Monday, January 12, 2009

Today's Singapore News

The following are stories that are making the headlines over at Topix Singapore News today, edited by yours truly.

-The "private person" who set an MP on fire: According to a news report at a local radio station, neighbours have described the elderly attacker, Ah-Ong, of MP Seng Han Thong, as a very private person.
-Anorexia mortality rate is 10%: Anorexia takes the lives of about 10 percent of its patients, according to Psychiatrist Dr Lee Huei Yen, of the Singapore General Hospital’s eating disorder team.
-Majority favour compensation for living organ donors: The Health Ministry said 86 per cent of the respondents were in favour of some form of payment to living organ donors and that a majority felt that a reasonable amount should go beyond S$50,000.
-2,000 electronics jobs to go: The labour movement expects retrenchments in the first three months of this year in the badly-hit electronics sector to equal the number for whole of last year.
-Over 8,000 turn up for Singapore's first tattoo show: Over 8,000 people turned up for the first ever tattoo show held in Singapore this weekend. Asian tattoo designs are increasingly prominent in Hollywood and pop culture.
-SPH launches inaugural Singapore Entertainment Awards 2009: It is going to be one exciting event with the launch of the inaugural Singapore Entertainment Awards to honour the best talents in the Singapore and the Asia entertainment scene.
-We do not need bodyguards, say MPs: Parliamentarians say such assaults are isolated and those whom Today spoke to yesterday said it was unnecessary for them to have bodyguards. Only Cabinet ministers have a team of security officers assigned to them.
-Business as usual for MPs: Members of Parliament and their grassroots leaders will exercise greater caution as they celebrate upcoming Chinese New Year activities with their residents.
-Seng Han Thong's incident the exception rather than the norm: Mr Seng’s fellow MP and colleague at NTUC, Madam Halimah Yacob says the torching incident is really the exception rather than the norm. In most instances, people truly value and appreciate the help rendered by MPs.
-MP set on fire, man caught: Yio Chu Kang Member of Parliament Seng Han Thong was in stable condition in hospital yesterday, following an attack in which a man poured thinner on him and set him alight.

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