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    Ninety-four cats and kittens were rescued by the Cat Welfare Society from dire conditions in a three-room flat at Fernvale Link in Sengkang on Jun 26.

    A Facebook page set up for the cats called Saving the Siameses described the extreme conditions the cats were living in.

    "They reek of urine and poop. This is expected. Their bodies are stained with urine and caked-up poop stuck to their fur. In [addition], there are many of them with wounds of pus, some with missing eyeballs, and a whole lot of them are having cat flu - mucus and all."

    The volunteers worked tirelessly to rescue the cats from the flat and soon realised that the three catteries they had rented to house the expected 56 was not enough as more and more of them appeared.

    94 cats rescued from 3-room Sengkang flat, AVA investigating

    The society was alerted to the incident after several neighbours of the family had made complaints to the Housing Development Board (HDB), most of which are Siamese, reports The Straits Times.

    The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) are investigating the case as there are "alleged welfare issues".

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:48
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    Stomp understands that a man claiming to "work closely with the police" while controlling traffic on an MRT train does not work with or for the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

    The video of the man dressed in a security uniform advising commuters to move in on the train has sparked some debate among netizens on whether he really works with the police.

    In the video taken and shared by Stomp contributor Eric, the man tells commuters to move in and to make way for those alighting.

    This man dressed as security guard on train does NOT work with the Police

    He also advised the commuters to look after their belongings and then told the ladies that if anybody "touched" them, to report it to him.

    The video was also shared on SBS - Sure Boh Singapore's Facebook page.

    According to Eric, the man claimed to work closely with the police and he overheard him saying on the phone:

    "Good evening, Sir. I want to report to you that the train is very safe now, no one is doing illegal things, can I end my work shift now?"

    Eric then questioned if this is real.

    Some netizens slammed the man in the video for interfering and being "kaypoh" but others lauded him for helping to make train rides safer for all passengers, even if he is not authorised to do so.

    Watch the video below.

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    So this uncle who dressed completely like a security officer (uniform, name tag, Security Officer Work ID, badge)...

    Posted by Eric Ting on Monday, 26 June 2017
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:51

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    SINGAPORE - A Singaporean man has been fined $72,000 for hiring 19 foreigners without valid work passes to work at pasar malams, or night markets, last year.

    Sao Wei Loon, 40, pleaded guilty in court yesterday. He was convicted of eight charges, with 11 other charges taken into consideration for sentencing purposes. Sao will serve the default sentence of six months' imprisonment in lieu of the fine.

    Investigations revealed that Sao hired the 19, who were social visit pass holders, to work illegally as food and beverage stall assistants at three pasar malams located at Geylang Serai, Tampines and Toa Payoh.

    The illegal employment period ranged from three days to more than three weeks, and the offence was committed between June 1 and Sept 16, 2016.

    Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, employers are not allowed to hire any foreigner without first obtaining a valid work pass.

    Employers who flout the law can be fined a maximum of $30,000 or up to 12 months' imprisonment, or to both. They will also be banned from employing foreign workers.

    Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said it conducts inspections from time to time, and foreigners working in Singapore must hold a valid work pass. Those working in bazaars or pasar malams are not exempted from this requirement.

    In the last two years, 109 employers were convicted for illegal employment offences.

    MOM's director of employment inspectorate Kandhavel Periyasamy said: "This is a particularly egregious case of illegal employment as Sao had illegally employed large number of foreigners on social visit pass. We will continue to take tough enforcement action against employers who illegally employ foreigners."

    a1admin@sph.com.sg

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 11:41
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    Under Singapore's Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, employers are not allowed to hire any foreigner without first obtaining a valid work pass. Employers who flout the law can be fined a maximum of $30,000 or up to 12 months' imprisonment, or to both. They will also be banned from employing foreign workers.

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    A Singaporean man was arrested on Jun 23 at Phnom Penh International Airport as he attempted to flee the country.

    Stomp contributor Fisherman Friend alerted Stomp to the Cambodian news via Facebook.

    Eng Wei Khiong was wanted on fraud charges for cheating customers out of nearly US$3 million ($4 million).

