Two friends jailed for filming upskirt videos

The friends would target teenage girls in crowded shops
The friends would target teenage girls in crowded shops

Two childhood friends were jailed 12 weeks each on Friday (July 3) for filming dozens of upskirt videos.

Two years ago, Patrick Sim, 20, and Lee Yi Jie, 21, got the idea to film these videos and upload them onto the Sammyboy website.

They did this so that other members could view and “like” their clips and they could gain “reputation points”.

Their modus operandi was to capture shots of their victim’s face, inner thighs and underwear.

They targeted teenage girls in crowded shops. They pretended to reach for items on the lower shelves while recording the videos.

They were arrested after two 17-year-old girls spotted what they were doing on Sep 20, 2013.

Lee pleaded guilty to nine upskirt charges with 36 others taken into consideration.

Sim admitted to three charges, with five taken into consideration.

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Hands up those who remember Paramount Theatre in S'goon Gardens

Fashionistas at Paramount Theatre which Singaporean businessman Chye Lee opened in the 1950s. It has since been rebuilt into myVillage.

To celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday, the National Library Board's Singapore Memory Project has launched Past Forward.

It is a showcase of 74 projects funded by the irememberSG fund.

They want to present lesser-known aspects of Singapore's past with the help of different stories showcased through films, exhibitions, animation, websites and publications.

Mrs Elaine Ng, National Library Board's CEO said:

"We hope the memory movement that the Singapore Memory Project helped to generate will inspire more Singaporeans to capture memories for posterity."

One of the nostalgic projects is the book written by The Janus Education Team, comprising six young authors and editor Catherine Khoo.

Called Heritage Journeys: No Place Like Serangoon Gardens, it brings the reader on a tour of the iconic neighbourhood during an earlier era — when the estate was home to many British.

The book is not for sale but you can get it at The Singapore Chesire Home in Serangoon Gardens with a donation of any amount.

Highlighted here are three stories of the icons of Seragoon Gardens — Paramount Theatre (now myVillage), Pow Sing Restaurant and former Serangoon Garden South School principal Mrs Tan Khe Tong.

1. Paramount Theatre

In the days before ice-skating and roller-blading was hip, behold roller-skating in Paramount Theatre.

Take a stroll down Serangoon Gardens and you would notice the largely self-sufficient neighbourhood lacks one luxury: A movie theatre.

But the estate once had a theatre. In fact, the land that Paramount Theatre stood on is now the shopping mall called myVillage.

Singaporean entrepreneur Chye Lee had opened Paramount Theatre in the 1950s and it was more than an entertainment hub.

The theatre was also a significant contributor to Serangoon Garden's culture and history.

Mr Edmund Chye (Mr Chye Lee's son) details the evolution of the cinema as such: 

"In the 50's and 60's, production of war movies were very popular, probably because the world just came out of the second World War."

Alongside Hollywood fare, Chinese period epics of one-armed swordsmen and Malay comedies were also very popular.

In the 70s, Taiwanese movies — yes, the lovey-dovey romance types — commanded a loyal following too.

 But the 80s saw the rise and rise of Hong Kong drama serials, distributed on VCR.

Said Mr Chye: "I think the cinema industry in Singapore went through quite a bit of ups and downs with the onslaught of video tapes at that time."


2. Pow Sing Restaurant

The famous chicken rice is still being served at Pow Sing Restaurant today.

Steven Tan, 55 and Lee Chin Soo, 59, (above) have been partners in the running of Pow Sing Restaurant for the past 31 years.

That is quite a feat, considering how short-lived partnerships can be (think conflicting ideologies or loss of passion).

Said Mr Tan:

"We respect each other's views, and all in all both of us are very dedicated to this line of work.

"Co-operation between partners and success is only achievable with dedication and passion in your line of work."

As to whether the eatery will pass down to the next generation, Mr Lee said: "We don't want to force them to do it if they don't want to.

"We would gladly help them if they have an interest in it. If they really have the passion to do so, they would have to learn the skills of the trade from the very bottom-up."


3. Mrs Tan Khe Tong (The principal who outlived empires)

At the age of 16, she was forced to master Japanese in order to teach the language in the schools during the Japanese occupation known as Syonan-To.

When the Japanese empire dissolved and the British returned, Mrs Tan Khe Tong would go on to have her teacher's training at Gan Eng Seng School in 1948.

After graduating, she started her career in 1950 at Griffith School.

In 1957, she became principal and by 1960, had taken over Serangoon Garden South School until her retirement in 1983.

