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SAF MO scolds sick NSman: You can only report sick if you collapse!

Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012

An NSman reported sick after feeling giddy during a Remedial Training (RT) session only to be told by the SAF Medical Officer (MO) on duty that he could only see him if he collapse!

The shocking incident took place yesterday evening at around 4pm at Maju Camp along Clementi Road. All combat-fit NSmen have to go for regular IPPT tests failing which they will have to go for compulsory RT sessions till they pass.

According to a lengthy email we received from NSman Mr Yang which was also forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office, he felt giddy and was about to faint during the training and was told to fall out by his Physical Training Instructor:

“During and after the initial exercises, I felt giddy and was about to faint. Before I collapse, I decided to inform the PTI (Physical Training Instructor – Army personnel) about my status. I informed the PTI that I am unable to contiinue. I requested to ”report sick”. The PTI advised me to fall out and to see the MO (Medical Officer) just to be ‘safe’.”

When he was sitting at the Medical Center, the MO saw him and shouted at him rudely:

“I was sitting down on a chair when the MO walked directly in front of me. He looked down on me while he stood there and stared at me in a hostile manner. He then shouted, ”What do you want? This Medical Centre is not for anyone to report sick. You can only report sick if you collapse during training! You should have just told the PTI that you want to fall out!'”

After being examined by the MO, Mr Yang was told that he was feeling giddy because he was having a fever and was given an excuse from RT.

Before Mr Yang left the medical center, he was confronted by him again:

“Shortly after I walked out of Maju Medical Centre, the MO rushed out and shouted at me to stop. He then asked me in a condescending manner, ”What is your RANK and NAME? Are you unhappy?” He appeared hostile.”

A spate of deaths among NSFs and NSmen during training exercises and IPPT/RT sessions this year raise serious questions about the SAF’s training programme.

Unfortunately, with no genuine and credible opposition in parliament to hold the Defence Minister accountable, NSmen like Mr Yang have little choice other than to vent their frustrations online.

Read Mr Yang’s full letter here

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Concerned parents attend City Harvest Church’s service with their children

Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012

Following negative publicity in the press on the fund raising methods employed by City Harvest Church, some concerned parents attended its Sunday service this morning together with their children.

According to Yahoo News, several adults were seen accompanying their teenaged children during the service but remaining seated and silent throughout the service.

In an interview with Yahoo News, one 56 year old parent said:

“I’m still okay with my son going for service at CHC – he’s grown up and it’s his choice, but I was worried when I found out you could make donations through credit card – he uses our supplementary card and I’m not comfortable with him donating to a church that I personally wish was more accountable.”

Another parent 48 year old Sally Low added:

“The newspapers are saying one thing, but my daughter says it’s not true. So I’m here to make sure my daughter doesn’t anyhow (sic) believe everything she hears.” 

CHC found itself in the spotlight of late after its founder Kong Hee and four other members were charged on Wednesday for misusing up to S$50 million dollars of the church’s funds to further the music career of Ho Yeow Sun, the singer wife of Kong, a charge which he had strenuously denied.

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Police arrests two 17 year old males for making racist remarks under Sedition Act

Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012

Two 17 year old males have been arrested by the police for posting racist remarks online which it said ‘could promote ill-will and hostility between different races in Singapore’.

The postings were allegedly made on Facebook and Twitter about an ethnic minority in Singapore.

Speaking to queries from the media, Commander of Bedok police division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police How Kwang Hwee said:

‘The right to free speech does not extend to making remarks that incite racial and religious friction and conflict. The Internet may be a convenient medium to express one’s views but members of the public should bear in mind that they are no less accountable for their actions online.”

Under the Sedition Act, anyone found guilty of promoting feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Singapore faces, on conviction for a first offence, a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail term of up to 3 years, or both.

However, the same law is not applied equally to all offenders, leading some to question if there are double-standards. For example, a Young PAP member who made more outrageous remarks against the same community was let off the hook and no action was also taken against a Nanyang Polytechnic girl for making similar remarks on Twitter.

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PHOTOS: CHC members pray for Kong Hee during Sunday service this morning

Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012

CHC members pray in unison for their founder and pastor Kong Hee during a Sunday service this morning.

Below are some snapshots taken from CHC’s ‘LIVE’ telecast of the event on its website:

 

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Kong Hee receives standing ovation for 10 minutes from 6,000 CHC members who rally behind him

Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012

Disgraced founder of City Harvest Church (CHC) pastor Kong Hee may be in the public spotlight for the wrong reasons lately, but he still commands strong support among loyal CHC members, judging from their response during a church service yesterday evening at the Singapore Expo Hall 1.

Over 6,000 people packed into the hall with a capacity of 5,000 as they listen to Pastor Kong Hee defends himself against the charges slapped on him.

Kong Hee was charged together with four others for misusing up to S$50 million dollars of the church’s funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow San which was strenuously denied by him.

Speaking to his flock yesterday, Kong Hee maintained his ‘integrity’ and said defiantly that he is waiting to have his ‘say’ in court next month.

