Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Beware of fake eggs 假鸡蛋如何分别


Eggs sold in markets are genuine and safe: Malaysia health ministry
The yolks of fake eggs (left) are said to be more yellow than those of real eggs. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Eggs sold in the Malaysian markets are genuine and safe for consumption, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was no cause for concern, adding that video clips on fake eggs that went viral on social media recently were untrue.

"We conducted an investigation and found that there were no fake eggs sold in the markets," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Fake egg news fake
Rumours of counterfeit eggs being sold in the market have amounted to much ado about nothing

The Health Ministry assured the public that the recent rumours on social media about fake eggs flooding the market were unfounded.

Health director-general Dr.Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the ministry had conducted a thorough investigation and found that the eggs sold in the market were genuine and safe for consumption.

A video clip about fake eggs had gone viral on social media after a woman who boiled eggs bought from a supermarket in the Klang Valley found the texture of the yolk “rubbery”.

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‘No fake eggs on sale here’

Eggs sold in the Malaysian markets are genuine and safe for consumption, says the Health Ministry.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was no cause for concern, adding that the video clips on the fake eggs that went viral on social media were untrue.

“We conducted an investigation and found that there were no fake eggs sold in the markets,” he said in a statement yesterday.

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FAKE EGG, now at Malaysia !! how to differentiate it?? and how it make? 假鸡蛋如何分别?
How to identify fake eggs: After opening the egg, egg white and egg yolk will soon mix together.
  • Fake egg’s shell is a little shinier than the real egg, but it is not very noticeable.
  • When touch the fake egg by hand, it feels a little rougher than the real egg.
  • Shake the fake egg will make some noises, because water overflows from the solid agent.
  • Real egg smells a little like raw meat.
  • Tap the egg lightly. Real egg makes a more crisp sound than the fake egg.
  • Shortly after opening the fake egg, egg yolk and egg white will melt together. This is because the egg yolk and egg white are made of the same raw materials.
  • When frying a fake egg, the yolk will spread without being touched.
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How to distinguish between real and counterfeit eggs
  • After cracking the fake egg, the white and yolk will mix together quickly.
  • Fake eggs have slightly shinier shells than real ones.
  • The shells of the fake eggs feel slightly rougher.
  • You will hear sloshing sounds when you shake a fake egg as liquid will flow from the solid agent.
  • Real eggs smell like raw meat.
  • Tapping a real egg lightly will generate a crisp sound when compared to a fake egg.
  • When frying a fake egg, the yolk will spread without being touched.
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related: Gutter Oil For Your Food, Sir?
A news report estimated that 10 per cent of all oil used for cooking in China is gutter oil, including those used by restaurants. This is because it is cheap.

Well, you may ask, “What has that got to do with Singapore?” Unfortunately, it might have a lot to do with Singapore and how our hawker food is being prepared.

Earlier this year, it was reported that some people – who are reported to be Chinese and non Singaporean - were seen pumping out “sewer contents” from opened manholes and drains in Yishun and Jurong. Pictures taken by members of the public of them doing so, uncannily resemble what gutter oil scavengers do back in China.


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Monday, 29 September 2014

Former Tour Guide: Tussle over $40 million Assets

Update 29 Sep 2016: Yang Yin jailed 6 years for misappropriating S$1.1m from elderly widow

Former tour guide Yang Yin was sentenced to 6 years’ jail on Friday (Sep 29) for misappropriating S$1.1 million from a wealthy widow he had spent years “ingratiating” himself with, in an act prosecutors have called a “deep betrayal” of the 89-yr-old woman.

On Thursday, Yang was sentenced to 26 months’ jail for duping Singapore authorities into granting him permanent residency by setting up a shell company, falsifying hundreds of receipts and paying small sums in tax.

This means that the 42-yr-old will spend a total of 8 years and 2 months behind bars.


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Yang Yin jailed 26 months for committing fraud to gain PR status

Former tour guide Yang Yin has been sentenced to 26 months’ jail for duping the authorities into granting him PR status by setting up a shell company, falsifying hundreds of receipts & paying small sums in tax – all to shore up his PR application.

In sentencing Yang, District Judge Jennifer Marie said the 42-yr-old China national had, in his bid to remain in Singapore, abused financial services and committed hundreds of offences over the 5 years he was here. His “elaborate” offences were premeditated and carefully planned, the judge said.

Yang was convicted in May of 120 charges, including 110 counts for falsifying receipts involving S$186,900 showing payments to a shell company he set up to gain permanent residency here, as well as 4 charges under the Companies Act and 6 for cheating and immigration offences.

