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    Default NTUC to name new campus after late Devan Nair

    By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 May 2011 1649 hrs



    SINGAPORE: The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) will name the new e2i campus at Jurong Lake after the founding Secretary-General of the labour movement in Singapore, the late C V Devan Nair, who was also Singapore's president.

    Announcing this at the 50th anniversary May Day Rally, NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say said the new campus will be named the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability, and it will be ready by 2013.

    Mr Lim reminded unionists that the late Mr Devan Nair had played a pivotal role in the birth and growth of NTUC and the labour movement would not be where it is today if not for his pioneering leadership.

    This year's May Day Rally also recognised all the past union leaders and also thanked Singapore's two former prime ministers Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, together with current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for their role in evolving a close relationship between the ruling People's Action Party and the Labour Movement.

    All three of them were present at the May Day Rally on Sunday evening.

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    Default MOE may review 30% target for university admissions: Ng Eng Hen

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    By Hoe Yeen Nie | Posted: 02 May 2011 1953 hrs


    Dr Ng Eng Hen




    SINGAPORE: Education Minister Ng Eng Hen said the ministry may review upwards, its targets for university admissions, so long as the quality of degrees are not compromised.

    It's currently 30 percent of each Primary 1 cohort to attend universities.

    Currently, the aim is to have 30 per cent of each cohort in public universities by 2015.

    Dr Ng also said no child will be denied a good education, because they cannot afford it.

    Dr Ng also focused on how the ministry has tried to address the anxieties of parents, teachers and students, mainly about the opportunities available to all.

    The Education Minister discussed how over a decade ago, the decision was made to shift Singapore's approach to education, and that the focus was beyond just academic achievements.

    Dr Ng said: "What everyone was saying was, 'yes, grades do matter but it cannot overshadow everything'.

    "What they were really concerned about in the subtext was, if my child doesn't get into the popular school, if they don't meet the right teachers, if we don't give them the right tuition, will they be disadvantaged? Will they be set so far back that they can never catch up?

    "It was really an issue about opportunities."

    Thus, flexibility was given to schools - resources to hire more teachers, build more schools and facilities and to shrink class sizes.

    With that, weaker students could get more attention in groups as small as four to five.

    Stress and pressure were one often cited issue, and Dr Ng said some students and parents he spoke to accepted the competition from foreigners, and added that the government has policies to calibrate their numbers.

    This includes giving Singapore parents double the number of chances when balloting a place in Primary 1 for their child.

    He also noted that there is a quota system in place that keeps foreign students in public schools at about 10 per cent of the student population.

    At the universities it is about 20 per cent.

    Dr Ng said: "We want to continue to listen to Singaporeans, to parents.

    "We ought to listen to what people want, and we need to be able to adjust when we can. But at the end of the day, we want to make sure it's a good system overall."

    Some political parties have spoken on education during the hustings.

    When asked if the changes - for instance the move towards smaller class sizes - were motivated by the General Election, Dr Ng disagreed, saying education is a long-term venture.

    "Education is not something that is a quick fix. If you look at every election campaign in every other country, they talk about the election, and quick throwaway lines, and it's not something you can do. You want to do something, you have to find teachers," said Dr Ng.

    More degree options have also opened up, with institutions here partnering foreign universities.


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    Default Brothers chase spot in history books

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    Rahul and Rishi could become first Indian players in waterpolo team


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    04:46 AM Apr 29, 2011

    SINGAPORE - The Singapore men's waterpolo team will look to extend one of the most remarkable runs in the history of the SEA Games, by winning their 24th consecutive gold medal in Indonesia in November.

    And if 19-year-old Rahul Shankar Pandey makes the squad, he will become the first Indian Singaporean to don national colours.

    Brothers Alexander and Wiebe Wolters, and Barry, Keith and Derrick Mitchell were of Dutch and English heritage, respectively, when they played waterpolo for Singapore in the 1950s and '60s. The others who have represented the country in the sport have been Chinese Singaporeans.

    Rahul and his brother Rishi, 18, hope they will make history. "Being first in something is always nice," Rahul told MediaCorp. "It will be a great moment if it happens.

