Zakir Hussain, The Straits Times

Zakir Hussain, The Straits Times

29 November 2021
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22 November 2021
Up to 5 vaccinated people from different households can now dine out
Singapore has relaxed curbs on dining out, household visits and some social activities. Prime Time's Timothy Go and Rachel Kelly speak to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits Times who shares more about the latest Covid-19 measures.

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8 November 2021
Growing focus on mental health at workplace as Covid-19 pandemic takes toll
A survey by software firm Oracle found that nearly 7 in 10 residents in Singapore said this year has been the most stressful one at work - with more than half struggling more with their mental health at work this year than last year. Prime Time's Timothy Go and Rachel Kelly speak to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times who shares how organisations can beef up mental health support for their employees.

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8 November 2021
Singapore, Malaysia to start VTL for quarantine-free air travel from Nov 29
Vaccinated travellers will be able to take flights between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur without quarantine from Nov 29. Prime Time's Timothy Go and Rachel Kelly spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at the Straits Times about the details.

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1 November 2021
Update on SG's ICU capacity & WP MP Raeesah Khan referred to Parliament privileges committee
On Prime Time, Timothy Go speaks to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times who shared some of the biggest stories from parliament including; How  Singapore intends to tackle the ICU bed crunch, updates on the situation at the Westlite Jalan Tukang dorm and details about Workers' Party MP Raeesah Khan lying in Parliament about details of a sexual assault case.

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25 October 2021
SGExtra: Latest Covid-19 Updates in Singapore
On SGExtra, Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits Times to discuss the latest Covid-19 updates from the Multi-Ministry Task Force.

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18 October 2021
SGExtra: Seven more nursing homes planned in next two years in estates such as Tampines, Punggol
Singapore is one of the fastest ageing societies, with one-quarter of Singaporeans projected to be 65 and above by 2030.In SGExtra, hosts Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times about plans to increase support for Singapore's aging population.

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11 October 2021
SGExtra: What you need to know about PM Lee's address & local Covid-19 measures
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a zero-Covid-19 strategy is no longer feasible given how infectious the Delta variant is, as he set out the country’s situation and what has changed.

Meanwhile, the multi-ministry task force handling Covid-19 here announced simplified health protocols, updates to the home recovery program and a further reopening of borders.

In SGExtra, hosts Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times to unpack the latest Covid-19 developments here in Singapore.

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4 October 2021
SGExtra: Parliamentary debate on the proposed Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act
In SGExtra, hosts Rachel Kelly and Shehzad Haque speak to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times on the latest developments out of Parliament today.

A petition to seek further consultation and scrutiny on a proposed law against foreign interference will not delay the debate on the law, after Parliament voted to discuss both the petition and the law at the same time.

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27 September 2021
SGExtra: The latest from Singapore's Covid-19 situation
On SGExtra, hosts Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go catch up with Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits Times for the latest on the Covid-19 situation in Singapore.

With local Covid-19 cases climbing, the authorities have tightened restrictions to prevent daily infections from rising at the current rate.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Singapore reported a record 1,939 new Covid-19 cases, marking the sixth consecutive day new infections have exceeded the 1,000 mark.

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20 September 2021
SGExtra: Over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases for two straight days. What next?
More than 1,000 new Covid-19 infections were reported in Singapore for the second day in a row on Sunday.

There were a total of 1,012 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily number since April 23 last year when there were 1,037 new cases.

In SGExtra, host Timothy Go and Rachel Kelly speak to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times to find out more on the Covid-19 situation here.

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13 September 2021
SGExtra: 'Concerns about academic freedom following the Yale-NUS merger are unfounded'
In SGExtra, Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times about the merger of Yale-NUS College and the University Scholars' Programme into the New College and what was discussed in Parliament.

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30 August 2021
SGEXtra: Key highlights & analysis of the National Day Rally 2021
On SGExtra, host Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times for the key highlights and analysis of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech.

PM Lee gave an update on the Covid-19 situation and economic outlook before diving into how the government plans to tackle social challenges, which have been amplified by the pandemic.

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23 August 2021
SGExtra: Significance of US Vice President Kamala Harris' visit to Singapore & Southeast Asia
In SGExtra, hosts Timothy Go and Rachel Kelly catch up with Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits Times to discuss US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Singapore.
The trip marks Harris’ second foreign trip - she visited Guatemala and Mexico in June - and will be the first time a US vice president has visited Vietnam.
Her visit comes on the heels of US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin's late-July trip to Singapore and the region.

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16 August 2021
SGExtra: Relaxing Covid-19 restrictions & greater vaccination-differentiated measures
Health experts forecast that Singapore is on track to further ease its Covid-19 measures this week, as more people are vaccinated and there are healthcare resources to care for those with severe infection.
In SGExtra, host Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits to find out more.
They also discussed how the nation has responded to the differentiated measures for vaccinated and non-vaccinated people.

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2 August 2021
SGExtra: Latest from Parliament: Novavax Vaccine, Fake Qualifications & More
In SGExtra, hosts Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits Times for latest updates from Parliament, including when the approval of the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine can be expected and the number of Employment Pass and S Pass holders in the ICT industry who submitted fabricated or forged education qualification certifications.

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26 July 2021
SGExtra: Latest from Parliament: MTF update on the Government's Covid-19 response
On SGExtra, hosts Rachel Kelly and Timothy Go spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times about the multi-ministry task force’s update in Parliament.
On Monday, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong gave an update on the Covid-19 situation.
These include the Government's long-term strategy for when Covid-19 becomes endemic, as well as its vaccine strategy.

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19 July 2021
SGExtra: Singapore's largest active Covid-19 clusters: KTVs & Jurong Fishery Port
On SGExtra, hosts Timothy Go and Rachel Kelly spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits Times to find out about the latest on the Covid-19 clusters here in Singapore.

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12 July 2021
SGExtra: One year post GE2020: Highlights from our political landscape & what's next?
Slightly over a year ago, Singaporeans headed to the polls in General Election 2020. So, what are our politicians doing one year after GE2020? How have the events of a year ago reshaped politics for the longer term? And, what’s next?
On SGExtra, Prime Time's Timothy Go and Rachel Kelly spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor, The Straits Times to find out more.

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5 July 2021
SGExtra: Additional $1.2b Covid-19 support measures: How will Singapore firms & workers benefit?
On Prime Time's new SGExtra segment, hosts Tim Go and Rachel Kelly spoke to Zakir Hussain, Singapore Editor at The Straits Times about the latest updates and key issues discussed in Parliament on Monday
Finance Minister Lawrence Wong announced that additional support measures for the recent period of heightened alert are expected to cost $1.2 billion.

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