    The Interior Ministry's criminal department made the arrest, executing a warrant for the 34-year-old director of Securecom Media Co. Ltd, reports Khmer Times.

    Dara Sophanha, a lawyer representing more than 100 of his victims, said that he is accused of fraud and breach of trust for cheating hundreds of people out of nearly US$3 million.

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    The suspect in the double murder of an elderly couple in their Bedok flat has reportedly been nabbed.

    Indonesian Khasanah, 41, who was earlier believed to have fled to her home country by boat, was caught in Jambi province last night (June 27), Lianhe Wanbao reported.

    The Chinese evening daily quoted Indonesian news portal Tribrata News as saying that a tip-off had led police to Khasanah's whereabouts.

    She was first tracked to an internet cafe, where she was reading online news articles about herself. Police then followed her to a hotel and arrested her there.

    Valuables including jewellery, five watches and money in eight currencies were found in her possession.

    The suspect, who was the victims' maid, has admitted to killing Chia Ngim Fong, 79, and Chin Sek Fah, 78, according to Tribrata News.

    a1admin@sph.com.sg

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    The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) announced on Tuesday (27 Jun) the launch of PayNow, a new peer-to-peer funds transfer service that will allow customers to send and receive funds from one bank to another by simply using their mobile number or NRIC.

    The service will be launched from 8am on July 10 this year, and customers of seven participating banks - Citibank, DBS Bank/POSB, HSBC, Maybank, OCBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and United Overseas Bank would be able to use it without leaving the various internet banking platforms or mobile banking apps.

    The seven participating banks are said to cover about 90 per cent of total retail transaction volume, according to ABS director Ong-Ang Ai Boon, so PayNow is likely to benefit most customers in Singapore.

    Unlike DBS' PayLah!, there would also be no need for a mobile wallet to conduct transactions.

    The service will be free, and made available all day, every day.

    PayNow will use FAST (Fast And Secure Transfers), the service that, since March 2014, has been letting customers transfer funds from one bank to another almost instantly.

    Photo: ABS

    To note though, the service will only cover transactions in Singapore dollars, and within Singapore boundaries.

    In Line With Cashless Push By The Government

    The launch comes in line with the push towards innovation in payments by the government.

    In February, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talked about how we "need a good electronic payment system".

    "If you compare (what we have) with other countries, there is a lot more we have to learn. We have not gone as far as we need in order to do cashless payments in hawker centres, in shops, between people. I was complaining to my permanent secretaries the other day. The ministers have lunch once a week together, we pay for our own lunch and there is one minister in charge of making a collection. We made a great step forward when he said: "I do not want to receive cash anymore, please write me cheques." The permanent secretaries told me they are one step ahead, they use PayLah, which is a DBS application. But it shows how non-pervasive it is and what the potential is if we can get it through."

    Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat also mentioned at ABS' 44th annual dinner last night that a Payments Council led by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will be set up in the move towards a Smart Nation and cashless society.

    The Council will be made up of 18 representatives from banks, payment companies, industry associations and businesses.

    The Question Of Security

    In its press release, ABS assures that the service will "adopt the same high security standards established by the banking industry in Singapore for funds transfer including FAST".

    To ensure that funds don't end up going to the wrong person, the sender would also be able to see the recipient's name before confirming the transfer. Any changes in mobile numbers should also be reported immediately, so that banks can automatically de-link the old number from the bank account.

    Are you excited for the new service, and would you use it when it's officially launched?

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 08:30
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    Commuters were frustrated when their travel time was extended due to a delay on the East West MRT Line from Pioneer to Tuas Link yesterday morning (Jun 28).

    Stomp contributor Braveheart was one of the many affected when he boarded a train at Lakeside at 8.32am to get to Tuas Link which is seven stops away.

    What should have only taken around 26 minutes, according to SMRT's journey planner, took over an hour when the Stomp contributor finally arrived at his destination at 9.48am.

    According to Braveheart, the delay started from Pioneer station.

    Commuters told to alight train '3 times' after delay on East West Line from Pioneer to Tuas Link

    "They told us that there was a signalling fault," he said.

    "We were told to get off the train three times and to change trains after waiting.

    "We were also stuck at Tuas West Road station where we could not go backwards or forwards."

