1. What makes you enter into the entertainment industry? Why do you want to be an artiste?
I started off as a Dancer at a young age. At the same time, I also had given opportunities to become a choreographer and gaining stage experience (Front line and back stage crew) during that time. Due to all this opportunities given to me, I’ve build up my interest and passion in ARTS and Stage performing which brings me to who I am today after years of experiences and training.
I still remembered how and why I’ve diverted my concentration into singing due to two particular reasons. Firstly few years ago, I’ve reached to a peak that choreography and dancing seem a norm. Due to sad wake up call, I am in need of searching back my creativity, Art passion and another phase of sparks. Secondly, I was fortunate to meet a Director in Taiwan during the phase of career diversion. He was the one who encouraged me and gave me hope to go ahead with my singing career after listening to my demo that was recorded and brought it over to Taiwan.
Since young, I always wanted to bring Art creation to the stage and entertain everyone who is watching. They are the one who pushes my limit every time when I performed and urge me to climb and improve as much as I can. Now after stepping into the singing career, I always have a goal for myself to produce and create good songs for everyone and bring messages across through my singing.
2. What is the most interesting incident you ever encounter during your performance?
During my performance, I’ve face different situations that puzzled me and force me to react in a certain speed that nobody can imagine. I’ve come across performances which do not required any rehearsals which brings me to the lowest peak due to that I got to face the reality and bringing my professional across.
For dancing, when no rehearsals needed, I’ve to learn to accept and learn the dance choreography within few minutes before stage performance and react fast to execute changes on stage. For Singing, I’ve always told myself to get ready in all circumstances during performance even though my body is not ready due to sickness or lack of rehearsals.
In conclusion, no matter what I face during or before performance, I will always push myself to give everyone a good performance on stage/platform due to professionalism.
3. How do you think of local entertainment industry scene? Do you think it is tough for newcomers to gain fame without much investment in publicizes and promotions?
After all these years in local entertainment industry scene, I have yet to see any hype given to the industry which sadden me. I have seen and know a lot of entertainers who are amazingly talented but the existing platforms given locally are unable to embrace all of them.
It might be the culture that has change the entertainment industry scene year by year. At the same time I do understand why some are not engaging professionals for the events and I also do understand why people prefer overseas entertainment hype than local entertainment industry.
I believe in recent entertainment industries, for new amazing talented newcomers it will be tough as they will need to engage various social media platforms, with ready products and certain amount of investment to market out to the industries. It is not an easy task, but with beliefs and hard work, all new and amazing newcomers will be able to reach their first goal.
4. Can you share your latest EP album with your fans and tell us which is your favourite track, and why?
This latest EP album is a combination of two, which consist of Mevolution and Confluence. People will be wondering why these particular names are given to my latest EP album.
Mevolution consists of three tracks which are sole written and composed by me. I created this album with a first idea to start a change within me. All the tracks created based on my true stories and experiences that I faced. I believe people are facing the same situation or feel like me. With the help of my lyrics, I’m able to project their voice across through my songs.
Confluence consists of two tracks which were created mainly for worldwide collaboration opportunities. Musicians will be able to communicate through music, gain different music knowledge and understanding of different culture and genres.
5. Which singer in Singapore do you wish to have a duet with if you are given the opportunity? Why?
Actually I wish to collaborate with many amazing singers locally. It will be an honour to be on stage with them and to learn from them. However in particularly, I wish to have duets with my amazing talented friends, Sylvester Sim and Benjamin Eio. We are the one who always supported and encouraged each other. Most importantly they are amazing singers.
6. How was your experience when recording with the music producer and how was the experience when filming the MV?
I’m always excited with all the music productions. During the recording with the renowned music producer, George Leong, we are actually having fun in the studio with lots of laughter which brings my tension down during recording. At the same time, we do have a similar goal is to make the song better each time.
For the music production, during filming of the MV, many of the ideas are not able to project out due to certain reasons. I would say that the experience was kind of tiring but excited because the song will be launch to the market for everyone.
7. What is your plan after this EP album? Do you think it is important to go Taiwan for promotion to gain more publicity for yourself?
