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Daily roundup: Joseph Schooling calls for 'national dialogue' on national service — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. 'What are the expectations that our athletes are facing?' Joseph Schooling calls for 'national dialogue' on national service Swimmer Joseph Schooling on Wednesday (May 18) called for a «natio
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Daily roundup: Joseph Schooling calls for 'national dialogue' on national service — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. 'What are the expectations that our athletes are facing?' Joseph Schooling calls for 'national dialogue' on national service Swimmer Joseph Schooling on Wednesday (May 18) called for a «national dialogue» on national service (NS), highlighting the need to manage the expectations of athletes... » READ MORE 2. Jeffrey Xu yelled at director who disrespected him, didn't have any dramas for over a year afterwards

Lawyer disbarred for taking photos of colleague's chest, underwear

SINGAPORE — A junior lawyer at a top firm who took photographs of his colleague's chest and underwear while she was working at her cubicle was struck off the roll on Thursday (May 19). In a written judgment, the Court of Three Judges said the four-week pr
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Lawyer disbarred for taking photos of colleague's chest, underwear

SINGAPORE — A junior lawyer at a top firm who took photographs of his colleague's chest and underwear while she was working at her cubicle was struck off the roll on Thursday (May 19). In a written judgment, the Court of Three Judges said the four-week prison term that was handed down to the errant lawyer in criminal proceedings should not be considered as a factor for a more lenient disciplinary sanction. The court also said the mere fact that the man was in his first year of practice when he committed the offences did not justify a lesser punishment. The man cannot be identified owing to a gag order to protect the victim. He is no longer practising law here and is believed to be working as an in-house legal counsel for a business in Indonesia. He was admitted to the Bar in August 2016 and was an associate at one of the top local law firms. In April 2017, while the man, then 26, and the victim, a 23-year-old trainee, were both in the office, he leaned over her on the pretext of reading her computer screen.

SIA steward surprises passenger with handmade thank you card

Imagine you're on a plane flying home to Singapore and suddenly a crew member asks you to go to the galley. What could it be for? Is something wrong? For one Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. On Tuesday (May 17),
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SIA steward surprises passenger with handmade thank you card

Imagine you're on a plane flying home to Singapore and suddenly a crew member asks you to go to the galley. What could it be for? Is something wrong? For one Singapore Airlines (SIA) passenger, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. On Tuesday (May 17), Naseem Huseni posted on SIA's Facebook page: In the galley, a flight steward named Jariel presented Naseem with a card that had a drawing of two cats playing with a toy plane and said: «Thank you for flying with us! Ms Naseem.»

Man gets called out for allegedly using marked cards to cheat in gambling session

Is it an elaborate set up, or a devious scheme to cheat in a game of cards? In a TikTok video shared by BlurBlur008 on Wednesday (May 18), it shows a group of players confronting a man for allegedly using marked playing cards during their gambling sessio
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Man gets called out for allegedly using marked cards to cheat in gambling session

Is it an elaborate set up, or a devious scheme to cheat in a game of cards? In a TikTok video shared by BlurBlur008 on Wednesday (May 18), it shows a group of players confronting a man for allegedly using marked playing cards during their gambling session. The setting looks like it is at someone's home and the video has since garnered over 125,000 views and 3,600 likes.  «What do you want us to do now, [since] we have lost money,» one of the gamblers asked, while the accused man appeared to be in shock while using a blue light flashlight to inspect the cards that were marked. «You cannot accuse me of [cheating] since the cards came like that,» the man countered. But in the four minute-long clip, the other gamblers were not convinced. «The thing is, you are the one hosting [this game]. You should know these cards very well,» one of the gamblers said in Chinese. While protesting his innocence, the host, wearing a pair of spectacles, claimed that he could not have cheated since he wasn't wearing infrared contact lens to see through the marked cards. He was also seen gesturing at his eyes to another man to prove his point. 

'You might get people killed': Some netizens upset with Toyota AE86 driver on his 99 bends drive in Buona Vista

Car enthusiasts among us would jump at any opportunity to race at legendary tracks like Monza in Italy or the Nurburgring in Germany. However, a local automobile lover probably felt that he didn't need a trip to Europe to hone his driving skills. He ma
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'You might get people killed': Some netizens upset with Toyota AE86 driver on his 99 bends drive in Buona Vista

Car enthusiasts among us would jump at any opportunity to race at legendary tracks like Monza in Italy or the Nurburgring in Germany. However, a local automobile lover probably felt that he didn't need a trip to Europe to hone his driving skills. He managed to recreate that track experience by whizzing around the bendy turns of South Buona Vista Road in his Toyota AE86, a car popularised by the Japanese manga series Initial D where the main character navigates this car on the fictional mountain Mount Akina.  TikTok user Tehzisheng posted a 114-second video of his driving escapade on Tuesday (May 17). The clip received 73,000 views and 163 comments at the time of writing.  The exact date and time of the drive cannot be confirmed. https://www.tiktok.com/@tehzisheng/video/7098569309848472833?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=6944924152827184641 The video was split into three sections with different cameras pointing toward the road ahead, the manual gearbox lever and the car pedals. In the video, Tehzisheng took a right turn from Kent Ridge Road to enter the winding South Buona Vista Road.

