Year 2009

Mailbox Vandalised

Thursday, 31st December 2009

There has been a number of vandalised mailboxes reported over the New Year weekend, first in Holland Village, then in Bukit Batok, Ang Mo Kio and even Orchard Road. The notorious vandal who goes by the name of "Inkman", preys on SingPost mailboxes. Could his new year resolution be to vandalise as may mailboxes as possible? The police is looking at the case now, so it will be clear when he is caught soon!

Singapore Institute of Technology Named President

Monday, 28th December 2009

Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) have appointed Professor Tan Chin Tiong as its founding President. Professor Tan is on secondment to SIT from the Ministry of Education (MOE). He will work closely with the SIT Board of Trustees, overseas university partners and management team to develop a customised curriculum for polytechnic graduates that would develop well-rounded talents for the industries, and establish SIT as a new peak of excellence in the higher education sector.

Expensive Ferrari F430 Trashed

Saturday, 19th December 2009

A chilli red Ferrari costed S$720,000 crash along Nicoll Highway early morning. The very lucky 36-year-old driver, Mr. Chris Lim Chai Meng walks away almost unharmed. An SCDF spokesman said Lim had only minor cuts on his arms and forehead. The badly mangled Ferrari F430, (had a highly auspicious registration number SJV 82D) had mounted the kerb, hit a guardrail, flipped a couple of times and then a tree. According to insurance record, the SGD $720,000 car was scrapped and sold for $10,800.

Rain Causes Floods in Bukit Timah

Thursday, 19th November 2009

Intense heavy rain caused flooding in various part of Singapore. In Bukit Timah, at its peak, the flood waters reached knee level. Stretches from Coronation Road to Third Avenue and from Wilby Road to Blackmore Road. The junction of Sixth Avenue and Bukit Timah Road was also flooded. The rainfall was about six times that of a normal storm resulted in massive amounts of water - equivalent to the amount in 115 Olympic-sized pools - to drain into Bukit Timah Canal, causing it to overflow.

RSAF F-15SG Detachment Inaugurated

Thursday, 19th November 2009

The Republic of Singapore air force (RSAF) held a Peace Carvin V (PC Five) inauguration ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB). Peace Carvin V is a partnership between the Republic of Singapore and the United States government for the next 25 years.

Laguna Park En Bloc Called Off

Wednesday, 18th November 2009

The en bloc sale of Laguna Park has been called off as the sales committee found it was not able to get consent level from owners at a lower proposed price of $967 million down from the original $1.2 billion.

RSAF Serviceman Killed In Accident

Monday, 16th November 2009

A 21-year-old Republic of Singapore Air Forces (RSAF) regular serviceman died in a road accident along a highway in North Florida, United States. Lieutenant (LTA) Chee Zhi Hao and two other RSAF pilot trainees were returning from a visit to the Pensacola Naval Air Station and was driving along US Highway 331 near Freeport. The Toyota Corolla was travelling on inner lane veered onto a grassy shoulder and moved for some distance before Lim slammed on the brakes. It travelled for another 14m before hitting the back of a parked Chevrolet truck.

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Thursday, 29th October 2009

Singapore's fourth public-funded university, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2011, has been named the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). The new university will admit its first intake of up to 500 students in 2011 and students will have four degree programmes to choose from Architecture & Sustainable Design, Engineering Product Design, Engineering Systems & System Design, and Information Engineering & Design.  First-year students will be exposed to foundation studies in the areas of mathematics, science, introductory humanities and social sciences – all in the context of design. They will also get to learn about entrepreneurship and management during each of the four-year degree programme. The university (medium-sized) will eventually cater to some 4,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduates.

Ming Yi guilty of misappropriating funds

Wednesday, 7th October 2009

Ven. Ming Yi, a Buddhist monk and the founder and former chief executive of Ren Ci Hospital, was convicted by a district court of four counts of fraud, falsification of accounts, misappropriating funds and giving false information to the Commissioner of Charities. He was sentenced for 10 months in jail.

Singapore Grand Prix 2009

Sunday, 27th September 2009

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won Singapore Grand Prix (SGP) Formula One at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. It was a rather uneventful race with a minor accident that caused Nick Heidfeld to dropped off from the race.

USA to support Singapore F-16 pilot training program

Tuesday, 15th September 2009

US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) had made a Military Sale to the Government of Singapore the continuation of the Continental United States (CONUS) pilot proficiency training program for munitions, services and support for Singapore F-16C/D aircraft stationed in Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. This program will enable Singapore to develop mission-ready and experienced pilots through this training program to support Singapore’s current and future F-16 aircraft inventory. The estimated that it will cost Singapore about USD $250 million and there is no prime contractor involved in this program.

Largest CNG Station In The World

Wednesday, 9th September 2009

Singapore's CNG pumping station, C-nergy, at Toh Tuck Road, made it into Guinness World of Records as the world's largest CNG pumping station. The trophy was awarded to the chairman of Union Gas Company and Trans Cab, Mr Teo Kiang Ang. C-nergy is equipped with 46 CNG pumps, it overtook the previous record of 38 CNG pumps of a pump station in Thailand.

Laguna Park Goes En Bloc

Friday, 4th September 2009

Laguna Park was put up for collective sale yesterday with a price tag of $1.2billion. The large 30-year-old condominium has been in the headlines over a spate of vandalism attacks on residents who were not keen on the sale. Despite its troubles, the estate attained the crucial 80per cent consent level from its owners last December 2008. But the tender exercise was put on hold until now for the right time as recently major developers have returned to the land market with confidence.

Fight Breakout Outside PKMS HQ

Thursday, 3rd September 2009

The fight happened when a faction went to the PKMS's headquarter at Changi Road to physically take over premises. They claimed to be part of the new Supreme council voted in, at an extraordinary general meeting held in November 2008. But the old guards never acknowledged them and refused to step down. Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Singapura (PKMS), Singapore Malay National Organisation, is a politcal organisation which looks after the interests of the Malays in Singapore.

CPF LIFE Introduced

Tuesday, 1st September 2009

CPF LIFE, "Public" Annuity Scheme, was introduced. CPF LIFE is to provide CPF members with a "lifelong" income. Through this scheme, members will receive a monthly income for as long as they alive, the amount depending on the cash savings they have in their Retirement Account (RA). It is compulsory for those born after 1957. For those born on or before 1956 have an option to opt-in to CPF LIFE. CPF LIFE will replace the Minimum Sum Scheme (MSS) in 1987.

CPF Minimum Sum Increased To $117K

Wednesday, 1st July 2009

The CPF minimum sum was increased from $106,000 up 10% to $117,000. According to government statistics, only 49% of workers were able to meet the requirement upon reaching 55 years old.

Singapore Navy Launches RSS Archer Submarine

Tuesday, 16th June 2009

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean officiated at the launch ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) first Archer-class submarine, RSS Archer, at the Kockums Shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden. RSS Archer is one of two ex-Vaastergotland-class submarines acquired by Singapore in 2005. The submarines will be based at Changi Naval Base (CNB).

Singapore awarded contract for port surveillance system

Thursday, 11th June 2009

Kongsberg Norcontrol IT, a Norwagian company, has been awarded a contract with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) for the future maritime surveillance system that will cover the Singapore Strait and the approaches to Singapore Port.

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