Thursday, 31 October 2019

8 simple ways to create more space

Small room ideas

Your home might be small but there are plenty of ways to make the best of the limited space. Consider the bigger picture and be open to a new way of compact living with these ideas to help solve your small space concerns.
  • Rethink the layout
  • Multi-functional living
  • Creating new space
  • Get organised
  • Awkward areas
  • Personalise space
  • Decorating tricks
  • Space-savvy furniture

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

7 costly travel mistakes

Every traveller needs to stop making

To err is human. But sometimes oversights can cause a huge financial blow to more than just your travel budget. Steer clear of these costly travel blunders with these economical alternatives and insightful tips that won’t leave you high and dry before the big trip.

1. Booking flights too early
Last minute tickets purchases will no doubt cost you. But getting them two years in advance doesn’t equate to cheaper flights either. In fact, you’re more likely to miss your flight than make it if you booked too early. Not only is that a huge inconvenience, more money is wasted on cancellation fees and having to purchase another set of tickets.

What you can do: The best time to book your tickets is six to eight weeks before booking your ticket (three to four months if you’re thinking of travelling during peak season) where prices are at their lowest. Airlines sometimes throw out flight promotions and special deals every now and then. Be sure to keep updated on these timely offers and act on them the moment they arise.

2. Ruling out hostels
The impression most people have of hostels as being a crummy dwelling filled with dingy bunk beds and bedbugs couldn’t be further from the truth. Hostels nowadays come with all sorts of amenities—free breakfast, satellite television, bike rentals, pool table—that are just as impressive as those of a boutique hotel, if not better! Only difference? It’s a fraction of the price.

What you can do: Why not give them a shot? They’re clean, affordable, and a great way to meet new people.

3. Taking too many taxis
Cabs are a costly comfort we can easily do without. All it takes is some discipline to plan your route and getting up a little earlier in the morning to get there on time. In some countries, cabbies might even take you for a ‘ride’ if they know you’re new in town.

What you can do: Take public transportation. It’s way more affordable and lets you experience more of the city more up close. Unless you need to get somewhere super late in the night, stick to the bus or trains.

4. Dining exclusively at restaurants
There’s nothing wrong with splurging out on a meal every now and then. But you’ll be missing out a great deal of food and cultural experience by only dining at restaurants. Not to mention, you’ll also burn a huge hole in your budget.

What you can do: Why not try out the local flavours? Good food comes in all forms. Some of the best meals can be found in pop-up noodle shacks and roadside stalls. You don’t have to take my word for it. Try them out and see for yourself!

5. Not being aware of roaming charges
Staying connected comes at a price, especially when you’re abroad. All those overseas calls and data charges can add up, and getting slapped with a $1000 roaming fee in the middle of your trip can put a real damper in your mood.

What you can do: Contact your service provider to enquire about an international service plan. Travelling long term?Why not invest in a local SIM card? And if you’re really looking to scrimp, just hijack some WiFi from the nearby coffee shops/hostels/shopping malls to make Skype calls. Viola! Free communication!

6. Packing too much stuff
Airlines can get very particular about their baggage regulations. Most only let you check one carry-on onto international flights, but you can be charged up to $100 for each overweight luggage (ouch!) if you’re not aware of your belongings.

What you can do: Purchase extra baggage space if you know you’ll be bringing home more than you brought. Or nip it at the source and simply pack lighter! Leaving your non-essentials behind instantly opens up storage space. That means more room for souvenirs and overseas goodies!

7. Not getting insurance
We rarely think of the worst-cast scenario. But when something does go awry, ending up in a foreign hospital with no medical coverage is not where you want to picture yourself to be.

What you can do: Sign up for some travel insurance before you take off; you’ll be glad you did. Even if you don’t end up using it, it pays to be prepared than to deal with unexpected expenses.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Fengshui 風水


Feng shui or fengshui (traditional Chinese: 風水; simplified Chinese: 风水, pronounced [fə́ŋ.ʂwèi] (About this soundlisten)), also known as Chinese geomancy, is a pseudoscience originating from China, which claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as "wind-water" in English.

This is a cultural shorthand taken from the passage of the now-lost Book of Burial recorded in Guo Pu's commentary: Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, or stars or the compass.

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Monday, 28 October 2019

Spate of NUS molestation cases

Student charged with exposing himself, masturbating in NUS library

A man has been charged with exposing himself and masturbating in front of a woman in a library at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Xiong Jiawei, 27, was charged last Thursday (Oct 24) with one count of insulting the modesty of a woman.

According to the charge sheet, he had unzipped his pants, "revealing (his) half-exposed penis", and masturbated in front of the victim.

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NUS student charged with flashing, masturbating in front of woman in university science library

Singaporean NUS undergraduate Xiong Jiawei, 27, was charged in court on Oct. 24 for insulting the modesty of a woman.

CNA reported that Xiong was accused of unzipping his pants, exposing his penis and masturbating in front of his victim in the university’s science library.

The incident took place on April 10, 2019 at around 6:20 pm in the science library, located at Block 10, Science Drive 2 of the university campus.

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Ex-NUS senior lecturer who rubbed groin against undergraduate's leg jailed 14 weeks
Long Yun, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of outraging the modesty of the 20-year-old victim while aboard an NUS shuttle bus in January. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

A former National University of Singapore (NUS) senior lecturer who rubbed his groin against a female undergraduate’s leg was jailed 14 weeks’ jail on Thursday (17 October).

Long Yun, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of outraging the modesty of the 20-year-old victim while aboard an NUS shuttle bus in January. He was a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the time of the offence.

The Singapore permanent resident, who is married and has an eight-year-old son, has since been terminated from his position. At around noon on 14 January, Long, a China national, boarded the A1 shuttle bus within the NUS campus at a bus stop along Lower Kent Ridge Road. He boarded the crowded bus through the rear door and stood near the victim.

