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  1. Breaking News . Former Singapore chief justice Yong Pung How, 93, dies SINGAPORE — Yong Pung How, independent Singapore’s second Chief Justice, has died. He was 93. Yong was known for his reforms that enhanced the efficiency of the Singapore courts and earned a reputation for being tough. According to the Supreme Court website, Yong was born on 11 April 1926 in Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cambridge University in 1949 and qualified as a barrister-at-law of the Inner Temple in 1951. Yong was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in the Federation of Malaya in 1952 and in Singapore in 1964. He was a partner at Shook Lin & Bok, his father’s law firm, from 1952 to 1970. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1989 and was ultimately elevated to head the judiciary in 1990 as the Chief Justice of Singapore. Yong retired in 2006 at the age of 80. link: https://sg.yahoo.com/news/former-singapore-chief-justice-yong-pung-how-dies-055715474.html
  2. Urban legend or dream come true? Former journalist and bank employee training to be doctors https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/former-journalist-and-bank-employee-training-be-doctors Ex-VP of bank and former journalist among this year's intake of future clinicians at Duke-NUS Medical School. One worked in a bank. Another was a former journalist. And now, they are studying to be doctors. They are two of the 81 students in this year's intake of future clinicians at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore's only graduate medical school. Mr Lim Chun Chai, 39, a father of two, was a vice-president at OCBC Bank for nine years. He was responsible for processing and documenting corporate loans. Ms Hoe Pei Shan, 31, is a former journalist at The New Paper, The Straits Times and The Business Times. If they complete their four-year graduate programme, they will be awarded a medical degree in 2023. Before enrolling at Duke-NUS, both Mr Lim and Ms Hoe took the Medical College Admission Test administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
  3. Former RWS casino dealer stole chips worth at least S$77,000, bought branded goods Sources: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/former-rws-casino-dealer-stole-chips-worth-least-s77000-bought-branded-goods SINGAPORE — A former dealer at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino took at least S$77,000 worth of S$1,000 cash chips, asked a friend to help him cash some of them out, and used the money to buy luxury goods for himself and his girlfriend. His spending spree included a Breitling watch worth almost S$6,000, a pair of Balenciaga shoes and a pouch, and S$400 Chanel earrings. He also bought an Apple iPad mini and an iPhone. On Thursday (June 20), Ding Zhipeng, a Chinese national, was sentenced to nine months and six weeks’ jail and fined S$12,000. The 28-year-old pleaded guilty in the State Courts to one charge of criminal breach of trust, one charge under the Casino Control Act and one charge under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act. Thirteen similar charges were taken into consideration for sentencing. The court heard that Ding had been employed at RWS since July 2017, and looked after casino cash chips kept in the float — that is, trays where the chips were kept — of his assigned gaming tables. He began stealing casino cash chips from the float sometime in May or June 2018, when there were no patrons at his gaming table. His offences were finally discovered on Nov 12, 2018, when a surveillance operator spotted Ding taking S$1,000 cash chips from the float. The operator then called the police. Officers seized 72 chips and S$3,000 in cash from Ding’s rental room when they searched it later that evening. He surrendered another two chips that he had kept inside his pants when he was arrested. Deputy Public Prosecutor Tay Jia En noted that Ding had misappropriated a large amount over an extended period of time. He showed premeditation by stealing the chips when his supervisor was not looking, the prosecutor added, and he used a friend to cash out the chips as he would attract suspicion by doing it himself. In mitigation, Ding’s lawyer John Koh told the court that his client was stressed and “resorted to improper channels to make extra money”, while working long hours to make money for his family back in China. Most of the money was eventually recovered as well, Mr Koh added.
