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Suspected ‘kidnapping’ at Northpoint: Child’s stroller almost pushed away by PRC man

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

One week after two suspected ‘kidnapping’ cases were reported in Ang Mo Kio Hub and Simei, another incident surfaced today at Northpoint shopping center in Yishun.

A netizen ‘Hwai Kee’ shared his unpleasant encounter with a PRC man on Facebook just one hour ago:

“My son was almost pushed away in a stroller at north point. We were looking into the baby spa when I turn around, saw a china man holding the handle of my son stroller…”

[Source: Hwai Kee's Facebook]

Unfortunately, Hwai Kee was too shocked and angry to take a snapshot of the PRC man:

“….when I turned around and star at him, he walked away suspiciously. Was too angry and forgot to snap a picture of him!”

According to one netizen Timothy Hou, such incidents are real and not mere rumors:

“Just overheard at Sengkang CC the teacher sharing with a parent about similar incidences at Simei recently.”

The police has not issued any other statements to reassure the public except calling on Singaporeans not to spread ‘unsubstantiated information’ which will create unnecessary ‘alarm’.

A media blackout appears to be imposed by the mainstream media as if nothing has happened. Singaporeans are advised to take a SNAPSHOT of any stranger suspecting of taking your child away immediately and post it online to increase public awareness.

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SHOCKING: Woman’s buttocks burnt by concentrated sulfuric acid on SMRT train and requires skin grafting!

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

Taking MRT trains is becoming a daily hazard for Singaporeans of late. Not only must one face the inconveniences caused by the frequent train delays, breakdowns and ‘ponding’ from leaking air-con, one may also be burnt by unknown fluids left on MRT seats as one unfortunate woman discovered.

According to media reports, the woman boarded a SMRT train at Raffles Place on her way home and sat on an empty seat which appeared to be wet.

Thinking that the transparent fluid is water, the woman sat on it only to discovered a stinging sensation to her buttocks. The pain got worse and worse and she eventually alighted at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station to check into a lady’s toilet.

To her shock, she discovered her buttocks was ‘burnt’. On admission to the hospital, she was told she required skin grafting due to the extensive damage. The transparent fluid is likely to be highly concentrated sulfuric acid.

When contacted by the media, a SMRT spokesperson said a police report has been lodged over the incident.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Most plastics such as FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene) can withstand concentrated acid for up to 30 days without damage.  Update your knowledge in Chemistry here.

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Baey Yam Keng on recent suspected ‘kidnapping’ cases: I ‘hope’ the culprits get caught soon

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

The recent spate of suspected ‘kidnapping’ cases has caused widespread concerns among Singaporeans. It first started when a mother Allison Goon shared her experience of having her child almost taken away from her by a PRC lady at Ang Mo Kio Hub followed by similar revelations by more Singaporeans.

Though the police has issued a statement urging the public not to spread ‘unsubstantiated information’ which can cause unnecessary ‘alarm’, many are still following the matter closely, including PAP MP Baey Yam Keng.

In response to a query by a netizen on his Facebook, Mr Baey replied:

“The police is investigating this. If indeed there are such terrible people around doing this, I hope they get caught soon. The public can also help to look out for astray kids or kids trying to fight against / get away from adults who do not look like their family.”

The police has not released any updates on the investigations yet and it appears that the matter has been swept quietly under the carpet as if nothing has happened.

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Rumor: Ferrari driver beaten by seven youths now in coma in hospital?

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

In the aftermath of the shocking street fight outside Orchard Towers last Saturday which saw a Singaporean uncle driving a Ferrari F430 Novitec in his 40s being whacked mercilessly by a gang of seven youths, many Singaporeans have expressed concerns at his condition after witnessing him collapsing on the ground after the brawl.

The video clip which showed the uncle being walloped by seven youths, went viral in cyberspace and polarized public opinion with some blaming him for not stopping at the zebra crossing while others condemning the youths for their violence.

According to one netizen who claimed to know the Ferrari driver on mycarforum, he was admitted to hospital by ambulance and still in a coma!

Another netizen posted on CNA forum that his condition is quite ‘serious':

“The driver condition is quite serious as they whacked him with metal bins and kicks onto his head…….ambulance came and have to put him on stretcher as he in coma……heard he maybe already brain dead or if not, skull also crack with blood clots.”

[Source: CNA Forum]

It is not known if a police report has been lodged as there are no official statements from the police yet. Singaporeans are urged not to spread ‘unsubstantiated information’ to create unnecessary ‘alarm’ as such street fights are becoming so common in Singapore nowadays that there is really no need to make a ‘mountain out of  a molehill.’

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VIDEO: Tin Pei Ling caught ‘dancing’ at Thye Hua Kwan Charity Show 2012

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

MP for Marine Parade GRC Tin Pei Ling was caught ‘dancing’ at the Thye Hua Kwan Charity Show 2012:

The video clip went viral online with many netizens complimenting Ms Tin as ‘cute’.

Watch the rest of the video below:

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Teacher jailed 10 years for ‘sexually penetrating’ a 8 year old boy twice

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

A former Chinese language teacher was jailed for 10 years and ordered to be given six strokes of the cane on Monday for molesting two boys and performing oral sex on an eight-year-old in school.

The 38-year-old had admitted to two counts of molesting an 11-year-old and eight-year-old and two counts of penetrating another eight-year-old in 2009 including two counts of ‘sexually penetrating’ a minor

The court learnt that he had used a PlayStation Portable (PSP) game console to distract the boy before ‘bending down’ to give oral sex to him. The same tactic was used on another boy who was eight at the time.

