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Gynae in underage sex case struck off register

Singapore Medical Council says move is to uphold proper standards of conduct

UNFIT TO PRACTISE: Ong Theng Kiat.
THE NEW PAPER, SEPT 11, 2013

A gynaecologist who had sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl has been struck off the Register of Medical Practitioners following an inquiry.

Ong Theng Kiat, 64, was sentenced to 10 months' jail in February last year after pleading guilty to two counts of having sexual intercourse with an underage girl.

He was also fined $4,000 for knowingly making a false declaration in writing to the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) in an attempt to obtain a practising certificate. The SMC disciplinary tribunal ordered for Ong to be struck off the register following an inquiry in April.

This means he is unfit to practise.

In a release on Monday, the SMC said that the tribunal felt that his offence of having sex with a minor was a grave one which brought "the profession into disrepute".

It added that the only appropriate sanction "to uphold the proper standards of conduct and public confidence" was for his name to be struck off the register.

The tribunal's grounds of decision stated that the girl, who was in secondary school, was 14 when she signed up on a dating website in July 2011 and gave her age as 18.

She later received a message from Ong, and they began communicating with each other.

She told him her real age about two months later, but this did not stop Ong from asking her out.

UNPROTECTED SEX

He picked her up from her home in his car on Sept 6 that year and they went to Balestier Hotel, where they had unprotected consensual sexual intercourse. Ong also lied about his age and job.

Before dropping her home, he gave her two "morning after pills" - which he had taken from his clinic - to prevent a pregnancy. The pair had sexual intercourse again in early 2012 at Bukit Brown Cemetery and this time, he used a condom.

Ong's offences came to light after the girl made a police report on Sept 18 that year.

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Aide resigns after Young Lions crash out

Aide Iskandar announced his resignation after Singapore were eliminated from the SEA Games football competition.
Aide Iskandar announced his resignation after Singapore were eliminated from the SEA Games football competition.

Singapore's SEA Games football coach Aide Iskandar resigned from his post after a disappointing 0-1 defeat by Indonesia on Thursday (June 11) sent his team crashing out of the tournament.

The former Singapore skipper announced his decision at the post-match press conference.

An emotional Aide said: "Starting two years ago, I tried to build a team for this SEA Games. I faced a lot of challenges as coach.

"Tonight, Irfan Fandi and Faris Ramli weren't fully fit so I could not start them. I'm very proud of my boys, they pushed for the equaliser even when we were one man down.

"I thank you all for your support. I want to go back to my family now. They have been waiting for me for a long time."

FAS to hold discussions

In a statement to the media, FAS president Zainudin Nordin said: "I can understand why Aide has made this decision at this point of time. Hopefully, after a few days’ rest, we can have a discussion with him and persuade him to change his mind.

"Regardless of how we have fared at the SEA Games, Aide is a good coach and has a long and bright future ahead of him."

It was a disappointing end to the campaign for a Young Lions squad who were banking on home support to spur them to their first SEA Games gold.

Aide's team needed to beat Indonesia in their final group game to qualify for the last four at their opponents' expense, but they instead fell behind to a 47th-minute Evan Dimas goal at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Ho Wai Loon was dismissed in the 65th minute for a second bookable offence.

They exited the competition with two losses in four matches, with the other defeat coming against Myanmar (1-2) in their second group game. 

Their two wins came against Philippines (1-0) and Cambodia (3-1).

 

 

Read the full report in our print edition on June 12.

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Indonesia send Young Lions packing

Indonesia's Evan Dimas celebrates after scoring against Singapore during the group stage of the SEA Games football tournament.
Indonesia's Evan Dimas celebrates after scoring against Singapore during the group stage of the SEA Games football tournament.

Singapore were dumped out of the SEA Games football tournament after a disappointing 0-1 defeat by Indonesia at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday (June 11).

The Indonesians needed only a draw to go through to the semi-finals, courtesy of their superior goal difference, but they went on and got the win instead thanks to a neat finish by striker Evan Dimas in the 47th minute.

Singapore took until the second half to record a shot on target, and the goal-less display reflected their ineptitude in front of goal.

With this result, Aide Iskandar's Young Lions have failed to make it to the final four, and will not get a chance to step out onto the National Stadium.

The Indonesians will play Thailand in the second semi-finals, while Myanmar take on Vietnam in the earlier semi-final match. Both games will be played on Saturday.

Read the full report in our print edition on June 12.

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Concern over Charlie Charlie meme

Heard about the “Charlie Charlie Challenge”?