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Ex-NUS senior lecturer jailed 14 weeks for rubbing against undergrad on campus bus
Long Yun, who was part of the faculty at the university's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, had rubbed his groin against the left thigh of a 20-year-old female student for about four minutes.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A former senior lecturer from the National University of Singapore (NUS) who molested an undergraduate while on board the campus shuttle bus was sentenced to 14 weeks' jail on Thursday (Oct 17).

Long Yun, who was part of the faculty at the university's Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, had rubbed his groin against the left thigh of a 20-year-old female student for about four minutes.

The court heard that Long, who moved to Singapore from China in 2013 and became a permanent resident in 2015, and the student were on board the NUS shuttle bus service A1 along Lower Kent Ridge Road on Jan 14 this year at around noon.

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Yale-NUS suspends student charged with filming upskirt and shower videos of women on campus
Yale-NUS confirmed on Thursday morning (Oct 3) that Brandon Lee Bing Xiang is its student and has been suspended.PHOTO: HUMANS OF YALE-NUS / FACEBOOK

The Yale-NUS student who was charged in court on Tuesday (Oct 1) with taking upskirt videos of women and filming them showering on campus has been suspended since March.

The liberal arts college confirmed on Thursday morning that Brandon Lee Bing Xiang is its student and has been suspended. It did not say for how long he will be suspended.

"Brandon Lee Bing Xiang, a student at Yale-NUS College, has been charged in court for insulting the modesty of a fellow student," Professor Joanne Roberts, executive vice-president of academic affairs at Yale-NUS College said in response to media queries.

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Another Highly Educated Singaporean Uni Student Accused Of Filming Women Showering

Yet another highly educated, top university student from Singapore has been accused of filming two separate women on two separate occasions while they were using the toilet. This time, the student is reportedly studying at a top university in the UK, and his name is not reported with the reason being to protect his victims from being identified.

The 22 year old student has been charged in court, but his sentencing is only due out in December this year. The student was accused of filming a woman showering in a room at Orchard Hotel on Dec. 2, 2015, at about 1:30am, and filming another woman relieving herself in a toilet at a condominium in the east of Singapore on Dec. 23, 2016, at around 8:30pm. it was alleged that the student placed recording devices in the toilets on both occasions.

The accused applied for permission to leave Singapore to continue with his university education in the UK, and was actually granted a bail of $20,000 and permission to leave the country. his lawyer said that he is not a flight risk, even though he is studying and staying in the UK. He is supposed to be back in Singapore's courts on December 11th, where he will reportedly face more charges.

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Defence lawyer refers to verdict for NUS molestation case but fails to seek probation for 43-year-old stalker
When making a case for his 43-year-old client to be given a probation, lawyer Mr Krishna R Sharma told the court that Fong Poh Kuen is a degree-holder and a certified chartered financial analyst who worked with insurance firms such as Prudential and AIA

In the case that was heard on Tuesday (Oct 1), 43-year-old former insurance agent Fong Poh Kuen was convicted of six charges of stalking and secretly taking photos of girls outside various secondary schools and junior colleges across Singapore between January and October in 2017.

It includes one charge of insulting the modesty of a girl where he took a photo up her skirt at a bus stop along Marine Parade Road in February 2017. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

The court heard that Fong approached teenage girls he was attracted to on the pretext that he was conducting “educational surveys” and got them to give him their names, contact numbers and home addresses.

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74,000 signatures in 6 days on petition against sentence of molester from NUS

More than 74,000 signatures have been registered on an online petition within six days after it was launched against the sentence received by a molester from the National University of Singapore.


The online petition is calling for signers to take a stand against “favouritism” for sex offenders. The petition was started on Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019.


The convicted molester, Terence Siow Kai Yuan, 23, who is an NUS student, received his sentence the day before.


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NUS Molester Avoids Jail As He Has “Potential to Excel”
The judge said the molestation were “minor intrusions”

This young lady was just going about her day and minding her own business on the train when she got sexually harassed by a pervert. This pervert is Terence Siow Kai Yuan, a student at National University of Singapore (NUS) who has been accused of molesting the woman three times but was spared from jail because he has the “potential to excel in life”.


According to The New Paper, District Judge Jasvender Kaur sentenced him to 21 months of supervised probation and said that his actions towards the woman were considered as “minor intrusions” even though he had purposefully touched her three times. The 23-year-old had pleaded guilty to one charge of outraging the modesty of a 28-year-old woman while two other charges were taken into consideration.


The incident had happened on September 12th last year when Siow was on the North East Line heading towards Punggol station at about 11.30pm. He had noticed the victim who was wearing shorts and said that she had “very long legs”. And no, this is not about what she was wearing because she can wear whatever she wants!


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Singaporeans decry judge’s move to spare NUS student Terence Siow from jail for molest charge
The offender is a student at the National University of Singapore. Photo: Facebook

A Singapore judge’s decision to sentence a university student who molested a woman to probation instead of jail has sparked outrage, with prosecutors on Friday appealing and the law minister endorsing their move.


Terence Siow, 23, who attends the National University of Singapore (NUS), was convicted on one count of outraging the modesty of the woman by following her after she got off a subway train and using his finger to touch the part of her shorts covering her buttocks.


On Wednesday he was given a 21-month probation order by District Court judge Jasvender Kaur, who found Siow had not been able to control his urge but that the molestation was “minor”.


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Ruling for NUS undergrad’s ‘minor intrusion’ molestation case sparks nationwide anger, petition goes viral


If you live in Singapore, there’s no way you would have missed today’s most talked-about story: National University of Singapore (NUS) undergrad Terence Siow Kai Yuan yesterday received a mere slap on the wrist for having repeatedly molested a woman in a public space, as the judge presiding over his case looked to Siow’s accomplishments as a student to determine that he has “potential to excel in life.”