  4. https://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2019/04/25/details-revealed-by-former-editor-of-the-new-paper-of-how-the-press-was-manipulated-by-pap-in-1997-to-fix-workers-party-politicians/ Bertha Henson former Associate Editor of The Straits Times wrote on her blog, Bertha Harian, about the upcoming book written by former editor of The New Paper, Mr P N Balji called The Reluctant Editor. The book promises stories from Mr Balji’s times as editor in both Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Mediacorp – described by Ms Henson as ‘nuggets of information that had been kept from the public eye’. The Reluctant Editor, says Ms Henson, contains stories about the relationship between the Government and local media which were generally not openly talked about, stories that she thought ‘journalists would take to their graves’. The fact that he, and others like him in the past, chose to share these stories is a mark of courage, she said. One story in particular that Mr Balji expands on in his book which Ms Henson was part of is the incident of the 1997 General Elections when The New Paper ran a story on their front page about the police reports filed against People’s Action party ministers by Workers’ Party politicians Tang Liang Hong and JB Jeyaretman. ADVERTISEMENT What happened in 1997? Before we can go further, we need to know what happened in 1997. The General Election that year was notable for the incident involving Tang Liang Hong who now live in exile. At the time, Mr Tang stood for elections alongside the late JB Jeyaretnam in Cheng San GRC. Mr Tang was attacked constantly by the PAP for being an anti-Christian Chinese chauvanist. The day before polling day, WP held a rally during which Mr Jeyaretnam had said that police reports had been filed against 11 members of the PAP. He said, ““Mr Tang Liang Hong has just placed before me two reports he has made to the police against, you know, Mr Goh Chok Tong and his team”. However, he did not go into further detail. People were guessing over the content of the report but there was no way for journalist to get their hands on it unless Mr Jeyaretnam handed it over to them directly. The police, after all, do not release report details on request. Ms Henson went on to describe how the next day, Mr Balji received a home call suggesting that he could get the police reports. He need only ask. Ms Henson highlighted, “This was a strange offer of a scoop offered to TNP, a newspaper which at that time was sold at lunch-time.” She continued, “Balji admits that the idea of a scoop stirred journalistic passions. Which editor would not welcome the chance to get one step ahead of its rivals, especially the broadsheet Straits Times, which had already gone to print by then?” As the deputy at the time, Ms Henson got in touch with the police to get the report but was denied. Mr Balji then made a phone call and a little later, the reports were faxed to them. TNP published the reports on their front page that day. The aftermath Ms Henson says that while she and Mr Balji did not get in trouble for publishing the police reports, Mr Tang and Mr Jeyaretnam did. While WP earned a non-constituentcy MP seat which Mr Jeyaretnam took, he was also slapped with 11 suits. Ms Henson said, “That was when it began to dawn on us that we had been made use of to disseminate a supposed libel to an even wider audience, which could mean higher damages if the PAP side won.” What followed was a massive legal battle waged against Mr Tang and Mr Jeyaretnam by the PAP leaders of the Singapore government for alleged defamation. Ms Henson recalled at the time that Mr Balji ‘wondered if he would be called to the stand by the defence to declare how he had obtained the reports’ but he was never summoned. “Nobody talked about the content of the reports; just its announcement,” she wrote. The courts found Mr Jeyaretnam liable and ordered him to pay $20,000 in damages. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong at the time described that sentence as “derisory”. The PAP then appealed and the damages were raised to S$100,000 plus $20,000 in costs. As Ms Henson says, Mr Tan had fled the country and Mr Jeyaretnam was ‘taken to the cleaners’. In 2001 he was declared bankrupt after failing to meet his instalment payments. Consequently, he lost his NCMP seat as undischarged bankrupts are barred from serving in Parliament. He couldn’t stand for the 2001 general elections and in October of that year, he resigned as Secretary General of the WP. Regret over the decision to publish Over 20 years later, Ms Henson says the events still ‘grated’ on her. She said, “Playing it back, I wondered if we could have said no. Our journalistic instincts, scoop mentality and deadline pressure overwhelmed our ethics. We wanted to be first with the story. But we found that the fleeting euphoria was nothing compared to the stone that had been lodged in our hearts since. We did a terrible thing.” In the Particulars of the Statement of Claim served on 21 July 1997, the late Lee Kuan Yew conceded for the first time that he and ESM Goh Chok Tong who was then Prime Minister had procured the release of the police reports. The ESM Goh made a similar admission in an affidavit he swore in August 1997. This was also pointed out by Mr Tang in an interview he had given to freelance writer Chris Lydgate (originally commissioned by Asia Online but never publish) which was eventually posted on the Singapore Election blog in 2006. Similarly, the Singapore-Window website recounted Mr Tang’s lawyer George Carmen’s statement to the High Court which pointed out the ‘fundamental error in the case’. He noted that while under oath, PM Goh has admitted in Court that he has authorised Mr Lee Kuan Yew to release Mr Tang’s police reports. “Mr Carman said the prime minister and Mr Lee, his predecessor, “shot themselves in the foot” by releasing the report over which they are now seeking legal damages,” said the site. The press is a tool for politicans As it was already established