Wednesday, 30 January 2019

HIV status of 14,200 people leaked online

Update 16 Mar 2019: Doctor at heart of HIV data leak suspended from practising for 9 months
Ler Teck Siang (foreground) leaving the High Court during his appeal against his conviction and sentence for cheating offences. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

The doctor at the centre of the HIV data leak in Singapore could face further disciplinary action after his medical registration was suspended for nine months, the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) announced on Tuesday (Mar 12).

Ler Teck Siang was found guilty in September last year for helping his partner Mikhy Farrera Brochez deceive the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) about Brochez's HIV-positive status, and for giving false information to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the police.

The suspension, which came into effect on Mar 7, was ordered by an Interim Orders Committee (IOC), said the SMC.

related: Doctor at heart of HIV data leak claims he lied to police to 'retaliate' against MOH 'discrimination'

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UNAUTHORISED POSSESSION AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION FROM HIV REGISTRY

Following an alert by the Police, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has ascertained that confidential information regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013, and 2,400 of their contacts, is in the possession of an unauthorised person. The information has been illegally disclosed online. We have worked with the relevant parties to disable access to the information.

We are sorry for the anxiety and distress caused by this incident. Our priority is the wellbeing of the affected individuals. Since 26 January, we have been progressively contacting the individuals to notify them and render assistance.

On 22 January, MOH was notified by the Police that confidential information from MOH’s HIV Registry[1] may have been disclosed by an unauthorised person. MOH made a Police report on 23 January. On 24 January, MOH ascertained that the information matched the HIV Registry’s records up to January 2013.From 24 to 25 January, MOH worked with the relevant parties to disable access to the information.

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The HIV-positive status of thousands of people was leaked from a Singaporean database this month
A man pins an HIV awareness ribbon to his shirt

The HIV-positive status of 14,200 people, as well as their identification numbers and contact details, has been leaked online, authorities in Singapore said Monday. Records leaked include 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed as HIV-positive before January 2013, and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed before December 2011, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement.

Patient names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, HIV test results and medical information was included in the information leaked by a former Singaporean resident.

"We are sorry for the anxiety and distress caused by this incident," the statement said. "Our priority is the well being of the affected individuals. Since 26 January, we have been progressively contacting the individuals to notify them and render assistance."

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Tangled web of love and lies led to HIV data leak affecting many
2 men who met online and fell in love end up stripping thousands of their right to privacy

Ler Teck Siang (above) & Mikhy Farrera Brochez got married in New York City on April 24, 2014. They then returned to Singapore and in May that year, Brochez lied to a police inspector that it was his own blood that had been tested

It was a love story that progressed through a series of lies to the authorities.

When the lies were uncovered, and they were separated, one of them decided to make others pay for it - by revealing online the identities and details of 14,200 people who had HIV, like him.

related: Who are the pair at the centre of HIV data leak?

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Singapore's HIV data leak: 5 burning questions to ask MOH and others

Two days after Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) publicly announced that there had been a massive leak of confidential data from its HIV Registry some two-and-a-half years earlier and worse, that the data had appeared online, burning questions still remain over the scandal.

To briefly recap the background of the case: In 2016, MOH got to know that American fraudster Mikhy Farrera Brochez had data from the HIV Registry. He was convicted of numerous crimes in early 2017 and was sentenced to 28 months’ jail. He was deported in April last year after serving his sentence. Brochez, 34, was a partner of Ler Teck Siang, 36, who headed MOH’s National Public Health Unit from March 2012 to May 2013 with access to the HIV Registry.


Ler was sentenced to two years’ jail last year for abetting Brochez to commit cheating, and also of providing false information to the police and the health ministry. He is appealing against conviction and sentence, while the prosecution is appealing for a higher sentence.

related: MOH has plenty of explaining to do

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HIV data leak - What is your excuse now, MOH?
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong. PHOTO: Screengrab from Gov.sg YouTube channel

Another day, another data breach at the Ministry of Health (MOH). Barely three weeks after it accepted a Committee of Inquiry’s (COI) recommendations for improving cybersecurity, MOH revealed another staggering leak: that the personal details of 14,200 HIV-positive patients have been disclosed online by an American conman.

