Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Dumpling Festival 端午节 2017


The 5th day of the 5th month in the Chinese calendar has been set as Duan Wu Festival to remember the incident. Although there were versions of legends and stories that indicate Duan Wu has existed way before Qu Yuan's death, the tradition still carries on.

The rice dumplings (ZongZi) are glutinous rice (or sticky rice in some countries like Thailand and Hong Kong) wrapped in bamboo leaves, or other large leaves (lotus is one of the more commonly used leaves). You can find all sorts of different fillings in the rice: pork, roast pork, chestnut, egg, salted egg, mushroom, red bean, or just simply without filling. They could be just white rice dumpling (not pre-fried), or brown (pre-fried with soya sauce).

Nowadays, you can buy Zongzi almost everyday of the year, in restaurants or hawker stores in most oriental countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, and other Asian countries where large amount of Chinese reside.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Don’t be rattled by tactics to exaggerate news on Singapore-China relations

'Simplistic and flawed' to think aligning with China would sway its decisions
'Simplistic and flawed' to think aligning with China would sway its decisions: Chee Hong Tat
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers his speech during the welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, May 14, 2017. Foto: Reuters

Critics who suggest that Singapore should align more closely more with China so it would stop investing in competitive projects in neighbouring countries are drawing "a simplistic & flawed conclusion", Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat said on Fri (May 26).

Speaking at the commencement ceremony of the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme, Mr Chee pointed out that Beijing is making investments in the region to enhance its connectivity and energy security, & that these decisions are based on China's own national interests.

"Some people read media reports & are concerned about Singapore’s relations with China, & asked if Singapore should align more closely with China. A few have suggested that by doing so, China would not be investing in our neighbouring countries to compete with Singapore," he added.

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Don’t be rattled by tactics to exaggerate news on Singapore-China relations
Senior Minister of State for Communications & Information Chee Hong Tat (Foto: Melissa Zhu)

Singapore cannot take for granted the close relationship built up with China & must constantly work on enhancing its close bilateral cooperation with the country, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Chee Hong Tat said on Fri (May 26).

Mr Chee made this point at the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme commencement ceremony, where he addressed concerns over recent media reports about Singapore’s relationship with China.

Some media reports had noted that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was not present at last week’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Instead, Singapore was represented by National Development Minister and Second Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.

related: Critical for Singapore to continue to have a reliable news source: Chee Hong Tat

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Don’t be rattled by negative news reports of S’pore-China ties: Chee Hong Tat

It is in Singapore’s interest that China succeeds, says Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information (MCI), Chee Hong Tat.

“It is in our interest and in the region’s interest that China succeeds,” Mr Chee said. “We believe that a successful China is good for the region, and this has been our longstanding and consistent position.  Although sometimes there may be occasional differences over how our two countries view certain issues, this is only natural even between close friends and neighbours.”

The minister made the remarks in his speech at the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme Commencement Ceremony at Mandarin Orchard Singapore on 26 May.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Ramadan رمضان 2017

When is Ramadan in 2017?

Ramadan in 2017 will start on Saturday, the 27th of May (27/5/2017) and will continue for 30 days until Sunday, the 25th of June.

Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Friday, the 26th of May.

Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Ramadan moves in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The date of Ramadan may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.

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Geylang Serai bathed in colourful lights for annual Hari Raya light-up
Launch of the Hari Raya light up on May 20, 2017.ST VIDEO: NG SOR LUAN

The streets of Geylang Serai were illuminated with thousands of colored lights as part of the annual Hari Raya light-up, officially launched on Sat (May 20) evening.

The centrepiece for this year's light-up is a kampung house spanning the road & flanked by giant leaves designed to look like the traditional Malay songket brocade.

Other installations include a giant 4.4m Kelantanese kite and 12m kelong & sampan.

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When is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month* of the Muslim calendar. It is during this month that Muslims fast.

It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month. Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation

During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting.

At the end of each day the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning

During Ramadan, it is common for Muslims to go to the Masjid (Mosque) and spend several hours praying and studying the Quran. In addition to the five daily prayers, during Ramadan Muslims recite a special prayer called the Taraweeh prayer (Night Prayer). The length of this prayer is usually 2-3 times as long as the daily prayers. Some Muslims spend the entire night in prayer.

The holiday of Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the start of the next lunar month, Shawwal. This day is declared when the crescent new moon has been sighted or if sighting of the moon is not possible due to the weather, the completion of 30 days of fasting.

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The True Meaning of Ramadan

Before the feasting, there’s the fasting … And we’ve got a list of everything you need to know about Ramadan and Hari Raya Puasa. Hari Raya Puasa is an integral part of Singapore culture, and it’s a time for Muslims to focus on familial bonds. But before we get to the good food and celebrations, there is first a month of abstinence known as Ramadan.

What is Ramadan? It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and a period of fasting prior to the Hari Raya Puasa festivities. During Ramadan (this year, it will last from June 16 to July 16), the Muslim community refrains from eating or drinking from dawn until dusk. It is also a time for physical and spiritual discipline and charity, and is considered to be an auspicious month for Muslims.

So what then, is Hari Raya Puasa? Contrary to popular belief, it is not the start of a Muslim New Year, but a celebration to mark the end of the fasting month.

