NTU: REMOVAL OF CHINESE WORDS A MISUNDERSTANDING, MUST CATER FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS TOO

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have moved to clarify reports that the furore over the removal of Chinese signs at their foodcourt with English-only ones was a result of a misunderstanding. the incident, which understandably have riled some members of the Chinese community here, NTU assured everyone that Chinese can be used in the signage in its foodcourts, as long as the same information is also displayed in English for the benefit of non-Chinese.

NTU clarified that they embrace diversity and that they agreed that Chinese culture is an integral part of Singapore's multicultural society. The university is currently investigating how the misunderstanding over the signage occurred.

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TEEN ROBBED 7-ELEVEN IN YISHUN SLUM, USING KNIFE AS WEAPON

A 16 year old teen was arrested for robbing a shop of $230 along Yishun Avenue 5, the Police have confirmed. The teen entered the shop, which is believed to be a 7-Eleven store at 10:55pm on Monday night, and armed with a knife, he proceeded to rob the 22 year old clerk manning the store.

A total of $230 in cash was stolen by the teen. The victim subsequently made a police report, and police investigations led to the arrest of the teen in Yishun Central on Wednesday. If convicted of armed robbery, the teenager can be jailed at least five years and not more than 20 years. He will also be liable to at least 12 strokes of the cane.

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MINISTERIAL COMMITTEES ON SALARIES, FOREIGNERS & HEALTHCARE NOT USEFUL AT ALL?

We refer to the article “No mystery to setting up of ministerial committee on Oxley Road house: Tharman” (Straits Times, Jun 22). It states that “Some Ministerial committees may sit for just a few months, because the problems can be sorted out quickly. But there are also committees that have to stay engaged for years – sometimes with new Ministers coming in – such as on foreign worker policies, and funding healthcare and retirement needs.”

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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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