Singapore.

Sun Haiyan, a longtime member of the International Liaison Department, is China’s 12th ambassador to Singapore.

17 May 2022 - 7:35PM
Asia’s ‘progressive’ abortion laws safe, but accessibility still an issue in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea

While the landmark decision is at risk of being rolled back in the US, no such debates have roiled Asia, although a stigma persists in some places.

While the landmark decision is at risk of being rolled back in the US, no such debates have roiled Asia, although a stigma persists in some places.

15 May 2022 - 1:30PM
Singapore’s PM Lee to travel to Washington for US-Asean summit weeks after meeting Biden

Asean leaders will review the Asean-US Strategic Partnership, while Biden is expected to pitch his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework during the summit.

Asean leaders will review the Asean-US Strategic Partnership, while Biden is expected to pitch his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework during the summit.

9 May 2022 - 8:23PM
Singapore’s poop lab studies Asia’s gut health to treat more illnesses

Co-founders of the two-year-old start-up Amili have developed five probiotics supplements based on their studies of what Asian guts lack.

Co-founders of the two-year-old start-up Amili have developed five probiotics supplements based on their studies of what Asian guts lack.

7 May 2022 - 10:09PM
Singapore archbishop ‘dismayed’, ‘ashamed’ as Catholic Church parishioner jailed for sex acts with teenage boys

Archbishop William Goh apologises on behalf of the Church after a ‘prominent’ man in Singapore’s Catholic community pleads guilty to two charges and is jailed for five years.

Archbishop William Goh apologises on behalf of the Church after a ‘prominent’ man in Singapore’s Catholic community pleads guilty to two charges and is jailed for five years.

5 May 2022 - 8:16PM
‘Lively and special’: Singapore’s Muslims cheer first Eid without Covid curbing festivities

The city state’s mosques are once again bustling with worshippers as Eid al-Fitr celebrations return at full scale, after last month’s lifting of capacity limits and social-distancing curbs.

The city state’s mosques are once again bustling with worshippers as Eid al-Fitr celebrations return at full scale, after last month’s lifting of capacity limits and social-distancing curbs.

3 May 2022 - 7:10PM
Singapore is ready to party, but clubs from Zouk to Marquee first need jobseekers to show up

As the city state relaxes its pandemic rules, there has been a flurry of reopening in the F&B sector and operators are on a hiring drive, creating stiff competition for talent.

As the city state relaxes its pandemic rules, there has been a flurry of reopening in the F&B sector and operators are on a hiring drive, creating stiff competition for talent.

30 Apr 2022 - 12:00PM
Singapore executes mentally-disabled Malaysian Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam after court dismisses last-ditch appeal

Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam had been in prison since 2009 for bringing 42 grams of heroin into Singapore. He was hanged on April 27 after his mother’s last-ditch legal challenge was dismissed.

Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam had been in prison since 2009 for bringing 42 grams of heroin into Singapore. He was hanged on April 27 after his mother’s last-ditch legal challenge was dismissed.

28 Apr 2022 - 12:08AM
Coronavirus: Singapore returns to ‘almost normal’ life with free social gatherings, less scanning, no travel tests

All residents can now gather in large groups and stop using the TraceTogether app at most places in the city state, which also axed pre-departure Covid tests.

All residents can now gather in large groups and stop using the TraceTogether app at most places in the city state, which also axed pre-departure Covid tests.

26 Apr 2022 - 11:08AM
Singapore and New Zealand have ‘vested interest’ in stable US-China ties, Lee says during Ardern’s Asia trip

NZ and Singapore both condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are ‘staunch supporters’ of international rule of law, PM Ardern said on her first trip since the pandemic hit.

NZ and Singapore both condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are ‘staunch supporters’ of international rule of law, PM Ardern said on her first trip since the pandemic hit.

19 Apr 2022 - 11:32PM
Social egg freezing: Singapore follows South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia in allowing procedure as birth rate stagnates

From next year, the city state will allow single women aged 21 to 35 to freeze their eggs. But fertility is a complex matter, as South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand’s experience shows.

From next year, the city state will allow single women aged 21 to 35 to freeze their eggs. But fertility is a complex matter, as South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand’s experience shows.