How does a typical day of fasting go? The day begins with a pre-dawn meal known as sahur, followed by the fast until sunset, when families and friends gather for the iftar. This is when the fast is broken with dates before a full meal.

What are some of the traditions practiced during Hari Raya Puasa? On the morning of Hari Raya Puasa, members of the family seek forgiveness from their elders after prayers at the mosque, and young children are given little green packets of money, similar to the Chinese hong bao (red packet). Some families visit the cemetery on the morning of Hari Raya Puasa to pay their respects to departed relatives and loved ones. You’ll see families dressed in outfits of the same colour, which is a common way of displaying unity.

Should I bring a gift if I’m invited to a friend’s home for Hari Raya Puasa? While these are not required, you can bring along a small gift, or buah tangan, if you like. Recommended gift ideas include desserts such as cookies, cakes or traditional Malay kueh to share with visitors. You can find these at bakeries or supermarkets. But steer clear of all things alcohol and, of course, avoid pork.

Experience Ramadan - These two places are the best to soak in the Ramadan and Hari Raya atmosphere. Geylang Serai is transformed into a colourful world of food and fabric during the month of Ramadan. Besides textiles, Geylang is a vibrant foodie haven which houses a vast selection of savoury snacks and Malay street food like kuih gulung (green crepe with sweet coconut filling), keropok lekor (fish crackers), pisang goring (banana fritters), kebabs and the ever popular Ramly burger and Roti John (thick omelette sandwich) which hail from Malaysia. Look out for glittering lights and Hari Raya street decorations at Geylang Serai from June 13 to July 16!

To buy traditional Malay outfits, head for Arab Street, which has beautiful fabrics and ready-made baju kurung for women, and the baju Melayu for men.

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What is Ramadan?

It is a big week for the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims - 22 per cent of the entire global population - as they get ready for the holy month of Ramadan.

The annual period will see prayer, fasting, and giving to charity become the focus of their everyday lives for an entire month.

For non-Muslims and those less familiar with the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, here are the five main things you need to know about Ramadan 2016:
Ramadan is the ninth month of Islam’s lunar calendar, a system which sees each month begin at the sighting of the new moon. According to some scholars, the month is said to be the one in which the Qur'an was first revealed, making it the holiest and most sacred month for Muslims.

It is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset, and is one of the five pillars - or duties - of Islam. Not only do Muslims abstain from food and drink, it is also a time of deep contemplation and prayer to Allah, and also charitable generosity.

All able-bodied Muslims are required to take part in Ramadan. Although there is some debate over the age at which young Muslims should begin to take part, it is typically at around ten to 12-years-old.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Singapore acquires 2 more 218SG submarines

A scale model of the Republic of Singapore Navy's Type 218SG under construction by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)
A scale model of the Republic of Singapore Navy's Type 218SG under construction by Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)

Singapore will acquire two more air-independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped Type 218SG diesel-electric submarines, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced during the IMDEX 2017 exhibition in Singapore.

The deal, which was signed with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), will also include crew training in Germany as well as logistics support. The country already has two Type 218SG submarines - ordered in 2013 - under construction at TKMS' Kiel facility, bringing the total number of boats on order to four.

"In addition to the two previously announced, the Republic of Singapore Navy [RSN] will acquire two more Type 218SG submarines to replace its older submarines, with an expected delivery from 2024 onwards," Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said during the exhibition's opening address, noting that the first two boats are expected to be delivered to the RSN in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

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Germany to deliver more submarines to Singapore
Marine Systems facility in Kiel (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Charisius)

Germany and Singapore have inked a contract on the delivery of two more submarines for the Asia Pacific nation. Countries in the area have all stepped up their efforts to strengthen their navies.

Singapore's navy is to get two more German-made 218SG submarines. A delivery contract between Singapore and German ThyssenKrupp subsidiary Marine Systems was inked on Tuesday.

As maritime trade in Asia Pacific grows, regional states there have all increased the strength of their navies, with naval budgets in the region expected to surge by 60 percent through 2020. News website TodayOnline reported the latest additions would bring the total number of type 218 submarines in Singapore's fleet to four.

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Singapore to purchase 2 new Type-218SG submarines

Singapore will acquire two new Type 218SG submarines as part of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s modernization effort, said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on Tuesday in a press release.

The new submarines will replace the older submarines, with an expected delivery from 2024 onwards, announced Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen at the opening ceremony of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference Asia 2017.

MINDEF added that the Type 218SG submarines incorporate design innovation and advanced maintenance and engineering concepts to optimize training, operation and maintenance costs.

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Singapore orders two more German subs, says Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen at IMDEX Asia
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of IMDEX Asia 2017.
The Singapore Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Thyssenkrupp Marine System GmBH to acquire two additional Type 218SG submarines, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen announced while inaugurating the 11th International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia at the Changi Exhibition Centre today

Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will acquire two more Type-218SG submarines to replace its older submarines, with an expected delivery from 2024 onwards. At steady state, the four Type-218SGs in service will complement each other in maintenance, logistics and operations, and have better capabilities to protect our SLOCs," said Dr Ng.