Not so happy birthday: Man admits to punching cleaner after offering him birthday cake

SINGAPORE - On his birthday, a man punched a cleaner and fractured his jaw during an argument over the victim sleeping in a bin centre. Sanjeevan Maha Lingam, 43, was jailed for 21 months and four weeks in court on Wednesday (May 18) for this offence on Sep
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Not so happy birthday: Man admits to punching cleaner after offering him birthday cake

SINGAPORE - On his birthday, a man punched a cleaner and fractured his jaw during an argument over the victim sleeping in a bin centre. Sanjeevan Maha Lingam, 43, was jailed for 21 months and four weeks in court on Wednesday (May 18) for this offence on Sept 24 last year and several others, including hurling racist comments at a police officer. The Singaporean pleaded guilty to a total of five charges - one for voluntarily causing grievous hurt, two for using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty, and two under the Protection from Harassment Act. Court documents do not mention what Sanjeevan was working as at the time of his offences. Deputy Public Prosecutor Jordon Li said the cleaner had finished work at about 7pm and gone to sleep on a sofa in the bin centre at Block 1 Jalan Kukoh. Sanjeevan woke the cleaner up at about 11.15pm, and they got into a dispute over the cleaner resting in the bin centre. «In the course of the dispute, (Sanjeevan) punched the victim once on his left cheek, with intention to cause grievous hurt to the victim,» said DPP Li.

Man, 80, dies after scuffle at Singapore Pools outlet in Marine Parade Central

An elderly man visited a Singapore Pools outlet at a Fairprice branch hoping to strike it big, but all he gained were criminal charges and possibly a fine and jail time for allegedly causing the death of another.  This 73-year-old man allegedly shoved a
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Man, 80, dies after scuffle at Singapore Pools outlet in Marine Parade Central

An elderly man visited a Singapore Pools outlet at a Fairprice branch hoping to strike it big, but all he gained were criminal charges and possibly a fine and jail time for allegedly causing the death of another.  This 73-year-old man allegedly shoved an 80-year-old following an argument that occurred at a Singapore Pools outlet in Marine Parade Central's Fairprice at 11am on May 8. The 80-year-old fell and he died in hospital later.  The alleged attacker was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of a rash act causing death and another count of voluntarily causing hurt on May 9, reported 8World today (May 18).  Ho Ah Wah, 73, had reportedly gone to the Singapore Pools outlet to buy betting tickets when he encountered the victim Cheong Hua Kwee. According to 8World, the two argued and it ended up with Cheong falling on the ground and hitting his head. The pair was not on good terms, but it is unknown what sparked the fight that day.

President Halimah, PM Lee spammed with comments from supporters of Indonesian preacher who was denied entry into Singapore

SINGAPORE - The social media accounts of President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as several political office-holders and government agencies, have been spammed with comments from supporters of Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara
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President Halimah, PM Lee spammed with comments from supporters of Indonesian preacher who was denied entry into Singapore

SINGAPORE - The social media accounts of President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as several political office-holders and government agencies, have been spammed with comments from supporters of Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara, who was denied entry into Singapore on Monday (May 16) due to a history of extremist teachings. A check by The Straits Times found comments bearing the hashtags #SaveUAS and #SaveUstadzAbdulSomad on Instagram posts by President Halimah and PM Lee. Other accounts targeted include PM Lee's Twitter page, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan's Instagram accounts, the Singapore Government and Ministry of Law's Twitter pages, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Tourism Board and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority's Instagram pages. In response to media queries, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) confirmed on Wednesday (May 18) that the social media accounts of a number of political office-holders and government agencies were spammed.

Daily roundup: Netizens praise Singapore and Malaysia silat opponents for their sportsmanship during SEA Games semis — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Netizens praise Singapore and Malaysia silat opponents for their sportsmanship during SEA Games semis Finding sportsmanship in top-level sports can be hard at times... » READ MORE 2. Watch out
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Daily roundup: Netizens praise Singapore and Malaysia silat opponents for their sportsmanship during SEA Games semis — and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. Netizens praise Singapore and Malaysia silat opponents for their sportsmanship during SEA Games semis Finding sportsmanship in top-level sports can be hard at times... » READ MORE 2. Watch out for the croc: Netizens warn men fishing in canal after crocodile spotted in another canal at Choa Chu Kang

All aboard: New cruise brand Resorts World Cruises to launch on June 15, bookings now open

