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YSL Bedok Clinic gave overdose of cough mixture to 14 month old boy

Posted by temasektimes on November 28, 2017

A 14 month old was given an overdose of cough mixture at YSL Bedok Clinic and Surgery which caused him to be drowsy for two days!

(Source: Give.Asia)

According to the irate mother Belinda Lum who posted her terrifying encounter on fundraising platform Give.Asia, she took her son to the clinic at Block 539, Bedok North Street 3, #01-631, Singapore 460539 on 22 November to consult Dr Siew Man Gah who prescribed a bottle of Fedac co syrup to him.

She was allegedly told to give her son 10ml of the medication three times a day, instead of the standard amount of 2.5ml, after he “fell into very deep sleep”. She rushed him to Gleneagles Hospital, where he was given an antidote. He slept for 44 hours in total, and she had to feed him water through a syringe every hour to keep him hydrated.

(Source: Give.Asia)

The doctor at Gleneagle told her that if she had given the complete dosage as per prescribed for 3 times a day @ 10ml each time, her son will die!After Ms Lum called the clinic to tell them what happened, the clinic assistant retorted curtly:

“SO WHAT YOU WANT US TO DO NOW?”

“Immediately, I went down to the clinic and request to speak to the doctor, and understand from the doctor that this is not the first time they had negligence on their case: first time was wrongly prescribe ear drop as eye drop, and second was a patient at 106 years old with high blood wrongly prescribed with diabetic medication, which nearly kills the patient.” she wrote.

Ms Lum added she has lodged a complaint to the Singapore Medical Council and ended with a warning to the public:

“All I’m asking, is to let the general public knows about the negligence practice of this clinic, and please avoid at all cost!”

According to the Practo doctors listing site, the other doctor who works at the clinic is Dr Lau Boon Kwang and both of them have been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. The name of the clinic assistant who dispensed the medicine is not known.

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SMRT sacks 8 staff over tunnel flooding

Posted by temasektimes on November 28, 2017

In other countries, when things gone wrong, the top leader or executive will usually resign to take responsibility, but in Singapore it is the other way round.

Despite widespread calls from the public for embattled SMRT CEO Desmond Kuek to resign over the recent spate of ïncidents”affecting the train operator, he has adamantly refused to do so, choosing to sack 8 junior staff over the recent tunnel flooding which shut down train operations for up to 21 hours.

According to a statement released by SMRT on Monday, the staff who were dismissed comprised one senior executive, two managers and five technical staff.

Two former SMRT staff – Vice President Tay Tien Seng and Senior Manager Ivan Kok – had failed to exercise sufficient supervision over the period when the falsification of maintenance records occurred. SMRT said it reserves the right to pursue legal action against them.

Another Vice President and two other management executives have also been disciplined for “failing to exercise the due care and diligence expected of them” over the maintenance of the pumps, SMRT said, without specifying the actions taken against them.

In the meantime, Mr Desmond Kuek remains as CEO of SMRT after 5 years and several high profile breakdowns and disruptions which have tested Singaporeans’patience to the limit.

 

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SMRT did not post update on latest train delay alone EW Line

Posted by temasektimes on November 22, 2017

Beleaguered train operator SMRT did not post any updates on its social media account on the latest train delay to hit the EW line this evening.

According to commuters, they experienced a delay in their travels during the evening rush hour. Some heard announcements of a track fault near Clementi MRT station.

Even the pro-PAP Channel News Asia reported the delay and contacted SMRT which has yet to respond.

There are no announcements of the delay on SMRT Facebook page and Twitter page as of 9.30pm prompting widespread criticisms from netizens that SMRT is trying to suppress the news and to avoid negative publicity.

The recent spate of train breakdowns was widely reported in the international media and has tarnished Singapore’s reputation. A survey done recently by Blackbox Research of 1,000 people aged 15 and over revealed that the majority think MRT is not well run and are not confident things will improve soon.

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Who is to blame for the Joo Koon train collision?