    "Ultimately, though, it's about representing Singapore. Hopefully, one day, we can represent Singapore at the Asian (Games) level and eventually the Olympics."

    Rahul is a third-year marine offshore technology student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic while Rishi is currently a second-year student at Raffles Institution Junior College.

    When contacted, national coach Lee Sai Meng hinted that at least one of them could get the nod this year.

    "Both have good potential. Rahul is a very good finisher with good strength, while Rishi is more of a creative type of player," Lee told MediaCorp.

    "Rahul has the potential, but only after seeing him train with the national side can we assess him and consider him for selection."

    Right now, Rahul is already training with senior national players at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. A 25-strong provisional squad will officially be selected by June, and it will be culled to 13 by October, ahead of the SEA Games, which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Nov 11 to 22.

    The two brothers, who both play in the "driver position", hope this could be their breakout year.

    "Making the next SEA Games (in 2013) might be more realistic, but I will still give it my best shot. Who knows, I may just get selected (for this year's Games)," said Rahul, who stands 1.78m tall and weighs in at 70kg.

    Their waterpolo adventure started when older brother Ravi Shankar, a former rugby player, noted their swimming ability and encouraged Rahul and Rishi to try the sport. They picked it up as a co-curricular activity five years ago at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), and have not looked back.

    Rahul, a southpaw, led his school to national "B" division titles in 2007 and 2008. Rishi was part of the team in 2008 and was crowned ACS (Barker Rd) Sportsboy of the Year and Most Promising Young Player that year. He also helped the school defend the title a year later.

    The duo earned call-ups to the national under-14 and under-16 sides, respectively, in 2007. Now, they want to make the senior side.

    Rishi, who is 1.73m tall and weighs in at 61kg, feels he will have a better chance of playing in the 2013 SEA Games.

    He knows what he has to do, when he said: "The national players are a lot bigger and stronger than us, and in waterpolo, that's vital. That is why I'm now working on bulking up."

    Former national coach Tan Eng Bock, a member of the 1954 Asian Games gold medal-winning side and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics team, was happy to hear of the exploits of the Pandey brothers.

    "It's definitely a good thing, and I hope they can do Singapore proud," the 75-year-old said. "But they must have the passion and commitment. That's the most important."










    Promising Singapore waterpolo player Rahul Pandey (pictured), together with brother Rishil, hope to become the first Singaporeans of Indian heritage to represent their country at the senior level. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAHUL AND RISHI PANDEY

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    Default Global brand backs SSC's sports goal

    Coca-Cola pumps in S$5m to help turn country into a sporting nation



    by Low Lin Fhoong
    04:46 AM Apr 30, 2011

    SINGAPORE - It is one of the world's most recognised brands, with a long association with sports around the globe.

    It has an unbroken relationship with the Olympics since it became the first commercial sponsor at the 1928 Games in Amsterdam.

    Coca-Cola is also active in Singapore. It sponsors S-League giants Home United, it backed the inaugural Youth Olympic Games last year and introduced the Step with It Singapore! programme, which has benefited 350,000 children in 120 primary schools since 2003.

    Yesterday, Coca-Cola demonstrated its commitment to local sport again with the announcement of a S$5-million deal over five years to support the Singapore Sports Council's (SSC) Let's Play movement.

    Unveiled at the Let's Play Non-Stop launch at IMM Shopping Mall, the partnership will see both organisations working together to give Singaporeans more opportunities to play, learn and try out new sports at the community level, in a bid to make the Republic a sporting nation.

    Said Antonio Del Rosario, general manager for Coca-Cola Singapore: "Coca-Cola has been promoting sports and healthy, active living in over 100 countries around the world and it was time to do this in Singapore. What we're seeing is that participation levels and level of activity in Singapore has actually declined so we feel that corporations, the Government and sports associations can come together and help individuals get involved in sports."

    Coca-Cola's latest investment will cheer the local sports industry, but as to whether more sponsorship deals could take place, Del Rosario said: "This is our multi-year S$5 million investment and it is a flagship investment for Singapore.

