Archive | May, 2012

Lexus Driver In Rochor Crash Charged

31 May

SINGAPORE – The driver of a Lexus involved in an accident with two other cars at the junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street was charged in court today.

Kelvin Seah Koon Yong, 30, faced two charges of drink-driving and dangerous driving.

His vehicle hit a taxi and a car at the junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street after he allegedly beat the red light early in the morning on May 26. A passenger in the taxi was sent to hospital and received outpatient treatment.

The accident happened at the same place where a Ferrari sports car crashed into a taxi and a motorcycle on May 12, claiming three lives.

Seah, who is self-employed, turned up in court with his father who yelled at reporters and photographers. Seah said he was not engaging a lawyer.

His case will be heard again on Jun 13. If convicted of drink-driving, he may be disqualified from driving for up to a year.

First-time offenders can be fined between S$1,000 and S$5,000, or jailed up to six months. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

Today Online

Tiger Airways’ Flight Delay Angers Passengers

31 May

SINGAPORE : A Tiger Airways flight from Bangkok to Singapore was delayed for more than 12 hours.

Some 50 irate passengers were unhappy with the way the problem was handled.

One passenger, Moses De Laure, said: “They made us wait for about an hour. Then they said that there are some problems with the flight. Then they said we have to wait for another half an hour, and that half an hour turned out to be five hours on the plane alone. And they never offered a drink.”

Passengers said Tiger Airways flight number TR2105 was supposed to leave Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon.

The airline had told them if the delay lasted till midnight, they would arrange accommodation.

But nothing happened as Tiger Airways staff said the Singapore side did not make any arrangements.

Meal coupons were given out to each passenger.

The flight finally took off at 2.50am on Thursday and the plane landed at 6am.

However, more than half of the passengers onboard refused to leave the plane, demanding a proper explanation and compensation.

Security personnel were called in and the passengers were asked to leave.

Tiger Airways said a technical fault caused the delay and it has apologised for the inconvenience caused.

– CNA/ms

Channel News Asia

Maid Dies After Being Pinned Under Church Lift

31 May

Elderly woman also injured in freak accident at Church of St Michael
Published on May 29, 2012

Ms Abanes was said to have pulled open the glass door before the carriage had parked completely on the ground floor. The carriage then crashed down on her at the Church of St Michael (above). — PHOTOS: FACEBOOK, LIM SIN THAI
By
Amelia Tan

A Filipino maid who died after a lift in a church came crashing down on her was given a send-off – in that very church on Monday.

Ms Clarita Abanes, 46, was seriously hurt in the freak accident at the Catholic Church of St Michael off Serangoon Road, and had been in a coma. She died last Thursday.

Police and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers told The Straits Times that when they arrived at the scene at about 8pm on May 16, they found her trapped, unconscious, under the lift.

With her was a second casualty – a woman in her 70s similarly trapped, but conscious. She is still in hospital, but little is known about her.

Straits Times

Emilia Contessa Tak Sabar

31 May

BAGI mereka yang membesar dengan penyanyi popular era 1970-an, Emilia Contessa pasti tidak asing dengan lagu popularnya iaitu Mimpi Sedih, Layu Sebelum Berkembang, Kuda Ku Lari, Pak Pong Pak Mustafe dan Burung Dalam Sangkar yang masih meniti di bibir peminat sama ada di Indonesia, Singapura, mahupun, Malaysia, sampai hari ini.

Lagu lain yang turut melonjakkan nama penyanyi bersuara besar ini pada era kegemilangannya dulu ialah Biarlah Sendiri, Bunga Mawar, Melati, Rindu, Setangkai Bunga Anggrek dan Nasib Pengembara (duet dengan mendiang Broery Marantika), Penasaran, Kehancuran, Angin Malam, Mungkinkah, Pak Ketipak Ketipung, Hitam Manis, Main Tali, Penghibur Hati (duet dengan Benyamin S), Kopi Susu dan Jatuh Cinta.

Bukan saja menempa nama dalam bidang nyanyian, Emilia juga hebat di layar perak. Malah, lakonan mantapnya sebagai gadis buta dalam filem Akhir Sebuah Impian bergandingan dengan Broery pada 1973 turut mencetuskan fenomena pada zamannya hingga diberi gelaran sebagai ‘Singa Panggung Asia’ oleh Majalah Asiaweek pada 1975.