16 Apr 2022 - 2:48PM
Singapore’s PM-in-waiting: what to know about Lawrence Wong, from his humble beginnings to his China ties

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s guitar-shredding successor grew up in a public housing flat and went to non-elite schools – and is expected to favour ‘not rocking the boat’ when he takes over the top job.

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s guitar-shredding successor grew up in a public housing flat and went to non-elite schools – and is expected to favour ‘not rocking the boat’ when he takes over the top job.

19 Apr 2022 - 9:03PM
Singapore’s ruling PAP signals finance minister Lawrence Wong will be next PM

Singapore’s ruling PAP said an ‘overwhelming majority’ of the party’s younger ministers endorsed Lawrence Wong as the leader of the ‘4G’ group.

Singapore’s ruling PAP said an ‘overwhelming majority’ of the party’s younger ministers endorsed Lawrence Wong as the leader of the ‘4G’ group.

14 Apr 2022 - 8:33PM
Singapore fast-tracks aid for families as inflation soars amid Ukraine war

Even if the war had not happened, Singapore would still have had to raise energy prices due to its clean energy transition, finance minister says.

Even if the war had not happened, Singapore would still have had to raise energy prices due to its clean energy transition, finance minister says.

4 Apr 2022 - 8:08PM
Singapore’s Ukraine war debate: As citizens take pro-China, pro-West sides, what’s next for its foreign policy balancing act?

A small but vocal group of Singaporeans oppose the government’s criticism of Russia and sympathise with China’s ‘above-the-fray’ stance. Analysts explain the broader implications of this development.

A small but vocal group of Singaporeans oppose the government’s criticism of Russia and sympathise with China’s ‘above-the-fray’ stance. Analysts explain the broader implications of this development.

2 Apr 2022 - 8:30AM
Singapore reacts to relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions

Singapore loosened multiple pandemic restrictions on March 29, 2022, as part of the city state’s plan to “take a decisive step forward towards living with Covid-19”. The new measures include the removal of an outdoor mask mandate, the resumption of alcohol sales after 10:30pm and allowing group gatherings of up to 10 people. The Post spoke to some residents of the city state for their views on the easing of restrictions. 
 

Singapore loosened multiple pandemic restrictions on March 29, 2022, as part of the city state’s plan to “take a decisive step forward towards living with Covid-19”. The new measures include the removal of an outdoor mask mandate, the resumption of alcohol sales after 10:30pm and allowing group gatherings of up to 10 people. The Post spoke to some residents of the city state for their views on the easing of restrictions. 
 

29 Mar 2022 - 4:30PM
Explainer | Singapore’s ‘decisive’ living with Covid-19 move: all you need to know

From masks off outdoors to no on-arrival testing for vaccinated travellers, Singapore from next week will ease or ditch a slew of pandemic-era curbs.

From masks off outdoors to no on-arrival testing for vaccinated travellers, Singapore from next week will ease or ditch a slew of pandemic-era curbs.

29 Mar 2022 - 6:19PM
Singapore to shed outdoor mask mandate, remove travel curbs so it’s ‘almost like before Covid-19’

From next Tuesday, most restrictions for travellers will be lifted and people will no longer be required to wear mask outdoors as Singapore moves to a new normal ‘almost like before Covid-19’, PM Lee Hsien Loong said.

From next Tuesday, most restrictions for travellers will be lifted and people will no longer be required to wear mask outdoors as Singapore moves to a new normal ‘almost like before Covid-19’, PM Lee Hsien Loong said.

24 Mar 2022 - 7:33PM
Asean should ditch ‘younger, weaker brother’ mentality when dealing with China, experts say at South China Morning Post’s China Conference: Southeast Asia

‘I think Asean always tends to view itself as more of the taker rather than the giver.’

‘I think Asean always tends to view itself as more of the taker rather than the giver.’

23 Mar 2022 - 4:20PM
Amid Ukraine war, inflation headwinds, Singapore and Hong Kong brace for minimum tax turbulence

A planned global minimum corporate tax of 15 per cent is a headache for the two Asian financial hubs, whose attraction owes much to their relatively low rates.

