Friday, 30 November 2018

Why WOMEN are important???

1. You got the name (Adam)👨 from (Madam)👩

2. You got the word (Man)👨 from (Woman)👩

3. You also got the word (Male)👨 from (Female)👩

4. And you got (He)👨 from (She)👩

5. You definitely got (Mr)👨 from (Mrs)👩

6. And finally in prayers, we say (A-men) from (Wo-men)

Dedicated to All Wonderful Women

Thursday, 29 November 2018

2-yr-old boy survived an 11-storey fall possibly saved by his diapers

2-year-old boy who fell from 11th-floor Sengkang flat was possibly saved by his diapers
A 2-yr-old boy who survived after falling 11 storeys from a flat in Sengkang on Sunday (Nov 25) was possibly saved by his diapers

The incident occurred at Block 182A Rivervale Crescent, at around 10am, & left the child with severe injuries. He was reported to be in stable condition on Sunday night.

Stomp understands that the boy may have fallen off a stool located near the washing area of his family's flat that he usually climbs onto to brush his teeth.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the boy's diapers had gotten hooked on a fourth-floor unit's clothes rack, cushioning his fall.

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2-yr-old boy survives fall from 11th-floor Sengkang flat - possibly saved by his diapers
The boy was found by residents lying on a grass patch at the foot of Block 182A Rivervale Crescent at around 10am on Nov 25, 2018. ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

A 2-yr-old boy, who survived an 11-storey fall from a Sengkang Housing Board block on Sunday (Nov 25) morning, was possibly saved by his diapers.

The diapers reportedly caught on the clothes rack of a 4th-floor unit, breaking his fall.

The boy, who was found by residents lying on a grass patch at the foot of Block 182A Rivervale Crescent at around 10am, was rushed to KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) where he was reported to be in stable condition on Sunday night.

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Top Ten Modern Day Miracles Around the World

“There can be miracles, when you believe”,  this is just a line from Whitney Houston’s Song, “When You Believe”. In today’s modern era, where faith is not very popular anymore, it is becoming more difficult to believe in miracles. What we see on social media are usually stories of scandals and negativeness. We can never blame if our society does not believe in what is possible anymore. Not to sound religious, but it is true: all things are possible with God.

No matter what your faith or religion is, it is through faith that can actually save you. We have gathered stories around the world, most are a matter of life and death, some are plain miraculous and others actually are stories that would increase your faith, not just in God but also in other people.

Are you ready to believe in miracles again? Here are top ten stories of miracles around the world:

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Government agency defrauded of $40 million

The biggest case of defrauding a government agency

There are numerous schemes under the SkillsFuture umbrella. They are meant to help Singaporean workers upgrade themselves, so that they can stay relevant, remain employed, and earn higher incomes. However, some people decided to abuse those schemes.

Recently, five members of a criminal syndicate were charged with defrauding the government. They allegedly made close to S$40 million in fraudulent claims from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). They allegedly submitted forged documents to fraudulently obtain training subsidies from SSG. The claims were submitted as applications by companies for reimbursement for training of employees – a scheme that has been around since the 1970s.

As expected, the government got criticised for the incident. How can government be so stupid? How can it lose so much money?

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How Did 5 People Scam SkillsFuture Singapore Of $40 Million?
Was SkillsFuture Scam A Case Of Criminal Masterminds Or A Flaw In The System?

During the PAP’s Convention on 19 November, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about the strategies that the Government had come up with to help employees upgrade themselves as the economy grows.

One of the strategies was SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), a way for Singaporeans to learn skills needed for jobs in the future. However, little did he know that the institution would fall victim to a criminal syndicate in what’s considered to be one of the biggest cases of defrauding in Singapore to date.

We’re talking nearly $40 million worth of stolen money. What group of criminals would be so daring as to take on a Government programme? And how did they even manage to pull off such a heist? Let’s find out.

