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Concerned Indian parent writes to Heng Swee Kiat on CHC’s proselytizing activities in Singapore schools

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

An Indian parent Harveen Narulla has written to Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat express his concerns about the proselytizing activities of City Harvest Church (CHC) in Singapore schools.

Mr Harveen Narulla began his letter by expressing his concerns at CHC’s specific targeting of children in schools:

“As a parent of 2 young children this targeting of children and young persons in schools concerns me extremely. Ideally my wife and I want our family and community, and the modeling we provide, to have the guiding say over my children’s religious choices. At the very least, we do not expect them to be subject to influence in a place we had thought to be a safe space from religions influence.”

He urged Mr Heng to take ‘decisive action’ against City Harvest Church:

“I hope you and others in a position to do so, act to stamp out this unwarranted influencing of children and young persons by mega churches (and indeed by other religious organisations). Please do not ignore this. CHC claims to have penetrated 70% of schools in Singapore. I think it’s about time your Ministry acted decisively on this. “

CHC has been under intense public scrutiny of late after its founder Kong Hee was charged along with four other board members last Wednesday for misusing S$50 million dollars of the church funds to further the music career of his singer wife Ho Yeow Sun.

Read Mr Harveen’s full letter here.

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Kong Hee reaches out to supporters on Facebook

A Christian defends Kong Hee: Let us not be quick to make a judgement

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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

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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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Former secondary school teacher pleads guilty for filming girls in school’s toilet

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

A former MOE teacher at Yuhua Secondary School Bertrand Ngien Wen-Tseah has pleaded guilty to filming girls in the school’s toilet.

The 37 year old reportedly trespass the school’s female toilet in February this year where he installed three pin-hole cameras in each of the three cubicles.

After realizing the cameras had been discovered by a colleague, he tried to steal the micro SD memory cards. His act was discovered by the school subsequently and a police report was lodged.

Bertrand had used the school laptop to view footage of earlier videos of the girls using the toilet.

If convicted of insulting modesty of a woman, he could be jailed up to a year and fined.

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Man sentenced to five years jail for internet love scam

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

The mastermind of an internet love scam, 22-year-old Alexander Soh Zhi Ren was sentenced to five years’ jail and five strokes of the cane.

Soh was charged along with his girlfriend Yap Siew Ting for threatening to upload the men’s nude videos if they did not pay up.

Yap allegedly stripped in front of a webcam to entice unsuspecting men to do so as well.

The pair extorted S$150,000 from a 22-year-old man and attempted to extort S$10,000 from a 24-year-old man.

Yap was also charged for shop thefts  (two counts), dishonestly receiving and disposing stolen items (two counts) and forging a cheque.

In June, Soh’s girlfriend Yap was put on a two-year probation and ordered by the court to serve 130 hours of community service. Her mother also has to post a bond of S$5,000 to ensure her good behaviour.

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PHOTO: Big man seen hogging two MRT seats

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

A netizen was peeved when he saw a big man hogging two MRT seats:

Source: Hardwarezone forum

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Netizens outraged over favored press coverage given to PRC Ferrari driver Ma Chi

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

Netizens were outraged over the perceived favored press coverage given to PRC Ferrari driver Ma Chi who was widely vilified  for causing a fatal road traffic accident in May this year.

A free tabloid paper reported today a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) toxicology report showed no detectable traces of intoxicating substances, such as drugs and alcohol in Ma Chi.

Though a video clip of the accident clearly showed Ma Chi beating the red light and ramming into a Hyundai Sonata taxi, the state media used the word ‘allegedly’ to describe the accident, much to the derision of netizens.

Below is an extract from the article in question:

“On May 12, the Ferrari allegedly beat a red light and crashed into a ComfortDelGro taxi, which then hit a motorcycle at the junction. Mr Ma, a financial investor from Sichuan, died at the scene, while cabby Cheng Teck Hock, 52, died in hospital along with his Japanese passenger, Ms Shigemi Ito, 41.”

Ma Chi died on the spot while the cabby Cheng Teck Hock and his Japanese passenger died hours later in hospital.

The state media also addressed Ma Chi as ‘Mr’ while calling the cabby simply by his name.

