After a long year spent disturbing everyone from the aunty on the street to the Ah Huay in parliament, the Redwire team will be going on a week-long “corporate retreat” to rest and recharge. Well, not really a corporate retreat lah, more like a break to some ulu resort island to enjoy the sun, sand, beer and bikini babes. You know, because nothing boosts morale of the troops more than...

HAROLD CHAI: Checks by authorities have revealed that the concrete sunshade that toppled in Tampines in September was missing reinforcement bars (those things inside you don’t see that are meant to keep the thing from collapsing). It was the only one in the surrounding area missing those reinforcement bars, and now that BCS is investigating where this was due to the contractor breaking building...

The High Court has awarded 42-year-old Siew Pick Chiang S$8.65 million in damages after she sued Hyundai Engineering & Construction for negligence. Siew was cycling  on the pavement along Pasir Ris Drive 8 in October 2009 when she was hit by construction cables coming from a nearby worksite. The court found Hyundai 100 percent liable for the accident, which left her warded for more than 2 years...

OSMAN: The government has set a new standard by allowing the next Presidential Election to be reserved for Malay candidates only. So don’t you think it’s only right that this be extended to the General Election too? The present GRC system is supposed to ensure minority representation in parliament, and it is a commendable effort. But with the government’s new benchmark for racial representation,...

Christmas is coming and so is Chinese New Year so don’t pretend that you’re not looking for another shiny new toy to buy. Some people aren’t fortunate enough to afford the latest cool gadgets, and it’s not that they are hard up for them. All they need is something to make their lives a little easier and more comfortable. If you’ve used but still in good working condition stuff that you’re...

Ela had worked for just about 10 days before tragedy struck. The 25-yearold Indonesian maid was found at the foot of her employers flat in Sumang Link in the Punggol region. An eyewitness said she fell from the kitchen window of the third storey flat unit. The incident took place yesterday at about 1.30pm. It’s unclear how Ela came to fall out of the window, though another eyewitness said she was...

Poor taxi uncle. He had stopped his car alongside the road opposite Takashimaya and gotten out of his vehicle on Tuesday at about 5.30pm. Seeing that there were many oncoming cars, he hurried back to his cab and was about to get into the driver’s seat when a car horned and him. An eyewitness said the driver who horned at the taxi uncle also hurled some colourful words at him. Apparently buay song...

According to the Ministry of Health, Medishield Premiums collected by the government have hit S$1.736 billion as of end Sept this year. This sum, however, is 3 times higher than the payouts made by the government in the same period. The Medishield Life fund retains all premiums that have not been paid out. At the end of 2015, it had collected S$3.4 billion. The MOH has justified its 30 percent payout...

They were heading to Ikea Tampines for dinner when a reckless driver spoilt all plans for a happy family outing. The incident took place on Wednesday at about 7.25pm. 39-year-old quality control supervisor Mr Tan was driving along Bartley Road, and with him in the car were his wife, elderly parents, and two children aged 2 years old and 9 months old. As he reached a junction, Mr Tan said he saw the...

A freak accident took place this morning at Frankel Estate at about 11am. A crane that was part of construction work in the area collapsed on its side and smashed into the front porch of a 3-storey house. The porch area of the neighbouring house was also damaged. An eyewitness says workers had loaded building materials onto the crane, but when the materials were hoisted about 5-storeys into the air,...

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has warned the public about a donations scam that’s making its round. It appears that some people who claim to be from the hospital have been going door-to-door asking for donations. The hospital said: “If you have been asked to donate to our dementia programmes, please do not accept the request. We have been informed of such requests being made to residents. We...

ELSON: The Manpower Ministry says that Singapore’s resident unemployment rate is 3 percent this year – its highest since 2010. Reading further into the data, you discover that unemployment rate for Singapore residents between 25 and 64 years old is 19.7 percent. This is almost similar to the 19.5 percent in 2015. I’m worried about this 25-64 age group, simply because this is the...

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that a non-Chinese person could become prime minister one day. He was speaking to Malaysian newspaper Bernama in an interview involving Singapore’s hotly-debated upcoming presidential election, which has been reserved for Malay candidates only. The presidential election must be held by August 2017. Delving more into the prospect of a non-Chinese being elected...

Two foreign workers have been awarded for their selflessness, when they scaled the gates of a burning house to warn those living inside. Rengasamy Kabilarasan and Marudapillai Jayavelu were working when they noticed a fire at the second-storey of a bunglow at Sunset place. They immediately ran over, climbed into the house, alerted the occupants, and help escort them to safety. The incident took place...