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40 million SkillsFuture scam shows the “deplorable state” of civil service and leadership: ex-Presidential candidate

3 men and 2 women, believed to be members of a criminal syndicate, were charged in court this week after they scammed government training grants scheme, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), of a whopping $40 million through fraudulent claims.

According to a press statement released on Tuesday, SkillsFuture revealed that the group had submitted forged documents to fraudulently obtain subsidies and that the suspects reportedly belong to “an organised network that utilised nine business entities, comprising employer companies and training providers, to submit the fraudulent claims. Close to $40 million has been paid out as a result. Police has seized substantial cash and frozen a number of bank accounts involved in the case.”

Former presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian has weighed in on the scam and has asserted that the case “shows clearly the deplorable state of our civil service and the political leadership.”

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First person jailed over $40m SkillsFuture scam; helped sister hide $6.7m at home

A jobless man who helped his sister & brother-in-law launder and hide part of the proceeds of their $40 million SkillsFuture scam - the largest case of a government agency being defrauded - was sentenced to 5 yrs and 8 mths' jail on Tuesday (Nov 27).

Lee Chi Wai, 32, had helped squirrel away $6.7 million in cash and 11kg of gold valued at $626,500 at his Sengkang flat.

He also used $282,500 to buy 5kg of gold and asked his sister for a $30,000 loan to buy a car for himself.

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Man jailed 5 years and 8 months for role in $40M SkillsFuture scam

A man was on Tue (27 November) jailed for 5 yrs and 8 mths for his role in defrauding a public institution of $39.9 million.

Lee Chi Wai, 32, who acted as a money mule, pleaded guilty to two charges of acquiring criminal proceeds and one of concealing such proceeds.

A safe in the unemployed man’s flat contained nearly $7 million in ill-gotten cash & 11kg of gold in November last year, the court heard.

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SkillsFuture fraud: First syndicate member who stashed S$6.6 million in cash, 11kg of gold at home sentenced

The 1st of 5 individuals in a syndicate behind what is believed to be the largest defraudment of a public institution was sentenced to five years and eight months’ jail on Tue (Nov 27).

Lee Chi Wai, 32, pleaded guilty last week to three charges under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking & Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act. They include concealing more than S$6.6 million in cash and 11kg of gold, which form part of the S$40 million allegedly disbursed as a result of bogus SkillsFuture claims.

2 other similar offences were taken into consideration for sentencing by District Judge Luke Tan.

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First member of 5-person syndicate jailed over S$40m SkillsFuture claims scam

An unemployed man who was part of a five-person syndicate that defrauded statutory board SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) of almost S$40 million was sentenced to five years and eight months in jail on Tuesday (Nov 27).

Lee Chi Wai - the 1st person to be sentenced for the scam - was part of a criminal syndicate that had conspired to obtain training subsidies from SSG using forged documents.

The court found that Lee, 32, had helped hide criminal proceeds of S$6.7 million in cash & 11kg of gold in his home, laundering some of the cash.

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Inter-agency task force to review SkillsFuture fraud after S$40m claims scam

An inter-agency task force has been set up to conduct a “thorough review” of SkillsFuture claims, after a series of offences that involved S$40 million worth of fraudulent claims being paid out by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

Speaking in Parliament on Mon (Jan 8), Minister for Education (Higher Education & Skills) Ong Ye Kung said that the task force, which is overseen by SSG’s board, will also evaluate the current fraud detection system and make recommendations for improvements.

Under the SkillsFuture national movement announced in 2015, Singaporeans aged 25 and above receive a S$500 credit from the Government to attend courses by approved training providers. The scheme is overseen by SSG.

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Suspected syndicate members behind S$40m bogus SkillsFuture claims charged

In the largest defraudment of a public institution to date, a 41-yr-old Singaporean believed to be part of a crime syndicate was charged in court on Tue (Dec 19) for allegedly making S$40 million of bogus SkillsFuture claims.

