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Cedar Girls School clarifies: Girl in sex video not our “current” student

Posted by temasektimes on February 18, 2019

The girl in Cedars’ Girls School uniform who was filmed having anal sex with a man on a HDB staircase is not a “current” student of the school.

In a Facebook reply to The Temasek Times, the admin of the school’s Facebook page wrote:

It added that the police is now investigating the matter and it will not comment on it further.

The video has been circulating in Singapore forums for the past one week before we reported on it which prompted the authorities to take action.

Under Singapore law, it is a criminal offence to sex with a girl below the age of 16 and to share obscene materials with another person.

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Police report lodged against Jovina Choi for making false accusation of being kidnapped!

Posted by temasektimes on February 18, 2019

A police report was lodged last week by a concerned Singaporean against controversial Go-jek passenger Jovina Choi:

The report accused Jovina Choi of ‘misleading’ the police by shouting that she was ‘kidnapped’ by the Malay driver.

Jovina has been maintaining a low profile since she returned from Taiwan last week.

Though she initially told the state media she is contemplating taking further action, she had not attended the interview with LTA yet.

There were unverified rumors going around in cyberspace that she has resigned from her job as a paralegal at the Singapore Academy of Law and is now in Australia.

It is not known if the police will investigate the report as it is made by a third party and the driver had already indicated he will not pursue the matter.

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Video of girl in Cedar girls uniform having anal sex circulating in Singapore forums!

Posted by temasektimes on February 17, 2019

A video of a young girl in Cedar girls secondary school uniform having anal sex with an older man has been circulating in the Singapore bikes forum and Hardwarezone forum in the past one week.

In the 30 minutes video, the man could be heard laughing as he pumped the girl from behind while she moaned loudly in ecstasy.

It is understood that the principal of Cedar girls secondary school Cheng Hwee Yeang was aware of the video, but has not commented publicly on it yet.

However, the state media reported that the girl in the video is not a current student of Cedar girls secondary school.

It is a criminal offence in Singapore to have sex with a girl below the age of 16 years old and to distribute pornographic materials.

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Chan Chun Sing admonished Jovina Choi’s racist remark: “Is it because I am Chinese?”

Posted by temasektimes on February 16, 2019

Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing has weighed in on the controversy involving an altercation between a Malay Go-jek driver and a Chinese female passenger Jovina Choi over a $1.50 ERP fee which ended with the latter muttering the now infamous remark – “Is it because I am Chinese?”

Responding to a question from the audience after a public forum on Friday, Chan called the remark a “classic statement”:

“We may laugh at it. But sometimes, whenever pressure comes to the crunch, people fall to certain markers of their identity which perhaps reveal certain things that we should be aware of.”

Chan added that if this remark was made back in the 1960s, there would have been “very different consequences”.

That was when racial riots broke out due to tensions between the ethnic Chinese and ethnic Malays.

Jovina Choi’s overt racist statement has prompted some netizens to call for her to be investigated under the Sedition Act. However, as no police report was made against her, she is allowed to remain scot-free.

Jovina Choi is rumoured to be currently in Australia where she is looking for a job after resigning from her position as a paralegal at the Singapore Academy of Law.

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Rumour: Jovina Choi has resigned from her job and plans to find work in Australia

Posted by temasektimes on February 15, 2019

According to unverified rumours circulating in cyberspace, Singapore’s unofficial CNY ‘celebrity’ Jovina Choi has resigned from her job in Singapore and is planning to relocate to Australia!

Jovina Choi shot into fame after she was caught on video in an altercation with a Gojek driver over a $1.50 ERP which she refused to pay during which she falsely accused him of ‘kidnapping’ her and discriminating her because she is Chinese.

Her antics sparked a massive public outcry with many Singaporeans condemning her and poking fun at her with memes featuring her.

In an unverified post on hardwarezone forum, one former claimed that she has resigned from the Singapore Academy of Law where she was working as a paralegal:

Another added that Jovina is feeling stressed with all the public attention she is getting from her ‘fame’ and is seeking a change in environment in Australia where she has relatives and friends.

Jovina has supposedly returned from Taiwan and is scheduled to have an interview with LTA regarding the incident.

However, there has been no news about her since her last email interview with the state media in which she insists there is ‘no misunderstanding to begin with’.

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Mikhy Brochez denies leaking data from HIV registry

Posted by temasektimes on February 13, 2019

The HIV data leak scandal which has engulfed Singapore in the past few weeks took another turn when its main antagonist Mikhy Brochez stepped forward to deny stealing and leaking the data publicly.

Mikhy was fingered by the Singapore government as the main culprit behind the leaking of the names from the HIV registry online which has dented public confidence.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page which was created only 2 days ago, Mikhy claimed that he has informed the Ministry of Health way back in 2012 about the leak and contrary to what was reported in the state media, he has been cooperating with the authorities.

He denied stealing or leaking the data online and instead accused a former lover of his husband Ler Teck Siang for breaking into their apartment and stealing the laptop on which the data is stored.

Mikhy also posted snapshots of his correspondences with MOH officials, but the words are too blurred to be discerned clearly:

Mikhy also made several wild uncorroborated accusations against the Singapore government which were reported by US-based VICE news.

However, when asked by the paper to provide evidence to back up his claims, he was unable to do so.

