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    Default New board of directors for Singapore Art Museum; changes at MTI statutory boards

    Published on Dec 20, 2013
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    A board of directors has been appointed to oversee the management of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), said the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth (MCCY) on Friday. -- PHOTO: THE PRESERVATION OF MONUMENTS BOARD (PMB)


    By Linette Lai



    A board of directors has been appointed to oversee the management of the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), said the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth (MCCY) on Friday.

    This move follows the museum's corporatisation last month, which is intended to give its leadership greater freedom in charting out the museum's future growth and direction. Ms Jane Ittogi, who previously chaired the SAM's advisory board, will continue as chairman of the new board of directors. Mr Yeo Whee Jim, director of arts and heritage at MCCY, will be newly appointed to the board, joining eight other members.

    The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) also announced changes to the board of directors at various statutory boards.

    Mr Aubeck Kam, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information, will be appointed to the board of the Competition Commission of Singapore.

    New members were also appointed to the boards of the Singapore Tourism Board, JTC Corporation, and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

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    Default SEA Games: Singapore sailors bag at least four titles; a possible fifth pending prote

    Published on Dec 20, 2013
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    Singapore's Optimist sailors consisting of (from left) Raynn Kwok, Edward Tan, Bertha Han, Isaac Tang, coach Fernando Alegre and Fathin Rasyqin Firdaus. The team has clinched at least four titles at the ongoing SEA Games, held at the Ngwe Saung beach in Myanmar on Friday, Dec 20, 2013. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE SAILING


    By May Chen

    Singapore's sailors have clinched at least four titles at the ongoing SEA Games, held at the Ngwe Saung beach in Myanmar.

    The team's Optimist sailors made a comeback after losing the team title to Thailand earlier in the week, taking both the individual titles. Edward Tan bagged the boys' trophy while Fathin Rasyiqin won the girls' event.

    Elizabeth Yin won the Laser Radial, a one-person Olympic-class dinghy, while Kimberly Lim and Savannah Siew were untouchable in the girls' 420 class.

    Cecilia Low and Priscilia Low are also ranked first in the women's 470 class and will go on to win the gold if the protest is dismissed.

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    Default Singapore paddlers win singles gold medals to sweep all four titles on offer

    Published on Dec 21, 2013
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    Singapore won its 32nd and 33rd golds at the SEA Games in Naypyidaw on Saturday, when Zhan Jian (in photo) and Yu Mengyu won the men's and women's table tennis singles golds respectively. -- FILE PHOTO: BH


    By Chia Han Keong In Naypyidaw


    Singapore won its 32nd and 33rd golds at the SEA Games in Naypyidaw on Saturday, when Zhan Jian and Yu Mengyu won the men's and women's table tennis singles golds respectively.

    Zhan beat Vietnam's Le Tien Da 4-0 in the men's final, while Yu beat compatriot Isabelle Li in the women's final, also by the same scoreline.

    Clarence Chew settled for bronze in the men's singles after losing 2-4 to Le in the semi-final.

    With the double wins, Singapore swept all four titles at stake, with a total haul of four golds, one silver and one bronze. They had earlier won both team golds.

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    Default Singapore's Peter Gilchrist takes men's billiards singles gold

    Published on Dec 20, 2013
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    Singapore's Peter Gilchrist calculating a shot during the English billards singles final against Thailand's Praput Chaithanasakun at the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia, on Nov 13, 2011. Gilchrist captured Singapore's first cue sports gold medal at the 2013 SEA Games on Friday, Dec 20, 2013, winning the men's billiards singles title. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI


    Peter Gilchrist captured Singapore's first cue sports gold medal at the 2013 SEA Games on Friday, winning the men's billiards singles title.

    His 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Myanmar's Nay Thway Oo in Naypyidaw meant that the Republic bagged its sixth gold of the day, its biggest single one-day haul in this edition of the biennial event.

    Singapore's sailors had snared five golds earlier in the day

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    Default Twins Mark and Timothy Lee win silver in synchronised 3m springboard

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    Default Twins Mark and Timothy Lee win silver in synchronised 3m springboard

    Published on Dec 20, 2013
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    Twins Mark and Timothy Lee of Singapore win the silver medal in men's synchronised 3m springboard during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Aquatic Centre, Myanmar, on 20 Dec 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KELVIN LIM



    Fong Kay Yian (left) and Myra Lee of Singapore win the bronze medal in women's synchro 3m springboard during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Wunna Theikdi Aquatic Centre, Myanmar, on 20 Dec, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By May Chen

    Singapore divers Mark and Timothy Lee clinched a silver medal in the men's synchronised 3m springboard event at the SEA Games on Friday.