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Former tour guide Yang Yin faces 3 more charges

Former tour guide Yang Yin, who is embroiled in the battle for the estate of widow Chung Khin Chun, was slapped with three new charges for immigration offences.

According to online reports, the 40-year-old was charged on Thursday for giving false statements to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority in 2010 and 2011 when he was attempting to apply for Permanent Resident status.

Yang is already facing 331 charges for allegedly falsifying accounts of his company Young Music and Dance Studio to make it seem that it was a viable business and had received $450,000 in payment for services.

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Tussle over widow's assets: All stories and updates



Ex-tour guide faces 320 charges for faking accounts

FORMER China tour guide Yang Yin, who is embroiled in a legal tussle over the assets of a wealthy 87-year-old widow, was charged in court with another 320 charges for falsification of accounts.

The 40-year-old was represented by his lawyer Wee Pan Lee from Wee, Tay and Lim LLP.

Last Friday, Yang was accused of falsifying the accounts of his company Young Music and Dance Studio between 2009 and 2014.

related: Former tour guide Yang Yin out on S$150,000 bail

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Ex-tour guide in asset dispute charged with falsifying papers

The former China tour guide at the centre of an ongoing legal tussle over an elderly widow’s assets was slapped with 11 charges at the State Courts today (Oct 31) in a separate case against him.

Yang Yin, 40, is accused of falsification of papers between 2009 and 2014, as a director of Young Music & Dance Studio. He had created receipts reflecting payments, including those for “painting” and “piano classes”, when there were no such payments.

The payments range from S$1,000 to S$5,500. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 10 years’ jail and a fine.

related: Ex-tour guide charged with faking his firm's accounts

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Tussle over widow's assets: Ex-guide hired recruitment firm to apply for work pass
Rikvin had helped Mr Yang (above) set up the Young Music and Dance Studio in March 2009. Its second application on his behalf for an Employment Pass six months later was successful

Chinese national Yang Yin was so determined to make a new life in Singapore that he hired a specialised recruitment firm here to set up his company and apply for an Employment Pass (EP), as a prelude to getting permanent resident status.

The studio's address is listed as the bungalow of the wealthy widow who handed control of her $40 million worth of assets to the former tour guide in 2012, after he became a Singapore PR.

Back in March 2009, local recruitment firm Rikvin helped Mr Yang set up the Young Music and Dance Studio, with him as managing director.


Niece of rich widow applies to court to name Mr Yang Yin's wife as second defendant
87-year-old widow's niece Madam Hedy Mok (left), 60, and her lawyer Mr Peter Doraisamy from Selvam LLC (right) speaking to the media about the ongoing court case involving 87-year-old widow Madam Chung Khin Chun who is Mdm Mok's aunt, Sep 23, 2014

In the latest development in the tussle over a widow's $40 million assets with a former China tour guide, the niece of the widow - 87-year-old Madam Chung Khin Chun - has started legal proceedings against Madam Weng Yandan, the wife of Yang Yin, the tour guide.

The Straits Times reported that Madam Hedy Mok, 60, said in a press statement on Friday evening, "My lawyers have today, among other things, filed further applications in the High Court suit to include Mr Yang Yin's wife as a second defendant and to extend the worldwide Mareva injunction to include her assets."

Earlier, reports said that a court has temporarily suspended the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) of Yang Yin. It had been reported on Sep 29 that the Office of the Public Guardian had applied to temporarily suspend the powers of both Madam Mok, and Mr Yang as deputy and donee respectively under the LPA.

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Ex-tour guide’s ability to make decisions for widow suspended
Ms Hedy Mok (niece of Mdm Chung Khin Chun) and lawyer Raghunath Peter Doraisamy during a press conference on Sept 23, 2014. There have been calls for more safeguards to the Lasting Power of Attorney scheme, in light of a high-profile legal tussle involving Mdm Chung who granted an LPA to tour guide Yang Yin. TODAY file photo

Chinese national and former tour guide Yang Yin’s powers granted under the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to make decisions for wealthy widow Chung Khin Chun were temporarily suspended by the courts yesterday.

However, Madam Chung’s niece, Mdm Hedy Mok, 60, has been allowed to remain as her deputy to pursue legal proceedings against Mr Yang, 40, on behalf of her aunt.

But she is required to inform the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) — a division of the Social and Family Development Ministry that protects the interests of those lacking mental capacity — of the steps that she will take as deputy.


