Saturday, 31 March 2012

Watz Online - 31 Mar 2012

Maid dies in 30-storey plunge at Telok Blangah Heights

A 23 YEAR OLD Indonesian maid fell 30 storeys to her death at Telok Blangah Heights on Thursday.

She had apparently been cleaning the windows of her employer's flat at about 1pm.

This is at least the third case so far this year of a maid falling to her death here.

If there's a shortage, why is the jobless rate for cleaners high?

WE OFTEN read that Singaporeans do not want to be cleaners ('Where have the cleaners gone?'; Monday).

If that is so, why is it that the unemployment rate for cleaners, labourers and related workers, at 5.1 per cent, was the second highest among all job categories, according to the Ministry of Manpower's Singapore Workforce 2011 report?

This is much higher than the overall unemployment rate of 3 per cent for Singaporeans.

'Pervert uncle' stands so close to female commuters, even though train isn't crowded

STOMPer Coffee warns women of this 'pervert uncle', who stood very close to female passengers even though the train was not crowded.

The STOMPer wrote:

"Ladies!! Beware of this pervert uncle.

"The train is not crowded yet this uncle will purposely stand real close to them."

Woman's butt burned by mystery liquid on seat of MRT train

A 27-year-old Malaysian woman sustained a burn wound on her buttocks after she sat on a wet seat on board an MRT last Saturday (Mar 24).

The unknown liquid on the seat left her with a 7cm wound. The woman, known only as Ms Law, works as a hairdresser in Tiong Bahru.

She had been on her way home to Yishun at the time, and had boarded the northbound train at Raffles Place Station.

Driver without licence kills 1 in accident, sentenced to jail

A waitress drove her boyfriend's car and caused the death of a 70-year-old man last year.

Candy Siow Pei Shan had been drinking with her boyfriend in two clubs and later drove his car even though she had no licence.

On the way home, she lost control of the vehicle in Bukit Batok. It mounted a road kerb and hit Mr Tan Son Seng, crushing him to death.

On Wednesday, the 23-year-old, who had failed her basic theory test 13 times, was handed a four-month jail sentence and banned from driving for 10 years.

Swiss expats say Singaporeans not entitled to jobs in Singapore

Swiss lawyer Franziska Zimmermann may have been in Singapore for only 18 months, but she talked as if she has been staying in Singapore since birth and even found fit to lecture Singaporeans!

In an interview conducted by the Straits Times on expatriates working in Singapore, 37 year old Ms Zimmermann felt that Singaporeans are generally friendly to foreigners though some harbor anti-foreigner sentiments, that is to be expected.

“This anti-foreigner issue is in every city. It’s a natural debate and the Swiss are questioning it too. But no one owes anyone else a living; you cannot say you are entitled to jobs in your country,” she says.

Expletive online post about Indians hurtful, wrong and uncalled for

A Nanyang Polytechnic student’s “expletive-laced (online) post about Indians” was “particularly hurtful, wrong and completely uncalled for”, said Member of Parliament (MP) for Tanjong Pagar GRC Indranee Rajah.

S’poreans outraged over PRC scholar’s ‘dog’ comment

Singaporeans are up in arms over a foreign scholar's derogatory comment that "there are more dogs than humans in Singapore".

The Ministry of Education (MOE) scholar in question, Sun Xu from China, was referring to his unpleasant experience with Singaporeans as he brushed against them.

A rough translation of his Chinese blog post read: "It's so annoying to have gangster Singapore uncles stare at you when you bump into them. There are more dogs than humans here in Singapore."

Singapore a scholarship haven for foreign students?

If you don't have enough local talent, buy it from abroad whether in sports or research science — beginning with schools and universities.

This attitude is reflected in Singapore's oft-expressed fears that declining birthrates will threaten its long-term survival.

In addition, Singapore aspires to be an international city to attract the top brains and the wealthy.

Its solution to prevent a falling population has been dramatic.

Virtually an entire populace has been imported in the past 20 years, raising the dense population by two-thirds, from three million to five million.

Court reserves judgment on Hougang by-election hearing

SINGAPORE: The High Court reserved judgement on an application by a Hougang resident for a by-election in the single-seat constituency, after lawyers presented their arguments in chambers on Friday.

Madam Vellama Marie Muthu, a 42-year-old part-time cleaner, filed an application on March 2 for the Prime Minister to call a by-election within three months.

Lawyers from the Attorney-General's Chambers argued that the application was "wholly misconceived" and "unarguable in law and fact".

They added that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had "stated unequivocally" in Parliament on March 9 that he intended to call a by-election but had not decided on the timing yet.

A judgement will be delivered at a later date.

The Hougang constituency was left without a Member of Parliament (MP) after Mr Yaw Shin Leong was expelled by his Workers' Party, following reports of his personal indiscretions.

Court charges nine men involved with underage sex workers case

SINGAPORE: Nine men have been charged in court on Friday, in connection with a case involving underage sex workers.

Six men were charged in court with having sex with underage prostitutes.

The men, aged 24 to 59, were charged with obtaining the sexual services of three Vietnamese girls, aged between 16 and 17 in July 2011.

They allegedly paid the girls between $100 and $200 per session for sexual services.