Some comments from Hardwarezone forumers:

“Singapore is a place where once dignity and place is measured by how much money he makes..so of course limited edition prancing horse driver is Mr. while taxi driver uncle is …” – balzehub

“heck on 154 and taxi driver don’t have mr. or ms. one..is address as “cabby” tan xx xx…” – crazyliao

“should show respect to all equally,right? even the perpetrator of the accident is addressed as “Mr”, why not the victim? is it just because the victim has a humble job as a cabby?” – moolah

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Singaporean complains to PM Lee on his estate being turned into a new Geylang

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

Dear Prime Minister Lee,

On behalf of the residents and my elderly mother as well as speaking for myself, I’m urging you to look into the matter of the worsening security and well-being of the residents here at Jalan Suka.

I have written to URA to clarify on the matter that many residential units here have been converted and also in the process of turning into brothels. The URA officer whom I’ve corresponded with have clearly stated that the units here are meant for residential and institutional and added that SPF should be the ones whom we should approach.

I have written to my MP, SPF (for at least 5 years now) and more recently the DPM to ask them to intervene as it is within their power to take action against the owners and brothel operators. Strangely the replies which I’ve received so far are archaic and generic. Their standard replies are predictable and are in the likes of ‘we are cognizant of the situation’, ‘we will forward the feedback to the relevant department’ and ‘we will step up enforcement against the streetwalkers under the Women’s Charter’. SPF have been avoiding taking the most obvious, and probably the most effective way to deal with the matter systemically that is to take action against the owners and brothel operators!

I have serious doubts about whether our pleas are really heard and whether the safety and well-being of the citizens matter. Every day and every night, we are victimised by the incessant noise that goes on throughout the night and even the day, large crowd of foreign workers filled the streets, streetwalkers chatting loudly and turning on the music on their radio/mobile phones to in order to keep them awake in the night and day, pimps becoming de facto authority in the streets. Even last Sunday, a pimp intimidated my girlfriend when she was driving out of the lane! The pimp slammed his hands on my girlfriend’s car and she is still traumatised by the incident.

Open-air illegal gambling still happens on weekends, peddlers selling contraband cigarettes still sell them freely for the last few years and last month, my immediate neighbouring unit has become a brothel and from where I stand I can see an opposite unit is being renovated and soon it’ll be another brothel. We have not been resting well either in the day as well as night and it is beginning to take a toll on us, emotionally and physically.

I’ve been following your speeches, your desire to begin a new chapter for Singaporeans after the watershed election and building a more inclusive society and yet we still feel so neglected and helpless.

Mr Prime Minister we urge you to take a personal interest on this matter as not only we have lost faith in the policing ability as well as authority of SPF in this area as the agency so far is only interested in sending patrol cars and police officers on foot on rare occasions which doesn’t amount to improvement to the situation given their brief and inconsequential presence. I also have doubts whether our previous mails to the DPM and the relevant departments were read at all. Otherwise how can no concrete actions be taken? Could this be a case of negligence, just like the recent MRT inquiry which has exposed LTA flaws?

I’ve included a lestest image taken outside my house for your perusal. For your information, Jalan Suka has two surveillance cameras installed and the footages (if the cameras are even operational at all) which prove that I am not exaggerating.

Please help us; we just want a safe and reasonably peaceful neighbourhood and I believe it’s not too much for us to ask.

Yours sincerely

Adam Goi

*The above was first posted as a note on Facebook

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PM Lee explains to Indian govt: Singapore has no interest in being a money-laundering centre

Posted by temasektimes on July 13, 2012

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has responded to allegations made by a White Paper published in India about Singapore being used as a conduit for round-tripping of Indian ‘black money’ into India.

The White Paper on ‘Black Money’ was tabled in the Indian Parliament on May 21 this year. For some strange reasons, the authors of the paper were not sued for defamation by PM Lee or the Singapore government.

Speaking to the Singapore and Indian media in New Delhi on Thursday,PM Lee explained that Singapore is a financial centre with good standing so there was no reason for Singapore to do such shady business.

“We were a bit surprised to read the White Paper on Black Money which the Indian government published to find ourselves mentioned in patches there and to have it suggested that the amounts were disproportionate and there must be some round-tripping. It is not correct. We have informed the Indian government on this matter to put the record straight and explained why this is not so and they must be mistaken,” said PM Lee.

During his three-day official visit to India, Mr Lee met politicians from both the ruling party and the opposition, interacted with business leaders and addressed the Singapore symposium.

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