It is the latest Internet fad that has flooded social media feeds worldwide and has had teens, including those in Singapore, trying it out.

It involves a modified Ouija board done simply by placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of the cross, with the words “yes” and “no” written on it.

With it participants claim to be able to summon — in this case, a supposedly Mexican spirit called Charlie.

Strange as it may sound, multiple clips have invaded social media feeds.

Though some quarters have suggested that it is a marketing ploy for an upcoming horror movie, others have disproved that notion, noting that there is very little similarity between the movie and the meme.

Here, teens told The New Paper that they have been influenced to give it a go. A Secondary Four student said he tried the challenge in school after viewing it on YouTube and Instagram two weeks ago.

The boy said: “I tried it because I was curious, and it seemed like fun.”

He even influenced his classmate to give it a try.

In a random TNP poll, 30 out of 50 people aged 16 to 45 said they were concerned about the phenomenon. The viral trend is particularly worrying parents here who are concerned that their children will dabble in occult practices.

One mother of two boys, aged 12 and 8, was puzzled when asked about the challenge by her elder son last week.

Civil servant Wong Mee Mee, 40, only found out about the challenge when she read online news reports about the trend.

Said Madam Wong: “I find this game very eerie. Whether or not it’s a joke, I discourage them from dabbling in it. Better to be safe than sorry.”

She warned her children not to take part.

Youth experts believe that its become a meme among young people because of the influence of social media.

Said Dr Carol Balhetchet, senior director for youth services at the Singapore Children’s Society: “Social media is their universe. It has such a profound influence on young people.

“Youths are particularly susceptible because they feel invincible, and think no harm will befall them. That’s what makes them try it.”

National University of Singapore sociologist Tan Ern Ser noted that teens could feel that it was cool to try out the phenomena they see on the Internet.

“This make us inclined towards the supernatural, which is believed to have control over what we don’t.”

The viral nature of the meme spurred priest and Vatican-approved exorcist Jose Antonio Fortea to speak publicly of its dangers.

In an interview with Catholic News Agency last Wednesday, which was then carried by news agencies around the world, Father Fortea warned that the challenge is “becoming a pastoral emergency”.

A spokesman from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore said that playing the challenge could result in “disastrous consequences”.

She says: “Our advice is for parents to be mindful of what their children engage in, especially on the internet, lest they fall prey to activities that might put them in the way of forces that are beyond anyone’s control.”

For the 16-year-old, the challenge did not work.

Nor did Charlie “appear” for their other classmates who had tried the challenge.

Says Aashiq: “The people on the Internet probably blew at the pencil to make it move!”

Eight kids forced to have sex for online audience

Christopher Villanueva, 33, allegedly charged customers in the US, UK, Australia and Japan between US$50 (S$67) to US$100 to watch the children having sex.

Eight children who were allegedly sold for prostitution and forced to have sex for an online audience were rescued on Wednesday (June 10), Filipino authorities said.

Seven of them are girls aged between 13 and 17.

Christopher Villanueva, 33, is accused of forcing the children and another 18-year-old girl to have sex with him and each other in front of web cameras for viewers in Asia, US and Europe.

Police raided his house in Manila on Wednesday night and found sex toys, web cameras and laptops. Villanueva and a woman were arrested.

The woman, who lived near Villanueva, is the mother of three of the abused children.

She is accused of forcing her children to engage in sex for money.

Undercover agent

Mr Alex Nuqui, head of the National Bureau of Investigation’s anti-human trafficking division, told AFP: "It is always shocking how people can be so perverse and callous when they abuse children."

Villanueva allegedly charged customers in the US, UK, Australia and Japan between US$50 (S$67) to US$100 to watch the children having sex, Mr Nuqui said.

Filipino authorities had acted after getting a tip-off from the US Department of Homeland Security.

A US agent had posed as an online customer and struck a deal to sleep with one of the girls at his house for 5,000 pesos (S$150).

Mr Nuqui said Villanueva told the undercover US agent in an online chat: "They (the children) will fulfil all your fantasies. Come to the Philippines."

Source: AFP


Cambodia jails Australian teacher for child sex abuse

In a separate case of child sex abuse, a Cambodian court on Thursday (June 11) sentenced an Australian teacher to five years in prison for sexually abusing six impoverished boys aged between three and 13.

George Moussallie, 52, an English teacher at a private school in the capital Phnom Penh, has been in custody since last August when police raided his rented apartment and found him with two boys.

