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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MECHANIC HIT BY FLYING CNG CYLINDER IN CAR WORKSHOP

In a freak accident today at a car workshop in Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park, a car mechanic was injured when a CNG cylinder blasted into the air and struck the mechanic. According to witnesses, a loud bang was heard before they saw the CNG cylinder striking the mechanic at the workshop called Esteem Performance.

The SCDF said they were alerted to the incident at 10:45 on Thursday morning, and conveyed a man in his 40s to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The mechanic was conscious when he was sent to the hospital. According to a spokesperson from Esteem Performance, the cylinder's valve malfunctioned, causing it to "fly" and hit the mechanic, before smashing into the workshop's ceiling. The cylinder then rebounded and smashed into the ceiling of a neighbouring workshop before landing onto a car.

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LOANSHARK FRANCIS PUT VIDEO OF DEBTORS ONLINE AFTER THEY FAIL TO PAY UP: NEW SHAMING TACTICS?

I saw this videos posted by someone most likely to be a loanshark. The youtube channel Wong Sim Moy uploaded 18 videos shaming people who have allegedly borrowed money but failed to return. Apart from the public shaming, the video uploader claims that these individuals worked as loanshark runners and put up private details of their workplace, person and home addresses.

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MAID SUSPECTED OF BEDOK RESERVOIR DOUBLE MURDER FLED TO INDONESIA

The maid suspected in the double murder case in Bedok Reservoir, in which two elderly couples were found dead in separate areas of their house, is believed to have fled Singapore for an Indonesian Island. The couple were found and pronounced dead on Wednesday afternoon.

Media reports stated that the maid is a suspect in the murder case, and she had been living with the couple for about a month. She was believed to have fled via the Harbourfront Centre on Wednesday, buying a ticket for the first available boats out. Based on information on the Singapore Cruise website, ferries were available to two Indonesian destinations: Batam or Tanjung Balai on Great Karimun Island.

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60 YEAR OLD FRUIT SELLER ATTACKED NEA OFFICERS, HURLED VULGARITIES

A 60 year old fruit seller was arrested for attacking and hurling vulgarities at three NEA officers on Monday. According to Police reports, the NEA officers were doing their routine checks along Arumugam Road in Ubi when they saw the suspect selling fruits without a valid licence.

The man, who was not named, tried to run away, but was caught. It was at this point that the man became agitated. He first punched and headbutted the first NEA officer and spat at the second NEA officer. He also slammed his car door on the third NEA officer. Throughout the incident, the man was hurling vulgarities at the men.

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