Since the EP album and 5 songs are officially launched in the market, I would be concentrating to bring those songs across to more audience. Hopefully everyone will enjoy those songs and support local musicians. Concurrently, I am in the midst of producing another upcoming song. Hopefully it will be ready for everyone soon. Please do stay tuned and hope you will like the upcoming song too.
If I am given opportunities to promote my songs in Taiwan, I will be ready for it to extend my songs to bigger audience worldwide. I always believe music is for everyone and I want everyone to know my songs which created and produced for them.
8. Apart from singing, will you consider acting as well, or becoming a variety program host?
If I am given the opportunities to learn, improve and advance my career, I will take any opportunities that are coming my way. I will be ready for any acting platform or becoming variety program host.
9. What do you want to say to your music fans here?
Thank you so much for your love, believe, support and an encouragement. Because of you, I’m able to produce good songs and pull through every difficulty during my journey. Because of you, I’ve learned a lot and become who I am now.
With promises, I will keep writing and composing good songs for everyone. Thank you once again, with love deep down my heart.
SYDNEY: An Australian boy who discovered a message in a bottle on a remote beach may have a new pen-pal after the Englishman who dropped it from an Australia-bound ship 50 years ago was tracked down.
But Jyah Elliott, aged nine, may have to wait some time as the message's now 63-year-old author is once again at sea - this time on a cruise in the Baltic, the ABC reported.
Jyah discovered the decades-old treasure in sand dunes on a South Australian beach on Tuesday and by the next day the writer had been located.
Paul Gilmore was just 13 when on Nov 17, 1969 he dropped the bottle into the Indian Ocean hoping to reach a new friend.
The letter, which gave the ship's location as "1,000 miles east of Fremantle, Western Australia, asked its recipient to "Please Reply".
Although Jyah initially thought the letter was a fake, he was quick to post a reply on Wednesday.
"He was so excited," his mother Carla Elliott told the reporters.
Gilmore's sister Annie Crossland told the ABC that her brother was currently cruising but would be sure to contact Jyah when he returns home.
"It's amazing, absolutely incredible," Crossland said. "He'll be chuffed to bits."
She said the family had long ago moved on from the reply address on the letter.
Gilmore sent six bottles from the TSS Fairstar, a ship that transported so-called "10-pound Pom" migrants from Great Britain to Australia.
"The last time he was on a ship was probably going to Australia," she said. "Cruises aren't his thing."
SINGAPORE: Ask bookstores what is their key challenge, and one answer keeps popping up: Rising rents.
And it has indeed felled one player in the market, at least for now.
Last Friday, MPH announced that it was closing the chapter on its two stores in Raffles City and Parkway Parade.
It cited high rental cost as the main reason.
But MPH’s shelf life is not over yet. It is exploring a few potential locations for a new store, and will take the opportunity to “re-structure and streamline resources to make way for new business initiatives,” according to Ms Ivy Tan, the retailer’s general manager for business development.
Books Kinokuniya and BooksActually agree that rising rents is one of their greatest challenges.
When asked if MPH’s consolidation was a normal move for a bookstore, senior store and merchandising director Kenny Chan of Books Kinokuniya (Pacific Asia) said yes.
“It’s good to move from poor locations that have dropping footfall,” he said.
Kinokuniya would know. The Japanese bookstore chain closed its Liang Court outlet in April this year. The outlet, which opened in 1983, was the chain’s first branch in Asia outside of its home country.
Kinokuniya has three outlets remaining in Singapore, including its flagship store, which occupies 38,000 square feet of prime retail real estate in Ngee Ann City on Orchard Road. Business has been sustainable over the past few years, it added.
“But we still need more support, as well as understanding landlords, as rent is the biggest challenge,” said Mr Chan.
BooksActually’s founder Kenny Leck revealed that rent at his Tiong Bahru store is S$9,500 a month. It’s the highest rent he has paid in the 14-year business.
But he says that high rent comes with the territory, even if it’s a challenge when balancing the books.
“To be honest, if I want a lower rental, a more competitive rental, I would have rented maybe somewhere in the heartlands, an HDB shop, then I would never have to complain about rental, in that sense,” he said. “But would that generate that sort of sales, would it generate that sort of environment and vibe that the business is looking for?”
