Thursday, 27 September 2012

Watz Online - 27 Sep 2012

Did ex-CNB chief and Cecilia Sue have sexual intercourse?

Did former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay and IT sales manager Cecilia Sue have sexual intercourse in a service apartment at Great World City in 2009?

This question was the focus of Ng’s lawyer, Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng, towards the end of his cross examination of Ms Sue today.

He is expected to continue his cross examination tomorrow morning.

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Cecilia Sue: I was forced to perform oral sex

Ms Cecilia Sue, the IT sales manager at the centre of former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay's corruption trial, described in graphic detail on Wednesday how he forced her to perform oral sex on him four times in 2011.

She teared at times as she told a district court that he wanted sex in parked cars and would force her head to his groin.

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'When you wanna take me?’

That question allegedly asked by former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay sparked the gripping testimony of the woman in the centre of a high-profile sex-related corruption case in Singapore.

Called in by the prosecution in the second day of the trial against Ng on Tuesday, Cecilia Sue Siew Nang recounted how her relationship with the top civil servant started. Her account painted the picture of a man who became increasingly desperate to obtain sexual gratification in the form of oral sex, despite being repeatedly rejected by Sue.

Prosecution lawyer Tan Ken Hwee asked her, “Did the accused ask you for anything?”

Sue said, “We chatted… then he asked, ‘When you wanna take me?’”

Tan, “What does that mean to you?”

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Woman in sex-for-favours case breaks down in court

Cecilia Sue, the woman at the centre of the high-profile corruption trial involving a former top Singapore civil servant, made a surprise appearance in court on Wednesday.

Heavily made-up and with her curly hair tied up, Sue strode confidently into court at about 330pm, wearing a knee-length black pencil skirt with nude pumps. The 36-year-old former IT executive was surprisingly called by the prosecution in the second day of the trial of former Central Narcotics Bureau chief Ng Boon Gay.

Speaking thoughout in a soft, muffled voice, Sue avoided making eye contact with the gallery and kept her seat turned towards the judge as she gave her gripping testimony, breaking down in tears several times as she recounted how Ng forcibly and repeatedly tried to get her to have oral sex with him.

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Singapore economy likely to have entered a technical recession in Q3

Singapore IP contracted 2.2% y/y in August (July: +2.5%), against expectations for a small expansion (Barclays: 3%; consensus: 1%)

We expect a technical recession in Q3 (Q3 GDP forecast: -0.5% q/q saar; Q2: -0.7%). We estimate manufacturing output will need to surge 20% m/m sa in September in order to show sequential growth in Q3 (Q2: -0.5% q/q saar).

Although we believe biomedical production is at its trough and likely will begin to rebound in September, the weakness in electronics and transport engineering may not turn around significantly, despite an expected improvement in global sentiment and export orders.

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Singapore Factory Output Unexpectedly Drops In August

Singapore's manufacturing production unexpectedly declined in August, raising fears of a recession as a gain in the biomedical sector was offset by a marked contraction in electronics output amid further deterioration in export demand, latest data showed Wednesday.

Manufacturing output dropped 2.2 percent annually, following a 2.5 percent gain in July, data from the Singapore Economic Development Board showed. Economists had forecast a 1 percent growth. Output declined for the first time in four months.

The electronics cluster recorded a faster decline of 7.3 percent than 5.3 percent in July as external demand for electronic products dropped further in the backdrop of a slowing global economy and the ongoing crisis in Europe.

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Temasek selling up to 500 million SingTel shares-term sheet

Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings will sell as many as 500 million shares in Singapore Telecommunications Ltd to raise up to $1.34 billion, according to a term sheet seen by IFR late on Tuesday.

The transaction comprises a base size of 400 million SingTel shares at S$3.20 and S$3.25, which works out to around S$1.3 billion ($1.06 billion).

It includes an upsize option for another 100 million shares that if exercised will raise the deal size to $1.34 billion.
A Temasek spokesman confirmed the sale.

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PM Lee explains need for PSLE

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore's education system cannot do away with the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

However, he felt Singapore should look at how it can reduce the pressure of a single examination and a single grade.

Mr Lee said it will take some time for the authorities to think about it, and the government is not in a hurry to make any changes.

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Singapore Will Take in Foreigners at Comfortable Pace, Lee Says

Singapore will continue to take in foreigners even as citizens complain about overcrowding and increased competition for jobs, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said.

“We have slowed down the intake of foreigners but we will continue taking in foreigners at a pace” that citizens “find comfortable,” Lee, 89, said at a conference in Singapore yesterday.

Singapore, which occupies an area about half the size of Houston, has added about 1 million people since the beginning of 2005 as the government allowed more immigration to make up for a declining birth rate. The influx contributed to crowded transportation and more competition for jobs, housing and places in schools, fueling voter anger that led to the ruling party’s smallest electoral win last year since independence in 1965.

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Singapore needs foreigners to complement resident workforce: minister

Singapore needs foreign manpower to complement its resident workforce and support such sectors as construction, health and social services, Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang said Tuesday.

Foreign manpower is also needed to anchor and build up new sectors in Singapore such as the biomedical and aerospace industries, he said.

"If you train Singaporeans to fill up the sector before you launch the sector, you may lose the opportunity, and you take too long," he said

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Baby-making ideas tossed up at dialogue on population

One man asked for more financial help for couples who have trouble conceiving. A social worker suggested that more resources and support be made available to those wanting to adopt children.

And one young man jokingly suggested that all single MPs get married before the next general election, to set a good example.

From light-hearted to serious, many ideas were thrown up by participants at a dialogue on population last night, with most fixed firmly on one goal: to get Singaporeans in the family way.

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S'poreans must have honest conversation about immigration: S Iswaran

Second Trade and Industry Minister S Iswaran said Singaporeans must have an honest discussion about the country's immigration policy, no matter how unpalatable it may be.

Mr Iswaran was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a dialogue session a day after his ministry released a report on population and the economy.

It was a vigorous night-time session for the participants where they discussed the pros and cons, shared their views, and gave suggestions.

What stood out at the session, said Minister Iswaran was that there was no outright rejection of foreign manpower.

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Batam lures tourists with gambling opportunities

Batam in Indonesia is luring tourists with its gambling stations that often operate secretively.

The re-opening of some gambling dens in region, which were closed following protests by Islamic clerics, is a big draw with tourists from Singapore and Malaysia. Figures show that increasing numbers of Singaporeans and Malaysians have been spending time during weekends in Batam, Riau Islands, over the last few months. Operators in the region have reopened gambling and gaming sites on the island after they were closed down some time back.

Even though local authorities have denied that they have provided licenses for the gambling dens, records indicate that officials have recently issued 14 licenses for recreation and gaming facilities. The move was in response to the urgent needs to revive tourism on the island, where tourism is a big revenue earner

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A Batam sex survey shows S’pore men’s risky behaviour

Batam sex workers attend a talk on how to use condoms and practise safe sex, organised by non-governmental organisations Yasan Lintas Nusa and Yayasan Komunikasi Informasi Edukasi Batam (Photo / Batam HIV AIDS Commission)

A survey with 300 Indonesian sex workers in Batam has revealed that 60 per cent of them have customers from Singapore, and only a quarter of these customers “always use condoms”.

More than 45 per cent of these sex workers also said they have to provide the condoms themselves.

The survey is part of a study done by Singapore’s non-governmental agency Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME), with partner agencies in Batam, Yayasan Lintas Nusa and Yayasan Dunia Viva Wanita, in April 2012.

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