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Basketball: Yao Ming announces retirement - 20Jul2011
SHANGHAI: Basketball star Yao Ming announced his retirement on Wednesday after a trail-blazing career that made him China's best-known athlete abroad and helped spur the game's global growth. The towering 2.29-metre star made the announcement during a press conference in his hometown of Shanghai after his last two seasons with the Houston Rockets were dogged by injuries. "Today I would like to announce my personal decision to formally retire," Yao said during a press conference in his hometown of Shanghai after two seasons dogged by injuries. Speaking in both Mandarin and English, Yao told a packed news conference in his hometown that a series of injuries have forced him to retire from basketball. The 30-year-old Houston Rockets centre, who became the NBA's first superstar player from Asia, started his NBA career as the top draft pick in 2002. His selection was met with scepticism about whether the signature product of China's massive state sports system would ever earn the affection of the league's fans. But he won over Americans and became an adored national icon in China through his strong play and his grace and poise in becoming the NBA's first Asian superstar. He exhibited that same grace during his retirement announcement, switching to English to offer a "special thanks" to the city of Houston. "I would like to thank you for giving me a great nine-year career," he said. "Nine years ago I came to Houston as a young, tall, skinny player and the entire city and team changed me into a grown man, not only a basketball player." He enjoyed a high profile, but the rigours of top-flight basketball proved too much for his massive frame and his career has been marked by lengthy absences from the court due to a succession of mostly foot and leg injuries. Nonetheless, he was China's first global sports super star with a personal brand valued at more than $1 billion. The eight-time NBA all-star routinely tops Forbes' list of China's most valuable celebrities and his international appeal has led to endorsement deals with Nike, Pepsi, McDonald's and China Telecom. But the brand he has done the most to promote is the NBA. China has become the league's biggest market outside the US since he began playing with 300 million fans. NBA China, the league's China marketing company, is valued at about $2.3 billion.
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Singapore real version of "Dark Water": Body found in rooftop water tank - 16May2011
► Day 1 news: http://www.youtube.com/embed/I_C5sB2abIo (showing now) Day 2 news :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RZRFGhGonY Day 3 news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx6q60KcAWI Day 4 news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U2gXBX2O04 Day 5 news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdGRhRryvok Day 6: no news Day 7 news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFjyWIhJo3k SINGAPORE: A 30-year-old Indonesian woman was found dead in a water tank on the rooftop of Blk 686B Woodlands Drive 73. Police has classified the case as murder. Police were alerted to the to the body of the woman in the water tank, said to be about 1.5 metres wide, at about 10am. It is understood that blood stains were found in the water tank. Water supplies for those living at Block 686B came to a halt at about 11am. Notices were put up by the town council, informing residents about the disruption. Residents of the 15-storey block had to lug buckets of water from the washing area at the void deck. PUB said it received a report of the incident at Blk 686B, which is under the purview of Sembawang Town Council, at 3.30pm on Monday. PUB said the Sembawang town council immediately isolated all the tanks serving the block once it was informed of the incident. There are eight water tanks servicing the block. Washing, flushing and sterilising works of tanks and distribution pipes began immediately. PUB said officers were also on site to assist the town council, and also provided water bags and a water tanker. The national water agency, PUB, said water supply is expected to be restored by midnight. A resident said she felt like vomiting after she got word of the murder. She said she will take precautions for fear that the water had been contaminated. "This morning, I used the water for cooking, But now I have to go home and throw it all away. I asked if we could bathe, the people in charge said better not. When I found out, I thought it was horrific." Another resident was resigned to what has happened. She said: "I'm not scared, I already cooked with it, I'm not scared." The deceased had long hair and was found in a T-shirt and bermudas. She was pronounced dead at 1pm. It is believed that she works with a family living in the block where she was found. One of the lifts at the block was also out of order, with some residents saying that they saw blood stains in the lift. A 27-year-old Bangladeshi has been arrested in connection to the case. A resident living in the opposite block said he saw the suspect being arrested at about the same time. He said: "I saw an Indian man, wearing light green colour shirt caught by the police officers. Don't know what happened, did not hear any kind of loud noise or anything like this." Some residents living on the highest floor said they heard loud voices of people quarrelling early in the morning.
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Co-pilot error causes ANA plane to plunge - 29Sep2011
TOKYO: A Japanese plane narrowly avoided disaster earlier this month when it plunged over the Pacific, almost turning upside down, the transport ministry said on Wednesday. The All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight, with 117 passengers and crew on board, dived 1,900 metres in 30 seconds in the incident off the southern Shizuoka district on September 6. The manoeuvre happened when the co-pilot, in trying to unlock the cockpit door for the captain who was returning from the toilet, mistook a command button for the cockpit door lock switch nearby. The plane, which took off from Naha on Okinawa island in the south, later managed to touch down at Tokyo's Haneda airport safely. Two crew members were slightly injured, while four passengers reported health problems following the incident. Images from the flight recorder on the Boeing 737-700 showed the plane veered to the right and then sharply to the left, before dropping backwards. The aircraft tipped more than 130 degrees to the left at one point, but the darkness outside meant many of those on board did not realise the craft had almost flipped over. "The images are incredible. The plane found itself in an almost unimaginable position," a pilot told the NHK television channel after the footage was made public. A senior ANA official apologised to travellers at a press conference on Wednesday. "We are deeply sorry for causing anxiety to our passengers," he said. The incident occurred at about 10:50 pm (1350 GMT) while the craft was making its way across the Pacific. Japan's transport safety board has launched an inquiry.
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Reaction from the world on Steve Jobs death- 06Oct2011
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple founder Steve Job lost the battle to pancreatic cancer Thursday with the company he created and led for decades announcing his death in a brief statement. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company's board of directors said in a statement. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve." Jobs who was 56 years old, died peacefully said his family. He is survived by his wife Laurene, with whom he had three children. The passing of Steve Jobs left people around the world "iSad" on Thursday, with countless mourners typing out their grief on the handheld Apple gadgets that have transformed modern life. Tributes poured in from notables from US President Barack Obama to Bill Gates, but it was the scale of the outpouring from ordinary people around the world, hammering out characters on Jobs's own inventions, that was staggering. As word spread that Jobs had died of cancer at the age of 56, messages tagged "iSad" and "RIP Steve Jobs" joined other references to the Apple co-founder among the hottest topics at Twitter. Others made their way to state-of-the-art Apple retail stores, another user-friendly innovation pioneered by Jobs. In Tokyo, employees observed a silent prayer before opening the doors to customers on Thursday. And in front of an Apple store in Manhattan, Gregory Littley placed two roses and a candle on the sidewalk next to his iPhone, with "We will miss you Steve Jobs" typed on its touchscreen. By nightfall in California, thousands of people at global social network Facebook had signed up to take part in an unofficial Steve Jobs Day planned for October 14. A stevejobsday2011.com website devoted to the event invited people to dress up as the Apple co-founder or talk about him, whether at real-world gatherings or at online venues such as Facebook and Twitter. "We love what he's brought to the world," said a message at the website, which is dominated by a color portrait of Jobs. "Let's take a day to honor the man...Everyone around the world is invited to participate," it continued. A Facebook page devoted to the event explained that it was planned when Jobs stepped down as Apple chief executive in August for health reasons and was not intended to be a memorial. Intended or not, the Jobs Day Facebook comment forum was flooded with remembrances and adoration for the visionary behind iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers. "People often asked me what is it about Apple that makes you so crazy,"Facebook member Pallav Desai wrote on the page. "I say it was more than a product - it was a fight of a person who battled cancer; who was thrown out of his company, and STILL came back and showed the world iWAS iAM & iWILL change the world!"
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Train Otaku can't sleep over new Circle Line opens - 08Oct2011
SINGAPORE: Singapore's Circle Line rail network got off to a start on the first day of full operations, with the remaining 12 train stations from HarbourFront to Caldecott opening on Saturday morning. It's also the first day of higher fares for bus and train rides, with adults who use the EZ-link card paying about two cents more per ride. But that didn't stop self-professed trainspotter Jay Tan from hopping on. The 23-year-old waiter took one of the first trains out, just after 5.30am. He said: "Well I'm on one of the first trains out and it's been a smooth journey so far. Very few people on board. I suspect because most would prefer sleeping in on a Saturday morning. But not reporters like me, my hardworking camera crew and of course, a few train enthusiasts. "I'm too excited, I (couldn't) sleep last night ... I wanted to board the first train. I also like to board the bus, take a bus photo at the bus stop outside the bus interchange doing bus spotting or trainspotting, sometimes. Like either the new train or new bus, I really like it very much." Another commuter Samuel Gan said: "The air-con was like malfunctioning because like one moment was like you are in the desert, then suddenly in the other moment like you are in the Arctic." Several commuters said they'll switch to the Circle Line. A girl said:" "The bus service is very crowded, quite jam after work. So I need to use this." A man said: "It's a very good connector to people and places. I really am glad that it is done after so many years." Another commuter shared the same sentiment: "It's very convenient for me. Otherwise, I need to take the bus." With plenty of other passengers expected, preparations were in place to welcome them. Jack Chan, manager, Station Operations, SMRT Rail Operations Division, said: "We have over 200 over staff who have gone through six months of intensive training. (Additionally) they have actually also gone through three months of trial running to lead-up until today. "(Also) we have employed about 50 over staff for the first week for this opening, most of which we have concentrated at the interchanges because we expect more people at these stations." With the Circle Line fully open, travel time can be shortened by up to 17 minutes.
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Singapore Party Political Broadcast 2011: SPP -  Pt2/7 - 28Apr2011
You are watching Singapore People's Party, Mr Chiam See Tong giving his political speech. Part 1 SDA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZYj6WYmA-Y Part 2 SPP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y_WznQhFCQ Part 3 RP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkBEH6IdNf0 Part 4 SDP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfLms5dKYfg Part 5 WP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VokAYZaUwyU Part 6 NSP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xOqx2NJ_88 Part 7 PAP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7cLxELXxso Political Party filling six or more candidates in this election are eligible for party political broadcast. Air time is in-proportion to the number of the candidates filled. The party filled in with the smallest number of candidates will appear first, the party filled in with the largest number, last.
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NSP Intro the youngest candidate 24yrs old Nicole Seah - 21Apr2011
SINGAPORE: A 24-year-old advertising executive is among five new candidates that the National Solidarity Party (NSP) is introducing to contest at Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). 24-year-old Nicole Rebecca Seah Xue Ling, an executive with advertising agency Starcom MediaVest Group, will also be the youngest candidate so far. Ms Seah, who graduated from the National University of Singapore under the University Scholars' Programme, said she will be addressing cost of living issues. Her team members include 60-year-old Cheo Chai Chen, 63-year-old Ivan Yeo Tiong Boon, 29-year-old Abdul Salim Harun, and 31-year-old Spencer Ng Chung Hon. Mr Cheo Chai Chen, who joined NSP in 2006, made his first foray into politics in 1988 with the Singapore Democratic Party. He was elected to Parliament as the Member of Parliament for Nee Soon Central Single Member Constituency (SMC) in 1991. He is currently in the publishing business. Another candidate, Mr Ivan Yeo is the Managing Director of an investment company. He has been a member of the Central Executive Committee of NSP since 1994. A warehouse assistant at a logistics company, Mr Abdul Salim Harun, aspires to represent the working class, especially blue-collar workers. He was with the Workers' Party in 2005, and was the youngest candidate in the 2006 General Election at the age of 24. The fifth candidate is Mr Spencer Ng Chung Hon, the founder of an events company. He served in the Education Ministry from June 2003 to June 2006. With this, the NSP looks set to go head-to-head with the People's Action Party team that will be led by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at Marine Parade GRC. The NSP had earlier announced that it would also contest Jurong, Chua Chu Kang and Tampines GRCs.
