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12-14-2013, 11:00 PM #7787
Asian Civilisations Museum checks items from disgraced art dealer
If any of the artworks acquired from Kapoor are found to be stolen, they will be returned
Published on Dec 15, 2013
Among ACM's purchases from Subhash Kapoor's gallery is an 11th-century bronze sculpture of Hindu goddess Uma Parameshvari. Kapoor is accused of smuggling more than US$100 million (S$126 million) in antiquities. -- PHOTOS: ACM, ST FILE
Singapore's Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is checking the origins of precious artworks in the national collection bought from disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor.
The Indian-born United States- based dealer is accused of smuggling more than US$100 million (S$126 million) in antiquities from India into the US, where he ran a now-defunct gallery in New York called Art of the Past.
The museum told The Sunday Times that if any of the items it acquired from him are found to be stolen or looted, it will begin the process of returning them.
It declined to say how many items were bought from Kapoor or how much in total was paid for them. So far, there have been no claims made for any of its artefacts.
12-14-2013, 11:21 PM #7788
Little India Riot: Man, believed to be "hero" of the riot, spotted in Little India
Published on Dec 13, 2013
By Walter Sim
A man believed to be the "hero" during Sunday's riot was spotted in Little India on Friday evening.
Mr Thangaval Govindarasu, 38, an Indian national, came forward to alert the media that he is the man captured on video stopping rioters from attacking the bus involved in the fatal accident.
He added that he left his hometown of Tamil Naidu 11 years ago to work in Singapore.
The electrician and father of one, is also believed to be the man who pulled the bus timekeeper to safety that night.
A man believed to be the "hero" during Sunday's riot was spotted in Little India on Friday evening. -- ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
12-14-2013, 11:37 PM #7789
No evidence that unhappiness among foreign workers led to Little India riot: PM Lee
Published on Dec 14, 2013
There is no reason to believe the riot in Little India (pictured) was due to unhappiness among foreign workers here, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
By Fiona Chan In Tokyo
There is no reason to believe the riot in Little India was due to unhappiness among foreign workers here, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday.
Last Sunday's incident was "spontaneous", and the migrant workers involved were employed by a variety of companies and lived in different places, he told reporters in an interview in Tokyo, where he was attending a summit celebrating the 40th anniversary of Asean-Japan relations.
Asked for his comments on talk that one of the possible causes of the riot was the eruption of pent-up tensions among foreign workers in Singapore, PM Lee said: "We have not seen any evidence of that.
"The riot happened spontaneously, it was localised.
"The people who were involved in the riot were not from one company, or one dorm; (they were from) several dorms, many different companies, and it is unlikely that all the companies will have the same problem."
Mr Lee added there were also some signs that alcohol was a factor.
About 400 people, mostly foreign workers of South Asian origin, were involved in the melee. Thirty-three Indian nationals have been charged in court so far.
12-15-2013, 12:04 AM #7790
Little India riot: Man says he is the 'hero' in video, but later retracts his claim
Published on Dec 13, 2013
By Walter Sim
An electrician stepped forward on Friday, claiming to be the valiant hero seen on camera trying to fend off two rioters who were attacking a bus during Sunday night's Little India fracas.
But by the end of the interview, as questions were raised over the authenticity of several points in the account, he denied that he was the hero as was filmed.
"This was the first time I saw such clear footage of the video," said Mr Thangaval Govindarasu, 38, from Chennai, India.
He added that he had called Tamil Murasu after he saw a screen capture of the man in a plaid shirt published in Thursday's newspaper, which he thought was him.
An electrician stepped forward on Friday, Dec 13, 2013, claiming to be the valiant hero seen on camera trying to fend off two rioters who were attacking a bus during Sunday night's Little India fracas. -- ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
He then offered to wear the same shirt that he was wearing that evening, which bore more than a passing resemblance to that of the video - it was also checkered, but had smaller squares.
Despite retracting the claim, however, he insisted he was at the scene on Sunday, and that it was all a misunderstanding. He said that he had helped to ward off the rioters and assist the injured bus timekeeper, Madam Wong Geck Woon, to safety.
Mr Thangaval has been in Singapore for 11 years doing electrical work with CPN Engineer. He has a wife and a three-month-old daughter at home.
Speaking in rather fluent English, he said that he was alone that evening, eating at a restaurant along Dunlop Street when the violence erupted. He had gone to develop photographs of his daughter at a film studio in the vicinity.