Ng Cheng Kwee was slapped with 5 charges, which include forging documents to pass off as a public servant in order to obtain training subsidies from SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), concealing benefits from the criminal conduct and obstructing justice.

He is the 5th suspect charged in connection with this case and was described by prosecutors as one of the main perpetrators of the crimes. Four others - two men and two women aged 30 to 59 - were hauled to court last month for a series of alleged offences ranging from fraud to receiving as well as hiding criminal proceeds. Here are examples of previous cases which grabbed the headlines in recent years:
  • Over five years, two female former employees cheated the Singapore Statutory Boards Employees' Co-operative Thrift and Loan Society of S$5.1 milllion worth of its members' savings. They duped the organisation into issuing cheques using names of phantom members. In August, Arni Ahmad, 41, was sentenced to 12 years jail, while her accomplice Hanati Jani, 50, was jailed nine years and eight months.
  • Four men – aged between 29 and 41 – were charged in July, after they allegedly submitted sham SkillsFuture Credit claims worth S$73,000 from hundreds of individuals who had not attended any courses. This was done through training provider firm Biz HR Solutionz, which was subsequently suspended from getting government funding under the scheme. The case is still ongoing.
  • In January, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) discovered that 4,400 individuals had submitted false claims, encashing their SkillsFuture Credit without attending any courses. The bogus claims, which amounted to some S$2.2 million, were detected after SSG's data analytics system found thousands of claims flooding in for the same course. Investigations showed that the individuals acted independently and did not conspire with the training provider.
  • A magician, S Chandran, was charged in January with 58 counts under the Income Tax Act for making fraudulent claims under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme. Between June 2013 and November 2014, he allegedly helped 49 claimants to falsely obtain cash payouts amounting to S$1.1 million in total under the scheme. Chandran had allegedly acted as a PIC broker and received about S$400,000 from the payouts. The case is still ongoing.
  • In 2014, former Ministry of Foreign Affairs protocol chief Lim Cheng Hoe was sentenced to 15 months' jail, after he had cheated the Government of nearly S$89,000 over five years, by overstating expense claims for boxes of pineapple tarts and bottles of wine. They were bought as gifts for official overseas trips and visits.
  • In 2011, two former Singapore Land Authority (SLA) officers were jailed for cheating the organisation of S$12.5 million. Koh Seah Wee and Lim Chai Meng submitted false invoices over two years through various IT firms for fictitious maintenance services and goods that were never needed or delivered. Koh, SLA's former deputy director of technology and infrastructure, was jailed 22 years, while former manager Lim received a 15-year prison sentence.

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Was SkillsFuture Scam A Case Of Criminal Masterminds Or A Flaw In The System?

They’re not the only ones.

While $40 million does make it the largest amount ever cheated, it is perhaps more surprising that this wasn’t the first time SSG had been cheated of their money:
  • In January, a total of 4,400 individuals were found to have submitted false claims by cashing in their credits but not actually attending any courses. Hilariously, the system detected thousands of claims flooding for the exact same course but revealed that everyone involved had actually acted independently. A total of $2.2 million was given out.
  • In July, four men were charged for submitted fake SSG claims worth $73,000 from hundreds of people who didn’t actually attend any courses. The case is still currently ongoing investigations.
  • A duo was sentenced on Tuesday (19 Nov) for submitting fake claims for courses that didn’t exist. They successfully defrauded nearly $20,000.
Here are examples of previous cases which grabbed the headlines in recent years:

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Government agency defrauded of $40 million
40 million Dollars SkillsFuture scam
Ex-GM Of AMK Town Council Charged with Corruption
What is happening in ‘Clean’ Singapore?
Singapore SMEC hit by World Bank ban
Singapore Multimillion-dollar Shell fuel heist
SMRT cheated of whopping $9.8 million by their own employees
Inside the Keppel Corporation Corruption Scandal
Oil, Bribes, Politicians: What Happened To ‘Clean’ Singapore?
40 million Dollars SkillsFuture scam
Zero Tolerance for Corruption
Singapore’s Corruption Control Framework
Paying high salaries to mitigate corruption
Maintaining Standards of our Civil Service
Business and Rules of Prudence
Crime, Corruption, Scandal & Professional Misconduct 3
Crime, Corruption, Scandal & Professional Misconduct 2
Crime, Corruption, Scandal & Professional Misconduct 1