SINGAPORE - Resorts World Cruises, a new cruise brand owned by Malaysian tycoon Lim Kok Thay, will debut in Singapore on June 15 with the cruise ship Genting Dream. This comes just three months after the collapse of Genting Hong Kong - the cruise industry's
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All aboard: New cruise brand Resorts World Cruises to launch on June 15, bookings now open

SINGAPORE - Resorts World Cruises, a new cruise brand owned by Malaysian tycoon Lim Kok Thay, will debut in Singapore on June 15 with the cruise ship Genting Dream. This comes just three months after the collapse of Genting Hong Kong - the cruise industry's highest-profile financial casualty since the pandemic started. Resorts World Cruises is rehiring about 1,600 employees for its new cruise business, and has rehired about 70 of some 100 former employees from the sales and marketing and hotel operations of the defunct Genting Hong Kong, Mr Michael Goh, president & head of international sales told a media briefing on Wednesday morning. An exclusive by The Straits Times had earlier reported that Resorts World Cruises, a company related to Mr Lim, was registered in Singapore on March 9 and held by shareholder Two Trees Family Holdings. Two Trees Family, an investment holding company incorporated in Singapore on March 19, 2021, listed Mr Lim and his son Lim Keong Hui, along with Mr Gerard Lim Ewe Keng as directors. The shareholder of Two Trees Family is an Isle of Man entity, Summerhill Trust.

Fire with 'electrical origin' breaks out at Jalan Bukit Merah flat, 35 people evacuated

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out at a Jalan Bukit Merah flat on Tuesday morning (May 17), causing some 35 residents to be evacuated for their safety. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post it was alerted to the fire at 11.35am that day.
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Fire with 'electrical origin' breaks out at Jalan Bukit Merah flat, 35 people evacuated

SINGAPORE - A fire broke out at a Jalan Bukit Merah flat on Tuesday morning (May 17), causing some 35 residents to be evacuated for their safety. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post it was alerted to the fire at 11.35am that day. Thick black smoke could be seen coming out from a ninth-floor unit as the SCDF arrived at Block 117 Jalan Bukit Merah. «SCDF firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets had to conduct forcible entry to gain access into the unit. No one was in the unit, » SCDF said in the post. The fire, which involved the contents of a bedroom, was extinguished with one water jet. About 35 people were evacuated from neighbouring units as a precaution, said SCDF. It added that preliminary investigations indicate that the fire had an «electrical origin». No one was hurt in the incident. A photo attached to SCDF's post showed a bed frame, charred debris on the floor, and soot lining the walls and ceiling of a room in the unit.

Tuition centre draws flak for 'cannon fire experiment' during kids workshop, police investigating

The police are looking into a case involving a tuition centre that had supposedly demonstrated starting a fire to young children during a workshop. Stomp contributor Anonymous had lodged a police report after coming across a video of the workshop that the tu
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Tuition centre draws flak for 'cannon fire experiment' during kids workshop, police investigating

The police are looking into a case involving a tuition centre that had supposedly demonstrated starting a fire to young children during a workshop. Stomp contributor Anonymous had lodged a police report after coming across a video of the workshop that the tuition centre posted on social media. In the video, a man is seen conducting a class attended by two boys, both of whom were accompanied by a woman believed to be their mothers. PHOTO: StompAccording to the video and its on-screen caption, the attendees were participating in an experiment using hydrogel and snow powder, followed by one about chemiluminescence. The video then shows a 'bonus cannon fire experiment', where the same man can be seen pouring an unknown substance into a glass on the ground.

Should we be worried about the new Omicron sub variants in Singapore? Experts explain

SINGAPORE - The increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant has seen the emergence of a number of sub-variants, with the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (May 15) announcing the first local cases of BA.4 and BA.5 detected in Singapore. But experts sa
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Should we be worried about the new Omicron sub variants in Singapore? Experts explain

SINGAPORE - The increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant has seen the emergence of a number of sub-variants, with the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (May 15) announcing the first local cases of BA.4 and BA.5 detected in Singapore. But experts say there is no cause for undue alarm. The Straits Times answers some questions on what we know so far about these two new variants - BA.4 and BA.5. Q: Why are there so many Omicron sub-variants? A: Omicron has spread rapidly and this has given it many opportunities to mutate and also acquire specific mutations of its own. Some of these sub-variants include BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4 and BA.5. There have been sub-variants of earlier versions of the virus, such as the Delta variant. However, Omicron has outcompeted these, most likely due to its increased transmissibility. Q: Where have BA.4 and BA.5 been detected in? A: These sub variants have been detected in more than a dozen countries, with higher rates of detection in South Africa.