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North Koreans wept over Kim Jong-il's death - 19Dec2011
SEOUL (Reuters) - Few national leaders die these days with no one outside their country knowing about it. For more than 48 hours. Not even a mention on Twitter. Yet apparently no one, including South Korean intelligence services, was aware that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had died early on Saturday - until his passing was tearfully announced on state television on Monday. That medium itself appears antiquated in South Korea, frequently cited as the most wired country on the planet, where news is increasingly delivered and dissected via smartphone and social networking services. A night-time image of the Korean peninsula taken by an intelligence satellite in 2002 shows North Korea as a pool of darkness, in stark contrast to the blazing sea of light that is its prosperous southern neighbour on the other side of the world's most heavily militarised border. A decade later, little has changed. Kim's death appears to have been kept a close secret within a tight coterie at the top of the reclusive North. There was no stream of Facebook or Twitter posts from the Internet-deprived country to spread the news as with the "Arab Spring". South Korea's Internet users, accustomed to a near-instantaneous flow of information, were nearly as struck by the delay in the announcement as the news itself. "The depth of information that South Korean intelligence sources have (on the North) is shallower than that of Twitter," posted user Links_Arc, referring to the popular microblogging service. "It's very regrettable that the government only found out about Kim's death two days later." "The current government's hostile policy toward the North has resulted in a shutdown of communication channels with the North, and China raising its influence over Pyongyang," chimed in user EuiQKIM. FEW PHONES, BUT GROWING The North Korean regime's chokehold on information is made relatively easy by the country's limited communications infrastructure, making an Arab Spring-type scenario almost impossible, analysts say. According to International Telecommunications Union data, North Korea had fewer than two mobile phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants last year. South Korea had 105. While 83 percent of South Koreans have regular Internet access, it remains unavailable in the North outside a handful of government ministries, hotels and diplomatic enclaves in Pyongyang. North Koreans with mobile phone and Internet access are "pro-government, pro-regime. They have nothing to gain from trying to organise an uprising. So, in that sense, it's hardly a useful anti-regime tool," said Cho Min, an expert at the Korea Institute for National Unification. South Korean bloggers' responses to Kim's death illustrated the ease with which potentially seditious messages can now be broadcast to a mass audience, something North Korean authorities have taken pains to prohibit. Many Twitter users posted messages of sympathy and even praise for Kim, despite rhetoric perceived as pro-North possibly running foul South Korea's national security regulations. "I pray for the bliss of the deceased Kim Jong-il," wrote user "helliumgas". Agencies with contacts in Pyongyang said Kim's death was likely to prompt the authorities to tighten their grip on communications even further. "We're expecting some form of lockdown on communications and travel in the immediate period as North Korean authorities move to stabilise the situation and prepare for mourning," said Geoffrey See, managing director at Chosun Exchange, a Singapore-based non-profit group that promotes academic exchanges with North Korea. There are some signs, however, that the regime's control on communications may be slipping. Mobiles are now increasingly commonplace among Pyongyang residents, and not just among the regime elite, said Simon Cockerell of Beijing-based Koryo Tours, which operates trips to North Korea. In the last couple of years, mobile phone use has "just exploded," he said, with people often using mid-range, China-made handsets to trade SMS messages, play games and browse weather reports. North Korea is this year expected to register the 1 millionth user of its new 3G mobile network, built in partnership with Egypt's Orascom. The North's mobile communications industry "has crossed the Rubicon, and the government can no longer roll it back without paying a severe political price," the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability said in a report last month.
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Singapore General Election 2011 Result for Aljunied GRC - 08May2011
subtitle just added~!! SINGAPORE - Workers' Party (WP) has won Aljunied GRC with 72,165 votes, out of a total of 133,685 votes. It obtained 54.71 per cent of the votes. 1,788 votes were spoilt. The WP team in Aljunied GRC comprises Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim, Muhd Faisal Abdul Manap, Chen Show Mao, and Pritam Singh. The other party contesting Aljunied GRC was People's Action Party (PAP), which fielded George Yeo, Lim Hwee Hua, Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Cynthia Phua and Ong Ye Kung. The PAP garnered 45.29 per cent of the votes. In a speech after the results were announced, George Yeo congratulated the WP team and wished them every success. He also expressed his thanks to the residents of Aljunied "who have allowed us to serve them all these years".
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SDP intro heavy weights Tan Jee Say & Dr Ang Yong Guan - 22Apr2011
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has introduced five more candidates for the General Election. They are Mr Mohd Isa Abdul Aziz, Mr Sadasivam Veriyah, Mr Tan Jee Say, Dr Ang Yong Guan and Mr Gerald Sng. Mr Mohd Isa Abdul Aziz is SDP's first Malay candidate. The SDP says he has over 30 years of grassroots experience. He is currently a business development manager for an Australian oil and gas company. Mr Sadasivam Veriyah, a retired teacher, is SDP's first Indian candidate. He has served in the grassroots organisations of Ayer Rajah constituency under former PAP MP, Dr Tan Cheng Bock. Mr Tan Jee Say is an investment adviser. Prior to joining the financial sector, he was with the Administrative Service for 11 years, including five years as a private principal secretary to then Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. Dr Ang Yong Guan is medical doctor. He served as a psychiatrist with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) between 1986 and 2003 and retired from the SAF as head of psychological medicine. He is currently in private practice. Mr Gerald Sng is SDP's treasurer. He has been active in politics since 1999. He is a marketing manager in a human resource company. In all, SDP has introduced 11 candidates for the coming polls. Nine of the candidates will be fielded in the two GRCs of Holland-Bukit Timah and Sembawang. The remaining two candidates will be fielded in the Yuhua and Bukit Panjang single-member constituencies (SMCs).
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GE: More interviews with Nicole Seah - 21Apr2011
24-year-old advertising executive Nicole Seah is the youngest candidate to be unveiled by opposition National Solidarity Party. She will be contesting in Marine Parade GRC where PAP's youngest candidate Tin Pei Ling will be fielded.
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Woman in MBS jackpot dispute files statement with CRA - 1Nov2011
SINGAPORE: Hawker Choo Hong Eng said she gave her first statement to the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) on Tuesday, in her dispute with Marina Bay Sands (MBS) over her jackpot winnings. 58-year-old Madam Choo said she felt confident about her chances of winning the case, especially with the support of CCTV footage and at least four witnesses not related to her. Madam Choo had won S$416,000 on a jackpot machine at MBS last month, but the casino said the machine had malfunctioned. It offered her a sports car worth S$258,962 and S$50,000 in cash instead. But Madam Choo refused the offer. Her lawyer, Mr Choo Si Sen, said the casino must pay the full amount of S$416,000 within 15 days if the CRA's verdict is in her favour. If either party is dissatisfied with the verdict, they can appeal to the Patron Dispute Committee. Mdm Choo said: "The CRA officer asked me: 'Did you see the words CASH and CAR appear on the screen?' I said the only words were CASH BONUS. The word CAR didn't come up at all. Car is spelt C-A-R, and cash is C-A-S-H. The difference between four and three letters is obvious."
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WP's Chen Show Mao ( 陈硕茂) make his first TV appearance for GE - 10Apr2011
Pls note that Mediacorp cut away his interview! The 2nd paragraph was not shown on TV! It makes more sense when you read the whole speech~! "Mr Chen said: "The team that we are sending to the World Cup is the national team. It is the team that wears red and white, it is not the team that wears white and white. The government certainly has a big part to play on Team Singapore, but they are not all of Singapore. "We feel that to have the best kind of policy, it is no good to put all of our talent, however limited they may be, into one team and have the rest just watch them warm up, because this team is not going to be able to play matches and improve." Mr Chen said a team only improves and sharpens its skills if it plays against strong opposing teams." ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ ♫ SINGAPORE : He has been called the Workers' Party's 'secret weapon', but corporate lawyer Chen Show Mao said the true weapon would be the votes of Singaporeans during Polling Day. He wants to help build a strong opposition to provide checks and balances on the government. Mr Chen made a public appearance at a walkabout in the single ward of Joo Chiat on Sunday. Moving from coffeeshops to cafes, the Workers' Party eagerly showed off its much-talked about candidate - Chen Show Mao - to residents in the suburban neighbourhood of Siglap. Even though he has lived abroad for some 30 years, Mr Chen had little trouble connecting with the residents. Based in China, the Taiwan-born lawyer plans to relocate to Singapore. The 50-year-old took up citizenship in 1986 and has degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford Universities. Mr Chen said he disagreed with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's comments that Singapore should pool its best political talents into one team. Mr Lee had likened this to how countries only fielded their best team to compete in the World Cup. Mr Chen said: "The team that we are sending to the World Cup is the national team. It is the team that wears red and white, it is not the team that wears white and white. The government certainly has a big part to play on Team Singapore, but they are not all of Singapore. "We feel that to have the best kind of policy, it is no good to put all of our talent, however limited they may be, into one team and have the rest just watch them warm up, because this team is not going to be able to play matches and improve." Mr Chen said a team only improves and sharpens its skills if it plays against strong opposing teams. When asked if the Workers' Party planned to unveil another 'secret weapon', Mr Chen said this is in the hands of Singaporeans. He said: "The votes of Singaporeans will become the Workers' Party secret weapon...our greatest secret weapon." The Workers' Party's secretary-general, Low Thia Khiang, also took issue with the role of the People's Association, saying he will disband it if the Workers' Party comes to power. Mr Low said the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) uses the PA to do its outreach work to residents. He said: "We will first of all remove the PA, because the PA is basically part of the PAP's grassroots mechanism. We would want to see a more level-playing field in political competition and I am sure as a party, you have to reach out to the ground rather than depend on a mechanism which is funded by the government in the name of grassroots." The Workers' Party has been busy working the ground and meeting residents from constituencies like Nee Soon, Moulmein-Kallang, Hougang and now Joo Chiat. This is a strong indication that they plan to field over 20 candidates to contest these areas in the coming General Election.
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Singapore 2nd Party Political Broadcast 2011 : NSP - Pt6/7 - 06May2011 [HD]
This is the Second Political Broadcast for this General Election, aired on 06 May 2011, 10.00pm Singapore time. Speaking for NSP is Ms Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss Part 1 SDA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkfSqayCtOs Part 2 SPP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tItK463ISsA Part 3 RP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chGHLFHsYRg Part 4 SDP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76oyQjGOfIc Part 5 WP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc1HsxIHFzM ►Part 6 NSP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMKOvDtPEc Part 7 PAP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyhDLCmymXc Political Party filling six or more candidates in this election are eligible for party political broadcast. Air time is in-proportion to the number of the candidates filled. The party filled in with the smallest number of candidates will appear first, the party filled in with the largest number, last.