This marks three major incidents under Health Minister Gan Kim Yong’s watch: the Hepatitis C outbreak at Singapore General Hospital (2015), the massive SingHealth cyberattack that compromised the personal details of 1.5m patients (2018) and now this. In what has become a familiar ritual, Gan’s textbook apology on Tuesday (28 January) rang hollow, now that the genie has been let out of the bottle.

Following the release of the COI report on 9 January, an MOH spokesman had said, “Patient wellbeing is our top priority. This includes safeguarding the confidentiality of patient data…we are committed to safeguarding patient data.”

related:
HIV-positive status of 14,200 people leaked online by American fraudster
1.5M patients' data, including PM Lee Hsien Loong's, stolen in major cyberattack
COI: success of attacker 'not inevitable' highlights staff lapses & system vulnerabilities
22 patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C virus, four died

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Singaporeans blast MOH for “covering up” HIV registry leak for years

Outraged Singaporeans have blasted the Ministry of Health (MOH) for keeping silent about the leak of confidential information from the HIV registry for years, until the information was disclosed online by a foreigner.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that confidential information regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV was leaked and is now in the possession of a foreigner named Mikhy K Farrera Brochez.

In May 2016, MOH was alerted that Brochez illegally possessed confidential information from the HIV Registry. After MOH lodged a police report, Brochez’ properties were searched and “all relevant material found were seized and secured by the Police.”

related:
‘Gan Kim Yong is the ‘most incompetent Health Minister in Singapore’s history’
Confidential information regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV leaked
Foreigner who has confidential details of 14,200 HIV+ individuals fooled the authorities for nearly a decade using fake credentials
FOREIGNER POSING AS CHILD PRODIGY FOOLED MOM AND TEMASEK POLY USING FAKE QUALIFICATIONS FOR EIGHT YEARS

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Former NCMP Gerald Giam questions why MOH took two years to notify affected individuals of the HIV data theft

In the latest HIV data leak fiasco, former Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Gerald Liam questioned why the Ministry of Health (MOH) took more than two years to notify the affected individuals of the data theft. Mr Giam wrote this on his Facebook page on Tuesday (29 January) saying that the “alleged theft and leak of highly sensitive medical information from MOH’s HIV Registry is most disturbing and sickening”.

On Monday (28 January), MOH revealed that the HIV-positive status of 14,200 people – along with confidential information such as their identification numbers and contact details – has been leaked online by an "unauthorised person".

The records were those of 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed with HIV from 1985 to January 2013 and 8,800 foreigners, including work and visit pass applicants and holders, diagnosed with HIV from 1985 to December 2011. MOH has revealed that about 1,900 names in the leaked data were of people who had already died.

related:
MOH knew about HIV registry leak 2.5 years ago but only informs public now
Publicly naming SingHealth cyber-attackers an unhelpful act, counterproductive to security and Singapore’s foreign policy: Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

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Another ex-Straits Times heavyweight asks why MOH did not do more when it discovered “utterly cruel” HIV data leak years ago
Ex-Straits Times deputy editor Alan John has joined the chorus of outrage against the Ministry of Health over the HIV Registry data leak, that was announced this week

On Tuesday, MOH revealed that the confidential details – like names, HIV status, other medical information, NRIC numbers, contact numbers, and addresses – of 14,200 HIV positive individuals and 2,400 people these individuals were in contact with, were leaked.

The confidential records are now in the illegal possession of a foreigner, named Mikhy K Farrera Brochez, who has been deported out of Singapore after being convicted of numerous fraud and drug-related offences. The foreigner gained access to the HIV Registry data through his boyfriend, a local medical doctor.

Earlier, another ex-Straits Times heavyweight, Bertha Henson, criticised MOH over how it handled the HIV data leak. Asserting that MOH’s handling of the HIV registry data theft seemed like it was meant to “cover up” the leak.

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Man who leaked details of 14,200 HIV-infected people from MOH registry

Mikhy K Farrera Brochez was a 13-year-old Princeton graduate, a child prodigy, the youngest registered child psychologist in the history of the American Psychological Association. At least that’s what he claimed to be. He, of course, didn’t accomplish any of these things.

Here are some of the things he did do though. As mentioned above, he claimed to have graduated from Princeton. Other places of educational meccas he claimed to have been from included The Sorbonne, and the Vanderbilt University. None of that was true, with the police finding plenty of falsified certificates when they raided his place.