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Second Flight Delay In Two Days

Update 27 Mar 2019: Latest S’pore to Taipei Scoot flight incident is 12th major disruption in 5 months
Oxygen masks deployed by pilots as precautionary measure

Scoot has revealed that the activation of oxygen masks on board flight TR996 on Sunday, March 24 was initiated by its pilots. Flight TR996 was travelling from Singapore to Taipei when it experienced abnormal cabin pressure during descent.

Passengers were not informed about the exact nature of the difficulties until now, two days after the incident occurred.

CNA reported this latest incident is the 12th known major flight disruption caused by aircraft technical issues that Scoot has experienced in five months since November 2018.

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SIA and CAAS should look into long flight delays by Scoot

related: S'pore-bound Scoot flight from Greece delayed over 2 days

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Technical issue delays second Scoot flight in two days, this time by 29 hours

Barely a day after a Bangkok-bound Scoot flight from Changi Airport was delayed by 7 hours, passengers on another flight by the airline were hit by another delay on Mon (Nov 26), this time by 29 hours.

Flight TR869 was scheduled to depart from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport for Singapore at 4:25pm on Monday, but was retimed to 10:10pm on Tuesday.

The airline said the plane was scheduled to depart from Tokyo for Singapore via Bangkok, when it encountered technical difficulties.

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Technical issue with Scoot plane grounds Bangkok passengers for 29 hours
Scoot is the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. (File photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

Scoot passengers in Bangkok who were due to depart for Singapore on Monday (Nov 26) were hit with a 29-hr delay after their aircraft encountered technical difficulties.

Flight TR869 was due to depart Don Mueang Airport International Airport at 4.25pm on Monday, but was rescheduled to 10.10pm the next day. In response to a query from Channel NewsAsia, Scoot said the plane was scheduled to depart Tokyo for Singapore via Bangkok on Monday when it encountered technical difficulties.

This comes a day after a Scoot flight from Singapore to Bangkok was delayed for nearly 7 hours due to a technical issue.

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Scoot passengers stranded at Changi Airport for 7 hours due to technical issue
Scoot passengers bound for Bangkok, Thailand prepare to board the aircraft around 6 hours after the scheduled departure time. (Photo: Kenneth Loo)

Travellers bound for Bangkok on Scoot airlines flight TR616 were stranded for almost 7 hours at Changi Airport Terminal 2 on Sunday (Nov 25) after their flight was delayed.

The aircraft was scheduled to depart Singapore at 5.30pm, but eventually left at 12.28am.

In response to Channel NewsAsia's queries, Scoot said the delay was due to a technical issue with the "aircraft nose gear door".

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Monday, 26 November 2018

Spate of child abuse cases

Singapore sees rising trend of child abuse cases in recent years

Singapore has seen a growing number of child abuse cases in recent years. In 2017, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) investigated 894 cases of child abuse, up from 873 cases in 2016, and 551 the year before.

TODAY reported that Big Love, a programme under voluntary welfare organisation Montfort Care which started in 2013, handled 367 such cases between April 2017 and March 2018, up from 252 during the same period last year, and 177 the year before.

Child abuse is defined as any act by a parent or guardian which would endanger or impair the child’s physical or emotional well-being. It includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse and neglect.

related: Child abuse cases rise in 2010

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Child abuse cases on the rise in S’pore, VWOs and authorities work to raise awareness
A father carrying his son at the Big Love's Fifth anniversary carnival & campaign at Festive Plaza, Our Tampines Hub on Oct 21, 2018. Photo: Koh Mui Fong/TODAY

Fed up with his young son Weijie’s (not his real name) antics in school, & stressed out from his job as a salesman, the father began abusing him.