IMPACT OF E-COMMERCE ON BOOK SALES
Indeed, publisher Asiapac Books says the issues facing bookstores are similar to what any retail or F&B business would face - and the competition from e-commerce retailers is certainly one aspect.
“Something people may not realise is in Singapore, we’re one of the small minority of countries that charges standard GST on books. So when you see a book online, it's slightly cheaper than in bookstores, and that’s because there's no tax,” said Ms Chong Lingying, Manager of Asiapac Books, referring to foreign online retailers such as Book Depository and Amazon.
"If we continue to lose this share of the market to these overseas book retailers, we’re going to see more and more in Singapore having to scale down their book selection, or maybe even exit the book business entirely."
While booksellers have surfed the wave of e-commerce themselves, their web sales do not comprise most of their revenue.
BooksActually said online sales comprise 5 to 7 per cent of their gross sales, while Asiapac Books said online and direct sales comprise 10 to 20 per cent of their sales.
To make matters worse, Ms Chong added that there is a lack of a proper tracking system for books sold in Singapore. This makes it hard to determine which books sell well. Booksellers have to rely on their own data as well as their instincts.
"What we can probably benefit from would be more consolidated data for the market. In terms of … sales data, trying to gauge the size of the market - right now we’re always operating on estimates,” said Ms Chong.
“Even though we can project numbers - and booksellers will trust their intuition and gut to sell the books - it will benefit us a lot more to adopt some international or local standards for our book data, so it's easier for us to be more transparent about sales figures, and also so we can understand the impact of online retailers in a much more complete sense."
Asiapac Books has been a Singapore publisher for the past 35 years. Last year, they edited a book on the history of publishing in Singapore, with chapters detailing MPH's ups and downs over the years.
MPH has been in Singapore since 1890, starting out as a publisher. It used to own prominent magazine titles like Female and SilverKris, Singapore Airlines’ inflight magazine.
Even today, it has publishing and distribution arms - among other business verticals - that have not left the market. In fact, BooksActually sells books that are distributed by MPH Group.
The company has been headquartered in Malaysia since it was acquired in 2002 by Jalinan Inspirasi. There are 31 MPH retail outlets in the country.
“With their management in Malaysia still going strong with the stores there, it makes sense for them to take some time to re-configure their Singapore retail business while the rest is still ongoing,” said Ms Chong.
Her view matches MPH’s positive outlook on the industry. Last week, Ms Tan said the business is confident that bookstores will continue to be relevant.
After all, bookstores such as BooksActually and Kinokuniya have somehow survived over the years - despite high rental costs.
BooksActually said it has seen yearly growth of 2 to 3 per cent for the past five years.
Kinokuniya says its main Ngee Ann City store is still the highest-grossing outlet outside of Japan. The global business is also “cautiously optimistic”, with a new store opening in Abu Dhabi next year, as well as two more in Houston and Portland in the United States.
The booksellers hope to close the book on the suggestion that readership is falling.
The 2018 National Reading Habits Survey conducted by the National Library Board (NLB) showed that 25 per cent of adults in Singapore read a book more than once a week - a six per cent increase from the previous, 2016 edition of the survey.
“The narrative is there are no readers, that’s why bookstores are closing,” said Mr Leck. “(But) if there are no readers, they wouldn’t even lament that bookstores are closing down. If there are no readers, (we) as this small independent bookstore with no big financial backer behind us - would have closed.”
Mr Leck quipped that he pays the rent through selling books - not, for example, by selling cats, or stationery.
“The readers are there, but how do you convince them to want to buy from you?”
Especially since readers have options beyond physical books these days.
In the NLB survey, of the people who had read at least one book in the past year, 89 per cent had been flipping through a physical pulp-and-pigment page. But that was lower than the 95 per cent reported in 2016.
The same survey also revealed that a growing number of people prefer e-books, with an increase from 41 to 55 per cent.
The proportion of people who bought books from a physical store fell from 53 to 48 per cent over the same period.
DIFFERENT FORMULA FOR BOOKS
The bookstores concur that the basics of retail are crucial. Kinokuniya lists its product range, ambience, customer service, and “most importantly”, the staff members who make it all work.
