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Archive for July 19th, 2012

Ex-Taiwanese representative to Singapore has ‘close’ ties with Lee Kuan Yew’s son – Taiwanese media

Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012

The former Taiwanese representative to Singapore Shi Ya Ping (史亞平) reportedly had ‘close’ ties with a son of Lee Kuan Yew, the Taiwanese media exposed yesterday.

Lee Kuan Yew is a former Prime Minister of Singapore and still wields tremendous influence behind the scenes though he is no longer a cabinet minister.

Lee has two sons – Lee Hsien Loong, the present Prime Minister of Singapore and Lee Hsien Yang, currently the CEO of a public-listed company in Singapore.

However, Shi rubbished the rumors immediately, claiming that she did not know both Lees.

In a public statement issued yesterday, Shi said:

“There is no such thing. Many rumors are without foundation or truth…..they not only cause distress to those involved, but also very rude to Lee Kuan Yew’s son. I have clarified repeatedly that when I would never transgress the boundaries in the course of my diplomatic work. I have never met or contacted the public figures in question.”

(完全沒有這回事」,很多傳聞都是沒有根據的,而這些沒有事實的傳聞,大家一再傳播、擴大,不但對當事人造成困擾,對對方(李光耀之子)來講,也是非常的不禮貎,「我巳經一再重申,我在從事外交工作時,一定不會有逾矩或不禮貎的行為。」「我和傳聞中的這位公眾人物沒有私交、不認識也沒有接觸。」)

The news was not reported in the Singapore media which is completely owned and controlled by the government headed by Lee.

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Ex-CNB Chief Ng Boon Gay to claim trial in sex-for-contract case

Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012

Former CID and CNB Chief Ng Boon Gay will be claiming trial in the widely publicized sex-for-contract case.

Ng Boon Gay was charged for corruptly with four counts of corruptly obtaining sexual gratification from Cecilia Sue Siew Nang (pic left), a sales manager with Oracle Corporation Singapore and formerly Hitachi Data Systems. He was accused of ‘allegedly’ having oral sex with her on four occasions, between June and December 2011.

Ng’s lawyers, Tan Chee Meng and Melanie Ho have taken issue with the charges, describing them as being too ‘general’. They were also unable to obtain further information from the Attorney-General’s Chambers on the details of the charges.

Mr Tan said that he will raise the point with the trial judge that his client will be prejudiced as the charges are “too general”, adding that the charges do not state what the alleged corrupt acts were, and do not specify what business interests were involved.

The case will be mentioned on 16 August.

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Related articles:

Former CNB director Ng Boon Gay charged with having oral sex with Cecilia Sue

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Pastor jailed two weeks for tempering with fuel gauge meter

Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012

A pastor has been sentenced to two weeks’ imprisonment for tempering with his car’s fuel gauge meter.

Pastor Yang from a church along Balestier Road faced two charges of providing false information to the customs officer.

He was arrested this year January at the Woodlands checkpoint when preparing to enter Malaysia. Pastor Yang was caught lying to the customs officers that his car fuel tank was three-quarters full when it is only a quarter full.

Pastor Yang refused to plead guilty and is currently out on a S$15,000 bail.

 

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Subhas Anandan criticizes Law Society over M Ravi fiasco

Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012

Top criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan has criticized the Law Society of Singapore’s management of the M Ravi fiasco which shocked the entire nation.

A representative from the Law Society Wong Siew Hong submitted a letter from Mr Ravi’s psychiatrist Dr Calvin Fones in High Court accusing him of being ‘unfit’ to practise law, a stunning move which was dismissed by the judge Justice Pillai.

In a strongly-worded letter to the Law Society signed by the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore (ACLS) President Subhas Anandan, ACLS criticized the Law Society,  saying that it viewed “with some trepidation” the actions of Mr Wong.

“The incident left a very bitter taste in the mouths and has potentially brought the Bar into disrepute…Justice Pillai acquitted himself well by ignoring (the society) representative who had absolutely no locus in this matter,” it added.

The ACLS raised several concerns, including why a Law Society representative was sent to an open court to deliver the letter and whether the society had written in to the Supreme Court “in a private manner befitting of the decorum necessary in such matters”.

