Liu Ling Ling wants a more loving society for son

Getai singer Liu Ling Ling aims to educate fans on LGBT issues through Pink Dot ambassadorship

REUNITED: Pink Dot 2016 ambassadors Shigga Shay and Liu Ling Ling co-starred as mother and son in a movie last year.

Local veteran getai singer Liu Ling Ling had never heard of Pink Dot before she was named one of its ambassadors this year.

But being the mother of a three-year-old boy spurred the 53-year-old on to accept the role.

Launched in 2009, Pink Dot is an annual non-profit event in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community here. This year's edition will be held on June 4 at Hong Lim Park at 3pm.

Liu, who made headlines for giving birth at 50 after undergoing artificial insemination, told The New Paper in Mandarin at Pink Dot 2016's media session on Thursday: "Given my age, I don't know how many years I have left to be with my child.

"But I want (him) to grow up in a society with love, because only then can he be happy."

Pink Dot 2016's other celebrity ambassadors are TV host-writer Anita Kapoor and rapper Shigga Shay. (See report below.)

Previous years' ambassadors included actors Kumar, Lim Yu Beng and Sebastian Tan, actresses Sharon Au, Michelle Chia and Patricia Mok, and YouTube stars Munah and Hirzi.

REUNION

This year's ambassadorship marked a reunion of sorts for Liu and Shigga Shay, 23. They co-starred in Royston Tan's musical-comedy movie 3688 as mother and son last year.

Liu said excitedly: "We didn't know that we would meet each other again as ambassadors.

"I immediately asked Shigga if he was straight and he said that he liked girls to death!"

While this year will be her first time attending Pink Dot, Liu said of her friends and family in the LGBT community: "We have many people in this industry who are LGBT.

"I've seen conflicts arise simply because they are LGBT. They have been stared at and provoked for no reason and I'll have to console them."

Liu sees the ambassadorship as a chance to educate her fans, who are mostly made up of the elderly.

She said: "Most of them are not afraid of their child being LGBT, but rather, fearful of having to answer to their relatives. Precisely because the elderly don't understand LGBT, the onus is on me to explain to them how we can become a more tolerant society."

"But I want (him) to grow up in a society with love, because only then can he be happy."

- Getai singer Liu Ling Ling on her three-year-son being the reason for her taking up the Pink Dot ambassadorship

Lawyer: CPA can take over President's custodial powers

The Constitutional Commission received over 100 submissions on the review of the elected presidency. The Eurasian Association, a group of law students and three lawyers clarified their submissions in a public hearing at the Supreme Court yesterday.

The Eurasian Association: (From left) Mr Timothy de Souza, trustee, Mr Martin Marini, honorary treasurer, Mr Benett Theseira, president, Dr Alexius A. Pereira, vice-president.

THE EURASIAN ASSOCIATION

Mr Timothy de Souza, trustee, Mr Martin Marini, honorary treasurer, Mr Benett Theseira, president, Dr Alexius A. Pereira, vice-president

To ensure minority representation, the self-help group suggests a Group Representation Constituency (GRC) style of process, where a team runs with two or three members.

The front runner would be the President while the other members would be appointed to the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA). It could be a requirement for the leader of the team to be a minority once every three elections if a minority has not been president for the past two terms.

In response to commission member Chan Heng Chee's concern that this GRC system is a form of "closed minority election", Mr Theseira argued that this approach would dilute the impact of possible unhappiness if people were forced to vote for a minority candidate. It would also prevent competition among the different minorities.


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SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

Second-year law students (from left) Mr Mok Zi Cong, Mr Mohamed Arshad Mohamed Tahir, Mr Ko Yuen Hyung, Mr Alexander Lee

The undergrads think the criteria of those appointed to the CPA should be adjusted to recognise their role of providing specialist advice.

They suggested the CPA to be restructured into three units - legal, financial and appointments - that mirror the role of the President.

They noted that the current eligibility criteria is low, and those who have been appointed into the CPA so far "exceed the criteria by quite some distance". (See report above.)

For the purpose of transparency, they suggested advice rendered by the CPA to the President to be published in the government Gazette.


