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'I thought I was having a heart attack': Former vaper hit with rare lung disease, $40k medical bill

SINGAPORE — Renovation site supervisor Muhammad Dandiar Rosli thought he would be saving $200 a month when he switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping. Instead, this change led to him being issued a $40,000 medical bill. Dandiar was 33 years old when h
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'I thought I was having a heart attack': Former vaper hit with rare lung disease, $40k medical bill

SINGAPORE — Renovation site supervisor Muhammad Dandiar Rosli thought he would be saving $200 a month when he switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping. Instead, this change led to him being issued a $40,000 medical bill. Dandiar was 33 years old when he started vaping in June 2020. «I was trying to quit smoking because I was getting married, and I needed to save money for the wedding. It was during the Covid-19 period and I did not have the cash to buy cigarettes, so I started vaping because it’s a cheaper alternative,» said the now 37-year-old. He had already been smoking for about 12 years at that point. A month into the vaping habit, he became breathless and was coughing up thick yellow phlegm in the morning. «I also experienced shortness of breath doing simple activities like walking briskly. It was in July 2020 that, suddenly, I could not breathe properly. I thought I was having a heart attack,» he told The Straits Times. Dandiar went to the emergency department of Changi General Hospital to seek treatment and since it was during the Covid-19 pandemic, he was hospitalised.

PM Wong engages with 300 families at West Coast community event

St Joseph's Institution student Joewin was pleasantly surprised to see Prime Minister Lawrence Wong at a community event in West Coast on Saturday (July 13) morning.  The 14-year-old, who was there with his parents and 10-year-old brother, told AsiaOne:
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PM Wong engages with 300 families at West Coast community event

St Joseph's Institution student Joewin was pleasantly surprised to see Prime Minister Lawrence Wong at a community event in West Coast on Saturday (July 13) morning.  The 14-year-old, who was there with his parents and 10-year-old brother, told AsiaOne: «It was very nice because I was able to talk to PM Wong. I also took part in some of the activities and it was very fun.»  The family has been living in Boon Lay for 19 years.  While Joewin did not manage to get a photo with PM Wong, throngs of other residents did, as they lined up for snaps. Caxton Raja and his family. PHOTO: AsiaOne/Claudia Tan Last month, PM Wong said he plans to visit different constituencies over the coming months to meet as many Singaporeans as he can, reported The Straits Times.

'You don't know if he's alive so you help': Car plunges into Suntec City's Fountain of Wealth, passers-by pull driver from wreck

Tim was having drinks with two friends at Jjan Korean Fusion Bar in Suntec City when they heard a loud bang. Speaking to AsiaOne, the 27-year-old said: «We turned around and saw a crowd looking down into the [Fountain of Wealth].» When Tim and h
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'You don't know if he's alive so you help': Car plunges into Suntec City's Fountain of Wealth, passers-by pull driver from wreck

Tim was having drinks with two friends at Jjan Korean Fusion Bar in Suntec City when they heard a loud bang. Speaking to AsiaOne, the 27-year-old said: «We turned around and saw a crowd looking down into the [Fountain of Wealth].» When Tim and his friends joined the crowd, they saw a car overturned at the bottom of the fountain and the driver was still inside. The accident took place in the early hours of Saturday (July 13).  «The security guards were going around to ask who could help before the firefighters came, so we went down [to help],» Tim recounted. «You see someone down there, you don't know if he's alive or not, so you just help out.» Without hesitation, Tim and his friends rushed down to help, along with a few other people. «We checked to see if the guy was okay and had any injuries. When we saw that he was okay, we pulled him out,» said Tim, who is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He added that while they were waiting for Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel to arrive, one of the people who helped and who happened to be a nurse checked the man for possible internal injuries. 

Insurers have to rein in 'buffet syndrome' pushing up healthcare costs: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE – Singapore needs to break the health insurance vicious circle or the escalating healthcare costs it creates will make paying for healthcare very painful, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung. With rising claims enabled by generous insurance policie
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Insurers have to rein in 'buffet syndrome' pushing up healthcare costs: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE – Singapore needs to break the health insurance vicious circle or the escalating healthcare costs it creates will make paying for healthcare very painful, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung. With rising claims enabled by generous insurance policies leading in turn to rising premiums, the Ministry of Health needs to rein in the current very unhealthy buffet syndrome. One step it has started to take is action against the minority of doctors making the most egregious and inappropriate insurance claims. This will be done through the Claims Management Office, set up in 2022 to ensure that claims are appropriately made, said the minister in a hard-hitting speech at the Securities Investors Association (Singapore)’s – Sias – 25th anniversary members’ night. Making a wry quip that he would talk about investing in health rather than securities, Mr Ong outlined the steps that needed to be taken to keep healthcare spending, currently under 5 per cent of gross domestic product, from rising too rapidly. Mr Ong said the “audience of learned investors” would know health spending is not an investment.