Hearing for high court suit filed against former China tour guide adjourned
The hearing for the high court suit filed against former China tour guide Yang Yin has been adjourned to Oct 28

This was revealed by Mr Yang's lawyer Joseph Liow from Straits Law Practice LLC after a closed door hearing at the High Court on Tuesday.

The adjournment is believed to have taken place due to the application made by the Office of Public Guardian (OPG).

On Monday, the OPG applied to the court to temporarily suspend the powers of both Madam Hedy Mok, who is Madam Chung's niece, and Mr Yang as deputy and donee under the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) respectively. If approved, neither can represent the widow.

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Tussle over widow's $40m assets turns ugly
A seven-hour stand-off between an 87-year-old Singaporean widow and a 34-year-old woman from China ended yesterday after the younger woman agreed to leave the widow's $30 million bungalow, where she had stayed for a year without rent

It was the latest twist in a saga that began in 2008, after the widow, retired physiotherapist Chung Khin Chun, met the Chinese woman's tour guide husband while on holiday in China.

The 40-year-old man, Mr Yang Yin, later got close to Madam Chung and, in 2009, moved into her Gerald Crescent bungalow, allegedly took over her assets worth $40 million and brought his family to live with him there.

Madam Chung's niece, 60-year-old travel agency owner Hedy Mok, started court proceedings to revoke Mr Yang's guardianship of her aunt's $40 million assets earlier this year.


Tussle over widow's assets: China tour guide's wife hits back at haters
The wife of China tour guide, Yang Ying, who is embroiled in a tussle over a Singaporean widow's assets has spoken out on the incident

The wife of China tour guide, Yang Ying, who is embroiled in a tussle over a Singaporean widow's assets has spoken out on the incident.

The tour guide has been accused of taking over Madam's Chung $40 million worth of assets after moving into her bungalow located at Gerald Crescent. Recently, a Weibo user posted a summary of the case online.

This prompted Mrs Yang to comment on the Weibo user's post, claiming that the user did not know the truth behind the incident. She further stated that posting such scandalous materials online can damage her family's reputation.


Tussle over widow's fortune: "We had only each other when young"
Madam Doris Chung holds a photo of her younger self with her father (passport photo), stepmother, stepbrother and sister Khin Chun

The 12m-long pool at her sister's bungalow in Gerald Crescent is more than a showpiece.

According to 88-year-old Doris Chung, her younger sister developed a passion for swimming while growing up, after picking up the sport as a way to control her asthma.

"She won trophies in schools. Even after she grew old, she continued to swim once or twice a week," she said.

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Widow and niece now helping police with investigations
Madam Chung Khin Chun, 87, yesterday at the Police Cantonment Complex. She and her niece were interviewed separately by police. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

The multi-millionaire widow who was allegedly manipulated into handing control of her assets to a former tour guide from China is now helping the police with investigations.

Madam Chung Khin Chun, 87, was seen entering the Police Cantonment Complex yesterday with her niece, Madam Hedy Mok, 60.

"The Commercial Affairs Department wanted to find out more details about what was missing from the house," said Madam Mok last night.


High court suit against former China tour guide Yang Yin filed 
Former China tour guide Yang Yin leaving the Police Cantonment Complex alone on Sept 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

The niece of the 87-year-old widow Chung Khin Chun has commenced high court action to recover damages from former China tour guide Yang Yin.

This was revealed at a press conference by the widow's aunt's, Madam Hedy Mok, lawyer Peter Doraisamy from law firm Selvam LLP on Tuesday.

Mr Yang is embroiled in a legal tussle with Madam Chung's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, 60, over the widow's assets, which are believed to be worth $40 million.


He 'took advantage of widow's feelings'
Mr Yang Yin is flanked by Madam Chung Khin Chun (left) and Madam Chang Phie Chin in a photo taken in Beijing on Oct 23, 2008

Before she met a 40-year-old tour guide from China, Madam Chung Khin Chun threw lavish parties, had a large art collection and several employees loyal to her.

But after the tour guide moved into Madam Chung's $30 million Gerald Crescent bungalow, he prevented her from seeing her close friends, sold her jewellery and art, emptied her bank accounts and even sacked her long-time maid and driver.

These are the claims against Mr Yang Yin, who has not given his side of the story, in a court case.


High court suit against former China tour guide Yang Yin filed
Mr Yang Yin is being investigated for suspected criminal breach of trust

At least $10 million worth of wealthy widow Chung Khin Chun's assets - including jewellery and works of art - have reportedly gone missing.

