Monthly Archives: December 2014

Laws affect us, and we need to be involved in their making

By Howard Lee When Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan wrote on his ministry’s blog-site about introducing a law that will allow Housing Development Board officers to enter HDB flats to conduct repair works, it raised more than a few eyebrows from concerned citizens online. “We need to do more to help our residents who are inconvenienced by their …

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Videos: 25th anniversary of Peace agreement and launch of “Peace Club of Thailand”

The commemoration of the 25th anniversary for the peace agreement coincided with the launch of the group’s “Peace Club of Thailand”, marking a new chapter for former Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) members in Thailand and neighbouring countries. The remembrance ceremony was a more low-key affair than the 20th anniversary, due to the death of the CPM’s revered secretary-general Chin Peng on Sept 16 last …

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Monkey revives fellow friend which was electrocuted

Passengers at a train station in India watched a monkey attempt to revive a fellow monkey that was shocked unconscious by high tension electrical wires. The rescue occurred after one of the monkeys was electrocuted while walking on high-voltage wires at a train station in India’s northern city of Kanpur on Saturday. Commuters watched as the monkey spent 20 minutes trying to revive …

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Agencies need to respond to safety issues

By Chew Kay Hak There had been a very serious breached of safety in my estate at Seletar Springs Condominium and I had written numerous times to the various government agencies asking them to act on it. But over the years, despite my best effort, they are just pushing responsibility from one agency to another. Finally, through my MP Intan, …

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LTA: Higher fines, more CCTVs in 2015 to deter illegal parking

By Terry Xu The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is introducing new measures to deter and reduce illegal parking by imposing higher fines for repeat offenders who park illegally. LTA said in its media release that about half of all illegal parking traffic notices issued between 2011 and 2014 were committed by repeat offenders. To reduce the number of repeat offenders and …

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Concerns with laws to allow HDB to enter flats without owner’s permission

By Ariffin Sha In a blogpost, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, the Minister for National Development (MND), said that laws need to be amended to empower HDB to enter flats to investigate and carry out repairs. Implying that this amendment would allow HDB officers to enter flats without the permission of the flat owner. “They refuse to allow entry by the HDB …

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Hotel says “non event” for local celebrity’s complaint

On Dec 9, MediaCorp actress Cynthia Koh stated that she was on a “paycation” at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore through her instagram account. All was well with her vacation till she received 11 bites on her during her last night at Hotel Jen. Ms Koh complained to the hotel and the hotel got back to her saying that no insect has been …

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Company under investigation by CAD continues to send out invoices to businesses

Company under investigation by Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) continues to send out invoices to businesses asking for payment for services which they did not request for or use. Earlier this year in June, TOC reported how one company which called itself the Singapore Company Register, sent letters to various businesses and companies, ask for “verification” of the details of companies in a …

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Dog welfare group claims CNA cut its interview to suit its agenda

Local dog welfare group, Save Our Street Dog (SOSD) indicated in a Facebook post that Channel News Asia had edited the views of its outreach officer during the interview about the case of the Bukit Batok rats, making it seem as if SOSD placed the blame on the dog feeders for the rat infestation found at the hill next to the Bukit …

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Amputee makes history with modular prosthetic limb

United States – A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply …

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