This is the second batch of submarines purchased by the city-state. The first two Type 218SG submarines, which were acquired in 2013, have commenced construction following their steel-cutting in 2014. They are projected for delivery from 2021 and 2022. They are part of the RSN’s submarine force renewal programme to meet operational requirements.

The new submarines are part of the RSN's approach to long-term capability development. The Type 218SG submarines incorporate design innovation and advanced maintenance and engineering concepts to optimise training, operation and maintenance costs. They will also be equipped with significantly improved capabilities like modern combat systems and Air Independent Propulsion systems.

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Singapore Navy to add 2 more submarines to fleet
Type 218SG submarines. (Photo: MINDEF/Facebook)

2 more Type-218SG submarines from Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems will be added to the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) fleet from 2024, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced at this year's International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia on Tuesday (May 16).

They will join another 2 such submarines previously announced in 2013 – to be delivered in 2021 and 2022, respectively. These are expected to replace older submarines in the Navy’s fleet.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the new submarines boast design innovations to optimise training, operation & maintenance costs. They will also be equipped with "significantly improved capabilities" like modern combat systems & Air Independent Propulsion systems.

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Singapore navy to acquire 2 more German-made Type 218SG submarines
Singapore navy to acquire two more German-made Type 218SG submarines
Dr Ng (left) viewing a model of the Type 218SG submarine at the Thyssenkrupp Marine System booth in IMDEX Asia. The 2 new submarines are expected to arrive in Singapore from 2024. Photo: MINDEF via FaceBook

2 more German-made Type 218SG submarines will join the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) fleet from 2024 amidst the backdrop of a regional naval expansion, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition on Tuesday (May 16).

As maritime trade in Asia-Pacific grows, regional countries have all increased the strength of their navies, Dr Ng noted, with naval budgets in the Asia-Pacific region expected to increase by 60% through 2020.

It is in this environment that the RSN has to keep pace with the modernisation & growth of navies in Asia, Dr Ng said.

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2 New 218SG Sub For Singapore
RSN submariners undergoing helmsman training in one of the training facilities housed in the new Submarine Training Centre. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has retired two Challenger (ex-Sjöormen)-class submarines, the country's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced on 11 March.

The vessels, RSS Centurion and RSS Challenger , were originally in service with the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) as HMS Sjöormen and HMS Sjöbjörnen and re-launched in May 1999 and September 1997 respectively. Singapore acquired four Type A 12 Sjöormen-class submarines in the mid-1990s to give the RSN its first experience of submarine operations.

The 51 m vessels, which can reach a top speed of 20 kt while submerged, are equipped with four 533 mm and two 400 mm torpedo tubes, according to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships .

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Vehicle fires on the rise

Mandatory checks on CNG taxis widened to include all private CNG vehicles
A taxi caught fire on Commonwealth Ave on Apr 30, 2017. (Foto: @yuhui / Twitter)

Owners of private cars fitted with compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders will be required to send their vehicles for inspection by Jun 9, announced the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Wed (May 24).

The cost of the inspection will be borne by LTA.

This is to safeguard public safety, said the authority, after 2 recent incidents which saw taxis with CNG cylinders catch fire.

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Vehicle fires are usually caused by overheating or electrical problems but explosions are rare, said safety experts

A car in an Ang Mo Kio carpark ended up a blackened heap after it caught fire on its own on 4 October 2016 afternoon. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at Block 609, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, at 4.38pm. The blaze in the engine compartment was extinguished using a water jet and a fire extinguisher. Residents near the block said they heard loud bangs as the car burned. There were burn marks on a lorry and a car which were parked next to the burning car.

Vehicle fires are usually caused by overheating or electrical problems but explosions are rare, said safety experts.

On Sunday, a Trans-Cab taxi that operated on compressed natural gas (CNG) and petrol caught fire and exploded in Commonwealth Avenue opposite Buona Vista MRT station while firefighters were fighting the blaze.

related: All CNG taxis must be inspected by today

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2 PEOPLE ESCAPED CAR MOMENTS BEFORE IF BURSTS INTO FLAMES

In what is now becoming a common theme, another car caught fire, this time at Airport Boulevard on Thursday morning. SCDF reported that they managed to put out the fire using two water jets, and that occupants of the car had managed to escape before the car burst into flames.

An eyewitness said that he was dropping off his passenger at Terminal 1 when he saw the car 'explode'. Smoke was reportedly seen about 50 m away. He then said that the car on front of him slowed down, and when he passed by the burning car, he could feel the heat even from his taxi. A man and a woman emerged from the burning taxi and managed to run away.

This incident is a latest in a series of fires affecting cars. A Volkswagen Golf hatchback caught fire along the Pan-Island Expressway towards Jurong, near the Toa Payoh Lorong 6 exit, on Monday afternoon. A car caught fire at Woodlands Drive 50 last Friday evening, and 2 TransCab taxis were also involved in fires - one at Marymount Road on Monday and one along Commonwealth Avenue on April 30.

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Another Trans-Cab Taxi Catches Fire

When it happens once, it’s a freak occurrence. When it happens twice, it’s unlucky. But what if it happens more than twice?

It’s either a curse, or something has seriously gone wrong somewhere.

On Monday (May 22) afternoon, a Trans-Cab taxi caught fire on Marymount Road, Today reported — the 2nd time in just a month that a cab from that company has erupted in flames after an accident.