SEA Games: Calvin Quek wins Singapore's first medal in men's 400m hurdles since 1969

HANOI - He needed an appeal to earn his ticket to the SEA Games, but Calvin Quek justified his inclusion on Tuesday (May 17) after he won Singapore's first medal in the men's 400m hurdles since 1969. The 26-year-old set a new national mark of 51.19 seconds t
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SEA Games: Calvin Quek wins Singapore's first medal in men's 400m hurdles since 1969

HANOI - He needed an appeal to earn his ticket to the SEA Games, but Calvin Quek justified his inclusion on Tuesday (May 17) after he won Singapore's first medal in the men's 400m hurdles since 1969. The 26-year-old set a new national mark of 51.19 seconds to finish behind winner Eric Cray of the Philippines (50.41sec) and Vietnam's Quach Cong Lich (50.82sec) at the My Dinh National Stadium. Singapore's last medal in the event at the SEA Games came over half a century ago, when A. Sadayyapan also won bronze in Rangoon, now known as Yangon. ALSO READ: SEA Games: Joseph Schooling claims gold in 100m butterfly This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.

'Returning to the earth': Over 1,300 want to scatter loved ones' ashes over Choa Chu Kang garden

The idea of scattering a loved one's ashes into a garden may sound taboo to some Singaporeans. Chinese tradition, for example, requires that the deceased's ashes have to be returned to their birthplaces and either buried or have their ashes preserved f
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'Returning to the earth': Over 1,300 want to scatter loved ones' ashes over Choa Chu Kang garden

The idea of scattering a loved one's ashes into a garden may sound taboo to some Singaporeans. Chinese tradition, for example, requires that the deceased's ashes have to be returned to their birthplaces and either buried or have their ashes preserved for future generations to pay respects to and receive blessings from, reported a New York Times article in 2015. The Catholic Church guidelines also said that Catholics cannot scatter ashes, although on a different basis: they believe in the resurrection of the body, thus the body should remain intact, the Straits Times mentioned in a 2017 article. Despite green funerals being hard to swallow for some families and religions, more Singaporeans are embracing this idea of scattering their loved ones' ashes, Lianhe Zaobao reported today (May 17). Green funeral site, the Garden of Peace, located near the Choa Chu Kang Columbarium, introduced an eco-friendlier way to deal with one's remains through ash-scattering last May.  

Man allegedly smashes glass bottle over elderly man's head in Chinatown during heated argument

When alcohol is involved, tempers can easily flare and short fuses quickly set alight. And that's what happened over at People's Park Food Centre in Chinatown on Sunday (May 15) at around 5pm when a 44-year-old man allegedly struck another man with a glass
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Man allegedly smashes glass bottle over elderly man's head in Chinatown during heated argument

When alcohol is involved, tempers can easily flare and short fuses quickly set alight. And that's what happened over at People's Park Food Centre in Chinatown on Sunday (May 15) at around 5pm when a 44-year-old man allegedly struck another man with a glass bottle and a chair, Shin Min Daily News reported.  The 60-year-old victim was sent to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).  When contacted by AsiaOne, the police said they were notified of a call for assistance where a 44-year-old man had allegedly injured a 60-year-old man with a glass bottle and a stool after a dispute. The alleged aggressor was then arrested for voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous means, added the police. The offence of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous means carries an imprisonment term of up to seven years, or a fine, or caning, or any combination of such punishments. In the events leading up to the attack, the two men were sitting at the same round table and consuming alcohol with others when they began arguing, Shin Min Daily News reported.

1 injured after shattered glass rains on diners in Tampines 1

A shopper suffered minor cuts on his foot after the glass panel near a second-floor store at Tampines 1 suddenly shattered. The incident happened last Sunday (May 15) at around 5.30pm, Shin Min Daily News reported. There were no customers sitting near the
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1 injured after shattered glass rains on diners in Tampines 1

A shopper suffered minor cuts on his foot after the glass panel near a second-floor store at Tampines 1 suddenly shattered. The incident happened last Sunday (May 15) at around 5.30pm, Shin Min Daily News reported. There were no customers sitting near the glass panel at the time, staff at bubble tea store The Alley told the Chinese daily. They also had no idea how it shattered. After they cordoned off the affected area, mall personnel arrived at around 6pm to clean up the glass shards on the first and second floors. A Facebook video shared by Veron Cai on the same day showed broken glass strewn all over the ground of a Toast Box outlet located at the basement of the shopping mall.

Woman plants herself stubbornly in MBS parking lot to 'chope' it, another driver reverses car in anyway

Looking for an empty parking lot at a popular shopping mall can be a particularly excruciating experience. But one couple who spotted an empty lot at the Marina Bay Sands carpark thought of a clever parking hack to 'chope' – local slang for reserving
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Woman plants herself stubbornly in MBS parking lot to 'chope' it, another driver reverses car in anyway

Looking for an empty parking lot at a popular shopping mall can be a particularly excruciating experience. But one couple who spotted an empty lot at the Marina Bay Sands carpark thought of a clever parking hack to 'chope' – local slang for reserving a table or seat at an eatery – it by sending a woman to quickly stand at that lot while her partner circled back for it. Unfortunately for them, that plan backfired as a fellow road user decided that he was having none of her antics and proceeded to reverse into that very lot anyway, ignoring the woman who planted herself there.  The incident occurred last Sunday (May 15) at around 3.12pm. A roughly two-minute clip was captured on the driver's dashcam and posted on the SG Road Vigilante's Facebook page. The post amassed 77,000 views and 310 comments at the time of writing. 