The Case - Siow, 23, was sentenced to 21 months probation by District Judge Jasvender Kaur, who cited his solid academic records, as well as his molestation of a 28-year-old woman in 2018 as “minor intrusions” to explain how she arrived at the decision.


The probation was meted despite the prosecution’s request to have Siow jailed for six weeks, which the prosecution asked for since the defendant had allegedly made an unsettling habit of molesting unsuspecting female victims in public spaces. Apparently, Siow had admitted to committing similar offenses at NUS since 2016.


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'Potential to excel in life': NUS undergrad who molested woman gets probation for 'minor intrusion' offences
National University of Singapore student Terence Siow Kai Yuan was given 21 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty to one charge of outraging the modesty of a 28-year-old woman.TNP PHOTO: DAVID SUN

A university student who molested a woman was given probation on Wednesday (Sept 25) after the judge rejected the prosecution's call for a custodial sentence.

Citing her reasons, District Judge Jasvender Kaur described Terence Siow Kai Yuan's offences as "minor intrusions" several times.

She also noted that the probation report had found Siow suitable for probation as his academic results show he has the "potential to excel in life".

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NUS Student Who Molested A Woman Will Not Be Jailed As He Has 'Potential To Excel In Life'

A 23-year-old student from the National University of Singapore (NUS) who pleaded guilty to outraging the modesty of a woman at Serangoon MRT station last year will avoid jail time

District Judge Jasvender Kaur instead sentenced him to 21 months of supervised probation, saying that the NUS student, identified as Terence Siow Kai Yuan, has the "potential to excel in life".


According to a report in The New Paper, judge Jasvender rejected calls from the prosecution for Siow to be handed a jail term. She justified her decision by describing his three instances of touching his victim as "minor intrusions".


The judge said:

  • "Looking at the nature of the intrusion, I would say it is minor,"
  • "He was 22 years old when he committed the offences... and the nature of the acts (is) relatively minor," she added while noting his academic results.
  • "I think there can be no doubt that there is an extremely strong propensity for reform."

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NUS undergrad molester avoids jail because he has good grades & ‘potential to excel in life’


A student from the National University of Singapore (NUS) who repeatedly molested a woman at Serangoon MRT station in September 2018 was on Wednesday (Sep. 25) sentenced to probation.


According to The New Paper, the judge rejected calls from the prosecution for 23-year-old Terence Siow Kai Yuan to be handed a jail term.


Justifying her decision, District Judge Jasvender Kaur reportedly on multiple occasions described Siow’s three instances of touching his victim — twice on her thigh and once at her private parts – as “minor intrusions”.


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Outrage erupts online after convicted undergrad molester escapes jail time

News feeds on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms are ablaze with posts related to a sentence handed down to a young National University of Singapore (NUS) student found guilty of outraging a woman’s modesty in a train last year.

Specifically, the ire is directed at the presiding judge’s decision to slap a 21-month supervised probation in lieu of jail time. According to The New Paper, District Judge Jasvender Kaur decided that 23-year-old Terence Siow was suitable for probation due to his academic results showing that he has “potential to excel in life” and that his offences are “minor intrusions".

The intrusions? He repeatedly molested a fellow commuter on a train. Siow sat next to his victim and touched her thigh twice. Even after she moved to another seat and alighted at Serangoon MRT station, he followed her and touched her buttocks over her shorts.

related:
Victim of 'minor intrusion' molestation case disappointed at court's decision
All the dank parodies about the NUS molester who escaped jail time

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Police investigating case of NUS associate director accused of sexually abusing his children
A 15-year-old girl in Singapore has publicly accused her father, a NUS employee, of sexual abuse via a series of Instagram posts (now deleted) on June 25, 2019.

In them, the girl, who we are not identifying because she is a minor, made two damning allegations: She said her father filmed her and her brother in the shower.

She also claimed that her father touched her brother’s penis, body, and buttocks.
According to a police report she posted online, the incidents took place between July 2016 and March 2018.

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NUS student allegedly filmed girl in hall bathroom, changed his attire to avoid being identified

A 26-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) student allegedly filmed a 23-year-old female student while she was showering in a bathroom at Raffles Hall on Saturday morning (May 11).

In a statement, the police said that they were alerted to the incident at 8.08am.

Joel Rasis Ismail, who resides in the same residential hall as the victim, was arrested on the same day following investigations and with the aid of CCTV footage.

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Seriously, again?: Police charge NUS undergrad for filming fellow student in shower

Men who secretly film women in showers are disgusting, pathetic perverts at best, but it takes a truly unique state of unmitigated stupidity to try and get away with the sick crime at the same university that is still dealing with the fallout of a massive “peeping tom” scandal that erupted the month before.

Police have charged a 26-year-old NUS undergraduate student, identified as Joel Rasis Ismail, with one count of criminal trespassing and one count of insulting a woman’s modesty for allegedly filming a 23-year-old student in the shower of NUS’ Raffles Hall.

Joel was arrested on Saturday soon after police were alerted to his crime, which they say took place at around 6:30am.

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NUS student charged for allegedly filming hostel mate in shower, believed to be involved in similar cases


A 26-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) student was charged in court on Monday (May 13) for allegedly filming a female student showering in their hostel.

Joel Rasis Ismail is accused of trespassing in a female bathroom at the Kuok Foundation House — a building in NUS’ Raffles Hall — on Saturday around 6.30am, as well as insulting his 23-year-old victim’s modesty.

The police said they were alerted to the incident at about 8am, and arrested him later that day through follow-up investigations and with the help of closed-circuit television footage.

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Latest NUS Peeping Tom caught by newly installed CCTV cameras

There has been another Peeping Tom case on a local university campus. A female student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was allegedly filmed by a student in a bathroom at one of the residence halls on Saturday.