“Success has to do with the brand’s ability to understand and connect to the needs of book lovers, and people who need books for a multitude of reasons,” said Mr Chan.
Mr Leck adds that keeping stocks fresh and up-to-date is key, and to have a wider range than just bestsellers.
“As a book lover, I’ll stop going to a bookstore if it isn’t selling me anything new,” he said. “If I’ve been to your bookstore in 1990, and in 2019 I still see that same book, I think it’s horrendous. You can still have (bestsellers), but it shouldn’t be your main focus.”
The bookstores are also constantly thinking of ways to bring people through the doors. Both Kinokuniya and BooksActually have packed calendars of events with authors and the literary community in Singapore.
BooksActually cited the recent fourth edition of its 24-Hour Bookstore event as a successful one, which saw it hosting performances, panel discussions, readings and even food for extended hours.
It has also experimented with more novel ways to sell its books, such as vending machines for "mystery" books - wrapped-up tomes - outside its store, at the National Museum, and at arts venues like The Substation.
“For me, running the bookstore is always about reaching out, and to consistently reach out,” says Mr Leck. “The strategy is that you reach out to that person at 16 years old and tell them you exist ... eight, nine years down the road, I still need to market to that same person, and now it's even more important because this person is now working and has a bigger disposable income.”
Ms Chong says individual bookstores need to figure out what formula works for them. If a bookstore seems to be selling more stationery than books, that is still serving the needs of its customers.
Still, bookstores closing isn’t something to write home about. “Like any other business there’ll be some that come and go over the years,” she said.
But it seems few businesses are as lamented and missed as bookstores are. Of course, MPH looms large in collective memory thanks to its iconic red-and-white flagship store on Stamford Road, which closed in 2003 after nearly 100 years there.
“Obviously everyone is sad,” said Mr Leck. “A majority of Singaporeans grew up with the existence of MPH bookstores. When someone passes the old Stamford building, they will have fond memories of MPH there. Even I myself have one single memory of MPH at Stamford, when my mum brought me there and bought me an Enid Blyton book.
“It’s always that sense of nostalgia.”
SINGAPORE: A man and woman were rescued from a 26th-floor Bukit Batok flat after a fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday (Jul 18).
About 70 residents of Block 293D Bukit Batok Street 21 were evacuated during the fire, and an elderly man was injured during the evacuation.
The cause of the fire has not been identified by the authorities, although Mr Murali Pillai, the Member of Parliament for the area, said it has been traced to two e-scooters.
"The fire involved the contents of the living room and was extinguished using two water jets," said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in a Facebook post, adding that it responded to the fire at about 12.40am.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced their way into the burning flat and rescued a man and a woman, SCDF said.
The man was found unconscious and taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, while the woman was taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.
Student James Lum, who lives in the block, said he was out getting food when the fire broke out.
"I was at the coffee shop getting supper. I heard a bit of shouting and I saw police cars coming in to the area," the 21-year-old told reporters.
"I went to check it out. When I was approaching the scene, I saw a black shape falling out of the sky and it hit the ground," he said, adding that he did not know what the object was.
When he looked up, he noticed smoke and saw the fire. "It was very scary. We were told by the police officers we cannot walk to our unit," he said.
Firefighters allowed him to return to his flat at around 2am.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, said SCDF.
Fried chicken is everywhere in Singapore. From chain outlets to stalls in coffeeshop, but there is one extraordinary store bringing you a whole new chicken dining experience.
Situated in Jurong West, 'Yes Chicken' is a food store which specializes in fried chicken using special fried chicken powder and marination process by Chef Sing. The outcome- crispy tender aromatic fried chicken. And only here at 'Yes Chicken' you will get to enjoy the Whole Chicken Feast experience.
What is Whole Chicken Feast and so special about it? Beside the usual fried chicken wings, half chicken and spring chicken on its menu, 'Yes Chicken' also serve fried chicken skin, fried chicken neck, fried chicken back and even fried chicken ass, also known as Phoenix Tail.
With its official opening just a few days back, 'Yes Chicken' has seen their customers increased and long queue formed. They have many selections on their menu which are suitable for diner alone as well as family bucket selection.