Ex-Ngee Ann Poly lecturer to be charged over racist remarks to interracial couple, possession of obscene films

SINGAPORE - A 61-year-old man will be charged on Tuesday (May 17) over multiple incidents where he allegedly made racist remarks and insensitive comments about religion. He will also be charged over the possession of obscene films, said the police in a st
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Ex-Ngee Ann Poly lecturer to be charged over racist remarks to interracial couple, possession of obscene films

SINGAPORE - A 61-year-old man will be charged on Tuesday (May 17) over multiple incidents where he allegedly made racist remarks and insensitive comments about religion. He will also be charged over the possession of obscene films, said the police in a statement on Monday night. The Straits Times understands that the man is former Ngee Ann Polytechnic senior lecturer Tan Boon Lee, who was sacked for serious misconduct after a video was posted on June 6 last year showing him making racist remarks to an interracial couple in Orchard Road. He was not named in the police statement. The police said he allegedly passed racist remarks to a 26-year-old man in the vicinity of Angullia Park on June 5 last year. He also allegedly made insensitive remarks about religion during a lecture at Ngee Ann Polytechnic on July 28, 2017, and is believed to have provided insensitive answers about religion in response to questions on an online forum between Aug 10, 2020, and Sept 13 the same year. Altogether, he faces four charges.

Burger & Lobster at Jewel Changi Airport suspended after 17 people down with gastroenteritis

A Burger & Lobster restaurant located at Jewel Changi Airport has been suspended from Monday (May 16) till further notice. This comes after 17 people fell ill after consuming food at the restaurant between May 7 and 15, 2022. In a joint statement by the Mi
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Burger & Lobster at Jewel Changi Airport suspended after 17 people down with gastroenteritis

A Burger & Lobster restaurant located at Jewel Changi Airport has been suspended from Monday (May 16) till further notice. This comes after 17 people fell ill after consuming food at the restaurant between May 7 and 15, 2022. In a joint statement by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Monday evening, it stated that they are investigating six incidents of gastroenteritis that occurred within the time period.  Four people were hospitalised, with one already discharged. The three remaining hospitalised cases are currently stable, MOH and SFA added. Burger & Lobster, which originated in the UK, has two outlets in Singapore, with the other restaurant located in Raffles Hotel. candicecai@asiaone.com

34-year-old woman rescued from Bedok North fire still in ICU, in stable condition

SINGAPORE - The 34-year-old mother of a toddler who died in a Bedok North fire last Friday (May 13) is still in the intensive care unit (ICU), but her condition has stabilised. In a Facebook post on Monday (May 16), Mr Tan Kiat How, Minister of State for Com
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34-year-old woman rescued from Bedok North fire still in ICU, in stable condition

SINGAPORE - The 34-year-old mother of a toddler who died in a Bedok North fire last Friday (May 13) is still in the intensive care unit (ICU), but her condition has stabilised. In a Facebook post on Monday (May 16), Mr Tan Kiat How, Minister of State for Communications and Information and for National Development, gave an update on her condition. «She is still in ICU, but her condition has stabilised,» said Mr Tan, who is also an MP for East Coast GRC. When Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel arrived at the burning fourth-floor flat in Block 409 Bedok North Avenue 2 at about 6.40am last Friday, they found four unconscious people inside. The woman, her three-year-old child and a 35-year-old man were taken to hospital. He and the toddler later died in hospital from their injuries. Another occupant, who has been identified as Ms Aileen Chan, a 56-year-old film producer and actress, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman receives message from hitch driver saying he gets aroused by her photos

While looking to hitch a ride, one woman ended up receiving unwelcome messages from a stranger.  TikTok user Nicolett.ee posted a video last Saturday (May 14) detailing her experience. She explained that she was looking for a ride on messaging app Telegra
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Woman receives message from hitch driver saying he gets aroused by her photos

While looking to hitch a ride, one woman ended up receiving unwelcome messages from a stranger.  TikTok user Nicolett.ee posted a video last Saturday (May 14) detailing her experience. She explained that she was looking for a ride on messaging app Telegram, when she received a message from a user who offered her a free ride — in exchange for a hook-up.  @nicolett.ee laughing is my coping mechanism… hope he doesn’t see this LOL ♬ angeleyes - alexandra ae According to screenshots in the TikTok, 'J' also told her: «Is it a compliment if I get hard off your pics [sic]».