But as he was walking to take a private bus back to his dormitory, NCL Housing at Yishun Avenue 6, the riot erupted after Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, an Indian national construction worker was run down by a private bus operated by BT&Tan.
A sea of onlookers near the bus surged forward at the crushing sound of the accident, and began pelting stones, beer bottles and sticks at the vehicle's windscreen. Madam Wong was not spared from the attack.
Mr Thangaval said he saw Madam Wong crouching near the ground and shielding her face with her hands. "I could not control myself. I kept shouting at the crowd 'Let the policemen settle this', but they did not listen," he added.
"I was definitely scared, but I saw the girl and I wanted to remove the people from the girl. I thought to myself: 'What if this was my mother or my wife?' Too many angry people were there," he added.
After he ensured Madam Wong got to safety, he walked away uninjured, he said. He added that despite the burgeoning anger, nobody came after him for interfering.
He then boarded the private bus back to his Yishun dormitory, reaching home at about 10.30pm.
Mr Thangaval said he did not know of the search for the hero as he hardly has access to the newspapers. He had only come across the screen capture on Friday when his boss, upon reading the papers, had asked if he was the man in the picture. None of his friends had also asked him if he was the man in the video. He had said: "Yes."
He added that the police has not contacted him to give any statement of the scene.
The electrician visits Little India about once every two months, to remit money and to buy new clothes. He said he works six days a week, from 8am to 7pm every day, and saves enough to remit about $600 a month. He added that he calls home twice or three times daily.
"I chose to come to Singapore because it is a very safe place to work. The laws are also very strong," he said, adding that he approves of the move to ban alcohol in the wake of the riot.
Shopowners who have come forward to say that they recognise the man in the video denied that Mr Thangaval was the one.
Mr Mateen Ahmed, owner of coffee shop Spice Box, had said that it was the first time he had seen Mr Thangaval. He had earlier said that the man in the video was a regular customer from Chennai was around 35 years old, married and had a two-year-old daughter in India.
But Mr Mateen did not know his name nor his occupation, saying that they call each other 'Brother', and that he only packs food to go.
Mr Jagwinder Singh, manager of Jaggi's Authentic Punjabi Cuisine, too said it was "definitely not him", and that the man in the video has not been seen in the area ever since the incident.
"The man in the video is very nice and really friendly. He greets you, and I used to see him around four to five times a week, both on weekdays and weekends," said Mr Singh. "He is very civic-minded, and on Sundays I have seen him trying to break up minor scuffles that may occur, even if it is not his problem. Even if he has a few drinks, he won't cause any trouble."
Bus timekeeper Madam Grace Wong told The Straits Times that Mr Thangaval is of similar build to the man filmed in the video. But she is unable to ascertain whether he was there, because it was chaotic and her vision was blurry at the time.
She is sure, though, that Mr Thangaval is not the man in the video because her hero, she said, was injured in the incident's aftermath.
12-15-2013, 12:22 AM #7791
Singaporean film-maker Tan Pin Pin wins in Dubai
Tan Pin Pin with the Best Director of the Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary section at the Dubai International Film Festival on Dec 13, 2013.
To Singapore, With Love documentary snags best director award for Tan at 10th Dubai International Film Festival
Published: 14 December, 11:41 AM
Updated: 14 December, 11:45 AM
SINGAPORE — Local film director Tan Pin Pin has been named best director in the Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary section at 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for her film To Singapore, with Love, it was announced yesterday (Dec 13).
The head of the three-person judging panel for the section, British writer Tony Rayns, said that their decision was unanimous. The prize comes with a cash award of US$15,000 (S$18,800).
Tan’s film was selected from more than 3,000 films to screen at the DIFF, which opened on Dec 6 and closes today.
To Singapore, With Love, which is likely to be released here next year, is about political exiles, some of whom have not been home for as long as 50 years.
The documentary was is part supported by the Asian Cinema Fund and the Busan International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere in competition.
Tan, 44, has made award-winning films such as Singapore GaGa, Moving House and Invisible City.
12-15-2013, 12:41 AM #7792
More dormitories for foreign workers to be built over next 2 to 3 years: PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking at a dialogue during International Enterprise Singapore's 30th Anniversary Dinner with moderator Robin Hu, CEO, South China Morning Post Group. Photo: Don Wong
A substantial number of dormitories will be built to better house foreign workers
By Saifulbahri Ismail
Published: 14 December, 9:13 PM
Updated: 14 December, 9:15 PM
SINGAPORE — In the midst of a temporary alcohol ban in Little India, the Government is also taking steps to improve the welfare of foreign workers.