If you wish to savor on the Whole Chicken Feast and challenge on the Phoenix Tail, invite your family and friends over to 'Yes Chicken' now. Oh yes, they currently have opening promotion, so do check out their Facebook page for more details.
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LOS ANGELES: Prosecutors have singled out Jeffrey Epstein for harsher treatment than other defendants because he is rich, lawyers for the American financier claimed on Tuesday (Jul 16) in arguing that Epstein should be freed while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Federal prosecutors say Epstein, 66, should be denied bail because there are no conditions under which a man with his money and international connections could be prevented from fleeing the country if he was released.
"To be sure, wealthy defendants do not deserve preferential treatment. But they certainly shouldn't be singled out for worse treatment - in effect, categorically disqualified from bail ... on the basis of their net worth," Epstein's attorneys wrote in papers filed in federal court in New York on Tuesday.
Both prosecutors and defence lawyers filed additional documents on Tuesday as U.S. District Judge Richard Berman weighs whether Epstein should be granted bail, and if so, under what conditions. Berman said he would issue his ruling on Thursday.
Epstein was indicted in federal court in New York earlier this month on charges of trafficking underage girls for sex in at least two states. He was arrested on July 6 at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he had returned from Paris on his private plane.
Epstein, who is a registered as a sex offender under a 2008 plea agreement in Florida that has been sharply criticized for its leniency, has pleaded not guilty to the indictment.
Alexander Acosta, who handled the 2008 case as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, resigned as secretary of labour under President Donald Trump amid fresh outrage over that plea deal.
The defence team has asked that Epstein be allowed to surrender his passport and live under house arrest at his US$77 million mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, guarded by private security at his own expense.
A document filed by his lawyers and made public this week lists his total assets at US$559,120,954, including four homes and two private islands.
Prosecutors say that they found more than US$70,000 in cash in a safe at Epstein's multi-story Manhattan mansion, along with jewellery, loose diamonds and a passport that was apparently issued by a foreign country containing Epstein’s photo but someone else’s name.
Defence attorneys said in the court filing that their client, who is Jewish, acquired the passport in the 1980s for "personal protection" while travelling in the Middle East and that it had expired 32 years ago.
Epstein was known for socializing with politicians and royalty, with friends who have included Trump, former President Bill Clinton and according to court papers, Britain’s Prince Andrew. None of those people were mentioned in the indictment.
Epstein faces up to 45 years in federal prison if convicted.
SINGAPORE: A taxi driver in an accident that killed a passenger and injured three others headed to the National University of Singapore (NUS) pleaded guilty on Wednesday (Jul 17).
Yap Kok Hua, 55, pleaded guilty to one charge of a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide and a second of causing grievous hurt to the surviving three passengers.
Another two charges were taken into consideration.
NUS undergraduate Kathy Ong, 19, died in the accident after the cabby made a discretionary right turn, and an oncoming car crashed into the taxi.
Her friends, Zon Lim Thou Jung, Lim Jin Jie and Ting Jun Heng, all 22 at the time, were taken to hospital with injuries varying from fractures to multiple lacerations and a seizure.
Yap had picked up the four students from Clementi Mall at about 7.30pm on Apr 19 last year.
PASSENGERS IN THE BACK NOT WEARING SEATBELTS WHEN SPEEDING CAR HIT TAXI
The Premier Taxi cabby did not ensure that the three rear passengers had fastened their seatbelts before starting his journey to NUS’ Tembusu College, the court heard.
He stopped at the cross junction of Commonwealth Avenue West and Clementi Road, as the traffic light was red in his direction.
When the lights turned green, but before the green right-turn arrow was lit, Yap drove into the right-turn pocket where he stopped and checked for vehicles coming from the opposite direction.
Even though he saw a car coming towards him from the opposite direction at a high speed, he decided to execute the discretionary right turn anyway.
The oncoming Nissan Presage, driven by 21-year-old Ng Li Ning, was travelling straight along Commonwealth Avenue West towards Boon Lay Way on the second lane from the left and had the right of way.
Mr Ng, who was travelling between 92kmh and 97kmh, was unable to avoid Yap’s taxi, which was going at an estimated 24kmh, and collided into it with force. Both vehicles spun from impact and the cab hit another car which had stopped at the junction.