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GE: Low Thia Khiang's move decided "long ago" - 27Apr2011
GE: Low Thia Khiang's move decided "long ago" By Teo Xuanwei, TODAY | Posted: 27 April 2011 2124 hrs Low Thia Khiang, WP Photos 1 of 1 Low Thia Khiang, WP Related News • GE: WP's Low Thia Khiang contests in Aljunied GRC Special Report • Vote 2011 SINGAPORE: Workers' Party (WP) chief Low Thia Khiang said his "calculated decision" to move out of Hougang Single-Member Constituency (SMC) had been made "quite long ago" because he felt the opposition as a whole had not progressed in the time that he has been an elected member. The gerrymandering of the People's Action Party (PAP) - shifting voters out of Hougang into other constituencies like Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (GRC) - made him even more determined that moving out of his ward was the right decision, he said. He said he is leaving the decision of how Singaporeans want the Republic's political system to develop in the hands of voters by presenting what he calls "a team to break through Aljunied" - including party chair Sylvia Lim, prize catch Chen Show Mao, as well as Pritam Singh and Muhamad Faisal Manap - to contest Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo's team. Using a Mandarin proverb to describe how he feels about facing Mr Yeo and his team, Mr Low said: "We know there is a tiger in the mountain but we are moving towards it and taking it head on. Thats the spirit of the WP." He added that he feels the ground in Aljunied is sweet and is confident of the bid, but declined to speculate on the results. He also acknowledged that the stakes are high but he felt that the time was right for the WP to make the move. On his decision to deploy organising secretary Yaw Shin Leong to defend his Hougang seat, Mr Low said 34-year-old Mr Yaw has been accompanying him on house visits in his ward for the past three years. Mr Yaw has also been very active in the ward as a town councillor and in the organisation of many grassroots activities, making him a familiar face in the estate. By now, all of the residents must have Mr Yaw's name card, Mr Low added. Mr Yaw admitted that it was a "heavy responsibility" to retain Hougang, which has been a stronghold for the past 20 years, but he pledged to do his best. Mr Low also reiterated his stand: No NCMP seat for him should he fail in unseating the PAP in Aljunied.
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Singapore 2nd Party Political Broadcast 2011 : SDP - Pt4/7 - 06May2011 [HD]
This is the Second Political Broadcast for this General Election, aired on 06 May 2011, 10.00pm Singapore time. Speaking for SDP is Dr Vincent Wijeysingha Part 1 SDA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkfSqayCtOs Part 2 SPP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tItK463ISsA Part 3 RP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chGHLFHsYRg ►Part 4 SDP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76oyQjGOfIc Part 5 WP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc1HsxIHFzM Part 6 NSP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMKOvDtPEc Part 7 PAP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyhDLCmymXc Political Party filling six or more candidates in this election are eligible for party political broadcast. Air time is in-proportion to the number of the candidates filled. The party filled in with the smallest number of candidates will appear first, the party filled in with the largest number, last.
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Tan Cheng Bock strong opposed on NMP in parliament (feature LTK & CST) - 27Aug2011
This video was not shown during the campaign period until the actual day of polling on 27Aug2011 on CNA. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tan Cheng Bock in the early day in parliament which he strongly opposed the idea of NMP which low thia khiang & cham see tong were in support as well. Dr Tan explained how NMP can lead to sectarian division. He challenged why we already have so man MPs representing the unionis and yet we still need to have NMP who are not elected into Parliament.
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PE Candidate Profiles Pt1/4: Tan Cheng Bock Profile - 20Aug2011
SINGAPORE: A special tv program on Singapore 2011 Presidential Election 4 candidate profiles.
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Two bodies found in Bedok Reservoir - 22Sep2011
SINGAPORE: The bodies of a woman and a young boy were found floating in the waters of Bedok Reservoir on Thursday morning. The bodies are believed to be that of 32-year-old Tan Sze Sze and her 3-year old son Jerald Chin Le Hui who were last seen in Clementi on Tuesday morning. The dead woman and boy were both dressed in red tops. And even though their bodies were found a stone's throw away from a coffeeshop and other retail outlets, no one noticed anything out of the ordinary in recent days. It's understood that Madam Tan and her son lived in a one-room flat at French Road in the Kallang area. MediaCorp visited her apartment but no one appeared to be home. Their immediate neighbour, Madam Zahara, said about five people live in the flat and they moved in about four years ago. "There's a daughter, her mother, two children and a man. Sometimes another daughter will come and visit. But I don't know where she lives," said Madam Zahara. Madam Zahara also said that a man, whom she believed to be the husband of one of the daughters, always visited the flat presumably to meet his child in the flat. "The man would come and knock on the door to see the kid. The elderly mother will make noise and use vulgar language to tell off their visitor. Once, she even took a shoe to hit the man! He would call the police and officers would come," she said. Madam Zahara said the family kept to themselves and did not mingle. Another neighbour, 18-year-old student Alson Ngian who lives a few doors away, also said he found the family aloof. "I mean, they are not rude. But we don't talk. We don't usually smile at each other," said Ngian. He was also aware that the family had squabbles. Police said they were notified of the two bodies at Bedok Reservoir at around 7am. Paramedics at the scene pronounced the woman and the boy dead about 10 minutes later. The authorities have classified the case as unnatural deaths.
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Late Kim Jong-Il's body lying in state - 20Dec2011
SEOUL: North Korea Tuesday put the body of late leader Kim Jong-Il on display in a glass coffin and heaped praise on his son and successor, amid world wariness at the transition in the nuclear-armed nation. US President Barack Obama pledged to defend regional allies such as South Korea and Japan after the reclusive communist state Monday made the shock announcement of Kim's death at the age of 69. South Korea sent condolences to the North Korean people despite frosty relations following two deadly border incidents last year. And it said it would scrap a plan to display Christmas lights near the tense border because its neighbour is in mourning. North Korea has furiously objected to the plan as "psychological warfare". In Pyongyang, state television showed a sombre dark-clad Kim Jong-Un, youngest son and successor to his father, viewing the corpse along with other high officials. An honour guard with AK-47s watched over the late Kim, dressed in his trademark khaki tunic and partially covered by a red flag, at Pyongyang's Kumsusan Memorial Palace. The body of Kim Jong-Il's father, founding president Kim Il-Sung, is also on display elsewhere in the palace. State media have reported scenes of mass grief since Kim's death from a heart attack on Saturday. The North's official news agency touted the young and inexperienced son as the "pillar of our people". "At the frontline of our revolution stands Comrade Kim Jong-Un, the great successor of the Juche (self-reliance) revolution and the outstanding leader of the party, military and people," it said. "Comrade Kim Jong-Un is the unwavering spiritual and ideological pillar of our people." The North has decreed 13 days of nationwide mourning for Kim Jong-Il. The regime kept the death a secret for two days until a tearful TV announcer disclosed it Monday and urged people to rally round his youngest son. Kim presided over a devastating famine but still found funds to build missiles and nuclear weapons during his 17 years in power. Despite the nation's hardships, state TV aired footage of near-hysterical mourners, young and old alike, pounding the ground. The news agency Tuesday carried fresh reports of grief, saying flags of mourning were flying from military bases, factories, commercial facilities and farms and endless queues of mourners were forming. Jong-Un, who is in his late 20s, was catapulted into the limelight after his father suffered a stroke in August 2008. Last year he was made a four-star general and given top ruling party posts. Analysts said there would be little turbulence -- at least for now -- since regime members at present have a vested interest in preserving the status quo. "This is a turning point for North Korea whose reins have been taken by a new generation," said Cheong Seong-Chang, of Seoul's Sejong Institute think-tank. Still, observers predict that the younger Kim will be eased into power under the tutelage of his aunt and her husband. Obama spoke by telephone to Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda following a conversation with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak soon after the death announcement. "The president underscored the United States' commitment to the defence of our close allies, including Japan," the White House said in a statement. "He also conveyed the importance he places on maintaining the stability of the Korean peninsula and the region." North and South Korea have remained technically at war since their three-year conflict ended only in an armistice in 1953. The United States stations 28,500 troops in the South, and another 50,000 in Japan. Amid wariness about North Korea's future under the untested Jong-Un, Britain, France and Germany voiced hope for a new dawn after a tumultuous year that has seen regimes topple across the Arab world. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement her "thoughts and prayers" were with the North Korean people "during these difficult times". She urged the new leadership to "usher in a new era of peace, prosperity and lasting security" on the peninsula. In Beijing, President Hu Jintao visited the North Korean embassy to offer his condolences. China, the North's sole major ally and its economic prop, has given its crucial backing to the young new leader. "We believe that under the leadership of the Korean Workers' Party and comrade Kim Jong-Un, the DPRK (North Korean) people will unite as one and turn their sorrow into strength," said Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Kim Jong-Il in the mid-1990s presided over a famine that killed hundreds of thousands of his people. Severe food shortages continue and a third of children are stunted by malnutrition, according to UN estimates. Kim still found the resources for a nuclear weapons programme that culminated in tests in October 2006 and May 2009. The country is believed to have a plutonium stockpile big enough for six to eight weapons.
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Singapore 2nd Party Political Broadcast 2011 : WP - Pt5/7 - 06May2011 [HD]
This is the Second Political Broadcast for this General Election, aired on 06 May 2011, 10.00pm Singapore time. Speaking for Workers' Party is Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian Part 1 SDA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkfSqayCtOs Part 2 SPP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tItK463ISsA Part 3 RP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chGHLFHsYRg Part 4 SDP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76oyQjGOfIc ►Part 5 WP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc1HsxIHFzM Part 6 NSP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUMKOvDtPEc Part 7 PAP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyhDLCmymXc Political Party filling six or more candidates in this election are eligible for party political broadcast. Air time is in-proportion to the number of the candidates filled. The party filled in with the smallest number of candidates will appear first, the party filled in with the largest number, last.
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Fake Ciba Vision Colour Contact Lenses Found On Shops - 20Jul2011
SINGAPORE: The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said it found counterfeit coloured contact lenses being sold in local optical shops in June. The counterfeits are imitations of "FreshLook ColorBlends" by CIBA VISION and have been found to be "unsafe and of poor quality". This is the first known case of counterfeit health products found in legitimate suppliers. HSA said it has seized more than 100 boxes from at least five optical shops islandwide. The counterfeits look almost authentic, apart from typographical errors on the packaging. It is difficult to differentiate between the authentic and counterfeit lenses with the naked eye. Chan Cheng Leng, Division Director, Enforcement, Health Sciences Authority, said: "Our laboratories have found that the lens quality is very different from the authentic product. "One glaring difference is that the colour pigments, which are supposed to be on the external surface of the lenses of the authentic products were found on the internal surface of the contact lens. But those are not visible to the naked eye." HSA said lab tests also found that the storage liquid was not sterile and was contaminated with a bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa - a harmful bacteria that has been known to cause eye infections in contact lens users. So far, HSA said one consumer has reported extreme discomfort when she tried to wear the counterfeit lenses. The unnamed woman, who is in her 30s, and wanted to remain anonymous, reportedly removed the lenses immediately when she could not close her eyes after wearing them. In a statement, CIBA VISION said this is the first time its lenses have been counterfeited. The company was alerted to this when some optical shops tried to exchange the counterfeit products with CIBA VISION. Upon investigation, CIBA VISION confirmed the products were counterfeits as they were not manufactured by them. HSA said previous cases of counterfeit health products were largely confined to the black market or internet, and they mostly involved imitations of "lifestyle" drugs like erectile dysfunction medicines such as Viagra and Cialis. HSA said the case is still under investigation. So far, more than 10 people have been questioned by HSA in connection with this case. "Based on our preliminary investigations, at least five optical shops are being investigated. All counterfeit products have been withdrawn from these shops, and we have stepped up our surveillance and enforcement activities in the optical shops. Our findings so far is that the shops that have been investigated or undergoing surveillance, the products are in order," said Mr Chan. It is unclear if the retailers knew the products are counterfeits, but HSA said they were "knowingly not buying from an authorised dealer" - as they got some 50 per cent savings when getting them even though they were probably sold to consumers at the same price as the authentic products. Anyone found guilty of supplying counterfeit medical devices faces a fine of up to S$100,000 or three years' jail. The public can contact HSA's Enforcement Branch at 68663485 to report any counterfeit health products.