way back then that it was Mr Goh who had authorised the release of the reports to the press. This, coupled with Mr Balji’s recounting of the events in his book and Ms Henson’s sharing on her blog, adds further evidence to the Mr Tang’s claim that he was set up with a cleverly orchestrated plan. If anything, this reinforces the fact that the press has always been a powerful tool not just for critics of the administration but for the administration itself. So it’s not a stretch at all to consider that politicians would want to be able to harness this tool and utilise it for themselves while preventing others from using it. You can see where this is going, I’m sure. The heavily debated Clause 61 in the proposed Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) states: So apart from the sweeping powers that would be granted under the act to any minister to declare falsehoods, ministers are also able to exempt individuals and groups from the act. This is a power that would be easily abused as a means to avoid holding the government accountable for potentially spreading falsehoods. For example, in the case above of the government claimed in Court that the announcement made by Mr Jeyaretnam at the WP rally was the problem when actually it was the administration that released that information to the press in the first place, making way for a libel suit. As it stands, there is a high potential of the law being misused by a minister seeking to advance an agenda. As Associate Professor of Law at Singapore Management University and former NMP, Eugene Tan said in an article by the South China Morning Press, “Any law can be misused for rogue purposes. Ultimately, a price will be paid by the government of the day if the law is misused to clamp down on dissent. How it is applied will also be subjected to the court of public opinion. Hence, governmental action must not only be in conformity with the law, but also endowed with legitimacy. ×××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××× When fake news and doxxing law is the talk of the town.. It's worth remembering that things Are complicated. 1997 seems to be year that never stops giving.
  5. Former school sites could become retirement villages https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/housing/former-school-sites-could-become-retirement-villages Govt studying suggestion by MP, who cited cost savings and ageing in place as benefits of ideaSchools which once echoed with the voices of children playing may one day be hubs of community living for the elderly in Singapore. A suggestion in Parliament this week by Bukit Batok MP Murali Pillai to turn vacant school sites into retirement villages is being studied by the authorities. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said of such projects in a written reply: "Their location within established housing estates will enable residents to age in residential surroundings. "Their relatively large site area can accommodate a significant number of housing units and common spaces, allowing residents to interact with one another and develop a sense of community. "However, there are also costs involved to rejuvenate the ageing vacant school properties and reconfigure them for housing purposes." Mr Murali told The Straits Times that cost savings are the main reason behind the idea, saying that when developers build retirement homes, the higher capital expenditure is passed on to seniors. "This option of ageing graciously in-situ with fellow seniors would be an attractive option," he added. MacPherson MP Tin Pei Ling said the idea allows facilities and services to be located together, bringing convenience to the elderly and using resources effectively. But she added: "The design also has to consider: How do we ensure the elderly are not living in an isolated sub-community and are integrated into the wider community?" Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Saktiandi Supaat, a member of the Government Parliamentary Committee for National Development, said the proposal could help to maximise space, but added that there are other needs of residents and the dynamics of the area for constituencies to be considered too. Veteran real estate consultant and academic Steven Choo agreed that savings would be passed on to buyers if the means of sale or lease are arranged by the Government. "I am excited about this idea," said Dr Choo, who studied retirement housing solutions in Hong Kong and Japan as a developer. "Retrofitting of a school compound for residential use is very doable." He said he has not seen such a project in Singapore, and it would be great to have a successful demonstration project. Dr Choo's office in Kim Yam Road is located in commercial building The Herencia, which used to be Nan Chiau High School. He enjoys its high ceilings. Some residents were also receptive to having such retirement villages in their backyards. Retired accountant Agnes Mak, 67, who lives next to the empty Bishan Park Secondary School vacated earlier this year, said: "I wouldn't object to it because the elderly can mingle with residents in the neighbourhood, which is good." Financial planner Tan Wen Man, 28, who lives next to the empty Bedok North Secondary, also vacated earlier this year, said: "I won't mind because the elderly are not noisy and quite friendly. If it is a primary school, it will be noisier." According to a Straits Times report in February last year, due to falling enrolment and mergers, there were 11 schools vacated in 2016 and last year, with four more to be vacated this year. At least nine other former school sites managed by the Singapore Land Authority are vacant state properties. The Academy of Singapore Teachers, the Singapore Red Cross and the Enabling Village are located in former school compounds. The Government is looking for ways to house the elderly as the population ages. The first Housing Board "retirement kampung", Kampung Admiralty, which has healthcare and wellness facilities for seniors, was opened officially in May.