    Stomp contributor Eric told Stomp that the delay on the East West Line affected him on the North South Line as well where crowds of commuters were left waiting on the platform at Choa Chu Kang station.

    They were told to add 10 minutes to their travelling time due to a train fault from Joo Koon towards Tuas Link.

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    The awning of a coffeeshop at Jurong East came crashing down during a heavy downpour yesterday afternoon (Jun 28).

    The incident happened at Choice@215, a coffeeshop at Block 215, Jurong East Street 21.

    Passers-by confirmed that the incident happened at around 4pm.

    Due to the heavy downpour, patrons who were seated outside had also moved into the coffeeshop, narrowly escaping the falling awning.

    Stomp contributor Jonathan alerted Stomp to the incident and sent in some photos taken at the scene.

    Awning of Jurong East coffeeshop collapses during heavy rainfall

    From the photos, the awning appeared to have been completely dislodged, along with a tin roof and ceiling fans, falling over some tables and chairs below.

    The area was also littered with debris.

    Stomp understands that no one was injured in the incident.

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    Awning of a coffeeshop at Block 215 Jurong East collapsed at about 4pm this afternoon, no reported injuries. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/2tkXomC

    Posted by Stomp on Wednesday, 28 June 2017
    Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 09:23
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    Train service on the North-South Line was suspended after signalling faults at around 5.30pm yesterday (June 28).

    Several Stompers were among the commuters affected by the delay and lamented about how they had to take the free bus services provided by SMRT instead.

    At 5.46pm, the train operator tweeted that "train services along #NSL are progressively returning to normal" asked that commuters cater for an additional 15 minutes of travel time.

    They said at 6.10pm, "Train services on the #NSL will be [delayed] for 30 mins. Free regular bus services are still available on the #NSL" and added at 6.32pm, "Train services between #JUR and #MSP are running both bounds."

    Stomp contributor Iceberg, who had to alight at Orchard MRT station, cautioned others against taking the train "as the whole line has been terminated since 5pm".

    Scene at Orchard MRT station. PHOTO: Stomper Iceberg
    Scene outside Orchard MRT station. PHOTO: Stomper Iceberg
    Scene outside Netwon MRT station. PHOTO: Stomper Gowrie

    "I'm now also forced to take the long journey by bus back to Serangoon," added the Stomp contributor.

    Stomp contributor Gowrie told Stomp, "Really stressful. I am rushing to work. And I don't think I can make it.

    "The buses that are coming are full. Full enough that the bus might just topple over. Not exaggerating."

    According to The Straits Times, signalling issues had affected part of the East-West line between Joo Koon and Tuas Link as well.

    Earlier today, commuters reported having to 'alight the train three times' after a delay on the East West Line from Pioneer to Tuas Link.

    Watch the videos taken by Stomp contributor Chee Kiang at Choa Chu Kang below.

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    SINGAPORE - Two Singaporean siblings have been charged with corruption-related offences committed in China.

    Judy Teo Suya Bik, 65, and Teo Chu Ha alias Henry Teo, 68, were each charged with 50 counts of corruptly obtaining gratification amounting to 11 million yuan (S$2 million) from Shanghai Long-Distance Transportation Co. (SLT) and Feili International Transport Co., Ltd (Feili) as a reward for assisting the two companies in securing contracts with Seagate Technology International (Seagate).

    This was done by providing to SLT and Feili confidential information obtained from Henry Teo who was formerly the senior director of logistics at Seagate.

    The offences were committed in Shanghai, China from April 2007 to November 2010.

    Both of them also have a charge of being involved in an arrangement where Judy Teo's benefits of $700,000 were used to acquire a condominium unit under her name.

    The Straits Times report said "the siblings were not represented by a lawyer and told the court that they intend to engage one and claim trial."

    They are out on bail and will be back in court on July 13. The bail amount was not mentioned in court.

    A statement by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said "Singapore adopts a zero tolerance approach towards corruption. The CPIB takes a serious view of any corrupt and criminal practices, and will not hesitate to take action against any party involved in such acts."

    Offenders convicted of corruption can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $100,000 for each charge.

    spanaech@sph.com.sg

     

    Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 14:28

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