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GE: SPP rebutted Wong Kan Seng's comment - 23Apr2011
SINGAPORE : The Singapore People's Party (SPP) has rebutted Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng's comment on "borrowing members". Mr Wong implied that the recent loan of SPP candidates to the Reform Party suggested that they did not have specific goals and values. The SPP said that while each opposition party has a different way of interpreting values, there are some fundamental things they believe in, which allows for the sharing of resources. The party has released key proposals on its website and invites the public to comment. The SPP said there is a camaraderie among the different opposition parties. Despite differing in the way they tackle hot-button issues, they "share fundamental beliefs, like the need for a "more-than-one-party" democracy. Benjamin Pwee, a candidate of the Singapore People's Party, said: "Our depth of relationship with colleagues across the opposition colours would definitely vary - some very deep, some perhaps at a more acquaintance level. And I think that differences in depth would then define how much we identify with the different parties. Those we identify a lot more with, and there is a greater overlap in certain areas, would lead to opportunities to cooperate, like loaning three candidates." The SPP wants to represent the voice of the sandwiched class, who are between 28 and 45 years old. As for the opposition forming an alternative government - as challenged by Education Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen - the party's secretary-general, Chiam See Tong, is optimistic. He said: "Maybe for this round it is too soon. The next round, the opposition will then be prepared." For now, it has revamped its website, with quick links to six key issues it wants to address this election. And it is opening the virtual floor to everyone. The online document includes specific proposals - like the turning of the public transport system from a privatised entity to a cooperative modelled after the NTUC. There is also a point on the influx of foreigners. The party is suggesting that a flat tax rate of 17.5 per cent be imposed on employers who want to hire skilled foreign labour. This is to match the current CPF employer contribution of 16 per cent for local Singaporeans. Mr Pwee said: "These are basically hard, core proposals that we have, which we do want to lay on the table. But we do also want to have public consultation to say, 'what do you think'. There are other proposals in this document that are a little bit less firmly crafted. And that is also an opportunity for you to help us craft it well." Other suggestions include freezing the Goods and Services Tax on basic daily household necessities like food products and ingredients. On the ageing population, the SPP wants to explore subsidising healthcare insurance premiums for those over the age of 60. On public housing, it is suggesting a temporary suspension of the sale of resale HDB apartments to permanent residents, until the supply and demand normalises for Singaporeans. But with voters having to go to the polls in two weeks, is this invitation to dialogue too late? The party's reply is, "better late than never". Mr Pwee said: "We want to take the position of saying what else has not been said. What are some battles that are not being fought. What are some areas in terms of public dialogue over the past weeks, in response to the various manifestos, that we could invite the public to be a greater part of. And that is not something you want to start upfront. You want to say that further down the road when more has come out into the public by way of manifestos."
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GE: Opposition parties locked in tussle in at least 8 constituencies - 13Apr2011
SINGAPORE : Opposition parties have said that they want to contest all 27 constituencies at the coming polls. If that happens, it will be the first time all seats in a General Election (GE) are contested since Singapore's Independence. Singapore has been divided into 12 Single Member Constituencies (SMCs) and 15 Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs). That makes 27 constituencies in all. At this point, three constituencies could see walkovers. They are Ang Mo Kio, Tanjong Pagar and Sembawang. That leaves 24 constituencies likely to be contested, including all SMCs. Several three-cornered fights have emerged, despite the opposition saying it wants to avoid such fights. That's because that would dilute the opposition's chances of winning against the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) in those constituencies. Five SMCs and one GRC are looking to become three-cornered fights. At Joo Chiat SMC, the Workers' Party (WP) will likely face Independent candidate Andrew Kuan and the PAP's Charles Chong. The Workers' Party and Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) are also both interested in contesting Punggol East and Sengkang West SMCs. Both opposition parties claim they have been working in the area over the past five years. The National Solidarity Party (NSP) is also locked in a tussle with the Workers' Party to contest Moulmein-Kallang GRC. The ward is formed from parts of the former Jalan Besar GRC which NSP contested in the last two elections in 2006 and 2001. The Workers' Party is claiming the area because of its proximity to Aljunied GRC, where it had a strong showing in 2006, garnering 43.9 per cent of valid votes. The other SMCs likely to see three-cornered fights are Pioneer SMC - with the Reform Party and the NSP gunning for the ward - as well as Hong Kah North, with both the Reform Party (RP) and the Singapore People's Party (SPP) wanting to contest there. Two other SMCs may see four-cornered fights. The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), the Reform Party and the National Solidarity Party have all expressed interest in Yuhua, while Radin Mas SMC is likely to see the Reform Party, the SDA and the NSP locked in battle with the PAP. Another ward to watch is the Marine Parade GRC, helmed by Singapore Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong. It will likely see its first contest since 1992, from the NSP. Veteran opposition figure Chiam See Tong has left his stronghold of Potong Pasir to helm the Singapore People's Party team at Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. All eyes will also be on Aljunied GRC, where the Workers' Party was the best performing opposition team there in 2006. To form the government, all the PAP needs is to secure a simple majority. That's 44 out of the total 87 seats in Parliament.
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Chiam See Tong laying out succession plans amid GE preparations - 21Apr2011
SINGAPORE: Even as opposition stalwart Chiam See Tong prepares for possibly the biggest electoral fight in his political career, he has his mind on the succession plans in his Singapore People's Party (SPP). In an interview with Channel NewsAsia, the SPP secretary-general spoke about why he is still in politics and what he looks for in a potential successor. The coming General Election will be the ninth for Mr Chiam. This time round, he will step out of Potong Pasir, where he has been an MP for 27 years, to fight in a Group Representation Constituency (GRC) - the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. Dismissing public concern over his failing health after suffering a stroke in 2008, Mr Chiam said politics is in his blood. He said: "I just think of the elections and my adrenaline will automatically go up, and that will fire me into giving a good speech." He said his hard work in Potong Pasir has prepared him for the coming election, although he conceded his preparations had not been as intense as before. He said he had "really worked very hard" for all his elections. "I reached every home at least twice," he said. When asked why that is necessary, he said: "Well, you have to get a bonding with the people, and the people must know you very well, intimately, as you say, until you feel that you're one of them." Mr Chiam also disagreed with suggestions that he retire from politics, saying it is only when he is in Parliament with the mandate of residents that he can contribute best. He said: "We prefer to fight in Parliament, and be members, truly elected representatives of the people." But Mr Chiam has also been laying out renewal plans for the party. Recently, his SPP announced plans to refresh its internal organisation, with the setting up of a Malay Bureau and Youth Wing. It is also reviving its Women's Wing. Mr Chiam said he has a successor in mind, and that it won't be long before an announcement is made. He declined to answer when asked how his public fallout with former protege Chee Soon Juan in the 1990s had affected his plans to groom a successor. That incident led Mr Chiam to resign as secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). Dr Chee later took over the post, and Mr Chiam joined the SPP in 1996. Mr Chiam said his successor must have both humility and idealism. "Well, I found out that certain people, when you give them a title, they put the title across their shoulders, and that person is changed," he said. "But if you have humility and idealism, when the person is made a leader, he's less likely to change." Most of Mr Chiam's fellow teammates in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC are first-time candidates. But he said what's most important is that they be committed to the job. "What I require of them is to have a good heart and a stout character and a commitment to the people. And of course, must be well-qualified," said Mr Chiam. "But that is not as important as the commitment that is required for this particular job. Their heart must be there, and their interests must be with the people," he added. On concerns that his wife Lina is riding on his popularity to contest in Potong Pasir, Mr Chiam said: "She has that advantage of course. Even before she comes into the fray, she's already a known entity to the people of Potong Pasir. And that gives them more confidence in her." - CNA/ir
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1600 arrested in Malaysia democracy protest - 09Jul2011
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon and made over 1,600 arrests on Saturday during clashes with protesters who defied government warnings to rally in the capital for electoral reform. Leaders of opposition parties were among those detained during a massive security operation but it failed to thwart the outlawed demonstration which saw 50,000 people take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, according to organisers. With elections expected to be called early next year, demonstrators were demanding changes to the voting process including eradication of vote buying and prevention of irregularities which they say marred previous polls. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently on trial accused of sodomy, told AFP that he suffered bruising to his head and a cut on his leg after he was knocked down in the pandemonium when police fired tear gas. "They shot directly (at us)... I could hardly breathe and stand up at the time," the former deputy prime minister said from a hospital bed, where the 62-year-old said he will be kept in overnight and was on pain killers. "I considered it (the demonstration) a success despite the fact that they (police) were really brutal in their action," added a frail-looking Anwar, who says the lurid accusations against him are politically motivated. Bersih, the broad coalition that organised the rare protest, wants to see the use of indelible ink to prevent multiple voting, equal access to the media for all parties and the cleaning-up of electoral rolls. The opposition led by Anwar made major gains in 2008 elections against the ruling coalition but said it would have done better -- potentially threatening the Barisan Nasional's half-century rule -- if voting had been more fair. Saturday's rally was Malaysia's biggest street protest since 2007, when the opposition led a demonstration in the capital also demanding electoral reforms. At the height of Saturday's unrest, protesters faced baton-wielding riot police in front of a bus station, retreating at times and regrouping to push back police lines in a cat-and-mouse confrontation in heavy downpours. Some demonstrators fought back by picking up tear gas canisters which they lobbed at police, AFP reporters said. Many of the protesters shouted "Reformasi!" (Reforms), "God is great" and "Long Live the People." But police lines held firm and the protesters -- who numbered 10,000 in total, police said -- failed to break through to march to a stadium and to the king's palace to hand over a memorandum detailing their demands. "Why is the government trying to intimidate citizens?" said Mohamad Manij Abdullah, 50, a businessman who joined the rally. "We are only trying to reform elections and have a free and fair government," he told AFP. An official police Facebook page said 1,667 people had been arrested, including 16 children who were brought along by their families, although many were expected to be released on bail. Among those arrested were protest leader Ambiga Sreenivasan and Maria Chin Abdullah. Ambiga, former head of the Malaysia Bar Council, told AFP she was freed later Saturday without being charged. Abdul Hadi Awang, president of the Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS), the country's largest opposition grouping, was also arrested. The protesters had rallied in several areas of the city after a police lockdown rendered the streets eerily quiet in some parts. Downtown Kuala Lumpur, normally a hive of activity on weekends, was deserted as major roads into the commercial and tourist district were sealed off. Student Chew Ai Nee, 30, said: "We have to take to the streets because we have not been given any opportunity to express our demands for change... the government cannot silence us when we march." However, Mukhriz Mahathir, a leading member of the powerful United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), told AFP the government had to act to prevent anarchy. "We cannot allow a minority group to protest and stir trouble in the country," he said, accusing protesters of provoking the police into firing tear gas "so that they can accuse the government of being heavy handed." UMNO is the dominant party in the Barisan Nasional coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Amnesty International criticised the government for the crackdown and urged the authorities to release those arrested and "respect basic freedom of assembly." New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) also denounced the arrests. Meanwhile, about 30 Malaysians living in South Korea rallied in Seoul in support, with another 80 marching through central Hong Kong. Organisers had called for solidarity walks and demonstrations in countries including Australia, Cambodia, Japan, the United States and Taiwan.