  6. Former president of Japan's Toyota dies at 88 https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-president-of-japan-s-toyota-dies-at-88-9838662 Toyota's former president Tatsuro Toyoda, who helped the Japanese auto giant establish a foothold in North America, has died at the age of 88, the company said Saturday. TOKYO: Toyota's former president Tatsuro Toyoda, who helped the Japanese auto giant establish a foothold in North America, has died at the age of 88, the company said Saturday (Jan 6). Toyoda, an uncle of current Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, died of pneumonia on December 30, the firm said in a statement. His funeral has already been held and was attended by close relatives, but Toyota said it plans to hold a separate farewell ceremony. Toyoda joined the company - founded by his father Kiichiro Toyoda - in 1953 and in 1984 became the first president of a new firm formed by Toyota and General Motors. The California-based joint venture was part of Toyota's push to expand production and increase its share in the North American market. The plant produced nearly 8 million vehicles until its closure in 2010, according to the company. Toyoda served as Toyota president between 1992 and 1995. RIP
  7. this guy accessed travellers data to xian zabor... Former ICA officer fined S$29,000 for unauthorised access of travellers’ data https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/former-ica-officer-fined-s29000-unauthorised-access-travellers-data
  8. Precisely why one shouldn't dabble with crime in the first place... Like they say: Do the crime, pay the time. And if I may add further: Do the crime, pay the time & can't earn a dime . Having said that, society should accept those reformed ex-cons else they may go back to the old ways & the vicious cycle repeats once more. From ST Forum: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Online...ory_813927.html Give former minor offenders a chance Published on Jun 23, 2012
  9. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152024611502631&id=256318402630 Here's the Real truth. Pls help in getting the truth out there. Dear TRS, This is daniel ong. CEO and founder of twelve cupcakes . I'm in hkg now, but I do see a need to revert . I think the real caption to this should be..." Is TRS being fair? " . You write us a message at 9am in the morning , and say you will publish this at night if we don't revert. We see that you go against your word and publish it at 10am... Without finding out the facts. You do so without finding out the REAL truth, and also not finding out whether your info is right or wrong. It's pretty obvious from your lack of research that you don't care about right or wrong, you just care about sensationalizing a story. But I guess as people who run such a website , you don't really care about credibility to what you wrote as long as you have readership. All your facts and figures are wrong btw, And I will be granting other more credible sites interviews and insights to the real truth. Would love to speak to reporters who bother to find out both sides of any story. The truth will prevail. And I'm not worried. Lets just say, after the truth is known, your credibility will be at stake here, and the embarrassment of your baseless and unresearched article will be the main focus. I'm appalled at how unprofessional you guys are. But I keep forgetting you are not a news agency. You don't need ethics.You are just some guys behind computer screens running a website. To clear the air, For the record, our foreign workers earn more than what you claim . They don't work 12 hours a day like what you said. They arn't disgruntled like what you described. They are paid OT for the extra hours they work as stipulated in written contracts with them, unlike what you so baselessly state. Our foreign work force accounts for less than 10% of our workforce. They work for 11 hours a day. Of that there's 1.5 hours of break, and of the 9.5 hours of work they do everyday, we pay the OT past the 44 hour mark in accordance to MOM guidelines. Infact, you probably didn't know that their work in a kitchen is usually done in half a day, leaving a lot of time for downtime. Our foreign workforce want to work more, and earn more in the time that they are here. Back in their homelands, they would earn far worse wages with longer work hours. Here's a screamer for you, I'd like to state the fact that twelve cupcakes is one of the best places to work in Singapore! Higher starting salaries than most companies, great promotion prospects ... And.... We are one of few FnB companies that have such great perks. - 8 hour work days -paid lunch time (mon to Thursday) -anything more is OT pay(X1.5) -5.5 days unlike some companies who do 6 days. -$150 incentive EVERY month for EVERY employee for staying healthy and being on time. -year end bonuses -great work environment where you are encouraged to have fun, tell jokes and laugh. -all HR benefits in accordance to MOM guidelines. Why don't you write about that? Oh wait, that's