    "The great thing about this deal is we are collaborating on multiple levels beyond this year ... We will sit down with the SSC team and see what else we can do and what other sports programmes we can get involved in."

    The deal will see Coca-Cola invest S$3 million in cash and S$2 million in kind for the SSC initiative.

    Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, felt Coca-Cola's move would benefit local sports beyond just the size of the investment.

    "It's not just about funds, but the brand. With their branding and outreach, we believe we can touch the ground more effectively ... through Coca-Cola the branding is deeper, wider and creates more breath," said Teo.

    The Let's Play initiative with Coca-Cola will see a series of weekend roadshows at seven shopping malls (IMM, Junction 8, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Lot 1, Clarke Quay, Funan, Tampines Mall) and eight of SSC's sports and recreation centres, starting this weekend. Eight sports - netball, bowling, badminton, athletics, motorsports, golf, table tennis - and multi-sports events like the SEA Games, as well as this year's Mission Foods World Netball Championships, which will be held here from July 3 to 10, and the 2011 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix (Sept 23-25) will be showcased at the roadshows to create awareness.

    The Let's Play movement has targeted over 200,000 people and will see the SSC work with partners like the People's Association to integrate the initiative with the constituency games and Singapore National Games this year.













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    Default Miller gives education efforts a $5m booster

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    Prima Group's donation to four varsities comes on its 50th anniversary

    By Leow Si Wan


    FUNDAMENTAL GOOD

    'It is only with education and training that people can become self-reliant and utilise their skills and knowledge for the good of mankind.'

    Prima group's chairman and chief executive officer Primus Cheng






    Prima's chairman and chief executive Primus Cheng (right) said the group decided to give up lavish celebrations, choosing instead to support the four state-funded universities. With him at yesterday's celebrations were his son Anton (left) and group founder Cheng Tsang Man. -- PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO



    THE recipe for flour miller and food company Prima Group's 50th anniversary celebrations includes a $5 million donation to four universities.

    The beneficiaries are the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

    Each school - with the exception of SUTD - will get $1 million.

    SUTD will get double as it is a new university, said the group's chairman and chief executive Primus Cheng.

    Speaking at the 50th-anniversary celebration at Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant in Keppel Road on Tuesday, he added that the company had decided to forgo expensive and lavish celebrations, choosing instead to support the four state-funded universities.

    Describing education as the 'foremost fundamental enabler', he noted: 'It is only with education and training that people can become self-reliant and utilise their skills and knowledge for the good of mankind.

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    Default NUS scores high in medicine rankings

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    May 4, 2011



    It's top in Asia, No. 18 in world, in global ranking exercise

    By Amelia Tan


    Employers that were surveyed rated NUS medicine graduates favourably. -- MYP FILE PHOTO


    THE National University of Singapore (NUS) has received a booster shot, being named the 18th-best university in the world - and the top in Asia - for medicine.

    It also scored highly in biological sciences and psychology in a ranking exercise of global universities by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

    The latest exercise from QS - more well known for its annual ranking of worldwide universities - focuses on a narrower spread of disciplines.

    In the results released this morning, NUS was also rated 28th in the world in biological sciences and 22nd in psychology.

    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was in the 151st-200th band for biological sciences and 51st-100th band for psychology.

    NTU was unranked in medicine as it currently does not have a medical school. It will open one in 2013.

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    Default Singapore not blacklisted by US over IP rights protection

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    By Chua Hian Hou




    A software piracy syndicate in Singapore after a raid on pirated software and CDs in this April 16, 2005 file picture. Singapore has not been blacklisted by the US government for not protecting intellectual property rights. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG


    SINGAPORE has not been blacklisted by the US government for not protecting intellectual property (IP) rights.

    This, despite increasingly aggressive lobbying by the American media industry to blackmark the Republic.

    Singapore was not cited among the countries deemed to have poor records of upholding copyrights, trademarks and patents, in an annual watchlist called the Special 301 Report. It was published on Sunday by the US Trade Representative (USTR) which oversees America's trade agreements with its trading partners. A country on the watchlist could face increased import tariffs, for example.