MS ONG DIED IN HOSPITAL, OTHERS SEVERELY INJURED
Ms Ong, who was seated on the left rear of the taxi, was thrown partially out of the window.
She was taken to National University Hospital (NUH) where she died that night from multiple injuries.
READ: NUS undergraduate dies after accident at Clementi Road junction
The passenger in the front, Mr Zon Lim, suffered multiple lacerations and had glass in his wounds. He was kept on a cervical collar and hospitalised for eight days.
Mr Lim Jin Jie, who was seated at the right of the rear, bled in his brain and suffered a spine fracture. He was also hospitalised for eight days.
Mr Ting, who was seated in the middle at the back, had traumatic brain injury and broke his ribs and pelvic bones. He was in a vegetative state at first but improved, and was hospitalised for 54 days. To date, he is still undergoing rehabilitation.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Timotheus Koh asked for at least eight weeks’ jail and a five-year driving ban to be imposed, calling the case “a serious one with awful consequences”.
Yap’s negligence claimed one life and inflicted grievous injuries on three others, said the prosecutor.
CABBY HAS BAD DRIVING RECORD: PROSECUTOR
He said Yap had a bad driving record, repeatedly committing traffic offences over 24 years from 1992 to 2016, but "decided to approach traffic safety with the same nonchalance as he had in the past".
The previous offences include careless driving, speeding and failing to conform to a red light signal.
Defence lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong, who are acting pro bono for Yap, urged for not more than six weeks’ jail and a driving ban of not more than five years.
The Invictus Law Corporation lawyers said Yap had pleaded guilty and was remorseful, and that the other driver had been speeding, going up to 97kmh on a 70kmh-limit road.
They cited a Health Sciences Authority report that said the collision could have been avoided had Mr Li been going at 70kmh.
Addressing Yap’s previous traffic offences, the defence said this was not a case of beating the red lights, and that his last conviction for careless driving was almost eight years ago.
“Mr Yap is 56 years old this year and he is currently seeing a doctor for acute kidney injury and nephrotic syndrome,” said defence counsel Mr Tan.
He added that Yap was the sole breadwinner of his family and has lost his driving licence and cannot continue driving a taxi when released from jail.
District Judge Victor Yeo adjourned sentencing to Aug 2 for him to consider submissions.
For committing a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide, Yap can be jailed for up to two years and fined.
He could be jailed for up to two years and fined S$5,000 for causing grievous hurt by a negligent act.
SINGAPORE: A young man who kicked a screen door at a train platform, shattering it, was sentenced to nine months' probation on Wednesday (Jul 17).
Mohamad Adib Azfar Mohamad, 19, has to remain indoors from 10pm to 6am for nine months and perform 60 hours of community service.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of mischief resulting in damages worth more than S$500.
He had been at Orchard MRT Station with his colleagues on Sep 24 last year when the train arrived.
Adib had been playing around with his colleagues and wanted to prevent one of them from boarding the train, but failed to do so.
After the train doors closed behind his colleague, Adib ran towards the platform screen doors, jumped, and kicked the door forcefully with his right leg.
The door shattered as a result and Adib immediately left the station, taking a cab home.
District Judge Eddy Tham had previously adjourned sentencing after calling for a probation suitability report and asking Adib to consider what to do about the damages.
The repairs had cost the Land Transport Authority S$3,061.
The court heard on Wednesday that the report ordered by the judge had recommended probation.
"The accused's mother had made full restitution," said the prosecutor.
The judge had previously asked Adib why he did "such a stupid thing" and said: "Probation has been recommended for you. It means if you comply with the terms of probation, not only will you have a chance to benefit from the programmes and counselling provided to you, you will have a clean record."
He added that if Adib failed to abide by the probation terms and committed a similar offence, he would be taken back to court and sentenced afresh.
Adib's mother furnished a bond of S$5,000 to ensure her son's good behaviour during probation.
The punishment for committing an act of mischief that causes losses or damages of S$500 or more is a maximum jail term of two years, a fine or both.
WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday (Jul 16) joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen.