    The 19-year-olds twins and polytechnic students scored 336.45 points to win the sport's second medal in Myanmar. Mark also took a silver in the individual 3m springboard event on Thursday.


    South-east Asian diving kingpins Malaysia took gold through Ooi Tze Liang and Azman Ahmad, while bronze went to Indonesia's Jamjami Sukran and Putra Adityo.

    In the women's sync3m springboard, Fong Kay Yian and Myra Lee won the bronze medal.

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    Project Jewel at Changi Airport to cost $1.47b


    Published on Dec 20, 2013
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    Artist's impression of a breathtaking central waterfall, one of the key features at Project Jewel at Singapore Changi Airport. Changi Airport has inked a joint venture with CapitaMalls Asia to develop the much-touted Project Jewel, which will be the iconic centrepiece of the airport when it is ready in 2018. -- FILE PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP



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    Artist's impression of a mixed-use complex being planned as part Project Jewel to be built at Changi Airport. -- FILE PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP



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    Artist's impression of a breathtaking central waterfall, one of the key features at Project Jewel at Singapore Changi Airport. -- FILE PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP


    By Royston Sim

    Changi Airport has inked a joint venture with CapitaMalls Asia to develop the much-touted Project Jewel, which will be the iconic centrepiece of the airport when it is ready in 2018.

    Construction on the $1.47 billion mixed-use building designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie will start in the second half of next year. Mr Safdie was also responsible for another Singapore icon - the Marina Bay Sands.


    To be built on the 3.5-hectare surface car park in front of Terminal 1, Project Jewel will have five storeys above ground, and five basement storeys of retail and car park spaces.

    The complex will have a total gross floor area of about 134,000 sq m, of which nearly 70 per cent will be retail space. The rest are for airport operations, attractions and a hotel.

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    SUTD students build smart rack that takes in the laundry when it rains


    Published on Dec 21, 2013
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    SUTD freshmen (from left) Tan Chang Tat, 21, Benjamin Hoong, 20, and Faizah Ja'affar, 20, with their prototype of SmartDry, a clothes-drying rack that retracts the laundry on detecting rain. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN


    By Linette Lai

    Rain-soaked laundry may become a problem of the past if some university students get their way.

    A quartet of freshmen from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have built SmartDry - an intelligent clothes rack that automatically moves clothes back into the house when it rains.

    Their prototype is fitted with light and rain sensors. Under gloomy, wet conditions, the rack moves indoors and saves home owners from having to do more laundry.


    "We did a survey of about 200 people, and 79 per cent said that they re-wash clothes if they are caught in the rain," said Miss Faizah Ja'affar, 20. "Our creation helps to save energy and, for the elderly, also helps to prevent the physical strain of carrying bamboo poles."

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    Default Downtown Line digging a delicate operation

    Contractors had to consider existing MRT line, road traffic and buildings


    Published on Dec 21, 2013
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    A temporary viaduct was built to bypass four busy junctions. (Above) Cracks appeared at the Ying Fo Fui Kun clan building in Telok Ayer Street due to tunnelling works. -- ST FILE PHOTOS


    By Royston Sim

    Digging a tunnel just 70cm away from a live MRT line on which trains filled with passengers run - that was just one of the many challenges that had to be overcome in constructing Downtown Line 1 (DTL1).

    The six-station, 4.3km DTL1, which passes through the Central Business District and the Marina financial district, gives commuters a more convenient route from Chinatown to Bugis when it opens tomorrow.

    On Wednesday, Land Transport Authority deputy director for DTL1 Tan Kok Jin told The Straits Times just how much work went into it, especially since it had to be constructed in an area already densely built up, and down.

    For one thing, contractors had to build a section of the new line's tunnel on top of another through which trains on the East-West Line run.


    Background story

    SAVING POTTERY
    There was a store selling porcelain, and its shelves would vibrate when we were pounding the ground. Our guys helped carry its products to the floor.
    - LTA deputy director for DTL1 Tan Kok Jin

    CHALLENGES
    THE DTL1 team faced constraints in the dense downtown area.