He also lied about his mother for some reason. Brochez claimed his mother was “a renowned professor of child and adolescent psychology, child neurology and gifted science and mathematics education in the UK”. However, when The Independent reached out to the individual Brochez identified as his mother, they were met with a very confused psychologist, who denied being Brochez’ mother. He did lecture at two polytechnics though, and had started a private practice as a child psychologist. He also claimed to be fluent in eight languages, including Hebrew, Spanish and English.

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Ex-Poly Lecturer Behind HIV Data Leak Got Info From Former Lover Working At MOH
Ex-Poly Lecturer Lied About HIV Status & Academic Qualifications

The Ministry of Health (MOH) found confidential information of 14,200 HIV-positive individuals online on 22 Jan 2019.

MOH confirmed on Monday (28 Jan) that police are investigating American Mikhy Farrera-Brochez for allegedly causing the leak. Farrera-Brochez had previously served jail time for fraud and drug-related offences.

Farrera-Brochez had been living with his lover Mr Ler Teck Siang in Singapore since 2008. Ler was then a doctor at a clinic in Commonwealth.

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MOH Hid HIV Patients’ Data Breach from the Public for Two Years: Where’s the Accountability?

The Ministry of Health makes the Ministry of Defence look good when it comes to public accountability – and that’s quite a statement! A data breach concerning patients’ confidential information was leaked to a 3rd-party in 2016, and it took them over 2 years to inform the affected patients about it. And, only because that 3rd party leaked the information online last week.

Picture this – a thief entered your home without your knowledge and took things, including your NRIC. The thief is still there. MOH knows there’s a thief there. MOH doesn’t tell you. For 2 years. After the thief has left the building with your stuff and committed a crime using your NRIC, MOH tells you and says sorry. Then you realise that MOH knew all along but kept its mouth shut.

I’m talking about the data leak of HIV patients’ personal details online – which stemmed from a data breach the Health Ministry was aware of as far back as 2016. How’s that for public accountability?

related:
Records of 14,200 HIV Patients Illegally Obtained in 2016 Leaked Online
Hepatitis C Infection Timeline Reveals SGH’s Shocking Lack of Regard for Patients Lives

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Singapore health system hit by ‘most serious breach of personal data’ in cyberattack; PM Lee's data targeted

The "most serious breach of personal data” in Singapore’s history took place last month, with 1.5 million SingHealth patients’ records accessed & copied while 160,000 of those had their outpatient dispensed medicines’ records taken, according to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Communications and Information.

Among those affected was Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, with the attackers “specifically and repeatedly targeting” his personal particulars and information of his outpatient dispensed medicines, the ministries said in a joint release on Friday (Jul 20). Several other ministers were also affected, including Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

The personal data taken from the 1.5 million patients include their names, NRIC numbers, address, gender, race and date of birth, the release said, adding that the hackers did not amend or delete the records.

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SingHealth system hit by 'massive' cyberattack
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talks to ministers via video conference at his hospital room at the Singapore General Hospital, a day after his prostate cancer surgery, in 2015

Cyberattackers who repeatedly targeted data on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s outpatient medication will be disappointed for the information is “nothing alarming”, Mr Lee said in a Facebook post shortly after the Government announced on Friday (Jul 20) that Singapore had been hit with its most serious cyberattack yet.

“I don’t know what the attackers were hoping to find. Perhaps they were hunting for some dark state secret, or at least something to embarrass me. If so, they would have been disappointed. My medication data is not something I would ordinarily tell people about, but there is nothing alarming in it,” Mr Lee wrote on Facebook.

Sophisticated cyberattackers broke into public healthcare cluster SingHealth's IT systems to steal the medical data of 1.5 million patients including Mr Lee, & the unusual activity was detected by the Health Ministry’s IT arm on Jul 4.

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Singapore is a top hacking nation

Forget about being a Smart nation or a startup country The city-state has made into the podium as one of the top ten attacking countries, based on data from (Threatmap). The website tracks malicious cyber-attacks across the globe and consistently ranked the top aggressors in cyber-attacks. One glance on the list of top ten attacking countries, one will find the great powers of the world pitting each other for glory and honors in the cyberspace.

