First Woman Speaker Of Parliament


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Minister of State Halimah Yacob to be elected as Speaker of Parliament. She is Singapore’s first woman Speaker and will fill the post vacated by former Member of Parliament, Mr Michael Palmer, who stepped down due to an extramarital affair. Read more »

Over 2 Million Dollars For A Public Housing Apartment


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An executive condominium (EC) penthouse from HDB (Housing Development Board) public housing project was sold at a record price of S$2.05 million. A spokesman for the CityLife Tampines housing project said the sale was made within the second hour after the show flat was opened for public viewing. The unit with a huge roof top deck and about 2,800 sq ft of living space was sold to a young twenty something couple. Read more »

Star Peddler Quit Singapore


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Singapore table-tennis stars Li Jiawei called it a day and retiring back to home in Beijing, China. China-born Li became a Singapore citizen at the age of 18 years under the Foreign Sports Talent Scheme and in her hay days was ranked as high as world number three. Over the years, she has collected nearly $1.5 million in performance incentives from Singapore Government via Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) located in Toa Payoh Stadium. Read more »

Law Professor In Sex Scandal


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A National University of Singapore (NUS) law professor who allegedly gave his student prime grades in exchange for sex is under investigation. Read more »

City Harvest Church Founder Charged


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City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee and five other CHC members were charged in court for alleged misuse of church funds. Kong, 47, faced three charges for committing criminal breach of trust as an agent of CHC and for allegedly misappropriating about $24 million from CHC’s building funds for unauthorised use. His right hand man, Tan Ye Peng, 39, faced ten charges. A church board member, John Lam Leng Hung, 44, faced three charges. The church finance manager Sharon Tan Shao Yuen, 37 faced seven charges. Serina Wee, 35, chruch ex-finance chief and Chew Eng Han, 52, church ex-investment manager faces ten charges each. Each charge carries the maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a fine. The court has allowed Kong Hee to travel overseas for pastoral purposes. His bail was set at S$1 million. Read more »

Scooted Off To Sydney


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Singapore long haul budget carrier, Scoot, took to the skies with its inaugural flight to Sydney, Australia. The plane load of 400 budget traveller departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 11.25pm. Hello Australia!

One Of Facebook Founder Takes Up Residency


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Eduardo Saverin, one of the founders of Facebook.com, took up a more tax-friendly residency status in Singapore. Mr. Saverin was living in Singapore since 2010 and plans to remain here “indefinitely”. He was born to a wealthy family in Brazil and gained American citizenship at the age of 17 in 1998. He then renounced his American citizenship after holding it for twelve years. Read more »

SAF Jeep Turn Turtle In Training Area


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A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time National Service man, 3SG Tan Mou Sheng, dies after the Army Scout Jeep he was travelling with turn turtle in rough terrain. The training incident at Marsiling training area at 6:50am. 3SG Tan sitting in back seat of a scout jeep as part of an exercise when the driver lost control of the vehicle and the jeep overturned. He was found pinned under the vehicle. The three other soldiers in the jeep, including the driver, managed to escape without injury. Read more »

Ms. Gillard At The Istana


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Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on an official visit to Singapore. She was given a ceremonial welcome at the Istana this morning. Also present was Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. After the ceremony, Ms Gillard met Singapore’s Acting President Mr J Y Pillay. Ms. Gillard is in Singapore to hold security and trade talks with her Singapore counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong. Ms. Gillard reassured that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) would be allowed continued access to training facilities in Oakey in Queensland, Pearce in Western Australia and Tamworth in Victoria. Read more »

Boating Accident Claimed Two Lives


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Two boats collided in waters off Penjuru Terminal at the mouth of Jurong River. After the collision, a pleasure craft carrying 10 men, sunk killing two men. These men were all on a weekend fishing trip to southern islands of Singapore. Read more »

Profitable Plots Shamed


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Two Britons, Timothy Nicholas Goldring (58-year-old) and John Andrew Nordmann (53-year-old) along with his Singaporean wife (44-year-old) were directors of investment firm Profitable Plots Pte Ltd (UEN:200502453D) of Prince Edward Road. They were charged with conspiring to cheat investors of US$2.4 million. Read more »

Singapore Guards Boss Replaced


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Colonel Nelson Yau, 44-year-old Chief Guards Officer, was asked to retire from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for personal reasons. In his place former MINDEF public affairs director, Colonel Desmond Tan, 41, took over Colonel Nelson Yau. The hand over parade was held at Bedok Camp.

Hougang Constituency By-Election


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A By-Election for Hougang Constituency will be called as the Member of Parliament (MP) seat was left vacant after the Workers’ Party (WP) expelled Mr Yaw Shin Leong, following reports of Mr Yaw’s personal indiscretions. Read more »

Singapore Airlines Preparing For A Slowdown


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Singapore Airlines (SIA), the world’s second-largest carrier by market value, had asked its pilots to volunteer for unpaid leave for up to two years as it struggles with a slowdown in the aviation sector. Demand for international passenger and cargo flights is falling, due mainly the European consumers are cutting spending. Read more »

PM Lee Shines Spotlight At Temasek Review Emeritus


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Editor of Temasek Review Emeritus, www.tremeritus.com, was served a lawyer’s letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for carrying allegedly defamatory remarks on his website. In the letter, Mr Lee’s lawyer wrote “…alleged that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong secured or was instrumental in securing the appointment of his wife, Madam Ho Ching, as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited for nepotistic motives.” Read more »

Island-wide Air Raid Siren Sounded At Around Noon


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They are part of the events lined up to mark the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942. Singaporeans remembered and learned valuable lessons from the resilience and strength of spirit that their forefathers demonstrated during the Japanese Occupation. He said in the midst of this dark chapter in the country’s history, they endured tremendous hardship between 1942 and 1945. Many struggled to rebuild their dreams, homes, lives and adapted in the face of hardship and challenges. Read more »

Yaw Shin Leong Expelled From Workers’ Party


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Singapore’s opposition Workers’ Party has expelled its Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang, Yaw Shin Leong on Valentine’s Day 2012, amid allegations of an extramarital affair. Mr Yaw had secured a win in the last General Election.

Dr Toh Chin Chye Passed On


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Singapore’s former Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister, Dr Toh Chin Chye (1921-2012), died in his sleep. In 1988 Dr Toh retired from politics and was conferred the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) in 1990. Dr Toh was educated at Raffles College and the University of London. He received a PhD in Physiology from the National Institute for Medical Research in London. Read more »

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