SINGAPORE - The turning point in Mr Aman Singh Rahman's life came in 2015, when he was caught by the police at a music festival with enough marijuana to smoke a joint, just months before enlisting in national service. Only 18 years old at the time, he realised he wanted to change. This year, the 25-year-old graduated from Republic Polytechnic, and he was among a record 782 students who received the Sinda Excellence Awards on Saturday (Sept 24). But the road to graduation was long and hard for Mr Aman, who had dropped out of the Institute of Technical Education a year before his skirmish with the law, after skipping classes and exams to play computer games. Hanging out with friends he met online also introduced him to the addiction that led to his arrest. Resolving to stay clean while awaiting his sentence, Mr Aman volunteered for as many duties as possible after enlisting in the Singapore Civil Defence Force. «I knew I had to do something because at any moment I could go to prison, so I tried to prove my worth,» he said.
Pranks aren't always harmless, and it's not all fun and games, especially when you're a clueless traveller in a foreign country. One tourist from Thailand found that out the hard way, after getting himself detained by Singapore immigration officers at Changi Airport. The reason? He did not declare that he was carrying over $20,000 in cold hard cash. TikTok user Sungstarwin posted about his prank-gone-wrong on Sept 10 in a clip that has amassed more than 1.2 million likes. It is not known when he flew to Singapore or how long he stayed. The content creator, who has 2.4 million followers on the platform and 2 million subscribers on YouTube, was travelling in a group of five other friends.
Staying in a hospital isn't much fun, but maybe staying in a penthouse suite while recovering might just make things a little better. One woman, who goes by Shannon, posted on TikTok that she had to stay at Mount Elizabeth Novena hospital for a bunion surgery, and have had the fortune of being upgraded to a penthouse suite. Shannon gave a short tour of her room and posted it on TikTok on Friday (Sept 23), saying in that video that she had originally opted for the standard ward, but was upgraded as the beds were all occupied. https://www.tiktok.com/@shannonzanntv/video/7146166864819883266?_r=1&_t=8VuqeXI0xTF&is_from_webapp=v1&item_id=714616686481988326 «Look how gorgeous this is, it really looks like a hotel stay,» she gushed in the video, while showing the room's facilities. The room came with a coffee machine, a minibar with bottles of Perrier no less, and even a heated toilet seat cover — what you'd get in a luxe hotel. According to her, what also differentiates this room from those in the standard wards is the view.
SINGAPORE - A 21-year-old woman has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a kidnapping scam which saw a victim cheated of more than $350,000. The victim was also made to record a video of herself with her hands and legs tied up, so the scammers could use it to demand a ransom from her parents in China. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said the suspect was caught after it received a report on Tuesday that the victim, who is also 21, had supposedly been kidnapped. «Prior to the report, the parents of the victim, who were based in China, received a video of the victim with her hands and legs tied up, with a ransom demand from an unknown person communicating in Mandarin,» said SPF in a statement on Saturday. Police officers, including those from the Tanglin Police Division and Criminal Investigation Department, investigated the incident and found her safe on Thursday in a Yishun flat rented by the suspect. She was arrested for her purported involvement in the China officials impersonation scam.
SINGAPORE - Officers from the police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) followed procedure and acted appropriately in a recent incident where a woman jumped from height at 36 Eunos Crescent on Tuesday. The woman was taken conscious to hospital. In a joint statement on Friday, the two agencies said they were aware of online comments suggesting their officers could have done more. The statement said the police received a call for assistance at about 6.30pm, and the first pair of officers arrived at the HDB block 13 minutes later and rushed immediately to the fifth-floor unit, but the door was locked. A minute later, two more police officers arrived and from the ground floor, they saw the woman standing on the ledge of the unit. Other officers arrived shortly after. «The officers at the ground floor engaged the woman to try to dissuade her from jumping off the ledge, using both English and her mother tongue. »However, the woman was not receptive to the attempts by the police officers to calm her down, nor to retreat from the ledge into the unit," the joint-statement said.
SINGAPORE — An 85-year-old man allegedly hacked his 79-year-old long-time partner to death with a chopper after she refused to let him occupy a bigger room in their flat. Pak Kian Huat, alias Pek Kiah Huat, was due to plead guilty on Friday (Sept 23) to a reduced culpable homicide charge for killing Madam Lim Soi Moy in their flat at Lorong 4 Toa Payoh. However, he disrupted court proceedings and disputed many details of the incidents, which happened at about 3.30am on Sept 1, 2019. The eventful hearing started with Pak's lawyer applying to discharge himself. Mr Jonathan Wong told the court that the original capital murder charge was reduced on the condition that Pak pleads guilty, but his client now wanted the death sentence to be imposed. When Justice Aedit Abdullah clarified this with Pak, the accused said through a Mandarin interpreter that the sentence of seven years' jail that his lawyer was seeking was too long. Pak suggested a term of not more than five years. The prosecution is asking for 15 to 18 years.
How much would you pay to get a taste of home while overseas? Well, if you're hankering after a piping hot bowl of prawn noodles while in New York, be prepared to dig deep into your pocket. One hawker has recently opened a stall in midtown Manhattan, one of 17 in a Singapore-style street food market known as Urban Hawker which will officially open next week. To get a taste of this authentic prawn mee, be prepared to pay a whooping US$18 (S$26) for it. The owner of Prawnaholic Collections, Alan Choong, explained the reasons for the eyebrow-raising price to Shin Min Daily News in an interview published on Friday (Sept 23). For starters, he said he has to pay his kitchen assistant some US$5,000 (S$7,150) every month. He currently has three on his payroll. «Hawkers here have long working hours, and the law here Iimits the number of hours each person can work, so I have two teams who work shifts.»