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MR REY FOO

Lawyer

Noting the "political-style" campaigns of the last presidential campaign, Mr Foo thinks an ad hoc tribunal is needed to ensure that candidates refrain from making "grandiose promises to get the populist vote", which would give rise to wrong expectations about the role of the elected President.

The tribunal could include a judicial officer, or be a part of the Presidential Elections Committee. Any member of the public or a presidential hopeful can raise a complaint to the tribunal.

"The election process for an elected President should be of an entirely different flavour compared to a normal general election for Parliamentary seats. The office of the elected President has limited powers enshrined by the Constitution," Mr Foo said.


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MR RANVIR KUMAR SINGH

Lawyer

Currently, a candidate from the private sector must have served no less than three years as chairman or chief executive of a company with a paid-up capital of at least $100 million, or any other comparable position of seniority. Mr Singh thinks the qualifying threshold for companies should be updated as the economy evolves.

He suggests the paid-up capital requirement be increased to $500 million, citing Singtel as the benchmark, whose paid-up capital has increased about five times from 1993.

This is also reflected in Central Provident Fund balances, which has risen five times since the 1990s.

Qualitative criteria should also be considered. These include net tangible assets (to be set at $1 billion), substantive business operations, and profitability requirements, so the size of the company would not be the only factor considered.


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MR RONALD WONG

Lawyer

He suggests a system where the CPA votes for a President themselves.

The six-member CPA - which would be required to have minority representation - would consist of two elected members, two selected by the Prime Minister, and one each selected by the Chief Justice and the head of the Public Service Commission.

The appointed President will have a ceremonial role, and using the President's custodial power would be exercised by a majority vote among the remaining five CPA members.

Mr Wong also argued there will be sufficient checks on the Government as there would be two elected CPA members and two CPA members appointed by independent key office holders.

Singapore goes mad over Mackie

US actor Anthony Mackie steals the show at Captain America: Civil War promo

FAN FAVOURITE: Mackie getting cosy with a jubilant fan.
FAN FAVOURITE: Reporter Natasha Meah snags a selfie - and a hand-holding - with Anthony Mackie.
IMPRESSED: Mackie surprised fan Nur Qumaira Adam when he replied to her question in sign language.

Ah, Anthony Mackie.

The crowd-pleaser, the sweetheart, the flirt, the life of the party.

Out of all the cast members who graced the Captain America: Civil War blue carpet event at Marina Bay Sands on Thursday evening, the 37-year-old US actor stole not only the show, but everyone's hearts too.

As Mackie - who plays Sam Wilson/Falcon in the movie - made his way down the blue carpet, he did not just stop to snap selfies, sign autographs and share a few hugs with and plant kisses on lucky fans.

At one point, he even ditched protocol by climbing over the barrier around the VIP section to mingle with fans, some of whom had been queueing since the wee hours of Thursday.

 

 

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Before going on stage to join emcees Glenn Ong and Stephanie Carrington, Mackie stopped to shake hands, high-five and take pictures with a group of young fans from the 26 beneficiaries of Marina Bay Sands' corporate social responsibility programme Sands for Singapore.

Then came this reporter's chance of a lifetime.

I waved my hand frantically and managed to catch Mackie's attention just before he went on stage. He grabbed my hand and said, "Hey baby!"

I asked if I could get a picture with him, to which he replied, "Sure thing, but you're gonna have to snap it baby."

When Civil War stars Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan, and co-director Joe Russo joined Mackie on stage, four youngsters were invited to post questions to the actors.

Nur Qumaira Adam, 15, who was from the Singapore Association for the Deaf, asked Evans through a sign language interpreter: "Do you love Singapore as much as Singapore loves you?"

Mackie then tapped Nur Qumaira on the shoulder and replied back in sign language with a hand gesture across his face. Nur Qumaira, the interpreter and Evans were surprised and impressed.

When Carrington asked Mackie what the gesture meant, he said, "She knows", implying it was a special message between him and his young fan. Later on, it was revealed that the actor had said: "You're beautiful" and "Thank you".

 

 

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Mackie also charmed the media at the movie's press conference earlier that day.

When asked how Team Cap approached the international promotional tours for the movie, he said: "We try to get to know the culture we're in and eat the food, whereas Team Iron Man would go from the press conference to the spa, from the spa to their jet. It's about learning stuff about the people, stingray, chilli crab, stuff like that, learning 'yes, lah' or 'no, lah'."