This is the fourth reported case since NUS student Monica Baey took to social media in mid-April to express her frustration over the punishment given to fellow student Nicholas Lim for filming her showering in the Eusoff Hall.

Some are now asking why such voyeuristic acts continue despite the public outcry, with observers noting that exposure to such content online from young may be emboldening offenders. A police report has been made about the latest incident at Raffles Hall and the suspect has been apprehended, said an NUS spokesman.

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Lessons unlearned: NUS student arrested after allegedly filming female student in bathroom

Yet another university Peeping Tom has been nabbed, adding to the swarm of perpetrators in as many as 56 reported cases of sexual misconduct at the country’s six autonomous universities during the period of 2015-17 alone.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on May 11, Saturday, for having allegedly secretly filmed a female student at a bathroom in Raffles Hall at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

In responding to a call for help that came shortly after 8:00 am, police say they arrested a male resident of Raffles Hall for criminal trespass that same morning. He is now under investigation for insulting the modesty of a woman.

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NUS Peeping Tom case: Lawyers say warning appears 'unusual' but mitigating factors need not be made public
The lawyers were commenting on a case of sexual voyeurism at the National University of Singapore's student residence Eusoff Hall, in which the punishment given to the perpetrator had been criticised.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Criminal lawyers have said the recent decision by the police to give a young man who filmed a female undergraduate in the shower a conditional warning appears unusual, given that perpetrators in previous cases had been charged.

But they also stressed that there are mitigating factors the Singapore authorities take into account and do not need to make public.

The lawyers interviewed on Monday (April 22) were commenting on a case of sexual voyeurism at the National University of Singapore (NUS), in which the punishment given to the perpetrator had been criticised.

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NUS student arrested after allegedly filming female student in bathroom
A National University of Singapore spokesman said footage of the male suspect was captured via a newly installed CCTV camera.PHOTO: ST FILE

A female student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was allegedly filmed by another student in a bathroom at one of the residence halls on Saturday morning (May 11).

A police report has been made about the incident at Raffles Hall and the suspect has been apprehended by the police for further investigations, said an NUS spokesman.

Police said they received a call for assistance around 8.10am, and subsequently arrested a 26-year-old NUS male student, a resident of the same residential hall, for criminal trespass.

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Man charged in latest NUS Peeping Tom case

The National University of Singapore (NUS) student who allegedly filmed a female hallmate in the shower last Saturday changed his clothes immediately to avoid being identified, said the police.

The latest alleged culprit in a string of Peeping Tom cases reported at local universities in the past month, Joel Rasis Ismail, 26, was charged in court yesterday with one count of criminal trespass and one count of insulting the modesty of a 23-year-old woman.

According to charge sheets, the Singaporean allegedly trespassed into a female bathroom at Kuok Foundation House, a building in NUS' Raffles Hall, on May 11 at about 6.30am. He is said to have then used his mobile phone to record a video of the victim while she was in the shower.

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NUS student taken to court after allegedly filming woman in the shower on campus

Even with the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the spotlight over the recent Monica Baey-Nicholas Lim issue, another one of its students was taken to court on Monday (May 13) after he allegedly filmed his schoolmate showering on campus.

Joel Rasis Ismail, 26, was charged with one count each of criminal trespass and insulting the modesty of the 23-year-old woman.

The Singaporean is said to have used his mobile phone to record a video of her showering at around 6.30am on May 11.

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NUS student who molested classmate in computer lab, peeped at woman in shower jailed
The 26-year-old man peeped at a woman showering in a female toilet at the NUS Eusoff Hall on Nov 25, 2015. (Photo: Google Maps)

A National University of Singapore (NUS) student was sentenced to jail and caning on Monday (Jul 30) for peeping at a woman in a hostel shower and molesting his classmate in a computer laboratory on the school campus.

The 26-year-old man, who cannot be named due to a gag order, had committed the first offence on Nov 25, 2015.

At about 5am that day, he heard someone showering in the female toilet at NUS' Eusoff Hall and entered the toilet to peep at the person, court documents said.

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NUS student suspected of filming female student at Raffles Hall bathroom arrested

A 26-year-old man was arrested on Saturday (May 11) after he allegedly filmed a female student in a bathroom at a National University of Singapore (NUS) hostel.

In an email to CNA, NUS said it received a report that the incident happened in the bathroom of Raffles Hall in the morning.

"Footage of the male suspect was captured via a newly installed CCTV camera," said an NUS spokesperson.

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NUS student charged over latest voyeurism incident on campus
Joel Rasis Ismail was charged with one count each of criminal trespass and insulting the modesty of a 23-year-old woman around 6.30am last Saturday. An NUS spokesman said earlier that the incident took place at Raffles Hall and footage of the suspect was captured by a new CCTV camera which is understood to have been installed last Friday.PHOTO: SHIN MIN

Even with the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the spotlight over the recent Monica Baey-Nicholas Lim issue, another one of its students was taken to court yesterday after he allegedly filmed his schoolmate showering on campus.

Joel Rasis Ismail, 26, was charged with one count each of criminal trespass and insulting the modesty of the 23-year-old woman.

The Singaporean is said to have used his mobile phone to record a video of her showering at around 6.30am last Saturday.

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NUS student arrested after allegedly filming female student in bathroom
A National University of Singapore spokesman said footage of the male suspect was captured via a newly installed CCTV camera.PHOTO: ST FILE

A female student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was allegedly filmed by another student in a bathroom at one of the residence halls on Saturday morning (May 11).

A police report has been made about the incident at Raffles Hall and the suspect has been apprehended by the police for further investigations, said an NUS spokesman.

Police said they received a call for assistance around 8.10am, and subsequently arrested a 26-year-old NUS male student, a resident of the same residential hall, for criminal trespass.

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Jail, cane for man who molested NUS classmate

A man was given a conditional warning by the police last year after he was caught peeping at his National University of Singapore (NUS) hall mate while she was in the shower.

