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313 MALL HIT BY BLACKOUT, LEAVING SHOPPERS IN THE DARK FOR AN HOUR

The blackout affected the 313@somerset mall, and it was reported that it affected all 8 floors of the mall. Although most of the shops had no lights, the escalator and corridor lights were working. The mall general manager, Ms Cheryl Goh, said that the blackout occurred around 7:10pm, but power was restored back by 8:20pm. The blackout was due to a power trip.

This was not the first time the mall suffered a minor problem. On December 16 last year, the mall was temporarily closed after a fire broke out the night before.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR THROWING OFO BIKE OFF 15TH FLOOR

In the latest such incident, a 47 year old man has been arrested for throwing a ofo rental bike down from a HDB block in Upper Boon Keng Road. The bike was thrown down from the 15th floor at block 11 in the early hours of Thursday morning. The man who threw the bike appeared drunk, and he was found sleeping at the corridor of the same floor he had thrown the bike from.

Police received a report on the incident, and arrested the man on the same day. It was fortunate that the killer litter did not hit any unsuspecting passer-by below the block. This is a very serious act of vandalism and killer litter, and it could kill if the bike was thrown to anyone below.

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PRITAM SINGH TELLS PM LEE TO ALLOW LEE HSIEN YANG AIRTIME IN PARLIAMENT TO BE FAIR

In the interests of fairness, Mr Lee should be allowed to tell his story to Parliament too. A Select Committee would allow MPs the opportunity to call up any witness, including the Prime Minister or anyone else to get to the truth of the matter behind the allegations of abuse of power. By way of a parliamentary question, I have asked the Prime Minister to support the setting up of a Select Committee to look into the serious allegations made against him. The use of Select Committees for such a purpose is nothing new. The PAP have used Select Committees to look into allegations made against the Government in the past.

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CAN THARMAN EXPLAIN WHY LUCIEN WONG WAS MADE ATTORNEY-GENERAL DESPITE CONFLICT OF INTERESTS?

Tharman has just posted a lengthy note stating that they (the PAP) "have a system to preserve the rule of law and of policy-making that balances public against private interests." In that case, can he comment on the appointment of Lee Hsien Loong's personal lawyer, Lucien Wong, as AG? Was the Cabinet consulted and were they aware of potential conflict of interests in the appointment? And if they were aware, based on what criteria did they consider Lucien Wong suitable to take over as AG?

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DPM THARMAN TELL S'POREANS TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN SPITE OF LEE FAMILY'S SAD DISPUTE

Have confidence, folks. I have to say there is no mystery as to why a Ministerial committee was set up to look into the options for 38 Oxley Road. DPM Teo, who chairs Cabinet on matters to do with the house, has explained straightforwardly why he set it up. We started the practice many years ago, and it has evolved. It’s how we ensure that important issues are given in-depth attention, and the options are weighed up by the Ministers closer to the issue, before Cabinet makes its decisions and takes collective responsibility. And it’s how we ensure that we are not a Government that operates in silos, that the national interest prevails even when there are valid sectoral or private interests, and that the long view prevails over the short view wherever possible.

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LEE HSIEN YANG ACCUSES HO CHING OF TAKING LKY'S PAPERS, BUT SHE NOT IN S'PORE ON 6 FEB?

LKY was admitted gravely ill into the ICU on 5 February 2015. The next day, Ho Ching helped herself to a number of LKY's papers. These she handed to the NHB (ostensibly on loan) under the auspices of the Prime Minister's Office. She had no business doing this when LKY was in ICU and it is deeply troubling that someone can represent the PMO despite holding no official position.

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NTU CANTEEN VENDORS TOLD TO REMOVE CHINESE WORDS FROM SIGNBOARDS

Food stall vendors in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are complaining about a new management regulation that is trying to force them to remove Chinese wordings on their signboards. According to Chinese newspapers, the food court, North Spine Food Court, is managed by Select Group.

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TWO RETAILERS FINED FOR SELLING ILLEGALLY MODIFIED E-BIKES

Two retailers have been fined $1,000 each by the LTA for selling illegally modified electric bicycles. LTA is taking a serious view of motorised bicycles plying the roads now, thus the heavy fine dished out to the retailers. E-bikes are allowed to be used on public roads but must meet a number of regulations, including a weight limit of 20kg and a maximum speed of 25kmh.

The retailers - Lim Geok Kay from Teck Bee Brothers Company at No. 220 Syed Alwi Road and Chia Thuang Chiew from CPP Trading at Block 731 Yishun Street 72 - were found selling e-bikes with throttles that could reach speeds higher than 35kmh without pedaling. Modifying the e-bikes with throttles are not allowed as this means the e-bike functions like a motorcycle. Motorcycle riders need to have licences, unlike cyclists. Having a throttle also means the e-bike can go faster than 25kmh without the rider having to pedal, which is a safety hazard both to the e-bike rider and other road users.

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