He would hit & kick him, and make derogatory remarks about the 9-yr-old, causing the child to melt down frequently. This led to Weijie’s grandfather filing a Personal Protection Order against him.

4 years on, the family is doing much better now. Weijie moved into a therapeutic group home for 2 years to receive therapy and counselling in a safe environment, after which Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre counselled the father on how to improve his attitude & behaviour towards his son.

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Spike in child abuse cases recorded in Singapore in recent years

A spike in cases involving child abuse has been recorded in recent years, with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) observing an increase of 21 cases, from 873 in 2016 to 894 in 2017. An even more marked increase of 322 was recorded previously, from 551 in 2015 to 873 in 2016.

Big Love, an initiative by welfare body Montfort Care set up in 2013, received 367 of such cases between Apr last year and Mar this year. The recorded figure shows an increase from the recorded 252 cases during the same period in 2017, and 177 in 2016, according to TODAY. Director Serene Tan posited that the spike might have resulted from more people coming forward to report cases of child abuse, and also the increasing number of professionals who have been equipped with the skills to recognise if a child has been abused.

A research project next year will be launched by MSF in 2019 to investigate possible reasons for the increase in child abuse cases, and, based on its findings, the Ministry will subsequently work on starting initiatives to remedy the roots of child abuse.

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Child abuse cases hit 8-year high, with spike in sexual abuse

The Ministry of Social & Family Development has investigated an increasing number of child abuse cases between 2015 & 2017, with the most significant increase involving sexual abuse.

In February 2018, a man was sentenced to 34 yrs' jail and the maximum 24 strokes of the cane for sexually abusing his lover's daughter.

The abuse started in 2010, when the girl was about 7 years old, and continued almost daily for the next 7 years.

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As child abuse reports rise, Singapore agencies shore up protection efforts
"Cindy"'s husband physically abused her and her kids repeatedly, until she finally confided in a social worker (Photo: Justin Ong)

She was pregnant with his child when he first hit her for “talking back” to him. After that, Cindy's husband kicked her, yanked her hair & slapped her till her glasses broke, but she chose to ride it out.

Then he started caning & smacking their kids to the point of bruising and still, she rode it out.

But when he slapped their third son - who has an intellectual disability - more than 10 times across the face, Cindy (not her real name) finally felt fear for her safety and that of her five children.

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Centre reports rise in child abuse cases within family
Posed photo showing a child covering his ears while looking down

Child abuse is often not just about physical violence, it can also include emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

Child abuse in families is on the rise in Singapore, said Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre, and the proposed changes to the law to mete out tougher penalties to child abusers is just one of the ways to tackle the growing number of cases.

The centre has seen the overall numbers of abuse by a family member climb to 367 cases between April 2017 and March 2018, up from 252 cases in the April 2016 to March 2017 period, and 177 cases in the same period.

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Spike in child abuse

When a child is abused by a stranger, family members are quick to report the crime.

Not so when the abuser is a family member, said social workers.

People have to be trained to spot signs of children being ill-treated by family members, including physical and sexual abuse, and neglect. Over the past 2 years, more people have been trained to better detect abuse cases, which has led to a spike in the number of cases investigated.

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Nearly 40% of children in abuse cases under age seven

Nearly 40% of child abuse cases investigated by the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) in the past 3 years involved victims younger than 7, The Straits Times has learnt.

Yet, pre-schools have been found to be inadequate in spotting signs of child abuse, said experts, who called for regular standardised training for the teachers, which is currently not available.

This is important as many child abusers are immediate family members & pre-school educators become an important line of defence for the children, they said.

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No cover-ups in allegations of child abuse cases in Singapore’s Catholic Church

In light of recent reports of the cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, Archbishop of Singapore, Most Reverend William Goh, said on Saturday (Sept 1) that they are "a wake-up call for us, as the Catholic Church in Singapore has not been spared allegations of child abuse", and that a handful of cases were brought to their attention.

