There’s a reason why Singaporeans are not as willing to donate their money to needy people.
It’s (mostly) not because we’re selfish. It’s because every time we think about donating, a doubt in our minds will surface.
Will my money really get to the intended recipient?
I mean, after the entire National Kidney Foundation (NKF) scandal back in 2004, anyone would’ve become jaded.
Then, we have people who cheat donors.
But before reading about it, here’s one that is even more pressing: a ceiling dropping…in a McDonald’s outlet.
Elderly Woman Hit By Falling Ceiling Board at Bedok McDonald’s, Gets Sent to A&E
On 13 May, an elderly woman was having lunch at Bedok McDonald’s when the ceiling board above dislodged from the ceiling. A few pieces of debris hit her head.
A fruit vendor working nearby told reporters that he heard a loud scream from the fast food restaurant.
The McDonald’s staff immediately attended to her and called for an ambulance.
She was sent to Changi General Hospital and was discharged after finding no serious injuries.
The spokesperson for McDonald’s added that they will continue monitoring the situation and provide assistance if needed.
After the incident, the restaurant was closed for a couple of hours and reopened at 5 pm on the same day.
The fast-food chain apologised for the incident and said they’ll make sure this wouldn’t happen again in the future.
S’porean Couple Who Cheated Donors Of $10K Jailed For 36 Weeks Each
Meet the couple, Noryana Mohamed Salleh and Rajzaed Sedik.
Between the period of January to August 2013, they duped donors of almost $10,000, who thought they were donating to the Bedok Youth Society for the Disabled.
Noryana joined the voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) back in early 2012. She resigned in December the same year.
Her boyfriend, Rajzaed joined two months after her and quitted in November that year.
In January 2013, the couple stole a collection receipt booklet from the society’s office with the keys Noryana didn’t return after resigning.
She had also made a copy of the donors’ list.
She would call the donors and ask for their contributions. When they said okay, Rajzaed will appear at their door to collect the money.
He would either give them the official receipt, or a photocopied receipt that they’ve made of the booklet.
Noryana and Rajzaed are sentenced to 36 weeks’ jail each and are currently out on bail for $15,000.
The Bedok Youth Society for the Disabled said that they’ve installed CCTV cameras and tightened the way they handle and issue official receipts to prevent such an incident from happening again.
They’ll surrender themselves to the courts after Hari Raya Aidilfitri on 20 June.
Century Square Mall To Open This June, Housing M)phosis First Comeback Store
Congratulations, Easties! Your friendly neighbourhood mall, Century Square Mall, is coming back.
And you know what’s even better?
You guys will be the first to see a M)phosis store in Singapore since 2015.
They’ve previously closed down due to “severe cash flow issues”. But now? They’re back in the east!
Boon Tong Kee’s first outlet in a shopping mall will also be opened in Century Square.
Plus a whole lot of dining places like The Meathouse (new concept by Eighteen Chefs), Two Hana (Seoul Garden’s fusion cafe concept).
But the most interesting thing about this mall is that you can do graffiti without getting arrested.
Equipped with electronic doodling walls, the mall operator said that the walls will entertain younger shoppers.
I think I’ll also be entertained by it though.
The mall will start operations in June this year.
I don’t know about you, it seems like it’ll be a good place to visit at least once. Don’t you think so?
Tomorrow Marks The Start Of Ramadan For Our Muslim Friends
Guys, it’s time to be more understanding and caring for your Muslim friends.
Because tomorrow, 17 May, will be the start of the Ramadan month. Which means, fasting.
Initially, it was said that the last day of the current Islamic month of Syaaban was on Tuesday.
However, after “astronomical calculations”, the moon on Tuesday did not meet the criteria agreed upon by member countries of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
And so, the last day of the Syaaban was moved to one day later.
The Mufti of Singapore, Mohamed Fatris Bakaram, wishes all Muslims in Singapore “a blessed Ramadan”, and ask them to take this chance to strengthen friendship and family ties during this blessed month.
Love Affair Gone Wrong: Boyfriend Beaten Up Weeks Before He Was Slashed in Little India
After reading this headline, you’re thinking: This one movie ah?
But here’s the thing, it’s not.
And here’s another thing, it happened in Singapore.
Meet Miss Audrey Chen Ying Fang.
She was seeing two men at the same time.
One was businessman Lim Hong Liang, the owner of SNL Logistics. He bought a white Mercedes-Benz for her, gave her money every month and supported her financially.
The other was Mr Joshua Koh Kian Yong. He visited her at her flat on 8 Apr 2016 when Lim was overseas.
In the evening, Lim’s son and nephew, Ron, came into the flat.
Ron started playing with the dog while Lim’s son sat in the living room and played with her dog.
Then, Ron told Koh in Mandarin, “I was sent here to kill you.”
After the beating, Koh made a police report.
Chen claimed that after the assault, she received several voice messages from Lim, asking her to reflect on getting intimate with another man when he was overseas.
On 30 Apr 2016, Koh’s face was slashed with a penknife at Townshend Road near Little India at around 1 am.
He suffered permanent disfigurement on his face.
Lim (left) pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a conspiracy in Feb 2018. Ong Hock Chye (right) recruited four other people for the plan to punish Koh.
Police Investigating Top Lawyer For Allegedly Verbally & Physically Abusing Staff
On 15 May, it was reported that a police report was lodged against Samuel Seow, a high-profile lawyer in the entertainment circle.
He is the managing director of Samuel Seow Law Corporation and runs Beam Artistes, a talent management firm as well.
An ex-staff alleged that he had thrown her to the ground, threw a metal stapler at her, poured cold water on her and threatened to kill her on at least three different occasions.
It was also made known that Seow allegedly threw a secretary in his law corporation when she tried to intervene in a dispute.
Former employees contacted by TODAY confirmed the incidents but did not dare to elaborate.
The police confirmed that investigations are ongoing.
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