 

 

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Mackie continued on a charm offensive at the round table interview, where he playfully flirted with a female reporter seated next to him.

But too bad, ladies.

Mackie is happily married to Ms Sheletta Chapital, with whom he has three children, and he's known her since he was seven years old.


"We try to get to know the culture we're in and eat the food, whereas Team Iron Man would go from the press conference to the spa, from the spa to their jet. It's about learning stuff about the people, stingray, chilli crab, stuff like that, learning 'yes, lah' or 'no, lah' ."

- US actor Anthony Mackie can't resist taking a swipe at Team Iron Man

Boardroom shake-ups add to Tampines' struggles

But club chief Krishna says FAS 
should help Stags address cash-flow issues as they are on the right track

MOUNTING COSTS: Tampines' wage bill and participation in the AFC Cup this season have added to their expenses.

One of his most important goals is to change mindsets about local football and the financial models governing it, but Tampines Rovers chairman Krishna Ramachandra has to first negotiate cash-flow issues and deal with the resignation of at least four members of their management committee.

Former club chairman Teo Hock Seng - who led Tampines from 1999 until November last year - has also called time on his role as 
adviser of the Stags.

"He (Teo) is not in the committee, he and some members of the committee have resigned and I've taken over by virtue of the fact that there is no chairman, and I was the vice-chairman from the previous committee," Krishna told The New Paper yesterday, adding that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has already issued a statement with regard to his appointment.

"Technically, the new committee is appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), with members appointed who are approved by the S.League and FAS. We have not done the AGM, and there is no record (of the new leadership) in the Registry of Society (ROS), but that is a technicality."

TNP understands that within the last two weeks, four members of the club's nine-strong management committee submitted resignations which were accepted by Krishna.

According to rule No. 6 of the S.League clubs' constitution, the S.League, as the "Founding Member", reserves the right to appoint six members of a club's management committee, including the chairman.

While the FAS did not answer questions on how Krishna was allowed to act in the interests of the club, and what the implications are on responsibility, a spokesman said in a statement: "While the clubs are autonomous entities and are registered societies, we will always endeavour to support them in their initiatives and alleviate any challenges they may face within the prescribed guidelines and regulatory framework."

In an interview with TNP on Thursday, Krishna, 44, acknowledged that he had approached the FAS for help over cash-flow issues.

Sources have revealed that the four Tampines committee members submitted their written resignations after Tampines' sponsor, Komoco Motors and Teo, had handed over $360,000 of the $400,000 promised for the entire year, within the first three months of the 2016 S.League season.

Lawyer Krishna yesterday called for the FAS to make its position known, as he looks to keep the title contenders on a path forward.

"If you can concede that the last three months of the season have been exciting, have drawn crowds to the league, and that football has been revived... as a result of actions by Tampines and a few other clubs, then the FAS must either support or penalise the club responsible for it," he said, pointing to the advance subsidies that he has requested from the FAS to aid the club in getting over their cash-flow issues.

S.League clubs are each due around $600,000 in annual subsidies from the FAS - that are paid out in monthly tranches of approximately $50,000 - with an additional amount of some $300,000 to come should clubs meet pre-determined targets.

RIGHT THINGS

Said Krishna: "If the FAS believes that we are doing right things, then support it, if the model is completely wrong, then let it be known - that's my position.

"But all the signals we've received is that we've been doing a great job in reviving Singapore football."

While he asserts that the club have not overstepped in terms of planning their annual budget, he would be willing to "curtail expenses".

TNP understands that some players within Tampines' star-studded 24-man squad have been earmarked to be released to other clubs during the mid-season transfer window from May 16 to June 10.

Krishna revealed that his financial model, centred on an academy - in partnership with Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho - instead of jackpot operations that most clubs rely on, has had to "be put on the back-burner" because of the cash- flow issues.

"I'm aggrieved that certain quarters (in the football fraternity) feel that we should not be supported, even though we are pushing the bar, and I see no reason why the FAS and S.League cannot come together to make this (Tampines effort) work," he said, moving to allay fears of fans and players, who Krishna assured will be paid their salaries.