    Some countries the USTR said had fallen short include China and Russia, both of which are on its 'priority' watchlist of 12 particularly conspicuous offenders.

    A further 20 countries - including Malaysia and Vietnam - are on the watchlist, compiled following 'deliberation among all relevant agencies within the US government, informed by extensive consultation with affected stakeholders, foreign governments, the US Congress, and other interested parties', the USTR said in its 54-page report. Singapore is one of 68 markets not on either list.

    It was mentioned only once, in passing, for its 'cooperative' role alongside several other countries in the formulation of the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

    The last time the Republic was on the USTR's piracy watchlist - which is in its 23rd year running - was a six-year stretch between 1995 and 2000.

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    Default NATAS and Temasek Polytechnic in partnership

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    SINGAPORE: The National Association of Travel Agents (NATAS) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Temasek Polytechnic's School of Business to attract the younger generation of Singaporeans to the travel services sector.

    NATAS said the MOU is also a response to the recent changes in the foreign workers' levy.

    Students pursuing diploma courses in Hospitality and Tourism Management will be on internship programs with NATAS.

    They will work on mini-projects that will provide them with a macro view of the travel services sector and career opportunities.


    NATAS will also create awareness of the travel services industry through scholarships, book prizes and career talks.

    The NATAS Youth Wing, a committee set up for youth engagement in the travel services sector, will organise activities and field trips to enhance students' experiences.

    Mr Robert Khoo, CEO of NATAS, said he is positive that this alliance with Temasek Polytechnic will benefit the younger generation who are keen to join the exciting sector.

    NATAS is an industry-led organisation representing the travel industry in Singapore. It organises two of Singapore's largest consumer travel fairs annually, drawing more than 100,000 visitors each time.


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    Default Last Day of the Election Rallies

    I did not join the excitement in the political hustings which started eight days ago and thought I better be at Boat Quay during lunchtime to savour the atmosphere before the rallies come to an end tonight. Tomorrow is a "cooling off" day before voting begins a day later on Saturday.

    Unfortunately, my constituency received a walkover and residents never got the once-in-5-years chance to vote and experience the politics of winning elections.

    The opposition party, SDP, had their stage located at the prime UOB Plaza atrium fronting the historic Singapore River in this financial district. The background is significant and meaningful with two outstanding buildings, the Parliament House and the Supreme Court standing amidst the Civic District across the waters.

    It was full house and I could not access any nearer to the stage despite some animated jostling on my part. I could not see the speakers, only their voices sounded loudly over the air. But I still tried my luck to capture the scene with my trusty camera, tipping on my toes when necessary.

    When I crossed over to Golden Shoe hawker centre to patronize my favourite chicken rice stall, I thought I could take more pictures on the much higher second floor. But alas the advertising screen blocked my view although there were gaps in it to provide a window of opportunity for my shots.

    Here is what I have captured on camera:
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    Why are you at the SDP's rally instead of PAP's? More interesting?

    No one dare to contest against MM Lee. Suicide squad!!

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    Sorry, got carried away. Due to the exposure we get for being so close to the action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drifit View Post
    here in BC, we do not allow politics posts.
    kindly adhere to the policies that we are practicing here.

    thanks.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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    Default Shooting: Rigorous tests to unearth 12 elite Singapore shooters

    By Low Lin Fhoong, TODAY | Posted: 05 May 2011 0729 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Shooting will become the Singapore Sports School's ninth academy when it opens its doors in January next year.

    But, along with golf, it will not feature at the annual Open House exercise on May 21, where tests are conducted for aspiring student-athletes hoping to enrol in the school.

    Up to 1,000 children currently in Primary Six are expected to attend the open house at the Woodlands campus hoping to make the grade in football, swimming, track and field, table tennis, bowling and badminton.

    Golf trials will be by the Singapore Golf Association at a later date but the selection process for shooters kicked off much earlier.

    In January, 300 Primary Six students from seven partner schools were recruited for a three-month basic course with national shooters Lim Jie Rong and Nigel Lim.

