SINGAPORE – Catch up on the hottest topics on The Straits Times’ weekday talk show.

The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, has reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day.

The show is helmed by multimedia correspondent Hairianto Diman and assistant video editor Olivia Quay, and airs live from ST’s digital studio.

Following Monday’s (Jan 4) statement on the Singapore Police Force’s (SPF) access to TraceTogether data, Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative Vivian Balakrishnan on Tuesday (Jan 5) clarified the purposes of TraceTogether. He said that the token and mobile application do not have the capabilities to track the GPS locations of individuals, but only collect Bluetooth proximity data on a temporary basis. Dr Balakrishnan was backed by Minister of Law and Home Affairs K Shanmugam, who explained that SPF will only acquire the data for serious criminal investigations.

Singapore editor Zakir Hussain joins us on the show to give his take on this issue.

Also addressed in Parliament was Singapore’s plan to move more towards renewable energy sources such as switching to solar panels, natural gas and tapping on regional power grids. Second Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Tan See Leng announced that solar energy could supply about 3 per cent of Singapore’s total electricity consumption by 2030.

We will also share the latest news from Singapore and around the world.


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