As he spoke on stage, his supporters below unfurled banners with the words ‘We love Kong Hee!’ and shouted in unison – ‘Pastor, we love you!’.

After he ended his speech, the crowd gave him a standing ovation for 10 minutes to express their support for him.

According to some CHC members we spoke to, many of them genuinely believe that Kong Hee was ‘wrongly’ charged and it was simply a ‘misunderstanding’ which will clear up with time.

CHC has rallied around Kong Hee by issuing an official statement earlier on its website that they stood behind him and he will remain a senior pastor at the church, in stark contrast to the measures taken by Buddhist charity Ren Ci which removed its founder Ming Yi from its Board immediately after he was charged for criminal breach of trust.

The strong show of support from CHC appears to unsettle some in the establishment with PAP MP Sam Tan coming out to soothe frayed nerves, saying that he ’empathized’ with CHC members and that their support for Kong Hee is ‘understandable’.

When Kong Hee was first charged on Wednesday, over 200 CHC members turned up outside the Subordinate Courts to express their support for him.

As CHC continues to stand firm behind Kong Hee and rally the ‘troops’ on his behalf, more will expect to step forward publicly to defend and protect him in the days to come.

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Related articles:

Kong Hee speaks out against charges: I maintain my integrity

U.S. Pastor defends Kong Hee

‘Celebrity culture’ at CHC does not fit into biblical principles

SPH hits back at CHC

PAP MP Sam Tan: It is ‘understandable’ for CHC to support its leaders

City Harvest Church issues warning to media

My unpleasant experience at City Harvest Church

City Harvest Church stands by Pastor Kong Hee

CHC blogger defends Kong Hee

Pastor Lawrence Khong urges fellow pastors to pray for Kong Hee

Kong Hee’s family upgraded from 5-room HDB flat to Sentosa Cove Penthouse

An Analysis into the wealth of City Harvest Church

Defiant Kohg Hee places his faith in God

Ex-CHC member: I donated more than $10,000 to the church in the last five years

Overwhelming support for Pastor Kong Hee by CHC members

Kong Hee charged for misuse of funds at City Harvest Church

23 million dollars of CHC funds used to finance Ho Yeow San’s music career

Pastor Kong Hee arrested for criminal breach of trust

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Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong replies to Temasek Times’ article

Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012

Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your article on June 28, 2012: “Head Pastor Lawrence Khong urges fellow pastors to pray for Kong Hee and to speak ‘well’ of CHC”.

While the article did seem to make an attempt to capture and encourage the spirit of unity among the Christian community, I would like to highlight and correct two key points which does not accurately communicate my position and intent of writing such a letter to our Christian brethren. These two erroneous points lead me to question The Temasek Times’ purpose and cause for producing such an article. Please ensure that your writers read my letter in its entirety.

First, your writer described Pastor Kong Hee as the ‘disgraced founder’ of City Harvest Church. At no point did my letter paint or describe Pastor Kong in such a light, or refer to the case or the individuals charged in such a negative manner. I therefore feel strongly that my letter of good intent should not be associated with such a negative term, and that its use strictly represents the view and opinion of The Temasek Times.

Second, the statement, “…Lawrence Khong had spoken up publicly in defence of Kong Hee.” is incorrect. As you have mentioned in the article’s headline, the objective of my letter was to encourage prayer and unity during a time of crisis. The letter was not written as a statement of defence for the actions of the individuals. Please understand that seeking unity in prayer for Pastor Kong Hee and City Harvest Church does not mean I am putting up a defence for their alleged actions and/or alleged violations of the law. I trust that God’s justice will prevail and will submit to the due process of our nations’ judicial system.

I seek your assistance to correct these two points by publishing my reply above.

Thank you and I look forward to your reply.

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:11-12)

Reverend Lawrence Khong
Senior Pastor
Faith Community Baptist Church

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One third of male foreigners renounced their PR prior to entering NS – Dr Ng Eng Hen

Posted by temasektimes on July 1, 2012

One third of male foreigners who became PRs under the sponsorship of their parents renounced their PR status prior to serving NS over the last five years, revealed Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen.

National Service has been a contentious issue among Singaporeans who are growing increasingly disgruntled at the perceived disadvantage they suffer in comparison to the foreigners without NS liabilities.

Not only do foreigners have a two year head start in their careers upon graduation, they also do not have to go for IPPT or reservist training.

In an interview with the state media ahead of SAF Day, Dr Ng called on foreigners not to take up Singapore PR if their children  do not have the intention to serve NS:

“Better don’t take up the PR if your children are not going to do NS. It’s as simple as that. In our system if you don’t fulfil your NS liabilities, even if you choose to give up your PR, there are harsh penalties. I have received many letters from families that are separated and they cannot come back to Singapore,” he added.

Dr Ng also said there will not be any major policy changes as the Defence Ministry had taken into account the impact of Singapore’s demographic changes.

It will not be increasing defence spending, the duration of National Service, In-Camp-Training cycles, nor adjust recruitment of regular soldiers.

 

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