Ardern, the charismatic young leader who has been hailed as "the anti-Trump" by US media, said she proudly celebrated her country's diversity.
"Usually I don't get into other people's politics, but it will be clear to most people that I completely and utterly disagree with him," Ardern told Radio New Zealand.
Trump on Sunday urged a group of four Democratic congresswomen of colour - three of them US-born - to "go back" to the countries they came from, then renewed his attack on them a day later.
"If you're not happy here, you can leave... This is about love for America, certain people hate our country," he tweeted.
Ardern said New Zealanders welcomed diversity in the corridors of power.
"We take the view that our parliament should be a representative place, it should look and feel like New Zealand, it should have a range of different cultures and ethnicities," she said.
"And never should a judgement be made about the origin of anyone, and their right, therefore, to be in parliament as a representative."
British Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian leader Justin Trudeau have also condemned the tweets, while Democratic presidential candidates have labelled Trump racist.
Ardern has not been shy about highlighting her differences with Trump in the past, advising him to send "sympathy and love to all Muslim communities" in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre in March when a gunman killed 51 worshippers.
Shortly after Ardern's stunning election win in late 2017, Trump met her at a summit in Vietnam and joked she had "caused a lot of upset in her country".
"You know, no one marched when I was elected," she retorted, referring to the protests that followed Trump's victory in 2016.
SINGAPORE: Dengue cases last week rose to 666, the highest recorded in a week since 2016, the National Environment Agency (NEA) confirmed on Tuesday (Jul 16) on its website.
The last time the weekly recorded numbers peaked was in January 2016, when there were 637 cases in one week.
As of 3pm on Monday (Jul 15), there were 7,483 recorded cases of dengue in Singapore in 2019.
This is about five times more than the 1,481 dengue cases in the same period last year, NEA said. The number is also more than twice the 3,285 cases for the whole of 2018, and the 2,772 cases for all of 2017.
“Urgent action is needed to eliminate potential mosquito breeding habitats in the community,” the agency said.
Five people have died from dengue this year amid the spike in the number of cases.
Last month, an 84-year-old woman, who lived in an active dengue cluster at Lorong 6 Geylang, died from dengue. A 63-year-old man died of the disease in May.
In March, dengue claimed the life of a 71-year-old woman who lived in Ang Mo Kio, while two elderly men died in February.
“We are now in the warmer months of June to October, and a national collective effort is critical to prevent dengue cases from rising further,” NEA added.
“Every individual, whether living in a dengue cluster or not, needs to take action to prevent more people from being infected with the dengue virus.”
As of Jul 6, there have been 51 reported cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever – a severe form of dengue. That is more than three times the same number of cases – 16 – for the same period in 2018, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.
As of Monday this week, there were 182 active dengue clusters reported, a spike from the 112 clusters about a month ago.
There are 48 high-risk areas with 10 or more cases, including neighbourhoods in Woodlands, Geylang, Chai Chee, Pasir Ris and Jurong East.
Parts of Joo Chiat, Bedok and Aljunied are also among the high-risk areas.
You can find the full list on NEA's website.
Inspections by NEA showed that 60 per cent of all Aedes aegypti breeding habitats were in homes, Environment Minister Masagos Zulkifli wrote last Monday in a reply to a parliamentary question.
In dengue clusters, that proportion goes up to 74 per cent, he said, adding that homeowners played “a crucial role” in keeping dengue at bay.
“We have observed a slowing down in transmission of dengue in the last seven weeks at the Woodlands cluster, with one case reported in the cluster area in the past two weeks, compared to 27 cases reported in a week when transmission was at its peak,” NEA said.
“With the general uptrend in dengue cases across the island, large clusters with a relatively fast rate of dengue transmission have been observed at Pasir Ris, Joo Chiat and Jurong East. Everyone has to be alert to the threat of dengue.”
To deprive mosquitos of their breeding habitats, people should invert pails and flower pot plates and change water in vases regularly. They should also clear their roof gutters and place insecticide inside.
NEA also advised people who are unwell to seek medical attention early if they show symptoms of dengue.
These include a sudden onset of fever for two to seven days, severe headache with pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain and a skin rash. Nausea, vomiting and bleeding from the nose and gums are also possible symptoms.