Namun, kali terakhir, Emilia yang sezaman dengan Datuk Sharifah Aini dan D’lyodd berkunjung ke negara ini ialah kira-kira 13 tahun lalu. Beliau juga pernah berduet dengan penyanyi tempatan, Liza Aziz tidak lama dulu.


Difahamkan usaha untuk membawa penyanyi ‘evergreen’ ini ke sini sudah lama, tetapi beliau yang terlalu sibuk dengan pelbagai agenda seninya termasuk pelbagai majlis eksklusif di Indonesia.


Tidak hairanlah, ramai peminat setia Emilia yang ternanti-nanti kehadirannya di Malaysia, sekali gus untuk mengubat kerinduan mereka padanya.

Bagi memenuhi permintaan peminat Emilia di sini, Broadway Media dengan kerjasama Persatuan Ikawa Malindo serta Sahara Oasis akan menganjurkan majlis sambutan Hari Ibu 2012 dengan tema ‘Dinner, Singing, Dancing with the Star – Emilia Contessa’ yang berlangsung di Hotel Sunway Putra, Kuala Lumpur pada 1 Jun ini jam 7.30 malam.

Inilah masanya, peminat terutama golongan ibu termasuk wanita yang bergelar ibu tunggal sama-sama mengimbau nostalgia dengan lagu popular Emilia khusus untuk hari istimewa meraikan kaum wanita ini.

Peminat pasti terpukau dengan persembahan Emilia yang masih bertenaga dan aktif memenuhi undangan persembahan anjuran pelbagai pihak pada usia mencecah 54 tahun.

Menurut penganjur, Emilia yang selesa dengan imej bertudung juga nampaknya tidak sabar bertemu peminatnya di sini, sekali gus menjanjikan persembahan terbaik buat peminatnya pada malam itu nanti.

Mengimbas latarnya, pemilik nama sebenar, Emilia Hasan yang juga anak pasangan Hasan Ali dan Anna Susiani dilahirkan tanggal 23 September 1957 di Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur, Indonesia.

Sehingga hari ini, Emilia sudah menghasilkan belasan album termasuk album Islamik Samudera Shalawat (2000). Filem lakonannya pula yang diingati peminat ialah Tanah Gersang (1971), Perkahwinan, Takkan Kulepaskan (1972), Dosa di Atas Dosa, Akhir Sebuah Impian, Tokoh, Perempuan (1973), Aku Mau Hidup, Calon Sarjana, Pilih Menantu, Ratapan Anak Tiri, Tangisan Ibu Tiri, Tetesan Air Mata Ibu (1974) dan Senja Di Pantai Losari.

Menyentuh sisi peribadinya pula, Emilia berkahwin dengan Rio Tambunan pada 1976 dan dikurniakan dua anak iaitu penyanyi Denada Elizabeth Anggia Ayu dan Enrico Wendri Rizky.

Kemudian, beliau bernikah pula dengan Abdullah Surkaty dan dikurniakan seorang anak, Muhammad Surkaty. Seterusnya dia bernikah dengan lelaki keturunan Arab yang juga duda beranak dua, Ussama Muhammad Al Hadar dan mendapat seorang anak lelaki, Kaisar Hadi Haggy Al-Hadar.

Buat peminat Emilia, jangan lepaskan peluang keemasan untuk menyaksikan persembahan hebat penyanyi ini nanti. Keterangan lanjut dan tempahan tiket, sila hubungi Eva 013-2007888, pejabat Persatuan Ikawa Malindo, 03 40242676 dan faksimile 03 40242696.

Harian Metro

Jail For Maid Who Spiked Employer’s Coffee With Menstrual Blood

31 May

SINGAPORE – The Indonesia maid who served her former employer coffee spiked with menstrual blood has been sentenced to a month’s jail.

Jumiah, who goes by one name, admitted to spiking her then-employer’s coffee with her discharge on August 31, 2011 at about 6.30am.

Court documents showed that Jumiah, 24, said the victim’s mother was “very demanding” and she was made to re-do her work if it fell below expectations.

Jumiah, who had worked in the household since July last year, requested for a change of employer but was rejected.

So the maid resorted to mixing her menstrual discharge with her employer’s coffee as she remembered being told by a friend that the mixture would make a person nicer.

She stored her discharge in a plastic bottle for five days before serving it to the victim. The bottle was discovered by the victim’s mother on the day of the incident. Jumiah was confronted thrice before admitting to have done so.