His sexual acts with the students came to light only when the school’s principal received two complaints from a parent and a pupil.

Despite the vile act, the teacher does not appear to be repentant in court as he said to the judge in mitigation:

“I hope that the court will take into consideration that I have no previous criminal record and to be lenient in sentencing.”

Asking for a stiff sentence to be imposed, deputy public prosecutor S. Sellakumaran said:

“The parents of the victims could not decide on which teachers would be teaching their children. Indeed, they had no reason to so decide as they were entitled to expect that all teachers in the school would uphold the unreserved trust placed in them and adhere to the highest professional and moral standards.”

The latest scandal involving teachers come barely two weeks after another 37 year old male teacher was arrested for installing three pin-hole cameras in a girls’ toilet in school. A week earlier, a 39 year old former primary school principal was reported to have been among a group of men questioned by the police in connection with an online vice ring.

In response to media queries, Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat said it is important not to let “one or two incidents” tarnish the image of the teaching profession, because there are many good teachers around.

He added that there would be a couple of black sheep from time to time in spite of efforts to maintain professional standards.

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Two PRC men arrested for stealing passengers’ cash on board SIA flight

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

Two PRC men have been arrested for stealing US$5,000 on board a Singapore Airlines flight from Jakarta to Singapore.

Last Sunday, a crew member saw a PRC man searching a laptop bag left by a passenger on an unoccupied seat. He was observed removing cash from the wallet and putting it in his jacket pocket before placing it back into the laptop bag.

The 41 year old PRC man was detained with another 30 year old PRC man who is believed to be his accomplice at the airport. They will be charged in Court today (27 Mar) for ‘Theft with Common Intention’ under Section 379, read with Section 34 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

This is not the first time a theft has occurred on a SIA flight. Since February this year, there were several reports made of passengers’ valuables, especially cash being stolen. It is not known if the thefts were committed by the same PRC syndicate or if the men are Singapore PRs / citizens.

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NYP student Lai Shimun apologizes for ‘racist’ tweet as NYP launched an investigation into the matter

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

Nanyang Polytechnic student Lai Shimun has apologized for the ‘racist’ remark she posted on her Twitter which has since gone viral in cyberspace.

In an apology posted on her Facebook and Twitter before both accounts were deactivated, Ms Lai wrote:

“Now, I’m trying everything I can do to show that I’m really extremely sorry for my insensitive comment.”

Speaking to queries from the media, Ms Lai admitted that she was not ‘thinking properly’ at that point in time:

“I was in a train and it was very crowded, and I was really frustrated….I don’t know how it (the tweet) got out because my twitter account is locked. I thought that whatever comments I made wouldn’t appear offensive to my friends because they know I don’t mean it.”

Meanwhile, Nanyang Polytechnic has ‘counselled’ Ms Lai and highlighted to her that the remarks were insensitive and disrespectful.

“All members of the NYP community are expected to be respectful towards the religious customs, beliefs and sensitivities of others,” a spokesperson said.

A police report has been lodged against Ms Lai at Yishun Neighborhood Police Center last night by netizen Ashveen Nair and the police is currently investigating the complaint.

Quoting from PAP MP Lim Biow Chuan, since Ms Lai has apologized, “we should accept it graciously and all of us should move on.”


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VIDEO: PAP MP Lim Biow Chuan urges Singaporeans to accept Sun Xu’s apology and move on graciously

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

In an interview with Channel 8, PAP MP Lim Biow Chuan urges Singaporeans to accept NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu’s apology and move on graciously:

“The student concerned. He has made an apology unreservedly and he has been issued a punishment from NUS and I think for us as Singaporeans, we ought to accept what has happened. Since he has apologized, we should accept it graciously and all of us should move on.”

Channel 8 also interviewed a few NUS students who felt Sun Xu should be held responsible for his comments made online.

Listen to what MP Lim has to say below:

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Fairmont Hotel to ‘investigate’ Brian Tan Cheow Eng’s derogatory comments about Singaporeans

Posted by temasektimes on March 27, 2012

Fairmont Hotel and Resorts will investigate a complaint lodged by a netizen Mark Seah on its Facebook page about the derogatory comments made by its Director of Quality Brian Tan Cheow Eng on Singaporeans being ‘weak and lazy’.

In a discussion thread on Facebook about a Swiss lawyer’s comments on Singaporeans not being ‘entitled to jobs in their own country’, Mr Tan argued that it is not the job of the government to protect the jobs of Singaporeans and bemoaned the poor quality of Singapore workers:

“If you do that in the private sector, no company would want to move here just to hire WEAK and LAZY Singaporeans.”

Mr Tan added that foreigners do a lot of jobs that ‘Singaporeans don’t want to do’ and asked Singaporeans to stop behaving like ‘babies’:

“Foreigners do a lot of jobs that Singaporeans don’t want to do. What’s the harm in that? In fact, some industries will collapse without foreigners….If we Singaporeans think we are so good, then don’t be afraid to compete for jobs with the best talent in the world. Come on, stop behaving like babies waiting to be spoon fed all the time!”

In a reply posted on Facebook, Fairmont Hotel clarified that it does not support Mr Brian Tan’s position:

“Thank you for your concern and for bringing this to our attention. This is not a position that Fairmont Hotels & Resorts supports, and we have been looking into this issue.”

[Source: Fairmont's Facebook]

Mr Tan has since clarified that his comments were ‘taken out of context’, but stopped short of retracting them and issuing a public apology to Singaporeans.

Meanwhile, angry netizens continue to call for a boycott of Fairmont Hotel and Resorts till action is taken against Mr Brian Tan.

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