The school itself was a humble place: Built with hollow bricks, it shared the field with Serangoon Garden North School, another equally cosy place.

Students had to assemble every morning in the tuckshop, which was located in the lowlands so the field and library would flood whenever there was heavy rain.

Mrs Tan changed all that.

Under her leadership, the school organised fundraisers such as fun fairs, walkathons and swimming carnivals, and managed to gather enough to build an actual school hall for the students to assemble in.

China firm to punish ‘unscheduled’ pregnancies: report

The firm also plans to fine employees who conceive without permission
The firm also plans to fine employees who conceive without permission

A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant.

They also plan to fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm on Friday (July 3).

“Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year can apply for a place on the birth planning schedule,” read a policy distributed by a credit cooperative in Jiaozuo, in the central province of Henan.

“The employee must strictly stick to the birth plan once it is approved,” it added. 

“Those who get pregnant in violation of the plan such that their work is affected will be fined 1,000 yuan (S$217),” it said.

News portal The Paper published a screen shot of the document, adding a company representative had admitted the lender sent the notice to its staff but said it was only a draft seeking employees’ comment.

No bonus

Violators will not be considered for promotion or awards and their incentives and year-end bonuses will be cancelled “if their pregnancy severely hindered their work”, the policy said.

The circular triggered scathing criticism from Chinese media, with the state-run China Youth Daily lambasting it as bizarre.

The company “does not regard its employees as living human beings, instead it treats them as working tools on the production line”, it said in a commentary.

Source: AFP


Woman auxiliary police officer jailed 6 months for stealing from prostitutes

Singaporean Mustafa Sultan Ali, 51, tried to join terrorist group ISIS in June but was detained in Turkey and deported. He was arrested under the Internal Security Act.

An auxiliary police officer was jailed six months on Friday (July 3) for stealing $1,430 from three prostitutes.

In May, Pusparani Kuppusamy, 28, an AETOS constable, had been tasked to search three prostitutes arrested for offences under the Women’s Charter.

But as Pusparani was packing their belongings in the polymer bags, she removed the money and kept it in her back trouser pocket.

She later banked some of the money into her sister’s account and spent the rest on herself.

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Flat reno costs more? It's the cement rule

Interior of a renovated HDB flat in Geylang.

Watch out, flat owners.

If you have signed your renovation contract on or after June 1, you'll likely have to pay more.

That's because a new rule — which requires pre-packed cement to be used throughout Housing Board flats — has driven up charges.

 Pre-packed screed. All flat owners who signed their renovation contracts on or after 1 June are affected by the new rule. PHOTO: ST FILE

In some cases, HDB dwellers may end up paying as much as $3,000 to revamp their digs, The Straits Times reported.

Before the rule After the rule
Contractors would manually mix cement, sand and water on-site to do up floors and walls. Contractors just have to add water to the pre-packed screed mix to use it. 
Pre-packed material was previously mandatory only in wet areas such as toilets and kitchens. Pre-packed material to be used throughout the flat to ensure cleaner environment and more uniform finishes, said HDB.

Benefits of using pre-packed screed:

► It is blended to the required proportions at the factory and requires minimal on-site preparation.

► It offers a higher quality of finished work and less material waste.


► More expensive than using raw sand and cement.

► Contractors have to buy the pre-packed screed in bulk and work out how they should charge customers.

► Workers may find the pre-packed material stickier, harder to use and more time-consuming​.

A HDB spokesman said the use of the pre-packed material “makes up a small part of the overall renovation costs”.

He added that after checking with the industry, they estimate that renovation works for a five-room flat will cost about $1,500 more — although this also depends on the extent of renovation and labour costs.

The new regulation was initially due to take effect last December and renovation contractors were first told of the change a year ago.

But many asked the HDB for more time to prepare.

Associate Professor Tan Teng Hooi, head of SIM University’s building and project management programme, said:

“The old method of manually mixing sand, cement and water depends largely on personal judgment or trial and error.

"Using pre-packed material will ensure better quality in terms of consistency and finishing."

Source: The Straits Times

Penang chief minister loses 'racist' suit

Jahara Hamid was called a 'racist grandmother' by the chief minister
Jahara Hamid was called a 'racist grandmother' by the chief minister

Penang opposition leader Jahara Hamid won a defamation suit against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for calling her a racist grandmother.

Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan ordered Mr Lim to pay RM500,000 (S$178,000) in damages with a five per cent interest per annum and RM40,000 in legal cost.

Mr Nordin also granted an injunction to prevent Mr Lim, who is Democratic Action Party secretary-general, from further repeating the remark.

