Drama continued on day five of the sex-for-contracts trial after an application was made by defence lawyers to impeach star witness Cecilia Sue.
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After lunch break, the prosecution was granted its application to cross examine its own star witness Cecilia Sue on the basis of five statements she had made to the CPIB. The decision was also due to various discrepancies in Ms Sue’s statements and testimonials in court.
Prosecution turns against its own witness Cecilia Sue
In an unexpected move, prosecutors in the sex-for-contracts trial involving former anti-narcotics chief Ng Boon Gay yesterday turned against their own star witness.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Ken Hwee accused former IT sales manager Cecilia Sue of lying, given the wide discrepancies between what she told investigators and what she has said in court.
As a result of the turn of events, Ms Sue will be in court for a fifth day today, and will be questioned again by Ng's lawyer, Senior Counsel Tan Chee Meng.
3 arrested for allegedly attempting to cheat MBS casino
Police have arrested a 24-year-old Marina Bay Sands (MBS) croupier and his two brothers, aged 21 and 25, for trying to cheat the casino.
Officers from the Casino Crime Investigation Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department were tipped off by the casino operators.
They arrested two of the accused at the casino early Monday morning, and the third accused was arrested later in the afternoon.
Singapore to Spend S$3.5 Billion to Expand Pasir Panjang Port
PSA Singapore Terminals, the country’s container-port operator, plans to invest S$3.5 billion ($2.9 billion) to develop Phases 3 and 4 of its Pasir Panjang terminal, it said in an e-mailed statement today.
The planned work will include building 15 new berths, an automated container yard and unmanned, rail-mounted gantry cranes, PSA Singapore Terminals said in the statement.
When completed by 2020, the project will boost Singapore’s total container handling capacity to 50 million 20-foot equivalent units a year, it said.
Authorities in Malaysia, Singapore raid gold trader Genneva's offices
KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities in Malaysia have raided gold trader Genneva Malaysia Sdn Bhd and its affiliates for suspected offences under the laws administered by the respective enforcement agencies.
Bank Negara said on Monday the joint raiding operation was carried by the police, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, Companies Commission of Malaysia and the central bank.
BNM said Singapore's Commercial Affairs Department also conducted a similar operation against Genneva Pte Ltd in Singapore.
Singapore Exchange Proposes To Raise Proportion of Retail Investors in IPOs
Singapore Exchange Ltd. (S68.SG), the operator of the island nation's stock exchange, Monday proposed to raise the proportion of shares available to retail investors in initial public offerings.
The proposals include the introduction of a prescribed minimum allotment of 5% of the total invitation shares to the public subscription tranche, according to a statement from Singapore Exchange.
In addition, it proposed a 'claw back' mechanism that would increase the number of shares allocated to the public subscription tranche when the total demand exceeds prescribed thresholds.
Singapore Airlines Unit Scoot, Tiger Airways in Pact to Jointly Sell Itineraries
Scoot Pte., the long-haul budget unit of Singapore Airlines Ltd. (C6L.SG), and Tiger Airways Ltd. (J7X.SG) said Monday they will jointly market tickets to destinations served by either company.
Under the agreement, the two budget carriers will sell joint itineraries between Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, where Tiger flies; and Sydney and the Gold Coast--served by Scoot. Customers can purchase a single itinerary for travel from Australia, via Singapore, to Tiger's destinations, according to a joint statement to the Singapore Exchange.
Customers can purchase flight itineraries originating from Australia to popular Southeast Asian destinations on a single ticket. However, on arrival in Singapore, passengers will have to pass through immigration and collect their bags before checking into the second leg of their flight
Singapore’s public housing flat prices up 2 pct in Q3
(Xinhua) — Singapore’s public housing flat resale prices rose by a record 2 percent in the third quarter compared with last quarter, the city-state’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) released its flash estimate on Monday.
It was the fastest rise this year ever since Q3 in 2011. According to earlier official data, the resale prices rose by 1.3 percent in this Q2, following the 0.6 percent climb in Q1.
The HDB has recently further ramped up public housing flat supply by announcing on last Thursday that its government-built new flat supply for this year will be increased by 2,000 units to 27,000, in order to meet housing demand, especially from first- time home buyers.
Singapore, Malaysia unlikely to implement social media laws
Singapore and Malaysia will unlikely implement social media regulations amid the rise in social network postings stoking religious and racial tension.
"To introduce such a change would be a huge leap to take and means adopting a stance notably different to that taken in most other jurisdictions," said Elle Todd, partner at law firm Olswang Asia.
She gave the example of Singapore which tends to use take down procedure for defamatory and copyright content.