Posted by temasektimes on November 22, 2017

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Khaw Boon Wan blames Thales for Joo Koo train collision

Posted by temasektimes on November 22, 2017

PAP Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan has pointed fingers at the supplier of the new signaling system Thales as the culprit responsible for the Joo Koo train collision last Friday.

A press interview was called hastily on Tuesday during which a stony faced Thales Vice President Millar Crawford gave a ‘half-hearted public “apology”:

“I want to take the opportunity to apologise to the commuters whose travel, as a result of this accident, was disrupted. But more important than that, (to) the commuters who were injured in this accidents I want to give my full wishes for a final and speedy recovery.”

Mr Khaw was quick to jump on the “apology” to absolve himself from all responsibility. Speaking to reporters after the press conference, Mr Khaw said:

“When we launched Tuas West Extension, we intended for it to be a seamless service. All the way from Pasir Ris to Tuas Link. On hindsight of course this introduced a lot of complications, because you have two stretches, each running on different signalling systems. But still, Thales could have done better. They have acknowledged their mistake, they have apologised,” hinting that Singaporeans should now “move on”.

Despite facing widespread criticisms from Singaporeans, Mr Khaw has adamantly refused to accept any responsibility for the recent train breakdowns and collision, preferring to put the blame on SMRT junior staff, its suppliers and even bad luck.

Mr Khaw is the HIGHEST PAID transport minister in the world, currently drawing an annual salary of more than S$1 million dollars, more than that of U.S President Donald Trump.

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Famous plastic surgeon Woffles Wu’s abetting case was exposed by his ex-staff only in January this year

Posted by temasektimes on May 8, 2014

Famous Singaporean plastic surgeon Dr Woffles Wu Tze Liang was charged in court two weeks ago for abetting an elderly employee to take the rap for him for two speeding offences.

Woffles had allegedly abetted 83 year old Kuan Yit Wah to provide misleading information to the police. He had then lied to the police that he was the driver of a car caught speeding on Lornie Road at 4pm on Sept 11 2005 when the driver was Woffles.

If convicted, Woffles could be fined up to $1,000, jailed for up to six months, or sentenced to both.

The case raised some eyebrows over the length of time – seven years to be exact taken for Woffles Wu to be charged in court leading some to question the efficiency of the Singapore police.

However, the offence would not have come to light at all if not for one persistent ex-staff of Woffles Wu who lodged a police report in January this year.

Below is an excerpt of an email we received from her:

Teresa Wong (TW) was a former staff of Woffles Wu who was jailed for one year and three months in 2010 for criminal breach of trust. Our informant claimed that she was a former colleague of Teresa Wong.

“TW lodged her complaint in 2009/2010 and nothing came of it. I lodged my complaint to the proper channel (via) the Traffic Police in January 2012 and within three months, in April 2012, WW has been charged. So if I had not personally pursued this case, despite TW warning me not to, perhaps WW would have got off scot free.”

We are unable to verify her identity, but she has given us many other detailed information which we are unable to reveal here as we have received lawyers’ letters from Dr Woffles Wu to delete comments posted here earlier by other parties.

Getting a fall guy for traffic offences is a serious crime and it is absolutely shocking that the traffic police is unable to detect it earlier and fined the wrong person instead (Kuah Yit Wah)

Dr Woffles Wu will be attending a court hearing tomorrow and we wish him best of luck.

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Russian ‘FT’ Victor Vassiltov: “NS is another joke”

Posted by temasektimes on February 25, 2013

A comment made by Russian ‘FT’ Victor Vassiltov sparks a massive outcry in cyberspace when he appeared to make snide remarks about National Service.

In a Facebook conversation with some Singaporeans, Victor wrote:

“NS is another joke, wash my tank, baby.”

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Victor also boasted that he is working in Singapore because he has ‘higher skills’ than any locals here.

According to his personal profile on Linkedin, Victor currently holds the position of Vice President at Barclays Capital.