    • CROSS STREET

    Problem: Insufficient space to divert traffic, unable to close lanes due to heavy traffic flow
    Solution: Build temporary viaduct


    • CHINATOWN

    Problem: Insufficient headroom for foundation work due to bridge linking OG Building and People's Park Centre
    Solution: Use a specialised low-headroom machine


    • BUGIS

    Problem: Need to mine under existing East-West Line
    Solution: Pump cement into ground to solidify it, then insert large pipes to hold up ground before excavation.

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    Downtown Line Stage 1 officially opened by PM Lee


    Published on Dec 21, 2013
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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong taking a ride along the new Downtown Line on Dec 21, 2013. With him are (from left) Land Transport Authority (LTA) deputy chief executive of infrastructure and development Chua Chong Kheng, Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo and Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong taking a guided tour on the linkway that connects the existing Bugis station and the new Bugis station along the new Downtown Line on Dec 21, 2013. With him were (from left) Land Transport Authority (LTA) deputy chief executive of infrastructure and development Chua Chong Kheng, LTA senior group director for rail Sim Wee Meng, LTA chief executive Chew Hock Yong and LTA group director corporate communications Tammie Loke. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO



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    Visitors walk out of the train at Chinatown station along the new Downtown Line 1 on Dec 7, 2013. The first stage of the new Downtown Line was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Dec 21, and the public will be able to start riding on the 4.3km line from Dec 22. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA


    By Royston Sim


    The first stage of the new Downtown Line was opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Saturday morning and the public will be able to start riding on the 4.3km line from Sunday.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony at Downtown station, PM Lee said this first stage marks the beginning of plans to double the rail network to 360km by 2030. He noted that the Government is continuing to invest in public transport infrastructure to make Singapore a better home and raise the quality of life. In the immediate term, 16 new bus routes and 111 existing bus services have been improved through the ongoing Bus Service Enhancement Programme, he said.

    The Government is also investing more resources into maintaining and servicing existing train infrastructure, and this has improved service and reliability standards, he added.

    The six stations along Downtown Line Stage 1 are Chinatown, Telok Ayer, Downtown, Bayfront, Promenade and Bugis. Downtown Line Stage 2, which runs from Bukit Panjang along the Bukit Timah Road corridor, will be ready in 2016 while Stage 3 in the east will open in 2017. Once fully completed, the 42km Downtown Line will be the world's longest driverless underground MRT line.

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    Default A look back at Singapore's first riot in more than 40 years

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    By Vimita MohandasPOSTED: 22 Dec 2013 23:39

    The riot at Little India on 8 December was the first in more than 40 years. Sparked by the death of Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu, the riot involved some 400 foreign nationals and left 39 officers injured. 28 rioters have been charged and 57 people repatriated.



    SINGAPORE: The riot at Little India on 8 December was the first in more than 40 years.

    Sparked by the death of Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu, the riot involved some 400 foreign nationals, left 39 officers injured, and saw 25 vehicles damaged or destroyed.

    In response, Little India was made a proclaimed area under the Public Order (Preservation) Act the weekend after.

    28 rioters have been charged and 57 people repatriated.

    The events that led to Sakthivel's death are still under investigation.

    The police were first informed of a serious accident involving a bus at 9.23pm on 8 December.

    Within two minutes, the Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted, and the first ambulance and police response car arrived.

    They were greeted by a crowd of about a hundred. By 9.45pm, the crowd swelled to 400, and things started to get unruly. The Special Operations Command (SOC) was activated.

    At the same time, attention was still on Sakthivel, as some eight SCDF officers tried to extricate his body from under the bus.

    Things took an aggressive turn as rioters began throwing items such as beer bottles, concrete blocks and drain covers at first responders.

    Some 10 policemen provided a human shield - to ensure that responders could continue extricating Sakthivel's body.

    The police were also able to move the bus driver and his assistant away from the area.

    About 45 minutes after the SOC was activated, the first troop arrived at Hampshire Road at about 10.30pm.

    But due to the delay caused by the congestion, SOC proceeded on foot to the incident site, which was the junction of Hampshire and Race Course Road.

    Soon after the second SOC troop arrived and they formed a straight line to disperse the mob and the police started to make arrests.

    Some 53 patrol cars were also called in from the various police units islandwide to deal with the incident.

    At 11.45pm, the mob was dispersed and there was high-visibility patrol in the area to prevent rioters from regrouping.

    Little India returned to normalcy by early morning on 9 December.