Shanti Pereira to compete in 100m, her 2nd event at Paris Olympics

SINGAPORE — Sprint queen Shanti Pereira will compete in a second event at the Paris 2024 Olympics after the Singaporean qualified for the women’s 100m through her world ranking. This is another ground-breaking feat for the 27-year-old, who had earlier be
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Shanti Pereira to compete in 100m, her 2nd event at Paris Olympics

SINGAPORE — Sprint queen Shanti Pereira will compete in a second event at the Paris 2024 Olympics after the Singaporean qualified for the women’s 100m through her world ranking. This is another ground-breaking feat for the 27-year-old, who had earlier become the first Singaporean to qualify for the Olympic 200m by meeting the World Athletics (WA) qualifying mark of 22.57sec. There are three ways to participate in the Olympics athletics competition — by meeting the entry standard, through world rankings, or by universality spots awarded in the 100m, 800m and marathon. Olympic qualification for athletics through world rankings was introduced only at the last Games in Tokyo and Pereira is the first Singaporean to do so, after WA finalised its Road to Paris rankings on July 7. In the women’s 100m, the top 56 — comprising those who met the entry standard of 11.07sec and the highest-ranked who didn’t — will secure an Olympic berth, and she was 42nd with her national record of 11.20sec. An excited Pereira told The Straits Times she is aiming to advance from the heats in her events.

Potluck and games: Tampines resident to throw watch party for National Day heartland celebrations

Instead of just having a family get-together this National Day, Tampines resident Shahid will also be expecting around 20 guests at his home on Aug 10, as part of the National Day heartland celebrations.  The 38-year-old is one of the 59 hosts who will be
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Potluck and games: Tampines resident to throw watch party for National Day heartland celebrations

Instead of just having a family get-together this National Day, Tampines resident Shahid will also be expecting around 20 guests at his home on Aug 10, as part of the National Day heartland celebrations.  The 38-year-old is one of the 59 hosts who will be opening their homes to residents of the North East District, where they will watch a livestream of the festivities at the open field next to Waterway Point in Punggol.  Shahid lives in a four-room flat with his wife and three children. «We're probably going to have potluck and maybe organise some games for the children,» he told AsiaOne on Friday (July 12).  «This is the first time I'm opening my house to my neighbours and friends, and I think it's a good opportunity to celebrate our bond as a community.»  The goal of having a watch party is to bring back the kampung spirit, like how people used to gather at community clubs (CCs) to watch the National Day Parade (NDP) together, said a spokesperson from the People's Association (PA), which is organising the heartland celebrations in partnership with the NDP executive committee.

Rare sambar deer dies in Mandai Road collision with taxi

SINGAPORE — A rare wild deer native to Singapore and confined to forests near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve was found dead after an accident involving a taxi. In response to queries, How Choon Beng, group director of wildlife management at the Nati
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Rare sambar deer dies in Mandai Road collision with taxi

SINGAPORE — A rare wild deer native to Singapore and confined to forests near the Central Catchment Nature Reserve was found dead after an accident involving a taxi. In response to queries, How Choon Beng, group director of wildlife management at the National Parks Board (NParks), said the agency is aware of a road accident involving a taxi and a sambar deer in Mandai Road on July 11. He said: «The deer was found dead when the NParks team arrived at the site, and its carcass has since been cleared.» The taxi is part of transport giant ComfortDelGro's fleet. A ComfortDelGro spokesman, responding to queries on July 12, said: «ComfortDelGro is aware of an accident involving one of our taxis that occurred last night near Mandai Zoo. Neither the driver nor the passenger on board was injured.» How said motorists should drive within the speed limit, and be alert to animals crossing when driving on roads flanked by forested areas, especially where there are signs to indicate animal crossings.

'We won't have a place to rest': Malaysian motorcyclist warns fellow bikers against littering near Woodlands Checkpoint

A Malaysian motorcyclist who crosses the Causeway frequently is worried that his rest spot during heavy traffic conditions will be closed off due to excessive littering. On July 5, Abdullah Mohammad Fazli posted pictures of the road leading from Woodlands
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'We won't have a place to rest': Malaysian motorcyclist warns fellow bikers against littering near Woodlands Checkpoint

A Malaysian motorcyclist who crosses the Causeway frequently is worried that his rest spot during heavy traffic conditions will be closed off due to excessive littering. On July 5, Abdullah Mohammad Fazli posted pictures of the road leading from Woodlands Checkpoint towards the waterfront on Facebook group Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossers (MSBC). The group is made up of members who travel across the Causeway regularly, usually for work and by motorcycle. In the photos, plastic bags and disposable food and drink containers are strewn across the road and on the grass patch next to it, which Abdullah said is a common «resting place» for motorcyclists. In his post, he urged members of the group not to litter along the road, adding that he is afraid the area will be closed off if the dumping of trash continues. «If [the road] gets closed, we won’t have a place to rest during the morning traffic congestion. This is just a gentle reminder for our mutual benefit. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch,» he wrote. Some netizens shared his sentiments and criticised those who littered.

