Kok Xinghui

Kok Xinghui

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

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Singapore coronavirus cases to ‘taper down significantly’ as migrant workers’ testing ends

The only migrant workers still needing to be tested are the 9,700 or so in quarantine who had been in close contact with other sick workers.

8 Aug 2020 - 9:59PM

The only migrant workers still needing to be tested are the 9,700 or so in quarantine who had been in close contact with other sick workers.

Singapore coronavirus cases to ‘taper down significantly’ as migrant workers’ testing ends
Coronavirus: e-commerce in Southeast Asia rides high on pandemic boom

The sector was already tracking massive growth, increasing almost 600 per cent in the space of four years – the coronavirus only accelerated that trend.

4 Aug 2020 - 4:05PM

The sector was already tracking massive growth, increasing almost 600 per cent in the space of four years – the coronavirus only accelerated that trend.

Coronavirus: e-commerce in Southeast Asia rides high on pandemic boom
Singapore’s Leader of the Opposition has new resources. Will they help with alternative policies?

While analysts say the new role signals a maturing of the island nation’s politics, they also flag its funding limitations and the need for full access to data.

29 Jul 2020 - 5:28AM

While analysts say the new role signals a maturing of the island nation’s politics, they also flag its funding limitations and the need for full access to data.

Singapore’s Leader of the Opposition has new resources. Will they help with alternative policies?
Young Singaporeans are ready to talk about race. Are their parents?

In a land where racial harmony has long been closely managed by the government, a social media generation seeks a more open debate. The older generation is more cautious.

25 Jul 2020 - 2:00PM

In a land where racial harmony has long been closely managed by the government, a social media generation seeks a more open debate. The older generation is more cautious.

Young Singaporeans are ready to talk about race. Are their parents?
Coronavirus: Singapore turns to domestic tourism in US$32 million campaign

The island nation has joined the likes of Thailand and Japan in looking inward to boost tourism as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps borders closed.

22 Jul 2020 - 9:58PM

The island nation has joined the likes of Thailand and Japan in looking inward to boost tourism as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps borders closed.

Coronavirus: Singapore turns to domestic tourism in US$32 million campaign
Explainer | Dengue fever, second wave: what are the hurdles Singapore faces in its coronavirus fight?

Daily new infections are declining but Singapore faces the risk of new outbreaks that have hit other economies such as Hong Kong and Australia, and the rising threat of dengue fever.

22 Jul 2020 - 11:18AM

Daily new infections are declining but Singapore faces the risk of new outbreaks that have hit other economies such as Hong Kong and Australia, and the rising threat of dengue fever.

Dengue fever, second wave: what are the hurdles Singapore faces in its coronavirus fight?
Is Singapore’s housing market immune to coronavirus? Here’s your US$20 million answer

Restrictions on physical home viewings didn’t stop buyers from snapping up a US$20 million condo in central Singapore and a US$18 million landed house in Sentosa Cove. 

16 Jul 2020 - 10:04PM

Restrictions on physical home viewings didn’t stop buyers from snapping up a US$20 million condo in central Singapore and a US$18 million landed house in Sentosa Cove. 

Is Singapore’s housing market immune to coronavirus? Here’s your US$20 million answer
Singapore election: Workers’ Party’s Sengkang win boosts opposition presence in parliament to record high

WP has 10 of 93 seats, the highest ever percentage of opposition lawmakers, with analysts saying this indicates desire by voters for checks and balances on PAP government.

11 Jul 2020 - 8:47AM

WP has 10 of 93 seats, the highest ever percentage of opposition lawmakers, with analysts saying this indicates desire by voters for checks and balances on PAP government.

Singapore election: Workers’ Party’s Sengkang win boosts opposition presence in parliament to record high
Singapore election: PAP chief and PM Lee Hsien Loong says results ‘show clear desire for diversity of voices’

PAP returns to power, but opposition Workers’ Party wins record 10 seats in 2020 general election.

11 Jul 2020 - 7:37AM

PAP returns to power, but opposition Workers’ Party wins record 10 seats in 2020 general election.

Singapore election: PAP chief and PM Lee Hsien Loong says results ‘show clear desire for diversity of voices’
Singapore election: Polls close, vote counting begins with all eyes on hot seats and mandate for PAP

Polls closed at 10pm after the highest ever general election vote turnout since independence. Sample counts providing an early indication of results are expected soon with analysts saying the ruling People’s Action Party will comfortably return to power.

10 Jul 2020 - 11:28PM

Polls closed at 10pm after the highest ever general election vote turnout since independence. Sample counts providing an early indication of results are expected soon with analysts saying the ruling People’s Action Party will comfortably return to power.