The judicial commissioner ordered the chief minister to retract his statement in the media.

The chief minister is filing an appeal, The Star Online reported.

It was reported that Mr Lim had called Madam Jahara a racist grandmother at a press conference after the state assembly sitting two years ago.

Source: The Star

Woman told to cover arms in Ipoh

Miss Eunice Chai.

A woman in Ipoh was told to cover up her arms before she could enter the city council building. 

Miss Eunice Chai, a 32-year-old logistician, was wearing a sleeveless blouse and jeans. 

She told The Star she was stopped by security guards, one of whom commented on the "lack of sleeves" of her blouse. 

Miss Chai, who had gone to the city council to apply for a business licence, borrowed a jacket from a friend who was with her. 

"I thought what I was wearing is considered decent since my legs are all covered up, but I didn't expect this treatment here as well," she said.

A dress code poster at the city council building shows women in long-sleeved, long-skirted traditional outfits from the main three races. Men are shown in formal shirts with sleeves, and pants. 

The poster also shows that those in sleeveless tank tops, shorts, short skirts or slippers will not be allowed into the building. 

It is the latest in a series of incidents in Malaysia in which people have been told to cover up. 


In early June, a a Malaysian motorist, wearing a top and skirt which ended just above her knees, was told to wear a sarong or be refused service at a Road Transport Department (JPJ) office, reported The Star. 

Two weeks later, two women invited to attend a press conference at a government building in Selangor were told to wear sarongs to cover up their legs or be refused entry. 

A few days after that, a blogger posted about how his knee-length shorts were deemed inappropriate at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in an incident which happened in May. KL authorities later apologised

Roy Ngerng cries in court

Blogger Roy Ngerng speaks to the media at the Supreme Court July 1

Tempers flared as blogger Roy Ngerng cried in the High Court on Friday (July 3).

It was the third day of the hearing to assess how much in damages he has to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defaming him.

As Mr Lee's lawyer, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh, continued his grilling of Mr Ngerng, the blogger got emotional when talking about his financial situation.

Telling the court he was unemployed and was now digging into his savings, Mr Ngerng choked up when he revealed he was also depending on his parents for financial help. 

When Mr Singh pressed Mr Ngerng on whether he was using foreign organisations to pressure the court, Mr Ngerng lost his cool and started raising his voice. 

Sobbing, he went on a tirade about the freedom of speech and how he felt he was being persecuted for speaking up about the Central Provident Fund. 

Justice Lee Seiu Kin then asked if Mr Ngerng needed time to compose himself and adjourned for lunch. 

The hearing continues this afternoon. 

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Businessman jailed 14 weeks for molesting property exec he tried to bribe

A businessman was jailed 14 weeks on Friday (July 3) for molesting and attempting to bribe a property management executive.

Nguyen The Tuan, 41, a Singapore permanent resident from Vietnam, had pleaded guilty to corruptly offering $1,000 to her and another charge of molesting her.

Court papers said Nguyen and his wife had breached the terms of their two rented service apartments in 2014 and had to hand over the units back to the local property developer.

The female property management executive assessed the damages in one of the apartments to be worth $5,000.

Nguyen offered her $1,000 as he wanted her to reduce the damages to $1,000.

She rejected his offer.

The next day, he molested her by touching her right arm, leaning in to kiss her and sniffing her neck.

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41 arrested from syndicate that scammed illegal foreign workers

A suspected syndicate member is nabbed.

They were part of a syndicate suspected of illegally bringing in foreign labour.

These 41 people — including the alleged mastermind and other syndicate members — were nabbed after the authorities carried out an islandwide enforcement operation.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said the suspects were arrested on July 1 and 2.

A suspected syndicate member being brought away. PHOTO: MOM

Here's how the syndicate worked:

♦ It would set up shell companies to bring in the foreign workers.

♦ The workers realise they have been scammed when their employers turn out to be shell companies. As victims, they have to pay for their own costs of living in Singapore.

♦ Some of the workers willingly paid large sums of money to be part of the scam in order to obtain a genuine work pass. They would then seek illegal employment.

The ministry said syndicate members can face up to two years' jail, or be fined up to $6,000, or both for each illegal worker. If convicted of at least six similar offences at the same trial, they also face caning.

Employers who hire illegal foreign workers can be fined up to $30,000 or be jailed up to 12 months, or both.

They may also be barred from employing foreign workers.

Foreigners who work without valid work passes can be fined up to $20,000 or be jailed up to 24 months, or both. They may also be barred from working in Singapore.