S'porean agent tried to sublet HDB rental flat

File photo of HDB flats
File photo of HDB flats.

A 48-year-old Singaporean was convicted for unlicensed estate agency work.

Jordan Goh Swee Thye was sentenced to a fine of $16,000, or in default six weeks imprisonment.

Investigations by the Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) revealed that Jordan Goh Swee Thye had advertised a HDB flat in Block 92 Henderson Road for rental on www.gumtree.com.sg. 

The flat was a HDB rental flat and HDB does not allow any sublet of the flat, the CEA said in a statement.

A subtenant saw the advertisement, contacted him and arranged to view the property.

Jordan Goh conducted the viewing and assisted in negotiating rent between the main tenant and the subtenant.

Tenancy agreement

The monthly rent was agreed at $1,200 and a tenancy agreement was signed for a year from February 2012 till February last year.

Jordan Goh collected $600 commission each from the tenant and subtenant. 

He was aware it was a rental flat and he knew it was not supposed to be tenanted out.

HDB then took action against the main tenant and repossessed the flat in June 2012 after it was discovered that the flat was illegally sublet.

As a result, the subtenant was unable to occupy the flat.

He reported the matter to CEA.

He was unable to recover the rental deposit from the main tenant and his commission from Jordan Goh.

After investigation, Jordan Goh was charged by CEA in court on June 18 and sentenced on Sept 10.


Tre, 'this is exasperating' kid, appears on Ellen

Kid who told his mom her pregnancy news was "exasperating" appears on US talk show Ellen Degeneres to explain himself.

Remember the extremely annoyed kid that had the cutest reaction when his mum revealed she was pregnant?

Yes, six-year-old Tre and his mother Shanee were guests on the show when Ellen Degeneres asked the little boy some tough questions.

"Do you know what exasperating means?", the famed show host asked the kid after his funny little video went viral.

Little Trey replied: "Yes...it means what were you thinking (and) this is not fair."

Degeneres then went on to ask "did somebody tell you they were exasperated before? Where did you hear that word?"

Little Tre, while pointing to his head, goes to say: "I just got it from my head."

Watch the cute interview here: 

Tre's mother, Shanee, goes on to tell the host that her husband, William Hart, is a soldier serving in Afghanistan, when Tre adorably reveals that he misses his father "infinity and beyond".

In typical Degeneres style, she tells them that she has a gift for them which turns out to be the most unexpected heartwarming gift which brought Shanee to tears and left Tre in shock.

Check out what the big surprise was here:

As annoyed as Tre is about the crying baby that's on its way, Degeneres' gifts must have made him feel a lot better. 

Sources: YouTube

Third Malaysian killed in Syria

Mohd Lotfi was said to have fought for the Ajnad As Syam movement
Mohd Lotfi was said to have fought for the Ajnad As Syam movement.

Former Internal Security Act detainee Mohd Lotfi Ariffin has become the third Malaysian to die in war-torn Syria.

Sources said the Kuala Ketil-born Mohd Lotfi, 46, was severely injured on his left arm and head as missiles rained on a militant base in east Hama on Tuesday morning.

Following the attack, Mohd Lotfi, who allegedly fought for the Ajnad As Syam movement, was transported to a hospital in Hatay, Turkey.

“Doctors tried their best to save him. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after prayers on Saturday,” The Star quoted a source as saying.

It is learnt that Mohd Lotfi’s body will be buried in Turkey.

The other Malaysian militant killed in Syria was Zainan Harith, also known as Abu Turob, who was fatally wounded during a clash in Hama on Aug 19.

Pahang-born Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki gained notoriety as the first Malaysian suicide bomber to be killed abroad.

Source: The Star


Tags: malaysia, jihad and Syria

Stuck in a tree in M'sia, paraglider is freed more than two hours later

A French paraglider was left dangling 24 metres off the ground for more than two hours in a Malaysian jungle.
A French paraglider was left dangling 24 metres off the ground for more than two hours in a Malaysian jungle.

A French paraglider was left dangling for more than two hours in the Kuala Kubu Baru jungle in Malaysia. 

Her friend, who was also part of the same paragliding club, called the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department after the parachute was caught in a tree branch, 24 metres off the ground.

The call was made at about 1.20pm yesterday. Rescuers freed her a few hours later.

“We... managed to get her down at about 4pm," said Operations commander Md Razi Hassan.

Six officers from the department rushed to the scene, and found the 28-year-old woman “hanging like a puppet”.

Md Razi Hassan said they had to climb a tree that had fallen next to the one she was caught on to create a rig to bring her down safely. 

“She had no injuries but was quite tired,” said Md Razi.

Source: The Star

Pistorius set to cash in with book on the night he shot girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius' book could fetch him a tidy sum of money and offset his legal bills.
Oscar Pistorius' book could fetch him a tidy sum of money and offset his legal bills.

He got off lightly in the murder case.

Now South African “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius is set to cash in by writing a book on the night he shot her and the murder trial which followed, Mail Online reported.

Pistorius, 27, was charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp during last year’s Valentine’s Day.

But he was acquitted of pre-meditated murder and charged with culpable homicide instead.

His manager and close confidant, Peet van Zyl, told The Observer that he and the track star had spent the months leading up to his murder trial fleshing out a book proposal.

“He will write his own book,” Mr van Zyl was quoted as saying.

