Wednesday, February 24, 2010

At least the first to try cheating at the table is a Singaporean!

Ah... finally! Our very own casino criminal! Indonesians, Mongolians, move aside! It's Singaporeans' turn to add on to the Integrated Resorts related crime figure now!

First casino crime case

THE first man to be investigated by the Casino Crime Investigation Branch for casino-related crimes was brought to court on Wednesday.

Loo Siew Nan, 53, is accused of five offences of attempted cheating, cheating by personation, theft and giving false information to the police.

He allegedly tried to cheat a casino dealer at Resorts World Sentosa Casino's baccarat table by placing a bet of two $100 chips on the 'banker' after the result of the game had been declared.

He allegedly did this on Monday with the intention of deceiving the dealer into believing that he had a winning bet and tried to induce the dealer to give him a payout of chips worth $190.

He had allegedly earlier gained entry into the casino by posing as one Loh Siow Kok - who is his brother - by producing the latter's Singapore driving licence.

He is also charged with giving false information to a senior station inspector by giving him an original driving licence bearing Loh's name when asked for his identity at about 2.10am on Tuesday. He is said to have stolen Mr Loh's driving licence at a coffeeshop along Bedok Reservoir Road at about 6.30pm on Sunday, and four hours later, posed as Mr Loh to get into the casino.

The prosecution asked for a two-week adjournment to complete investigation. Bail of $15,000 was offered. Loo's next appearance is on March 9.

Men attacked ambulance driver at Bukit Batok

Two men attacked an ambulance driver who was helping a patient to a kidney dialysis centre. Nope, this is not another story of non-civilised people living in some third world country where law is for display only. This has happened in a carpark near you, at Block 213 Bukit Batok Street 21. Oh yes, uniquely Singapore.

Road rage: Ambulance driver attacked for blocking road
Source: Asiaone Motoring

TWO minutes.

That was all it took for two men to turn violent, allegedly attacking a driver whose ambulance had blocked their car.

The attack lasted more than 20 minutes, said witnesses.

The two men allegedly rained blows on the ambulance driver's chest, kicked his groin and tore his uniform, all the while spewing vulgarities.

The ambulance was outside a carpark lot while the driver was helping a patient to a kidney dialysis centre on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Sivachandran Muragasu, 28, nurse service director of Abella Agency, an ambulance and home nursing company, had taken the patient to the kidney dialysis centre at Block 213 Bukit Batok Street 21.

He had just helped the patient settle into a chair when he heard a commotion near the back entrance of the centre.

A man, who looked to be around 50, and another, in his mid-20s, were shouting at the nurses in the dialysis centre to move the ambulance.

Mr Siva, who did not see the men in the carpark when he took the patient to the centre on a stretcher, said the ambulance had been parked there for around two minutes.

When he returned to the carpark, the men confronted him.

Mr Siva said: "The older man asked me, "What the ****, you think it's your father's road?""

When Mr Siva asked him why he used the expletive, both men turned aggressive.

Mr Siva said he fended off their punches by putting his arms in front of his face, and kept trying to move backwards.

He kept pleading with them, he said. He tried explaining that he was just doing his job.

Mr Siva said: "I'm driving an ambulance. They should understand that I'm providing a service."

But the men were not appeased.

And who the **** do these two men think they are? Well, since the police is nowhere in sight, maybe they think they are the police?

Warning to the public: Be careful where you park at Bukit Batok Street 21, and beware of this Red Subaru WRX.

Vehicle Details sourced from a certain Singapore motoring forum

Vehicle No.: SJB136xS
Vehicle Type: P10 - Passenger Motor Car
Vehicle Attachment 1: No Attachment
Vehicle Scheme: Normal
Vehicle Make: SUBARU
Vehicle Model: 2.5 WRX
Chassis No.: JF1GDGKD36G054238
Engine No.: EJ25C755154
Engine Capacity: 2457 cc
Maximum Laden Weight: 1860 kg
Unladen Weight: 1405 kg
Year Of Manufacture: 2006
Original Registration Date: 08 Jul 2006

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Singapore Budget 2010 in a nutshell

First, some candies that look sweet on paper...

Singapore govt unveils slew of tax reliefs for households

For a start, those taking care of their parents and grandparents can expect greater tax relief of up to S$7,000.

Wives who are taxpayers can also claim a spouse relief of S$2,000 - similar to the current scheme for husbands.

