Kong Hee & Co On Trial


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The six leaders of City Harvest Church (CHC), Pastor Kong Hee & five others, accused of committing criminal breach of trust are in court for trial. Five of them – Kong Hee, John Lam, Chew Eng Han, Tan Ye Peng and Serina Wee – allegedly misused church buildings funds amounting to S$24 million by channelling the money into two companies, Xtron Productions and PT the First National Glassware (Firna), as bond investments. The alleged misappropriation of money took place between January 2007 and October 2008. 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 »

Ferrari Crashed Into Taxi


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A two million dollars red Ferrari 599 GTO, one of Ferrari ’s fastest-ever road car, beat the Red Light at Rochor Road and Victoria Street Junction and crashed into a passing blue Comfort Hyundai Sonata Taxi. The impact was so great that parts from both cars, including the engine block of the taxi, was scattered all over the road. The 4.15am accident killed the male driver, a wealthy 30-year old Mainland Chinese National from China’s Sichuan Province, the 50-year old local taxi driver and a 40-year old female Japanese passenger riding the taxi. Two other people were injured. Read more »

Naked Mole Rats Seen At The Singapore Zoo


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The Singapore Zoological Gardens opened a 50-sq-metre exhibition of naked mole rats and a scaled-down version of their complex living environment. The exhibit mimics their system of burrows in the wild. The exhibit has glass-fronted panels for visitors to view the rodents at work and play. Read more »

Thousands Joined Procession To Tank Road


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The chariot carrying the statue of Lord Murugan, the principal deity of Thaipusam, made its way from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Serangoon Road to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple at Tank Road. Nearly Eight Thousand of Devotees lined the route holding trays of offerings, smashing coconuts along its path. The chariot arrived in Tank Road at the break of day. Similar procession was head in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mass Caroling In The City


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The 1,000 strong choirs from South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore took part in a 1,000-strong mass caroling event outside Marina Square. And some of the caroler rode one of the seven dazzling Christmas mobile float up and down Orchard Road into the Christmas Morning. Read more »

Vegetarian Food Stall Owner To Sue Sands


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A 58-year old Vegetarian Food Stall Owner, Madam Choo Hong Eng, felt short-changed by Sands Casino. According to her, she had struck jackpot win of S$416,000. Instead of paying her the full amount, the Casino told her there was a hitch in the system and her price money was only S$50,000 plus a sports car. So it will be case of Madam Choo (The Jackpot-er) vs. Mister Adelson (The Casino Owner).

Update: The casino agreed to pay her the full amount – with CCTV footage and eye-witnesses to back her claim. Also she gave her statement at the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA). As Madam Choo was enjoying herself in Taiwan at the time when the casino made the decision, was informed by her lawyer. Madam Choo has plague to donate $200,000 to charity. Hum… which charity??? Read more »

Tangs Plaza Flooded Foul Water


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Tangs in Orchard Road had to stop to its business after sewage water flooded the basement of Tangs Plaza. A nearby sewage water pipe had burst. Staff of Tangs were seen spraying air freshener on every floor of the store. This comes after a similar incident in ION Orchard. Read more »

Standard Chartered Bank Buys Money Lender


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Standard Chartered had acquired legal money lender, GE Money. GE Money (GE Money Pte Ltd) was a wholly owned unit of General Electric Company, is a provider of car and personal loans in Singapore. The firm makes money by charging their customer interest for the money they loan them. The purchase will cost Standard Chartered nearly a billion Singapore Dollars. General Electric Company had established this legal money lending enterprise in Singapore nine years ago. Read more »

BG Ravinder Singh Appointed As Army Chief


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On 25 Mar 2011
BG (Brigadier-General, a one-star rank) Ravinder Singh s/o Harchand Singh succeeded MG (Major-General, a two-star rank) Chan Chun Sing as the new In a Change of Command Parade held on 25 March, BG Ravinder Singh s/o Harchand Singh succeeded MG Chan Chun Sing as the new Chief of Army (COA). The event, held at Pasir Laba Camp, was officiated by Chief of Defence Force, LG (Lieutenant-General, a three-star rank) Neo Kian Hong. According to BG Ravinder Singh, Singapore Army is not just about platforms, systems and vehicles. It is about people – all the 320,000 people in the Army, and the one only thing that can get them engaged, ready to fight and to defend the country is Leadership.

