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Nine in 10 residents in Singapore and Hong Kong said they feel safe walking home alone at night in their neighbourhoods, according to a Global Law and Order report by research firm Gallup.

Singapore topped the poll with an overall Law and Order Index of 89, ahead of Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Switzerland.

The index gauges people's sense of personal security in their neighbourhoods and their personal experiences with crime and law enforcement.

Participants from 141 countries were asked last year if they had confidence in the local police force, and if they had property stolen from them within the past 12 months.

Jurong West will get its fourth hawker centre by 2017.

Mr Patrick Tay, MP for West Coast GRC, and Mr Cedric Foo, MP for Pioneer SMC, yesterday attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the two-storey building, which will come up next to Pioneer Mall.

It will have 34 cooked food stalls and 14 wet market stalls, with about 600 seats for patrons and parking space for more than 70 cars and 25 motorcycles.

It is one of 20 new hawker centres that will be built by 2027. They will add more than 800 cooked food stalls, and are expected to help moderate food prices.

Exhibition panels featuring the hawker centre are on display at Pioneer Mall till Oct 2.

Thai police yesterday said a foreign man detained over last month's deadly Bangkok attack was the main yellow-shirted suspect seen on CCTV.

Authorities said they are "convinced" that their first arrest, Adem Karadag, planted the bomb on Aug 17 which killed 20 people.

Earlier, police had said it was unlikely that either of the two foreign men held in custody were the key suspect as they issued arrest warrants and hunted for several others.

Yesterday, Karadag was taken on a reenactment of his alleged role in the crime. Handcuffed and wearing a yellow T-shirt beneath a black bulletproof vest, he was escorted around the Erawan shrine.


Philippine authorities have found a boat they suspect was used by kidnappers to take a group of mainly Western hostages to an island stronghold of Islamic militants.

The vessel was abandoned at a port on Jolo, more than 500km from the Samal island resort where two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina were abducted late on Monday, Brigadier-General Alan Arrojado said.

Jolo is the main base of the Abu Sayyaf, an Al-Qaeda-linked group.

Officials would not say if the discovery pointed to possible Abu Sayyaf involvement in the kidnapping of the tourists. No group has claimed responsibility or demanded ransom after the abductions, the latest of many in Mindanao.