And the 87-year-old's niece, Hedy Mok, is representing Madam Chung to file a suit in the High Court to get a former tour guide from China, Yang Yin, to explain where the missing assets have gone, Lianhe Wanbao reported yesterday.

Mr Yang, 40, is embroiled in a legal tussle with Madam Mok, 60, over the widow's assets, believed to be worth $40 million

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Widow and niece now helping police with investigations


They are applying to terminate the Lasting Power of Attorney given to the man who allegedly manipulated the widow into giving him control of her fortune

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Widow wants to revoke Lasting Power of Attorney she granted Yang Yin: Lawyers

Madam Chung Khin Chun, the elderly widow whose S$40 million assets are at the heart of an ongoing legal tussle, has applied to the Office of Public Guardian to revoke the Lasting Power of Attorney she granted to Chinese national Yang Yin in 2012.

According to Madam Chung's lawyer, the 87-year-old has been medically certified to be mentally capable of doing so. Madam Chung's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, and their lawyers gave this update to reporters on Tuesday (Sep 23).

Yang, 40, is a former tour guide who met Madam Chung in 2008 when she was on holiday in Beijing. He and his family later moved into her bungalow in Gerald Crescent, off Yio Chu Kang road.

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Wealthy widow requests cancellation of ex-tour guide's LPA
THE MAN WHO MOVED IN: Madam Chung (left) met Mr Yang (Centre) while on holiday in China, and made a will in 2010 leaving all her assets to him. In 2012, she appointed him as her guardian, giving him full control of her assets

The 87-year-old widow in a tussle over control of her assets worth $40 million has asked the Office of the Public Guardian to cancel the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) which she has given to Yang Yin, a former tour guide from China.

The move came after a psychiatrist who examined Chung Khin Chun last week found that she has the mental capacity to revoke the LPA, despite suffering from dementia.

An LPA is a legal document that allows a person to appoint another person to make key decisions on personal welfare and financial matters, should the former lose the mental ability to do so.

related: Tussle over widow's assets: All stories and updates

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High court suit against former China Tour guide Yang Yin filed


The niece of the 87-year-old widow Chung Khin Chun has commenced high court action to recover damages from former China tour guide Yang Yin.


This was revealed at a press conference by the widow's aunt's, Madam Hedy Mok, lawyer Peter Doraisamy from law firm Selvam LLP on Tuesday.

Mr Yang is embroiled in a legal tussle with Madam Chung's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, 60, over the widow's assets, which are believed to be worth $40 million, reports The Straits Times.


Report lodged against former China tour guide by Office of Public Guardian
Former China tour guide Yang Yin leaving the Police Cantonment Complex alone on Sept 18, 2014. The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) had last week lodged a report against former China tour guide Yang Yin after it was reported that he boasted about his wealth and lavish lifestyle in a blog. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

The Office of Public Guardian (OPG) had last week lodged a report against former China tour guide Yang Yin after it was reported that he boasted about his wealth and lavish lifestyle in a blog.

This was revealed on Friday at a media briefing by the OPG, which is looking into the case involving wealthy 87-year-old widow Madam Chung Khin Chun. Last week's report was made to the Commercial Affairs Department, who on the same day arrested Mr Yang.

The 40-year-old man is involved in a legal tussle over control of Madam's Chung assets, believed to be worth $40 million. He moved into her Gerald Crescent bungalow in 2009. Three years later, Madam Chung applied to the OPG to give him a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).


MP Intan Azura Mokhtar says she does not know Yang Yin personally
Dr Intan says Madam Chung had approached her to write a letter of appeal for Mr Yang's PR application. -- PHOTO: BH FILE

Member of Parliament Intan Azura Mokhtar said yesterday that she did write a letter of appeal regarding Mr Yang Yin's application for permanent residency (PR) here. But she did so only at the behest of Madam Chung Khin Chun.

Questions had been raised over the former China tour guide's role in the Jalan Kayu Neighbourhood Committee, after pictures of him at various grassroots activities surfaced online. The People's Association confirmed that he had been a member of the neighbourhood committee since July 5 last year but resigned on Sept 8 this year.

Dr Intan, who is an MP in Ang Mo Kio GRC and adviser to the committee, said she did not know Mr Yang personally. She recalls meeting him only when he was participating in a cooking activity.