    Just after the riot, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said: "I want to make very clear that the government will not tolerate such lawless behaviour. I have asked the police to investigate the matter thoroughly and deal with all aspects of this incident and all persons involved strictly, firmly and fairly according to our law. And I ask members of the public to stay calm and not react to various speculations and let the facts be established."

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong directed the Home Affairs Ministry to convene a Committee of Inquiry. It has been given six months to do its job.

    The committee is responsible for looking into the factors that led to the incident and how the incident was handled on the ground. It will also review the current measures to manage areas where foreign workers congregate, whether they are adequate and how they can be improved.

    The first charges were made by 10 December.

    The sale and consumption of alcohol was suspended for the weekend of December 14 and 15, and bus services ferrying workers to and from their dorms to Little India were also suspended.

    But reassurances also came from the government that they will take a firm but fair approach.

    Mr Lee said: "We have one million plus foreign workers in Singapore, and about 400 were involved in this riot. There was a specific circumstance, it was a localised riot. I think the people who were involved would have to be treated severely. But the population at large, the other foreign workers who are here, who are making a living here, who are making a contribution to our economy, who had nothing to do with this. I think it would be quite unfair for Singaporeans to look at them all and say ‘they're all a problem, we cannot accept them’."

    After the initial measures, there were "calibrated" measures in Little India - continuing the ban on alcohol consumption in public areas, while loosening its sale in restaurants.

    Together with the shortening of alcohol sale hours in liquor shops and convenience stores, these measures will continue for up to six months, until the COI makes its recommendations.

    Residents in the area said that unruly drunken behaviour by some foreign workers has been a perennial problem.

    Short-term measures announced on the sale and consumption of alcohol may work in Little India.

    Beyond that, the challenge will be to balance longer-term measures that take in the interests of the various stakeholders - including residents, businesses, and foreign workers - in a sustainable way.

    Until then, the next landmark for Singapore will be the conclusion and recommendations of the COI expected in six months, and changes that will follow.


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    Default SEA Games is good opportunity to showcase S'pore to region: Tan Chuan-Jin

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    By John LeongPOSTED: 21 Dec 2013 17:05



    SINGAPORE: The 2015 SEA Games will give Singapore yet another opportunity to showcase itself to the region and the audience at large, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.

    He had watched Team Singapore in action at the Myanmar SEA Games on Saturday.

    Mr Tan said it is an honour and privilege for Singapore to host the meet for the first time since 1993.

    He said he is sure that the country will do its best to be a good host, in a year that it celebrates half a century of independence.

    Singapore Sports Council chief executive Lim Teck Yin said plans for the 2015 Games are now in the detailed stages.

    He said the country has spent many years looking forward to hosting the Games.
    Mr Lim added that his team has taken many positive lessons from Myanmar.

    "I think the most important element that was evident here was that the people here owned the Games. They were proud to be hosts. I think that's something that my team wants to work with Singapore to own the SEA Games in Singapore, and to be proud that Singapore is playing host to our Southeast Asian friends."

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    Current view of the interim art space. Photo: Urban Redevelopment Authority


    Space beneath Commonwealth Avenue viaduct structure along Rail Corridor frequented by joggers, cyclists to open for street artists to express themselves, URA says

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    Published: 23 December, 12:58 PM


    SINGAPORE — An interim independent space along the Rail Corridor will be made available for street art in a partnership with the National Arts Council (NAC), the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said today (Dec 23).

    With the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Land Transport Authority, URA and the NAC have worked together to facilitate a space for street art beneath the Commonwealth Avenue viaduct structure along the Rail Corridor.

    For a period of one year starting 2014, the art space will be curated by RSCLS, an urban art collective and recipient of the NAC Seed Grant, and facilitate community participation through activities such as a street art jam.

    Currently an empty sheltered space, the two walls beneath the viaduct structure will become a canvas for street artists to hone their skills and produce artwork for Rail Corridor users to discover.

    Mr Kenneth Kwok, NAC’s Director of Arts & Youth said: “Street artists and their work are an exciting part of Singapore’s diverse and vibrant arts scene. We hope that by facilitating dedicated art spaces, like the one along the Rail Corridor, street artists can have the physical and artistic room to express themselves and practice their craft. This is critical to the development of the Singapore street art scene, which the Council will continue to support through grants, spaces and public engagement about the value of street art.”

    The introduction of the art space is part of “PubliCity”, an initiative launched during URA’s Draft Master Plan 2013 to involve the community to design and programme open spaces into interesting public spaces.

