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Silver screen super cop Jackie Chan is now a Datuk! He was conferred the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah, which carries the title Datuk, during a ceremony on February 1 at Istana Negara in Malaysia. The 60-year-old, whose birth name is actually “Chan Song Kang”, received his Datukship in a suit and black songkok, a traditional Indonesian cap, on Sunday in conjunction with Federal Territory Day. Chan...

It’s time to swop your BMW for a BMX, Singapore bikers. Motorcycle COEs have hit a historic high of S$5504! This is up from S$4889 in the previous bidding exercise. To think that just last month, the Straits Times was already flashing alerts about COE for motorcycles soaring 36% to reach a 17-year high. The last time that COE prices soared was in 1995, when it leapt from the S$2000 region to...

Police say the 3 men they arrested at a Thaipusam procession on Tuesday (3 Feb) smelt of alcohol and shouted vulgarities at officers at scene. They also accuse one man of assaulting a police officer. Conflicting reports abound over why police were called to intervene when a group of men people refused to stop playing drums during the procession at Serangoon Road. The police account states that police...

What would you do if you saw someone getting beaten up in a lift… for sneezing? That’s what a group of pranksters wanted to find out. And it seems for Singaporeans, it’s literally fight or flight – join in and beat the sh*t out of the sneezing culprit, or faster run before Cardboard Mata comes and shows you some good old paper tiger police brutality. Here’s some laughs,...

Can M Ravi deliver? That’s the questions on most elections-watchers’ lips, after the lawyer announced a S$1 million campaign to contest Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s seat in Ang Mo Kio GRC in the coming election. So far, online, it’s a mixed bag of support for Mr Ravi. Many have questioned his motives for tossing his hat into the ring. Many others though have lauded him...

The writer sent this letter to the Straits Times as well, but the newspaper didn’t publish it. SIM THIAM KWEE: Kudos to the recent spate of measures to project a caring government encouraging community spirit and family bonding. Our government seems to be more engaging and trying hard to win the trust of the people. HDB, on the other hand it seems, is engaging and charging ahead with their record...

A former National University of Singapore scholar has slammed the Singapore government for what he considers a failed ASEAN Scholarship programme. Better known for his sex-blogging antics, Alvin Tan took to Facebook to criticise the Ministry of Education for squandering huge amounts of money in its “aggressive” attempts to recruit and hand out scholarships to foreigners, at the expense...

At least 12 people have died after a TransAsia Airways plane clipped a bridge and crashed into a river near the Taiwanese capital, Taipei. Fifty-eight people were onboard the domestic flight. The plane is now half-submerged in the Keelung River. Rescuers have cut open the side of the fuselage and are trying to rescue several people still trapped inside. Taipei officials said 16 people suffered injuries....

Second Home Affairs Minister S Iswaran was there at the 2am press conference with Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean when latter said the Little India flare-up was the first case of street rioting in three or four decades. If it was too early in the morning to be fully conscious, Iswaran can count on two others flanking Teo to bear witness to what was said, namely Police...

Employment law is one area of law that involves both public and private interests. Principles such as the sanctity and freedom of contract are engaged since the employer-employee relationship is normally contractual in nature. On the other hand, there may be concerns about the employment of illegal workers, child labour, workplace conditions and maternity needs that call for State intervention....

Tan Kin Lian has apologised for his comments about boarding a bus in Singapore and finding himself in “Mumbai”. Many had found the comments on Facebook racist, but there were also others who defended Mr Tan. But in a further scathing attack on his critics, Mr Tan also added that his apology isn’t extended to “ib dogs, racists, rude people and foreigners who think they own Singapore”. In...

GOH MENG SENG: Someone asked me the question “If u are given the chance to be the PM. What 5 things you will do for Singapore”, I have given the following answers. In summary, I think the the top priority is to CHANGE the system of governance before we can talk about individual policy changes: You have raised a good question although most probably I will not be PM of Singapore in my lifetime. There...

Be careful, the next time you’re asked to participate in a medical study. Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were part of such as study. The women responded to adverts seeking volunteers for “clinical research measuring blood pressure during sleep” over two years to November 2013. Police say believe Hideyuki...

There’s a person in Malaysia who claims that he has a winning formula, based solely on maths, that allows one to win in every gambling table. How true is that? Maths have proven again and again that the house always wins—it is an absolute, if not we would not have seen casinos raking in millions of profits every year and that the jackpot room in a country club always contributing to almost 90%...