PAP MP INTAN MOKHTAR: I WROTE APPEAL LETTER FOR PRC CHEAT YANG YIN BECAUSE WIDOW ASKED ME TO!
Dr Intan, who is an MP in Ang Mo Kio GRC and adviser to the committee, said she did not know Mr Yang personally. She recalls meeting him only when he was participating in a cooking activity. She does remember the time Madam Chung approached her

"She first came to see me and sought my help in May 2011... for her grandson," said Dr Intan. "This is what she told me and I referred Madam Chung's request to the authorities." She said she responded only because Madam Chung was "a resident of my constituency and a Singaporean".

"If Mr Yang had come to me, I wouldn't be able to help him because he's not a Singaporean," she said. "What I would have told him is that you probably can apply for PR to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority directly."

Dr Intan also said she later received a piece of "feedback" on Mr Yang. She did not reveal the nature of the feedback as there are ongoing court proceedings concerning Mr Yang, but said it was forwarded to the authorities the same day.


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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Simple Tips On How To Slow Down The Aging Process


1. Stop The Diets! Stop eating those low-fat foods that keep being advertised as “healthy” for you. Your body needs fat in order to run correctly! Healthy fats are necessary to regenerate your power hormones! For example, testosterone -the strength hormone- is a direct result of cholesterol and dietary fat intake! You need these fats and cholesterol to make all of your hormones so it is important not to cut all of them completely out of your diet! Also, if you’re constantly counting all those calories and eating only low fat, you cannot enjoy eating out! Worrying yourself to death will definitely not make you look younger.

2. Quit your crazy long cardio workouts! – Cardiovascular conditioning can be achieved in far less time and with less effort than those long gym classes and hours on the treadmill. In fact, running on the treadmill and other long bouts of cardio work outs can actually accelerate the aging process by increasing free radicals in your body and there are far smarter ways to exercise.

Free radicals are like robbers that are deficient in energy. They attack and snatch energy from the other cells to satisfy themselves. Exercise releases free radicals, but when you exercise for a short amount of time, a smaller amount are released and the body can take care of them and prevent damage. But when you do long, extended work outs, free radical damage is out of control which speeds up the aging process!

3. Stop blaming everything on your age! Studies have shown that even people in their 90s have been able to gain muscle tone in less than a month with some lifting exercises. People can change their bodies at any age, from 25 to 95! You should constantly challenge yourself because it’s the challenge and the constant work towards improvement that keeps you young! And what better challenge is there than staying fit and healthy

4. Drink More Water! Water not only hydrates you and keeps you healthy-it also burns fat! Water suppresses hunger and keeps your liver and kidneys healthy. Just drinking a dozen ounces a day will drop years from your face by keeping your skin hydrated and healthy! Fun fact: Your liver is the number one fat-burning organ. When you are not drinking enough water, your kidneys stop working and your liver takes over. Do you really want your liver processing water instead of burning fat? Of course not! So start drinking and keep drinking that water to keep everything in your body functioning as it should!

5. Work out LESS! Steve and Becky are not saying to stop working out. They are just saying that you should go by the old-school resistance training instead of the hours upon hours of cardio classes like spinning and kickboxing. This resistance-training program includes just four specific exercises that will have you done with your workout while others at the gym are just warming up!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Fourth generation political leadership taking shape

Update 16 Nov 2014: New faces for PAP candidates? It's still early, says party

A People's Association event celebrating senior citizens in the Aljunied Cluster, comprising Aljunied GRC and Hougang SMC, was held on Saturday (Nov 15) evening

Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob graced the event, alongside former PAP leaders Lim Boon Heng and Zainul Abidin Rasheed.

New faces touted as potential PAP candidates for Aljunied and Hougang were present at a People's Association event, but former party chairman Lim Boon Heng said it is still early to say if they will be fielded. They include:

  • Banker Chua Eng Leong, who is chairman of Eunos PAP branch
  • K Muralidharan Pillai in Paya Lebar; he is a lawyer by profession
  • Chan Hui Yuh in Serangoon, who works in a family business
  • Victor Lye in Bedok Reservoir-Punggol
  • Kahar Hassan, who took over the Kaki Bukit branch chairmanship from Ong Ye Kung
  • Lee Hong Chuang, who took over as chairman of the Hougang branch, replacing Desmond Choo
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Koh Poh Koon for Ang Mo Kio GRC?
Speaking to the media in his first visit to the constituency, Dr Koh Poh Koon said he will spend more time on the ground in Ang Mo Kio to see what areas he can contribute in

Spotted among Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s entourage at Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West's annual Tree Planting Day on Saturday (Nov 1) was Dr Koh Poh Koon - candidate for the Punggol East by-election in January 2013.