Speaking to reporters in Tokyo at the end of the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit today, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a substantial number of dormitories will be built over the next two to three years to better house foreign workers.
Even as authorities tighten the inflow of foreign workers over the years, Mr Lee said their population needs to be managed, and there is an on-going inter-ministerial committee that looks into their welfare.
“One of the focuses was to try our best to see how we could speed up the construction of more dorms, so that the workers who are now housed in HDB estate or private properties, which have been rented out, they can be put in proper dorms,” said Mr Lee. “Then I think they can be better taken care of and there can be less impact on the community.”
Mr Lee added there is also no evidence to show that the riot was caused by the lack of support for foreign workers.
He said: “We believe that foreign workers in Singapore ought to be treated fairly and properly. We do not stand for ill treatment or unfair treatment of foreign workers. We have to make sure they are well treated, they are paid properly on time, their safety is taken care of, their living conditions are up to standard, and they are given full protection of the law.”
Mr Lee also addressed concerns raised by businesses affected by the alcohol ban this weekend.
He said: “We don’t want anything to go wrong this week. So to make absolutely sure, we have a ban which covers quite a big area. And we said just no alcohol this week, and just calm down, cool down, and make sure things are back to normal.
“After that, we can calibrate and establish new rules. It would take some time to make out what the final rules will be, but I think we should have interim rules after this week. There is a downside to that timeout so everybody feels that and the timeout cannot last forever.”
The ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol covers 1.1 square kilometres in the Serangoon Road area — the scene of the riot on Dec 8.
12-15-2013, 01:32 AM #7793
Dr Ng Eng Hen gratified by mature response to Little India riot
Published on Dec 14, 2013
Generic picture of the Little India. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said he was "gratified" by the measured response of Singaporeans to the recent riot in Little India, noting that they did not rush to "expand the problem in terms of what it isn't". -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
By Jeremy Au Yong
WASHINGTON- Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said he was "gratified" by the measured response of Singaporeans to the recent riot in Little India, noting that they did not rush to "expand the problem in terms of what it isn't".
"It doesn't, on the face of it, tell us that there are deteriorating racial relationships or there are deep problems in terms of foreign workers, but whatever it is, we should let the commission of inquiry do its job," he said in an interview as he wrapped up a four-day visit to the United States.
"Singaporeans have responded with maturity on this issue," he said.
He added that the Singapore Armed Forces "stand ready" to assist the Police in such situations.
"They didn't need our help but when it comes to, not only riots, but any civil disasters so on and so forth, the SAF stand ready," he said.
Earlier in his visit, Dr Ng had witnessed the Forging Sabre, a Singapore military exercise conducted in the US on a site 19 times the size of Singapore.
12-15-2013, 02:06 AM #7794
The Tao Li and Joseph Schooling Show
The Singapore team with the 4x100m freestyle title. Photo: Wee Teck Hian
Joseph Schooling with his gold medals. Photo: Wee Teck Hian
Singapore get back to winning groove in swimming
By Low Lin Fhoong
Published: 14 December, 10:34 PM
NAYPYITAW – Joseph Schooling and Tao Li shared the spoils at the Wunna Theikdi swimming complex this evening (Dec 14), as the duo won two gold medals each to redeem Singapore's pride at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.
A sub-par performance in the pool on Friday saw Team Singapore's 18-strong swimming contingent winning just one gold from Joseph Schooling in the men's 200m individual medley. The women's 4x100m freestyle relay team – who won gold in the event in the last three editions of the Games – were also beaten by the Thais who took four titles from seven events.
For Singapore to maintain their reputation as South-east Asian swimming kingpins, the response had to be swift, and it was.
Swim queen Tao Li kick got things going in the women's 100m backstroke, touching home in 1min 02.47sec ahead of Vietnam's rising teen sensation Nguyen Thi Anh Vien (1:02.76) and Junkrajang Natthanan of Thailand (1:04.03).
The 23-year-old was back in the pool just 18 minutes later, storming past her rivals in the 100m butterfly to claim gold in 59.87sec. Teammate Quah Ting Wen and Jamine Alkhaldi of the Philippines were second and third in 1:00.34 and 1:01.76 respectively.
But a spot of poolside drama saw a delay of some 20 minutes before Tao Li was able to collect her 100m backstroke gold. Officials from the Vietnam team had lodged a protest alleging that Tao Li surfaced past the 15m mark, but it was eventually rejected by the referee. There was a suggestion that the Vietnamese may have lodged the appeal to give Nguyen more time to rest ahead of her next race, the women's 800m freestyle.