    The course, deemed as Phase One, consisted of competitions and various tests like gun barrel stability, mental skills, ability to focus, master eye dominance and muscle tremor studies.

    The group was whittled down to 70 and the final phase before selecting the inaugural cohort of 12 started on April 25.

    Input from coaches, sports scientists and staff from the Sports School's talent identification and development team will count in the final stage. The student-athletes' marksmanship and posture and balance will count in the final analysis.

    Speaking to MediaCorp on Wednesday, the Sports School's senior general manager for talent identification, Kevin Wong, said: "We developed the test measures closely with the coaches. The development is still on-going and we are continually refining it and improving its accuracy through the development of normative data and comparisons with best practices."

    The first batch of 12 shooters will train in air rifle and air pistol events at the school's 30-bay, 10m shooting range. Specialisation will start a year later.

    The various tests in the two phases for shooting selection is a move by the Sports School to develop a more scientific and systematic approach to support coaches in identifying and developing young sports talent.

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    l hopefuls face a similar process. They will attend a clinic with national under-19 player Farah Shakina Hussein and will be judged on skills like speed, agility, coordination and spatial awareness.

    Shortlisted candidates will then attend three trial sessions in June and July before undergoing musculoskeletal screening - for flexibility, muscle strength, control and biomechanics - medical screening and an interview with the management team before final selection.

    Said Wong: "We benchmark the tests with best practices from other countries ... review test data and discuss the athletes' performance with coaches to put together a more systematic way of selecting talented athletes to enter the sports school." - TODAY

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    Default Take heritage walk at Tanjong Pagar rail station

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    Opened in 1932, the Tanjong Pagar station was modelled after great early 20th-century train terminals in the United States - in which modern technology was used to create huge spaces - and its architecture was heavily influenced by both the neo-classical and art deco styles. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


    GET on board any of the 57 walking tours of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station this month if you are keen to track down its history and architecture.

    The Preservation of Monuments Board will be rolling out these tours, starting on Sunday, in response to interest from the public to find out more about the facility whose train operations will relocate to Woodlands by July 1.

    'We hope that participants will take away a greater understanding of Singapore's architectural heritage, understand the importance of the station and have a greater appreciation of our newest national monument,' said the board's director Jean Wee.

    Last month, the Tanjong Pagar station joined 63 other buildings, including the former St Joseph's Institution (now home to the Singapore Arts Museum) and St James Power Station (now a nightlife hub), as a national monument.

    Singapore and Malaysia reached a land swop agreement in September last year in which Malaysia will get six land parcels in Marina South and the Ophir-Rochor area in exchange for giving up six railway land sites in Tanjong Pagar, Kranji, Woodlands and Bukit Timah.

    Opened in 1932, the Tanjong Pagar station was modelled after great early 20th-century train terminals in the United States - in which modern technology was used to create huge spaces - and its architecture was heavily influenced by both the neo-classical and art deco styles.

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    Default UN panel praises Singapore for progress made in human rights

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    By Steve Mort | Posted: 07 May 2011 0707 hrs


    Foreign workers being taught conversational English by trainee teachers from the National Institute of Education. (Photo: TODAY)


    GENEVA: Singapore has received praise from a United Nations panel for progress it has made in several key areas of human rights.

    A government delegation has been meeting with UN officials and ambassadors in Geneva as part of a compulsory review of human rights in all member states.

    During three hours of talks, there was broad support for strides taken by Singapore on issues ranging from the well-being of women and children, to the promotion of racial and religious harmony.

    But some countries expressed concern over human rights in Singapore, and urged the country to establish a national institution to deal with the issue.

    In all, 16 nations are getting their human rights report cards during two weeks of gatherings in Geneva.

    Friday was the turn of Singapore.

    The delegation said the country had balanced increased human rights protections for women, children, migrant workers and the disabled, while maintaining stability as its main priority.

    Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said: "Trade-offs between different kinds of rights are inevitable. Our top principle is pragmatism. Our focus is on the practical implementation of rights and how to balance them with economic imperatives and social stability."