Fire breaks out in Marsiling flat, 3 children taken to hospital

SINGAPORE - Three children were taken to hospital after fire broke out at a Housing Board flat in Marsiling late on Saturday night (May 14). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was alerted to the fire at a 29th-floor unit in Block 180C Mar
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Fire breaks out in Marsiling flat, 3 children taken to hospital

SINGAPORE - Three children were taken to hospital after fire broke out at a Housing Board flat in Marsiling late on Saturday night (May 14). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said that it was alerted to the fire at a 29th-floor unit in Block 180C Marsiling Road around midnight, and extinguished it with a water jet. The victims were taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), and the cause of the fire is under investigation, SCDF added. Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP Zaqy Mohamad, who visited the children in KKH on Sunday, told The Straits Times they are stable and are expected to be discharged on Monday. He said one of them is a seven-year-old girl and the other two are her cousin and his female friend, who are in secondary school. Mr Zaqy added that the children were alone in the flat when the fire started. ST understands the girl’s mother reached home from work around the same time that SCDF officers arrived to put out the fire. Neighbours ST spoke to said they did not know much about the family in the affected flat.

Woman uses father's ComfortDelGro taxi as bridal car on her big day

SINGAPORE - Standing atop a multi-storey carpark in Tampines on her wedding day on Sunday morning (May 15), Ms Wee Jie Xin, 27, struck a pose and flashed a wide smile for the cameras. She was dressed in her regal white gown, and in her hand was a bouquet of
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Woman uses father's ComfortDelGro taxi as bridal car on her big day

SINGAPORE - Standing atop a multi-storey carpark in Tampines on her wedding day on Sunday morning (May 15), Ms Wee Jie Xin, 27, struck a pose and flashed a wide smile for the cameras. She was dressed in her regal white gown, and in her hand was a bouquet of carefully curated roses. Behind her, her chosen chariot for the special day - a cerulean ComfortDelGro taxi, with the chauffeur none other than her cabby father, 65-year-old Wee Phoy Thong. «This has always been the plan,» Ms Wee, a human resources officer, said of her unusual choice of bridal car. «My dad has been a taxi driver since I was born, and drove me and my two brothers to school in the taxi most days. »I told my fiance about my plan when we were dating, and he has been very supportive and happy with the idea. We ran our wedding errands in the cab, too." Ms Wee's decision is rare, with most choosing to splash out to rent a luxury car instead on their special day .

Woman suspected of drink driving arrested after Mercedes-Benz crashes at Fairmont Hotel

SINGAPORE - A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after crashing a Mercedes-Benz sports car into Fairmont Hotel on Saturday night (May 14). The impact knocked down the hotel's chauffeur counter, luggage cart and potted plants. The 
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Woman suspected of drink driving arrested after Mercedes-Benz crashes at Fairmont Hotel

SINGAPORE - A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after crashing a Mercedes-Benz sports car into Fairmont Hotel on Saturday night (May 14). The impact knocked down the hotel's chauffeur counter, luggage cart and potted plants. The front bumper of the yellow Mercedes was also damaged, The Straits Times reported.  Police said they received a report of the incident at around 11.50pm at 80 Bras Basah Road. No one was hurt in the accident and investigations are ongoing.

More than half of stallholders at Toa Payoh kopitiam pull out after rent doubles

Faced with a doubling of their rental fees under a new management, more than half the stalls at a coffeeshop in Toa Payoh decided not to renew their contracts.  According to Shin Min Daily News on Saturday (May 14), six out of 10 stall holders at a coffeesh
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More than half of stallholders at Toa Payoh kopitiam pull out after rent doubles

Faced with a doubling of their rental fees under a new management, more than half the stalls at a coffeeshop in Toa Payoh decided not to renew their contracts.  According to Shin Min Daily News on Saturday (May 14), six out of 10 stall holders at a coffeeshop located in Blk 233, Toa Payoh Lorong 8, will not be returning once their lease expires on May 31. Some of the stallholders have been operating in the coffeeshop for more than a decade. Out of the nine hawkers at the stall, three had already decided to wind up their businesses at the beginning of the year for various reasons, reported Shin Min Daily News. The last, a drinks stall, is owned by the owner of the coffeeshop. After a recent change in management, the remaining hawkers were informed that their rent would be increased after a month-long renovation period beginning June 1.

2 buyers get used face masks in Lazada orders instead of their items

Not one but two Lazada customers were dismayed when they opened their parcels and found a used face mask instead of their purchases. They shared their experiences with Stomp after reading about a Shopee user who had ordered a $39.90 stepladder but received
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2 buyers get used face masks in Lazada orders instead of their items

Not one but two Lazada customers were dismayed when they opened their parcels and found a used face mask instead of their purchases. They shared their experiences with Stomp after reading about a Shopee user who had ordered a $39.90 stepladder but received a piece of cardboard instead. The seller has since been suspended by Shopee. Stomp contributor Hefferich said he bought a set of shuttlecocks for $22.18 via Lazada, only to receive a used face mask. PHOTO: StompHefferich recounted: «Apparently, the seller was not able to send the shuttlecocks as their factory was shut down due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions in Shanghai. »They messaged me to cancel my order but I was not able to get back to them immediately, so they sent out a used PPE mask instead. I'm not sure if it was to spite me for not reading their message and cancelling my order or if it was meant to be a joke.