However, a nation or rather a city-state stood out from the rest of big countries with likes of USA, Russia, UK, Germany and China. Surprise, surprise … the city-state is none other than Singapore. According to Threatmap, the island-nation is placed on the fourth position among the top attacking countries. Singapore has held the same position rather consistently over the past two weeks, which saw almost an average cyber-attacks of 14 million cases over the world daily.

The first place in the hit-list among the Singaporean hackers is reserved for USA and the city-state is likely to inflict its target with tons of malwares. By computation, Singapore’s favorite weapons of choice belongs to access to malicious resources at 61.7%, followed by bot communication at 30.3%, then malicious file transfer at 0.9% and others malwares at 7.1%. Meanwhile, the “numero uno” or first-place among the top attacking countries is conferred to Russia which infects other machines and global networks mostly with bot communications. Ironically, Russia is also placed consistently as the number one target by hackers all over the world.

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related:
Spate of MOH's slip-ups
MOH: IT error causes about 7,700 S'poreans to receive wrong CHAS subsidies
HIV status of 14,200 people leaked online
SingHealth system hit by 'massive' cyberattack

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

I Stopped Eating This 1 Food

And My Acne Cleared Up Instantly

I'll never forget when I was babysitting one day after college and the tiny 1-year-old pointed to a monstrosity of a zit on my chin. I tried to ignore her and distract her with a toy, but she kept pointing. The mother looked at me sympathetically and just said, "Yep, she has a boo-boo."

At that point, it had been well over 10 years since I had experienced bad breakouts. I didn't have terrible acne that covered my face, but my issue was that I always had a few enormous, Rudolf-the-red-nosed-reindeer types of pimples that were deep, painful, and red. There was never a moment when I was zit-free; when one was going away, another few were popping up.

I was so self-conscious because it continued into my 30s. I saw a dermatologist, determined to clear my skin before my wedding day in August 2008, but the harsh topical medications only made my skin red and irritated, and my skin didn't clear up at all. Into my mid to late 30s, my two pregnancies did help a little (thank you, hormones!), but after each baby was born, the acne would return. I was now 40 years old and still breaking out.

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Monday, 28 January 2019

WE LIVE IN VERY INTERESTING & FUNNY TIMES

1. We live in times where we see many humans, but not humanity.

2. We live in times where the rich has more rooms than children and the poor has more children than rooms.

3. We live in times where smart phones bring you closer to those who are far, but distance you from those who are closer.

4. We live in times where we open Facebook, more than Holy Book.

5. We live in times where a single mother can look after 10 children, but 10 children can't look after a single mother.

6. We live in times where the rich walk miles to digest food, while the poor walk miles to search for food.

7. We live in times where women are paid to be naked, while others have no clothes to cover their nakedness.

8. We live in times where our contact lists are huge, but our relationships are poor.

9. We live in times where our possessions are more, but our appreciation is less.

10. We live in times where we know how to earn a good living, but somehow forget how to live good.

11. We live in times where many know the price of everything, but not the value of anything.

Indeed, we live in a strange world. ❤

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Having Reservist NSmen Fix Specialised war machineries is a Disaster-in-the-making

Update 1 Feb 2019: Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer - What are the steps to operate it and who are involved?
Gun crew positions within the SSPH. (GRAPHIC: Mindef)

Corporal First Class (National Service) Aloysius Pang, 28, died last Wednesday (23 January) after sustaining “crush injuries” in a Singapore Self-Propelled Howitzer (SSPH) during a training exercise in New Zealand.

“In the last 15 years of SSPH operations (since its commission in 2003), there has not been any reported injury of servicemen due to the gun lowering for maintenance or operating in or firing of the SSPH,” said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) in a media statement on Wednesday (31 January).

In the same period, more than 1,000 servicemen, National Service (NS)men, and regulars have been trained to operate the SSPH, with around 12,500 rounds fired, it added. Mindef also shared more details on how the SSSH is operated and the safety precautions taken during emergency situations.

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A reader's letter

KENG LUN: The Aloysius Pang training mishap has raised a bigger issue which I’m sure all of us national servicemen are wondering about, which is whether reservist NSmen should be made to do tasks which require specialised skills such as machine repairs. While I have no doubt reservist will always do their best when necessary, there is a limit to the depth of their abilities when it comes to war machines.