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Trans-Cab taxi catches fire at Marymount Road, second case in a month
Trans-Cab taxi catches fire at Marymount Road, second case in a month
The Trans-cab taxi which caught fire on Monday afternoon along Marymount Road. Photo: Faris Mokhtar/TODAY

A Trans-Cab taxi caught fire along Marymount Road near the junction of Sin Ming Avenue after it was involved in an accident on Mon afternoon (May 22).

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) first tweeted about the accident at 1.09pm. It advised motorists to avoid the right lane.

When TODAY arrived at the scene at around 2:30pm, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers had put out the fire. The taxi driver, a man in his 50s, suffered burn injuries & was sent to the Singapore General Hospital, SCDF said.

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Burning taxi explodes at Buona Vista; firefighter among 4 injured
The charred remains of a Trans Cab taxi that caught fire on Sun (Apr 30). (foto: Loke Kok Fai)

A taxi caught fire and exploded on Commonwealth Avenue, near Buona Vista MRT station, on Sunday (Apr 30), injuring 4 people including a firefighter.

The taxi appears to belong to operator Trans-Cab.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire along Commonwealth Avenue, near the junction with North Buona Vista Road, at about 2.15pm.

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Poor Audi so suay - gets damaged after Volkswagen catches fire at Block 310B Punggol Waterway carpark

Stomper Wan saw that a Volksagen Jette had caught fire at the Basement 1 level of a carpark at Block 310B Punggol Waterway yesterday (Nov 26) at 8.45am.

In a photo sent in by the stomper, another car was damaged as well.

"An Audi A4 which was parked beside the Volkswagen was also affected," said Wan.

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4 men injured after taxi explodes on Commonwealth Avenue
A Trans-Cab taxi exploded opposite Buona Vista MRT station on April 30, 2017 FOTO: SOPHIE LIEW

4 men, including a S'pore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer, were injured after a Trans-Cab taxi exploded on Commonwealth Avenue opposite Buona Vista MRT station on Sunday (April 30) afternoon.

Preliminary investigations by the SCDF and the Police revealed that the likely cause of the explosion was a road traffic accident that had happened several minutes ago.

At about 2.15pm, the Police were alerted to a traffic accident on involving a taxi & a car. The taxi subsequently caught fire.

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Alfa Romeo goes up in flames at SGH carpark, leaving only burnt skeleton behind
Photo: STOMP

Stompers Dervin and Krish R alerted Stomp to a car that caught fire today (Feb 10) at Singapore General Hospital's (SGH) carpark.

According to Stomper Krish R, the fire took place in front of Tower Block A.

Both Stompers sent us videos of the incident, which took place around 4.30pm.

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Taxi explodes near Buona Vista MRT station, 4 injured
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SCDF officers putting out the blaze after a Trans-Cab taxi caught fire along Commonwealth Avenue. (PHOTO: Facebook page of Red Seo Hong Heng)

Four people were injured when a Trans-Cab taxi caught fire and exploded along Commonwealth Avenue, close to Buona Vista MRT station, on Sunday (30 April) afternoon.

Police were alerted to a traffic accident in the area at 2.15pm involving a taxi and a car, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a Facebook post.

“The taxi subsequently caught fire and there was an explosion. Four men suffered minor burn injuries and were conveyed to the National University Hospital, including an SCDF officer,” said the SPF in its post.

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4 including SCDF officer injured after taxi explodes
A Trans-Cab taxi exploded on Commonwealth Avenue opposite Buona Vista MRT station on Sunday (April 30) afternoon

4 men, including a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer, were injured.

Preliminary investigations by the SCDF and the Police revealed that the likely cause of the explosion was a road traffic accident that had happened several minutes before.

Police said that they were alerted at about 2.15pm to a traffic accident involving a taxi and a car. The taxi subsequently caught fire. It then exploded.

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GRABCAR EXPLODES JUST AFTER PASSENGER STEPS OUT OF CAR

Friday Evening was a terrifying day for me. I booked grabcar to go home today. The car i took exploded right infront of my eyes.

Driver was confused and Luckily driver told me to get out asap as he told me that his car broke down and we already saw the smoke coming out from the front.

As soon as i walked out, the car was flaming bit by bit and it blasted. SCDF came asap as fast as 5 mins when it happened.

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There’s allegedly a lot of drama behind the exploded car in Bukit Batok

By now you would’ve read that a Nissan exploded in a multi-storey car park in Bukit Batok on Wednesday (Apr. 26) evening.

Videos of the aftermath of the incident was circulated widely with one person, believed to be the driver of the car, being shown badly burnt but conscious sitting in the vicinity. Butane gas canisters were reportedly found at the scene.

Here’s where the plot thickens.

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Man hurt in explosion at Bukit Batok car park
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A 32-yr-old man was taken to hospital after an explosion involving a car at Bukit Batok Street 24 on Wed (Apr 26).

Police said they were alerted to the incident at a car park at Block 290H at 6.28pm. The man was conscious when he was taken to the Singapore General Hospital.

Portable butane gas canisters were found at the scene, police said, adding that the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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Car catches fire in Ang Mo Kio carpark, third case in Singapore
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A car at an Ang Mo Kio carpark ended up a blackened heap after it caught fire spontaneously on Tuesday (Oct 4) afternoon.