SEA Games: Singapore men's 4x100m freestyle relay team disqualified after winning race

HANOI - The Singapore men's 4x100m freestyle relay team had looked set to retain their SEA Games title after finishing first in 3min 17.19sec, ahead of Malaysia (3:20.13) and hosts Vietnam (3:21.81) at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace on Saturday (May 14). B
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SEA Games: Singapore men's 4x100m freestyle relay team disqualified after winning race

HANOI - The Singapore men's 4x100m freestyle relay team had looked set to retain their SEA Games title after finishing first in 3min 17.19sec, ahead of Malaysia (3:20.13) and hosts Vietnam (3:21.81) at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace on Saturday (May 14). But midway through their post-race interviews, the Republic's quartet of Joseph Schooling, Mikkel Lee, Quah Zheng Wen and Jonathan Tan received a rude shock when they were told that they had been disqualified. They were then ushered away. The Sunday Times understands that the disqualification was due to a fractionally early start by a swimmer. Malaysia and the Philippines were also disqualified, leaving Vietnam (3:21.810) to take the gold, with Indonesia (3:24.090) and Thailand (3:24.280) completing the podium under the official results. Singapore had previously won this event consecutively since the 2001 Games. Swimming's national head coach Gary Tan said: ''Kudos to the boys, no fault of anybody's.

'This is real, right?' Singapore sprinter Shanti Pereira clinches second SEA Games gold after 7 years

HANOI - Clutching the Singapore flag to her chest and wiping tears from her eyes, Shanti Pereira asked with quivering lips: “Real, right? This is real? Oh my God.” The Republic’s sprint queen had just moments earlier on Saturday (May 14) pulled off a
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'This is real, right?' Singapore sprinter Shanti Pereira clinches second SEA Games gold after 7 years

HANOI - Clutching the Singapore flag to her chest and wiping tears from her eyes, Shanti Pereira asked with quivering lips: “Real, right? This is real? Oh my God.” The Republic’s sprint queen had just moments earlier on Saturday (May 14) pulled off an incredible win in the women’s 200m final at the My Dinh Stadium to capture her second SEA Games title seven years after her first. Those seven years have been strewn with moments of self-doubt and scepticism and Pereira, 25, channelled them all into an inspired 23.52-second effort to cross the line ahead of the Philippines’ Kyla Ashley Richardson (23.56sec) and twin Kayla Anise Richardson (23.87sec) and capture gold again after two consecutive bronze medals at the biennial Games. Pereira’s time also meant she rewrote her national record of 23.60sec, which she had set during that 2015 SEA Games win in Singapore and had toiled unsuccessfully to lower until Saturday. Upon seeing her record-setting time on the clock at the finish line – which also confirmed her gold medal – Pereira was floored and began bawling her eyes out on the track.

Caller made snide remarks towards paramedic, says SCDF on Facebook user who said they hung up on her

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has responded to a Facebook post where the user who went by the name Pam Kaur complained about a 995 responder who hung up on her because of Kaur's tone when she called to report an accident.  In her Facebook post o
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Caller made snide remarks towards paramedic, says SCDF on Facebook user who said they hung up on her

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has responded to a Facebook post where the user who went by the name Pam Kaur complained about a 995 responder who hung up on her because of Kaur's tone when she called to report an accident.  In her Facebook post on May 8, Kaur said the responder stank of «incompetence», a «lack of urgency» as well as of «stupidity» after she had called Kaur again, asking her to repeat the lamp post number which she provided earlier. In a Facebook post today (May 14), the SCDF said that the caller had provided the wrong location that the accident took place along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) when it was actually along the Central Expressway (CTE). Because of the wrong information provided, the SCDF ambulance that was dispatched could not locate the accident along the PIE, said SCDF.

Fight Club Singapore? Students in boxing gloves seen sparring at Serangoon HDB void deck as crowd watches on

We all know the number one rule of fight club – you do not talk about fight club. But what happens when word gets out about fight club? A group of students, allegedly from the International French School (Singapore) in Ang Mo Kio, were seen congregating
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Fight Club Singapore? Students in boxing gloves seen sparring at Serangoon HDB void deck as crowd watches on

We all know the number one rule of fight club – you do not talk about fight club. But what happens when word gets out about fight club? A group of students, allegedly from the International French School (Singapore) in Ang Mo Kio, were seen congregating under a HDB void deck at Serangoon North where two boys were in fight mode as they sparred, with boxing gloves on. An onlooker from afar recorded this 66-second-clip of the incident and it made its way to Singapore Incidents' Facebook page on Friday (May 13). The post received 36,000 views and 61 comments at the time of writing. 