not sensational enough. Ahhhh...And that's the truth. I'm writing now btw not because I think I need to answer your baseless allegations... But because people are entitled to the truth and the REAL story, unlike the content on your website. I also won't be bothering with going to the lawyers as well because I'm nice like that. And I really believe in karma. Anyways, have a Nice life anyways and lift what you'd like from this email to "suit " your article. We have done nothing wrong, we are steadfast, we love our staff to bits... And judging from how many staff have written to me to express their solidarity... I think twelve cupcakes has done a fantastic job. "Happy food by happy people for happy people" ...and I intend to stay true to it. May you find joy in what you do, and thank you so much for patronizing twelve cupcakes! Daniel ong CEO Twelve cupcakes pte ltd
  10. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/filipino-ex-nurse-charged-sedition-and-giving-false-info-the-polic INGAPORE - The nurse who allegedly made anti-Singaporean comments on Facebook was charged on Tuesday with sedition and giving false information to the police. Filipino Ed Mundsel Bello Ello, who was sacked by Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), faces two charges of publishing a seditious comment on his Facebook account and three of lying to the police. The 28-year-old allegedly said Singaporeans are "loosers" (sic) and vowed to "evict" them from their country and prayed that "disators" (disasters) strike Singapore and then he would celebrate. He ended by saying that "Pinoy better and stronger than Stinkaporeans" in his Jan 2 post. He also allegedly commented in another post that evening that he would "kick out all Singaporeans and SG will be the new filipno state". The charges, under the Sedition Act, say the publications have the tendency to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between Singaporeans and Filipinos in Singapore. Ello is accused of lying to the police at Chong Pang Neighbourhood Police Post the next day that he did not post the comments on Facebook. On Jan 4, he is said to have lied to a senior officer at at Ang Mo Kio Police Division headquarters that he did not post those comments and that his Facebook account had been hacked. The last charge accuses him of giving false information to the same officer on Jan 5. Ello, who was not represented, told the court he would be engaging a lawyer. Bail of $10,000 was offered and his passport has been impounded. A pre-trial conference has been set for April 21. If convicted, he could be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed for up to three years on each charge of sedition. For lying to the police, he could be jailed for up to one year and/or fined up to $5,000 on each charge. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/filipino-ex-nurse-charged-sedition-and-giving-false-info-the-polic#sthash.GpUVPnmq.dpuf
  11. Saw the news today. Now worry abt our kids in school, with more educators found guitly of sexual offences. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/former-river-valley-high/1268322.html
  12. saw this on Fb. former PAP MP Othman Wok said he was told 4 hours beforehand by a reporter from Utusan Malayu newpaper that a racial riot will happen; implying that racial riots were plots by Malaysians to create chaos in Singapore. My dad used to tell me the same thing: the racial riots were instigated by UMNO. Who heard this too?
  13. Civil service money no enough.... time for pay raise http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mfa-chief-of-protocol-lim/842746.html SINGAPORE: The former chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was charged on Thursday with 60 counts of cheating, totalling almost S$89,000. Sixty-year-old Lim Cheng Hoe faces 56 counts of cheating the ministry and four counts of cheating a government agency called Vital.Org. Lim is accused of doing so by submitting false expense claims between February 2008 and May 2012. He allegedly inflated the quantity of pineapple tarts and wines bought and used for official trips and visits. He claimed more than 10,000 boxes of pineapple tarts but only used about 2,200 boxes. He also claimed 248 bottles of wine but used only 89. Lim is said to have made claims for items he did not buy, or those that were bought but not used. Lim's lawyer has asked to make representations. A pre-trial conference will be held on October 25. - CNA/fa
  14. EDIT: I just realised. Erm. If the moderators find this posting inappropriate due to racial insensitivity, please feel free to remove this discussion. I apologise for any unhappiness caused. I was in the same lift just now with the marketing guy next door, a former SAF regular. He told me one of the terrorist killed is former SAF Officer and he shakes head. I sit down I quickly Google for the news liao. Wa lao... Straitstimes never report that a former SAF Officer has turned into a terrorist? He know he hentakaki, he buay song seek career change be terrorist? lol http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/02/p...E8110BW20120202
