The 40-m tall heritage Tembusu tree at the Botanic Gardens that collapsed and killed an Indian National in February toppled because its trunk broke. In his statement before the Coroner’s Court, arborist Derek Yap said that the decay at the point where the trunk broke was 70 percent. That point was at 2 metres above ground. Yap told the court that he gathered information from Google Maps in 2014...

All it takes is one weak link for the whole damn chain to snap. In its push towards becoming a Smart Nation, Singapore has blocked civil servants from using the internet on official computers, fearing potential leaks from work e-mail and shared documents. And then NParks comes along. In its latest audit report on government agencies, the Auditor-General’s Office found lapses in NParks’ management...

The Singapore Sports Council was caught with its pants down when asked to account for S$835,500 worth of sponsored mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras and smartwatches. A test check by the Auditor-General’s Office on the records of 2790 of the devices found that 1396 of them could not be accounted for. The 1396 devices were worth between S$148 and S$948 per unit. All of the devices were given...

The latest Auditor-General’s Report has stated that a complaint was filed against the Economic Development alleging preferential treatment. Considering the issue a lapse in procurement, the AGO said that in a tender for the supply and implementation of a records management system of contract value S$1.49 million, the EDB didn’t provide the same arrangement to 2 tenderers. The two firms...

The Auditor-General’s Office has found discrepancies in the Ministry of Health’s financial transactions. More specifically, that has to do with S$4.08 million that was paid to “supervisory staff” without making sure they were needed. The AGO found that approval for the S$4.08 million spent was either not obtained, obtained from the wrong authority, or sought only after work had started. The...

Retiree Chua Hock Leong has been accused of barging into a toilet cubicle and performing oral sex on a 12-year-old boy. The 63-year-old is married with a daughter. The incident took place in January last year, and Chia is now on standing trial for the alleged sexual assault. The Sec 1 boy was sitting on the stairs at a block of flats in Tampines at about 9.30am when he Chua made friends with him. He...

A chemical gas leak at 166 Kallang Way has injured 9 people. The company involved is a wafer production firm, RF360 Singapore. SCDF said at 2.11pm today that it was alerted to the incident, and urged the public to keep away from the area. At about 3pm, 3 fire engines, a fire bike, 3 support vehicles and 2 ambulances were sent to handle the leak. SCDF said that the leak had been “shut off” and...

Salleh Marican not “Malay” enough to be a Malay candidate in PE2017? Farid Khan is a Pakistani and not true-blue “Malay”? Halimah Yacob also don’t meet expectations because her daddy is Indian-Muslim? And Tan Cheng Bock… that one confirm block from contesting lah. The concept of “Malayness” and the Malay identity has risen to the fore after the government mandated that this year’s...

Apparently, Wee Wei Jie’s job as an engineer with the Republic of Singapore Air Force didn’t give him enough kicks. So, because he wanted to do something “exciting” as he had explained to the police, the 26-year-old decided to trail a Nanyang Junior College student into the toilet one evening and film her changing her clothes. Seeing that the 16-year-old girl had finished a sports training...

Former Nominated Member of Parliament Calvin Cheng has urged Mdm Halimah Yacob not to run for president come September. The controversial online commentator said that it would “detract from the credibility of recent changes to private sector eligibility criteria, if a former Speaker were deemed to have the necessary skill-sets to guard our financial reserves”. Cheng said that the purpose...

The taxi population has fallen to an 8-year low of 25,699 as of 30 June this year. This is a 10 percent drop from its peak of 28,736 in 2014. Ride-hailing apps Grab and Uber entered the Singapore market in 2013, and since 2014 the taxi population has been consistently shrinking. In May, the percentage of idle or unhired taxis hit 9 percent, which is almost double what it was the same time last year. Meanwhile,...

4 youngsters between the age of 14 and 16 years old were arrested yesterday morning at around 1am on suspicion that they were planning to rob pedestrians. The youth – 3 boys and 1 girl – were spotted wearing black face masks and gloves and loitering around Bishan St 12 by a resident, who called the police. The youth are suspected to have made plans to rob pedestrians while lepaking at the nearby...

The sotong who got caught on video taking an upskirt video of a MRT train commuter is a primary school teacher from Xinmin Primary School. His identity was confirmed by the school’s vice-principal. VP Clement Lee said the Pink Pervert is a “beginning teacher” and was posted to the school in June last year.   Over the weekend, he was spotted fiddling with his handphone, then placing it...

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has announced her intention to contest in Presidential Election 2017. She said she is “thinking about it” when pressed by the press during a community event in Marsiling, but stopped short of revealing whether she had collected the nomination forms. The 62-year-old, who is also MP for Marsiling-Yew Tee said that she would have to consult her family and colleagues...