Friday, 14 June 2019

Singapore authorities recall bottled water from Malaysia containing bacteria

Authorities here have issued a recall of bottled mineral water imported from Malaysia after it was found to contain a common environmental bacterium that is found in faeces, soil, water and sewage.

In a media statement on Wednesday (June 12), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said that the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa was detected in Malaysia’s “Starfresh” bottled drinking water during a routine sampling of the product. It comes in 500ml and 1.5 litre bottles.

The agency said it has directed the importer Radha Exports to recall all affected products, with the process ongoing.


S$270 million in MediSave top-ups for eligible seniors in July

Eligible seniors will receive a total of S$270 million in MediSave top-ups in July under the Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation packages, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Thursday (Jun 13).

These MediSave top-ups may be used to pay for MediShield Life premiums and other MediSave-approved insurance plans, the ministries said in a press release. The funds may also be used for hospitalisation, day surgery and approved outpatient treatment bills.

Pioneer Generation seniors receive between S$200 and S$800 in MediSave top-ups every year depending on the year of their birth.

Merdeka Generation seniors receive an annual MediSave top-up of S$200 for five years between 2019 and 2023.

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2019 GST Voucher (Cash) and GST Voucher (U-Save)​

1) GST Voucher (Cash)

In Budget 2019, the Government announced that GST Voucher (Cash) recipients will receive a one-off cash (Bicentennial Payment) of up to $300 on top of the regular GST Voucher (Cash) payment. This is in commemoration of Singapore’s Bicentennial and to help lower income households with some of their expenses.

Taken together, eligible recipients will receive up to $600 in 2019. The regular payment will be made in August 2019 and the one-off cash (Bicentennial Payment) will be paid in end 2019.


2) GST Voucher (U-Save, Utility)

Each flat will receive only 1 GST Voucher (U-Save) benefit, based on the HDB flat type.​ ​​