Speeding e-bike rider beats red light and hits pedestrians in Commonwealth

An e-bike rider ran a red light and crashed into two women in Commonwealth on Thursday (July 11). The police told AsiaOne that it was alerted to a hit-and-run accident involving a power-assisted bicycle (PAB) and two female pedestrians at the junction of C
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Speeding e-bike rider beats red light and hits pedestrians in Commonwealth

An e-bike rider ran a red light and crashed into two women in Commonwealth on Thursday (July 11). The police told AsiaOne that it was alerted to a hit-and-run accident involving a power-assisted bicycle (PAB) and two female pedestrians at the junction of Commonwealth Avenue West, towards Commonwealth Avenue Junction, at about 7.25pm. The women, aged 31 and 33, were taken conscious to the National University Hospital. Police investigations are ongoing. Dashcam footage of the collision was posted on Facebook group SG Road Vigilante on the same day.  The video, which is over a minute long, shows the PAB user, who appears to be a food delivery rider, on the leftmost lane and hurtling towards a group of pedestrians crossing the road.

4-year-old girl run over in River Valley: Coroner says driver couldn't have seen her

SINGAPORE — The driver of the car that hit four-year-old Zara Mei Orlic and ran over her body could not have detected the girl's presence as she ran across the road, a coroner has found. In his findings on Zara's death, Coroner Eddy Tham said the girl, w
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4-year-old girl run over in River Valley: Coroner says driver couldn't have seen her

SINGAPORE — The driver of the car that hit four-year-old Zara Mei Orlic and ran over her body could not have detected the girl's presence as she ran across the road, a coroner has found. In his findings on Zara's death, Coroner Eddy Tham said the girl, who was just 1m tall, was completely obscured by a stationary vehicle in the first lane of Institution Hill in River Valley as the car turned into the other lane. Zara, who was Australian, died in hospital on Jan 23 from severe head injuries just hours after the accident. She had run across the road while on the way home from pre-school with the family maid, a 32-year-old Indonesian, and her 2-year-old sister. Coroner Tham said the maid, who was carrying the children's school bags, was holding on to the younger child's hand while Zara walked a short distance ahead. As Zara ran across Institution Hill, the girl did not notice the car coming from her left. «The maid saw oncoming traffic on the second lane but it was too late. By then, the car had collided into Zara and tragically ran over her body,» said the coroner.

Grab's proposed Trans-Cab purchase could lead to higher prices for passengers and drivers: CCCS

SINGAPORE — Ride-hailing giant Grab's proposed takeover of taxi operator Trans-Cab will significantly weaken rival ride-hailing platforms here, which in turn could lead to higher prices for passengers and drivers, said Singapore's competition watchdog. Is
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Grab's proposed Trans-Cab purchase could lead to higher prices for passengers and drivers: CCCS

SINGAPORE — Ride-hailing giant Grab's proposed takeover of taxi operator Trans-Cab will significantly weaken rival ride-hailing platforms here, which in turn could lead to higher prices for passengers and drivers, said Singapore's competition watchdog. Issuing its provisional decision on the proposed acquisition after an in-depth review, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) said on July 11 that Grab's purchase of Singapore's third-largest taxi operator will deprive other ride-hailing platforms of an important source of drivers at a time when the industry is facing a driver crunch. CCCS found that the proposed takeover is likely to entrench and strengthen Grab's already-dominant position in the ride-hailing market, to the detriment of drivers and passengers. Hence, the deal is likely to result in a substantial reduction of competition in the market, thereby infringing Section 54 of the Competition Act, which prohibits anti-competitive mergers. Grab and Trans-Cab now have 10 working days to offer solutions to deal with the concerns raised, before CCCS makes its final decision on whether to block the deal or let it through.

Singaporean woman rescued after suffering leg injury on Mount Kinabalu

A Singaporean woman was carried down Mount Kinabalu in Sabah by rescuers on July 11 after she injured her leg while descending Malaysia's tallest peak. The 41-year-old Singaporean slipped and fell at the 8.3km mark, 200m off the peak, on the summit's trail,
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Singaporean woman rescued after suffering leg injury on Mount Kinabalu