As part of the warning, he must remain crime-free for a year or he may be dealt with in court for both his older and new offences.

But he reoffended and molested another woman - his classmate - just two months after the police warned him.

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NUS student arrested for outrage of modesty on train
The suspect allegedly started targeting the victim on board a city-bound train on the North-East Line.PHOTO: ST FILE

A student from the National University of Singapore has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a woman at Serangoon MRT Station last Wednesday (Sept 12).

The 23-year-old suspect allegedly started targeting the 28-year-old woman on board a city-bound train on the North-East MRT line.

The victim, who identified herself as Ms Karmen Siew, told The New Paper on Monday that she had boarded the train at Punggol station at around 11.20pm.

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Ex-lecturer guilty of molests at school camp 20 years ago
It has been two decades since they were molested

But yesterday, justice prevailed for five victims, after their molester, a former National University of Singapore (NUS) senior psychology lecturer, was convicted of his crimes.

Chan Cheng, 59, was found guilty of five counts of molestation after a trial, having been on the run in Malaysia for 17 years. Seven similar charges involving four boys are still pending.

The victims, who were then 13 and in Secondary 1, were molested by Chan at a school camp in June 1999. He was a consultant at the three-day camp held in the Guillemard Camp in Old Airport Road.

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Ex-NUS lecturer plans to appeal against conviction after molesting 5 teenage boys at school camp

Former National University of Singapore lecturer Chan Cheng, who was on the run for 17 years after molesting five teenage boys at a school camp, was sentenced to three years and seven months' jail on Monday (July 29).

Chan, who is now 59, had been found guilty of five counts of molestation last week by District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan after a trial.

Seven other molestation charges involving four boys were taken into consideration for sentencing.

related: Ex-NUS lecturer fled Spore for 17 yrs after molesting 5 teenage boys at school camp

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NUS Peeping Tom case: Lawyers say warning appears 'unusual' but mitigating factors need not be made public
The lawyers were commenting on a case of sexual voyeurism at the National University of Singapore's student residence Eusoff Hall, in which the punishment given to the perpetrator had been criticised.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Criminal lawyers have said the recent decision by the police to give a young man who filmed a female undergraduate in the shower a conditional warning appears unusual, given that perpetrators in previous cases had been charged.

But they also stressed that there are mitigating factors the Singapore authorities take into account and do not need to make public.

The lawyers interviewed on Monday (April 22) were commenting on a case of sexual voyeurism at the National University of Singapore (NUS), in which the punishment given to the perpetrator had been criticised.

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Ex-NUS lecturer found guilty of molesting 5 boys at 1999 school camp
Chan Cheng ran away to Malaysia before he could be charged in court for his crimes but 17 years later was arrested and extradited. (Photo: TODAY/Nuria Ling)

A former psychology lecturer at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was found guilty on Monday (Jul 22) of molesting five 13-year-old boys at a school camp 20 years ago.

He had done so on the pretext of massaging them, powdering them or helping them during a shower.

Chan Cheng, now 59, was convicted after a trial of five charges of molesting the boys over three days in June 1999. Another seven charges of molesting four other boys were stood down.

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Company cuts off ties with NUS, students express 'deep concern' as fallout from peeping tom incident widens

The fallout over the National University of Singapore's (NUS) handling of a peeping tom incident has widened, with a company declaring that it will cease all dealings with the university while the mother of the victim lashed out at NUS for letting the perpetrator off "so lightly".

Meanwhile, almost 500 students put up a statement addressed to NUS' senior management, including president Tan Eng Chye, provost Ho Teck Hua and dean Peter Pang, calling on the university to take a "stronger stance against sexual harassment and set a positive example for other universities around the world".

The victim, 23-year-old NUS undergraduate Monica Baey, had taken to Instagram to publicise an incident in which she was filmed by a fellow student while she was showering in her hostel bathroom at NUS' Eusoff Hall last November.

related: NUS students’ union condemns sexual harassment, urges students not to harass peeping tom

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NUS voyeur leaves Great Eastern, after firm suspends him for ‘misconduct’
Nicholas Lim has been placed on immediate suspension and has since submitted his resignation, Great Eastern said. The undergraduate had been working at the insurance firm as he was suspended for a semester after filming a fellow student in the shower

A National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate who was caught filming a fellow student in a hostel toilet has resigned from his role at Great Eastern after the company placed him on immediate suspension.

“We are aware of the recent incident involving Nicholas Lim, a Great Eastern financial representative,” the insurance firm said on Monday (April 22).

“He has been placed on immediate suspension and has since submitted his resignation. Great Eastern strongly disapproves of any inappropriate misconduct by our financial representatives and will not hesitate to take the necessary action.”

related: NUS sets up committee to review discipline, support frameworks after peeping tom victim’s posts go viral

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NUS student gets caning, 9 months' jail for molesting fellow student, peeping in hall toilet

After a night of working on her final year project, the 24-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) student was taking a nap in the computer laboratory with her boyfriend when she was molested.

The culprit was her classmate, who, unknown to her, had been issued a conditional warning for peeping into a hall toilet one-and-a-half years ago.

On Monday (July 30), the molester was sentenced to nine months' jail and three strokes of the cane. The 26-year-old, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victim's identity, pleaded guilty to two charges of molest and insulting the modesty of a woman.

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Yet another peeping tom case surfaces at NUS after the Monica Baey incident

Just when National University of Singapore can breathe a sigh of relief, another peeping tom case has surfaced.


This time, a female student has alleged that she was filmed by a student when she was in a bathroom at a residence hall on May 11. The case is now the fourth of its kind since Monica Baey's revelation on how her peeping tom case was handled a month back. She was filmed showering by Nicholas Lim.