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Josephine Teo commented on SMRT security breach - 20Aug2011
SINGAPORE: Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo has said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will not hesitate to penalise SMRT following a second security breach at its train depot. She said the government adopts a zero-tolerance attitude of such incidents in order to ensure the security of Singapore's transport system and commuters. Mrs Teo was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a joint emergency preparedness exercise at the Circle Line's (CCL's) yet-to-be opened stations on Saturday morning. It was the morning peak hour and more than 400 passengers were packed on a train heading between one-north and Buona Vista stations. A fire broke out and smoke started to fill the air. Help arrived within minutes and commuters were evacuated, while casualties were attended to promptly. It was all part of a simulated exercise to test the ability of the CCL Operations Control Centre (OCC) and emergency personnel to manage a crisis situation efficiently. Mrs Teo said such scenarios stressed the importance of being prepared. This mindset must be reinforced given the recent intrusion at Bishan Depot where a train was vandalised with graffiti, she said. "Like many Singaporeans, I was very disturbed by the security breach at SMRT's Bishan Depot. Although no one was hurt, it is a very serious incident which should not have happened. Things that have to do with human error can always be prevented," she added. She said "any breach is one too many". SMRT said the intrusion went undetected as CCTV recordings revealed that the security guards did not carry out night-time patrols near the fences as required. The operator was slapped with the maximum fine of S$50,000 after a similar incident took place at Changi Depot in May last year. It was also asked to beef up security as recommended by the Public Transport Security Committee. Meanwhile, structural works at Changi Depot have been delayed. SMRT said the works were delayed as a water pipe had to be relaid after four PUB high-tension cables were discovered during the installation of the fence. Works are expected to be completed by the end of next month. At the Bishan Depot, works are slated to begin only this month. They include a steel-welded mesh fencing and a Fence Intrusion Detection System (FIDS). Together with CCTVs, these will reduce the reliance on manned patrols and act as an additional layer of defence. When asked if LTA should impose a specific timeline on SMRT to complete all security recommendations, Mrs Teo said she expects SMRT to fill any gaps in security immediately. After investigations are complete, authorities will decide on the next course of action. Addressing concerns that the vandalism act could have been linked to the recent announcement of a fare hike which will take effect this October, Mrs Teo dismissed it, saying "it's quite far-fetched to draw a link" between the two.
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China Ultimate Fake : Fake Hairy Crab - 12Oct2011
Fake products permeate nearly every corner of China's economy. Earlier this year, the trend seemed to reach a new low when phony Apple stores were exposed in southwestern China. Each fall, the fakery even extends to the world of seafood and East China's Yangcheng Lake, which is just a short train ride from Shanghai. Yangcheng is home to what are reputed to be China's tastiest and most expensive hairy crabs. The trick is finding a real one. The market in counterfeit Yangcheng hairy crabs is 10 times the market in real ones, according to the Yangcheng Lake Hairy Crab Association. Local crab wholesalers have fought counterfeiters for years with various tactics. They've used lasers to etch the Yangcheng name on crab shells. This year, the crab association distributed 15 million plastic tags to certify their crabs were the real thing. The tags even have a serial number and a toll-free phone number consumers can call to check. Losing Battle Against Counterfeits Yet fighting counterfeit crabs — like fighting any fake product here — is a Sisyphean task. "Everything is being counterfeited," says a crab fisherwoman with the surname of Xing, who sells crabs by the side of Yangcheng Lake in the city of Suzhou. "There's nothing you can do about it. And you can't control it."
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[HD] Singapore NDP2011 fireworks finale- 09Aug2011
The highlights of the the National Day Parade with songs "In A Heartbeat", "We are Singapore", "Count On Me Singapore", "Stand Up For Singapore"
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Singapore Party Political Broadcast 2011: SDP -  Pt4/7 - 28Apr2011
You are watching Singapore Democratic Party, Mr Tan Jee Say giving his political speech. Part 1 SDA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZYj6WYmA-Y Part 2 SPP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y_WznQhFCQ Part 3 RP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkBEH6IdNf0 Part 4 SDP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfLms5dKYfg Part 5 WP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VokAYZaUwyU Part 6 NSP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xOqx2NJ_88 Part 7 PAP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7cLxELXxso Political Party filling six or more candidates in this election are eligible for party political broadcast. Air time is in-proportion to the number of the candidates filled. The party filled in with the smallest number of candidates will appear first, the party filled in with the largest number, last.
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Low Thia Khiang 1st meet-the-people session for Aljunied GRC - 25May2011
SINGAPORE : Workers' Party secretary-general, Low Thia Khiang, has said it may be one or two months before the handover of Aljunied Town Council is completed. Mr Low was speaking at the start of his first meet-the-people session at his division of Bedok Reservoir-Punggol of the Aljunied GRC. It is his first in a new constituency, after 20 years as MP of Hougang, and he promised to do his best for the residents. When Mr Low arrived just after 7.30pm on Wednesday, a large crowd had already gathered - some just there to say hello. The Workers' Party will merge Aljunied and Hougang town councils, and the new entity will be chaired by party chairman Sylvia Lim. Mr Low said existing staff will have priority if they wish to stay on, but the town council will also be hiring new staff. He added that he will work with grassroots organisations (GROs) under the People's Association. Mr Low said: "I've worked with the GROs in Hougang, so whoever will be the advisor, whether it's an ex-MP or potential MP, I have no issues. As long as they're prepared to work for the benefit of residents, I'm prepared to work (with them)." The new town councils will be gazetted on Friday, but Mr Low said it will be one or two months before the Workers' Party MPs can take over the operations of Aljunied Town Council. Some of the outstanding issues include completing an audit of accounts, as well as sorting out contracts with existing vendors.
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Six-hour hostage drama at Malaysian kindergarten - 07Jul2011
MUAR, JOHOR: It was a six-hour nightmare for teachers at Serikids Daycare centre, nestled in a quiet neighbourhood in Muar, some 250km south of Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Khoo Chong Din, one of four teachers, and 30 children, aged three to six, were held hostage by a deranged man, known as Ah Teong, who barged into the double-storey building on Thursday morning. She was slapped on the face by the man for not lying to the police. Khoo said: "He became emotional when I refused to help him trick the police that one of the children was dead. "He said he really didn't want to hurt the children. He was unhappy with the government." Armed with a hammer and a machete, the man took all the children and teachers and locked them in the room on the second storey. The police arrived shortly after a tip-off by one of the teachers. Negotiations lasted for six hours. The man demanded a gun and bullets. When the police forced their way into the building, the man was fired one shot in the head. He is now in hospital, believed to be in critical condition and unconscious. The state police chief said they did everything they could to get the hostage-taker to turn himself in, including sending in a psychiatrist. Mokhtar Mohd Shariff, Johor police chief, said: "He took the hammer and the parang to attack the policemen. We have no choice but to defend ourselves, so we fired a shot. "Beyond that, my men acted very professionally. Our utmost concern was to ensure the safety of all in the house." It's believed that the hostage-taker is linked to two other similar incidents within the same vicinity since 2009. The police are now investigating, including tightening security, especially at day-care centres and kindergartens in the area. 一名华裔凶汉今早持刀挟持麻坡一间幼教中心约30名孩童及4名教师超过6小时,警方特别行动部队最后伺准时机扔催泪弹,开枪击伤及制伏凶徒,救出全体人质。
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SDP heavy weights rebutted all PAP's recent salvos  - 24Apr2011
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has unveiled its team for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC. Helmed by social worker Dr Vincent Wijeysingha, the others in the team are Mr Tan Jee Say, Dr Ang Yong Guan and Ms Michelle Lee. It is likely to be the party's 'A' team. Mr Tan is the former principal private secretary to then Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Dr Ang is a former head of psychological medicine at SAF and Ms Lee, a former civil servant turned part-time educator. Ms Lee was a schoolmate of new PAP candidate Sim Ann in Raffles Girls' School and attended the same church as Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. She had also taught Dr Balakrishnan's daughter at the church's Sunday school. The team rebutted many of PAP's recent salvos, including remarks against the SDP's proposal to do away with the manufacturing sector. Mr Tan said: "The whole objective of my paper is to produce a plan, an economic plan, an alternative plan, which will create fulfilling jobs and creative enterprises of the future - not of the past. The Ministers are harking back to the past. We are more interested in the future." Mr Tan also responded to labour chief Lim Swee Say's comments that he wanted to close down factories. "I made no such suggestion. Existing factories can continue if they are viable but they should not be propped up with any new incentives. Existing incentives given to them can continue but don't give them new incentives, whether it's tax or enhanced foreign worker quota," said Mr Tan. Dr Wijeysingha said: "From the 1980s, the PAP government has indicated that it wants to move us from manufacturing to a services-led industry. Suddenly when we have a highly credible paper arguing precisely for that point, they say, 'very bad idea, we should stick to manufacturing'." The SDP also addressed PAP's concerns over a 'freak' election result. Dr Wijeysingha said: "Their understanding of a 'freak' result is a result of candidates returned who will serve the people of Singapore - rather than serve the interests of the PAP." Minister Balakrishnan had said there is a YouTube video online which raises questions about the SDP. But the party says it is not aware of such a video. Dr Wijeysingha said: "I'm aware of several videos that have raised our party's agenda. One video looked at our shadow budget and we put out our entire party's agenda there. I'm not sure what is the video you are referring to. We've been a very open party and we're very clear." Other issues raised included the minimum wage. "The PAP does believe in a minimum wage. It believes you cannot have a president (receiving) under S$4 million a year," said Dr Wijeysingha. On Singapore's low fertility rate, the party said it is a paradox. Dr Ang said: "When we think of having a child, we tremble. We think of the cost of living. We think of the stress of sending a child to school. Why is it a paradox? In the 50s and 60s, when we are so-called under-developed nation, people can have eight, nine, 10 children. "And in the developed Singapore today, so-called first world economy, the low fertility rate of 1.2% is a paradox. We are very well off economically. We should be producing more children and yet we are not producing children. Because it is very stressful to live in Singapore." Separately, Mr Wijeysingha also responded to Dr Balakrishnan's comment about the SDP team being made up of "strange bedfellows". "Strange bedfellows? I like that one. If we are so strange, so inept, so unintelligent about our policy options, you come to a table like this - you will trounce us in five minutes," he said. Former Reform Party vice-chairman Alec Tok was also at the SDP news conference to introduce the new candidates on Sunday. The SDP said he was there to support them and did not want to confirm if he was joining the party.