The Law Society acknowledged the letter and replied that it will be responding to ACLS directly.

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WP veteran Poh Lee Guan expelled from Workers Party over by-election fiasco

Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012

Workers Party veteran leader Poh Lee Guan, a party stalwart and loyalist for more than ten years, was expelled from the party with effect from 10 July.

In a short comment posted on its Facebook, the Workers Party said the expulsion was carried out on the grounds set out under Article 22 of the WP Constitution.

Under this article, the Executive Council can expel a member from membership if it is satisfied that the conduct of this member is contrary to the principles or aims or objects of the Party or prejudicial to the welfare of the Party.

Dr Poh courted controversy when he collected a political donation certificate during the Hougang by-election without the party’s approval which brought WP into disrepute.

He contested in the 2001, 2006 and 2011 General Election where his team garnered 42 percent of the votes last year in Nee Soon GRC.

The Workers Party appeared to be self-imploding from within with the departure of Dr Poh. Besides him, former Hougang MP Yaw Shin Leong was expelled by WP in February and three other members of the WP East Coast Team in 2011 have also left.

Despite their fiery speeches during the rallies, the performance of WP MPs in parliament have been most disappointing so far, prompting many disgruntled netizens to dub it as the PAP’s ‘B team’ since even the PAP backbenchers are more vocal than the ‘opposition’ in fighting for the interests of Singaporeans.

 

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Give credit to City Harvest Church for their work of preaching

Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012

I personally thinks that the whole saga on Ps KH and his board members in the CBT case has impacted the whole Christians body. It is not CHC that is hurting because the law of tithing is vastly preached in all churches. Many of the preaching on the laws of tithing like the laws of sowing and reaping either touch an greed and/or guilt by the quoting of the verse in Malachi “where the Jews were told that there were robbing God in tithes and offerings and the resulting curses..

Now what happened now is that many gave willing, some gave out of fear, whereas the laws of sowing and reaping gave out of the combination of all above and greed believing that God will supernaturally increase their seed. God does that to some and opened doors to many believers because of Christ and not because of any magic formula.

The perceived CBT on these CHC leaders will impact a lot of givers now because they will definitely question on the validity of the law of tithing that is being imposed on the Christians believers and on the accountability of the church leaders in managing the tithes and offerings received wisely.

I believe in giving to church’s works and to support ministries but not to give out of fear or compulsion or out of the basis that I want something from God i.e. that is for God to prosper me. This law is like binding God’s hand that if I give, then He will have no choice but to prosper me. If that is the case, all CHC members will be like their pastor staying in sentosa cove now wouldn’t that be the case?

Well, regarding Sun Ho’s album, it is definitely not suitable no matter how much claims made by CHC members that these were make believe and not real because as a Pastor she holds the responsibilities to be holy and also to appear to be holy (walking up right with God).

Whereas for Pastor Kong and board, the case is up to the judiciary system and it has nothing to do with all the emotional support by his supporters and/or the condemnation by his opponents. They are still innocent until proven otherwise.

But we should also give credit to CHC for their works in preaching and doing God’s work with the exception on the flaw of their laws of harvest.

ANNA

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.

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MediShield premiums to be raised to provide ‘wider’ coverage

Posted by temasektimes on July 19, 2012

With Singaporeans living longer and medical bills becoming high,  the Ministry of Health (MOH) is proposing to enhance MediShield, its catastrophic illness insurance scheme, to provide greater coverage from the first quarter of 2013.

Under the new scheme, MediShield coverage will be extended to include congenital and neo-natal conditions.

This will be an auto-cover exercise, which means all future Singapore Citizens’ and Permanent Residents’ babies will be covered throughout their lifetime from birth unless their parents choose to opt out from the scheme.

However with the wider coverage, MediShield premiums will have to be increased. For the vast majority of policyholders, they will have to fork out between S$5 – S$10 monthly over the next two years.

Unlike other First World countries, Singapore does not have a comprehensive social safety net to provide for the healthcare of its elderly citizens who are expected to be ‘self-sufficient’ and care for themselves in order not to become a financial burden to the state.

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