A police report has been lodged with the unnamed suspect having been detained by the police to assist in investigations.


related: NUS in the spotlight after 160 cases of questionable disciplinary decisions


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Suspected voyeur caught in NUS dorm

Police said they received a call for assistance around 8.10am and later arrested a 26-year-old male National University of Singapore student, also a resident of Raffles Hall, for criminal trespass.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

Another Peeping Tom case has surfaced on a university campus.


This time, a female student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was allegedly filmed by a student in a bathroom at a residence hall last Saturday.


This is the fourth reported case since NUS student Monica Baey took to social media last month to express her frustration over the punishment given to fellow student Nicholas Lim for filming her showering in Eusoff Hall.


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NUS student charged for allegedly filming hostel mate in shower; believed to be involved in similar cases

A 26-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) student was charged in court on Monday (May 13) for allegedly filming a female student showering in their hostel.


Joel Rasis Ismail is accused of trespassing in a female bathroom at the Kuok Foundation House — a building in NUS’ Raffles Hall — on Saturday around 6.30am, as well as insulting his 23-year-old victim’s modesty.


The police said they were alerted to the incident at about 8am, and arrested him later that day through follow-up investigations and with the help of closed-circuit television footage.


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Another female student allegedly filmed in bathroom, male student arrested

A National University of Singapore spokesman said footage of the male suspect was captured via a newly installed CCTV camera.PHOTO: ST FILE

 female student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) was allegedly filmed by another student in a bathroom at one of the residence halls on Saturday morning (May 11).


A police report has been made about the incident at Raffles Hall and the suspect has been apprehended by the police for further investigations, said an NUS spokesman.


Police said they received a call for assistance around 8.10am, and subsequently arrested a 26-year-old NUS male student, a resident of the same residential hall, for criminal trespass.


related: 56 cases of sexual offences during academic years from 2015 to 2018


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Voyeur arrested after allegedly filming female student in NUS hostel bathroom

The latest voyeurism incident allegedly happened at the National University of Singapore's Raffles Hall

A man was arrested on Saturday (May 11) by the police after he allegedly filmed a female student in a bathroom at a National University of Singapore (NUS) hostel.


In an internal circular sent to NUS students which TODAY has seen, the university's campus security office said it was alerted to the incident at NUS' Raffles Hall on Saturday morning.


"The matter has been reported to the police and we are assisting in their investigation," said the email, which added that the university is providing the victim with "dedicated support and assistance".


related: 56 sexual misconduct cases at local universities in last 3 years


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A breakdown of the 56 sexual misconduct cases at local universities in last 3 years


There were 56 cases of sexual misconduct involving students from the six local universities in the last three years, 14 of which were committed off campus, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung told Parliament on Monday (May 6).

Of the 56 cases:
  • Twenty-five involved students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and two involved students from Yale-NUS, which has its own Board of Discipline separate from NUS
  • Twenty were from Nanyang Technological University
  • Six were from the Singapore Management University
  • The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) had one case each
In 37 of the cases, the victims made police reports:
  • Four cases are still under investigation, while there was insufficient evidence to make out offences in two cases.
  • Of the remaining 31 cases, 16 were prosecuted in court and 10 resulted in jail terms of between 10 days and eight months, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam. The cases which resulted in jail terms were for serious offences involving outrage of modesty or multiple instances of voyeurism, said Mr Ong.
  • Of the six who were not jailed, four were put on supervised probation, one received a discharge not amounting to an acquittal, and one case is awaiting sentencing.
  • Thirteen other offenders were given a conditional warning and two were given a stern warning. Of the 13 given conditional warnings, one re-offended. The student from NUS was sentenced to eight months’ jail and fined S$2,000 for both his offences committed in 2015 and 2017, said Mr Shanmugam.

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Four peeping tom cases at unis in a month


Joel's case is the fourth reported case involving voyeurs at universities since NUS undergraduate Monica Baey took to Instagram last month to vent her frustrations after being filmed while showering in NUS' Eusoff Hall.


Three peeping tom cases were reported to have taken place at Nanyang Technological University halls in recent weeks, according to local media reports.


Baey had called for tougher action to be taken against the perpetrator, who was made to write an apology letter and undergo mandatory counselling, in addition to being banned from entering Eusoff Hall and suspended from school for a semester.


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NUS undergrad filmed in shower; claims school ‘wants to keep it quiet’


Frustrated with the inadequate response by her school and the police, a National University of Singapore (NUS) undergrad chronicled her experience of being filmed in the shower by a fellow NUS student on her personal Instagram account.


The victim claimed that the school “wants to keep it quiet”. Observer+ understands that a police report was filed and the perpetrator let off with a 12-month conditional warning by the police.


In defence, the offender claims he was intoxicated at the time of the incident.


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Victim’s mother says “trust (in NUS) is now broken.”

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Monica Baey’s case won’t be reopened even as NUS accepts review committee’s call for tougher punishments

The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Board of Trustees has accepted in full a set of recommendations for tougher penalties for sexual misconduct on campus and greater support for victims. But among these recommendations is for past cases that have already been dealt with to remain closed.


In an email to staff and students on Monday (June 10), Mdm Kay Kuok, the chair of the committee that had been tasked to review NUS’ disciplinary and support frameworks, said the committee had “consulted with external legal advisors and determined that past cases on which the Board of Discipline had formally ruled, and for which sanctions have been meted out, cannot be reopened”.


With NUS accepting the recommendations, this means that the case involving undergraduate Monica Baey, which first catapulted the issue into the national spotlight, will not be reopened.


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All You Need To Know

A 23-year-old Singaporean is seeking justice after her university imposed a light punishment on a ‘Peeping Tom’.


Monica Baey, a third-year communications and new media undergraduate at the National University of Singapore (NUS), took to Instagram on 18 April to share about a traumatic incident that took place last November.