    Mr Tan See Nin, URA’s Senior Director for Physical Planning, said: “The Rail Corridor is currently a recreational space with many people strolling, jogging and cycling along the trail and enjoying the green landscapes along the way. We would like the Rail Corridor to be a place for shared experiences and community bonding as well. We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner NAC and the street art community to introduce this art space. It is a creative way to inject more vibrancy and community involvement into the Rail Corridor and provide a unique experience for users of this public space.”

    The public has been enjoying the Corridor as a leisure space with many outdoor activities being held there over the past two years. The SLA will continue to maintain the Corridor regularly for public safety, and will work closely with NParks to manage the trees and natural environment along the Corridor.

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    Programme aims to fill demand for professionals when Sports Hub opens next year

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    By Adelene Wong
    Published: 10 August, 4:03 AM

    SINGAPORE — The local sports industry is bracing for a boom next year when the S$1.3 billion Sports Hub opens its doors in April. The ultra-modern multi-use facility in Kallang is projected to contribute S$2 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and keep 20,000 people in employment by 2015.

    Already, major events across several sports have been penned in for the Sports Hub, among them the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Championships from 2014 to 2018.

    Having world-class events on our shores creates a natural demand for qualified professionals, which is a gap the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) intends to fill with its Sports Science & Management (SSM) programme, the only sports-related degree programme offered by a local university.

    The pioneer batch of graduates have already completed their degrees, with seven national athletes among them, including hockey player Laura Tan and sailor-turned-entrepreneur Jovina Choo.

    Thirty others are currently undergraduates, including sprinter Dipna Lim-Prasad, while swimmer Amanda Lim is set to join the programme this month.


    “It is truly an exciting time for fresh graduates like us, I have always been looking for a degree like this,” said 22-year-old Tan, whose parents wanted her to study accountancy and were initially concerned about her pursuit of a less traditional career trajectory in sports.

    Last week, 36 students from the four-year direct honours course had their convocation ceremony.

    All of them have had internships with various companies and a select few have gone on overseas exchange, which were all part of the course requirements.

    Students can choose to specialise in either sports science or sports management and take up electives from other courses offered at NTU, such as arts, technology, business and even liberal studies.

    Tan, who wants to go into sports event management after she retires from national duties, focused on sport management.

    One of the highlights of her studies was a five-month internship with the Singapore Tourism Board, during which she helped the team organising the 2012 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.


    Choo, on the other hand, is already adept at juggling work and studies and, for a spell, training with the national sailing team. That is after she started up a sports venture in 2009 while still in NTU.

    Named Dream+, her company reaches out to local primary and secondary schools, and introduces them to less-known sports like tchoukball and ultimate ball, with the aim of eventually formalising these sports as co-curricular activities.

    “Sports science is something I have always been interested in,” said Choo, who retired from sailing in order to focus on her enterprise.

    “Getting myself versed in finer aspects like biomechanics and strength-conditioning allows me to devise age-specific sporting programmes progressively,” said Choo.

    The NTU SSM programme also allows these students to defer their examinations and assignment deadlines if they have national training commitments and competitions.

    “The SSM degree is still new but it has several good features, such as the flexibility extended to national athletes like me, and well-equipped facilities like sports laboratories and sporting equipment which we can loan from the National Institute of Education,” said Tan.

    However, Tan also pointed out that more fine-tuning is needed to skew the course content towards more practical and less theoretical learning.

    And with the NTU regularly seeking feedback from its SSM programme students, there is every chance future batches will get to enjoy an improved learning experience and be better trained for Singapore’s burgeoning sports industry.

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    Default Singapore’s legal system is firm, just and fair

    From Praveen Randhawa, Press Secretary to the Minister for Law

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    Published: 21 December, 5:14 PM
    Updated: 23 December, 5:15 AM

    We refer to the letters from Mr Jolovan Wham and Ms Braema Mathi (“Costs of protracted judicial process not reason for denying access to justice”, “Due process should not be subordinated to expediency”).

    They confuse two issues: One, persons who have been charged before a court of law; and two, foreign nationals seeking to enter, work and/or remain in Singapore.

    A person who faces a criminal charge has a right to due judicial process before he is convicted or acquitted on a charge.

    A foreign national who is subject to repatriation, however, has no right under our laws to challenge the repatriation order in court.

