Friday, 6 April 2012

Watz Online - 6 Apr 2012

 Ex-policeman beaten up by off-duty Gurkhas

Ex-policeman beaten up by off-duty Gurkhas 
Mr Rama was discharged from the intensive care ward 3 days after the attack. (Pic / Omy)
A former policeman was allegedly beaten up by nine off-duty Gurkha police officers at Clarke Quay last Sunday.

According to Shin Min Daily News, Mr Rama, 38, a logistics manager and ex-police officer, had gone with four friends for a drink at a nightspot in the area last Saturday evening.

When the group left the establishment at about 3am, they encountered a large group of nine men outside who appeared to be drunk, Mr Rama's wife told reporters.

The men instantly took an interest in Mr Rama's female friends, and tried to flirt with them.

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Most gruesome crimes of passion

South Korean held for girlfriend’s ‘live octopus’ death.

A 24-year-old woman, Yoon, was initially thought to have accidentally suffocated after a octopus' tentacle was found stuck in her throat in 2010. The case took a new twist when the deceased's father discovered a life insurance policy signed up by his daughter a week before her death, with her boyfriend, the alleged killer as the beneficiary.

The suspect, Kim had reportedly checked into a motel with his girlfriend after buying two live octopuses from a local restaurant. Kim was arrested for murder recently after investigations revealed that he might have stuffed the octopus into Yoon's throat.

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Hearing of Hougang by-election case on hold

AGC's appeal will be heard only after judge gives written grounds

In the latest turn of events, a court hearing for a Hougang resident's bid to order the Prime Minister to hold a by-election within three months was set aside, just two days after it was fixed.

The hearing, which was scheduled to take place on April 16, was put on hold following an argument over when an appeal against it can be heard.

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OpenNet starts legal action against Government

High-stakes battle looms as it seeks 'quashing order' for a directive.

OpenNet starts legal action against Government
High-stakes battle looms as it seeks 'quashing order' for a directive.

OpenNet has commenced legal action in a Singapore court against the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) and another party.

In its originating summons, the builder of Singapore's ultra-fast fibre broadband network is seeking a 'quashing order' from the Supreme Court

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DBS may see Danamon bid delayed in Jakarta

Regulators may hold up deal in attempt to seek more access to S'pore banking sector.

Regulators may use DBS Bank's bid for Indonesia's Bank Danamon as a bargaining chip and delay approval until Singapore agrees to offer reciprocal access to its banking sector.

Bank Indonesia (BI) governor Darmin Nasution and his deputy Muliaman Hadad said on Wednesday that they wanted to use DBS' bid to acquire the Indonesian bank, in which Temasek Holdings has a majority stake, to start negotiations on the matter

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Police investigate CHIJMES 'Chapel Party'

UPDATE: 5 April at 10:15am: adding statements from Archbishop and MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has said that the police are currently investigating the now-cancelled "Escape Chapel Party".
This picture was the initial promotional advertisement for the "Escape Chapel Party", which will be held on 7 April. (Photo courtesy of Joachim Leow)

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, the ministry said that if the party had been carried out as originally publicised, organisers Creative Insurgence could have breached one of the conditions of its licence to use the CHIJMES Chapel and be liable for sanction, in addition to its licence being revoked.

"There is no excuse for breaking the law, or for insulting or denigrating any racial group or religion in Singapore," a spokesperson for the ministry said. "MHA does not condone any behaviour that denigrates any religion in Singapore."

Archbishop Nicholas Chia, who leads the Catholic church here, on Wednesday also accepted an apology from the company, saying the incident is a reminder of "the need for mutual respect for all religions in our multi-religious country".

 
The image shared by Creative Insurgence director Aaghir Yadav, with the intent of promoting the event

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Man arrested for stealing from primary school pupil

The police have arrested a 36-year-old man for stealing from a primary school pupil along Senja Road.

The victim was walking home from school with his friend on Tuesday at about 4.15pm, when the suspect approached them along the footpath of Block 609 Senja Road and snatched the victim's pouch.

The man then escaped on a bicycle towards the direction of Block 603 Senja Road. The victim and his friend gave chase but lost sight of him.

They ran back to their school and alerted a staff who then called the police.

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Man jailed for attacking elderly cleaner over MRT seat

A man was jailed for 10 weeks on Wednesday for attacking an elderly cleaner over an MRT seat.

Cheng Tai Peng, 38, who is now doing odd jobs, was convicted early this year of slapping, punching and kicking Mr Chua Teck Seng, 64, while on board the MRT train travelling between Bukit Batok and Choa Chu Kang MRT station on April 3, 2010.

The victim had testified that he had boarded a train at Jurong East MRT station and stood infront of a woman occupying the 'reserved' corner seat. As the train was approaching Bukit Gombak MRT station, he saw Cheng standing beside him and using his body to push him. Cheng was trying to rush for that corner seat.