Dr Koh officially relinquished his post of Chairman of the PAP Punggol East Branch on Saturday. Speaking to the media, he said this was his first visit to the constituency, adding he will spend more time on the ground in Ang Mo Kio to see what areas he can contribute in.

"I came at the invitation of Mr Seng Han Thong, but obviously this is a big GRC so there could be many areas that we could participate and help in,” said Dr Koh. “So I'll serve in whichever area they feel I can contribute."

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ACRES founder Louis Ng announces move to join PAP
Analysts say it is unusual for activist to join party politics, but see no conflict of interest

Mr Louis Ng, 36, best known as the face of non-governmental organisation (NGO) Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), took the unusual route of announcing yesterday to a few reporters face-to-face and on social networking site Facebook that he has joined the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).

But as political analysts pointed out, there is nothing common about a leader of a combative NGO — which has often taken on large corporations and government agencies on the issues of animal welfare — joining the ruling party.

Mr Ng, who founded ACRES about 13 years ago, said he was approached in May to join the PAP by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, whom he had been helping in the Kembangan-Chai Chee ward. He took a month to decide.


Desmond Choo, Ong Ye Kung leave Aljunied, Hougang wards
Mr Desmond Choo and Mr Ong Ye Kung. TODAY file photo

After serving as grassroots advisers in constituencies where they lost during the General Election in 2011, Mr Ong Ye Kung and Mr Desmond Choo are leaving their positions in the opposition-held wards of Aljunied GRC and Hougang.

The People’s Association (PA) announced today (Sept 18) that Mr Choo had been appointed second adviser to Tampines Grassroots Organisations (GROs) for Tampines East.

Mr Ong, who has been volunteering in Sembawang GRC, relinquished his post as adviser for Kaki Bukit in Aljunied. Replacing them are veteran grassroots leaders Goh Chee Koh, 69, and Dr Kee Wei Heong, 64.

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PAP’s Ong Ye Kung & Desmond Choo move to GRCs
Dr Kee Wei Heong (standing, in dark shirt) and Mr Ong Ye Kung (standing, in purple shirt). (Photo: CNA)

The People’s Association (PA) announced yesterday (18 Sep) that they have appointed 2 new advisers, Mr Goh Chee Koh and Dr Kee Wei Heong to the WP-held wards of Hougang, and Kaki Bukit in Aljunied GRC.

Mr Goh, Honorary Chairman of Punggol Central Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC), has been appointed adviser to Hougang Grassroots Organisations (GROs) and Dr Kee, the chairman of the Bukit Gombak CCC, has been appointed adviser to the Aljunied GROs for Kaki Bukit.

They replace the 2 PAP candidates who lost in the previous general election in 2011: Mr Ong Ye Kung, who contested in Aljunied GRC, and Mr Desmond Choo, who contested in Hougang SMC. Mr Choo lost in Hougang again in a 2012 by-election.


EX-PAP CANDIDATES ONG YE KUNG, DESMOND CHOO MOVED TO OTHER CONSTITUENCIES
Former PAP candidates in the last election that lost in their respective constituencies have been moved to other constituencies

Mr Ong Ye Kung who was appointed as a grassroots adviser in Kaki Bukit following a loss in the 2011 GE at Aljunied GRC has been moved to Sembawang GRC with Khaw Boon Wan. Mr Desmond Choo who lost in Hougang has been moved to Tampines.

The two will start to serve residents through the Grassroots at these new areas in preparation for the next election.

Two other long-time grassroots leaders have been moved into their old constituencies to take over their responsibilities. These include Dr Kee Wei Keong, 64, and Mr Goh Chee Koh. Both have served in various grassroots for over 20 years.

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PAP's Desmond Choo moves out of Hougang
PAP's Desmond Choo

The People's Action Party (PAP) candidate who twice lost in election bids in the Hougang single-member constituency appears unlikely to contest there for a third time.

Mr Desmond Choo, 36, was this week named as the second adviser to grassroots organisations in Tampines East, a ward in Tampines GRC.

Its MP is former national development minister Mah Bow Tan, 66, who stepped down from the Cabinet after the 2011 General Election.

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Group urges more transparency in drawing electoral boundaries

In five General Elections, an area in Kaki Bukit bounded by the Pan-Island Expressway, Bedok North Road and Bedok North Avenue 3 has been part of four constituencies – split between the Aljunied and Eunos Group Representation Constituencies in 1988, absorbed into East Coast GRC in 1997, moved to Marine Parade GRC in 2006 and back to Aljunied GRC in 2011.