A Singaporean woman was carried down Mount Kinabalu in Sabah by rescuers on July 11 after she injured her leg while descending Malaysia's tallest peak. The 41-year-old Singaporean slipped and fell at the 8.3km mark, 200m off the peak, on the summit's trail, Sabah Fire and Rescue Services Department operations centre assistant chief Riki Mohan Singh Ramday told The Straits Times. She was suspected to have broken her left ankle and was taken to the hospital, he said. The fire department received an emergency call at 8.06am and dispatched a rescue team that arrived around 10.50am, he added. Rescue personnel from the Sabah Parks and Mountain Search and Rescue (Mosar) helped carry the woman on a stretcher to Timpohon Gate, one of the starting points for hikers looking to summit Mount Kinabalu. The woman was accompanied by a mountain guide, Mr Riki said. A 2023 report by Malaysian news outlet The Star said an average of 60,000 people climbed the 4,095.2m-tall mountain every year before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Loan sharks put up debtor's family photo with O$P$ note, even after he paid back money

Despite paying off his debt, a man found himself being harassed by loan sharks.  The man, who did not want to be named, told Shin Min Daily News that he had borrowed money from an online moneylender early this year.  He assumed it was a licensed moneylend
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Loan sharks put up debtor's family photo with O$P$ note, even after he paid back money

Despite paying off his debt, a man found himself being harassed by loan sharks.  The man, who did not want to be named, told Shin Min Daily News that he had borrowed money from an online moneylender early this year.  He assumed it was a licensed moneylender, and managed to repay his debt soon after.  «I didn't expect to receive a PayNow transfer from another phone number later on. I transferred the money back, but they wanted me to pay interest.»  Since then, he's been harassed by the loan sharks, who even called his company.  «They also ordered pork and sent it to my house. I kept getting harassed, so I called the police.»  Last week, the loan sharks put up a debtor's note with photos of the man's family and his national registration identity card. The note, which read «O$P$! You better contact me to settle, if not next time sure cut your five finger [sic]», was affixed to the door of the man's home along Jurong West Street 41.  According to him, a passer-by called the police after seeing the debtor's note.

Maid caught on CCTV slapping 1-year-old boy

A father of three called the police on his maid after she was caught on the closed-circuit television footage hitting his youngest child and lied about it. Mr Deng told Shin Min Daily News that his one-year-old son was unwell on July 1, so he let the boy sta
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Maid caught on CCTV slapping 1-year-old boy

A father of three called the police on his maid after she was caught on the closed-circuit television footage hitting his youngest child and lied about it. Mr Deng told Shin Min Daily News that his one-year-old son was unwell on July 1, so he let the boy stay home with the maid. The 38-year-old safety supervisor and his wife took their other two sons, aged two and four, to pre-school and nursery that day. When the couple got home from work, they were apparently informed by the maid that the youngest boy had fallen on his face while playing. Sensing the maid's unease, Mr Deng reviewed the CCTV recording and saw the maid hitting apparently losing her temper as she fed the boy. The toddler was seen crying in his baby chair while the maid tried to feed him. She then allegedly smacked the chair thrice before striking him on his right cheek. Worried about the safety of their children, Mr Deng and his wife took their sons to pre-school and nursery before calling the police and maid agency. «I called the police around noon,» he said.

Town council dismantles and removes 'sauna' structure outside Serangoon flat

The Marine Parade Town Council has removed the 'sauna' structure outside a flat in Serangoon on Thursday (July 11).  A photo of the sauna structure first surfaced online on Tuesday, with a netizen questioning if there was an «onsen spa» at th
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Town council dismantles and removes 'sauna' structure outside Serangoon flat

The Marine Parade Town Council has removed the 'sauna' structure outside a flat in Serangoon on Thursday (July 11).  A photo of the sauna structure first surfaced online on Tuesday, with a netizen questioning if there was an «onsen spa» at the HDB block.  The post quickly received comments from some netizens who wondered if it was illegal, while others expressed concern about the structure encroaching on the common corridor.  At about 2pm on Thursday, workers from the town council were seen dismantling the structure outside the flat, reported Shin Min Daily News. According to the Chinese daily, the sauna was not connected to a power source, and was used as a storage room for household items such as laundry detergent. There were also over 30 potted plants lining the corridor. 

NTUC to be designated as 'politically significant person' under foreign interference law

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is set to be designated as a «politically significant person» (PSP) under the law to counter foreign interference. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Thursday (July 11) that given NTUC's «cl
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NTUC to be designated as 'politically significant person' under foreign interference law

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is set to be designated as a «politically significant person» (PSP) under the law to counter foreign interference. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Thursday (July 11) that given NTUC's «close nexus and symbiotic relationship» with the People's Action Party (PAP), it is in the public interest for countermeasures under the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act, or Fica, to be applied to them. The Registrar of Foreign and Political Disclosures served a notice of intended designation to NTUC on July 11, adding that they have 14 days to submit representations to the registrar. Passed in Parliament on Oct 4, 2021, Fica empowers the authorities to deal with covert attempts by hostile foreign entities to interfere in domestic politics.  As a designated PSP, NTUC would be required to disclose to the registrar annually their political donations of $10,000 or more that they receive and accept, as well as their foreign affiliations, MHA said. «These transparency requirements will mitigate NTUC's risk of being a target of foreign interference,» they added.

