Jailed for wearing kangaroo in a judge’s gown T-shirt


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20-year-old Muhammad Shafi’ie Syahmi Sariman, 33-year-old Activist Isrizal Mohamed Isa and 47-year-old John Tan Liang Joo, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) assistant secretary-general, were jailed for contempt of court. The action by the three was the worst form of insult when they branded Singapore’s justice system as a ‘kangaroo court’ by wearing T-shirts with a kangaroo dressed in a judge’s robe. ‘Kangaroo court’ is usually understood as being a court characterised by irregular procedures or sham proceedings. At the time of the incident, the three had been outside the Supreme Court building where a hearing had been taking place to determine damages that Singapore Democratic Party leader Chee Soon Juan and his sister Chee Siok Chin had to pay. John Tan Liang Joo was sentenced to 15 days’ jail. Isrizal Mohamed Isa and full-time national serviceman Muhammad Shafi’ie Syahmi Sariman, were each sentenced to seven days’ jail. Justice Judith Prakash also ordered each of them to pay SGD $5,000 in costs to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

WSJ fined for contempt of court


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A Singapore court has found the Wall Street Journal in contempt of court for publishing three articles relating to Singapore’s judiciary, and fined it SGD $25,000. According to court statement “The three publications, read individually or collectively, are in contempt of court because of the allegations by way of insinuations clearly possess the inherent tendency to interfere with administration of justice”. In addition to the fine, Dow Jones Publishing Company (Asia) was ordered to pay $30,000 in legal costs to the Attorney-General, who had initiated the legal action.

Pay cut for top civil servants


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Ministers and top civil servants will get a pay cut of up to 19 per cent next year. The Civil Service is also reducing the year-end bonus payment for this year. In 2009, the Prime Minister and President will see their annual salaries cut by 19 per cent. Ministers and Senior Permanent Secretaries will see an 18 per cent fall. The allowance for Members of Parliament will be cut by 16 per cent. Next year, according to his spokeperson, the Prime Minister will actually see his salary fall to pre-revision levels?

COE crashes to $2


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What was thought to be impossible, the COE (open bidding system for car buyer) had crashed. At the close of the tender, COE premium for cars was at an unprecedented $2. Motor traders were shocked. All said the market was soft, but no one expected the price to crash. The number of bids submitted exceeded the COE supply of 1,851 by only one. The last time it crashed was in 1997 when the bid was stopped at 50 bucks .

Indian won Singapore Open


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Jeev Milkha Singh, an Indian National, thanked the ‘golfing gods’ after clinching the 2008 Barclays Singapore Open in Sentosa by a shot from Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and South Africa’s Ernie Els in a dramatic finish. This is Mr. Singh’s third victory of the 2008 season, with his seven-under-par 277. He pocketed a cool USD 792,500 dollars in this win.

Zoo cleaner killed by Tigers


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A zoo cleaner, a contract worker with Sun City Maintenance Company, was mauled to death at the Singapore Zoo’s white tiger enclosure. The tragic incident when he jumped into the enclosure and provoked the tigers into attacking him. It is not known exactly why the 32-year-old, Nordin Montong from Malaysia, decided to jumped into the tiger enclosure. During the incident, zookeepers and onlookers had thrown various items at the tigers in an attempt to distract them from Nordin. He was still alive after zookeepers succeeded in making the tigers retreat to their dens, but Nordin died later of his neck and leg injuries. This was the first time a person had been killed by an animal at the zoo since it opened in 1973.

First city reservoir opens


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The Marina Barrage has created Marina Reservoir, the 15th reservoir here and the first one in the heart of the city – the most densely built-up part of the island. This reservoir and two other new ones will raise the portion of the country’s land area used for water catchment from half to two-thirds. The idea of damming the mouth of the Marina Channel to create a freshwater lake came from Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in 1987, when he was prime minister. That was the year the massive clean-up of the Singapore River was completed, and fish had returned to it.

Prostitute Murdered at Flanders Square


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At about 7.15pm, the victim, a 41-year-old Malaysian woman, stumbled out of a room on the ground floor of a three-storey building in Flander Square, a dead-end street off Petain Road in Little India, with a knife still lodged in her chest. Neighbours believe the suspect was a regular patron of the dead woman, who goes by her working name Coco. She was described as being over 1.7m tall, slim and attractive. Coco was known as an “Ang Pai” (Red Card in Hokkien) in that area which means she was one of the most popular prostitutes there – her asking rate was $50 per session and have about 20 male clients a day. More than 100 women working in the stretch of budget brothels along Flanders Square.

PM Lee asked Citizen not to Over react


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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for a measured response to the ongoing global financial crisis, cautioning against an over-reaction that might cause more alarm and uncertainty. He urged Financial authorities to keep in close contact. PM Lee stressed that it is important to engage the international financial institutions, which have the resources and knowledge to help governments manage this crisis.