Highlighting the “frequent boundary changes”, human rights group Maruah on Thursday (Oct 9) called for more transparent deliberations by the committee that reviews electoral boundaries and for polling data at the precinct level to be made known.

Arbitrary and unnecessary electoral boundary changes breed cynicism about the political process and weaken the relationship between citizens and their elected representatives, Maruah argued in one of two position papers released.

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FORMER GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEER: CHAN CHUN SING MIGHT BE CONTESTING IN SEMBAWANG GRC

The PAP has plans to introduce Chan Chun Sing into sembawang grc and move its current popular anchor minister khaw boon wan to a grc which is more vulnerable (PAP volunteers have speculated it to be East Coast GRC because Lim Swee Say is unpopular due to his poor people skills.)

In preparation for Chan Chun Sing's relocation to Sembawang GRC, grassroot leaders in that area have began softening the ground to ease the impact of Khaw Boon Wan moving away.

On 2nd november, Chan Chun Sing is going to participate in grassroot activities followed by coffee chit-chat session to understand the problems that Woodlands residents face.


FOUNDER OF ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP ACRES, LOUIS NG, JOINS THE PAP

Founder of Animal Rights group ACRES, Louis Ng, updated his facebook page this evening announcing that he has joined politics under the banner of the People's Action Party

Louis Ng FB: AM I ENTERING POLITICS?

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ACRES founder Louis Ng announces move to join PAP

Analysts say it is unusual for activist to join party politics, but see no conflict of interest

Mr Louis Ng, 36, best known as the face of non-governmental organisation (NGO) Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), took the unusual route of announcing yesterday to a few reporters face-to-face and on social networking site Facebook that he has joined the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP).
But as political analysts pointed out, there is nothing common about a leader of a combative NGO — which has often taken on large corporations and government agencies on the issues of animal welfare — joining the ruling party.

Mr Ng, who founded ACRES about 13 years ago, said he was approached in May to join the PAP by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, whom he had been helping in the Kembangan-Chai Chee ward. He took a month to decide.

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PAP could lose ‘control, power over next 15-25 years’
PAP supporters at the Nomination centre at Singapore Chinese Girls School during the 2011 General Election. TODAY file photo

The People’s Action Party (PAP) could lose the dominance it currently enjoys in Parliament in 15 years, said prominent businessman Ho Kwon Ping yesterday, adding that the party could completely lose power a decade after that if the history of dominant political parties around the world is anything to go by.

“This is actually not a radical conclusion — almost everyone I informally surveyed broadly agreed with it, but (differed) only in their estimation as to how many years it would take before the PAP would lose an election and how many terms it would stay out of power before bouncing back,” Mr Ho added.

Mr Ho, who is executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and an S R Nathan fellow, raised the scenarios at an Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)-Nathan lecture, where he spoke about politics and governance to an audience comprising about 300 civil servants, students, academics and members of the private sector.


Challenge for PAP to retain same dominance as in the past: Ho Kwon Ping

The People's Action Party will face a challenge to retain the same degree of control over Parliament as it has had in the past, said Mr Ho Kwon Ping in his first lecture as S R Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore.

Speaking at the University Cultural Centre, Mr Ho said history has not been encouraging to founding political parties after three or four generations. He said historical trends elsewhere point towards a possible election loss by the PAP in the second half of the next 50 years.

The most likely reason could be a freak election, followed by a split within the ruling party and a massive loss of political legitimacy, said Mr Ho.


Economist among likely PAP men for next GE
Mr Saktiandi heads the foreign exchange research team at Maybank

Two potential People's Action Party (PAP) candidates for the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC team in the next General Election were spotted yesterday.

They are 48-year-old Chong Kee Hiong, chief executive of Singapore Exchange-listed OUE Hospitality Trust, and 41-year-old Saktiandi Supaat, a former Monetary Authority of Singapore economist now heading the foreign exchange research team at Maybank.

The duo were among Bishan-Toa Payoh grassroots leaders who accompanied Dr Ng Eng Hen when the Defence Minister opened a newly renovated Residents' Committee Centre at Toa Payoh East.

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Fourth generation political leadership taking shape
Yesterday's round of Cabinet promotions has essentially confirmed the outline of Singapore's fourth generation of political leaders

Acting ministers Tan Chuan- Jin (Manpower) and Lawrence Wong (Culture, Community and Youth) will be full ministers from tomorrow, just shy of three years since they were first elected to Parliament.

