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Healthpoints redemption for 62,000 Healthy 365 accounts suspended due to abuse in QR code scanning: HPB, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – More than 60,000 users of the Health Promotion Board’s (HPB) Healthy 365 app have had their Healthpoint rewards and redemption service suspended after anomalies were detected in the scanning of programme registration QR codes. In response to queries from ST, the board said that an unusual surge in scanning activity was detected during the regular programme audits HPB conducts, and immediate action was taken to suspend the rewards and redemption service for about 62,000 accounts involved. As of March 31, the Healthy 365 app has been downloaded 1.8…

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Daughter of Hour Glass founders loses appeal, to start jail term for drug abuse next month, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Audrey Tay May Li, 45, the daughter of the founders of luxury watch retailer Hour Glass, will start her jail sentence for drug abuse next month after her appeal was dismissed by the High Court on Friday (March 15). In October last year, Tay was sentenced to 22 months’ jail for repeatedly abusing drugs for two years. On one occasion, she had turned up intoxicated for a psychiatric assessment at the Institute of Mental Health. The former public relations consultant, who is divorced, was arrested in August 2015…

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Woman jailed 6 months for failing to alert police about boyfriend’s sexual abuse of her daughter, Singapore News

As a mother, she was supposed to protect her young daughter from sexual predators. However, the cook turned a blind eye to her live-in boyfriend sexually abusing the child, despite having reasons to believe that he was raping her. Even though the girl had told her mother that the man had done “sexual things” to her, the woman did not stop him from showering with the girl on multiple occasions. As a result, the former taxi driver – who was married at the time – sexually abused the child from…

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Married couple who ordered maid to pour hot water on herself convicted of abuse, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Tormented for months, a maid was forced to perform multiple acts of self-harm, including pouring scalding hot water on herself and drinking dirty water mixed with detergent. Ms Phyu Phyu Mar also did not receive her monthly salary of $700 throughout her employment with her abusers, and her weight plummeted from 50kg to 38kg because of a lack of food. On Friday (Jan 18), District Judge Olivia Low found Linda Seah Lei Sie, 39, and her husband Lim Toon Leng, 44, guilty of abusing the Myanmar national following…

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Police, MSF probing alleged abuse of young girl forced to kneel while getting slapped in Ikea carpark, Singapore News

A video of a young girl, who is made to kneel in public before a man slaps her hard on the face, has sparked outrage. So much so that the alleged abuse has been reported to both the police and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), which are now investigating the incident. In the video, taken at about 9pm on Monday, the girl, who looks to be of primary school age, is seen kneeling next to a white car in the carpark of Ikea Tampines. A man, believed…

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Woman taken to court after allegedly allowing boyfriend to sexually abuse daughter, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – As a mother, she was supposed to protect and care for her daughter. But the 39-year-old woman was taken to court on Wednesday (Nov 7) after she allegedly allowed the girl to be sexually abused by her boyfriend. The woman, who cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity, was charged with knowingly permitting the child to be ill-treated. According to court documents, she is said to have allowed her boyfriend to shower with her then 13-year-old daughter in a Clementi flat sometime between January and June 2016.…

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Hong Kong must tackle abuse of colonial-era policy on homes in its villages to sort out housing shortage

It took Dennis Bray, the then colonial Hong Kong government’s district commissioner for the New Territories, six frenzied weeks in 1972 to draft the small-house policy that has for the past five decades shaped the lives of all of Hong Kong’s 700,000 traditional villagers. Cynics say he was buying off powerful traditional village lobbies as the government sought to avoid confrontation while it acquired land to build Hong Kong’s new towns. Sympathisers say he was justifiably trying to stabilise our many clan villages and the traditional Hong Kong village life…

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Daughter of Hour Glass founders jailed for drug abuse, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The daughter of the couple who founded luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass was jailed for 22 months on Thursday (Oct 11) for repeatedly abusing drugs over two years. Former public relations consultant Audrey Tay May Li, 45, was also disqualified from driving for 18 months and fined $1,000 for driving without due care and attention. She pleaded guilty to three drug charges and the driving charge on Aug 27. Another five drug-related charges were taken into consideration during sentencing. She was arrested in August 2015 after knocking…

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Employer about to be sentenced for maid abuse rushed to hospital during hearing, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – As her lawyer was arguing for her to be given a fine instead of a jail sentence in an abuse case that had left her maid with permanent scars, employer Anita Damu suddenly took ill and had to be rushed to hospital. The 50-year-old, who was in the dock, told District Judge Terence Tay she felt giddy midway through her hearing on Wednesday (Oct 10). It happened as her lawyer was arguing against imprisonment for her. Prosecutors had earlier proposed a jail term of at least four years.…

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Alcohol abuse worse among younger people in Singapore, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – The young man woke up in his bed one morning to find himself surrounded by chocolates. He had blacked out after a night of heavy drinking and had no recollection of how he had got home with his bounty. The young man, who does not even like chocolates, suspected that he might have stolen them and was lucky not to have been caught. Mr Lawrence Tan, a psychologist, related this anecdote to show how excessive drinking can lead to individuals committing a crime without being aware of it.…

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