Prudential Unauthorised Deductions An ‘IT’ Glitch, Not a Cyber Attack: 6 Topics S’poreans Talked About Today (25 May)


Given the slew of online scams, malware and viruses going around, Singaporeans are, more than ever, paying close attention to the figures in their bank account (if there’s even a figure in the first place).

Especially if you, like a colleague of mine, goes incognito all the time.

What would you do if you realised that your bank account has a huge chunk of money suddenly missing?

You’d panicked and run around like a headless chicken, right?

Like these people.

Prudential Unauthorised Deductions An ‘IT’ Glitch, Not a Cyber Attack

On 24 May, it was reported that Prudential customers spotted unauthorised transactions in their bank accounts.

And it wasn’t a small mistake either.

Like $1 extra or something. It’s more of like a multiple of 100.

Facebook user Terence Tan said $32,634 was deducted from his wife’s bank account instead of $326.34.


Another Facebook user, Angela Lee, said that $3,230 was deducted from her sister’s bank account instead of $32.30.


The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) confirmed that the deductions were the result of an “operational lapse” by Prudential, and not a cyber attack.

They have directed the company and their bank to return the money to policyholders as soon as possible.

OCBC has announced on their Facebook page that erroneous transactions for their account holders have been rectified.


Wah, it must have been scary. Imagine having $30,000 in your bank account today and having it wiped out the next day!

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SMRT Bus Accident at Choa Chu Kang Kills 6-Year-Old Boy


On 24 May, a 6-year-old boy was on his way to tuition with his mother and a mother-daughter pair when the unfortunate accident happened.

The boy was pinned under the rear wheel of the bus and had to be rescued by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) with lifting equipment.

He was sent to National University Hospital (NUH) where he later passed on.

The 57-year-old bus driver is assisting the police in their investigations.


A witness who saw the aftermath of the accident said there was “a lot of blood flowing under the bus”.

Residents in the area said they typically cross the road without using the pedestrian crossings, which are too far away.

SMRT apologises for the incident and are reaching out to the family to provide assistance.

Family Sues NParks & LTA For Man Injured in Wildboar Road Accident

You’re familiar with National Parks Board(NParks) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), right?

Guess what? They’re getting sued by the family of Vicknesh Morthy after an accident on the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE).


Here’s a bit of background on the case.


On 13 Nov 2016, a wild boar dashed onto the road near Eco-Link @ BKE at around 7.03 p.m. (the one that is very close to PIE).

Then a car hit it, leaving it dead on the expressway and drove on.

For the next 13 minutes, vehicles drove around the body of the wild boar, none of the drivers willing to stop and alert other motorists about the danger. I mean, it’s an expressway: they might have only notified LTA after they’re out of the expressway.

Then, Vicknesh Morthy, who was a 25-year-old security guard, crashed into its carcass. He suffered serious head injuries and was wheelchair-bound after the accident.

His mental ability was affected so badly his brother had to represent him in court.


Their lawyer, N. Srinivasan from Hoh Law Corporation, argued that as the relevant statutory boards, they should have known about wild animals and their danger to road users.

Both agencies, he claimed, had failed to take the steps required to keep wild animals off the road.

Both LTA and NParks rejected the claims.

LTA said that they’ve erected 755-mm high metal guard rails along the sides of the expressway. Safety inspections were also conducted regularly and no defects were found along the stretch of road where the accident happened.

NParks, on the other hand, said that not all of the expressway was flanked by the Central Catchment Reserves and Bukit Timah Reserves.

And that their duty doesn’t involve keeping wild animals off the expressways.

They think the motorist has to share some of the blame as well.

Well, what do you think of the incident? Lapse or just unlucky?


Compensation, if the family wins the case, can go as high as $250,000.

Two Employment Agencies Charged For Allegedly Bringing In 13-Year-Old Maids


How far will you go to earn money? Far enough to bring in 13-year-old maids?

Casa Employment Specialist and Khor Siew Tiang from Vista Employment Services were charged in court for bringing into Singapore maids from Myanmar who do not meet the age requirement.

Which is 23 years old, by the way.

Both employment agencies have their licenses suspended. And if found guilty, they can be fined up to $5,000, as well as lose their licenses. In Khor Siew Tiang’s case, he could also be jailed up to six months.

Naw Hla San and Htet Htet Phyo Wai, the two maids interviewed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), were only 13 years old.

MOM advised agencies not to just depend on their passports for information, but to conduct interviews and verify their age as well.

If they are found underaged, the girls should be sent home.

And this isn’t the first time it happened. MOM said that 98 other agencies were dealt with over the past three years.

This is just the first time the agencies were brought to court.

Indonesian Ride-Hailing Firm, Go-Jek, To Start Operations in S’pore Within ‘The Next Few Months’

On 24 May, Go-Jek announced that they’ll be pumping in around US$500 million to enter four new markets, including Singapore.


And they’re not just bringing another ride-hailing service to Singapore. They’re hoping to replicate other services here as well.

“We hope that as we arrive in new markets, we will quickly become everyone’s go-to lifestyle app.”

Their app in Indonesia is a lifestyle app, where people can request for cleaning and massage services, as well as motorcycle rides.

Previously, the government had said that ride-hailing via motorcycles are not allowed in Singapore but the firm says it’ll be working closely with regulators and other stakeholders to pave the way for the new operations.

Currently, they’re just out to offer people in these market another choice when it comes to ride-hailing.

I don’t know about you, but even though I’ve weaned off Uber-and-Grabbing, I’m still excited to see what they have in store for us.

Secondary School Teacher Shamed Students Online, Gets Flamed Instead

In today’s world, our number one reaction to something unexpected in life is….?


Yup, take a peekture and post it online.

But think before you do anything or you’ll get into hot soup like this teacher.


According to Zao Bao, a secondary school teacher not only took a photo of his students’ answers but shared it online with harsh comments.

Like “Don’t know if you’re silly for not reading instructions or stupid for thinking I will set such an easy repetitive question“.

Or “Childish AF. You 13 or 3, bro? Like seriously, dude…”

Image: STOMP

The teacher has deactivated his account and his school said that he has been counselled. Disciplinary actions have also been meted out.

A spokesperson for Fei Yue Family Service Centre advised parents to affirm their child’s value and give encouragement should such a thing happen to them.

Netizens were mad and felt that the teacher should be helping academically weaker students, not mock them.

They also felt that he shares the blame for their performance.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Moral of the story? Don’t anyhow share things on the internet.

Because it’ll never truly disappear.

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