No one was injured in the incident, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.

SCDF was alerted of the fire at Block 609, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, at 4.38pm.

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Hero pulls man out of burning car on BKE just before it explodes
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An accident on the  Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) on Friday afternoon left a couple injured and their car on fire.

Together with the truck driver, who wanted to be known as Mr Yang, 40, Mr Lim crawled into the car from the rear and managed to carry the unconscious driver to safety.

Thankfully, both the driver and passenger were pulled to safety by two motorists before the car exploded into flames, reported the Shin Min Daily News.

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Republic Poly staff gets family from car before engine bursts into flames
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A family of three managed to get clear of the car before the engine burst into flames FOTO: RAMZIE RAMZAN

He was taking a break with his colleagues at about 3.30pm on Sun (March 26) when he saw smoke coming out from the bonnet of a nearby car.

What horrified Mr Ramzie Ramzan, 38, an audio & visual technician with Republic Polytechnic (RP), was a couple with their young daughter, believed to be about six or seven years old, inside the car, which was on Woodlands Avenue 9.

"We ran towards the car, shouting for the family to get out in case the car caught fire or worse, exploded," he told The New Paper.

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SMRT taxi catches fire outside JCube shopping mall
An SMRT taxi caught fire on Tue evening in front of Block 131 Jurong Gateway Road. The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call at 7.59pm and dispatched one fire engine, one Red Rhino, and two fire bikes. Upon arrival, the taxi's engine compartment was in flames, and the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes. - ST FOTO: YEO SAM JO

An SMRT taxi caught fire on Tuesday evening in front of Block 131 Jurong Gateway Road.

The S'pore Civil Defence Force received a call at 7.59pm and dispatched one fire engine, one Red Rhino, and 2 fire bikes.

Upon arrival, the taxi's engine compartment was in flames, and the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes.

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What happened? Car goes up in flames on MCE
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A car was engulfed in flames on the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE).

Photos of the burning car went viral after being shared on the Connextaxi Facebook page.

The images show the interior of the car burning. A thick column of smoke can also be seen filling the tunnel.

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30 evacuated from Clementi Mall after car catches fire in basement carpark

About 30 people were evacuated from a mall in Clementi on Sunday (April 9) afternoon after a car caught fire in the carpark.

The fire occurred at about 1.15pm at the entrance of the carpark at The Clementi Mall, Lianhe Wanbao reported on Monday (April 10).

The vehicle caught fire suddenly as it was entering the carpark at the basement, and the driver escaped just in time, Wanbao said.

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Repeated car explosion at Woodlands Avenue 5

Is this near Mandai Tekong park?

Yeah it was, the T-lane junction before Woodlands Primary School there.

Sorry about the image quality though, it was from my snap lmao

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Two cars catch fire on AYE, ECP

One car caught fire on East Coast Parkway (ECP) and another on the Ayer-Rajah Expressway (AYE) in separate incidents on Thursday.

In the first fire, a car burst into flames along the ECP towards Changi Airport near the Bayshore Road exit around 7am, leaving the driver with mild injuries. A spokesman for the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said fire vehicles were sent to put out the fire. The car’s driver, who sustained abrasions on his chin and forearm, was sent by ambulance to Changi General Hospital.

The second incident occurred along the AYE towards Tuas near the Jurong Pier Road exit later in the day around noon.

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2 cars catch fire in different parts of S’pore; no one injured
Two cars catch fire in different parts of S’pore; no one injured

2 cars caught fire within the space of about an hour on Mon evening (June 6) in different parts of S'pore.

The 1st incident occured at about 5pm involving a white car on fire near the junction of Farrer Road and Holland Road. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) extinguished the fire, which originated in the car’s engine compartment, with one water jet.

At about 6.12pm, the SCDF was then alerted to the 2nd incident. This time, it was a blue car whose engine compartment had caught fire at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 and 8.

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4 men injured after taxi explodes on Commonwealth Avenue

SCDF personnel examining the wreckage of the Trans-Cab taxi after it exploded, on April 30, 2017 FOTO: WHATSAPP

4 men, including a S'pore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer, were injured after a Trans-Cab taxi exploded on Commonwealth Avenue opposite Buona Vista MRT station on Sun (Apr 30) afternoon.

Preliminary investigations by the SCDF & the Police revealed that the likely cause of the explosion was a road traffic accident that had happened several minutes ago.

At about 2.15pm, the Police were alerted to a traffic accident on involving a taxi and a car. The taxi subsequently caught fire.

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Taxi goes up in flames in front of Ten Mile Junction mall at Woodlands Rd
SCDF personnel raced to put out the flames after a taxi caught fire at Woodlands Road this afternoon (March 25)

According to a spokesperson from the SCDF, no injuries were reported.

TRS reader Sang Ngiap managed to snap photos of the burning taxi as he was passing by on a bus, while TRS reader Giselle and Tasha sent in photos of the charred wreckage.

Taxi on fire opposite Ten Mile Junction mall. No one was hurt, and the taxi driver was standing nearby.