The income threshold for dependant-related reliefs will also go up from S$2,000 to S$4,000.

For the elderly, there will be a one-off top-up of the CPF-Medisave Accounts of older Singaporeans aged 50 and above.

The Medisave top-up will benefit about one million Singaporeans and cost the government S$310 million.

An additional S$200 million will also be set aside for Medifund - which supports needy Singaporeans - and another S$200 million for the ElderCare Fund to meet longterm healthcare needs.

For families with children, they can look forward to further top-up of the Post Secondary Education Accounts (PSEA).

And for the big P that our big bosses have been bringing up as often as Wonder Girls' "Nobody" was on radio...

Singapore to commit S$5.5b to help workers & firms raise productivity

To achieve the productivity growth targets, Mr Tharman laid out three plans:

1) Restructure the economy towards higher-value activities and depart from less efficient ones;

2) Upgrade individual industries and enterprises; and

3) Raise the skills and expertise of each worker.

To help companies - especially small and medium enterprises - invest in innovating their work processes, the government will introduce a Productivity and Innovation Credit scheme.

Under the scheme, companies will get significant tax deductions when they invest in a broad range of activities such as automation through technology and design, and staff training.

Businesses can deduct 250 per cent of their expenditures on each of the activities from their taxable income, up to a cap of S$300,000.

To emphasise how serious the government is in improving skills and productivity nation-wide, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will chair a high-level National Productivity and Continuing Education Council.

The council will come up with priority areas and programmes to tap on a new S$2 billion National Productivity Fund. For a start, the fund will have an initial sum of S$1 billion to support initiatives over the next five years.

The rich staying in houses with an annual value of about S$80,000 will see a tax increase of "slightly less than S$100" a year, while taxes for non-owner-occupied residential properties remain at 10 per cent so that there should be no impact on those who buy for investment. Guess the rich ones must be giving great sigh of relief.

A more nuanced, fairer property tax

From next year, if the flat or private property you live in and own has an annual value of S$65,000, you will pay up to S$240 less in property taxes.

The new progressive property tax system, announced on Monday to the surprise of many, will see owner-occupiers exempted from tax on the first S$6,000 of the annual value - that is, the estimated rent - of their homes.

The trade-off? The S$25-to-S$150 in GST rebates, which owners of properties with lower annual values have been enjoying since 1994, will be scrapped.

The more nuanced tax system for owner-occupied residential properties will benefit all Singaporeans except the ultra-rich - those living in properties with over S$77,000 annual value. They comprise only 0.4 per cent of all owner-occupied homes in Singapore, and only 3 per cent of private owner-occupied homes here, said Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who also noted that the change would cost the Government S$230 million initially.

With such minor increase in levies, guess the China women will still be here to steal the kopitiam jobs from aunties and the IRs can continue to employ foreign workers...

Foreign worker levies to go up from July

For a start, levy rates will go up between $10 to $30 for most Work Permit holders on July 1 this year. Adjustments will be made in 2011 and 2012.

In the next three years, companies can expect a gradual total increase of about $100 on average per worker in manufacturing and services.

The construction industry will see a larger increase, according to the minister.

Changes will also be made for S Pass workers, with two levy tiers instead of one. The rates for the first and second tiers will be $100 and $120 in July this year - going up from a single rate of $50 currently.

Further adjustments will be made till rates reach $150 and $250 by July 2012.

This is so that tourists can buy more and cheaper liquor to drink themselves drunk when they lose all they money at the Integrated Resorts, instead of robbing other tourists at the airport...

Wine and beer lovers can drink to this

In his Budget statement on Monday, Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said travellers will be able to buy an additional litre of duty-free wine or beer in place of one litre of duty-free spirits. This means that those who prefer wine or beer will be able to enjoy a duty-free allowance of two litres of wine and one litre of beer, or two litres of beer and one litre of wine.

Monday, February 22, 2010

China crook selling fake degrees from Singapore universities

It is a known fact that crooks in China have been making it big by selling fake degrees, and you can easily earn yourself a MBA from Harvard in the land of the Great Wall as long as you have got the cash. But this time, things are getting a bit too close for comfort...

S'pore-based China vendor admits fake $2,800 degree printed on 70-cent paper
Source: The Electric New Paper

The New Paper on Sunday went undercover to meet up with a fake degree peddler, a 24-year-old China national who graduated from a local polytechnic.

The man said that degrees from NUS, NTU, SMU and SIM are available, and would cost $2,800 each.

