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Psychiatrist Kong Sim Guan suspended for having sex with his patient for 10 years

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

Dr Kong Sim Guan, also known as Sim Heng Guan, a psychiatrist practising at The Psychiatric & Behavioural Medicine Clinic (Ang & Kong) at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre has been suspended by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) for three years and fined $10,000 for having an improper sexual relationship with his patient for over 10 years.

Under SMC’s medical code and ethical guidelines, a doctor must not have a sexual relationship with a patient, or be involved in an adulterous relationship.

According to the SMC disciplinary committee, the patient was a psychiatric patient troubled by marital issues.

The three year suspension is the longest suspension meted out by SMC on a practising doctor. A former gynaecologist at Kandang Kerbau Hospital was suspended for two years for having sex with his patient.

Another gynecologist Dr Saifuddin Sidek of Sidek Clinic for Women was also suspended and censured for professional misconduct by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) in March this year for bringing a female patient to check into 3 different hotels.

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MND refers controversial purchase of Brompton bicycles to CPIB

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

Following a public outcry from Singaporeans, the Ministry of National Development (MND) has finally referred the controversial purchase of 26 Brompton bicycles to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

NParks’ decision to buy the foldable bikes has come under intense public scrutiny with some criticizing the wastage of public funds as cheaper bicycles could have been bought.

Furthermore, the tender was called during the Lunar New Year period, when many businesses were closed.

Though National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan initially justified the purchase of the bicycles, he eventually ordered an internal audit into the procurement process which eventually discovered significant ‘discrepancies’ warranting further investigations.

An NParks officer, Bernard Lim, the assistant director of the Park Connector Network has been suspended from work.

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SNEF: Longer maternity leave will result in ‘loss of productivity’

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) has voiced out its opposition to NTUC’s recommendation that working mums be given six months of paid maternity leave with another optional six months of unpaid leave.

In a statement issued to the media, SNEF feels the current four months leave is already generous, compared to regional countries and economic competitors, adding that “longer maternity leave can result in a loss of productivity.”

It also warns that legislating more and different types of leave will add to labour costs and have other unintended negative effects which may lead to some companies choosing to hire men or younger women to avoid the higher employment costs.

SNEF proposes instead that companies be given better support to create family-friendly workplaces such as a “baby bonus for bosses”, where tax incentives are given to employers, whose employees go on maternity leave.

The recommendation by NTUC was made to boost Singapore’s declining birth rate which is one of the lowest in the world.

 

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VIDEO: PRC woman scolds Singaporean elderly aunties on bus over priority seat

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

A middle-aged PRC woman was filmed scolding two Singaporean elderly aunties on a SBS Transit bus over a priority seat:

The PRC woman was overheard shouting at her top of her voice about the ‘nasty people’ of Singapore and the bus captain eventually had to stop the bus and mediate.

Two years ago, a PRC family of five ‘hijacked’ SBS bus number 138 for five hours over the bus captain’s refusal to allow them to bring up a wheelchair, forcing other passengers to leave the bus.

The Singapore police dared not arrest them for causing a public nuisance and even ‘escorted’ them down the bus after SBS agreed to pay for a cab to fetch them home.

Watch the shocking video below:

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NUS Law Prof in CPIB probe over sex-for-grade deal with final year law student

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

A prominent law professor from the Law Faculty, National University of Singapore was arrested by the Corrupt Practice Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in April this year for allegedly soliciting sex from a final year law undergraduate in return for acing her grades.

According to media reports, the law graduate had sex with her professor on ‘multiple occasions’ and was eventually given a ‘A’ in her final year papers. She has since graduated and is now working at a law firm.

When approached by the media, a spokesperson from NUS confirmed the probe and said the school is cooperating with CPIB. It is understood that a few NUS staff were called up for questioning too including the female undergraduate who allegedly approached the professor for her final year elective.

The grading for the final year elective is very important as it determines if a fresh law graduate is able to land a job upon graduation.

