SINGAPORE - Police have arrested 60 people in Geylang for various offences during a three-day multi-agency joint operation that ended on July 21.
The operation, which involved officers from the Singapore Customs, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Criminal Investigation Department and Health Sciences Authority, covered the streets and hotels in Geylang.
Four men were arrested for peddling contraband cigarettes and illegal sale of cough mixture and tablets. The street value of the items seized amounted to over $11,000.
Seven women were arrested for vice-related offences committed in residential units and four men were also arrested for drug related offences.
A total of 44 men, aged between 17 and 65, were arrested for gaming in public and for promoting public gaming as well, while a 34-year-old man was arrested under the Secret Society Act.
Police said investigations against the suspects are ongoing.
Stomper Yong is appealing for witnesses and information about an accident on the SLE that left his 66-year-old father injured.
In a telephone interview, the Stomper said that his father was hospitalised following the accident and recounted what had happened to him.
Yong told Stomp that his father was riding his motorcycle on the left lane of the SLE after the Mandai exit at around 6.15am yesterday (Jul 22) when he was hit by a car from the back.
Following impact, the Stomper's father was flung forward onto the road. He sustained a fractured collarbone and a broken back, and is currently at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital receiving treatment.
Yong believes the car involved is a Honda Shuttle. Following the accident, the driver stopped the car and alighted to check on the Stomper's father. Yong does not know much about the driver, but described him to be young.
The Stomper would like to find out more about what happened, and is requesting for those with information or videos of the accident to come forward. He says the details will also help in facilitating accident claims.
Said a police spokesperson in response to a Stomp query:
"On 22 July 2017 at around 6.16am, the police were alerted to an accident involving a car and a motorcycle on the SLE towards the BKE.
"The 66-year-old man was conscious when conveyed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
"Police investigations are ongoing."
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A 39-year-old man was arrested at a coffeeshop at Block 304 Woodlands Street 31 yesterday (Jul 22) at around 6.45pm in relation to a case of outrage of modesty.
A Stomper was at the scene of the arrest and recorded a video of what happened with his mobile device.
In the video, a male police officer can first be seen talking to the suspect who was seated on a chair at the crowded coffeeshop.
At around the halfway mark of the video, the officer can be heard giving the man a warning in a calm but stern manner, asking him to comply with instructions.
He said he would have to use necessary force to conduct the arrest should the suspect choose not to oblige.
Thereafter, the man stood up slowly and stretched out his hands to be handcuffed.
He was told to turn around and the police officer proceeded to secure his hands at the back.
The suspect however, turned as he was being restrained. An onlooker then stepped forward and held on to him.
The suspect was eventually handcuffed towards the end of the video and escorted out of the coffeeshop.
Said a police spokesperson in response to a Stomp query:
"On 22 July 2017 at 6.45pm, the police received a call for assistance at 304 Woodlands Street 31.
"A 39-year-old man was arrested for outrage of modesty.
"Police investigations are ongoing."
What were you doing when you were 10-years-old?
For me, I was a Primary 4 student, still very much sheltered and oblivious to what was happening around me.
For Phoebe Lim, however, she has already raised over $5k to help cancer-stricken hawker Mr Tan Boon Teck, the son of Mr Tan Chong Chia, the founder of Armenian Street Char Kway Teow.
And she did it all by selling bottles of homemade chilli.
An Aspiring Chef With A Cause
Earlier this month, Mr Tan, 49, made the news when he announced that he would be teaching willing parties how to cook their famed char kway teow for a negotiable starting price of $10,000.
But it's not because he wanted to open another channel of income - he's doing it in hopes that those who learn the skills would open another stall under the family's brand name, because he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in May.
He hopes that the offer would also help to raise some funds for his cancer treatment.
This caught the attention of Makansutra founder KF Seetoh, who appealed to his followers to help out where they could:
This also caught the attention of Mr Joshua Lim, father of 10-year-old Phoebe Lim, who promptly asked his daughter if she wanted to help out.
An aspiring chef and cooking enthusiast (she's also a painter), Phoebe promptly agreed, deciding to sell her homemade chilli to help contribute to the cause.
But why choose to take the fundraising route more tedious?
Chopping, cooking, and bottling chilli is no easy feat - all the more so for a 10-year-old.
"I like cooking, so I wanted to sell my chilli to raise funds to help him. I started cooking eggs and pancakes when I was 5 or 6-years-old, and from then on I started to love cooking," she told us in an interview.
A quick look through her Facebook account reveals photos and videos taken by the young chef and her creations, and also photos with hawkers and prominent figures in the Singapore food scene - one of whom is the founder of Eighteen Chefs, Chef Benny Se Teo.