Motorcyclist, 23, dies after self-skidding along PIE

A 23-year-old man died after his motorcycle skidded along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Thursday (July 11) morning. The police told AsiaOne that at about 4.55am, they were alerted to an accident involving a motorcycle along the PIE towards Changi Airpo
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Motorcyclist, 23, dies after self-skidding along PIE

A 23-year-old man died after his motorcycle skidded along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Thursday (July 11) morning. The police told AsiaOne that at about 4.55am, they were alerted to an accident involving a motorcycle along the PIE towards Changi Airport, before Bedok North Avenue 3 exit. The motorcycle was believed to have self-skidded, and the rider was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). Investigations are ongoing. Videos depicting the aftermath of the accident were shared on Facebook group Singapore Roads Accident. A video clip shows an insulated food delivery bag lying on the rightmost lane of the PIE and a stationary taxi in front of it. A man, supposedly the motorcyclist, can be seen lying on the road near the taxi, with his motorcycle toppled over further down the road. In another clip, a portion of the rightmost lane on the PIE is cordoned off with multiple emergency and police vehicles parked along the side. A blue tent was also spotted at the site of the accident.

Raining inside lift? Chua Chu Kang Town Council to fix leaking roof following resident's complaint

It was raining — and not just outside it seemed. After parking his vehicle on level three in a multi-storey carpark, a man went to take the lift and had a surprise waiting for him. «The doors opened and I saw a water feature in the lift,» sai
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Raining inside lift? Chua Chu Kang Town Council to fix leaking roof following resident's complaint

It was raining — and not just outside it seemed. After parking his vehicle on level three in a multi-storey carpark, a man went to take the lift and had a surprise waiting for him. «The doors opened and I saw a water feature in the lift,» said Stomp contributor Adrian. «Unfortunately, it was not a feature but because the lift was leaking through the roof.» It happened on the evening of June 26 at the Block 146A Teck Whye Lane multi-storey carpark. The Stomp contributor shared a 14-second video of himself at the carpark pressing the lift button and when the lift doors opened, it can be seen that the lift floor was flooded with water dripping from the ceiling. In response to a Stomp query, a Chua Chu Kang Town Council spokesperson said it was aware of the water seeping into the lift. «We have gone onsite and conducted joint inspections with the relevant agencies and contractors to resolve the issue. For the safety of our residents and users, the lift has since stopped operating,» said the spokesperson.

Commuters can now reserve shared bicycles using SBS Transit app

SINGAPORE - Commuters can now reserve a shared bicycle parked at or near bus stops using the SBS Transit (SBST) phone app through a partnership between the public transport operator and bicycle-sharing platform, Anywheel. On the SBS Transit app, users are ab
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Commuters can now reserve shared bicycles using SBS Transit app

SINGAPORE - Commuters can now reserve a shared bicycle parked at or near bus stops using the SBS Transit (SBST) phone app through a partnership between the public transport operator and bicycle-sharing platform, Anywheel. On the SBS Transit app, users are able to know how many Anywheel bicycles are at the parking stations located near the bus stops and be able to reserve them for up to 30 minutes in advance. Users need to have a valid Anywheel account with sufficient credit to reserve the bicycles. SBST and Anywheel made the announcement on July 10. A $1 reservation fee will be charged if the user does not take the bicycle out within the reservation period, uses it for less than 1 minute or ends the trip within 5 minutes. The actual hiring of the shared bicycle is done on the Anywheel app. The user can scan any bicycle at the parking station to start the rental. It costs $1 to use the standard bicycle for every 30 minutes or part thereof.

Claws out over a cat: Police called in after cafe owner and woman get into altercation in Bugis

A tussle between two women over the ownership of a cat — amid allegations of theft, mistreatment and harassment — led to the police being called in. The incident took place at Fuzzies, a co-working space cum cat cafe at Arab Street, on Monday (July 8).
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Claws out over a cat: Police called in after cafe owner and woman get into altercation in Bugis

A tussle between two women over the ownership of a cat — amid allegations of theft, mistreatment and harassment — led to the police being called in. The incident took place at Fuzzies, a co-working space cum cat cafe at Arab Street, on Monday (July 8). Owner Lynn Loh, 27, told AsiaOne that a woman named Hani stormed into her shop, demanding to take back one of the cats called Uni.  Hani, who was with her husband, had reportedly attempted to grab the cat multiple times, claiming that she was the rightful owner.  But Loh said she had adopted Uni, a Persian mix, from Hani in May 2022. She added that she paid about $1,000, which covered the adoption fee, vaccination costs and other expenses.  A distressed Loh, who was in tears, refused to let Hani take the cat away and called the cops.  After the police arrived, the couple were allowed to leave with the cat, on account that Uni's microchip contained Hani's personal information.  Speaking to Shin Min Daily News, Hani, 56, confirmed that Loh did adopt Uni two years ago, but claimed that she did not take care of the cat as instructed.