Ideas and concepts

“We’ve discussed it. We’ve talked about ideas and concepts.

“I will sit down with him once everything is done and decide what we are going to do. We have to wait until Oct 13 before we can think about anything.

"After that we will tell the world what we are going to do.”

The book is bound to bring film offers in its wake.

Most importantly, it could help Pistorius raise funds to settle his legal costs which is believed to be huge, considering that he had hired a formidable legal team.

Source: Mail Online, Observer


Police appeal for information on missing girl, 12

Angeline Tan Weilin has been missing since Aug 28.
Angeline Tan Weilin has been missing since Aug 28.

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of 12-year-old Chinese girl, Angeline Tan Weilin.

She was last seen in the vicinity of Blk 130, Rivervale Street on Aug 28 at about 7am, the police said in a statement.

 Anyone with information is requested to call the Police Hotline at 1800 – 255 0000.

Information can also be submitted online via the Crime Stopper portal at www.police.gov.sg/CrimeStopper.

Another suspected case of Ebola in Malaysia

File photo of Liberian soldiers setting up Ebola roadblocks and stopping public access to some of the worst-hit towns.
File photo of Liberian soldiers setting up Ebola roadblocks and stopping public access to some of the worst-hit towns.

Another suspected case of Ebola has been reported in Malaysia.

This time the case is in Kuching, capital of Sarawak, Malay Mail reported.

The patient is believed to be an African male suffering from fever.

Dr Zulkifli Jantan, the state health director, confirmed on Monday that they are monitoring the suspect.

“Yes, investigations are being carried out. No details yet. He is only a suspect,” he told Malay Mail Online by e-mail.

Dr Zulkifli declined to elaborate.

No cause for alarm

He added that there was no cause for alarm. 

The first suspected case was reported in Perak last week, but the tests proved negative.

More than 2,400 people have died from the disease so far in West Africa.

Source:  Malay Mail

More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts escape from rehab

More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have escaped from a rehabilitation centre where they were detained to receive compulsory treatment.
More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have escaped from a rehabilitation centre where they were detained to receive compulsory treatment.

More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have escaped from a rehabilitation centre where they were detained to receive compulsory treatment, a local official said today.

The detainees, many wielding sticks, broke free from the centre near the port city of Haiphong in north-east Vietnam on Sunday.

“(They) fled after breaking the door and threatened the guards with sticks,” Nguyen Huy Hoang, an official from Thuy Nguyen district – where the centre is located – said.

Police found some of the addicts back at their homes, while around 30 others voluntarily returned to the treatment centre.

“The police are searching for those who are still at large,” he added.

The communist government enforces the compulsory treatment programme for the country’s estimated 140,000 drug addicts.

Photo: CNB

Addicts must undergo two-year spells of “rehabilitation” - in what the government describes as an effort to bring down rising rates of drug use, especially among young people.

Addicts complained after the centre reduced the amount the amount of money spent on food.

The United States-based Human Rights Watch said the treatment centres are “forced labour camps” where inmates do not receive proper health care and are often subjected to physical violence.

Addicts are mostly forced to report to the centres by their family or local authorities, but they are not criminals. - AFP


Mobile phone addicts, now you can walk and text in Chinese city's special lane

Handphone users, please move to the right lane. Other pedestrians go to the left.

If you want to use your mobile phone while walking around the city, make sure you're in the correct lane.

The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a special lane for people who simply have to walk and text.


The 30-metre stretch of pedestrian road is divided with clear white markers. One side is reserved for pedestrians who are handset-free while the other is reserved for those who really, really need to text or stare at their handphones while walking, reported the Telegraph.

It seems the city authorities have copied the idea from a National Geographic program earlier in 2014, the report added.

If you think this sounds like a ridiculous idea, we would like to direct your attention to this video report on the rising number of people getting injured because they did not pay attention while walking.


So perhaps, the city of Chongqing is on to something here.

Wonder if the lane'll get picked up by other cities, say Singapore?

Sources: The Telegraph, Twitter, YouTube

Indonesian police chief: I know what happened to missing MH370

A boy watches a Malaysia Airlines airplane on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

New mystery surrounds the disappearance of MH370 - after a police chief claimed he knew what happened to the Malaysia Airlines jet.

The head of the Indonesian Police Force, General Sutarman reportedly told a meeting of airline officials and senior police: "I actually know what had actually happened with MH370."

But the general - who uses only one name - did not reveal the information.

The Indonesian news portal, Kompas.com, said his comment was witnessed by representatives of Lion Air and several high-ranking police officers in Jakarta.

Not informed of report

Over in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur (KL), Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said he was shocked to hear the comments by his Indonesian counterpart.

Mr Bakar said yesterday (Sept 14) he was shocked to learn of the comments because Malaysian police did not have any information about the missing jet.

"I was not informed of any such report," he said.

"I would like to know which media and when such a report was published. I will ask my counterpart, whether he had said anything about the issue."

Flight MH370 dropped off the radar on March 8 as it flew from KL to Beijing with 239 passengers on board.

Flight MH370 dropped off radar on March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mh370-police-have-no-...

Malaysia's Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Lai, said the search and rescue team has found 58 solid objects on the southern Indian Ocean sea bed.

The Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre, he said, was in the midst of recovering the objects in the hope that they were wreckage parts from the ill-fated jetliner.

Sources: Malaysian Insider, Mail Online, Twitter

Tags: MH370, missing and mission