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Police on Tuesday (20 November) seized equipment such as desktop computers, mobile devices and laptops from the residence of Terry Xu,  executive editor of long-running socio-political website The Online  Citizen (TOC).

According to a post on TOC’s Facebook page at about 1.45pm, “The Online Citizen will be on hiatus for the time being as all electronic equipment  used for the purpose of the website have been seized by the Singapore  Police Force for an investigation into an alleged offence of Criminal  Defamation under Section 21 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code Chapter 68.

“The equipment, which include desktop, mobile devices and laptops, was  seized at the residence of Terry Xu in the presence of five police officers this morning. No confirmed date of return has been given as  investigation will take some time to conclude.”

Kirsten Han, freelance journalist and editor-in-chief of online journalism platform New Naratif, tweeted at around 2.05pm, “Five police  officers went to the home of @tocsg editor Terry Xu and seized his electronic equipment, as part of their investigation into an alleged offence of criminal defamation.”

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The police are looking into a case involving reimbursement claims made by a former People’s Association  (PA) employee for overseas purchases for Chingay 2017.
The matter was flagged by the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) in its report for financial year 2017/2018 that was released in July.

In the report, the AGO said the reimbursement claims were supported  by some supporting documents with “tell-tale signs” that cast doubt on their authenticity.

The PA employee had made the claims for the overseas purchases and payments for costumes and accessories worth S$142,200.

In Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 20), PA’s deputy chairman Chan Chun Sing revealed that the matter has been referred to the police.

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Benson Lo, the owner of What To Eat food delivery service, told Channel NewsAsia on Thursday, Nov. 15 that he “really [has] no means” to repay the eateries the money he owes, even though he hopes to do so.

The amount he owes is estimated to be up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to The New Paper, business owners told the paper the company started to delay payments since two years ago, and that Lo owes them thousands of dollars each.

Lo said he is currently trying to pay his staff their salaries, as well as a good portion of his debt.

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Chit Chat Corner / Screw you really, GRAB.
« on: November 18, 2018, 11:30:17 am »


Deeply affected by the tragic spate of deaths within  Singapore’s national service over the 14 months, artist and designer duo ZZ launched a project on Wednesday that would commemorate their  memories: funeral mourning pins in the style of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)’s pixelated green uniforms.

In traditional Chinese culture, pins known as “xiao” are worn on the shirt sleeves of the mourners for a period of time. These mourning pins consist of small pieces of cloth (about 3.5cm by 2cm) and are worn on  the left side if the deceased is male, or the right side if the deceased  is female. According to the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations,  these mourning pins would be worn for up to three years in traditional  China, but in Singapore, they are typically worn for 49 or 100 days.
ZZ — made up of creatives Lim Zeherng and Lim Zeharn — intended to make a statement by modifying traditional mourning pins as a “silent act  for greater accountability and transparency in the SAF”. The pins are  even slotted in small plastic sachets, akin to packaged items bought from the SAF surplus shop.

“…it brings into question the recurrence of NSF deaths during peacetime operations, as the norm or even a ‘necessary sacrifice,” ZZ  wrote in a Facebook post and in the caption of the product’s description  on their website.

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Do Singaporeans reckon teachers here are "very mediocre people" ?

"If teachers want to have high status they should work in classrooms in China, Malaysia or Taiwan, because an international survey suggests these are the countries where teaching is held in the highest public esteem."

Singapore ranks at number 10 only because money talks, bullshit walks? It would appear a person in our society is only entitled to an amount of respect commensurate with the size of his/her salary:

Top 10 for teacher status

1. China

2. Malaysia

3. Taiwan

4. Russia

5. Indonesia

6. South Korea

7. Turkey

8. India

9. New Zealand

10. Singapore

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Chit Chat Corner / Petalbytes website not secure?
« on: November 17, 2018, 03:14:50 pm »
Shouldn't the site admin consider installing https protocol already?

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.

The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally. A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.

........The CIA’s conclusion about Mohammed’s role was also based on the agency’s assessment of the prince as the country’s de facto ruler who oversees even minor affairs in the kingdom. “The accepted position is that there is no way this happened without him being aware or involved,” said a U.S. official familiar with the CIA’s conclusions.

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News, Current Affairs Discussions / Help The Family Of Madam Chua
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:46:58 pm »
On the fateful day of 7 November 2018, Madam Chua had just came back from her scheduled jab in the morning at KKH in her battle with cancer, of which her chances of recovery was high, and was struggling in great pain before she suddenly stopped responding. Immediately, her son, Cheng Yu, dialled 995 and performed CPR on her till the paramedics arrived. The paramedics took over for some time until they brought her to the hospital for resuscitation till she passed away, and Cheng Yu was with her all the way.

Madam Chua is a single Mother, leaving behind 2 children, Cheng Yu, 23 and Shi Ting, 18 respectively. She had single handedly raised 2 wonderful children, put them through school.

Cheng Yu is currently on his first semester of 3rd year in NUS with 1.5 years to go, and Shi Ting is currently taking her GCE ‘A’ Level. During that fateful day, Shi Ting was in the library studying for her first paper the next day, and it must be heart-breaking for her to continue her exam the next day.

Both Cheng Yu and Shi Ting lost their most beloved Mother, and not to mention their financial support to put them through school. Their only relatives left are their aunty and their aged old grandfather.

This case was brought to us from Jeremy of Hock Koon Casket, and while we’re helping both Cheng Yu and Shi Ting with the funeral funds, the immediate assistance is to keep them going for their sudden lost of financial support at home.

Both Cheng Yu and Shi Ting now are at a loss and feeling completely heartbroken, having loss their one and only Mother.

Giveasia Kindness would like to help both Cheng Yu / Shi Ting to raise at least $2000 a month for a period of 9 months, to help them tie through this difficult period, and after Madam Chua’s funeral, we’ll be helping also to pay the difference for Madam Chua’s funeral short-for using our Dignity Fund.

Please open up your heart to help this pair of brother and sister who have just lost their Mother, and funds raised will be managed by Giveasia Kindness to be disburse to them monthly.

Thank you.

SINGAPORE - Just 23 and already an Olympic champion, Joseph Schooling has a future full of possibilities - and one of those could be in politics.

In an interview with BBC World News on Thursday (Nov 15), Schooling was asked whether he would go into politics one day.

The swimming star responded: "Never say never, maybe."

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SMRT Group chief executive officer Neo Kian Hong said on Friday (Nov 16) that there are no "deep-seated cultural issues" within the company as suggested by predecessor Desmond Kuek, and stressed that he will use a hands-on approach to engage staff.

Speaking to reporters at the Kim Chuan Depot, Mr Neo, a former chief of defence force, used a military analogy to emphasise that the SMRT management has to take responsibility for the company's performance.

"In some militaries, they use this term - 'there are no poor soldiers, there are only poor leaders'," said Mr Neo. "This is a team sport. The whole organisation is required."

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