Said Tao Li after the medal ceremony: “I don't know what happened as it (disqualification) didn't happen to me even at the world championships and I was confident that I would be okay. These two races were the hardest for me because there was little rest time between them... I'm quite old now and don't recover as fast.”
Singapore swimming's golden boy Joseph Schooling remained well on track for his SEA Games target of six gold and six Games records as the 18-year-old blasted past the field in the men's 100m butterfly to claim gold in a new meet record time of 52.67sec. Indonesia's Sidiq Triady Fauzi (57.09) and Glenn Victor Sutanto (53.93) had to settle for the silver and bronze respectively.
Schooling, who is heading to University of Texas, saved the best for last as he anchored the men's 4x100m freestyle team of Clement Lim, Danny Yeo, and Darren Lim to gold in the final race of the evening.
The victory was also a special moment for the quartet, who clocked a new Games and national record time of 3min 21.74sec enroute to top spot ahead of Malaysia (3:26.98) and Thailand (3:27.17). The previous national record time of 3:23.22 was set by Russell Ong, Joshua Lim, Danny Yeo and Zach Ong at the Laos SEA Games four years ago.
Last edited by Loh; 12-15-2013 at 02:11 AM.
12-15-2013, 02:26 AM #7795
Zhang Guirong wins first gold for Singapore athletics
But veteran thrower James Wong fails to win 10th discus gold
By Low Lin Fhoong
Published: 15 December, 3:11 PM
Updated: 15 December, 3:15 PM
NAYPYITAW – Shot putter Zhang Guirong claimed the first gold medal for Team Singapore’s athletics team at the Myanmar SEA Games this morning (Dec 15), when she heaved a distance of 14.99m in the women’s shot put final on her fifth attempt to finish ahead of the six-strong field at the Wunna Theikdi Stadium.
Teammate Du Xianhui – who had retired from competitive athletics six years ago – marked her comeback to the regional Games with a throw of 14.92m to claim the silver, while Thailand’s Sawitri Thongchao finished in third spot in 14.82m.
However, there were no celebrations for veteran thrower James Wong, who was gunning for his 10th gold in the discus at the SEA Games.
Despite throwing a season’s best distance of 50.82m, the 44-year-old eventually finished in fifth spot.
Malaysian teenager Muhammad Irfan claimed the gold on his final attempt with 53.16, with Thailand’s Narong Benjaroon (52.45) and Hermanto of Indonesia (51.96) finishing second and third.
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12-15-2013, 02:42 AM #7796
SEA Games: Dinah Chan ends Singapore's 16-year title drought in cycling
Published on Dec 15, 2013
By Fabius Chen
Dinah Chan ended Singapore's 16-year wait for SEA Games cycling gold on Sunday, as she won the women's 30km time trial event in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
The 27-year-old clocked 46min 30.125sec to take the title 33 seconds ahead of Thailand's Chanpeng Nontasin.
The success marked a remarkable comeback for Chan, who was hurt in a collision with a car while training in September.
She had previously won bronze in the road race at the 2011 Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
12-15-2013, 02:56 AM #7797
SEA Games: James Wong misses out on medal, Zhang Guirong retains shot put gold
Published on Dec 15, 2013
Zhang Guirong (left) won gold while Du Xianhui won silver in the shot put competition of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
James Wong in the discus event. He failed to win a medal. First day of athletics competition at the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
By May Chen
Singapore veteran thrower James Wong missed out on a medal at the SEA Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, despite posting a season-best of 50.82m in the men's discus on Sunday. He finished fifth.
Malaysia's Muhammad Irfan took the gold with a 53.16m effort. Thailand's Narong Benjaroon claimed the silver with 52.45m while Indonesia's Hermanto Hermanto was third with 51.96m. All three distances are better than the 51.32m effort Wong claimed the gold with at the 2011 SEA Games.
The 44-year-old Singaporean had come out of retirement for the second time in his bid to land a 10th discus gold medal at the biennial event.
In a Facebook post shortly after the event, he said: "I tried all I can... Thanks again to all for your support."
There was better news for Singapore's women, with Zhang Guirong retaining her title in the women's shot put. Her distance of 14.99m, while a far cry from the 16.96m at the 2011 Games, was still good enough for gold. She holds the national record of 18.57m set in 2005.
Her team-mate Du Xianhui took silver with a distance of 14.92m. Thai Sawitri Thongchao was third with 14.82m. Singapore's former thrower Wan Lay Chi had taken the silver two years ago with a 14.59m effort.
