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Ex-MOE scholar Jonathan Wong: My NUS girlfriend agrees to let me vent my sexual urges on her

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

In a six-page mitigation letter to the judge before his sentencing, disgraced former MOE scholar Jonathan Wong outlined a few measures to help me curb his sexual urges and fetish for young girls, including transferring them to his 22 year old girlfriend from NUS!

Wong was sentenced on Monday to five years’ jail after being convicted of committing five sexual offences, including having sex with a 15 year old girl he befriended at a church.

He reportedly had sex with the girl seven times and commit acts of indecency on her three times at various locations such as public toilets and staircases between February and June 2011.

Diagnosed as a paedophile, Wong said his urges would be triggered whenever he looked at pornographic materials or when he got physically or emotionally involved with underaged girls.

Wong claimed he has discussed his management with his psychiatrist which includes transferring his sexual urges on his girlfriend who has kindly agreed to be his ‘therapist’.

It is not known how he is going to continue his ‘sex therapy’ lessons now that he has been sentenced to five years in jail, a sentence criticized by some Singaporeans as being too light.

The prosecution had revealed that the victim’s father had said that, while Wong’s sentence would not be indefinite, the impact of the latter’s actions would affect his family for “the rest of their lives”.


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Lui Tuck Yew on December SMRT disruptions: We could have done ‘more’

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

While accepting responsibility for the two major SMRT disruptions last December, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew refused to apologize to Singaporeans for the inconvenience caused to them.

Speaking in Parliament today, Mr Lui admitted that it is the responsibility of the Land Transport Authority to hold transport operators accountable for delivering a reliable system for commuters

“SMRT’s maintenance regime had shortcomings, but we too — both the Ministry of Transport, as the supervising Ministry, and LTA, as the regulator — have to shoulder our share of the responsibility. We could have done more, and could have done better,” Mr Lui said.

The Committee of Inquiry (COI) into last December’s train disruptions had concluded that the disruptions could have been prevented if adequate maintenance measures and checks had been carried out, causing many angry Singaporeans to criticize SMRT for placing profits before basic maintenance.

Former SMRT CEO Saw Phaik Hwa has left the company and is now the CEO of Auric Pacific Group.

Mr Lui described the December screw-ups as ‘painful lessons’, but reiterated that the government ‘can and will learn from them.’

“We will improve our ability to address new challenges that arise with an expanded public transport network. I give the House my assurance that we will spare no effort to improve. The government is responsible for delivering a quality public transport system to Singaporeans. We take this responsibility seriously, and will deliver,” Mr Lui added.


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HDB will consider measure to prevent emergence of foreign worker ‘enclaves’ in HDB estates

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

HDB flats are usually reserved for Singaporeans in the past and they are subjected to a strict ethnic quota to ensure adequate mixing of different races in the same estate, but not anymore with the relentless influx of foreigners which has changed Singapore’s demographics beyond recognition.

With PRs allowed to purchase resale flats easily and foreign workers renting flats in the HDB heartlands, ethnic enclaves are emerging in some areas like Sembawang, Sengkang and Geylang.

However, HDB will only ‘consider’ appropriate measure to discourage the formation of such enclaves in the HDB estates instead of proactively tackling the problem.

Speaking in Parliament today, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said HDB was currently monitoring the situation, and that the board does not have the equivalent of the Ethnic Integration Policy or Singapore Permanent Resident quota policy in the management of the number of foreign workers renting HDB flats or rooms.

Currently, foreign workers renting flats or rooms from HDB lessees form about five per cent of the total population living in public flats which does not include PRs buying flats in the HDB estates.

About 40 percent of Singapore’s population are now foreigners and the figure looks set to increase with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urging Singaporeans to do more to integrate with the newcomers on a personal level and at work lately.

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PHOTO: SMRT bus collided into vehicle causing massive jam along Tampines Avenue 12

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

A SMRT bus collided into an unknown vehicle from behind causing a massive jam along Tampines Avenue 12 this morning:

[Source: Hardwarezone]

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PAP MP Dr Janil Puthucheary attacks critics: Operators will not ‘profit’ from $1.1 billion dollar bus services scheme

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

Pasir Ris-Pungggol MP Dr Janil Puthucheary has lashed out at critics of the government’s plan to dole out a shocking $1.1 billion dollar of taxpayers’ monies to purchase buses for operators under the ‘Bus Services Enhancement Programme.’

The move has come under heavy criticisms from many Singaporeans that public monies should not be used to bolster the profits of the bus companies SBS Transit and SMRT.

Both SBS Transit and SMRT are partly owned by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings in one way or another.