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Last day of application at Election Dept - 23Apr2011
SINGAPORE : The Elections Department said it received 208 applications for Political Donation certificates by the end of Saturday's 1pm deadline. In other words, at least 208 are applying to contest this election. It also received 32 applications for the Indian and other minority certificates, and 39 for Malay Community Certificates. The National Solidarity Party's (NSP) likely slate for Marine Parade GRC was first at the Elections Department Saturday morning. Among them was Nicole Seah, the youngest candidate formally unveiled so far. "We have been actively using social media to engage users and to engage most of the electorate. I think that a lot of young Singaporeans are very excited this time round and they want to see real change," said Seah, NSP's new candidate. The Reform Party's (RP) Kenneth Jeyaretnam was present at the same time as former party member, Alec Tok. Both men did not exchange any words. When asked, Mr Tok said he has not decided whether to contest as an independent or under another party's banner. He said he's hoping to stand in the Radin Mas ward. Dr James Gomez of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) said his party submitted more than 11 application forms for political donation and minority candidates certificates. He said the party wanted flexibility in fielding the best candidates for the election. The party has formally unveiled 11 candidates so far. The Singapore People's Party's (SPP) Chairman, Sin Kek Tong, submitted his papers and said he will contest in the Hong Kah North ward. Independent candidates as well as the People's Action Party's (PAP) Christopher De Souza, also turned up. "I was authorised by the party to come down and submit these forms... so that it frees up the rest of my teammates to do what they have to do and what they do best, on the ground," De Souza, Advisor, Holland-Bukit Timah Grassroots Organisations. Representatives for the PAP's likely Bishan-Toa Payoh slate were also present to collect an updated Registers of Electors. Over the last few days, potential election candidates have been filing in and out of the Elections Department in an orderly fashion, careful to make sure that the relevant papers are accurately submitted.
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Circle Line waiting time set to be cut - 10Oct2011
SINGAPORE: Rail operator SMRT has said it is reviewing the waiting time for trains for the entire Circle Line. Currently, trains come every seven minutes. But now that the line is fully operational, SMRT said it expects the number of daily commuters to go up by at least 30 per cent in key stations, such as Buona Vista. SMRT executive vice-president Khoo Hean Siang said: "We have to review it. We have to really look at the travel patterns and then we will optimise whether to go down to three-and-a-half minutes during the peak hour, and maybe five minutes, six minutes during the off-peak." The morning traffic on the Circle Line was relatively smooth on its first working day operation on Monday. The Circle Line allows commuters to skip past the busy stretches of the North-South and East-West lines. The Land Transport Authority has said that the 12 new stations will help reduce the passenger load on the other rail lines by about 15 per cent. About 400,000 commuters are expected to use the Circle Line every day, up from 200,000 before the final 12 stations opened on Saturday. To cope with the increase in commuters, trains between one-north and Paya Lebar stations ran every three to four minutes from 7am to 9am. The route will take commuters through Buona Vista, Bishan, Serangoon and Paya Lebar interchange stations, where passenger traffic is likely to be high. However, train intervals on the other parts of the line remained at seven minutes, even during the morning peak period. Trains were noticeably less packed than services on the North-South and East-West lines, with many commuters reporting quicker travelling times. Commuter Josandra Neo, who got off at HarbourFront station, said: "Of course (the Circle Line) is much, much better. "For North-South line, basically, you couldn't squeeze in, and you need to wait for two or three rounds. The Circle Line (is) very spacious, and you can find seats." Another commuter, Mr Teh Kim Seng, said: "Normally, I travel from Marymount, then change at Serangoon and from there, take (another train) to HarbourFront. "With this line, now I save 10 minutes. Besides that, my son is taking the train to Holland V, and that is where we travel half-way together - we have some quality time together, that is good." SMRT said existing Circle Line stations, such as Bartley, will likely see higher passenger traffic and said it may add shuttle buses to serve the neighbourhood. At the same time, it is ceasing its shuttle service between Dover MRT station, which is on the East-West line, and the National University Hospital, from November. This is because the hospital is now served by the newly-opened Kent Ridge station.
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[Breaking News]: MM Lee Kuan Yew, SM Goh Chok Tong Stepping Down - 14May2011
SINGAPORE : Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Saturday said they have decided to leave the Cabinet for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his team to have a fresh clean slate. In a joint statement, they said: "We have studied the new political situation and thought how it can affect the future. We have made our contributions to the development of Singapore. The time has come for a younger generation to carry Singapore forward in a more difficult and complex situation. "The Prime Minister and his team of younger leaders should have a fresh clean slate. A younger generation, besides having a non-corrupt and meritocratic government and a high standard of living, wants to be more engaged in the decisions which affect them. "After a watershed General Election, we have decided to leave the Cabinet and have a completely younger team of ministers to connect to and engage with this young generation in shaping the future of our Singapore. "But the younger team must always have in mind the interests of the older generation. This generation who has contributed to Singapore must be well-looked after." Mr Goh said he will now have more time to devote to his Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). He said this in a post on his constituency facebook page, MParader, on Saturday, after the press statement was issued to say that he and MM Lee are retiring from the Cabinet. Mr Goh said PM Lee can then refresh his Cabinet to forge a new Singapore consensus by rethinking policies and reshaping Singapore with fresh ideas. He said Team Marine Parade will build a consensus on creating their 4G Home. In response to comments on his thread, Mr Goh said he is out of government but remains as MP for Marine Parade GRC. "(I) will have more time to spend with residents, something I have always enjoyed doing," he said.
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GE: SPP eyes Ang Mo Kio GRC - 16Apr2011
SINGAPORE: The Singapore People's Party (SPP) is making plans to contest in Ang Mo Kio GRC. The team is likely to be led by 23-year-old Alex Tan, a financial adviser. The SPP is the first political party to declare its intention to contest in the GRC, which is helmed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Mr Tan said he has assembled a team for the six-member constituency, and is putting together its battle plans. Details of the team will be revealed in due course, and he said the team will comprise new faces and experienced politicians. Sources said one possible candidate could be Mr Frankie Low, a new SPP member who was formerly from the Workers' Party. Mr Tan said he has not conducted formal walkabouts at the GRC. He said he needs time to raise the election deposit - at least S$81,000, or S$13,500 for each candidate, based on the figure from the 2006 election. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a SPP walkabout at Bishan-Toa Payoh, Mr Tan concedes his team's chances are not high, but said his aim is to give Ang Mo Kio residents a chance to vote. But he said the party's focus remains on fighting Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. In 2006, the Workers' Party fielded a young team in Ang Mo Kio GRC against the People's Action Party (PAP). The team, dubbed the "suicide squad", garnered 33.87 per cent of votes. In an email later Saturday evening, SPP member Benjamin Pwee said the party's central executive committee (CEC) had earlier seriously considered but never approved Mr Alex Tan's proposal to the CEC to lead a team to contest in Ang Mo Kio GRC. Meanwhile, the SPP team to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC will be led by party secretary-general Chiam See Tong. Mr Chiam said the cost of living is one key issue the party will campaign on in the coming election. Others include ways to cope with the influx of foreign immigrants, the need for greater public accountability, the ageing population, public housing and public transport. Mr Chiam highlighted accountability and transparency of government as his main concerns. "Most of the time members of the public don't know what the government is doing because there is not enough transparency, and unless we know what the government is doing, the government cannot perform its best," he said. Mr Chiam also formally introduced the remaining two members of his five-member team for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. They are 48-year-old businessman Mohamad Hamim Aliyas and 35-year-old Jimmy Lee, a former government scholar. Mr Lee had worked in the Defence Ministry and the Defence Science and Technology Agency. He currently runs his own business management consulting firm. Mr Hamim wants to champion the cause of Malay entrepreneurs. "We have to get business people together, talk about what we can do to help them be successful," he said. For Mr Lee, his focus is on transport issues. He feels that the policy-making process does not adequately address the difficulties faced by Singaporeans. He said: "It is very easy to look at statistics and say, 'okay, this is a minority statistic, let's put it aside'. But it is not a minority statistic to those of us who suffer the tedium, the crowds, and all the attendant problems with public transport on a day-to-day basis." The other members of the SPP team to contest Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC are former scholar Benjamin Pwee and Wilfred Leung. Mr Lee is the latest high flyer to be unveiled by the SPP, after Mr Pwee. And, Mr Chiam said he expects even more scholars to be unveiled in future. "We have a group of scholars waiting at the wings to join our party, and we hope our party can attract them successfully," said Mr Chiam. "It is not true to say that Singapore cannot produce two 'A' teams. As it is now, we're almost there already. We've seen a lot of talent coming into the opposition, and it won't be long before you see a thriving political system in Singapore." Mr Chiam also formally announced that SPP chairman Sin Kek Tong will stand in Hong Kah North single-member constituency. The party also said it has been revitalising its internal organisation. And on Saturday, it announced its new Youth Wing, Malay Bureau and SME Bureau (a bureau looking into the concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises). It will also revive its Women's Wing. More details of the SPP election manifesto will be released soon but Mr Pwee said where accountability was concerned, the party will raise the topic of security lapses. These include terrorist Mas Selamat's escape, and the 2008 case where a father flew out of Singapore using his son's passport. The SPP team will go up against the People's Action Party (PAP) team led by Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng. Asked if the SPP had decided on its manifesto based on the minister, Mr Chiam said no. The topics, he said, do not centre on one minister but take into consideration the interests of Singaporeans.
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《前线追踪,大选之后》, Ch8 Frontline featuring Nicole Seah - 13May2011
《大选之后》: 新加坡2011年大选结果在上星期揭晓。 一度成为竞选焦点人物的国民团结党候选人佘雪玲,在大选后,是否已经回复平日的生活? 佘雪玲在网络中走红,成为网络人气女王,败选后的她,是否打算在5年后卷土重来? A look back at the 2011 General Election: Singapore's ruling party PAP has retained power, winning 81 out of the 87 parliamentary seats in the General Election. MP-elect for Marine Parade GRC, Tan Chuan-Jin, has held his first Meet-the-People session on Tuesday at which he met about 50 residents of Eunos Crescent. His work will definitely be busier in the next five years. On the other hand, Nicole Sea who contested under the National Solidarity Party (NSP) banner at the Marine Parade GRC, has started to adjust her work life back to normal. She gained popularity through social media websites, such as Facebook, and had many fans who supported her during her walkabouts and rallies. Does she plan to contest in the next General Election? The social media has brought fame to a few and to a certain extent, has had some effect on the election results. What advantages does social media have over traditional ones in terms of news and information coverage? Will social media domination even further in the next five years? Frontline reports.