Mikhy is currently in his home state of Kentucky in the United States after being deported from Singapore in 2018. The Singapore government has pledged to bring him back to Singapore to face justice for leaking confidential information from the HIV public registry under the Official Secrets Act.

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Jovina Choi remains unfazed by public criticisms, considering taking legal action against Abang Kamaruzzman

Posted by temasektimes on February 10, 2019

Despite widespread public criticism of her antics, embattled Gojek passenger Jovina Choi remains unfazed by it all and remains adamant that she is a “victim” of “wrongful confinement” by the driver Abang Kamaruzzaman.

In a viral video which was widely viewed, Jovina was heard accusing Abang of taking her “hostage” after “cheating” her money by taking a route which incur ERP.

Under Section 339 of the Penal Code,  “whoever voluntarily obstructs any person, so as to prevent that person from proceeding in any direction in which that person has a right to proceed, is said wrongfully to restrain that person” and is punishable by a fine of $500 or a jail term not exceeding one month.

Being a paralegal working at the Singapore Academy of Law, Jovina knows the law is on her side and it is within her right to pursue the matter to the fullest extent. She holds a diploma in Law from Temasek Polytechnic.

In an interview with the state media, Jovina said she would not release her video for “legal reasons” and she is still contemplating whether to take legal action against Abang. She is scheduled to be interviewed by the Land Transport Authority next week.

Though Abang is still allowed drive Gojek for now, he is likely to be penalized by LTA for flouting its rules by uploading the video on social media which incurs a fine of $500 and 21 demerit points which automatically disqualify him from driving a private-hire vehicle.

 

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More than 65,000 people sign online petition in support of Gojek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman

Posted by temasektimes on February 9, 2019

More than 65,000 people have signed a petition expressing their support to Gojek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman who is currently under investigation by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) over an incident on 29 January 2019 during which he was accused of “kidnapping” a passenger Jovina Choi.

The petition reads:

“Abang Go-Jek driver may be investigated by LTA following and faces possible suspension. Go-Jek has reassured him today no action will be taken against him after they reviewed the video following a complaint lodged by the passenger Jovina Choi who accused him of kidnapping and held her as a hostage.

Abang has three children and is the sole breadwinner of his family. The loss of income during the period of possible suspension will hit his finances hard.

Under LTA regulations, PHVs are not allowed to have inward facing cameras and recording devices and Abang has breached the Road Traffic Act too by uploading the video of the altercation and sharing his conversation with the passenger publicly.

According to existing laws, Abang can be docked 21 demerit points and fined $500 for sharing the video publicly which will automatically disqualify him from driving Go-Jek.”

LTA has interviewed Abang on 7 February 2019 and will speak to Jovina Choi next week. In an interview with the state media, Jovina remains adamant that she is a “victim” and is considering pursuing the matter against Abang.

You can sign the petition here.

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Heng Swee Keat: Officials should not be routinely dismissed when things go wrong

Posted by temasektimes on February 9, 2019

Prime Minister-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat has lashed out at PAP critics in an unusual outburst in response to a commentary published in Lianhe Zaobao last week criticising the recent major lapses in public governance which has dented public confidence in the regime.

Writing in a commentary published in the same paper, Heng claimed that failures will be “investigated” thoroughly when they do, but stop short of admitting liability.

“If the lapse shows that the leader has been slack, negligent or incompetent, then serious consequences must follow, including removal. But officials should not be routinely dismissed whenever things go wrong, as “doing so may give the appearance of solving the problem when that is not necessarily the case”, he said.

At the same time, care must be taken that whatever actions are taken do not end up deterring public servants from innovation.

“If public officers had not dared to take risks for fear of being axed if things went wrong, we would never have built an exceptional country,” he added.

Not a single PAP minister or senior civil servant has ever been removed or hold accountable for the multiple lapses which have occurred over the years. In fact, they continue to be promoted and enjoy massive pay rises.

Two months after the death of a NSF in a training accident in November, the Chief of Army Goh Si Hou was promoted to the rank of Major General.

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Jovina Choi: Route via Thomson Road to Bugis incur no ERP!

Posted by temasektimes on February 8, 2019

Controversial Gojek passenger Jovina Choi who was widely ridiculed for starting an altercation with a Gojek driver Abang Kamaruzzaman was adamant there is a non-ERP route to her workplace Singapore Academy of Law at Coleman Street.

Jovina hailed a Gojek cab on the Tuesday morning of 29 January 2019 and started a fight with the driver after accusing him of “cheating” her by driving her along a route which incurred a $1.50 ERP.

In an email interview with the state media, Jovina continues to act “yaya papaya” and replied in a haughty tone when asked if it is possible to avoid ERP charges on a journey downtown in the morning:

“The rides that I have taken have always not incurred ERP cost….such a route ran from Bishan to 1 Coleman Street (via Thomson-Bugis).”

A quick check on MyTransport.SG reveals that it is impossible to avoid ERP charges along Thomson road unless one pass the gantry before 7.30am or after 9.30am:

 

According to Gojek, Jovina boarded the private-hired vehicle driven by Abang Kamaruzzaman at 7.10am.

If traffic conditions are light, Abang should be able to pass the ERP gentry before 7.30am without incurring ERP charges.

It is befuddling that Abang did not know this well-known route and more so that Jovina was unable to recall the route when asked.

In any case, the ERP charges are paid to the government and not earned by the driver and it is unreasonable of Jovina to accuse Abang of trying to ‘cheat’ her.

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