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Indian student on MOE tuition grant raps Singapore netizens for posting ‘xenophobic’ comments about India

Posted by temasektimes on February 25, 2013

ftdanceAn Indian student studying in a local university on MOE scholarship has written to the Straits Times Forum attacking Singapore netizens for posting ‘xenophobic’ comments about India.

In his letter,  Abhinav Mishra admitted that his education is heavily subsidized by MOE:

“My education here has been, to a large extent, subsidised through a Ministry of Education tuition grant. This grant requires me to work for at least three years in Singapore after I graduate. So I would be competing with my Singaporean peers for jobs.”

He wrote that he is sad to read about the ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobic’ comments online:

“I came here to get a good education. It saddens me to see how netizens paint all immigrants in the same bad light and post racist and xenophobic comments online. Getting more immigrants from New Delhi, for example, would certainly not make Singapore the “rape capital of the world”.

While he did not reveal if he is a new citizen, Mishra urged Singaporeans not to let prejudice and stereotypes guide public policy:

“I hope Singapore’s new citizens are treated in a way that is reflective of the educated, meritocratic and unbiased society that Singapore is. I hope the recent uproar does not create further barriers between citizens and foreigners.”

 

 

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Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew attends Chinese New Year party after discharge from hospital

Posted by temasektimes on February 25, 2013

A few days after he was discharged from hospital for a suspected stroke, Singapore’s Supreme Leader Lee Kuan Yew attended a Chinese New Year Garden Party at Istana on Sunday.

In a post on her Facebook, fellow MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Indranee Rajah wrote:

“Mr Lee Kuan Yew, A/P Koo Tsai Kee with Tanjong Pagar-Tiong Bahru grassroots leaders and myself at the Chinese New Year Garden Party at Istana – 24 Feb 2013”

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The post brought forth an outpouring of support from Lee’s subservient subjects:

“Very happy to see Singapore’s founding father Mr Lee appearing at public function. Greatest respect for him.” – Pannisamy Verrapan

“Great to see our founding father in good health, and for those that curse the founding father maythe curse be rebounce to themselves. Without Mr. Lee and the old guards Singapore will never be what it is today.” – Albert Teo

“Is so relief to see my Singapore Idol, uncle Lee in good health, taking pix with the public. This is the greatest celebration (better than striking TOTO) for whole Singapore on 元宵节 !” – Erica Ong

At 89 years of age, Lee is currently the world’s oldest living MP. He is widely regarded as the ‘founding father’ of Singapore without which it will still remain a ‘swamp’.

 

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PRC new citizen accuses Low Thia Kiang of ‘inciting xenophobia’

Posted by temasektimes on February 19, 2013

ltkA PRC new citizen has accused WP Chief Low Thia Kiang of ‘inciting xenophobia’ in his speech made in parliament last week during a debate on the White Paper in which he proposed capping the inflow of foreign workers.

In a letter to a Chinese paper yesterday, Mr Li Yeming, vice-chairman of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations, research and publications committee, accused Low of fanning anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiments and dividing Singaporeans by distinguishing between ‘native-born’ Singaporeans and those born overseas.

Low counter-accused Li of selectively interpreting his speech, claiming that he made no distinction in his speech and he had called for equal treatment for all citizens.

No WP MP was present at a protest held at Hong Lim Park last Saturday evening against the White Paper. Speaking to queries from the state media, WP Chairwoman Sylvia Lim said:

“It is healthy for the issue to be canvassed on appropriate and multiple fronts. WP has made its stance in Parliament.”

Low has earlier endorsed the PAP publicly, praising it as a ‘competent’ government and urging Singaporeans to give it ‘more time’ to solve the numerous problems besieging the nation. He also repeated WP’s pledge to work ‘constructively’ with the PAP.

In the aftermath of the 2011 General Election, WP newbie MP Pritam Singh proclaimed proudly that the Workers Party is ready to form a coalition government with the PAP should the latter fail to gain a simple majority in the next general election.

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