Serangoon HDB flat's 'sauna' structure raises eyebrows, town council to ask homeowner to remove

A homeowner who installed a fixture resembling a Japanese sauna outside their Serangoon HDB flat will be asked to remove it, after a picture of the structure raised eyebrows online. On Tuesday (July 9), a Reddit user shared a photo of the flat and wrote: &la
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Serangoon HDB flat's 'sauna' structure raises eyebrows, town council to ask homeowner to remove

A homeowner who installed a fixture resembling a Japanese sauna outside their Serangoon HDB flat will be asked to remove it, after a picture of the structure raised eyebrows online. On Tuesday (July 9), a Reddit user shared a photo of the flat and wrote: «Is that an onsen spa at a HDB [block]?» Complete with a door and window as well as a decorative frame with the word 'home' written in Mandarin, the rustic-looking wooden fixture sits on a raised platform, jutting out from the wall. Surrounding it is some greenery and pots of plants. The flat is located on the 12th floor of a HDB block at Serangoon Central, reported Lianhe Zaobao. A reporter spotted over 30 potted plants lining the corridor, and items such as laundry detergent placed on top of the 'sauna', which is understood to be used as a storage space.  Residents told Zaobao that the homeowner is a Chinese woman in her 50s. Neighbour Huang Dehan (transliteration), 20, said the fixture appeared about five or six years ago.

Samsui woman mural to stay, building owner fined $2,000 for not getting approval: URA, MOH

SINGAPORE – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a joint statement on July 10 that the controversial mural of a smoking samsui woman on 297 South Bridge Road can stay, but have issued a composition fine of $2,000 to t
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Samsui woman mural to stay, building owner fined $2,000 for not getting approval: URA, MOH

SINGAPORE – The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a joint statement on July 10 that the controversial mural of a smoking samsui woman on 297 South Bridge Road can stay, but have issued a composition fine of $2,000 to the owner for the unauthorised mural. According to the statement, the fine was issued because the owner “began work” on the mural “without approval from URA”. The representatives of the landlord, Shepherd Asset Management, previously told The Straits Times (ST) it had not applied for prior approval for the mural design from the URA, but made a submission on April 19. A request from the authorities to resubmit a proposal by May 22 was also not met. The joint statement added that the mural “does normalise smoking” even as “most members of the public do not see this as an advertisement for cigarettes”. The authorities are looking at ways to minimise that impact, adding: “We will therefore work with the building owner to find appropriate ways to mitigate any impact that the mural may have in promoting smoking, without modifying the mural itself.”

Public officers to get more health subsidies; eligible civil servants to receive $500 'well-being' benefit

Public service officers will be receiving more support from the government in order to improve their well-being, Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing said in a speech at the Public Service Week Opening on Wednesday (July 10) at ITE Colleg
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Public officers to get more health subsidies; eligible civil servants to receive $500 'well-being' benefit

Public service officers will be receiving more support from the government in order to improve their well-being, Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing said in a speech at the Public Service Week Opening on Wednesday (July 10) at ITE College Central. Addressing public servants, Chan said that «to continue to do well for Singapore and Singaporeans, we must stay ahead of the changes in our environment and continue to innovate to stay ahead».  And this means that «we need to doing so even more often and with greater speed going forward».  However, Chan added that such an «environment of constant change» could be «unsettling and even exhausting» for public service officers. «We cannot pour from an empty cup,» he said. «We must know how to care for ourselves so that we can walk a longer journey and take on more adventures. »We must also take good care of our officers, as they dedicate themselves to taking good care of Singapore and Singaporeans."

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh restaurant founder, 87, charged over accident that killed passenger

SINGAPORE — The founder of Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh restaurant was driving a car on Nov 1, 2022, when he allegedly lost control of it, resulting in an accident that left one of his passengers dead and another man injured. On July 10, Ng Siak Hai, 87, was char
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Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh restaurant founder, 87, charged over accident that killed passenger

SINGAPORE — The founder of Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh restaurant was driving a car on Nov 1, 2022, when he allegedly lost control of it, resulting in an accident that left one of his passengers dead and another man injured. On July 10, Ng Siak Hai, 87, was charged with causing the death of Ng Thit Hung, 72, by driving the car without due care and attention to other road users. He was also charged with causing grievous hurt to Tan Teck Soon, 75, by driving the vehicle in such a manner. Court documents did not state if Tan was also one of his passengers. According to court documents, Ng Siak Hai was driving in Nassim Road towards Tanglin Road shortly after 7.30pm on Nov 1, 2022, when his car veered to the left, hit a tree and overturned to its right. Ng Thit Hung, who was seated in the front passenger seat, died following the accident, while Tan suffered injuries that were not disclosed in court documents. In November 2022, The Straits Times reported that Ng Siak Hai and the two men were trapped inside the vehicle following the accident.

