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Man jailed for using fake SCDF documents to get paramedic job

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:55
SINGAPORE - He lied that he was a medic in the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and forged several supporting documents to score a job as a paramedic for a private ambulance service.  But the tall tale fell apart after his boss noticed discrepancies in...

PM Lee urges Malay-Muslim community to stand with Government to tackle extremism

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:46
SINGAPORE - Against the backdrop of more frequent terrorist incidents in many countries, it would be unrealistic to think Singapore can be immune or exempt from the threat of radicalism, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (June 20). Following the...

Workers' Party expresses concern over allegations of abuse of power by PM Lee

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:29
SINGAPORE - Breaking its silence on the Oxley Road dispute on Tuesday (June 20), the Workers' Party (WP) expressed concerns over the allegations of abuse of power by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the harm caused to the confidence in Singapore and its...

Man arrested for breaking into school in Bedok, stealing laptops

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:05
SINGAPORE - A 41-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (June 20) for breaking into a school along Chai Chee Street in Bedok, and stealing several laptops from the school's general office. TODAY understands the school is Ping Yi Secondary School. A report was...

Government bans nine books, bid to preach by Singaporean

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:12
SINGAPORE - Nine publications by a Singaporean preacher known for his extremist views will be banned from Wednesday (June 20) under the Undesirable Publications Act, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) said on Tuesday. The preacher, Mr Rasul...

Two Aetos officers arrested under ISA for terror-related offences

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:00
SINGAPORE - In what are the first cases of self-radicalised uniformed officers here, two Singaporean auxiliary police officers have been dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Tuesday (June 20). Both...

Vetting Muslim workers differently is very wrong, says Shanmugam

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:00
SINGAPORE - Not only is it not possible, but it is also "very wrong" to suggest that employers vet Muslim workers differently to pick up radicalised individuals, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam on Tuesday (June 20). The "serious responsibility"...

Property landmark: Geylang plot returns to state when lease expires

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:00
SINGAPORE – In three-and-a-half years, the 191 private terrace houses along Geylang Lorong 3 will be demolished to make way for public housing, as the land they occupy becomes the first residential plot to be returned to the state upon expiry of the 60-year...

50 evacuated from Toa Payoh block after void deck fire

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:49
SINGAPORE – Several residents had to be evacuated when a fire broke out at the void deck of a block of flats in Toa Payoh on Tuesday morning (June 20). The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident, which happened at Block 14A...

4 teens linked to video of man throwing shared-bicycle into Punggol canal arrested

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:29
SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police have arrested four teens allegedly involved in a case of shared-bicycle abuse for committing a rash act and being a public nuisance, around the vicinity of Punggol MRT station and the bus interchange. According to a statement...

Singaporean dream sours for some Bangladeshi workers as they go home with big debts

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 01:10
SINGAPORE/DHAKA - Mohammad Ashadul Islam placed all his hopes for a better life for his family in Bangladesh on getting a construction job in Singapore. He sold his father's land and fish farm and also borrowed money from banks and relatives to pay S$17,000...

TODAY's morning brief for Tuesday, June 20

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 22:30
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SMEs urged to transform their businesses to ride on digital wave

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - With the growth of the digital economy potentially adding US$1 trillion (S$1.4 trillion) to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) by 2025, experts said it is important that small and medium enterprises...

Spread of falsehoods ‘more serious now’ because of online, social media: Shanmugam

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - While falsehoods and misinformation have been around since time immemorial, the problem is "much more serious now than ever before" because of online and social media, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam yesterday. "Today, you have echo...

Foiled by thunder, bumbling Malaysian robber jailed, caned

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A bumbling robber who tried to swipe a Rolex watch from a woman was startled by thunder and fled the scene, leaving his slippers behind. For attempted robbery, Patrick Sim Lung Ann, 36, was yesterday sentenced to 30 months' jail and six strokes of...

Half of S’pore’s elderly found to be frail, mostly due to malnutrition

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:00
SINGAPORE - A study spanning 14 years and counting has found that half of the elderly here are frail - especially the low-income, and those who are single, divorced or widowed - due to factors including malnutrition, lack of exercise and having chronic...

99 women arrested in islandwide anti-vice operation

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:21
SINGAPORE - A total of 99 women, aged between 22 and 43, have been arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities, the police said in a statement on Monday (June 19). The four-day operation, which ended on June 15, saw police officers...

62 summonses issued against heavy-vehicle drivers in joint blitz

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:10
SINGAPORE - A total of 62 summonses were issued against 30 heavy vehicle drivers for various traffic offences on Monday (June 19), during a joint operation by the Traffic Police, Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the National Environment Agency (NEA). The...

SMRT rolls out new three-door bus on Service 190

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:20
SINGAPORE - The Republic's first three-door, single-deck bus with one entrance and two exits made its maiden journey Monday (June 19), on SMRT's Service 190 from Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange to New Bridge Road Bus Terminal. Part of a trial by the Land...

Residents of Punggol block lament faulty lifts installed by suspended firm

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:59
SINGAPORE - For the past year, elderly residents of Block 621B, Edgefield Walk in Punggol - which comprises mainly two-room rental flats and studio apartments - have had to put up with faulty lifts. Last Saturday (June 17), both lifts were out of service for...