He added that he required a 20 per cent deposit to confirm an order, and would issue a receipt which buyers must produce when collecting their degree in two weeks.

The degrees are printed in a factory in Malaysia, he claimed.

When confronted by The New Paper on Sunday team, the man said he had been peddling fake degrees in Singapore for about half a year, in addition to working as an agent for a company based in China.

He said he gets commission for each degree sold, and claims he makes a point to caution his customers against using their fake degrees to look for jobs, whether in Singapore or in China.

He also said the fake degrees are cheaply made and are printed on regular paper that costs about 70 cents a sheet.

So this guy who graduated from OUR polytechnic, decided to continue hanging around in OUR country selling fake degrees of OUR universities, while working as an agent for a company in CHINA. Did some big guys said that new immigrants are here to contribute to our economy and we should welcome them with open arms? Really?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pastor Rony Tan's anti-gay stand is aligned with the Government of Singapore

Sometimes some people just can't tell when to shut up and sit down. And when they realised that maybe they should play it safe by covering their backside, they drag the oh-so-mighty government into the picture. Bravo.

Pastor Rony Tan stood by his remarks against homosexuals

Two days after online portals and Temasek Review broke the news of 85 police reports being lodged against Pastor Rony, the Straits Times followed up with an interview with him.

“I’ve said nothing wrong, you know. Like I said, my stand is with the average person and the Government,” Pastor Rony was quoted as saying in the STraits Times.

He said he had always taught his congregation that the homosexual community should not be discriminated against.

“But, of course, you know there is a law against homosexual acts, so that’s always been my stand…"

Pastor Rony said in the video that homosexuals are not born “this way” and people end up “turning” gay either because of abuse or an absent parent when young.

He felt it is necessary to “warn” people of the pitfalls of homosexuality:

“If we don’t warn people against this, then there will be more and more homosexuals because many of these people will be harassing and seducing young boys, and they in turn will become homosexuals,” he exclaimed.

He insinuated that homosexuals are not “normal” people because they do not procreate:

“Proper sex means life — it propagates life. Lesbianism and homosexuality simply mean death and barrenness.”

Friday, February 19, 2010

Homosexual = Donkey/Monkey/Dog, according to Pastor Rony Tan

What Pastor Rony Tan of Lighthouse Evangelism thinks about gays and lesbians from Kenneth Tan on Vimeo.

”If you allow [homosexuality], next time people will want to get married to monkeys. And they will want rights. They’ll want to apply for HDB [a colloquial term to mean a government subsidised flat]. With a donkey or a monkey or a dog and so on. It’s very pathetic.” -- Pastor Rony Tan

Well done, Rony! After he and his Lighthouse Evangelism church has tried bad mouthing the other religions, now it is on to the homosexual community! What a way to move on!

Apparently a total of 85 people including filmmakers Sun Koh and Royston Tan have lodged police reports over the long Chinese New Year weekend about pastor Rony Tan's offensive comments concerning gay men and lesbians in an online video. But I suppose our home team, who is now busy camping by the Sentosa Resort World, will handle this case as efficiently as how they handled the Romanian hit-and-run case.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Resorts World opened, police to get busy

With the first of the two Integrated Resorts, Resorts World Sentosa, opened barely a few days, our home team is already seeing more work on their plates...

Indonesian who lost all in casino at Resorts World Sentosa, stole at airport

An Indonesian man who lost all the S$1,000 he had with him at the Resorts World Sentosa casino was jailed for four weeks after pleading guilty to stealing a handphone from an undergraduate at Changi Airport.

As he lost all his money gambling at the casino on Monday, the second day of its opening, he decided to steal from passengers at Changi Airport.

Overstayers and passport scammers

The casino has been open for less than 72 hours and already several Singaporeans and permanent residents have tried to get in without paying the $100 levy, others who have overstayed their 24-hour entitlement and a pair of foreigners even tried to use their friends passports to get in.

Five locals were also caught trying to enter the casino without paying the levy - they were fined $1,000 each.

And on Monday, two foreigners were arrested for allegedly using their friends' passports to enter the casino, police told MediaCorp. The duo, believed to be Mongolians, were arrested on Monday evening by security officers.

The pair's friends, who were already inside the gaming hall, had allegedly managed to slip them their passports after clearing the security checks.

And meanwhile, loan sharks companies all over the country are requesting their business development managers to come out with the latest business opportunities and income forecast. Quick.