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12-15-2013, 03:02 AM #7798
12-15-2013, 03:41 AM #7799
Singapore win gold in Silat
‘Dark horse’ Alfian takes top spot in Men’s Class F (70-75kg)
By Philip Goh
Published: 15 December, 12:55 PM
Updated: 15 December, 1:00 PM
NAYPYIDAW — Mohd Nur Alfian scored a decisive win over Vietnam's world champion Pham Van Ty in the Men's Class F (70-75kg) final to end Singapore silat's SEA Games campaign on golden note.
Silat Team Manager Sheik Alauddin called Alfian a ‘dark horse’ who has delivered at these Games.
“I hope he can go on to become a world champion,” he said.
“He’s improved a lot and showed he can perform under pressure.”
Singapore silat will return home with a total medal haul of one gold and two silvers.
12-15-2013, 04:13 AM #7800
12-15-2013, 05:36 AM #7801
Ex-SAF man goes on second Typhoon Haiyan relief mission
Published on Dec 15, 2013
Mr Tan has bought some 1,000 food bags in Manila to share with the Albuera community in Leyte province. He will help the families to rebuild their homes. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN
By Joyce Lim
Singaporean Julian Tan left for the Philippines this morning to bring some Christmas cheer to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Mr Tan, 40, has purchased some 1,000 food bags in Manila to share with the community in Albuera in Leyte province.
But on his second trip to ground zero within a month, he will take with him more than just ham and other goodies.
The former Singapore Armed Forces commando told The Sunday Times that he will be breaking the good news to the survivors in Albuera of his plans to help rebuild their homes.
Hoping to do more
"Initially I was aiming to rebuild 100 homes but now I am hopeful of helping all 11,565 families who lost their homes in the disaster."
MR JULIAN TAN, whose efforts inspired PropNex high-flier Kelvin Fong and his team to pitch in with $35,000 in donations
12-15-2013, 09:34 AM #7802
SEA Games: Women's 4x100m medley relay take Singapore's only pool gold of the day
Published on Dec 15, 2013
Singapore's quartet of (from left) Samantha Yeo, Tao Li, Amanda Lim and Quah Ting Wen are introduced before the start of the women's 4x100m medley relay in swimming competition of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Swimming Complex, Myanmar, on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013. They blitzed the competition to win the SEA Games women's 4x100m medley relay, Singapore's only title from the pool on Sunday night. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
By May Chen
The quartet of Tao Li, Samantha Yeo, Quah Ting Wen and Amanda Lim blitzed the competition to win the SEA Games women's 4x100m medley relay, Singapore's only title from the pool on Sunday night.
Russell Ong delivered silver in the men's 50m freestyle, clocking 23.14 seconds. He finished behind Indonesia's Triady Fauzi Sidiq, who set a new meet record of 23.12.
Singapore's Darren Lim, who had been touted a challenger for Ang Peng Siong's 1982 national record of 22.69, could only manage fifth position with a time of 23.58.
In the women's 200m freestyle, Quah and Lynette Lim won a silver and bronze respectively. Their times of 2:01.74 and 2:02.62 put them behind Thailand swim queen Natthanan Junkrajang, who clocked 2:01.03.
Samantha Yeo clinched her first medal of the Games in the women's 200m breaststroke, when she clocked 2:34.27.
Teo Zhen Ren failed to retain his title in the men's 1,500m freestyle, finishing fifth with a time of 16:10.97.
12-15-2013, 09:42 AM #7803
SEA Games: Singapore through to football semi-finals after 1-1 draw with Malaysia
Published on Dec 15, 2013
Sahil Suhaimi (left) and Mohamad Fadhli Mohd Shas challenge for the ball. Singapore versus Malaysia football match of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec 15, 2013. Singapore drew 1-1 with Malaysia. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
By Fabius Chen
Singapore are assured of a semi-final spot in the SEA Games football tournament, following a 1-1 draw with rivals Malaysia on Sunday evening.
Afiq Yunos opened the scoring after 61 minutes, firing home from close range after central-defensive partner Safuwan Baharudin's header had come back off the post.
But just as it looked like the Young Lions would seal top spot in Group A, substitute Rozaimi Abdul Rahman scored with a stoppage-time free kick to keep Malaysia in pole position to join them in the semi-finals at the expense of Vietnam.
The late goal also means that Aide Iskandar's side will have to wait on the result of Tuesday's clash between Malaysia-Vietnam to see if they progress as group winners or runners-up.
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