5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (6 September 2019)

Let’s face it: in this social media world, exciting and viral news like a cat feeding a baby beer would often appear in your Facebook news feed, while important news like the GDP growth of Singapore this year wouldn’t get the same reach.

It’s understandable since social media platforms would prioritise engaging and viral contents to keep users in their platform.02

In order to ensure that you’d still know about important news instead just social news, below are the top five Singapore news that was reported yesterday which you should know, simplified for you in a bite-sized format:

People Convicted of Bribery To Expect Jail Time

People who offer bribes to people working for a foreign government should expect to face jail time as a starting point.

On 6 September, a High Court Judge increased Sharon Rachael Gursharan Kaur’s jail term from 33 to 40 months.

Sharon is a Singaporean woman involved in the largest bribery and fraud scandal in the history of the United States Navy.

The reasons are because such cases are aggravated when the integrity of the public service is jeopardised, and the sentencing outcome for public sector corruption is typically a custodial term.

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Man Praised for Saving Woman from Suicide

On 14 May, Mr Goh Keng Heong prevented a woman from committing suicide at Block 510 Jelapang Road, off Bukit Panjang Ring Road.

The woman was expressionless when speaking to him, and told him she had money problems. Mr Goh called the police, and advised her to seek help or speak to someone about the issues.

He was one of three members of the public presented with the Public Spiritedness Award at the Jurong Police Division.

Other including Mr Ong Koon Tee, and Mr Ang Yaocheng were praised for assisting the police in other cases.

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Fewer Suspicious Transactions, More Info On Finance Related Crimes

The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police Force reported that there were less suspicious transaction reports last year.

In the 2018 annual report late last month, 32,660 cases were filed, a decrease from 2017s number of 35471.

CAD’s Intelligence and Administration Group deputy director Seow Hwee Koon has said that in handling these cases, they have reorganised and are able to facilitate and process financial reports faster to other enforcement agencies.

Last year, CAD pressed charges against a criminal group who tried to fraud SkillsFuture Singapore of over $40 million.

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One Of The Two Singaporeans Who Died In California Boat Fire Was An Avid Diver 

One of the two Singaporeans victims of the California boat fire was a young female by the name of Tan Wei, a 26-year-old who hailed from a family of divers.

She was extremely close with her family, and they realised something was wrong when their messages could not be received by her.

Her brother, Mr Sejay Tan, is over at Santa Barbara to assist with paperwork and arrangements.

A 46-year-old man, Mr Sunil Singh Sandhu, was also confirmed to be a victim. He was a research scientist with a PhD in electrical engineering.


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Why Clan Members Can Apply In Earlier P1 Registration Phase

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung is often asked why children of clan members can apply earlier during the Primary 1 (P1) registration phase.

During an award ceremony held by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK), he mentions that “without them, these schools would not be here.”

“Singapore should not forget the history and roots of government-aided schools, including the contributions of key stakeholders like parents and the Chinese community.”

Priority given to these children has stirred controversy before, with some stating that slots should be freed up for those staying near the schools as well.


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