However, Dr Janil doesn’t think so and attacked the critics for deliberately spreading ‘misinformation’ in parliament on Monday:

“Some of these concerns are inflammed as a result of misinformation, some of which may be deliberate. The key points that no profit will be made as a result to the BSEP, that the assistance it provides to the operators will be calibrated and adjusted to ensure this is so needs to be explained and discussed.”

Speaking up to support his fellow party MP, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew declared that the programme was not intended to ‘profit’ the Public Transport Organizations.

“I know there are concerns, there are fears, but the way we want to use this money is to make sure the commuters benefit from having more reliable, more frequent, less crowded buses. Certainly, the intent is not for this government to give money to the operators in order to fatten their bottom line. Not all all,” he said.


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‘Good Conduct’ condition to be imposed on Singapore PRs

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

The Singapore government will be introducing a new ‘good conduct’ condition for Singapore PRs under the proposed amendments to the Immigration Act.

Speaking to queries from the media, the Ministry of Home Affairs said the good conduct condition for PRs allows the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority to cancer the PR’s re-entry permit (REP) if he “contravenes any law” or is “involved in any activity which threatens a breach of peace or is prejudicial to public order”.

A PR leaving Singapore without a valid REP will lose his/her PR status immediately.

Other amendments include criminalizing marriages of convenience to obtain long-term social visit pass, Singapore PR etc as well as the manufacture and possession of paraphernalia for immigration forgeries.

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Dr Ng Eng Hen: Injured SAF soldiers will be sent to ‘nearest’ medical facility

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

Following a spate of unnecessary deaths of NSFs this year which saw the injured soldiers being sent to the SAF medical center first before a tertiary institution, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen clarified in Parliament on Monday that “there is no requirement that an injured soldier must first be sent to an SAF medical centre before they can be sent to a restructured hospital.”

According to Dr Ng, the ‘priority’ was to send the injured serviceman to the ‘nearest’ medical facility which could either be the emergency resuscitation facility or a restructured hospital’s emergency department.

“Evacuation to the hospital will be via land ambulance or helicopter if it’s a faster mode, after taking into consideration accessibility to the pick up point and activation and flight pad,” Dr Ng said.

Dr Ng reassured the House of the easy accessibility of servicemen to medical care:

“The SAF training areas are concentrated mainly in the western and northern parts of Singapore. These training areas are supported by a network of SAF medical centres. The average distance from a training area to the nearest SAF medical centre is about three to four kilometres.”

All Singapore born males have to serve two years of National Service under the Enlistment Act upon reaching 18 years of age.


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Singaporean family turned away from NDP preview because of 2 year old daughter

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

Today is really a bad day for myself and my family. Our whole family was suppose to attend the NDP preview and we manage to have 10 tickets so I brought along my mom , my kids and together with my uncle family. When we happily reach the entry point of the NDP, my daughter was not allow to enter (she was just 2yr+) and the office guarding the entrance insist that we need a ticket for her.

Do you except me to leave my daughter alone at home. Where is the flexibility ??

Our Singapore Government alway tell us to take care of our parents and give birth to more kids. See what happen!! When come to this type of situation, what is happening to the organization!! Can’t the bloody organizer see that we have a BIG family, trying to support our SINGAPORE NDP, been push away just because we have one ticket short for my 2 yr old daughter !!!

I’m really disappointed with my country and they treat their follows citizen.

PS: My MOM is 70+ and this is her first chance to visit a NDP preview. I really make her disappointed…. Well DONE to the NDP team for sticking to the rules without fail…


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Review of mandatory death penalty allows court discretion under two specific conditions

Posted by temasektimes on July 10, 2012

Following rising public concern and opposition at the use of the mandatory death penalty in Singapore, the government has proceeded to review it and parliament was given an update of the review in relation to laws related to drug offences and certain types of homicides on Monday.

Speaking to the House, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said that all executions that have come due since the review started in July 2011, have been deferred.

“The death penalty has been an important part of our criminal justice system for a very long time, similar to the position in a number of other countries. Singaporeans understand that the death penalty has been an effective deterrent and an appropriate punishment for very serious offences, and largely support it. As part of our penal framework, it has contributed to keeping crime and the drug situation under control,” he said.

Though the mandatory death penalty would continue to apply in most circumstances, the courts now have the discretion to decide if it is applied under two specific, tightly-defined conditions.

These conditions are: firstly, the trafficker must have only played the role of courier, and must not have been involved in any other activity related to the supply or distribution of drugs; secondly, discretion will only apply if having satisfied the first requirement, either the trafficker has cooperated with the Central Narcotics Bureau in a substantive way, or he has a mental disability which substantially impairs his appreciation of the gravity of the act.

“The government’s duty is first and foremost to provide a safe and secure living environment for Singaporeans to bring up their families. We must be constantly vigilant, adapt our law enforcement strategies and deterrence and punishment regime to remain ahead of criminals,” he added.

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