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TAXI GOES UP IN FLAMES AND CAUSES TRAFFIC JAM ALONG LOYANG AVE
Numerous TRS readers reported that a taxi had caught fire along Loyang Avenue yesterday (28 Mar)

TRS readers Lim, Ame, Susan, Kris, Natalie and Desmondsent in photos of the taxi in flames as well as when the SCDF personnel arrived at the scene and when the fire was being put out.

Susan said that the incident caused a heavy jam at around 8 am.

Ame said that it seems to have be caused by the engine overheating, and that a strong burning plastic odor filled the air.

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Explosion heard as cleaning buggy goes up in flames at carpark near Block 324 Ubi Avenue 1

Stomper Roger saw a cleaning buggy go up in flames on Aug 16 at a carpark in front of Block 324, Ubi Avenue 1.

Photos sent by the Stomper show the burning vehicle and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel putting out the fire.

The buggy was almost completely burnt. Roger reported hearing a small explosion as it was burning.

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Three cases in four days of cars on fire

A car in an Ang Mo Kio carpark ended up a blackened heap after it caught fire on its own on Tuesday afternoon. It was the third such case in four days. One car went up in flames in a Tampines carpark in the early hours of Sunday morning, and a similar case was reported in a Woodlands carpark on Saturday evening. No one was injured in the incidents, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.

It was alerted to the fire at Block 609, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, at 4:38pm. The blaze in the engine compartment was extinguished using a water jet and a fire extinguisher. Residents near the block said they heard loud bangs as the car burned, Shin Min Daily News reported. There were burn marks on a lorry and a car which were parked next to the burning car, the report added.

On Sunday morning, the SCDF was called to extinguish another car fire in an open carpark around Block 464, Tampines Street 44. The fire occurred at about 4:40am. And at about 6:20pm on Saturday, a car parked at Block 149, Woodlands Street 13, also caught fire. Both fires were put out with a water jet.

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Third car catching fire at HDB carpark within four days
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On Tuesday (4 October 2016), a car caught fire at the carpark at block 609 ang mo kio avenue 4

The fire started from the engine compartment and was extinguished using one water jet and a fire extinguisher.

Resident said: “that they heard several loud bangs as the car burned.”

Burn marks on a lorry and a car parking beside the burning car could be seen.


Car goes up in flames at Bukit Merah Central

Stomper Afandi saw a car go up in flames at 9.30am on Sat (July 9) at Bukit Merah Central.

The Stomper said no one was injured as everyone managed to get out of the car in time.

"An SCDF motorbike reached the location at 9.45am," said Afandi.

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Drivers forced to turn around or leave vehicles after car goes up in flames at KPE tunnel

Vehicles on the KPE were forced to turn around or get stuck in a jam after a car caught fire yesterday (July 5) night.

Stompers Lim, Lawrence and Anonymous alerted Stomp to the incident and sent us photos of the incident.

A video of the jam that occurred because the car going up in flames was posted on Roads.sg. The clip's caption also explained that the fire was put out as of 10.30pm.


Check out this awesome fire that whipped through cars in Whampoa
Like a bad day in a battlezone

Singapore Business Review normally reports on business matters but editor-in-chief Tim Charlton was taking an evening run in Whampoa when he spotted this crazy fire taking place.

It looked like it started off in one car, says Charlton, before spreading to others. First htere were pops and explosions and we ran. When the fire brigade came, the fire had started streaming down the drainage canal towards the river, shooting up several meters into the air like crazy geyser-like explosions, added Charlton.

He does not know what the cause of the fire was, and the Singapore fire force was able to put it out within 20 minutes.

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Car becomes 'chao ta' after catching fire at MacPherson Rd

Stomper Fitzy, Jeffery, Steve and John came across a black car on fire at Jalan Muhibbah along MacPherson Road yesterday (Mar 18) at around 6.30pm.

They took videos of the incident and sent it to Stomp.

In a video, a raging fire can be seen, while SCDF officers fought to keep it under control.

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Car Exploded in a HDB Carpark

A video was sent in at 2.30am that a vehicle exploded in a HDB Carpark in Singapore around 1.30am.

Cause of explosion is still unknown and police investigation in on-going.

Share your thoughts below.