Singapore election: Polls close, vote counting begins with all eyes on hot seats and mandate for PAP
Singapore election: People’s Action Party, Workers’ Party bring out the political veterans as campaigning ends

With Singaporeans going to the polls on Friday, with campaigning permitted until midnight on Wednesday.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:41PM

With Singaporeans going to the polls on Friday, with campaigning permitted until midnight on Wednesday.

Singapore election: People’s Action Party, Workers’ Party bring out the political veterans as campaigning ends
Singapore election: what’s a strong win for the PAP in a season of coronavirus and political succession?

For the PAP, which has triumphed in every general election since independence, another win seems in the bag. But in the trade-off between share of votes and share of seats, is there such a thing as winning too much?

6 Jul 2020 - 3:07PM

For the PAP, which has triumphed in every general election since independence, another win seems in the bag. But in the trade-off between share of votes and share of seats, is there such a thing as winning too much?

Singapore election: what’s a strong win for the PAP in a season of coronavirus and political succession?
Explainer | Singapore election: the present and future of the People’s Action Party

Here are some of the important figures running for office on July 10, from future leaders such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s designated successor Heng Swee Keat to old hands.

1 Jul 2020 - 8:11PM

Here are some of the important figures running for office on July 10, from future leaders such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s designated successor Heng Swee Keat to old hands.

Singapore election: the present and future of the People’s Action Party
‘Singapore does not need another Lee’, says PM’s estranged brother as PAP pulls a surprise ahead of July 10 election

On Nomination Day, Deputy PM Heng Swee Keat made an 11th hour switch to East Coast GRC as the PM’s brother Lee Hsien Yang ended weeks of speculation about his election plans, saying ‘Singapore does not need another Lee’.

30 Jun 2020 - 7:46PM

On Nomination Day, Deputy PM Heng Swee Keat made an 11th hour switch to East Coast GRC as the PM’s brother Lee Hsien Yang ended weeks of speculation about his election plans, saying ‘Singapore does not need another Lee’.

‘Singapore does not need another Lee’, says PM’s estranged brother as PAP pulls a surprise ahead of July 10 election
National security law: could Singapore take Hong Kong’s finance crown? It’s keeping mum

The city state has been clear it does not want to be seen as taking advantage of Hong Kong’s political turmoil. Yet its generous tax rates, lower rents and safe streets are undeniably appealing.

28 Jun 2020 - 8:57AM

The city state has been clear it does not want to be seen as taking advantage of Hong Kong’s political turmoil. Yet its generous tax rates, lower rents and safe streets are undeniably appealing.

National security law: could Singapore take Hong Kong’s finance crown? It’s keeping mum
Explainer | Singapore’s 13th general election: what’s at stake in July 10 polls?

The ruling PAP will be seeking a strong vote of confidence in its ‘4G’ leaders. Singapore’s coronavirus response and economic woes are issues that will feature in a relatively muted campaign with no mass rallies.

24 Jun 2020 - 3:26PM

The ruling PAP will be seeking a strong vote of confidence in its ‘4G’ leaders. Singapore’s coronavirus response and economic woes are issues that will feature in a relatively muted campaign with no mass rallies.

Singapore’s 13th general election: what’s at stake in July 10 polls?
Singapore heads for July 10 general election as PAP seeks mandate amidst pandemic

All eyes will be on whether the ruling party can repeat or surpass its 69.9 per cent showing from the 2015 polls held six months after the death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

24 Jun 2020 - 2:45PM

All eyes will be on whether the ruling party can repeat or surpass its 69.9 per cent showing from the 2015 polls held six months after the death of founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore heads for July 10 general election as PAP seeks mandate amidst pandemic
Singapore election: no mass rallies but more media airtime for candidates

Singapore’s Elections Department has released fresh guidelines on campaigning, amid expectations that a general election could be weeks away.

24 Jun 2020 - 3:14PM

Singapore’s Elections Department has released fresh guidelines on campaigning, amid expectations that a general election could be weeks away.

Singapore election: no mass rallies but more media airtime for candidates
Coronavirus recession won’t derail Singapore’s push for equal society: Tharman

‘We must defy the loss of social cohesion, the polarisation, and the despair that is taking hold in many other countries’.

23 Jul 2020 - 3:12PM

‘We must defy the loss of social cohesion, the polarisation, and the despair that is taking hold in many other countries’.

Coronavirus recession won’t derail Singapore’s push for equal society: Tharman
Singapore podcast hosts apologise for misogynistic comments after criticism from female president

‘Women are not objects to be made fun of, ridiculed and trampled upon’, Halimah Yacob, Singapore’s first woman president, wrote on Facebook.

16 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

‘Women are not objects to be made fun of, ridiculed and trampled upon’, Halimah Yacob, Singapore’s first woman president, wrote on Facebook.