They join Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, who made the grade earlier.

That makes four full ministers from the batch of 24 new faces Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong inducted in 2011.

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Opposition Aljunied GRC 'warming to PAP man'
Mr Chua Eng Leong (fourth from left), bantering with satay man Ramle Salleh at a party in Eunos ward yesterday to thank activists and residents for their support

When the People's Action Party's Mr Chua Eng Leong first started walking the ground in the opposition-held Aljunied GRC in May last year, residents gave him a cold, hostile reception.

But after spending the past year visiting nearly three-quarters of the homes in the constituency's Eunos ward and helming the weekly Meet-the-People Session (MPS), he senses that things have improved, he told The Straits Times.

Yesterday, the son of former Cabinet minister Chua Sian Chin met about 30 residents and activists for over an hour to thank them for their support.

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More PAP new blood for Aljunied
FRESH FACES: The new grassroots volunteers include Mr Wong (top, extreme right, partially hidden) and Mr Kahar (second from top, extreme right). They are posing for a selfie taken with PAP branch chairman Ong Ye Kung (bottom centre)

The People's Action Party (PAP) is shoring up its presence in opposition-held Aljunied GRC, with the induction of new grassroots volunteers earlier this week.

Kaki Bukit grassroots organisations adviser and PAP branch chairman Ong Ye Kung on Monday took a "selfie" with newly appointed volunteers in the ward's citizens' consultative committee (CCC), and posted it on his Facebook page. They include Mr Kahar Hassan, 45, and Mr Wong Hao, 36, a manager in a semiconductor firm.

Mr Kahar, who is a deputy director of infrastructure at railway operator SMRT, is one of two new faces in Aljunied GRC who were earlier identified by the media. The other is Ms Chan Hui Yuh, who is the incoming vice-chairman of the Serangoon CCC, which is in the same constituency.

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Potential PAP candidates 'already on the ground'
Potential People's Action Party (PAP) candidates are already active on the ground, ahead of the next General Election, said party organising secretary Ng Eng Hen

Their earlier-than-usual deployment came in response to feedback after the 2011 General Election, he said in an interview published in Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao yesterday.

Then, many Singaporeans had said the PAP should send people to grassroots organisations as early as possible.

"We have already begun doing this and several candidates are already active within the grassroots organisations," said Dr Ng, who is also Defence Minister.

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Desmond Choo will still continue with his plans for Hougang

Despite his defeat in the recent Hougang by-election, Desmond Choo will still continue with his plans for Hougang.

Since GE2011, Mr Choo has introduced various social assistance initiatives to benefit residents, such as a legal clinic for residents who need legal advice. He will also be assisting the newly elected MP for Hougang, Mr Png Eng Huat, with projects for the future of Hougang.

"As long as the projects are sound, good, practicable, and most importantly in the best interest for residents, I will be there to try my best to support," he said.

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Order of Succession And Baton Passing: Search for successor remains biggest challenge
AUG 12, 2004: Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shaking hands with Singapore’s first PM, his father Lee Kuan Yew, who received his appointment as Minister Mentor from then President S R Nathan at the Istana

It has been a priority for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong right from the start - the search for Singapore's next prime minister.

Ten years into his premiership, it remains his biggest challenge, say political observers. "That seems to be a particularly pressing issue for the Cabinet and for PM Lee," says National University of Singapore (NUS) political scientist Reuben Wong. "Right now, we don't have a clear candidate."

With the other two prime ministers before Mr Lee, potential successors emerged earlier in their tenure, he adds. When Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew passed the baton to Mr Goh Chok Tong, the third leader, PM Lee, was already in the wings.

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GENES CAN BE INHERITED BUT NOT PERFORMANCE

The PM’s performance was the focus of the media interview at the end of SingFirst’s walkabout in his Ang Mo Kio GRC yesterday. It is common knowledge and widely felt among Singaporeans that the economy has become less robust and society is more divided, stressed and unhappy.

He has failed to repeat his father’s achievements as PM.

Lee Hsien Loong’s dismal record is unimaginable given that he has been “trained” as minister for 20 years before taking on the job as PM in 2004. Neither have the genes from his father been of much help. He might have inherited intelligent genes from his father but certainly not his performance. Unhappiness with their MP’s performance as PM was evident from our conversations with several groups of AMK residents in our walkabout. We met many residents who were severely affected by PAP’s policies that did not create a trickle down effect for the lower to middle class families, even in the PM’s GRC.

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