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Full Coverage:
Two cars catch fire in different parts of S'pore; no one injured
Yahoo Singapore - Two cars catch fire on AYE, ECP today
TODAY - FIRE, FIRE: Two cars caught fire within the space
SingaporeCar catches fire at AMK carpark
Taxi catches fire, explodes near Buona Vista MRT station
Four, including SCDF officer, injured as taxi explodes in Buona Vista
Twist in Bukit Batok car explosion: Man injured believed to be
Four, including SCDF officer, injured as taxi explodes in Buona Vista
Car that exploded in Bukit Batok carpark was rental vehicle that went
Man hurt in a car explosion in multi storey car park at Bukit Batok
There's allegedly a lot of drama behind the exploded car in Bukit Batok
Man hurt in explosion at Bukit Batok car park - Channel NewsAsia
Car explosion in Bukit Batok linked to missing rented car - Sure Boh
Car Explosion | Wah Lao Eh!
Singapore news today | VICTIM OF BUKIT BATOK CAR EXPLOSION
Car becomes 'chao ta' after catching fire at MacPherson Rd
Driver injured after car in Woodlands catches fire, Singapore News
Singapore news today | CAR CATCHES FIRE AT TAMPINES
Car catches fire at Singapore General Hospital carpark, no reported
3 cases in 4 days of cars on fire, Singapore News & Top Stories
Four, including SCDF officer, injured as taxi explodes in Buona Vista
Car in flames at Serangoon Road | TODAYonline
Car catches fire at Singapore General Hospital; no one injured
Car catches fire at Serangoon North; no injuries reported
15 Oct 2016 - 3 cases in 4 days of cars on fire – Fire Extinguisher
Man suffers burns after car explodes in Singapore car park - YouTube
Twist in Bukit Batok car explosion: Man injured believed to be
Singapore news today | CNG CAR EXPLODES, LEAVES DRIVER
#CNG car exploded with its driver... - Must Be Singapore | Facebook
Man suffers burns after car explosion in Singapore carpark | Inquirer
Four including SCDF officer injured after taxi explodes
The nissan car explode at bukit batok one
Man suffers burns after car explodes in Singapore car park
Repeated car explosion at Woodlands Avenue 5
Man charged over explosion in Bukit Batok multi-storey car park
Singapore Road Accident - Home | Facebook
30 evacuated from Clementi Mall after car catches fire in basement
Statistics | Singapore Civil Defence Force
Volvo Recalls Vehicles for Fear of Fire - Streetdirectory.com
Vehicle fires on the rise - Torque
Three cases in four days of cars on fire - VRForums - VR-Zone
Fire at underground carpark in Punggol - Yahoo News Singapore
Check out this awesome fire that whipped through cars in Whampoa
1ST BENTLEY CAR ON FIRE IN SINGAPORE (17May2013)
Car goes up in flames near Pioneer MRT Station
Explosion heard as cleaning buggy goes up in flames at carpark
Don't worry about this burning car on Farrer Road, thanks to these heroes
SMRT taxi consumed by intense fire which melted its glass at Woodlands Ave 6
Car catches fire in Ang Mo Kio carpark, third case in Singapore in 4 days
Drivers forced to turn around after car goes up in flames at KPE tunnel
Firefighters battle blaze from burning car at Boon Keng carpark
SCDF firefighters battle blaze from burning car at Mountbatten Road
Car goes up in flames near Pioneer MRT Station
Explosion heard as cleaning buggy goes up in flames

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Parents adopting their own children

Unwed mum adopts own biological daughter
Ms Tan (not her real name) started the adoption process for her 2-year-old daughter last August. They now live with Ms Tan's parents in her brother's marital home. Once the adoption goes through, she plans to buy a built-to-order flat in her & her daughter's names. ST FOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Within the month, 2-yr-old Lorraine Tan (not her real name) will be formally adopted.

She & her adoptive mum will then be treated as any mother and daughter - they will be legally recognised as a family nucleus.

The unique thing about this story: Little Lorraine is not an orphan awaiting a new home. She is a child born out of wedlock who is being adopted by her biological mother.

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No extra perks if unwed mums adopt own children

We thank Ms Lynne Tan Sok Hiang, Dr Lee Woon Kwang & the Association of Women for Action & Research for their letters (Legitimate or not, every child is important, May 15; All children deserve equal treatment, Forum Online, & May 14: Time to do away with 'illegitimacy', Forum Online, May 13, respectively).

We recognise the challenges that many unwed mothers face.

This is why, currently, all S'porean children get to enjoy the entire suite of Government benefits that support their growth & development, regardless of the marital status of their parents.

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No housing benefit even if unwed mothers adopt their own children: MSF

“Benefits such as the Baby Bonus Cash Gift and housing benefits are tied to the parent’s marital status,” the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said in a letter to the Straits Times on Thursday, 25 May.

The ministry was responding to earlier letters to the press on the subject of assistance for and the legitimacy of unwed mothers.

“The benefits will not be extended even if an unwed mother adopts her own child, as they are meant to encourage parenthood within marriage,” wrote Yee Siaw Ling, Director of the MSF’s Family Service Division.

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AWARE Singapore 8 hrs

MSF clarifies that "the Baby Bonus Cash Gift and housing benefits are tied to the parent's marital status" and "will not be extended even if an unwed mother adopts her own child, as they are meant to encourage parenthood within marriage", in a letter where the title disagreeably implies that support for housing is an "extra perk". The letter does not deal at all with the unequal treatment of these children in inheritance law and with regard to tax reliefs.

Housing is a basic need which is absolutely fundamental; it should not be used in this carrot-and-stick way at the expense of meeting needs. MSF makes a distinction in this letter between benefits that support "growth and development" of the child, and those that "encourage parenthood", but any serious assessment of children's needs must recognise the harmful and destabilising impact of not being able to access affordable housing. Bear in mind that it's not just housing subsidies that unmarried parents cannot receive: HDB rules bar them from unsubsidised purchase until they are aged 35.

The reasoning for the Baby Bonus cash gift is rather odd when you consider that divorcees and widows who adopt a child can receive this too, Is the idea simply that having previously been married makes you more deserving of support as a parent? This seems to set up a strange and arbitrary division between never-married and divorced/widowed unmarried parents.