It was also from Chef Se Teo that Phoebe learnt how to make her homemade chilli.
"When I was younger I liked to go to his restaurant to eat, and then we become good friends. When Uncle Benny knew that I loved to cook, he started to teach me, and gave me recipes to learn…so that's where I learnt how to cook from him."
A few days after the appeal, she took to Facebook to promote her humble efforts, and was met with more support than she expected - some even buying over 10 bottles of her homemade chilli.
But due to demand soaring beyond what she could handle, she closed sales for the first batch 4 days after the post.
"I have sold 346 bottles for the first batch! I'm very thankful for all the Uncles, Aunties, Kor Kors and Jie Jies that supported me to help raise funds for Uncle Tan…"
Orders for the second batch are already taking place, and she revealed that she's actually spending the whole of today to cook her chilli!
She is also quick to credit the hawkers who have helped her in her project:
"[I want to thank] Uncle Wayne from KEK Seafood, because he let me use his kitchen to cook the chilli, and he also sponsored the chilli bottles, ingredients and the labels for the chilli. Also, Uncle Melvin from Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap and Kor Kor Kai Chun of Good Chance Popiah Eating House (for their help)."
Using What She Knows To Help More People
Wise beyond her years, Phoebe reveals her wish to help even more people with her cooking and painting skills.
"There are so many people who are less fortunate than us, so we need to do whatever we can to help them."
An aspiring chef with a dream to "own many restaurants", she also wants to use what she knows and has to help even more people in need.
She also hopes that younger Singaporeans would appreciate local hawkers and the hard work that they go through:
"I hope that more people will learn to appreciate hawker food, and know the struggles that the hawkers are going through. It's not easy to prepare a bowl of fishball noodles, prawn noodles, or braised duck. The hawkers put in a lot of time and effort to cook."
"We must appreciate them for their hard work."
Interested in trying out Phoebe's homemade chilli and supporting Mr Tan? Order a bottle (or 10) then!
Douglas Ng from Fishball Story and a few other stores are also running a charity event to raise funds for Mr Tan, so check it out here.
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Talk about being lucky - someone who bought an ordinary quickpick Toto ticket in Ang Mo Kio has won $4.4 million in the draw this evening.
The winning ticket was sold at Block 447 in Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, according to Singapore Pools website.
The amount was much higher than the $3 million that each of the four winners collected after sharing the top prize of $12 million in the Hongbao draw in February. But it is lower than the $4.7 million won in one draw in April this year.
The latest winner is the second person to become a millionaire from Toto this month (July). On July 10, one player won $2.5 million.
The winning numbers in this evening's draw are: 2, 22, 23, 32, 35, 41 and 7 as the additional number.
Local multi-hyphenate Michelle Chong took to Facebook on Jul 22 to rant about Singaporeans who do not take enough pride in their work.
Frustrated with people she has come across in the course of her work who just "don't care about what they do", Michelle expressed that Singapore has the potential to be a better place if people just made an effort to do a good job.
"They don't check their work, don't care about how it turns out, don't take that extra step to value-add or think about how to make it better, don't want to improve etc. It's a "why should I bother? It's not like I'm getting paid very much for this job" or "please lah it's just a job right?" or "do extra for what? I'm still getting the same salary right?" attitude. I'm not saying we don't or can't make mistakes, but maybe just have a little more pride in what we do?"
The post sparked a debate among netizens online garnering over 7,000 reactions, 2,160 shares, and 390 comments.
Some netizens agreed with Michelle and one Facebook user, Shaun Lee gave an example from a photographer's point of view.
Providing an analogy about using film cameras instead of digital ones, he wrote about how taking pride in one's work will save you money and time.
Ban Yong Ang echoed: "Money can pay your bills but won't give you the same kind of satisfaction."
Beng Kit Lee wrote: "A positive mind brings about a positive life. A positive life leads to a happy mind!"
However, there were those who countered Michelle's views saying that not everyone has the luxury or luck to do what they love and that for practical reasons, they settle for a job they may not enjoy in order to have financial security.
Lare Nherd wrote, "Were we meant to enjoy our jobs, it would not be called jobs" and added that as a celebrity, Michelle cannot fully relate to the "common people" in Singapore.
Others talked about how some industries just end up leaving them jaded like John Fortissimo Blanc who said that he started off with pride and passion for nursing but the harsh reality and demands of the job soon stripped that away.
There are also those resigned to the belief that no matter how much effort or pride they put in their work, they can never overcome the hurdles that exist such as elitism and meritocracy, where those who come from privileged backgrounds and know the "right people" can get further in their careers without working as hard.
The post definitely succeeded in sparking a debate and providing a platform for people to express their opinions on the work culture in Singapore.