Monday, 9 April 2012

Watz Online - 9 Apr 2012

Singaporean arrested in baby-for-sale syndicate in Malaysia

The Star/Asia News Network
Sunday, Apr 08, 2012

KLANG, Malaysia - Two babies, aged 22 days and three months respectively, were saved from a baby-for-sale syndicate at a popular shopping mall here Friday.

Police also arrested four women, including a 37-year-old Singaporean believed to be the middleman for the baby-for-sale activity.

South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Mat Yusop said police surveillance led them to a cafe at the mall, where the Singaporean was spotted with three other local women.

"Many photos of babies were found on the Singaporean's mobile phone, more than 10. And there were messages indicating transactions took place," he said.

ACP Mohamad added that the local women were believed to be the nannies of the babies.

The 22-day-old baby was found with his birth certificate and passport, while the other baby, also a boy, had no documentation.

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Two infants rescued after cops bust baby-for-sale syndicate


KLANG: Two babies, one 22 days old and the other three months, were saved from a baby-for-sale syndicate when police moved in to arrest four women at a popular shopping mall here.

One of the suspects was a 37-year-old Singaporean believed to be acting as the middleman for the syndicate, said South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Mat Yusop.

Police surveillance led them to a cafe at the mall at 11am yesterday, where the Singaporean was spotted with three other local women.

Safe and sound: Policewomen cradling the babies after they were rescued in Klang yesterday. Looking on is ACP Mohamad.

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Last call for flight SQ747

After four decades of service, Singapore Airlines bids farewell to the last of its Boeing 747 fleet.

On Friday, the airline held special return flights from Singapore to Hong Kong to commemorate the aircraft's retirement.

The Boeing 747 aircraft will make its final touch down at 7.30pm.

A gong, a song and a dance to bid farewell to the last 747 for Singapore Airlines.

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Yale-NUS college saga rages on

It might be just a symbolic gesture but an important one nonetheless, according to Yale University professors: On Friday, the American university's faculty voted 100 to 69 to pass a resolution expressing "concern regarding the history of lack of respect for civil and political rights in the state of Singapore".

The resolution, which was passed despite opposition from Yale president Richard Levin, also called on the planned Yale-NUS college to uphold principles of "non-discrimination for all ... civil liberty and political freedom on campus and in the broader society".

Nevertheless, those who voted for the resolution included supporters of the Yale-NUS college who said they hoped that it would strengthen the partnership between Yale and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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Fight at work site lands five in hospital
A work-related dispute involving foreign workers turned into a fight yesterday.

Five men were arrested for rioting and five others were rushed to hospital with injuries.

The fight broke out near a construction site at Senja Road in Bukit Panjang.

An estate agent who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan said he was in the neighbourhood when he heard a commotion.

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Retired CNB officer failed to arrest friend

A retired Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officer was jailed for six weeks for failing to arrest two men for offering him bribes.

Lim Tian Siew alias Lang Tian Siew, 56, is appealing against the conviction and sentence.

The retired senior staff sergeant stands to lose his pension of about $500,000 if the conviction is upheld.

Lim was convicted of failing to arrest his friend, Lee Lai Chye, who runs a coffee shop, and Lee's brother-in-law, Yew San Yong, a drug offender, for corruptly offering him $30,000 at a coffee shop near Owen Road in October 2009.

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She went on S$25,000 shopping spree

But woman then sought refund, citing mental disorder.

Over two days in April last year, Madam Tan K Y, 53, went on a S$25,000 shopping spree which saw her pick up branded goods including a S$12,000 Rolex watch, a Christian Dior watch, handbag and shoes.

Mdm Tan's shopping spree was prompted by a relapse of delusion disorder - a psychiatric condition that she has had since 2005.

She was subsequently warded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for 19 days.

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Ionescu trial resumes with surveillance footage from night of accident

The trial of former Romanian diplomat Silviu Ionescu, who's accused of manslaughter after two hit-and-run accidents, continued in the Romanian capital Bucharest today.

For the first time, the defence team and the accused saw surveillance footage from the night of the accident.

The footage shows a dark-coloured car running down a pedestrian crossing the street but it was impossible to make out the plate number or the driver's face.

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Saw Phaik Hwa named CEO of bread maker

No more dabbling in transport operations for outgoing SMRT chief Saw Phaik Hwa.

57-year-old Saw will join Auric Pacific, a diversified unit of Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group, as its CEO on 1 May. The firm owns the franchise for Delifrance and makes Sunshine bread.

Saw was thrown in the spotlight last December following two massive rail breakdowns of the North-South Line that affected about 200,000 commuters. The public uproar over it prompted a government-appointed committee of inquiry, which will begin its hearing on 16 April.

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Why call the police over everything

Our blogger talks about the debacle over the CHIJMES 'Chapel Party'.

In "The FlipSide", local blogger Belmont Lay lets loose on local politics, culture and society in his weekly musings. To be taken with a pinch of salt and with parental permission advised. In this post, he talks about the furore over the Escape Chapel Party.

Barely a month ago, the National Council of Churches Singapore (NCSS) came out publicly to slam two articles published in the March edition of FHM Singapore.

The articles were deemed to have made fun of Christianity and the result was that the magazine for testosterone-laden men (and some women) was pulled from the shelves island-wide and the Media Development Authority got wind of the case.