    Several diplomats at the gathering raised issues concerning the treatment of foreign workers in Singapore, and called for steps to improve conditions for migrants.

    Kshenuka Senewiratne, Sri Lanka Ambassador, said: "We believe that measures adopted to educate foreign workers in their native languages of their rights and responsibilities, and avenues for assistance would further improve their conditions, especially in understanding local legislation and recommend that these measures be implemented."

    Ambassadors from some countries pressed Singapore to end its use of the death penalty for certain crimes. But the government cites low crime rates as a indicator of the success of capital punishment.

    There were also calls for Singapore to establish a national human rights institution, a step the country is reluctant to take.

    Ong Keng Yong added: "We don't need to establish a special body because our judicial system, our policies in Singapore, and the way that Singaporeans have approached this issue, basically allow us to use what we have currently in Singapore to promote and protect human rights."

    Singapore is currently a signatory to international treaties on the rights of women and children.

    At the gathering, Singapore was asked to sign up on other human rights treaties - something the government says it is considering.

    The Universal Periodic Review session is part of an ongoing process of assessments by the UN Human Rights Council.

    Singapore says it welcomes the process as a vital opportunity for UN member states and stakeholders to exchange views.

    The Council's full report on the review of Singapore's human rights situation is due out next Tuesday.

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    Default Ionescu trial begins in Romania

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    By Claudia Craiu | Posted: 06 May 2011 2224 hrs

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    Silviu Ionescu, former Romanian diplomat to Singapore on trial for hit-and-run


    BUCHAREST: Key witnesses from Singapore on Friday gave their testimonies in the hit-and-run case against former Romanian diplomat Silviu Ionescu via video-link.

    At just before 10am Romania time (4pm Singapore time), Ionescu appeared in the court in Bucharest, claiming his innocence.

    He said he is looking forward to seeing the witnesses in court.

    Bong Hwee Haw, who survived the hit-and-run accident, was first to testify and told the court about the accident in the early hours of December 15, 2009 which killed his friend, Malaysian Tong Kok Wai.

    Romanian embassy employee Marius Trusca also took the stand and gave an account of how he changed cars with Ionescu -- leaving him with the embassy's black Audi A6.

    His wife, Maria, also testified via video-link.

    Singapore's special envoy to Romania, Mr Anil Kumar Nayar, was present in court during the hearing.

    Ionescu is on trial for culpable manslaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident, and giving false statements.

    Other witnesses in Singapore - including Mr Tong's widow - are also expected to give their testimonies via video-link, which are scheduled to continue till May 20.

    Leaving the court room, Ionescu stated that he is satisfied with the testimonies given.

    "The witnesses told the truth; it was what I had expected them to do. Some of them might have remembered a bit more, but overall, it's ok," Ionescu said.

    Mr Anil Kumar Nayar said that he appreciates the efforts made by the Romanian state to bring light into this case.

    The next court date is on May 12, when four more witnesses are to be heard.

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    Default Elections ovr with the ruling PAP returned to power

    Just for the record for such an important event in Singapore's history, yesterday saw the ruling PAP returned to power in an enlarged Parliament beating all opposition except the Workers Party, which did relatively well to prevent a white-wash by taking 6 seats out of 87.

    More importantly the WP took the 5-member Aljunied GRC and deprived two cabinet ministers of their posts. The WP retained their Hougang single-ward constituency as well.

    Although the PAP won, their share of the votes had dipped generally. During the 9-day campaign period, it was clear that the electorate, especially the first-time young voters, wanted their voice to be heard and it translated into less votes for the PAP. In the WP, which fielded their best team, they felt they now have a voice in Parliament.

    The PAP has promised to listen more to the ground.

    I felt this final outcome is what most Singaporeans are hoping for. They want a stable government to ensure that investments will continue to pour into the country and no unnecessary disruption to the economy, yet they want more influence on government policies, especially those that affect their jobs, housing, their children's education and quality of life.
    Last edited by Loh; 05-08-2011 at 12:04 AM.

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