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CHC member scolds critics: Stop blabbering f**king nonsense about our church

Posted by temasektimes on July 31, 2012

An angry member from the controversial City Harvest Church has lashed out at its critics on Facebook.

In an expletive-filled post, Will Chan chided non-Christian commentators for ‘not using their brains’ and say such ‘atrocious profanities’ on Pastor Kong Hee and the church.

“If you put both Pastor Kong and Pastor Tan Ye Peng to jail, then who’s gonna preach for CHC?” he wrote.

He added that God will not come ‘visibly’ to Singapore and only ‘great’ pastors like Kong Hee deserve to preach.

“So stop blabbering so much f**king nonsense about our church, and stop making Pastors suffering from depressions again! Period!” he added.

Kong Hee and five other members of CHC have been charged for misusing up to $50 million dollars of the church’s funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun. He is currently out on a S$1 million dollar bail to travel overseas to continue his ‘pastoral’ duties.

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MCYS and MICA to be ‘restructured’ to form three new ministries (with new ministers)

Posted by temasektimes on July 31, 2012

Two ministries will be ‘restructured’ to form three ministries which is likely to cost taxpayers more, declared Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

With effect from November 1, the current portfolios of MCYS and MICA will be redistributed to the three ministries - the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

PM Lee said the changes are necessary as Singapore is in a new phase of development, and social and community issues are increasingly important.

However, some critics pointed out that the new ministries and portfolios are not necessary and only lead to unnecessary public spending.

 

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Kong Hee allowed to travel overseas on $1 million dollar bail

Posted by temasektimes on July 31, 2012

Disgraced founder of City Harvest Church Kong Hee has been given permission by the courts to travel overseas with his bail now set at S$1 million, twice the original figure of S$500,000.

PAP MP Edwin Tong who is representing Kong Hee confirmed on Monday that his client was in court to ask for permission to leave the country and that the court has granted the application.

Kong Hee was charged earlier with five other members of the church for misusing up to S$50 million dollars of the church’s funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun.

Despite the gravity of his alleged criminal offences, Kong Hee continues to maintain his ‘integrity’ and CHC members have largely rallied around him.

In a post on his Facebook yesterday, Kong Hee reaffirmed his faith in God:

“上帝設立了,祂必托住。信靠祂 …”

 

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Writ of Summons filed against Pacific Healthcare director for alleged sexual harassment

Posted by temasektimes on July 31, 2012

Local healthcare group Pacific Healthcare Holdings found themselves in the negative spotlight after a Writ of Summons was served on its director for alleged sexual harassment.

According to a filing by Pacific Healthcare to the Singapore Exchange today, a claim has been made against Mr Kwan Benny Ahadi, a non-independent non-executive director, for alleged sexual harassment at the workplace from September 2011 to May 2012.

The alleged acts are believed to have been carried out in the course of Mr Kwan’s duties as a director of the company. However, no details were shed on what the acts were exactly.

Besides Mr Kwan, Pacific Healthcare Holdings and its subsidiary, Pacific Healthcare Specialist Services (PHSS), have also been served with a Writ of Summons for general and special damages for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and duty of care owed to the complainant whose identity remains a mystery.

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Fresh local graduates can now expect ‘higher’ pay

Posted by temasektimes on July 31, 2012

Despite the grim global economic outlook, fresh graduates are expected to get a higher base salary this year compared to their 2011 cohorts.

According to the Hay Group’s Fresh Graduate Pay Survey 2012 conducted in June which polled some 79 companies across generous industries in Singapore, the average starting monthly pay for pass degree holders is S$2,678 up some S$60 compared to last year’s cohort of S$2,617.

Graduates with Second Upper and Higher honors can expect a starting salary of S$2,882 while those with Second Lower and Below can earn S$2,766.

However, the starting pay has remained more or less stagnant in the last years while the cost of living has sky-rocketed, especially that of properties and cars.

While fresh graduates can expect to secure a good-paying stable job which will enable them to start a family of their own 10 years ago, they are now struggling to afford a BTO flat after paying for their student loans and other expenses.

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Dr Yang Mu clarifies: I don’t own a HDB flat

Posted by temasektimes on July 31, 2012

Dear Sir/Madame,

May I refer to your comment on the website on 29 July 2012:  PRC new citizen: I don’t feel like Singaporean and will return to China when I retire

Kindly refer to my letter to the New York Times which is attached. 

I would like to add that I do not own a HDB flat.  In fact I rent an old two bedroom HDB flat, with a monthly rental of $2,200/=

The reason is why I wish to retire in China is simple. My wife is in China . I happen to know of a number of locally born Singaporean friends who wish to retire outside Singapore .