"We may be slower off the blocks, but we are confident we will finish the race."

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First Euros, now Copa

Singtel secures rights for special edition of South America’s biggest football tournament

SPECIAL EDITION: Officials, including (from far left) former Colombia captain Carlos Valderrama and ex-US star Alexi Lalas, conducting the draw for this June's Copa America Centenario.
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Home striker Ilso downs arch-rivals Warriors

Dane inspires Protectors to a tough derby win

TWO TO TANGO: Home United's Ken Ilso (in red) controlling proceedings as Warriors FC's Syaqir Sulaiman keeps a close watch.

WARRIORS FC 1

(Jonathan Behe 63)

HOME UNITED 2

(Song Ui Young 20, Ken Ilso 85)

It was a match littered with careless passing and comical defending.

But former Bundesliga forward Ken Ilso showed his class by leading Home United to a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Warriors FC in a Great Eastern-Yeo's S.League clash at Jalan Besar Stadium last night.

This was the 57th uniformed derby between the two clubs, and the Warriors could have set up a 25th win with an early goal, but Kento Fukuda could not divert Nikola Rak's shot from Zulfadli Zainal Abidin's 11th-minute corner past Yazid Yasin.

They were made to pay in the 20th minute when Azhar Sairudin broke clear and relayed the ball to Ilso, whose square pass was bravely slid into goal by Song Ui Young at the back post.

Seven minutes after the half-time break, Home's Aqhari Abdullah failed to capitalise on Rak's turnover, opting to shoot when he had Azhar and Ilso in support.

From then on, an equaliser looked inevitable and it came 11 minutes later, when Hyrulnizam Juma'at and Sirina Camara's lines got crossed, allowing Jonathan Behe to sneak in, steal the ball and tap it into an empty net.

While his teammates hung their heads in despair, up stepped Ilso, the former Fortuna Duesseldorf man, to get the job done in front of 2,308 fans.

JOB DONE

Five minutes from time, the 29-year-old Dane won the ball in midfield and spread it to the left for Camara.

The Frenchman made amends for an earlier howler with a tantalising cross for Ilso to finish from close range and seal Home's 18th uniformed derby win.

Post-match, both coaches lauded the Home playmaker.

Protectors coach Philippe Aw said: "Ken played an important role in the final minutes, scoring the goal and after that using all of his experience to slow the game down.

"We played him in a wider role today and you all saw the work he did in defence and attack.

"However, we need to stop giving away easy goals. The equaliser was a result of miscommunication and we will continue to work on improving.

"We really have to stop such mistakes, if not we will continue to drop points."

With the result, Home moved up to fifth, three points ahead of sixth-placed Warriors FC.

Warriors coach Jorg Steinebrunner felt a draw would have been a fairer result, but agreed that Ilso made the difference.

"Ken was brilliant. He started the move by turning our midfielder and then finished it by scoring," he said.

"We could have done better. Sure, work ethic and eagerness are welcome, but sometimes we need to keep our calm and make better decisions like put the ball out to regroup."

In last night's other match, Albirex Niigata came from behind to beat Brunei DPMM 2-1 in Bandar Seri Begawan, extending their lead at the the S.League summit to three points.

WARRIORS FC: Yazid Yasin, Syaqir
Sulaiman, Madhu Mohana, Kento Fukuda,
Zulfadli Zainal Abidin, Hafiz Osman
(Shaiful Esah 60), Poh Yi Feng, Hafiz Nor
(Fazli Jaffar 83), Nikola Rak, Hafiz Rahim
(Ridhuan Muhd 71), Jonathan Behe

HOME UNITED: Hyrulnizam Juma’at,
Juma’at Jantan, Abdil Qaiyyim, Shahrin
Saberin (Shamil Sharif 56), Sirina
Camara, Song Ui Young, Zulfahmi Arifin,
Azhar Sairudin (Syahiran Miswan 80),
Ken Ilso, Aqhari Abdullah (Faris Ramli
69), Khairul Nizam

TNP MAN OF THE MATCH:
Ken Ilso (Home United)

LAST NIGHT’S OTHER RESULT
Brunei DPMM 1 Albirex Niigata 2

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