We are called “Operationally-Ready”, but the fact is for those who don’t use these skills in our daily lives, those skills become rusty and forgotten. We are talking about specialised machines which are complex to operate, not simple tools like bicycles or semi-automatic rifles. Would you trust the repair of a multi-million-dollar F-35 jet plane to a NSman whose day job is selling insurance, or whatever else occupation that doesn’t involve fixing planes.

A once-a-year brief refresher course is not going to make anyone an expert. As it is stands, some reservist even need time to figure out how to use a SAR-21. Skills to operate or repair complex machines should naturally involve experts who can be relied on to intuitively devise solutions when things go wrong, and fix things taking with thorough understanding of how the machines work.

When machines fail and people fail, mishaps that bring injury or death often follow. MINDEF must rethink its strategies for troop deployment, and let reservists perform more general tasks which can be easily relearned every year during ICT.

In war, friendly-fire is estimated to account for up to 20 percent of battlefield casualties. Let’s not add “friendly-error” to the mix.In

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CFC Aloysius Pan's family cannot sue MINDEF even if they want to


After the unfortunate death of CFC Aloysius Pang during his reservist training in New Zealand, many netizens commented that perhaps his family should sue MINDEF for the death of their son.

Unfortunately, Section 14 of the Government Proceeding Acts grants immunity to MINDEF or any of the SAF commanders or officers who may be involved with any deaths or injuries of NSmen of NSFs against any civil suits.

Case of Private Dominique Sarron Lee - In 2012, Private Dominique Sarron Lee, an NSF, collapsed with breathing difficulties during an exercise where excessive smoke grenades were used. He later died from an acute allergic reaction from inhaling zinc chloride fumes.

His family sued his then-platoon-commander Captain and chief safety officer of the exercise after both were summarily tried and found guilty in military court for negligent performance of lawful order or duty.

In 2016, the High Court dismissed the civil suit. Judicial Commissioner Kannan Ramesh ruled that the two officers qualified for immunity from being sued under Section 14 of the Government Proceedings Act (GPA). The statute states that as long as any deaths or injuries occurred during service, the Government or any SAF officer involved are not liable to be sued.

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Fellow artists pay tribute to actor Aloysius Pang
MINDEF statement says he was injured when gun barrel of howitzer was lowered


Tributes poured in for actor Aloysius Pang last night as news broke of his death 4 days after he was seriously injured in a military exercise in New Zealand last Saturday.

Corporal First Class (NS) Pang, an armament technician from the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, was 28. Even before the Ministry of Defence issued a statement last night confirming his death, celebrities on social media had changed their profile pictures to black and white.

Later, when his death was confirmed, fellow actor Shane Pow wrote on Instagram: "It wasn't enough being brothers with you this life. Let's be brothers again next life. I love you my big brother."


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Friday, 25 January 2019

Remembering the fallen sons of Singapore

Fellow artists pay tribute to actor Aloysius Pang
MINDEF statement says he was injured when gun barrel of howitzer was lowered

Tributes poured in for actor Aloysius Pang last night as news broke of his death 4 days after he was seriously injured in a military exercise in New Zealand last Saturday.

Corporal First Class (NS) Pang, an armament technician from the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, was 28. Even before the Ministry of Defence issued a statement last night confirming his death, celebrities on social media had changed their profile pictures to black and white.

Later, when his death was confirmed, fellow actor Shane Pow wrote on Instagram: "It wasn't enough being brothers with you this life. Let's be brothers again next life. I love you my big brother."


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Aloysius Pang is the 8th Singaporean to have died in the past 1.5 years while serving the nation

In just the past one and a half years alone, at least eight young Singaporean men have died while serving their nation. At least five of these cases are accidents during training. None of these eight Singaporeans died on the battle ground:

Sep 15, 2017: 21-year-old 3SG Gavin Chan died in a vehicular mishap at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Australia;

Apr 30, 2018: 19-year-old CFC Dave Lee died after being hospitalized for a severe heatstroke he suffered during a fast march while serving his national service;

May 13, 2018: 22-year-old SCDF NSF Corporal Kok Yuen Chin died in a ragging incident;

Jul 28, 2018: An SAF regular serviceman was found hanging from a rope in his bunk in Nee Soon Camp;

Sep 9, 2018: A 23-year-old police NSF died a week after he was found with a gunshot wound to his head;

Sep 28, 2018: An NSF was found hanging from a rope in his office in Sembawang Air Base;

Nov 3, 2018: 22-year-old CFC Liu Kai, 22, died when an armored infantry fighting vehicle reversed into his jeep at the Jalan Murai training grounds;

Jan 23, 2019: 28-year-old CFC (NS) Aloysius Pang succumbed to injuries sustained during an ICT training in New Zealand.