  15. can anyone tell me, other than that lee teng hui of Taiwan, which president in the world can be so proud of his past working for the invaders? [:|]
  16. Former Nominated Member of Parliament Calvin Cheng has made a police report on someone who allegedly threatened to kill and burn him for criticising the Workers' Party (WP). NCMP addresses threats, acts of anger seen at by-election Opposition party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam's alleged online threat
  17. Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director Rajat Gupta was sentenced to two years in federal prison for leaking corporate secrets about the bank to a hedge fund at the height of the financial crisis. The prison term imposed by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan marks a nadir for Mr. Gupta, who became the most prominent figure caught in the push against insider trading by criminal authorities. He was implicated in 2010 in the investigation of former Galleon Group chief Raj Rajaratnam, his friend and business associate. His tip about Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s impending investment to shore up Goldman during the crisis was "disgusting in its implications" and "a terrible breach of trust," said Judge Rakoff before he handed down the sentence. He added: "Others similarly situated to the defendant must
  18. The intention is right but I guess the action is mixed with too much emotion.... SINGAPORE: Former MediaCorp actor Ng Aik Leong, better known as Huang Yiliang, was fined $3,000 on Thursday for hurting a woman who failed to clean up after her dog. The 50-year-old man, who left MediaCorp in 2008 and currently owns a production house, pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt. The altercation took place near Toa Payoh Lorong 2 on May 20, 2011. 48-year-old Mdm Tan Buay Huang was walking her dog when Ng noticed from inside his car that she did not dispose of her dog's faeces properly. He drove up to her and scolded her for not cleaning up. Both parties started to quarrel and the incident escalated to the point where Ng and the victim started video-recording and taking pictures of each other with their handphones. The court also heard that Mdm Tan later tried to prevent Ng from leaving by standing in front of his car. Ng then got out of his car, grabbed Mdm Tan's neck and pushed her aside, causing her to fall. He continued taunting her while holding her down forcefully. In his mitigation, Ng's lawyer Mr Bala Chandran, said the scuffle arose as a result of Mdm Tan's actions rather than Ng's own volition. He added that Ng was "merely doing a civic duty by requesting the victim to pick up her dog's faeces". However, in response, Deputy Public Prosecutor Crystal Tan argued that Ng was clearly badgering Mdm Tan by taunting and honking at her. In addition, she said video footage revealed that Ng had admitted he was bothering Mdm Tan intentionally, and even threatening to send her to jail. In sentencing, District Judge Lee Poh Choo addressed the root of the incident, noting that it "arose from the ungracious behaviour of an irresponsible dog owner". While she said that Ng was right in confronting Mdm Tan, she added that he had "unfortunately went overboard", and reacted in an "ungentlemanly manner". The court also heard that Mdm Tan, who suffered multiple abrasions, will not be seeking compensation. Ng could have been jailed up to two years, and fined $5,000. - CNA/wm
  19. 太岁头上动土。 Whether he is a Singaporean or not, he is in a deep sh!t... From STOMP: http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/stomp/sg..._belonging.html Posted on 27 Jun 2012 S'porean allegedly stole Nissan GTR belonging to son of former Thai Navy chief A Singaporean man was allegedly arrested in Bangkok on June 26 for stealing a Nissan GTR which reportedly belongs to the son of the former Thai Navy Commander-in-Chief, according to STOMPer llkadabrall. Said the STOMPer, who also sent in photos: "A Singaporean man was arrested in Bangkok yesterday for stealing a Nissan GTR. "The vehicle belongs to the son of the former Thai Navy Commander-In-Chief. "The man and his two accomplices, who are still at large, attended a car rally in North Pattaya last weekend, where they met and befriended the victim. "The vehicle was stolen at the front parking lot of a Pattaya Hotel after the rally event. "The man has denied that he was involved but the evidence showed otherwise. "The Singaporean and another man was seen on CCTV footage, driving the stolen vehicle into the condominium. "He was also seen making phone calls to his Thai wife to destroy documents pertaining to the stolen vehicle shortly before he was arrested. "However, police were able to go into his unit and recover the said documents in time. "The licence plates and security system in the vehicle were also changed to avoid detection. "Police believe that the gang of three intended for the vehicle to be sold in a foreign country."