 

Thank you.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

 

Dr. Yang Mu

 

 

To the New York Times:

Dear Mr Andrew Jacobs and Ms Sim Chin Yin:

May I refer to your article: In Singapore, Vitriol against Chinese Newcomers, which appears on New York Times on July 27, 2012? Please allow me to clarify two points.

  1. The main purpose of three of us in the interview is to introduce “Loving and Giving Society” in Singapore to your newspaper readers. I am a founding member and a current committee member of the Society. One of its main activities is to assist newcomers from Mainland China adjust to life in Singapore.
  1. In between describing the activities of the Society, I reflected on the differences between Singaporeans and the Chinese Mainlanders. The latter grow up in a society where they rely on friends and relatives in solving all kinds of problems. They therefore spend a lot of time socializing with their friends and relatives. On the other hand, Singaporeans grow up in a society with very strong rule of law. They tend to go to the relevant authorities to deal with their problems. Without being aware of this, the Mainland newcomers mistakenly think that Singaporeans are aloof and tend not to socialize.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely

Dr YANG Mu

 

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ESM Goh Chok Tong pledges $450,000 to Parents in Education Fund

Posted by temasektimes on July 31, 2012

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has pledged up to $450,000 to a new Parents in Education (PIE) Fund over the next three years to enhance school-based parent partnership efforts in education.

Mr Goh launched the PIE fund worth $150,000 on Monday at MacPherson Primary School after raising the sum through his private golf game for charity.

Fifteen primary schools will each receive S$10,000 a year for up to three years and they are expected to use the fund to develop and implement innovative and purposeful school-based approaches to broaden and deepen engagement efforts to reach out to more parents.

A former Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Goh is still actively ‘serving’ Singaporeans at almost 70 years of age. During his tenure as Prime Minister, he promised Singaporeans the ‘Swiss standard’ of living, an elusive dream after more than 20 years.

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Kong Hee makes application to travel overseas

Posted by temasektimes on July 30, 2012

Disgraced founder of City Harvest Church Kong Hee has applied for permission to travel overseas today at the Subordinate Courts.

He is understood to be travelling soon around the region for “pastoral engagements.” His lawyers from Allen & Gledhill declined to reveal how much more bail had to be paid, or his travel dates and itinerary.

Kong Hee has been charged with four other members of City Harvest Church for misusing up to $50 million dollars of the church’s funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun.

Despite the gravity of the charges slapped on him, Kong Hee had adamantly insisted that he ‘maintained his integrity’ and he would fight for his ‘honor’ in court.

CHC members have also rallied around him with young members making a video to express their support for him.

In a posting on his Facebook last night, Kong Hee wrote:

“If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end ~ Arabian proverb”

It is not known who he is referring to.

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Straits Times downplayed anti-PRC sentiments among Singaporeans in New York Times article

Posted by temasektimes on July 30, 2012

The New York Times carried an article last Friday on the rise of anti-PRC sentiments among Singaporeans with the headlines “In Singapore, Vitriol against Chinese newcomers”

The same article was published in the Straits Times today with a different title “Singapore’s unique immigration woes’ to make it sound more politically correct:

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Howard Shaw sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail for having sex with underage prostitute

Posted by temasektimes on July 30, 2012

Former executive director of the Singapore Environment Council and grandson of tycoon Run Run Shaw, Howard Shaw, has been sentenced to 12 weeks jail for having paid sex with an underage prostitute.

The 41 year old pleaded guilty in June to paying a 17-year-old girl S$500 for sex in October 2010. The prosecution has earlier asked for a three month sentence, saying that the offence warrants a custodial sentence as the minor involved is ‘worthy’ of protection as stated under the law

Adding that the extent of the culpability depends on whether Shaw tried to verify the minor’s age, the prosecution pointed out the accused took absolutely no steps to ascertain the girl’s age.

Shaw’s lawyer Harpeet Singh asked for a conditional discharge or a fine or the basis that “there was fraudulent misrepresentation in this case”, as the minor “colluded” with the pimp to hide her real age. He added that the minor was neither coerced into having sex, nor was she a victim of human trafficking.

Shaw is the second of the 51 men to be dealt with in the online vice ring crackdown after the former principal of Pei Chun Public School, Lee Lip Hong, who was sentenced to nine weeks’ jail for a similar offence with the same underage girl.

Shaw has decided to appeal, and his police bail of $10,000 was extended to court bail of the same amount.

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