When the victim told Cheng that he should not bully an old man for the seat, Cheng retorted: 'So what if you are an old man? You think old man have a golden tablet?' In the olden days, the golden tablet could be used to prevent one from being sent to death.

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8 youths arrested after series of robberies at Hougang, Pasir Ris

Police have arrested eight youths aged between 13 to 15 suspected to be involved in a series of robberies committed at Hougang and Pasir Ris housing estates.

They are believed to have committed more than five robberies and would assault their victims before snatching valuables from them.

The reports were made between March 10 and April 2. The valuables stolen included cash and mobile phones.

In a 10-hour operation, officers rounded up the eight suspects in various parts of the island on Wednesday from 10am to 6pm.

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Former MediaCorp actor fined for hurting woman
   
Former MediaCorp actor fined for hurting woman 
Former MediaCorp actor fined for...

SINGAPORE: Former MediaCorp actor Ng Aik Leong, better known as Huang Yiliang, was fined $3,000 on Thursday for hurting a woman who failed to clean up after her dog.

The 50-year-old man, who left MediaCorp in 2008 and currently owns a production house, pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt.
The altercation took place near Toa Payoh Lorong 2 on May 20, 2011.
48-year-old Mdm Tan Buay Huang was walking her dog when Ng noticed from inside his car that she did not dispose of her dog's faeces properly.

He drove up to her and scolded her for not cleaning up.
Both parties started to quarrel and the incident escalated to the point where Ng and the victim started video-recording and taking pictures of each other with their handphones.

The court also heard that Mdm Tan later tried to prevent Ng from leaving by standing in front of his car.

Ng then got out of his car, grabbed Mdm Tan's neck and pushed her aside, causing her to fall.

He continued taunting her while holding her down forcefully.

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40 arrested in islandwide anti-loansharking operation

Police arrested a total of 40 people, aged between 22 and 64, in an islandwide anti-loansharking operation on Wednesday.

The 14-hour operation was carried out from 8am to 10pm, with 29 men and 11 women arrested for suspected involvement in loansharking activities.

Officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division conducted simultaneous raids at various locations - including Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong West, Boon Lay, Potong Pasir, Pasir Ris and Tampines estates.

All the suspects are believed to be borrowers or guarantors, and had agreed to assist loansharks to either earn money or offset their debts.

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Scheme for rich foreigners 'outlived usefulness'

Analysts say scrapping scheme to expedite PR applications will weed out opportunists

The move to scrap one avenue for rich foreigners to fast-track their permanent residency applications by parking large sums of money here will have little impact on the Republic's economy, analysts noted.

In fact, an analyst went as far as to describe the Financial Investor Scheme (FIS) - started in 2004 - as having "outlived its usefulness".

Under the FIS, high net worth individuals from overseas with net personal assets of S$20 million - and at least S$10 million of assets held in Singapore for five years - can, via the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), expedite their PR application through private banks or other financial institutions.

Up to S$2 million of the S$10 million these foreigners park here can be used to buy private residential property.

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Local undergrad sells her body to take 'revenge' 
Pic for illustration purposes only. (File Photo)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Some scratch cars, others burn treasured possessions and some, decide to sell their bodies.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, Alice (not her real name), 23, a final year undergrad, started selling her body to get back at her boyfriend, while in junior college, when she had found out that he was three-timing her.

"I was angry for a whole month and wanted him to pay for betraying me", Alice said.

Through a friend, she signed on to become a social escort to humiliate her boyfriend.

She would leave clues for him and even intentionally let him see her with clients.

"There's nothing better than seeing him humiliated."

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Tanah Merah Country Club pays family of golfer killed by lightning

One of Singapore's top golf clubs said today that it will compensate the family of a member who died in 2009 after being struck by lightning while playing on its course.

The Tanah Merah Country Club will pay S$80,822 in damages plus legal costs to businessman Soh Lye Huat's widow and son, who had filed a lawsuit in April last year against the club for alleged negligence.

The TMCC accepted an offer to settle lodged by the family, club general manager Mr Roy Higgs told AFP.

"The club considers the matter resolved and trusts that there can finally be closure," he said, adding that legal costs would be borne by the club's insurers.

Local media said it was believed to be the first time a Singapore golf club was sued by the family of a lightning victim.

The 57-year-old victim was struck on October 25, 2009 and died of multiple organ failure after two weeks, local media said.

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SBS willing to pay for funeral expenses of Sengkang bus accident victim
SBS Transit said it is willing to pay for all funeral expenses, including repatriation costs, incurred by the family of a Malaysian who died in a bus accident in Sengkang on Tuesday.

66-year-old Chan Ah Yong died at the scene after she was hit by an SBS Transit bus while crossing the road.

SBS Transit's senior vice president for corporate communications, Tammy Tan, said the company spoke to Mdm Chan's son-in-law on Wednesday to tell him that the company would foot the bill.

However, before SBS Transit could convey the offer, Mdm Chan's son-in-law told the company to call him again next week.

SBS Transit said it respected his request as it did not want to impose on the family during their time of grief.