Training deaths have continued to mount despite Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen’s assurances that the Singapore Armed Forces will work to “eliminate” such training deaths by designing and enforcing safety systems

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Deaths during NS

In the last sixteen months alone, another six servicemen have died:

3 November 2018: CFC Liu Kai passed away when an armour reversed into a jeep that he was in. The COI is still investigating.

28 September 2018: An NSF committed suicide in Sembawang Air Base

9 September 2018: A SPF NSF shot himself

28 July 2018: An NSF commited suicide in Nee Soon Camp

31 May 2018: SCDF SAF Kok Yuen Chin died after a ragging event

30 April 2018: CFC Dave Lee passed away after a heat injury during a fast march at Bedok Camp

RIP, Aloysius. Thank you for your service, both for defending Singapore and bringing joy to Singapore

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CFC Aloysius Pan's family cannot sue MINDEF even if they want to

After the unfortunate death of CFC Aloysius Pang during his reservist training in New Zealand, many netizens commented that perhaps his family should sue MINDEF for the death of their son.

Unfortunately, Section 14 of the Government Proceeding Acts grants immunity to MINDEF or any of the SAF commanders or officers who may be involved with any deaths or injuries of NSmen of NSFs against any civil suits.

Case of Private Dominique Sarron Lee - In 2012, Private Dominique Sarron Lee, an NSF, collapsed with breathing difficulties during an exercise where excessive smoke grenades were used. He later died from an acute allergic reaction from inhaling zinc chloride fumes.

His family sued his then-platoon-commander Captain and chief safety officer of the exercise after both were summarily tried and found guilty in military court for negligent performance of lawful order or duty.

In 2016, the High Court dismissed the civil suit. Judicial Commissioner Kannan Ramesh ruled that the two officers qualified for immunity from being sued under Section 14 of the Government Proceedings Act (GPA). The statute states that as long as any deaths or injuries occurred during service, the Government or any SAF officer involved are not liable to be sued.

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A Reader's letter

KENG LUN: The Aloysius Pang training mishap has raised a bigger issue which I’m sure all of us national servicemen are wondering about, which is whether reservist NSmen should be made to do tasks which require specialised skills such as machine repairs. While I have no doubt reservist will always do their best when necessary, there is a limit to the depth of their abilities when it comes to war machines.

We are called “Operationally-Ready”, but the fact is for those who don’t use these skills in our daily lives, those skills become rusty and forgotten. We are talking about specialised machines which are complex to operate, not simple tools like bicycles or semi-automatic rifles. Would you trust the repair of a multi-million-dollar F-35 jet plane to a NSman whose day job is selling insurance, or whatever else occupation that doesn’t involve fixing planes.

A once-a-year brief refresher course is not going to make anyone an expert. As it is stands, some reservist even need time to figure out how to use a SAR-21. Skills to operate or repair complex machines should naturally involve experts who can be relied on to intuitively devise solutions when things go wrong, and fix things taking with thorough understanding of how the machines work.


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Some comments on The Straits Times FB 

Multi Safety Lapses:

Jan 23, 2019: CFC (NS) Aloysius Pang, died from injuries sustained during a training accident, which happened during an SAF training exercise in New Zealand.

Nov 3, 2018: Corporal First Class Liu Kai, 22, died at the Jalan Murai training grounds when an armored infantry fighting vehicle reversed onto his jeep.

Sep 28, 2018: An NSF was found hanging from a rope in his office in Sembawang Air Base.

Sep 9, 2018: A 23-year-old police NSF died a week after he was found with a gunshot wound to his head. His service revolver was found beside him. No foul play is suspected.

Jul 28, 2018: An off-duty SAF regular servicemen was found hanging from a rope in his bunk in Nee Soon Camp.