  20. What happened? Actually watched yesterday's Chinese news and there was this report already but no details. Checks online also yield nothing of this AWOL case... From ST: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/S...ory_815087.html Two-hour manhunt for former Gurkha officer Published on Jun 26, 2012
  21. From CNA: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sin...1209913/1/.html Former SPH SVP Peter Khoo charged with corruption By Alvina Soh | Posted: 26 June 2012 SINGAPORE: Peter Khoo Chong Meng, former senior vice president of the English and Malay News Division at Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), was on Tuesday charged in court for corruption and criminal breach of trust. Khoo faced eight counts of corruption and two counts of criminal breach of trust. He is accused of taking illegal payments and misappropriating shopping vouchers handled by his editorial projects unit. Khoo was dismissed from SPH in September 2010. The prosecution said it would proceed with two counts of corruption and one count of criminal breach of trust. Dressed in a long blue sleeved shirt, Khoo appeared grim as his charges were read out. He declined to speak to the media. Khoo will be back in court on 10 July. - CNA/wm
  22. A private chef was charged on Friday for negligent driving, causing the death of a motorcyclist and endangering the life of passenger of another car in 2009. Melvyn Lee Shang Bin, 26, was sentenced to a month in jail for the first two charges, and fined $2,500 for the third charge, reported The Straits Times. Lee, who used to be part of the cooking duo The Funky Chefs, was also disqualified from driving for five years. The district court heard that Lee was driving his father's orange Nissan Murano along East Coast Parkway on Oct 18, 2009. He sideswiped a white car in the lane as he veered left, injuring Tan Sien Keam who was sitting in the front-seat. The impact caused his car to move onto the other side of the expressway hitting motorcyclist Muhammad Farhan Kassim, 26, and resulted in his death. Lee claimed that the white Toyota had veered into his path causing the accident. However, witnesses say that the Toyota was travelling at about 90kmh, before his car sped past and collided with it. Lee has had a bad driving record of careless driving and drink-driving. Deputy Public Prosecutor Yang Ziliang said that the latest offence occured barely four months after the chef regained his driving licence. According to The Straits Times, Lee is appealing against both his sentence and conviction. Source: http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNew...511-345465.html
  23. Whole life ruined because of 一时 or rather 六百十七次lun buay ge... Another yellow-ribbon candidate From CNA: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sin...1192653/1/.html Former engineer jailed for fibre optic cable sabotage Posted: 02 April 2012 1312 hrs SINGAPORE: A former SingTel engineer has been sentenced to 15 months' jail for taking revenge on his supervisors. 35-year-old Terrance Tan Khoon Shan was convicted of cutting fibre optic cables belonging to OpenNet, in various areas including Clementi, Ang Mo Kio and Toa Payoh, on more than 600 occasions between March and May 2011. OpenNet is a consortium of four companies -- Axis NetMedia, SingTel, Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Power Telecommunications -- that is building Singapore's ultra-fast fibre broadband network. SingTel is engaged by OpenNet to lay the optic cables at HDB flats islandwide. Tan faced a total of 617 charges but the court proceeded on 60. The court heard that Tan's misdemeanour stemmed from his dissatisfaction after he was terminated by telco SingTel. Tan joined SingTel as an engineer in August 2009 and was terminated a year later on September 2010. Unhappy with his supervisors, Tan decided to sabotage them by damaging the cables. Tan's lawyer had argued that his client was suffering from mental problems but the district judge disagreed. She ruled that Tan did not have a mental disorder and that "he was fully aware what he did was wrong, but he was overcome by his motive to seek revenge". In mitigation, the defence lawyer pointed out that Tan is a first offender and that he has a clean record prior to this. The lawyer argued that his client did not have designs to commit the offences, and asserted that the opportunities presented themselves to Tan. In response, the judge asked if the defence is saying the opportunities presented themselves 617 times. The defence lawyer also asked the court to consider probation but the prosecution objected to this as the offences committed were grave and in Tan's case, unsuitable for probation. The district judge agreed with the prosecution, calling Tan's crimes "senseless acts" which caused much inconvenience to residents who relied on the optic cables and ultimately led to a waste of time and money. The judge stressed that Tan's unhappiness with his supervisor was "not excusable". She sentenced Tan to three months' jail on each of the 60 charges, with five to run consecutively, making for a total of 15 months' imprisonment. Tan could have faced up to three years' jail and a maximum fine of $10,000 for each charge considered. - CNA/wm