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Final 12 stations of Circle Line to start operating on 8 October - 01Aug2011
SINGAPORE: The final 12 stations of the Circle Line running from Marymount to HarbourFront will start operating on 8 October. The stations are Caldecott, Botanic Gardens, Farrer Road, Holland Village, Buona Vista, one-north, Kent Ridge, Haw Par Villa, Pasir Panjang, Labrador Park, Telok Blangah and HarbourFront. Bukit Brown station is still being planned as a future station. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said the projected ridership for the station is still very low, so it will be opened in future when there is sufficient ridership. The LTA said the 12 new stations will link commuters to places such as the research and business hub of one-north and the vibrant food and club scene in Holland Village. The opening of the final 16.6km stretch will mark the completion of the entire 33.3km-long Circle Line which has 28 stations. The expected daily ridership for the Circle Line is about 400,000. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew visited three new Circle Line stations at Labrador Park, Holland Village and Caldecott on Monday. Mr Lui said: "The completion of these final 12 stations of the Circle Line will also link Singaporeans and visitors by rail to a variety of destinations for work and recreation. The Circle Line will enhance connectivity of the rail network and bring significant time savings for commuters." For example, commuters travelling from Bishan to Buona Vista will only take 26 minutes on the Circle Line, compared to the current 40 minutes on the North-South and East-West Line. The full opening of the Circle Line is also expected to ease crowding along the North-South and East-West lines by about 10 to 15 per cent. The North-South and East-West lines currently serve an average of about 1.6 million commuters daily. Mr Lui also announced that an additional 13 trains will be added to the North-South and East-West lines around 2014-2015. The additional trains will enhance the capacity on the North-South and East-West lines by about 25 per cent. He added the LTA and SMRT are also finalising plans to add more train trips to improve off-peak frequencies. He said these service improvements will be announced soon. Mr Lui said: "Frequencies during the peak periods are limited by the signalling equipment. And until that is upgraded, there will continue to be bottlenecks. "There's a possibility for frequencies during off-peak periods...to be better than what it is today. The LTA and SMRT are finalising their plans to improve their frequency and they will announce this in due course." Currently, commuters have to wait an average of about six minutes between trains during off-peak periods
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Mr Chiam: SPP was overwhelmed by reception in Bishan - 24Apr2011
SINGAPORE: The Singapore People's Party Secretary General Chiam See Tong said that the party is overwhelmed by the reception it has received from Bishan residents. Speaking to reporters after visiting Bishan Street 11, Mr Chiam said that when he first announced that he was contesting in Bishan Toa-Payoh GRC, many of his friends tried to discourage him from doing so. But after seeing the welcome given to the SPP, he said he has no regrets leaving his stronghold of Potong Pasir to contest in the GRC. Mr Chiam said many Bishan residents told him that they want an alternative voice in Parliament. Mr Chiam also responded to Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng's comments on why he didn't ask more questions in Parliament on security lapses after Mas Selamat's escape. He said: "The reason why I did not ask more questions is because we were waiting for the elections and we believe in accountability. I want Minister Wong Kan Seng to account to the people of Bishan...he has not given a full account of the debacle he's made. And we would like him to account to the voters at Bishan and we have given him plenty of opportunities to do so."
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Taiwan media apologizes for mocking North Korean newscaster on Kim Jong-il death- 21Dec2011
The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday lambasted broadcast station Chinese Television System for airing a segment in which a political reporter engaged in a "tasteless" and "insensitive" parody of veteran North Korean anchorwoman Lee Chun Hee in the wake of former leader Kim Jong Il's death. For the journalistic mishap, CTS News Department Manager Lin Shu-ching has offered to resign. CTS issued a public statement hours after reporter Max Su personally apologized for the antics of Liang Fang-yu, the reporter who donned traditional Korean attire, called herself "Liang Chun Hee," and garbled in a mixture of Chinese and a mimicry of the Korean language Monday night. NCC Spokesperson Chen Jeng-chang called Liang's on-air behavior "grossly exaggerated," describing it as a "failure of common sense." Scholars cite the incidence as further evidence of the devaluing of Taiwan news media into the realm of entertainment. In the CTS statement, the company acknowledged the mass criticism that resulted from Liang's report. "The CTS is not only open to the response of its audience, but also has the courage for self-reflection," the statement read. The news station is in the process of conducting an "internal review" and will submit its findings to experts and press council members on ways to make future improvements. It was Lee who broke the news of Kim's death to the world Monday, wearing a black hanbok - the traditional Korean dress - while crying silently on the nation's Korean Central Television. Liang's broadcast plays out like a comedic sketch; the reporter relayed the latest news on the upcoming presidential elections via exaggerated speech and a song-and-dance number. CTS initially defended the segment as a way to let off some steam as the election intensifies. Numerous viewers' complaints and reports filed to the NCC however, forced the station to address the matter in all seriousness and make numerous apologies. The death of Kim, known as the "Great Leader" to North Koreans, is nationally and publicly mourned. Some experts see his demise as a threat to the stability of the region, especially regarding its long-standing, tense relationship with neighbor South Korea. The NCC called the station's actions incredibly insensitive and disrespectful. Spokesman Chen pointed out that local media must be empathic at the passing of world leaders, regardless of whether the country has ties with Taiwan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 中國時報【劉育良、王懿雯、林軒如╱綜合報導】 北韓國寶主播李春姬19日黑衣哽咽播報北韓領導人金正日病逝,華視晚間新聞「大選特派員」單元主播梁芳瑜竟穿上韓服模仿李春姬,化名「梁春姬」播報總統大選新聞,一句一個「哈密搭」,自以為搞笑幽默,網友傻眼又吐血,有的以為看到中天《全民最大黨》,痛批「華視跟公視水準怎麼差這麼多啊,明明都是公廣集團的啊」、「北韓民眾死領導人ㄟ,會覺得好笑嗎」,甚至說「我們應該發動拒看綜藝化新聞」。 華視新聞部經理林淑卿昨說:「這個單元是由資深記者梁芳瑜以輕鬆活潑態度談論選舉,金正日過世新聞則以正常方式處理,對批評感到抱歉,會虛心接受並改進。」 反倒是在《最大黨》模仿以上兩名韓國人的邰智源有為有守,昨在北京說金正日過世,他的模仿也為絕響,但他「李椿姬」上身說:「表達沉重的哀悼!其實模仿金正日的次數不多,以後不可能再出現這角色,李椿姬要不要再出來由節目安排。」金正日也是他模仿角色中第一個過世的本尊。昨節目未藉金正日發揮,「國家領導人物過世,悲傷題材不碰觸,怕引起反感。」綜藝節目都有此認知,華視新聞真是有失分寸。
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SIA introduces budget carrier, Scoot - 01Nov2011
SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched a budget carrier that will fly on medium and long-haul routes, including to Australia and China. The airline, named Scoot, will begin flights from mid-2012 with a fleet of four Boeing B777-200 aircraft purchased from parent company SIA. "Scoot is for you," said the new carrier's chief executive Campbell Wilson. It is "not an everyday airline name because this is not an everyday airline," he told a media conference. The budget airline is expected to have 14 planes by 2016, with longer term plans to fly to India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Wilson told AFP after the news conference that Scoot is unable to fly to the United States initially because of the B777-200's limitations, but he was not ruling out serving the US market in the future. Scoot is wholly-owned by SIA but will be managed independently. "We are tapping a new market segment that is growing and developing, and we will bring incremental business to the group. People who want value and simplicity, to tailor travel to their own needs, not to pay for lounges or facilities that they don't use. Our whole philosophy is that you pay for what you use," said Wilson. While that may be attractive to budget travellers, paying for your dinner onboard is a far cry from what SIA flyers are accustomed to. "I'm a bit surprised SIA has this budget airline. I thought it wouldn't be congruent to its brand," said one member of the public. Another said: "The cost of it (airfare) is slashed almost half, so I think it's a good deal. The only issue is whether the standard will be the same...because (of the) cost-cutting measures, I do not know whether it will affect the service since the fees are cheaper." Analysts have said SIA is moving to tap into a growing consumer demand for low-cost travel over longer distances as most of Asia's low-cost carriers cover short-haul routes. "If SIA does not move into this new arena, then I think it will find itself being left behind in the next five to 10 years," said Shukor Yusof, aviation analyst with Standard & Poor's. Scoot is expected to compete directly with AirAsia X, the long-haul affiliate of Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia and British tycoon Richard Branson's Virgin Group. AirAsia X flies to several destinations including London, Taipei, Tehran, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo and a number of cities in China and India. Scoot said it will offer airfares up to 40 per cent lower than full-service carriers. It plans to recruit pilots and staff from outside Singapore Airlines. SIA already has a short-haul, full-service unit called SilkAir, which travels to tourist destinations in Asia and has a stake in Asian budget carrier Tiger Airways. SIA, regarded as a barometer for the industry, earned a profit of S$1.09 billion ($866 million) in the year to March 2011 on revenues of S$14.5 billion. Capitalised at S$280 million, Scoot said S$60 million will be spent on start-up costs in the first two years. And only then, might it begin to make a profit.
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Workers' Party holds first Meet-the-People session for Aljunied GRC - 23May2011
SINGAPORE : The Workers' Party held its first Meet-the-People session on Monday at Aljunied GRC. The party's chairman, Sylvia Lim, met residents from the Serangoon division. More than 60 people gathered at Block 146 Serangoon North Avenue 1, just five minutes into the start of the session. A few were there not because they had problems but just to show support for the newly elected MP. Ms Lim, who was a Non-Constituency MP for the past five years, said she looks forward to finally being able to serve residents. Ms Lim, Workers' Party chairman and MP for Aljunied GRC, said: "Obviously, it's a new chapter for us - the Workers' Party and for me personally. "Finally, we have a mandate from the people to hold a Meet-the-People session, to represent them in whatever appeals that they may have with the government department. So it's really quite something!" Meanwhile, fellow Aljunied team member Chen Show Mao also held his first Meet-the-People session on Monday at the Paya Lebar division.
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China ultimate fake: IKEA lookalike store at China - 02Aug2011
It has the same blue and yellow colour scheme, the same miniature pencils, the same shopping bags - but don't be fooled, this IKEA store is only a lookalike The imitation store - called 11 Furniture - is a four-storey building in the southern district of Kunming city in south-west China. The store looks and feels the same as IKEA, with the same mock-up rooms, layout and even rocking chair designs but it sells its own furniture made to order instead of IKEA flat-packed products. The shop covers a huge 10,000 sq m and even has a cafeteria-style restaurant, complete with minimalist wooden tables, although the menu features Chinese-style braised minced pork and eggs instead of IKEA's Swedish meatballs. The retailer is cashing in on replicating the brand experience rather than faking the product itself. This copycat store is characteristic of a new trend in China. Last month, an American blogger posted pictures of an elaborate fake Apple Store in Kunming, selling genuine if unauthorised iPhones, Macbooks and other products. However Paul French, the founder of the consulting firm, Access Asia, says no one should be surprised. He said: "It's nothing new, it's been going on for 25 years. Just about every foreign brand that has ever come here has been faked. "What we are seeing with the Apple and the IKEA stores is that they are 'lookie-likies', they are not actually fakes." The presence of the imitation stores in Kunming highlights China's appetite for western brands. IKEA said it has teams working at both the country and global level to handle intellectual property protection issues. "IKEA as one of the biggest home furnishing companies in the world, protecting Ikea's intellectual property rights is crucial," said Ikea China. It has nine stores in China - and plans to open one to two more stores a year. Chinese law prohibits firms from copying the "look and feel" of other companies' stores, but foreign companies must register their trademarks with China and enforcement can be lax. The United States and other Western countries have often complained China is woefully behind in its effort to stamp out intellectual property theft.
