Friday, 27 July 2012

Watz Online - 27 Jul 2012

NUS law professor in sex-for-grades probe identified

The National University of Singapore associate law professor currently being investigated in a sex-for-grades scandal has been identified as former district judge Tey Tsun Hang.

According to a The New Paper (TNP) exclusive on Wednesday, the equity professor was arrested in April and is now out on bail.

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau has him under probe for allegedly having sex with a 23-year-old law student – who has since graduated – in exchange for better grades for an elective course she was enrolled in last year. 

Psychiatrist suspended over sexual relations with patient 

A psychiatrist has been suspended for three years for having a long-term sexual relationship with a patient while she was under his care.

Dr Kong Sim Guan, a psychiatrist at The Psychiatric & Behavioural Medicine Clinic (Ang & Kong), faced one charge of professional misconduct arising from a complaint to the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) on March 23, 2010.

"The fact that Dr Kong had a sexual relationship with the patient for at least 10 years between 1997 to about 2008 was never denied," said the SMC in a statement on Wednesday. 

Kong Hee: I am confident I will be vindicated

City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee has expressed his confidence that he will be vindicated.

In a press statement issued on Wednesday evening, Kong Hee, who has been accused in relation to alleged misuse of church funds said, “I do maintain my integrity, and will rigorously defend that integrity against these charges”, which he said he had carefully considered with his lawyers.

“I have and will continue to place my faith and trust in our judicial system,” Kong continued. “I will explain the facts and circumstances to the Court, and am confident that I will be vindicated.”

Earlier on Wednesday, a sixth person was charged in the high-profile misappropriation case involving Kong and four other key church members. 

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Ex-finance chief of City Harvest listed as secretary of more than 50 companies

Former chief finance director Serina Wee, 35, arriving at the subordinate courts with her husband Kenny Lo

Serina Wee Gek Yin, the sixth person to be charged in the City Harvest Church misappropriation of funds case, was the church's former finance director.

The Straits Times reported that she is also listed by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority as the secretary of more than 50 companies associated with the church and its leaders. These companies include Skin Couture, Ed Hardy and Xtron Productions.

Xtron Productions is the company that manages pastor Kong Hee's wife Ho Yeow Sun's music career. 

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Singapore's rich grow wealthier, says Forbes Asia 

Despite an uncertain global economic outlook, the rich in Singapore have grown wealthier this past year.

That's according to the latest Singapore Rich List, published by Forbes Asia.

Singapore's 40 richest are now collectively worth US$59.4 billion (S$74.5 billion), up 9 per cent compared with the previous year. 

Two 16-year-old girls arrested for serial online cheating 

Police have arrested two 16-year-old girls believed to be involved in serial online cheating.

Police say between June 20 and July 3, they received 20 reports where the victims paid for online purchases of Polaroid cameras and films but failed to receive the goods.

The suspects had published on a blogshop on Facebook titled "Cheapest Lens Preorder", offering Polaroid cameras and films which were priced lower than the market rate. 

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Longer leave results in 'loss of productivity' 

Employers' federation opposes longer maternity leave while proposing more incentives be provided for employers

Only days after the labour movement reportedly called for longer maternity leave to help boost Singapore's birth rate, the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) is cautioning against doing so, citing "operation disruptions and loss of productivity".

In a statement, the SNEF also responded to a suggestion by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) of having two days' mandatory paternity leave: Legislating more types of leave "creates an entitlement mentality which is an unhealthy work value", it said. 

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Govt seeks public views on population challenges

Currently, there are 5.26 million people here, of which, 3.8 million are citizens and permanent residents. Non-residents, which largely consist of work permit holders, stand at 1.46 million.

PRs number at 0.54 million, and about half were granted to working individuals while the rest are dependents. More than 60 per cent of them are under 30 years old.

Among the new Singapore citizens, 38 per cent of them are working individuals while the rest are dependents. 

My Big Fat Belizean, Singaporean Bank Account

Earlier this month, I decided to see how hard it would be to set up my own offshore bank account. I figured it would be pretty difficult, because I’m not rich and don’t have a team of tax lawyers to oversee my money and because the E.U. and U.S. governments have been cracking down on tax havens by imposing stricter tax-sharing requirements. So I proceeded with some caution.

First, I Googled “company registration tax haven” and randomly picked three firms that set up accounts in offshore jurisdictions. Then I called each and explained that I was hoping to minimize my tax exposure and didn’t want anyone to know anything about my finances. Each company quickly noted that I should consult a lawyer to make sure that I wasn’t breaking the law. Then they calmly explained how to create an account that, it seemed to me, was unlikely to be discovered by the I.R.S. or any other authority. 

Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions


The Ivy League school guaranteed academic freedom at its new Singapore campus, but now administrators say not so fast. Alex Klein reports.

The first thing you notice on a trip to Singapore isn’t what the city-state’s critics might like you to see: the professor who can’t profess, the student who can’t protest, the waiter who can’t unionize, the bleached-white detention centers

It’s the food—delicious. You can eat anything in Singapore: curry zestier than Delhi’s, pork sweeter and sourer than Szechuan’s, and, in its Americana-themed steakhouses, a solid sirloin. 

All About The City Harvest Case

About the case

For two years, from 2010, the Commissioner of Charities (COC) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) conducted a concurrent investigation and inquiry into suspected financial irregularities inside the City Harvest church.

On June 26, 2012, five of its leaders, including founder Kong Hee, were arrested over alleged misuse of church funds and alleged breaches under charity laws.

The COC revealed that financial irregularities of at least $23 million from the charity's funds have been discovered which it said were used with the purported intention to finance Ho Yeow Sun's secular music career to connect with people. 42-year-old pop singer Ho Yeow Sun, also known as Sun Ho, is Kong Hee's wife. 

Man slashes prostitute girlfriend’s face

Man slashes prostitute girlfriend’s face 

An ‘interesting’ job has landed one 50-year-old man in jail.

Ng Chye Ming’s job was to be a lookout for hookers from China at Geylang Lorong 24 and 27.

One of the prostitutes from China, 38-year-old Sun Qiuxia, was his girlfriend and he had slashed her face with a knife after she had demanded a breakup, reported Lianhe Wanbao. 

Former air stewardess reveals kinky side of the industry

Former air stewardess reveals kinky side of the industry 
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An ex-stewardess has revealed in her novel that some air stewards and stewardesses like to have one night stands, and enjoy playing strip games in hotel rooms while chilling over many bottles of wines to fuel their pleasurable ways.

Sara Shantelle Lim, who is only 25 years old, is already the owner of an online cosmetic business 

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