May 13, 2018: Corporal Kok Yuen Chin, 22, died in a hazing ritual gone tragically wrong. He was pushed into a 12m-deep pump well at Tuas View Fire Station by his squadmates to celebrate the end of his two-year service. He never resurfaced.

Apr 30, 2018: Corporal First Class Dave Lee, 19, succumbed to his injuries after being hospitalized for heatstroke. He had collapsed from heat injury after completing an 8km fast march at Bedok Camp.

Sep 15, 2017: Third Sergeant Gavin Chan, 21, died in Australia during an overseas training exercise. He had been guiding an armored infantry vehicle out of difficult terrain when it landed on its side. He was found unconscious next to it, and succumbed to his injuries.

2016 - Army boy in SAF died from grenade smoke due to negligence by SAF superior - ordering 6 grenades instead of 2 allowed. “

The impending Committee of Inquiry COI should be questioned on why such repairs & maintenance of highly specialised equipments & vehicles are carried out by our part-time National Service NS guys? These are full-time tasks which should be done by specially-trained full-time technicians.

On the same note, can Singpore Airlines SIA engage part-timers to repair or service their latest Boeing 787 Dreamliners?

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Here's a Better Stock to Buy

Forget Amazon!

If you own Amazon’s stock, know someone who does, or have even thought about buying it... there's something you need to know.

You see, there could be a king's ransom up for grabs as what could be Amazon’s next game-changer makes its way outside of the company's secretive design lab in Sunnyvale California. But, we think one stock that's poised to benefit the most from Amazon’s next game-changer IS NOT Amazon.

Bloomberg has uncovered details of Amazon’s latest “top secret project..” Amazon officials have refused to publicly comment on the project. But some industry experts are convinced that Amazon’s secret project, codenamed “Project Vesta,” is just beginning to scratch the surface of an incredible tech revolution… A revolution that McKinsey predicts could be worth $19.9 trillion. And so yes…Amazon is poised to continue to dominate for the foreseeable future.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

6 tips to pack smart and travel light

For your dream holiday

Believe it or not, stress-free packing can actually exist. Whether you’re preparing for a business trip during winter or escaping to a sunny island getaway in the Maldives, the trick to mastering the art of packing requires just a sprinkle of ingenuity and foresight to ensure you’ll never feel under prepared on vacation again.

Some items are essential to have along when packing for a trip — sunscreen, phone chargers, and toothbrush. Spend a few minutes to view your itinerary and plan out a list of what you’ll need (and not need) on each trip.

Having a physical list to refer to can make packing a whole lot easier, and is a way to ensure you never leave any essentials behind:

  • Create a personalised travel packing checklist (and stick to it!)
  • Make copies of your travel documents and passport
  • Roll, don’t fold
  • Ziplock bags are your new best friend
  • So are hotel shower caps
  • Always bring a travel health kit

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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Eat Less And Feel Full? Try These 3 Easy Ways

Cut Calories and Still Feel Full

Shaving 100 calories from each meal will help towards a healthy weight.

Have you resolved to lose five kilograms but don’t know how to start? It does not have to be a monumental task. In fact, it can be as easy as reducing your calorie intake and cutting just 100 calories from each of your daily meals.

Here is a handy breakdown of how you can cut 100 calories from favourite dishes at each meal without missing out on taste, flavour or satisfaction:
  • Start the Day Right with Breakfast
  • Keeping it up at Lunchtime
  • A Light Evening Meal Before a Good Night’s Sleep​

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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Tan Cheng Bock registers new Political Party

Update 14 Feb 2019: Dr Tan Cheng Bock - I’m entering Parliament to hold PAP Govt accountable
A recent video of a short speech by Dr Tan Cheng Bock has been circulating on social media

In the video, he had expressed his wish to re-enter parliament because he wants to seek accountability and transparency over the reserves and the Central Provident Fund (CPF) from the government.

"I go in because I want accountability. I want transparency. What’s happening to our reserves? Are our reserves all gone? Don’t know. What happened to our CPF?" Dr Tan asked.

"Now these things, we all can shout until the cows come home [but it's] no use, if you’re not in the House."

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Pritam Singh & Chee Soon Juan visited Tan Cheng Bock during Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a time for reunions, gatherings and house-visits.


And opposition politicians are no different.

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chairman Paul Tambyah shared an intriguing photo on Facebook on the second day of Chinese New Year, Feb. 6.