In submissions, assistant public prosecutor Lim Yu Hui asked for a deterrent sentence as the act was pre-meditated.

APP Lim added that Jumiah abused her position of trust and lied to cover up her deed when confronted.

She said that there was no ill conduct on the part of the employer and his family and that the act has caused much anguish to them.

In mitigation, Jumiah told the court through a translator that she is “very remorseful” and has “apologised over the foolish act”.

She pleaded for leniency so she can go back home for Hari Raya.

In sentencing, district judge said fortunately no serious harm was done, but he agreed that a deterrent message must be sent to domestic helpers and ordered Jumiah to be jailed for a month. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

Today Online

Hoteliers Eye Myanmar’s Hospitality Sector

31 May

SINGAPORE: Hoteliers are eyeing a slice of Myanmar’s hospitality sector.

With many economic sanctions being lifted, more investors are beginning to make their first trips to the newly opened country.

Experts said they expect demand for hotel rooms to grow at levels that the country has never seen before.

Myanmar’s reforms are coming in thick and fast.

This has caught the attention of hospitality players who are zooming in on the fact that the country only has 8,000 hotel rooms, compared to neighbouring Thailand, with more than 230,000 rooms.

Speaking at the Myanmar Summit organised by Blue Track Centre and Business Monitor International, Eric Levy of hospitality investment firm Tourism Solutions International said that Myanmar only has 187 hotels with 8000 rooms.

Thai-based hotel management company Onyx is one player that’s keen to get into Myanmar.

Simon Allison, chief development officer and executive vice president, Onyx Hospitality Group, said: “We see enormous potential across the whole country. We’d love to have two or three properties in Yangon at different levels – five, four and three stars. We’d like to be in the key tourist locations – Bagan, Mandalay. I think the only place we wouldn’t be too keen on is the capital Naypyidaw because I think there is too much supply.”

Myanmar has seen unprecedented political reform since last March, when its first civilian President, ex-military man Thein Sein assumed office.

Since then, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in parliament, and as recent as last month, the West European Union and the US suspended economic sanctions on the country.

Thura Soe-Paing, managing director, All Myanmar Investment Partners, said: “Politically we’ve seen huge changes – we didn’t expect this to happen so fast, so soon. On the economics side, because most of the reform in Myanmar has been led by the political reform, the economic laws have slightly lagged behind. So some of the laws such as the new (foreign direct investment) FDI law have been delayed from March and now we expect it in July.”

Mr Soe-Paing started investment and advisory firm All Myanmar Investment Partners early this year. The firm looks at foreign direct investment opportunities as well as private equity with its partner Dragon Capital through an Indo-China Opportunities fund.

Analysts said investment returns for hospitality investors look high, but that may not include risks such as unclear ownership laws, and regulations on profit repatriation.

Robert McIntosh, executive director, CBRE Hotels Asia Pacific, said: “Foreign investors will be looking for return on equity certainly in excess of 20 per cent. But there’s quite a bit of risk attached to that. And there’ll be some projects that’ll make quite a bit more, some that make substantially less. But certainly we need to achieve quite high rates of return.”

Simon Allison said: “In terms of rule of law, investment and so on, clearly the rules are changing week by week. There’s still a lot to do. Until investors really know that they can secure a tenor, and – I know the government is saying it won’t nationalise anything under the new foreign investment law – but until there’s a slightly clearer picture of where the trend is going, and how easy it is to set up foreign business – that’ll all be obstacles.”

Analysts said some US$40 billion of foreign direct investments have poured into Myanmar since the start of the year.

This has mainly gone into the oil and gas sectors.

– CNA/ck

Channel News Asia

Suspicious Object Found On SBS Transit Bus

31 May

Published on May 29, 2012

Passengers on board SBS Transit bus service 162 were ordered to alight along Bishan Street 23 on Monday evening when a suspicious object was found on the vehicle. — ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Passengers on board SBS Transit bus service 162 were ordered to alight along Bishan Street 23 on Monday evening when a suspicious object was found on the vehicle.

Police received a call at about 6.20pm informing them of the item and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) activated its Hazardous Materials (HazMat) team.

‘Our HazMat detectors registered negative readings,’ said an SCDF spokesman. At 11pm, the green light was given for the bus to be driven off. Police said there was no threat or danger to the public.

Straits Times