Keyboard warriors criticise fireman for fumbling with fire hydrant in Bedok fire, other netizens defend him

It's much easier to talk the talk behind the veil of anonymity and the confines of a keyboard. That much was clear when a firefighter received criticism online for seemingly struggling to open a fire hydrant during the recent fire at Bedok North.  The 41-
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Keyboard warriors criticise fireman for fumbling with fire hydrant in Bedok fire, other netizens defend him

It's much easier to talk the talk behind the veil of anonymity and the confines of a keyboard. That much was clear when a firefighter received criticism online for seemingly struggling to open a fire hydrant during the recent fire at Bedok North.  The 41-second video was posted by TikTok user User983317283481 on Friday (May 13). It has amassed 142,000 views with over 230 comments at the time of writing.  https://www.tiktok.com/@user983317283481/video/7096989949387443458?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=6944924152827184641 The video indicated that the incident occurred at around 6.50am on the same Friday at Block 409 Bedok North Avenue 2.  A firefighter was attempting to open a fire hydrant on his own with a large-sized wrench.  However, the process did not look particularly smooth as it seemed like he was struggling to turn a fire hydrant valve. The firefighter resorted to brute force as he used a wrench to thump the fire hydrant valve.  

Tanjong Pagar crash victim Raybe Oh befriends fellow burn survivor from Tuas factory explosion

Bedridden in hospital and facing unbearable pain following multiple surgeries, burns survivor Raybe Oh found herself an unlikely cheerleader - a migrant worker recovering in a room next to hers.  On her long road towards recovery, this 26-year-old share
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Tanjong Pagar crash victim Raybe Oh befriends fellow burn survivor from Tuas factory explosion

Bedridden in hospital and facing unbearable pain following multiple surgeries, burns survivor Raybe Oh found herself an unlikely cheerleader - a migrant worker recovering in a room next to hers.  On her long road towards recovery, this 26-year-old shared about how she struck up a friendship with burns survivor Hossain Jitu, Shin Min Daily News reported. Lauded for her bravery, Oh was severely injured after trying to save her fiance from the fiery Tanjong Pagar crash last February. Like Oh, Jitu was also warded at Singapore General Hospital's Burn Centre at around the same period.  Speaking to the Chinese daily, Oh said that since Jitu was warded in the room next to hers, this Bangladeshi national would greet her whenever he went past her room.

PM Lee announces Cabinet reshuffle likely in early June

WASHINGTON - Singapore's upcoming Cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place in early June, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (May 13). The move is likely to see Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, PM Lee's successor, promoted to deputy prime minister
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PM Lee announces Cabinet reshuffle likely in early June

WASHINGTON - Singapore's upcoming Cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place in early June, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (May 13). The move is likely to see Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, PM Lee's successor, promoted to deputy prime minister. PM Lee said the Cabinet changes were in the works and added that he expected them to be announced after his upcoming overseas trips. He is scheduled to speak at the 27th International Conference on the Future of Asia, organised by the Nikkei business media group on May 26 and 27. The conference will be streamed online and held in Tokyo, and is titled «Redefining Asia's role in a divided world». «I am working at it. I had to focus on this trip, and I have another trip coming up in two weeks' time, going to the Nikkei conference,» said PM Lee, who was asked by Singapore reporters for updates on Cabinet movements. «But I am working at it and hope I shall be able to do it once I am done with my trips, which means early June,» he added. PM Lee was speaking after the Asean-US Special Summit in Washington, which ended on Friday.

Singapore hits highest temperature recorded since 1983 in April

AsiaOne has launched EarthOne, a new section dedicated to environmental issues — because we love the planet and we believe science. Find articles like this there. SINGAPORE - Weeks of sweltering heat in Singapore saw the mercury race past 34 deg C severa
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Singapore hits highest temperature recorded since 1983 in April

AsiaOne has launched EarthOne, a new section dedicated to environmental issues — because we love the planet and we believe science. Find articles like this there. SINGAPORE - Weeks of sweltering heat in Singapore saw the mercury race past 34 deg C several times in the past six weeks, and hit the second-highest temperature on record last month. On April 1, it peaked at 36.8 deg C in Admiralty, just 0.2 deg C shy of the all-time high recorded in Tengah on April 17, 1983. Weather experts say the Republic is not in the grips of a heatwave, adding that the temperatures seen are also not outside the norm. But it will get hotter for Singapore and the rest of the world, with climate change making its presence felt. Typically, the months of April and May are warmer for the country owing to inter-monsoon conditions, which are characterised by strong heating from the sun and light variable winds, National Environment Agency's Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) told The Straits Times.