Rev Goh also assured that there have been no cover-ups in Singapore's archdiocese, and that guidelines have been put in place to reduce the risk of such abuses, said the Archbishop in a pastoral letter on Saturday addressed to the Church.

He added that the cases were judged to be inconclusive by the Professional Standards Office (PSO), and confirmed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.

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Man shouldn't be slapping girl while she kneels in public, says Stomper
A man was caught on camera slapping a young girl while she knelt on the ground at the carpark of IKEA Tampines on Mon night (Nov 5)

Stomper Anonymous felt concerned after witnessing the incident at around 9pm & filmed a video, which he then sent to Stomp.

He described what he saw: "The man was seen shouting and slapping a girl, believed to be his daughter, and& asking her to kneel down.

"I do not know what the man was upset about, but he was saying things like, 'I love you, but you cannot say these kind of things to me' and 'It's no longer your mum's place, it is my place'."

related: Police investigating man slapping kneeling child at Tampines carpark

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Angry Father Slaps & Forces Young Daughter to Kneel in an IKEA Carpark

Well, this doesn’t seem right!  Punishing a child when they do something wrong can teach them how to make good decisions next time but do make sure that it is an appropriate punishment.

Recently, Stomp reported that a man was caught on camera slapping and forcing his young child to kneel in a public place while another lady who was with them watched helplessly. The incident took place at a carpark in IKEA Tampines, Singapore on a Monday (5 November 2018) night.

The person who witnessed and recorded the shocking incident told Stomp that the whole ordeal took place at around 9pm. The source was quoted by Stomp as saying, “The man was seen shouting and slapping a girl, believed to be his daughter, and asking her to kneel down.” The source, who doesn’t wish to be named, said that he isn’t sure why the father was so angry at the poor child. The girl looked like she was about five or six years old.

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Viral video of child kneeling while getting slapped; considered abuse
In the video, the man is seen pointing his finger at the girl's face, then slapping her so hard that she almost loses her balance. PHOTO: STOMP

A video of a young girl, who is made to kneel in public before a man slaps her hard on the face, has sparked outrage.

So much so that the alleged abuse has been reported to both the police & the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), which are now investigating the incident.

In the video, taken at about 9pm on Monday, the girl, who looks to be of primary school age, is seen kneeling next to a white car in the carpark of Ikea Tampines.

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Woman taken to court after allegedly allowing boyfriend to sexually abuse daughter

As a mother, she was supposed to protect & care for her daughter.

But the 39-yr-old woman was taken to court yesterday after she allegedly allowed the girl to be sexually abused by her boyfriend.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the girl's identity, was charged with knowingly permitting the child to be ill-treated.

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8 years’ jail, caning for man who molested 3 girls, including niece, aged 9 & below

A 45-yr-old man was sentenced to eight years' jail & 24 strokes of the cane on Tuesday (Nov 20) for molesting 3 children who were aged between 4 and 9.

Of the three girls, one was his own niece, while another was his four-year-old neighbour. The third victim is believed to be between 6 and 8 years old. The man cannot be identified in order to protect the identity of his now 11-yr-old niece, who was eight when he first molested her.

The married man, who was a research associate at a local university, committed the crimes between Aug 2014 and Jan 2017, when he was caught.

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Maid who claimed she was stressed jailed 7 years for causing toddler's death

Indonesian domestic helper Maryani Usman Utar caused the death of 1-year-old Richelle Teo Yan Jia at a flat in Block 225 Simei Street 4.

The tragedy took place on May 8, 2016, which was Mother's Day, between 2am and 7.36am.

The 25-yr-old pleaded guilty to causing the death of the toddler in her care and was convicted in the High Court yesterday (Nov 22) and jailed for 7 years.

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More must be done to help victims of child sexual abuse

I laud the report on child sexual abuse cases in Singapore (When home is where the sex abuse is, for kids; Aug 26).