  24. By Maureen Koh The New Paper Tuesday, Feb 07, 2012 She is the other woman. No regrets, she said in an interview with The New Paper on Sunday in 2006. Well, none until she was unceremoniously dumped in 2010 after spending half her youth being a married man's mistress. Regret showed through her make-up during the hour-long interview with Ms Melissa Phua. She sums up the life she led since she was 24: "I am cash rich, but the money can't buy me love." And there is a permanent scar left on the 40-year-old stunner, who looks barely 30. Just as she now desperately wants to hide her tainted life, her long hair covers a 5cm-long scar on the right cheek. Without betraying any emotion, Ms Phua recalls: "The stupid wife came to our love nest, went ballistic and started smashing stuff. In the midst of trying to beat me up, she clawed my face." The love nest was a posh condominium apartment in District 9 which the man owned. After that attack, Ms Phua used it as an excuse to "threaten" the man, who is 29 years older, into calling it quits. Says the former model: "I saw it as a chance to escape. He had grown tired of me and the frequent sex had slowed down from five times a week to only once in a fortnight." Two years on, Ms Phua now lives in a terrace house she owns in District 10. She has investments in two other private properties. She zips around town in a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. When the high roller is not at the local casinos, she's at home watching Korean dramas. Her ex-lover, whom she met in December 1996 when she was modelling for a lingerie company at his company's function, "provided well" during their time together, she adds. He used to sit on the board of directors of a multi-national company, but she is unsure of what he is doing now. Ms Phua's "last-drawn monthly allowance" was $10,000 - that was on top of the platinum credit card "with no limit" she was given and a luxury sports car. And when she felt like travelling, she could just go wherever she fancied - on first class - and stay at the best hotels in the world. A significant change in her lifestyle now is that she no longer splurges on the latest designer brands. That, she claims, was merely a move to stash money away following her mother's advice on her death bed. Says Ms Phua: "My mother was very upset when she found out that I was kept, but she gradually accepted it. "The best advice she gave me was just before she died (in 2001) to make plans for my future in case he dumps me." According to the "relationship agreement" drawn up in 1997, - Ms Phua still keeps a copy - she will lose everything, except the car and whatever cash savings she has, if he suspects her of being unfaithful. She adds: "That's why I'd charge to my credit (card) things that my friends wanted and give them a 10 per cent discount in return for cash payment." Ms Phua also invested in gold jewellery and kept it away from him. She confesses that she has kept a string of other lovers, but would call it off whenever she felt that her ex-lover was getting suspicious. Since her new life began, Ms Phua has gone through three other relationships, but none lasted beyond 10 months. She explains: "Somehow, there's still a stigma. I could easily try to keep (the affair) a secret, but I prefer to lay my cards on the table." Unfortunately, the truth hurts. Ms Phua says: "Two of them broke up with me shortly after I revealed the truth. It didn't matter that this was history even before we met." The third boyfriend "struggled for several weeks before coming to terms with it". Until she dropped another bombshell: she can never have a baby. A clause in her arrangement with her ex-lover stated that she cannot get pregnant. This prompted Ms Phua to go for a ligation procedure after she moved into their love nest, three months after they met. She says: "It hurts me whenever I see my friends with their children, when they talk about their kids with such pride." Like a self-prophecy, Ms Phua repeats her words from her first interview in 2006: "I will be a lonely woman. "Because by then (now), it'd also be too late for me to find someone who'd love me." This article was first published in The New Paper. source http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews...206-326166.html
  25. Stupidity at play here. Entire navy career just washed down the drain here... [speechless] From CNA: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/sin...1176533/1/.html Former navy officer threatens to chop girlfriend and family By Alvina Soh | Posted: 13 January 2012 1404 hrs SINGAPORE: It started off as an argument over the phone after a former navy officer became upset with his girlfriend's supposed infidelity. The argument quickly escalated with 20-year-old Kuhaannath Pillai threatening to chop his 18-year-old girlfriend and her family. The incident took place on July 20 last year when Pillai left his Pasir Ris home with a chopper tucked in his shorts and travelled to the girl's place at Bukit Batok West Avenue 6. Pillai pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of criminal intimidation and another of being armed with an offensive weapon. He is currently suspended from his job as a regular in the Singapore Navy. The court heard that the threat was not carried out after Pillai discarded the chopper before reaching the girl's flat. In mitigation, his lawyer Mr N Kanagavijayan, said Pillai had a change of heart en-route to his girlfriend's place. He said Pillai "came to his senses and regretted bringing the chopper", adding he went to the girl's unit completely unarmed. The court also heard that Pillai and the girl were married on January 12 and she is now pregnant with his child. Pillai will be sentenced on February 10. - CNA/fa
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