Singapore podcast hosts apologise for misogynistic comments after criticism from female president
In Singapore, expatriates hit by coronavirus pay cuts, lay-offs fear for future

Foreign workers are expected to bear the brunt of the 200,000 redundancies economists forecast will be made in the city state by the end of the year.

18 Jun 2020 - 3:04PM

Foreign workers are expected to bear the brunt of the 200,000 redundancies economists forecast will be made in the city state by the end of the year.

In Singapore, expatriates hit by coronavirus pay cuts, lay-offs fear for future
Singapore’s political stability and willingness to ‘play by the rules’ will propel coronavirus recovery, PM Lee Hsien Loong says

Lee Hsien Loong’s televised address was the first of six speeches by government leaders and an informal beginning to the ruling party’s election campaign.

24 Jun 2020 - 3:15PM

Lee Hsien Loong’s televised address was the first of six speeches by government leaders and an informal beginning to the ruling party’s election campaign.

Singapore’s political stability and willingness to ‘play by the rules’ will propel coronavirus recovery, PM Lee Hsien Loong says
In Singapore, mid-career workers face the brunt of job losses in the looming coronavirus recession

Experts say the looming recession will hit more experienced employees hardest, as they are expensive to employ and seen as difficult to retrain.

7 Jun 2020 - 9:36AM

Experts say the looming recession will hit more experienced employees hardest, as they are expensive to employ and seen as difficult to retrain.

In Singapore, mid-career workers face the brunt of job losses in the looming coronavirus recession
Singapore’s Violet Oon food culture appropriation dispute shows importance of a name

The Peranakan restaurant helmed by a celebrity chef recently unveiled a ‘Nyonya nasi ambeng’ set meal but critics pointed out the dish was originally from Java, Indonesia and had cultural significance for the Malay community.

5 Jun 2020 - 2:29PM

The Peranakan restaurant helmed by a celebrity chef recently unveiled a ‘Nyonya nasi ambeng’ set meal but critics pointed out the dish was originally from Java, Indonesia and had cultural significance for the Malay community.

Singapore’s Violet Oon food culture appropriation dispute shows importance of a name
Singapore-China ‘travel bubble’ to open with swab tests, contact tracing and strict itineraries

The arrangement encompasses Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang as well as the city state and will reduce lengthy quarantines for businesspeople and officials.

3 Jun 2020 - 9:15PM

The arrangement encompasses Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang as well as the city state and will reduce lengthy quarantines for businesspeople and officials.

Singapore-China ‘travel bubble’ to open with swab tests, contact tracing and strict itineraries
Excitement, nerves as Singapore starts phased reopening from coronavirus circuit breaker

Pupils are returning to the classroom and some businesses are reopening as Singapore takes its first steps to ease its circuit breaker.

2 Jun 2020 - 10:21PM

Pupils are returning to the classroom and some businesses are reopening as Singapore takes its first steps to ease its circuit breaker.

Excitement, nerves as Singapore starts phased reopening from coronavirus circuit breaker
Asean and India unlikely to pressure Beijing over Hong Kong national security law: experts

Most Asean leaders see Beijing’s position on Hong Kong as part of its internal affairs, the analysts say.

29 May 2020 - 3:00PM

Most Asean leaders see Beijing’s position on Hong Kong as part of its internal affairs, the analysts say.

Asean and India unlikely to pressure Beijing over Hong Kong national security law: experts
Coronavirus: Singapore economy could reopen quicker than planned if infections remain ‘low and stable’, minister says

The phased reopening of the economy could be expedited if it appears the city state has the virus under control, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said.

28 May 2020 - 9:41PM

The phased reopening of the economy could be expedited if it appears the city state has the virus under control, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said.

Coronavirus: Singapore economy could reopen quicker than planned if infections remain ‘low and stable’, minister says
Coronavirus: what Singapore’s US$65 billion in pandemic stimulus will be spent on

The city state on Tuesday unveiled its fourth set of financial measures this year for businesses and households hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

26 May 2020 - 7:28PM

The city state on Tuesday unveiled its fourth set of financial measures this year for businesses and households hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: what Singapore’s US$65 billion in pandemic stimulus will be spent on
Singapore unveils fourth stimulus budget of US$23.2 billion to save jobs

Total injections to shore up the city state’s coronavirus-battered economy will now amount to US$65.4 billion. The measures are described as a “necessary response to an unprecedented crisis”.

26 May 2020 - 8:37PM

Total injections to shore up the city state’s coronavirus-battered economy will now amount to US$65.4 billion. The measures are described as a “necessary response to an unprecedented crisis”.

Singapore unveils fourth stimulus budget of US$23.2 billion to save jobs