SINGAPORE (Aug 20): “The remarks by Mr Goh have lent credence to the argument that we are, at the core, an elitist society and that some Singaporeans count more than others.” — Former Nominated Member of Parliament Viswa Sadasivan, commenting on Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s remarks that Singaporeans ‘are going to end up with very, very mediocre people who can’t even earn a million dollars outside to be our minister’.

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1 Singapore Exchange-listed Vibrant Group says a vehicle carrying accounting records of a China-based subsidiary under inquiry for accounting irregularities has caught fire. The company says the Aug 9 incident has been reported to the police as a “suspected deliberate act to destroy the records”. In an Aug 15 filing to SGX, the company adds that investigations are ongoing and the damage to the records remains unknown.

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