'My butt felt numb': Student takes 3-hour bus ride just to catch up on studying

It's certainly no Starbucks or a nice, quiet library, but this bus ride has just become the choice location to study for this student. Neo Jia Yu, a Mass Communications student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, opted for a change of pace when he decided to take a b
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'My butt felt numb': Student takes 3-hour bus ride just to catch up on studying

It's certainly no Starbucks or a nice, quiet library, but this bus ride has just become the choice location to study for this student. Neo Jia Yu, a Mass Communications student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, opted for a change of pace when he decided to take a bus ride from Woodlands Interchange to Changi and back in order to catch up on his studies, he shared in a TikTok video on Monday (July 8). The bus in question is 858, which covers 75 stops over 73.4km, taking about three to four hours, according to the 18-year-old. This bus route has also been dubbed the «lengthiest bus route» in Singapore by the Land Transport Authority where one can travel on four expressways in one trip: the SLE, TPE, PIE and ECP - en route to Changi Airport. «I have a lot of projects and work to do that I've been procrastinating about ever since school reopened and I really can't study in the library any more,» the student said in his video, adding a photograph of himself falling soundly asleep in the library. «So I decided on a change of scenery - or more accurately, a scenery that keeps changing,» he quipped.

'Not a zoo': Woman calls out cyclist for releasing monitor lizard at Jalan Besar park

What would you do if you encounter a monitor lizard? For one cyclist, he allegedly decided to trap it and then set it free back into Singapore's residential areas. Taking to Facebook in the Complaint Singapore group on Tuesday (July 9), Wendy Chan said t
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'Not a zoo': Woman calls out cyclist for releasing monitor lizard at Jalan Besar park

What would you do if you encounter a monitor lizard? For one cyclist, he allegedly decided to trap it and then set it free back into Singapore's residential areas. Taking to Facebook in the Complaint Singapore group on Tuesday (July 9), Wendy Chan said that the man cycled to a park at Somme Road in Jalan Besar to release the wild animal. The 17-second clip shows the man throwing a white sack on the grass patch. The monitor lizard can be seen crawling out from the sack, before wandering to the road and towards the nearby shops. «The monitor lizard took a walk along some of the buildings at Somme Rod, including hiding under a shoe rack outside,» said Chan. «Not blaming the animal, but the actions of the guy who trapped and released it. It's a park, not a zoo.» She didn't indicate how this man managed to get hold of that animal.  The woman said that she later called the National Parks Board (NParks) for help. «Last I heard, the monitor lizard had slithered away to City Square Residences,» said Chan, adding that the reptile also took a dip in the pool. 

Couple throw wedding banquet at Sengkang HDB pavilion to make it convenient for elderly guests

Instead of celebrating their big day at a posh hotel or restaurant, a couple opted to do it at a humble HDB pavilion in Sengkang. Apart from wanting a simple ceremony and banquet, they also wanted to make it more convenient for their elderly guests with
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Couple throw wedding banquet at Sengkang HDB pavilion to make it convenient for elderly guests

Instead of celebrating their big day at a posh hotel or restaurant, a couple opted to do it at a humble HDB pavilion in Sengkang. Apart from wanting a simple ceremony and banquet, they also wanted to make it more convenient for their elderly guests with mobility issues. Last Saturday (July 6), Wu Jingwen, 39, and Shen Huiyun, 34, tied the knot at Block 186 Rivervale Crescent, reported Shin Min Daily News. The couple — who have been together for 14 years — invited their family members, friends and close neighbours. The space, which accommodated 15 tables, was decked out with decorations such as a balloon arch at the entrance of the red-carpet aisle and a double happiness symbol on stage. A karaoke set and other audio equipment were also set up for guests to belt out a song or two onstage. Chefs from a catering company cooked and served dishes on-site. The total cost came up to about $10,000, Wu told Shin Min. He said that he and his wife started planning for their wedding in February and ultimately decided to hold their reception in a HDB estate.

PM Lawrence Wong to deliver his first National Day Rally speech on Aug 18

Prime Minister Lawrence Wong will deliver his first National Day Rally (NDR) speech on Aug 18. He will be speaking at the Institute of Technical Education College Central at Ang Mo Kio, the Prime Minister's Office said on Wednesday (July 10). PM Wong was s
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PM Lawrence Wong to deliver his first National Day Rally speech on Aug 18

Prime Minister Lawrence Wong will deliver his first National Day Rally (NDR) speech on Aug 18. He will be speaking at the Institute of Technical Education College Central at Ang Mo Kio, the Prime Minister's Office said on Wednesday (July 10). PM Wong was sworn in as Singapore's fourth prime minister on May 15. The theme for 2023 NDR was «A Better Home, A Brighter Future». At last year's rally, then Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a new $7 billion Majulah Package to help «young seniors» aged 50 and above prepare for retirement.