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Kong Hee asks Jesus to be his ‘shepherd’ today

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

Disgraced founder of City Harvest Church (CHC) Kong Hee has asked Jesus to be his ‘shepherd’ today as he faces three charges of criminal breach of trust and falsifying accounts in court today.

In a post on his Facebook this morning, Kong Hee wrote:


His post brought an outpouring of support from fellow CHC members who portrayed the case as a battle ‘belonging’ to their ‘Lord’.

Meanwhile, former CHC finance director Serina Wee has been slapped with 10 charges this morning, four related to falsifying accounts and six to criminal breach of trust.

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DPM Teo: Civil servants must guard against ‘behavior’ that will erode public trust

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

Following a series of high profile sex scandals involving senior civil servants, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean took the opportunity to remind the new batch of Public Service Commission (PSC) scholars to be mindful of their ‘behavior’ when ‘serving’ Singaporeans.

Speaking at the PSC’s annual scholarship ceremony, DPM Tel said “integrity, service and excellence will remain core values of the Singapore public service, even as it transforms itself to better serve the public.”

“Officers know that as stewards of public resources, they are expected to perform their duties with the highest standards of integrity. They must guard against any behaviour that can erode the trust Singaporeans have in the public service,” he said.

DPM Teo’s comments come in the aftermath of two ongoing probes into ex-CNB Chief Ng Boon Gay and ex-SCDF Chief Peter Lim Sin Pang for allegedly procuring sex for contracts.

Mr Teo added that as Singaporeans become more informed and participative, collaboration and engagement will be the two key trends that will shape the public service.

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Govt scholar: The people of Singapore has changed

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

It is not true scholars are guaranteed a golden rice bowl. being a scholar myself i must say that the expectations on us are higher than non scholars…and we are given a whole lot to do. All eyes are on us. not complaining though, just pointing out it’s not a fast track to success. but yes sadly….the number of scholars who are in it truly to serve Singapore has dwindled….people may be hardworking but they’re doing the job for the sake of the job…or to earn their wages…but (and in fact…it’s not only scholars but the rest of the workforce in and out of the govt included.

How often do you come across someone who says he’s in in to serve his country anymore? gone are the days of old where patriotism and loyalty and faithfulness were virtues observed….people today…are more of..”what’s in it for me?” and adopt a minimalist form of behaviour/ play the social game for self interest to win self promotion, more money, more benefits, more prestige….the mistake is not in the government itself…but that the PEOPLE of singapore has changed…and the government is made up of PEOPLE…yes ministries are run by ministers…but it’s ordinary s’poreans like you and I that make up majority of the govt workforce, scholars and non scholars included. time for us singaporeans to reflect upon ourselves…the government reflects US.

We are a democracy after all. I don’t see how people working in the govt (which is a signifcant quantity of the singapore pop) are different frm the average singaporean….yes…there are the stellar few who truly care about the country and values and what nots…but they are a minority, a dying breed – they belong more to the older generation……the young people today are more concerned about fun and freedom and all that westernized philosophies instead of wanting to slog for something virtuous like the traditionalists…goh keng swee, lee kuan yew etc……sigh…(this coming from a young singaporean)

VAN

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

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MND suspends NPark officer for buying foldable bikes

Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012

The Ministry of National Development (MND) has suspended the National Parks Board (NParks) officer in charge of procuring the 26 S$2,200 foldable bicycles which sparked a massive public outcry lately.

Many netizens have lampooned the purchase as a sheer waste of public funds, but National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan had earlier defended the reasons for buying the bikes to ‘enhance’ work productivity as ‘valid.’

In a stunning U-turn, MND now said an internal audit ordered by Mr Khaw last month “uncovered some discrepancies which, although inconclusive by themselves, suggested the possibility of bias in the procurement”

“The audit team was tasked to review the purchase and to ascertain NParks’ justification and see if its procurement process could be improved. MND has decided that the discrepancies were significant and warrant further investigation,” the ministry said.

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