Judge Kor Vandy said Moussallie was guilty on charges of having sex with children and "indecent acts".

The court "orders him to be deported from Cambodia after serving his prison term", the judge said, ordering Moussallie to pay a total of US$2,500 in compensation to two of his victims.

According to Khoem Vando of anti-paedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, Moussallie had been on their watch list since 2009.

Source: AFP

S'pore caps off swim campaign with record haul of 23 golds

Amanda Lim (right) and Quah Ting Wen celebrate after receiving their gold and silver medals for the 50m freestyle race.
Amanda Lim (right) and Quah Ting Wen celebrate after receiving their gold and silver medals for the 50m freestyle race.

Singapore's swimming contingent added four gold medals on the final night of action on Thursday (June 11) to set a new record of 23 gold medals in a single SEA Games.

Amanda Lim cemented her position as the fastest female swimmer in South-east Asia when she won the women's 50m freestyle final for the fourth consecutive time, in a new Games record of 25.59s. She beat teammate Quah Ting Wen by just 0.01 seconds.

Quah Zheng Wen then won the men's 50m backstroke final in a new Games record of 25.27s to tie the 1973 mark of 21 golds.

A defiant Tao Li resoundingly beat Vietnam's swim star Nguyen Thi Anh Vien in the women's 100m butterfly final by taking gold in 59.79s, with Ting Wen claiming another silver in 1:00.30s as Nguyen finished sixth in 1:01.53.

The men's 4x100m medley relay team capped a stunning swim campaign at the OCBC Aquatic Centre when they shaved more than 3s off the Games record.

The quartet of Quah Zheng Wen, Lionel Khoo, Joseph Schooling and Clement Lim touched the wall first in 3:38.25s.

Read the full report in our print edition on June 12.

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Someone even stole a shark. Hoteliers on light-fingered hotel guests

A recent survey by hotels.com revealed that Singaporean guests came in second globally as the most likely travellers to pilfer things from hotel rooms. CHAI HUNG YIN speaks to hoteliers and tour guides

The cost of individual items pinched from hotels may be small, but they can definitely add up, say hoteliers.

A bath towel costs between $6 and $26, depending on how luxurious the hotel is, says former hotelier, Mr Franck Hardy, who now runs his own cafe, says. 

And pilfering is a common occurrence that is challenging to deal with.

He says: “It will always happen. Guests could have packed the items by mistake.

“It is your right to check their luggage but the hotel will rather not lose customers over a towel.”

For Royal Plaza on Scotts, pilfering by hotel guests costs the hotel close to $30,000 per year.

Its chief experience officer, Mr Patrick Fiat, says: “It is part of running a hotel business. Such losses are taken into consideration during budgeting.

“For items of small value, the hotel usually lets it slide.”

Mr Jack Naderkhani, has been in the hospitality industry for 35 years.

The managing director of the The Mithra Group says: “While I was directly managing a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, every single item in the rooms was custom-made and its list price was available for guests to purchase and it would be shipped directly to the guest’s address. 

“This list included the bedding, mattress, carpet, TVs, phones, bathrobes, cabinets, shower heads, bathtubs, stones and others.We increased revenue versus losses.

Mr Naderkhani adds: “I believe most luxury hotels are concerned more about damages in the rooms than guests stealing the products.”

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Private bar items, clothes hangers, bathrobes, makeup mirrors and even TV remote controllers are the top favourites among hotels guests, he says.

For Royal Plaza on Scotts, toothbrushes, key cards, face towels and slippers top the items that it replaces on a regular basis.

Nevertheless, hotels here and abroad have seen some of the most bizarre things disappearing from their premises.

Mr Naderkhani says the hotel he worked for had a live baby shark missing from a 2-m water tank placed by the pool as a kids’ attraction. 

He says: “Guests and their children would join our team and under expert supervision, fed him every other day. To make it short, it was kidnapped!”

Television sets and even carpets have gone missing too.

Says Mr Fiat: “In overseas hotels I have worked in, we had guests who checked in with an empty television box. They removed the television from the room and packed it into the box. They have even sought for the bellman’s assistance to carry the television out of the hotel.

“In another property, one of the guests has tactfully cut out and removed a piece of the carpet that was under the bed. It was only discovered when the room attendant rolled the bed away the next day for cleaning.”

Over here, Mr Fiat has had a tour group of 80 persons checked out with all of the hotels’ towels and bathrobes. 

“We spoke with the tour operator and sent a few colleagues down to the airport to pick up all the lost items before the group boarded the flight.”