Here are 10 things you need to know about the case and how it escalated to this point:

  • Baey was showering at her student residence Eusoff Hall on 25 November when she noticed an iPhone being held underneath the cubicle's door
  • When Baey met up with Lim and his girlfriend to discuss the incident, he justified his actions by claiming that he was heavily intoxicated and inspired by a genre of pornography
  • After a two-month investigation, the university decided to give Lim a 12-month suspension and ban him from entering Eusoff Hall
  • Baey argued that the punishments hardly affect Lim as he did even not live in a campus hall, and he was still allowed to visit the university campus
  • In a series of Insta Stories, Baey called NUS out for what she deemed to be an inadequate response towards a serious crime
  • Baey also slammed Lim's one-page apology letter, arguing that she has to continue living with the trauma while he walks off with a slap on the wrist
  • Since then, almost 30,000 people have signed two separate online petitions calling for NUS and the police to impose harsher punishments on perpetrators of sexual offences on university campuses
  • After Baey's posts went viral, a Singaporean company publicly declared that it will no longer work with the university unless the perpetrator is expelled
  • On 20 April, NUS issued a statement saying that they are in the process of reaching out to Baey to offer support and assistance
  • On 22 April, Great Eastern Singapore - where Lim had been working as a financial advisor - said that they had suspended him

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'We fell short': NUS president apologises to alumni over handling of sexual misconduct case

Professor Tan Eng Chye is the president of the National University of Singapore. (Photo: NUS)

The president of the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Tue (Apr 23) apologised to the school's alumni for the way a sexual misconduct case was handled, after the victim took to social media to call for tougher action against a fellow student who had filmed her having a shower.


This comes after NUS undergraduate Ms Monica Baey revealed in a series of public Instagram Stories on Friday that she had caught a fellow 23-yr-old student filming her in the hostel shower with a mobile phone in November last year. The man was given a 12-month conditional warning by police.


Ms Baey's Instagram Stories were viewed thousands of times and triggered the spread of at least two online petitions, one of which had garnered more than 33,000 signatures demanding "stiffer punishment" for the accused.


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NUS Peeping Tom given conditional warning due to high likelihood of rehabilitation: Police


The police have explained their decision to give a 23-year-old male undergraduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) a conditional warning for trespassing & filming a female student in the shower without her consent.


Two online petitions had called on the university and the police to take tougher action against the undergraduate after the female student,  Ms Monica Baey, a third-year NUS communications and new media undergraduate, posted her unhappiness with the punishment on her Instagram account last Thursday and Friday.


In a statement on Tue (Apr 23), the police said the accused in this case was assessed to have a “high likelihood of rehabilitation, and was remorseful”.


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NUS voyeur given conditional warning as he was 'assessed to have high likelihood of rehabilitation'


The 23-yr-old male National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate who committed criminal trespass & insulted the modesty of a female student last year was given a 12-month conditional warning because he had been assessed to have a high likelihood of rehabilitation and was remorseful, said Singapore police in a statement on Tue (Apr 23).


The authorities were responding to "public discussions" that had been building up around the case since the victim, NUS undergrad Monica Baey, first opened up about it on her Instagram account last week.


Police highlighted that one of the points of discussion was rules ensuring that premises like NUS provide a safe environment and noted that NUS was reviewing its rules on how such conduct should be treated.


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Police on why NUS peeping Tom was given conditional warning


The police have responded to public debate on the 12-month conditional warning given to a 23-year-old male National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate who took a video of a female student while she was showering in her hostel bathroom.


Monica Baey, 23, took to Instagram on Friday (Apr 19) to publicise how she was recorded by a fellow student and personal friend while she was showering in her hostel bathroom at Eusoff Hall last November.


After he was slapped with a 12-month conditional warning, she wrote she wanted "real consequences for perpetrators that commit such acts".


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NUS accepts recommendations for tougher penalties on sexual misconduct; minimum 1-year suspension for serious offences
NUS undergraduate Monica Baey's Instagram posts in April had sparked a discussion about disciplinary processes in universities and how sexual misconduct cases are handled. PHOTO: ST FILE

The National University of Singapore has accepted all the recommendations by a review committee on sexual misconduct, including tougher penalties such as a minimum one-year suspension for serious offences and immediate expulsion for severe or aggravated cases.


The committee was set up to review the university's disciplinary and support frameworks after an undergraduate who was filmed in the shower at a hostel said that the punishment meted out to the perpetrator was too lenient.


Madam Kay Kuok, a barrister-at-law and a member of the NUS Board of Trustees, set out some of the recommendations in an e-mail to students, staff and alumni on Monday (June 10).



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25 cases involving sexual misconduct in NUS from 2015-2018 and how they were dealt with
The National University of Singapore (NUS) voyeurism saga is not all that uncommon

Three PDF documents leaked online detailing a comprehensive list of offences from 2015 to 2018 shines light on the consideration given in the cases, and the penalties meted out.


In one case, a NUS student entered a children’s toilet and filmed children in the adjacent cubicle on multiple occasions.


Interestingly, if the victims involved male students, it is less likely that police reports will be made.


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Seeking closure, Monica Baey says 'change has finally come', but more needs to be done


In a lengthy statement on Instagram captioned “Closure”, National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduate Monica Baey addressed the criticisms that she has received since going viral, called on trolls to stop harassing the peeping tom who filmed her and encouraged other victims of sexual crimes to speak up.


Ms Baey, 23, has been a national talking point since a week and a half ago, when a series of Instagram stories she posted went viral.


In them, she expressed her anger at the light punishment that had been meted out to a fellow student who had filmed her while she was showering at Eusoff Hall in NUS last November.


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NUS held a town hall for students
NUS convened a review committee to relook its disciplinary & support frameworks
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung:penalties against voyeur “manifestly inadequate”


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12 NUS students would have been expelled if new, tougher sanctions for sexual misconduct were in place

A review committee on sexual misconduct at the National University of Singapore (NUS) said the current sanctions did not act as a “strong deterrent” and that 12 offenders would have been expelled under its tougher new framework.