Robert Mugabe In Singapore Again


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President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Robert Mugabe, arrived in Singapore from Harare for medical treatment. Mugabe was in Singapore for a post-operative check after an operation on one of his eyes. Mugabe’s health remains a closely guarded secret. The president is reportedly suffering health setbacks in his recovery after what had been initially billed as a minor medical procedure in Singapore last month. Mugabe was set to return to Zimbabwe on February 20, the day before his 87th birthday. Read more »

Mini City On NTU Campus


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Nanyang Technological University (NTU) unveiled a masterplan to transform its campus in Jurong into a mini city over the next 15 years. Electric buses and electric bikes will ply the campus roads. There will also be pedestrian walkways criss-crossing through a network of ponds and parks. A light rail system will be constructed. The in centre of the campus, there will be a snaking structure called the Campus Centre. The Campus Centre would feature cafes, shops, a pub and a cinema, all located near academic and residential facilities. Read more »

Bollywood Veggies Farm’s Boss In Court


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Mrs Ivy Singh-Lim, Boss of Bollywood Veggies, appeared in court on charges relating to her farm along Neo Tiew Road in Kranji. She was accused of failing to engage a professional engineer to conduct the inspection of her farm. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) had sent numerous notices to her farm since April 2008. Her lawyer argued for the charges to be dropped, claiming the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) was singling Bollywood Veggies out for prosecution while other farms there were illegally operating and occupying their premises without the proper permits. Her farm was leased from the government’s Singapore Land Authority (SLA) for 20 years.

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Ex-Ferrari Driver Slammed Into The Slammer


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First he totaled his brand new Ferrari by crashing it into a tree on a clear day. Then he got sideswipe by his colleague’s Lambo. Now it seems that he had slammed himself directly into the slammer. Today 26 more charges were thrown at him for concealing, converting and transferring more than $1.8 million dollars of the loot. In addition, another charge for cheating a car finance company $350,000 with another man was pelted at him. Mr. Christopher Lim Chai Meng did all these for love of his exotic cars which included Ferrari and Porsche.

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Malaysia Prime Minister Visit Singapore


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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak made a two-day working visit to Singapore. Mr Najib was accompanied by Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Menteri Besar of Johor Abdul Ghani Othman. During the meeting, Prime Minister Najib and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong settled a land swap agreement for four land parcels in Marina South and two land parcels in the Ophir-Rochor area. And put the issue of development charges payable on the three parcels of Malaysian land in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji and Woodlands for the Permanent Court of Arbitration to settle. This breaking the 20-year-old deadlock on the 1990 POA.

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Jailed For Asking Others To Take Rap


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A 51-year-old man, Charlie Lim Chau Lee, was jailed for six months for asking another person to take the rap (blame) for his traffic offence. Charlie was caught speeding by a speed trap camera along Lornie Road at 4pm on 18 August 2008. He received a summons from the Traffic Police, informing him of a fine of S$150 and six demerit points. Charlie Lim then approached 39-year-old woman, Lim Ah Hwa, to take the blame.

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City Harvest Church Founder Probed


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18 individuals linked to the City Harvest Church (CHC), including church founder Pastor Kong Hee and his wife, Sun Ho are called up by the Office of the Commissioner of Charities (COC) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police. They are to assist in investigations, after receiving complaints alleging the misuse of church funds. Read more »

Singapore Residential Price Index Launched


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The new Singapore Residential Price Index (SRPI), developed by the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Institute of Real Estate Studies, was launched today. It uses a “basket based” approach covering new projects, condominiums and apartments (i.e., non-landed private residential properties). The aim of this index is to indicate the state of the residential property market in Singapore. The basket of properties tracked will be adjusted once every two years to reflect the changes in supply and the basket will be revised in December 2011 again. NUS wants the new index to complement the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s quarterly data.

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