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Mall rat drops in on foodcourt diners

TAKING OUT THE TRASH: (Above) The rat had landed on an empty tray at Food Republic at Westgate mall.
TAKING OUT THE TRASH: A cleaner catches the rat by trapping it between two trays.
IN JURONG: Westgate mall is next to Jurong East MRT interchange.

A rat fell from the ceiling at a foodcourt at Westgate Mall on Wednesday evening, causing diners to bolt from their seats in shock.

They returned to their food after a cleaner managed to trap the rat and took it away.

Westgate's marketing communications manager, Ms Mandy Chiu, said this was the first such incident at the mall and the foodcourt has stepped up its pest control efforts.

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Rubber band looms here safe to wear

Rubber band loom products sold here meet safety standards, Spring Singapore has found.

Earlier this month, the standards agency had received feedback that some of the rubber bands contained excessive amounts of phthalates. These chemicals make plastics more flexible and durable, but they have also been associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Spring Singapore sent samples of the products from retailers for testing to two laboratories accredited by the Singapore Accreditation Council.

The products were found to contain a concentration of phthalates within the safety requirement of 0.1 per cent.

Mr Steven Tan, group director for quality and standards at Spring Singapore, said: "As the safety authority for general consumer goods in Singapore, we take feedback on consumer product safety very seriously. We are glad that this was brought to our attention, as it allowed us to look into safety concerns of the product.

"Spring closely monitors international recalls and incidents on consumer products. We will remain vigilant and continue to conduct market surveillance on consumer products."

Shanmugam defends death penalty at UN

Singapore's Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam

Singapore has defended its continued use of the death penalty at a side event of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly meeting.

Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who is also Law Minister, said there was a need to assess the different situations in different countries.

Pointing out that capital punishment in Singapore was targeted at drug traffickers, Mr Shanmugam said: "Drug production and transportation is now a major sophisticated multinational corporation activity run by cold, calculating, ruthless operators who trade the lives of their victims for profit."

Every year, he added, drug abuse kills up to 250,000 people worldwide, most of them young people.


The high-level event, known as Moving Away from the Death Penalty: National Leadership, saw UN officials push for an end to capital punishment.

Calling it a "primitive practice" which was "unjust and incompatible with human rights" and should be abolished, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said: "The right to life represents everything the UN stands for."

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said: "Revenge alone is not justice.

"As we work toward that objective, enabling contrition, we must continue to put an end to the application of the death penalty, which is the very example of human vengeance at its worst."

He also said it disproportionately affected the poor and minorities.

But Mr Shanmugam, who linked the fact that Singapore is one of the safest countries to its tough stance on drugs, said: "This is not revenge; this is not vengeance. This is based on the principle of deterrence and clear rule of law."

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