STI Stock Index Fell


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The STI Stock Index is at 1,600 a fall of about 55% from New Year Day 2008 where it was hovering in 3,500 region. Billion of Dollars were wiped out from the Singapore stock market. A sea of red washed over the Asian markets as investors, fearing the global recession would drag on.

China Free trade pact signed


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The landmark free trade agreement (FTA) between China and Singapore, which is the Chinese government’s first with an Asian country, will eliminate tariffs for 85 per cent of Singapore’s exports to China from January 2009. An additional 10 per cent of exports, or 95 per cent of Singapore’s exports to China, will be duty-free from 2010 onwards. The Singapore exports covered by the FTA, which include such items as instant coffee, aviation kerosene and ornamental fish, have a total trade value of over $18 billion. As part of the China-Singapore FTA , Singapore will lift tariffs for all Chinese exports to Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao signed the FTA in Beijing.

PM Lee opens Fusionopolis


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Singapore’s second major research and development (R&D) hub – Fusionopolis – was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday, with the announcement that the Republic recorded the highest gross domestic expenditure in R&D last year. the futuristic 30-hectare Fusionopolis, which will be developed over six phases, is Singapore’s icon for R&D in interactive media, physical sciences, engineering and technology. About 800 scientists, engineers and game developers currently works in Fusionopolis.

Singapore government to guarantee banks


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Singapore government sets aside SGD $150 billion to guarantee all Singdollar and foreign currency deposits of individual & non-bank customers in licensed banks, finance companies and credit co-operatives. For the guarantee to be called, two things have to happen: a bank has to fail, and at the same time its assets must be worth so little there is not even enough to repay its depositors. Singapore government has assured that its banking system continues to be sound and resilient, but it said precautionary action must be taken to avoid an erosion of the banks’ deposit base.

PM Lee, MM Lee awarded 6-figure sums in libel case


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The Singapore High Court has awarded six-figure sums to both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his father, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, in their libel case against the Singapore Democratic Party and its leaders. The Judge came to the conclusion that a fair and reasonable figure for damages was S$500,000 for Mr Lee Hsien Loong and S$450,000 to his father for defamatory remarks which appeared in an SDP publication during the 2006 General Election. The Judge said the amount was commensurate with and proportionate to the gravity of the libel and the “egregious behaviour” of the defendants Dr. Chee Soon Juan and his sister, Chee Siok Chin. Read more »

Singapore Economy in Recession


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The Singapore is in a technical recession dragged down by a slump in exports and a weak property market. The real recession which usually cause job losses, will probably come 2009 when Singapore feels the full impact of the global economic slowdown. It is Singapore first technical recession since 2002, after the dot-com bubble busted. The week ending 10 October 2008, saw the Singapore Stock Index drop by more than 15% from 6 October 2008.

Ministry of Sound closes for good


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Ministry of Sound (MOS) outlet in the Singapore’s Clarke Quay area closed its door today.  The licensing agreement LifeBrandz, a Singapore-based operator of bars and nightclubs, held with UK-based Ministry of Sound International Ltd was terminated. Two industry insiders said that the barely-three-year-old superclub would be closed for renovations and reopen with a brand-new concept and a new name. A veteran DJ said he had been informed that the current 40,000 square feet (about the size of 10 basketball courts) venue at Clarke Quay would sport a band-cum-DJ concept in its next life but not as MOS.

DHL Ballon Goes Down


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The red and yellow DHL Balloon at Tan Quee Lan Street was deflated this morning, ending its two and half year flight.  When the land lease expired, balloon owner Singapore Ducktours tried finding other suitable sites but have been unsuccessful so far (Singapore Flyer Effect). The balloon has to go to make way for the new Bugis MRT station. According to its owner, the DHL balloon, has brought more than 200,000 passengers to the skies.  It  will be packed and shipped to France for cleaning and servicing.  Thereafter may be shipped to its new home in Sydney, Australia.

Two Jailed for exposing breasts


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Two Filipina were fined $1,000 each on Monday for exposing their breasts in a pub in Duxton Road. Ms. Camela Dimante Brucal, 24, and Ms. Mariecel Jusi Eballa, 29, pleaded guilly to committing an obscene act in a public place. A district court heard that the two pub hostesses had displayed their breasts to two men last Thursday, 2 October 2008, at Club Genova at 10.30pm. Police caught them in the act as they were carrying out a check at the pub. Pleading for leniency, both women said that they were very remorseful and would not re-offend. Both Ms. Camela Dimante Brucal and Ms. Mariecel Jusi Eballa will serve five days in jail as they could not pay the fine.

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