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Opposition members flock to Tan Cheng Bock’s open house on CNY

In one sense, Dr. Tan Cheng Bock seems to be the darling of the opposition—the figure around whom others flock around. This seemed quite obvious during Chinese New Year when the former PAP MP held an open house at his home, and several prominent opposition figures did not just attend but made sure their presence was seen and posted about on social media.

Take Dr. Paul Tambyah as an example. Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) chairman was among the first to post a photo of himself with Tan, along with SDP’s Chee Soon Juan and Worker Party’s (WP) Pritam Singh.

Tambyah captioned his post with, “Enjoyed CNY visiting Dr. Tan Cheng Bock with friends and colleagues working for a better Singapore for all of us.” His post has been liked and shared hundreds of times.

related: TAN CHENG BOCK AIMS TO BE “AN ALTERNATIVE VOICE”

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Benjamin Pwee quits DPP for 'bigger' party with 'recognisable and credible senior leader'


Singapore politician Benjamin Pwee has left the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which he led for six years, for another political party that "has a much more longstanding, recognisable and credible senior leader", he said.

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on Thursday (Feb 7), Mr Pwee, 51, added that the party he will join has a leader with "parliamentary experience and a good strong and wide support base".

He did not reveal the name of the party, saying he would leave it to them to make the official announcement about his membership.

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Tan Cheng Bock meets Lee Hsien Yang for the second time, amid questions of a growing alliance
The meeting, which took place at Ang Mo Kio Market and Food Centre, comes a few weeks after Dr Tan Cheng Bock announced his intention to make a political comeback, with Mr Lee Hsien Yang publicly throwing support behind him

For the second time in three months, former presidential candidate Dr Tan Cheng Bock met Mr Lee Hsien Yang for breakfast on Saturday (Feb 2), amid speculation of a burgeoning alliance.

The meeting, which took place at Ang Mo Kio Market and Food Centre at Block 409, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, comes a few weeks after Dr Tan announced his intention to make a political comeback, with Mr Lee publicly throwing support behind him.

TODAY was at the food centre when both men arrived at 9.14am. When approached by TODAY, Dr Tan declined to be interviewed. Mr Lee would only say: “Breakfast was good.”

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Dr Tan Cheng Bock, Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Ting Choon Meng meet at Teck Ghee Market, Ang Mo Kio GRC

Dr Tan Cheng Bock is seen visiting Teck Ghee Market on Saturday morning and having his breakfast there. While that is hardly anything usual in anyway but he is having his breakfast with Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Ting Choon Meng.

Furthermore, Teck Ghee Market is situated at Ang Mo Kio GRC where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is based at.

Earlier in Nov last year, the former PAP Member of Parliament and Presidential Candidate in GE2011, also had breakfast with Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Ting at West Coast Food Centre.

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Lee Hsien Yang vouchers "Cheng Bock is the leader Singapore deserves

In a message of congratulations to Dr. Tan Cheng Bock, who announced on Friday, January 19, that he is returning to the political sphere with the Progress Singapore Party, Lee Hsien Yang called Dr. Tan “the leader Singapore deserves.”

This latest salvo seems particularly pointed, given that Lee is the younger brother of Singapore’s current Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

His post reads:
  • “Congratulations to Tan Cheng Bock and the Progress Singapore Party. I have known Cheng Bock for many years and he has consistently put the interests of the people first. We are fortunate that he has stepped forward to serve Singapore.
  • I only recently learned that Cheng Bock had his first clinic at Ama Keng at the far end of Lim Chu Kang Road, a remote and poor area. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was very close to where I used to serve as a young armour officer at Sungei Gedong.
  • Today, Cheng Bock will groom future Parliamentarians who will serve our country and people before party or self. This is good for the future of Singapore. Cheng Bock is the leader Singapore deserves.”

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Tan Cheng Bock announces return to politics with new Progress Singapore Party (PSP). It's called the Progress Singapore Party


Former People’s Action Party MP and presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock is returning to politics.

On Jan. 16, Tan filed an application with the Registry of Societies to register a new political party called the Progress Singapore Party (PSP).

The party was founded by what Tan calls a dozen “likeminded Singaporeans”, including a handful of ex-PAP cadres and himself.

The announcement was made on his Facebook page on the morning of Jan. 18.

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