The school convened a review committee in April this year after undergraduate Monica Baey called for tougher sanctions against a fellow student Nicholas Lim, who filmed her in a hostel shower. Education Minister Ong Ye Kung had previously called the penalties “manifestly inadequate”.


In the committee’s report on Monday (Jun 10) to the NUS Board of Trustees, seen by CNA, they said there was a “significant number of sexual misconduct incidents every year” at NUS and concluded that the current sanctions framework for serious offences “does not act as a strong deterrent against such offences”.


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NUS gets tough on sexual misconduct

Review committee recommends that students making sexual innuendos be suspended for a year, those revealing details of sexual encounters be expelled

National University of Singapore (NUS) students who make sexual innuendoes can face mandatory suspension of at least a year.


Repeat and recalcitrant offenders may face expulsion. Anyone who posts intimate details of sexual trysts with another person on social media will be expelled.


The enhanced penalties were part of 10 recommendations made by an NUS committee set up to review sexual misconduct and address gaps in victim support, offender rehabilitation, penalties and campus security.


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NUS peeping tom case: Victim's action may come under new 'doxxing' laws

Lawyer Fong Wei Li said: "Under the new laws, which are yet to come into force, the information that was posted online can be deemed to cause harassment if the intention to do so can be proven."


Mr Fong said that even though Ms Baey was a victim of a crime, it would not make a difference under Poha.


He also added that it is for the perpetrator to take action against Ms Baey if he feels that he has been harassed or alarmed by her actions.


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NUS penalties for sexual misconduct case 'manifestly inadequate': Ong Ye Kung

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Mon (Apr 22) the penalties meted out by the National University of Singapore (NUS) on a recent sexual misconduct case were "manifestly inadequate".


Commenting publicly for the first time on the incident, Mr Ong said in a Facebook post: "2 nights ago, I spoke to the NUS President, and then the Board Chairman, to convey my concerns that the penalties NUS applied were manifestly inadequate in the recent sexual misconduct case.


"From here on, for offences that affect the safety of students on campus, we have to take a tough stand, and send a strong signal to everyone," he added. "2 strikes and you are out cannot be the standard application. NUS has to make its campus safe for all students, especially female students."


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NUS to convene review committee after student calls for tougher action against man who filmed her in shower

Ms Monica Baey said she noticed an iPhone being held underneath the door after she finished showering. PHOTO: MONICABAEY / INSTAGRAM

The National University of Singapore (NUS) will convene a committee to review its disciplinary & support frameworks after a female undergraduate accused it of not doing enough to punish a fellow student who had filmed her showering.


The committee, which will include members from the NUS Board of Trustees, will study the approaches taken by other international institutions and solicit views from various stakeholders, NUS dean of students, Associate Professor Peter Pang, said in a statement on Saturday (Apr 20).


The findings of the study and follow-up actions will be shared in the new academic year, he added. The new academic year begins this August.


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Mother of undergrad Monica Baey filmed in campus shower speaks up: Trust in university ‘is now broken’


The mother of an undergraduate who was filmed in the campus shower by a perv has spoken up about the incident, claiming her trust in her daughter’s university is now broken.


Mary Baey, the mother of third-year communications undergraduate Monica Baey, released a comment on Facebook about the incident commending her daughter for speaking up and criticizi;ng the sanctions that National University of Singapore (NUS) gave the perv as “completely unacceptable”.


In a Facebook comment on Saturday, Mary said that she was shocked when she learned about the incident from her daughter and slammed the 12-month conditional stern warning that the police gave the perv as “completely ridiculous”.


related: Lessons everyone can learn from the Monica Baey NUS shower video incident


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National University of Singapore in the spotlight after 160 cases of questionable disciplinary decisions


You've might have heard, the National University of Singapore is no longer the top higher education institute in Asia Pacific. However, take a peek into its corridors - or in our case, taking a look at these statistics - would make you understand why.


A group of students of the prestigious Singaporean university who run the Facebook group, NUS Students United (NUSSU), recently uploaded data of disciplinary cases from 2015 to 2018.

Within three years, there has been a total of 160 cases concerning 170 students. The cases range from cheating in exams, plagiarism, assault, to - you guessed it - sexual harassment.

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20 insult/outrage of modesty cases in NUS from 2015 – 2018

Here’s how they were dealt with

The recent National University of Singapore scandal regarding a man filming a lady while she was showering has set off a firestorm of outrage with regards to the punishment meted out against the perpetrator.


NUS has stated they will convene a committee to review the current disciplinary and support frameworks. Others feel that isn’t really enough. However, to understand what needs to be done, it is quite important to review what has been done for previous cases.


Here are all the insult/outrage of modesty cases over the past few years, and the disciplinary measures meted out in regards to them.


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26 incidents of sexual offences reviewed by NUS Board of Discipline over past 3 years, no expulsions


Over the past three years, 26 cases of sexual offences were brought before the National University of Singapore's (NUS') disciplinary board, according to a summary of cases available on the university’s student portal.


Eighteen cases involved sexual voyeurism, with some students also taking upskirt videos and photographs, or filming both male and female students showering.


Five involved outrage of modesty, or touching the thighs or buttocks of female students.


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Other local unis also reviewing how they handle sexual misconduct

The five other local universities are also reviewing their disciplinary processes for sexual misconduct, even as the National University of Singapore (NUS) came under fire for how it handled a Peeping Tom case on its grounds.

In response to queries, all of them said they are paying more attention to sexual misconduct & are looking at how to improve their policies and support victims better.

They also said they have existing security measures such as surveillance & campus patrols, as well as 24/7 hotlines for students to report suspicious persons & call counselling centres.

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