Common items taken by Singaporean hotel guests:
1. Toilet rolls (the whole roll)
2. Tissue paper (the whole box)
3. Stationery like ballpoint pens
4. Bedroom slippers (usually disposable types)
5. Newspapers
6. Sachets of coffee and tea
7. Room key cards
8. Disposable laundry bags



MOSTLY HARMLESS?

Yes, Singaporean travellers do take things from hotels — but it is mostly harmless. 

Tour leaders who bring groups of Singaporean travellers overseas explain  that most of the time, the travellers either want the items as a souvenir or need them for their own convenience.

For instance, one lady took a velvet bag — meant to contain the hairdryer — from a Taiwanese hotel, recalls Mr Simon Lim. 

He says: “The hotel told me about it. I found the guest, who took it because it needed the bag for his sundries. The guest ended up returning it.”

A recent survey by hotels.com revealed that Singaporean guests came in second globally as the most likely travellers to pilfer things from hotel rooms.

Tour leaders say that it is unfair to cast aspersions on Singaporeans alone because most people take things like toiletries, no matter their nationality. 

Slippers, rolls of toilet paper, newspapers are fair game.

Though sometimes, admit the tour leaders, they have had to deal with situations when bigger items are swiped.

Freelance tour leader, Mr Vincent Ng, says that  he has had to tactfully coax tour members to return the items taken.at Lotte Hotel World in Seoul, South Korea.  The six-star hotel has several “character floors” where rooms are adorned with cute soft toys.

“Many people are tempted to take the soft toys. We have to tell them they can purchase it from the hotel counter but don’t take those in the rooms. If I don’t tell them, there will be things missing the next morning,” he says.

Once, a guest made off with leather bedroom slippers and leather pad holder in a hotel in Taiwan. Mr Ng had to retrieve them from the tour member when told about the missing items by the hotel.

The practice doesn’t stop at hotels. Some guests made off with small pillows, blankets and shot glasses from the airplane flights.

Mr Ng himself sheepishly admits that he once took a blanket from the flight as he had forgotten to pack a jacket along for the trip to Penguin Island in Australia.
But he noted that these incidences have gone down in recent years, as Singaporean travellers become more well-travelled. Mr Ng says: “They don’t bring rubbish home these days. They will rather shop and maximise their weight limit.”

Plus, if things are taken, it’s mostly harmless things: To prevent misunderstandings, he asks hotels to lock up the mini bar in the room, and disconnect pay television channels and IDD calls.

Singaporean travellers we spoke to think it is okay to take items  meant for  guests.

Logistics executive, Miss Maudrene Lim, 37, still keeps a Mont Blanc-like ballpoint pen made of metal that she took during a trip to Seoul in 2013.

She says: “The design is very nice and it is very smooth to write with. I think the pen is complimentary and I don’t consider it stealing. It is unlike taking towels or bathrobes, which are chargeable. As long as it is not chargeable, it is not stealing.”

She says that she takes sachets of coffee and tea, toiletries and sewing kits.

Business traveller, Mr Ryan Koh, 47, a managing director of a company here, says he takes the disposable slippers, toiletries and pen.

He says: “I don’t take things that is not supposed to be taken. I take them because I need to use them.” 

 

UK police arrest 14-year-old over stabbed teacher

A 50-year-old teacher was allegedly stabbed by a 14-year-old student at Dixon Kings Academy in Bradford, UK.

A 14-year-old student who allegedly stabbed his teacher has been arrested.

The stabbing which took place at Dixon Kings Academy in Bradford, UK, on Thursday (June 11) left the victim, Vincent Uzomah, 50, with a stab wound to the body.

The Guardian reported that he was in stable condition after receiving medical attention at a hospital.

The suspect, an Asian boy with short dark hair who was last seen in a blue uniform blazer, had fled from the school after the incident.

“We are conducting enquiries in the area to locate a suspect and I would like to reassure residents and staff that all necessary resources are being deployed to investigate this ongoing and clearly very serious incident," said Detective Superintendent Simon West of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

The school said in a statement on its website that it is still aiding the police in resolving the case.

"We are working very closely with the police and our main priority at the moment is the well-being of our student and staff community and reassuring our parents," the statement read.

Ms Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, has condemned the stabbing and called it a "random act" that teachers cannot protect themselves from.

“It’s a sign of the terrible, terrible condition of our society, that teachers, who are working with young people, become the targets of this terrible violence,” she said.

Sources: The Guardian, Metro UK, tes.uk, BBC

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