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Fire at Shell oil refinery on Pulau Bukom Singapore (Day1) - 28Sep2011
SINGAPORE: A fire that broke out at the refinery of oil company Shell on Pulau Bukom on Wednesday afternoon has intensified. Shell had initially said that the fire at the refinery, which broke out at around 1.15pm, had been contained. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the fire involves petroleum products from pipes in the tank farm at the manufacturing facility. The SCDF sent two fire engines, two fire bikes, one Red Rhino and eight support vehicles when it was alerted at 1.18pm. SCDF and Pulau Bukom's in-house fire-fighting team are at work with 25 water jets. Shell said all efforts are directed to ensure the safety of staff and emergency responders on site. No injuries have been reported and all staff are accounted for. SCDF said all non essential staff from Pulau Bukom have been evacuated from the island following the fire and that fire fighting operations are still ongoing. In a statement, SCDF has asked the public not to call the emergency numbers - 999 and 995 - unless it is life threatening. SCDF said it will give an update when more information is available. The complex comprises a 500,000-barrels-a-day refinery and is Shell's largest refinery in the world in terms of crude distillation capacity. This makes Singapore a key regional supply and trading centre for the group in the East. Some 90 per cent of Bukom's products are exported to countries in the region and beyond.
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GE: Workers' Party Screen Thru Its Candidates - 20Apr2011
SINGAPORE : The Workers' Party (WP) Secretary-General, Low Thia Khiang said his party has done its due diligence to screen candidates for the elections. He was responding to calls by the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) for voters to scrutinise opposition candidates and for them to show their track records. Mr Low formally unveiled the party's first batch of candidates for the upcoming elections on Wednesday. They are 32-year-old trainer Lee Li Lian, who is also WP's Deputy Treasurer; 35-year-old family consultant Mohamed Faisal Abdul Manap; 33-year-old senior IT consultant Gerald Giam Yean Song; and 55-year-old fund manager Eric Tan Heng Chong. Mr Tan is also the party's Treasurer, and he had stood in East Coast GRC at the last election in 2006. Mr Low said the slate of WP candidates this time is mature and experienced, and they will help strengthen the party's leadership after the elections. He said the candidates go through a selection process, which includes interviews with its top leadership, exposure to party activities, feedback from members, and scrutiny into their backgrounds. All in, 23 candidates are expected to be fielded, from an original batch of about 50. Mr Low said: "Our conscience is clear. That is important because we've done our due diligence; we make assessment, we make judgement. We don't field anyone who comes to us. That is important to us. Although we don't have the mechanism like the PAP, by way of institutionalised kind of scrutiny, but we do have our due diligence. "Moving forward, the voters will have to make the judgement. If the Worker's Party makes the wrong judgement, it may not be as bad; but if the PAP makes the wrong judgement and you get the wrong person to be prime minister, I think we will all be in trouble." The PAP had recently questioned the motivations of lawyer Chen Show Mao - who is back in Singapore after being away for about 30 years. "It's a natural curiosity - people want to know why is it you suddenly want to come back. To be honest with you, we also have the same question. I have asked those questions, we went into the details and we are satisfied, and we've decided to field him as a candidate," said Mr Low. Mr Low noted the party's candidates come with their own work, grassroots and NGO experiences. Mr Faisal hopes to use his years of experience as a marriage counsellor to champion pro-family policies. "I've been doing counselling for the past four years, and my forte is marriage counselling for Malay Muslim families. I have seen a lot of broken families, a lot of divorces, because of the situation we are living in right now. So I want to create an environment which is more pro-family," said Mr Faisal, WP's new candidate. "There is still a group of people, whom I call the forgotten group of people, for example the single parents, the stay-at-home parents. By standing as a candidate, I really hope to speak up for these people so that they are not forgotten," said WP's new candidate Lee Li Lian. New candidate Gerald Giam said he did not go into politics because he's against the PAP. But rather, it's because he wants to build up a strong alternative party. "I had the early part of my career at the Foreign Ministry, so during that time I did get the chance to see how policies are formulated in Singapore, and I not only understood the short comings but also the constraints that policy makers face," said Mr Giam. "I also have experience in the private sector which I'm in now, so I understand the different dynamics that take place in the private sector compared to the civil service," he added. Eric Tan, who has 23 years of banking experience, said: "I could bring to the table how multi-nationals (companies) think and function. So my understanding of financial markets and private sector, in terms of how multi-nationals (companies) operate and how they train their talents, how they interact with other countries, I think I could bring that to the table." Mr Low described this year's elections as a "watershed" one for modern Singapore. He gave three reasons for this. Firstly, the PAP declaring that the next Prime Minister will be among the batch of new candidates introduced. Secondly, the strength of the opposition being "at an all-time high." And thirdly, Singapore's transformation from a third to first world nation, which Mr Low said cannot be simply about the material well being of the people. At the moment, the WP is reluctant to reveal where its candidates are contesting. But what we do know is that the party will contest four Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and four Single Member Constituencies (SMCs), of which at least two SMCs are likely to see multi-cornered fights.
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Malaysia SMART tunnel will able to ease flood - 04Nov2011
KUALA LUMPUR : The Malaysian government is warning of possible floods in the country as the year-end rainy season approaches. However, authorities are confident that its central business district in the capital Kuala Lumpur will escape a major flood like the one that has hit Bangkok. Kuala Lumpur literally means "muddy river mouth" in Malay. Like its name suggests, the city sits on a low lying area prone to perennial floods. Sungei Klang, the major river that runs through the city centre, has 11 tributaries. For decades, the surrounding areas near Masjid Jamek - one of the oldest mosques in the city - including the banking district and the independence square, were prone to flash floods each time the rivers overflowed. Traders nearby still remember the problems they faced. Some of them had to raise their shop entrances to tackle the rising floodwaters. But things have changed since 2007 - when the country's first dual purpose tunnel in the city's south began operations. Mohd Fuad Kamal Ariffin, chief operating officer of SMART, said: "If you ask traders, they are now very happy, they can actually do their business (as per normal)...since SMART (started) operations." SMART stands for Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel. It is a four-kilometre motorway which can be flooded in the event of a prolonged downpour or major storm. The tunnel can channel up to 300 cubic meters of water per second, through bypass tunnels from holding ponds in various catchment areas to a permanent pond outside Kuala Lumpur. So far, the tunnel has only been flooded once. Mr Mohd Fuad said: "SMART works; even though it is almost to its design capacity, we are not worried about the heavy downpour. We are always prepared for any event. The structure is designed for 100 years; if it reaches the capacity, I believe the authorities have options, other alternative plans.'' But the system is designed to prevent floods in only 45 per cent of the city centre. The rest of Kuala Lumpur is still susceptible to flash floods. The operator believes a similar system like SMART could ease flood woes in Bangkok. Mr Mohd Fuad said: "We also have people from Thailand coming here to see our project, to see SMART. Maybe (if) they (design)...the same tunnel in their country, it will help, because SMART is tackling floods in the city centre.'' The tunnel's operator works closely with the drainage and irrigation department, and drills have been conducted ahead of the year-end rainy season.
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Half body corpse found at Bedok Reservoir - 20Jun2011
SINGAPORE : PUB officers found a decomposed partial body floating in Bedok Reservoir on Monday morning. The police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were called to the scene at 10.30am to help retrieve the body. MediaCorp understands that just the lower half of the body was found, and it is not known if it is male or female. It was supposed to be just another day at Bedok Reservoir for kayaking coach Grayson Ong. But with a naval diving response team parked just beside the water, he knew something was amiss. He said: "It is very very deep, you just go down, five feet away can be nearly overhead, and it is not easy for you to stand, it is rocky...and very slippery. So for (their) safety...the public should not walk - whether you are a swimmer or not a swimmer - into the water." The news that a dead body was found did not stop some people from enjoying a day kayaking at the reservoir. Most of them said they were not too worried about the dead body, although some of them wished someone had told them earlier. Tan Jun Wen, a member of the Temasek Polytechnic Kayak Racing Team, said: "Maybe they could (have) alerted the public to not use the reservoir first. (They could) wait until they find the other part of the body then allow the public to use the reservoir again." Amanoje, another member of the Temasek Polytechnic Kayak Racing Team, said: "It was quite freaky. This is my first time hearing the news about a dead body while I am kayaking." The police said the search for the other half of the body was called off at about 6pm, and investigations are ongoing. PUB said PUB officers at Bedok Reservoir discovered the dead body in the reservoir at around 10.30am. The police and SCDF were informed immediately. PUB officers assisted the police with the retrieval of the body. PUB has assured members of the public that this incident has no impact on the water quality. It said water in all reservoirs is treated to World Health Organisation drinking water standards before it is supplied to households.
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GE: Battle of words continue over Workers' Party slogan - 23Apr2011
SINGAPORE : The battle of words between the Workers' Party (WP) and the People's Action Party (PAP) continues over the opposition party's election slogan. WP Chairman Sylvia Lim said contrary to criticisms levelled by Law Minister K Shanmugam, the WP's MPs will block government bills only if it's against the national interest. The Workers' Party said it wants to ensure accountability and to prevent Parliament from becoming a rubber stamp for policies. Its leaders said having a strong opposition able to form an alternative government, will lead to political stability. "In other words, (it's) like a car, you need a spare tyre, right? I mean, you... depend on four tyres, (if) one tyre (is punctured) and that's it! You can't move," said Low Thia Khiang, Secretary-General of the Workers' Party. He said voters must decide how Parliament should evolve. This includes whether Singaporeans want a two-party or multi-party system. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said a two-party system would not work in Singapore, as there are not enough talents to form a strong Cabinet. But Mr Low countered that "it's not for the PAP to decide, neither is it for the Workers' Party to decide. It is for the voters to decide. We must always remember that. I think the PAP is being very arrogant to ignore the wishes and the will of the voters in an election." Mr Low also rebutted Education Minister Ng Eng Hen, who said having opposition MPs would weaken government. "If Dr Ng is engaging or employing the same old tactic of the PAP in the early days, it could well threaten that there will be freak election result, since more than 50 per cent of the seats are contested. That would be his election strategy," said Mr Low. He continued: "If this is the assumption, then why hold elections? Then we might as well have all the PAP MPs... I suppose it's typical PAP. They want some voices, noises in Parliament, but they do not want representation from the people." That's why, in his view, the government expanded the system of Non-Constituency MPs. Asked for his response to Mr Shanmugam's challenge for the Workers' Party to admit its aim was to take over government, and why he thought the PAP kept pressing on the issue, Mr Low said: "Perhaps you might want to ask the PAP what is their intention. I'd like to add here that the Workers' Party has nothing to own up. We are all here; we are open." Addressing comments that the Workers' Party sought to block all government bills, party leaders pointed out that they had supported PAP policies in the past, such as the Workfare schemes and the push for productivity. Chairman Sylvia Lim said that Workers' Party MPs would only object to constitutional amendments if they were against the interest of Singaporeans. Ms Lim said: "As and when Parliament progresses to the point where we have enough non-ruling MPs to scrutinise constitutional amendments effectively, I think that is a good day for Singapore. "Singaporeans should feel protected that there is actually a group of people out there who have the power, if necessary, to block the constitutional amendment if it's made for partisan advantage." On PM Lee's comments in a recent interview that both Mr Low and Ms Lim did not contribute much to Parliamentary debate, Ms Lim said their contributions were on public record and clear for all to see. Mr Lee had also said Mr Low did not respond when Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean spoke on civil service pay scales, to which Ms Lim replied that the speech was made during the Budget Committee of Supply debates, and Mr Low was prevented by Parliamentary procedures from responding. In any case, the party did not have any issues with civil service salaries as a whole; it was on ministerial pay that he disagreed with. On Mr Lee's suggestion that the Workers' Party had removed its call to lower the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from its manifesto after Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam addressed the topic in Parliament, Ms Lim said that as new studies have been published, they were withholding their policy proposal for now, but will revisit it in due time.
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