Media attention is now focused on the exceptional failings of the Roman Catholic Church as its widespread and& decades-long sexual abuse scandal unfolds.

Few media outlets have highlighted the far larger public health issue, where a majority of sexual abuse cases occur in the home, often by a family member.

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Social workers lauded for helping to curb child abuse
Minister for Social & Family Development Desmond Lee (standing, seventh from right) at a carnival in Our Tampines Hub yesterday to celebrate Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre's fifth anniversary. ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS CHONG

To most children, items like hangers and cloth rags are just everyday household objects.

But for 2 brothers, these were things to be feared. The boys, aged 4 and 6, were beaten daily with such items by their parents.

The boys both have global developmental delay & their parents thought this was the appropriate way to discipline their special-needs children.

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When the teacher is the bully
Bullying has become a national issue. But what do you do if the school bully is your child's teacher?

When Karen Eubank’s son first complained about his “mean” teacher, she took it with a grain of salt. “Usually ‘mean’ just means a teacher makes you study, is demanding, or wants you to answer questions,” says the Dallas, TX mom. “Not that [the teacher’s] being verbally abusive.”

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it meant. Eubank had transferred her son from a private school to a new charter that a friend recommended. During the tour, Eubank fell in love with the school — there was a garden, they played music at lunch, the school was “just beautiful,” she says.

But after the school year began, her fourth grader began saying that he didn’t want to go to school. Every day before school, he claimed he felt nauseated. Every afternoon at pickup, he was angry. Eubank assumed the boy was just adjusting to his new school. It wasn’t until Halloween that Eubanks discovered the chilling truth. She asked a child in the class next door to her son’s how he liked school. He replied it that he was fine, but that her son “wasn’t having such a good time.” The teacher, the boy told her, “yells at him all the time and we can hear it in the next room.”

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Child Abuse

Children need a safe and nurturing environment to grow and learn. Child abuse is defined as any act of commission or ommission by a parent or guardian which would endanger or impair the child's physical or emotional well-being or that are judged by a mixture of community values and professionals to be inappropriate. 

Child abuse includes:
  • Physical Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional and Psychological Abuse
Report suspected child abuse - Reporting suspected child abuse is the first step in preventing or stopping the abuse. MSF investigates child abuse cases to prevent further harm to the child. To report suspected cases of child abuse, please contact the following agencies:

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Big Love - Child Protection Specialist Centre

Set up in May 2013, Big Love’s main objective is to help families with Child Protection concerns and for families to improve their functioning and resilience.

Central to Big Love’s philosophy is the belief in providing child-centric, family-focused and community-based support. Case work management and supportive services are conducted in client’s natural environment such as homes, schools, workplaces and within their communities.

These services include:
  • Comprehensive Casework Management
  • Social Work Programmes
  • Public Education & Outreach Events
  • Training for Professionals

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Online chat service for troubled pupils

Children who need a listening ear can tap an online chat service launched yesterday by the Singapore Children’s Society.

Called Tinkle Friend Online, it is the only such chat service for distressed children here & adds to the society’s phone helpline, which has seen a drop in calls.

Last year, 1,701 calls were made to the toll-free Tinkle Friend helpline, down from 2,508 in 2012, & 4,662 in 2008.

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Protecting Our Minors from Underage Sex Crimes
Public disquiet over underage sex case
Children Handcuffed And Arrested By Police
Teen Found Dead After Police Investigation
Toddlers died after abuse by mum
Pre-school teacher who humiliated 5-year-old boy suspended
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Spate of Data Breaches In Singapore
Spate of Fire break outs
Spate of MOH's slip-ups
Spate ofood poisoning cases
Spate of child abuse cases
Spate of molestation and outrage of modesty
Spate of MRT disruptions
Spate of e-bike accidents
Spate of cars flipping over
Spate of vehicles on fire
Spate of facade cladding falling off
Spate of Escalator accidents
Spate of lift accidents