Former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa: Dogs are not impure

Traditionally, dogs have been seen as unclean and impure, with Islamic thinkers warning Muslims to avoid contact with the loyal animals. Despite the Prophet Muhammad’s kindness to animals, including notable stories of the Prophet caring for puppies, it has often been considered that dogs are unclean and are incompatible with those that practice Islam.

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Two British directors of land banking firm sentenced to jail for cheating

The criminal prosecution against three directors of land banking firm Profitable Plots for cheating investors of about US$2.5 million (S$3.1 million) reached a juncture yesterday, with jail terms handed down to two of them, while the third was acquitted. Briton Timothy Nicholas Goldring, 60, was sentenced to seven years in prison, while his compatriot John Andrew Nordmann, 55, was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for 18 cheating charges, following a trial that ran from April last year to January this year.

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Temasek appoints three new board members

Temasek has announced three additions to its board, increasing the number to 13. Mr Robert Ng Chee Siong and Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong will join the Temasek Board with effect from today, while Mr Peter Robert Voser will take up his appointment on Jan 1 next year.

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MediaCorp’s Bryan Wong’s English is atrocious!

I write to complain about MediaCorp’s atrocious English, or their artiste Bryan Wong’s atrocious English, to be precise. In an advertisement for a game show coming to Singapore called ‘Minute To Win It’, Bryan Wong is featured somewhere in Tampines getting people to try and flip 2 tea bags onto the peak of a cap. At the end of the ad, when most of the triers have failed to perform a seemingly easy act, Bryan Wong smiles and says, “It’s deceptively easy!”

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FORMER SPH JOURNALIST JAILED 18 MONTHS FOR UNDERAGE SEX

Teo started to take a special interest in the girl, who was 15 at the time of the offences, after reading on her blog that she was depressed. They became romantically involved in the fourth quarter of 2011. On a date in Fort Canning Park in early 2012, he suggested she perform oral sex on him in one of the toilets. Then in June 2012, he invited her to the flat he shared with his wife, and had sex with the victim in the study room while his wife was baking in the kitchen.

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FORMER JOURNALIST: WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY?

While there are many people who think the G is “bad’’ (almost by definition), there are also many who think it’s “good’’. It’s an article of faith. Those who cynically believe in everything bad about the G think that those who think otherwise are simply being naive. Likewise, those who swear by the G think the other end comprises ungrateful people who don’t realise how good they have it in Singapore. Faith is good. But facts are better. I don’t think most of the population will be led by the nose based on “faith’’. Increasingly, we want the facts. The G itself said that people should reason based on information and not get all worked up over rumours. I agree. For that to happen, the G does not just have to be forthcoming with the facts, but also lay them out in a simple enough way for people to understand. Sure, there will always be people who will wilfully misunderstand.

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CUTE KITTEN EATEN ALIVE BY CRAZY MAID

A maid in Sibu, Malaysia has given new meaning to the term “crazy cat lady”. The allegedly “possessed” maid ate her employer’s pet kitten alive on Thursday, leaving the remains strewn in front of the house. Upon the gruesome discovery, the house owner confronted the maid, who had apparently been acting weirdly for the past two weeks. “When I queried her, she told me she had eaten the kitten,” she said.

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PAP HAS RETURNED MY CPF MONIES THIS MORNING

A “Return Our CPF” protester woke up this morning to find all his CPF monies accumulated in his compulsory CPF account returned to him by the government in cold hard cash. Kong, the Singaporean who has been angry for so many years about not being able to withdraw his CPF money, said: “This Hong Lim Park protest to demand the government give us back our CPF monies is really super effective.”

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[YOUR LETTERS] CAN SINGAPOREANS TRUST ICA AND THE SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE?

It is more worrying that shortly after the Mercedes gate crash incident, a video of the incident began circulating on the internet. The video, can be seen here was obviously recorded from a mobile phone in a ICA Ops Room that monitors security footage. To me, this is a serious breach of trust by the check point authorities. Despite the promise of an investigation, this incident happened more than 3 months ago, but neither the SPF nor the ICA have given Singaporeans an update of the "leak" which happened in a supposedly controlled & secured environment; but when PAP's political powers are under threat, the SPF acted swiftly and managed to capture the teenagers.

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