More opportunities to upgrade through shorter courses for working adults

SINGAPORE - Working adults looking to upgrade their skills will find it easier to identify shorter courses offered by higher learning institutions that are relevant to their needs. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said on July 9 that institutions will provi
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More opportunities to upgrade through shorter courses for working adults

SINGAPORE - Working adults looking to upgrade their skills will find it easier to identify shorter courses offered by higher learning institutions that are relevant to their needs. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said on July 9 that institutions will provide more information on these bite-sized courses, known as micro-credentials, which allow people to learn specific skills over a shorter period of time. This is “so that learners can make more informed decisions on what formal qualifications they can stack towards”, he said, speaking on efforts to make learning more accessible for adult learners. Such courses, which have gained momentum as individuals seek more flexible and job-focused qualifications, can be accumulated and stacked towards full degrees. The number of such courses being taken up by learners has increased from 34,000 in 2019 to 42,000 in 2022, said Mr Chan, who was speaking at the SkillsFuture Forum 2024 held at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Paya Lebar. The event kicked off the annual SkillsFuture Festival, which is being held from July 9 to Aug 21.

Man confronts Jurong durian sellers, slaps one, challenges another to a fight

With the durian season in full swing, it is not uncommon to hear vendors shouting «offer offer» when you visit your local stall - but it seems not everyone is too happy about it. One man in Jurong East was seemingly so upset by durian sellers ye
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Man confronts Jurong durian sellers, slaps one, challenges another to a fight

With the durian season in full swing, it is not uncommon to hear vendors shouting «offer offer» when you visit your local stall - but it seems not everyone is too happy about it. One man in Jurong East was seemingly so upset by durian sellers yelling those words that he confronted them. The incident was captured in two videos uploaded to Facebook group Complaint Singapore by user Steven Tan on Monday (July 8). «Don't anyhow say offer,» said the post. In the clips, each a minute long, a man can be seen sauntering over to a durian stall, shouting «offer». Going up to the people manning the stall, he angrily demands to know who had shouted «offer».  The sellers calmly replied that none of them did. The man continues to scream at them in Hokkien, before another man smoking a cigarette whispers something in his ear with a smile. The man, still agitated, pushes the other man aside, telling him to «scram» in Mandarin. He then confronts one of the sellers, jabbing his finger in his face as he complains about them shouting «offer».

'If she was miserable, she could go': Man who had limbs amputated after eating raw fish once told wife to leave him

Although Tan Whee Boon now affectionately refers to his wife as his «bodyguard», there was a time where he felt like he'd be better off without her.  Tan, 59, had his hands and feet amputated in 2015. Three days after eating a plate of yushen
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'If she was miserable, she could go': Man who had limbs amputated after eating raw fish once told wife to leave him

Although Tan Whee Boon now affectionately refers to his wife as his «bodyguard», there was a time where he felt like he'd be better off without her.  Tan, 59, had his hands and feet amputated in 2015. Three days after eating a plate of yusheng, a raw fish dish, at a hawker centre in Chinatown, he experienced symptoms of food poisoning and was hospitalised.  He was diagnosed with severe pneumonia that was complicated by sepsis, which caused gangrene on his hands and feet. Doctors also found three types of bacteria in his body, one of which was Group B Streptococcus (GBS). After his amputation, Tan gets around in a motorised wheelchair, and his wife, Choong Siet Mei, assists him with his daily living needs.  «As long as I'm out of the house, she has to be with me,» he said during a podcast interview on radio station Capital 958. «She almost has no time to herself.»  The couple, who have been married for more than 20 years, have had their fair share of friction.

Banks in Singapore phasing out OTP login for digital token users to combat scams

Major banks in Singapore will begin phasing out the use of one-time passwords (OTP) for bank account logins by customers who are digital token users. These banks include DBS, OCBC and UOB. The move, which will be implemented within the next three months, wi
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Banks in Singapore phasing out OTP login for digital token users to combat scams

Major banks in Singapore will begin phasing out the use of one-time passwords (OTP) for bank account logins by customers who are digital token users. These banks include DBS, OCBC and UOB. The move, which will be implemented within the next three months, will protect bank users against phishing scams, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) said in a press release on Tuesday (July 9). Bank customers who are using physical tokens will not be affected. Customers who have activated their digital token on their mobile device will have to use them for bank account logins via the browser or the mobile banking app, MAS and ABS said. The digital token will authenticate customers' login without the need for an OTP, which scammers can steal or trick them into disclosing, they added. «Customers who have not activated their digital tokens are strongly encouraged to do so, to lower the risk of having their credentials phished,» MAS and ABS said.

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