A planned global minimum corporate tax of 15 per cent is a headache for the two Asian financial hubs, whose attraction owes much to their relatively low rates.

21 Mar 2022 - 8:00AM
Hong Kong exodus pushes Singapore’s monthly foreign visitor arrivals from city to 2-year high

Some 1,790 foreigners arrived in Singapore from Hong Kong in February – a far cry from pre-pandemic days – but the first time the figure crossed four digits since April 2020.

Some 1,790 foreigners arrived in Singapore from Hong Kong in February – a far cry from pre-pandemic days – but the first time the figure crossed four digits since April 2020.

11 Mar 2022 - 1:29PM
From Hong Kong to Malaysia and India, how online learning failed special needs students during the Covid-19 pandemic

‘Children with learning difficulties are on the cliff – they have no friends, no services, no enrichment’.

‘Children with learning difficulties are on the cliff – they have no friends, no services, no enrichment’.

26 Feb 2022 - 11:49AM
Ukraine invasion: as thousands of Asians struggle to evacuate ahead of Russian advance, some are vowing to stay

Some find themselves stuck as airspace closes and train services are cancelled. Others have chosen to stay put, determined to ‘continue with our daily lives’.

Some find themselves stuck as airspace closes and train services are cancelled. Others have chosen to stay put, determined to ‘continue with our daily lives’.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:25PM
‘Let me get Covid, please’: Shifting views of virus in Singapore prompt expert to warn against actively seeking out infection

With most Covid-19 patients facing mild symptoms and recovering at home from the less-threatening Omicron strain, attitudes towards the virus in the highly-vaccinated nation have become more relaxed.

With most Covid-19 patients facing mild symptoms and recovering at home from the less-threatening Omicron strain, attitudes towards the virus in the highly-vaccinated nation have become more relaxed.

29 Mar 2022 - 6:52PM
Singapore raises GST for first time in 15 years, taxes ultra-wealthy more to support elderly, tackle climate change

Delivering 2022 budget, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong announces 2 percentage point GST raise alongside increases to personal income, property and vehicle taxes.

Delivering 2022 budget, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong announces 2 percentage point GST raise alongside increases to personal income, property and vehicle taxes.

21 Feb 2022 - 2:28PM
Coronavirus: what Singapore’s home test kits can teach Hong Kong about the ART of war on Covid-19

The city state has a special weapon in its fight against the coronavirus: cheap and readily available rapid antigen tests that mean Covid sufferers can isolate at home.

The city state has a special weapon in its fight against the coronavirus: cheap and readily available rapid antigen tests that mean Covid sufferers can isolate at home.

18 Feb 2022 - 8:51AM
Coronavirus: Singapore adds Hong Kong to ‘vaccinated travel lane’ list, as officials say Omicron surge ‘within expectations’

Travellers no longer need to do a costly PCR test, just an antigen rapid test. Singapore is looking to fully reopen after Omicron subsides; caseload of 20,000 a day is ‘within expectations’, minister says.

Travellers no longer need to do a costly PCR test, just an antigen rapid test. Singapore is looking to fully reopen after Omicron subsides; caseload of 20,000 a day is ‘within expectations’, minister says.

16 Feb 2022 - 6:30PM
Singapore opposition chief Pritam Singh rejects perjury allegations as PM Lee Hsien Loong slams ‘lack of shame’ in lying scandal

Workers’ Party leader Pritam Singh vows to exonerate himself after parliamentary committee says he perjured himself during a probe into lying ex-MP Raeesah Khan.

Workers’ Party leader Pritam Singh vows to exonerate himself after parliamentary committee says he perjured himself during a probe into lying ex-MP Raeesah Khan.

15 Feb 2022 - 8:09PM
Singapore opposition chief Pritam Singh may face prosecution as Workers’ Party’s woes mount over lying scandal

The former Workers’ Party MP last year accused police of mishandling a sex assault case during a debate on gender equality, which she later said was untrue

The former Workers’ Party MP last year accused police of mishandling a sex assault case during a debate on gender equality, which she later said was untrue

10 Feb 2022 - 7:39PM