SINGAPORE – Five-year-old Renee Hairiyanto saw a blind man get into an accident when he could not hear the beeping sound at a traffic light due to road noise. In May this year, Renee was walking home from pre-school when she witnessed the accident. This led her to ask her parents, Mr Hairiyanto and Madam Siti Qadriyah, questions about why the incident occurred and what she could do to help. Madam Siti, 33, said: “Renee was very concerned and wanted to find ways to help.” The pre-schooler has now come up with a device to assist visually impaired people in their day-to-day activities. It won first prize in the kindergarten category in a competition. Her invention, Renee’s Necklace for the Blind, can be worn around the neck, giving directions through its GPS function, and alerting its user via sensors when there is danger. Renee was among more than 100 young inventors who showcased their ideas to solve real-world issues at the Pratt & Whitney Invention Convention (PWSIC) held at Temasek Polytechnic (TP) on Nov 22-23.
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SINGAPORE – Fugitive lawyer Charles Yeo, who absconded four months ago, appeared in a High Court hearing on Tuesday (Nov 29) via video call. Yeo, 32, was convicted of contempt of court by scandalising the judiciary in two Instagram stories he posted on March 14 in which he aired grievances over his dispute with fellow lawyer Joseph Chen. During the Zoom hearing, Yeo said he was “currently under the protection of the UK government” and that he was in a “decent hotel room”. No mention was made of the outstanding warrant of arrest issued against him on Aug 3 by a district judge. Yeo, the former chairman of the Reform Party, faces multiple charges for harassing a police officer and wounding the religious feelings of Christians in his social media posts. He was given permission to travel to Vietnam between July 27 and July 30 to meet a witness for a case he was handling at the time. Yeo was offered bail, with his mother acting as the bailor. But on Aug 1, he failed to turn up in court to represent his client. In a post on his Instagram account, Yeo stated that he intended to seek political asylum in Britain.
Even though jaywalking is against the law, one brazen man certainly thought little of it. In fact, he even got violent after a driver honked at him for the deed. The incident, which occurred on Nov 25, was uploaded onto SG Road Vigilante's YouTube page yesterday (Nov 29). The driver had attempted a left turn on a road at Pasir Panjang when the pedestrian jaywalked in front of the vehicle. In response, the driver honked at him. However, instead of being apologetic, the man turned aggressive. «When I horned him, he got mad and started to swear at me, refusing to move,» the driver recounted in that SG Road Vigilante post. It didn't stop there. As the driver continued to honk at the pedestrian, he walked up to the vehicle and kicked it before continuing to point and shout at the driver. Just as the car was about to drive off, the man also hit the bonnet. «Drove off before things escalated further,» said the driver.
SINGAPORE – The father of the 11-year-old twin boys who were found dead in a canal in Upper Bukit Timah has hired new lawyers to represent him. Xavier Yap Jung Houn, 48, is accused of murdering Aston Yap Kai Shern and Ethan Yap E Chern on Jan 21 between 4.23pm and 6.18pm at the covered canal located at Greenridge Crescent Playground. The accused's new lawyers are Mr Patrick Nai, Mr Choo Si Sen and Ms Choo Yean Lin from Tan Lee & Partners and Mr Muhammad Razeen Sayed Majunoon from Advance Law. Xavier Yap was previously represented by Mr Anil Singh Sandhu of Kertar & Sandhu LLC. Ms Choo did not say why he appointed new lawyers. The police said in an earlier statement that Xavier Yap had called them for help from the Greenridge Crescent Playground at 6.25pm on Jan 21. Aston and Ethan were later found lying motionless in the nearby canal. They were pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. The twins are believed to have had special needs and attended a school in the Eng Kong estate area.
Some passers-by in Eunos were greeted with a strange sight last Sunday (Nov 27), where a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Changi Road and Joo Chiat Road was splattered with white paint. An unfortunate pedestrian and cyclist, not realising that the paint was wet, slipped and fell unceremoniously, getting their clothes stained in the process, reported Shin Min Daily News. An eyewitness surnamed Pan, told the Chinese daily he was surprised to see the road in such a state. «I think there was a lorry carrying white paint that drove past, the vehicle must have been rocked, causing the paint to spill on the road,» he added. When reporters from Shin Min arrived on site at about 3pm, they noticed other vehicles driving over the spilled paint, which inadvertently made the mess worse. A paint bucket was also spotted near where the accident occurred. Some workers had already barricaded the area, but pedestrians were still able to cross the road.
We've seen otters and macaques invade homes, but it seems like there's a new critter in town. Some residents from Jalan Chempaka Puteh in Bedok have been plagued by civets sneaking into their homes, reported Shin Min Daily News on Monday (Nov 28). One of them, surnamed Su, told the Chinese daily he first noticed them appearing around his residential area back in 2018, where he saw a dead civet in a carpark near his home. The creature was bitten to death by a dog. «A few weeks later, I saw another one hiding in my home cabinet. I had to let it escape,» lamented the 64-year-old teacher. From then on, civets have continued to 'visit' his home, sneaking into the kitchen and trashing the place. To deal with these pesky animals, Su bought a cage to trap them two years ago — a solution that he describes as a «last resort», to prevent the civet cats from damaging his home. «I caught one in December 2020 and I called Acres (Animal Concerns Research and Education Society) for help,» he said.
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A month after Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam introduced the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill to decriminalise sex between men, more than 20 Members of Parliament (MP) have followed it up with a debate in Parliament today (Nov 28). On whether they agree or oppose the Bill, several MPs have called it the most difficult decision and speech that they have to make. For Dennis Tan of the Workers' Party (WP), he shared that he found it difficult to support the repeal of Section 377A of the Penal Code due to the removal of the symbolic social marker it represents. This may be difficult for parents in setting down their family and social values at home, the MP for Hougang SMC said, adding that many residents also fear being «cancelled» for expressing their contrary views on sexuality after the repeal. But his decision to oppose the repeal of Section 377A was made «with a heavy heart», he shared.