    Should our laws be changed then to allow foreign nationals who come here to work the right to be heard in court before they are repatriated? Or is it in the interest of
    Singaporeans that decisions on repatriation be continued to be made by the Minister for Home Affairs?

    Today, one of the conditions under which foreign nationals are allowed the privilege to come here to work is that they can be repatriated if, for example, the Minister assesses them to be security threats.

    Take the case of the 57 workers who were repatriated for participating in the Little India riot: If a court process had been necessary before they are repatriated, they could have stayed on in Singapore for a considerable period.

    They could have been given bail and be free to walk around Singapore, including Little India. And if they had not been given bail, they could be in our jails for a very long time, waiting for deportation.

    If the rules are such that transgressors can stay on in Singapore to fight their repatriation orders, then at least some among them will be less deterred from transgressing. Some may also go underground.

    These are not theoretical possibilities. The example of other countries shows that these are altogether likely and the repatriation process can take years. In some countries, repatriation is almost impossible.


    Mr Wham and Ms Mathi should explain how Singaporeans would benefit if they had their way and a similar burdensome repatriation process were imposed here.

    The Police interviewed more than 4,000 workers and investigated 400 in the aftermath of the Little India riot. Following this immense effort, the State took carefully considered decisions, commensurate with the degree of culpability of each individual: 28 were charged, 57 were repatriated and more than 200 were given advisories.

    Every country has the right to choose its own system best suited to its circumstances.

    Our system places paramount importance on the safety and security of our citizens while ensuring the rights of those charged with criminal offences.

    Our system is firm, just and fair.

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    Default Singapore's final gold won by judoka Ho Han Boon in over-100kg category

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    Singapore's Ho Han Boon is jumped onto by teammates (from left) Vanessa Ng, Ngo Yee Ling and Ang Xuan Yi after winning the gold medal in men's judo +100kg category during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM



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    Singapore's Ho Han Boon (centre) wins gold in men's judo +100kg category during the 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw's Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium, Myanmar, on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


    By Chan U-gene In Naypyidaw


    Singapore clinched its 34th and final gold medal on Saturday afternoon at the Zayyathiri Indoor Stadium, as judoka Ho Han Boon emerged triumphant in the men's over-100kg category.

    The 1.91m-tall, 195kg giant defeated Thailand's Saknarin Kaewpakdee to clinch the Republic's first judo gold in 24 years
    . Malaysia's Abdul Razak won the bronze.

    The last time Singapore won a judo gold was in 1989, when Edmund Tan (men's lightweight) and Tang Soon Oon (extra lightweight) won in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Published: 21 December, 1:34 PM

    NAYPYIDAW – The familiar strains of Majulah Singapura was heard four times at the Wunna Theikdi indoor stadium today (Dec 21), as Team Singapore's paddlers clinched all four gold medals on offer to retain their spot as the top table tennis nation in the region.

    With two gold secured in the men's and women's team events on Thursday, Zhan Jian and Yu Mengyu claimed another two gold in the singles on the final day of competition in Myanmar.

    World No 30 Zhan Jian was first to claim the title after defeating Vietnam's Tien Dat Le 11-6, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 in the men's singles final. SEA Games debutant Clarence Chew was awarded the joint-bronze with Richard Gonzales of the Philippines after his semi-final loss to Vietnam's Tien.

    Said Zhan Jian, who is competing in his first SEA Games: “I was quite nervous as this is my first SEA Games, but I am happy to win this for Singapore.”

    It was an all Singaporean final in the women's singles, with Yu Mengyu claiming the Republic's final gold after a 4-0 victory over Isabelle Li. “I had never played singles before this SEA Games so I feel very happy winning two gold medals,” said Yu, who is competing in her third SEA Games.

    Local teenager Isabelle had dispatched Malaysian veteran Beh Lee Wei 4-0 to qualify for the final, and the 19-year-old was happy to be able to repeat her silver-medal achievement from the 2011 Indonesian Games. “I have not played the Malaysian before and she is a seasoned player who has competed at many SEA Games,” said Isabelle after the award ceremony. “This victory over the Malaysian is definitely a boost to my confidence. It (the silver medal) gives me motivation to close up the gap between me and my teammates (like Mengyu). I have a good playing and training environment and I'm hoping to defer my university studies to train full-time next year.”Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) president Lee Bee Wah was delighted with the team's performance, as she said: “They exceeded my target (three gold) and I told them that what I want to see is their fighting spirit and they didn't disappoint me.”

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