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Reconsider classification of children as legitimate or illegitimate

The Social & Family Development Ministry stated recently that the Government provides support & benefits for the care & development of all Singaporean children, regardless of their mother’s marital status.

This is despite the disparity in entitlements for married & unwed mothers in areas such as housing, childcare and maternity leave. (“Withholding childcare benefits only penalises single parents”; Nov 11)

While the ministry distinguishes between support for children and incentives to encourage childbirth within marriages, the social and economic impact of these policies is to place some children at an advantage and others at a disadvantage.

related:
Aware calls for more inclusive housing policies for single parents
Why I Chose To Be A Single Mother (Elle)

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Single mum: 'Doesn't my child count?'
NOT FOR EVERYONE: Unwed mothers have no access to Parenthood Tax Rebates & the Baby Bonus

Only the traditional model of a family receives full benefits for the child. What is life like for non-traditional families?

Her family never knew she was pregnant - and unmarried. They were not there when Ivana (not her real name), 36, gave birth. She broke the news to them only last week, when her son turned 3 months old.

And they were not happy.

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AWARE to launch petition to call for changes to housing policies for single parents and their children
To mark Mother’s Day (14 May) and International Day of Families (15 May), AWARE will launch on 15 May a petition bringing together single parents, their children and supporters in calling for changes to housing policies

The Singapore’s leading women’s rights and gender equality advocacy group is launching its petition accompanied by a powerful video (“Single Parents Talk Housing”) with six single mothers speaking candidly about the challenges they have faced in obtaining housing.

“Complicated rules that favour married couples leave single-parent families with long waits, frequent house moves, overcrowding, strained family relationships, financial drain, and stress,” said Jolene Tan, Head of Advocacy and Research at AWARE.

“Encouraging them to apply for case-by-case waivers or go to MPs is burdensome and leaves many with unmet needs - it is better for the rules to be clearer and more inclusive from the start, and for HDB to more proactively provide guidance and support.”

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Single parents need more inclusive policies on public housing

Public housing policies create serious difficulties for single parents and should be amended to be more inclusive, according to a report released by AWARE today.

The study (with accompanying Annexes) involved in-depth interviews with 55 single mothers and found 95% of interviewees who sought public housing faced problems, from unrealistic income ceilings and long debarment periods to a lack of transparency and clarity in policies. Their families experienced stress, uncertainty and financial pressure, with many reporting overcrowding and tension in relatives’ homes, and frustration with poorly explained and uncertain processes – such as the need for multiple applications or appeals to MPs.

The respondents were mothers who were unmarried, divorced, widowed or with spouses in prison. Many faced financial disadvantage, particularly divorced women who contributed years of unpaid care-giving during their marriages, putting into question the common misconception that single parents are well-resourced due to post-divorce sales of matrimonial flats.

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Single, unwed mother adopts biological child to get equal benefits as legitimate children
Under the current Baby Bonus Cash Gift criteria, unwed parents cannot claim cash benefits for their child

In order to benefit from government assistance in Singapore, some single mothers are taking the drastic measure of adopting their own child.

In a Straits Times report on 11 May, Ms Tan (not her real name), a single parent, started her adoption process last August after she noticed a Facebook page belonging to a support group for single parents. She said to Straits Times (ST), "I saw a post talking about adoption. One woman left a comment saying that she did it for less than $1,000. So I sent her a message and asked her how she did it."

What adopting your own child essentially means is that it would 'normalise' a family nucleus and allow the child to have all the rights that a child born to a married couple would have. This would include housing, housing subsidies, the Baby Bonus cash gift, tax relief for the parent and inheritance priority.

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Unwed mum adopts own biological daughter

Currently, the differences between legitimate and illegitimate children are benefits such as housing, housing subsidies, the Baby Bonus cash gift, tax relief for the parent and inheritance priority.

Under the Intestate Succession Act, an illegitimate child ranks behind the spouse and legitimate children when it comes to inheritance.

In Parliament last year, the MSF said: "Parents who want to leave something for their illegitimate child should make a will."

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MOM

I’m an unmarried mother, and my child is a Singapore citizen.

Am I eligible for extended Government-Paid Maternity Leave?

Maternity leave benefits will be extended to eligible unwed mothers whose Singaporean child is born or has an estimated delivery date (EDD) on or after 1 January 2017.

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Can I adopt my own baby in order to entitle to baby bonus?

Hi, I'm a single mom with a pair of twin boys, they are now 2.3 y.o.

I saw on a website stating that I can adopt my own baby so that they can be entitle to baby bonus plus I can claim for tax rebate, I check with some lawyers but they are not aware of such, does any mom here have done that too?

Another question is, my sons are starting to talk, soon they will ask me where is their dad, I do not want them to know who their dad is, any mom here able to share some advice?

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What Are the Child Custody Laws For Unmarried Parents in Singapore?
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“The law on custody, care, control and access is the same for for both married and unmarried couples.” --Rajan Chettiar

Q: My partner and I are not married but want to separate. Will the Court recognise our relationship?

Singapore law does not recognise the rights of unmarried couples. The only rights unmarried couples have are in relation to children born out of the relationships. The law on custody, care and control and access is the same for married and unmarried couples. Unmarried female partners cannot claim for maintenance for themselves from their male partner but they can claim maintenance for their children from the father.

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