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                                                                                         No more
           iron lady dead at 87                                                          pensions for top
                                                                                         civil servants
                                                                                         NG JING YNG

                                                                                         SINGAPORE —  Following a review, top
                                                                                         civil servants as well as judicial and
                                                                                         statutory appointment holders will no
                                                                                         longer receive pensions and, like polit-
                                                                                         ical oice holders, their annual Gross
                                                                                         Domestic Product Bonus will be re-
                                                                                         placed by a National Bonus that takes
                                                                                         into account, among other things, the
                                                                                         socio-economic progress of the middle
                                                                                         and lower income.
                                                                                            Under the changes, which will take
                                                                                         efect on July 1, Administrative Serv-
                                                                                         ice oicers will receive a “long-term
                                                                      PHOTO: REUTERS     retention package” instead of a pen-
                                                                                         sion, while a gratuity plan will be in-
         We have lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and                         troduced for judicial and statutory
         a great Briton ... I think she will come to be seen as                          appointment holders. Nevertheless,
         the greatest Prime Minister our country has ever seen.                          the review — which took place after
         British Prime Minister David Cameron                                            a similar review resulted in a cut in
         ON MARGARET THATCHER, WHO DIED YESTERDAY                                                           CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

h7n9 Virus

China’s bird flu outbreak
not cause for panic: WHO                      least 24 people and killed seven so far.   and farming took a beating in main-
Health body could send experts
                                                 A 64-year-old retired man in Shang-     land China.
to investigate, virus causes                  hai became the latest victim of the           Speaking before news of the latest
stocks to tumble across region                H7N9 bird lu virus that had previous-      fatality broke, Mr Michael O’Leary,
                                              ly not been known to infect humans,        head of the WHO’s oice in China, told
                                              the city government said yesterday.        reporters in Beijing: “So far, we really
SINGAPORE — The World Health Organ-           The Shanghai government said the           only have sporadic cases of a rare dis-
ization (WHO) yesterday called for            man died on Sunday night, a week af-       ease and perhaps it will remain that
calm, as a bird lu virus continues to         ter irst experiencing chills. He sought    way. So this is not a time for over-re-
spread in China and claim more lives.         medical treatment last Wednesday           action or panic.”
    The WHO also announced that it            for pneumonia-like conditions.                Mr O’Leary was speaking at a joint
is in talks with the Chinese govern-             The latest health scare has caused      press conference with China’s nation-
ment about sending international ex-          airline stocks in particular to fall       al health agency. He reiterated that
perts to China to help investigate the        across most of the region. Yesterday,      the WHO had conidence in China’s
new bird lu strain that has sickened at       stocks linked to the tourism industry                         CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

   2        hot news

Margaret Thatcher
dies of stroke, aged 87                    was sad to hear the news and that she        ish pronouncements that had been her
‘Iron Lady’ was among the
                                           would be sending a private message of        forte in oice — and beyond.
most influential global                     sympathy to the family. Mourners be-             Her death was greeted with trib-
leaders of the post-war period             gan to lay lowers outside Mrs Thatch-        utes from across the political spec-
                                           er’s house in Belgravia, one of Lon-         trum. The Labour leader, Mr Ed Mili-
                                           don’s most exclusive areas. One note         band, said: “She will be remembered
LONDON — Mrs Margaret Thatcher,            said: “The greatest British leader.”         as a unique igure. She reshaped the
the former British Prime Minister             The British government said Mrs           politics of a whole generation. She was
who became one of the most inluen-         Thatcher would have a ceremonial             Britain’s irst woman Prime Minister.
tial global leaders of the post-war pe-    funeral with military honours at Lon-        She moved the centre ground of Brit-
riod, died yesterday, three decades        don’s St Paul’s Cathedral, which falls       ish politics and was a huge igure on
after her championing of free-mar-         short of a full state funeral.               the world stage.”
ket economics and individual choice           It said the funeral will be attended          Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
transformed Britain’s economy and          by a “wide and diverse range of peo-         said: “Margaret Thatcher was one of
her vigorous foreign policy played a       ple”, and the service will be followed       the deining igures in modern Brit-
key role in the end of the Cold War.       by a private cremation. It did not pro-      ish politics. Whatever side of the po-
   “It is with great sadness that Mark     vide further details on the timing of        litical debate you stand on, no one can
and Carol Thatcher announced that          the service, saying only that the ar-        deny that as Prime Minister, she left
their mother, Baroness Thatcher,           rangements are “in line with the wish-       a unique and lasting imprint on the
died peacefully following a stroke this    es” of her family.                           country she served.
morning,” said Mrs Thatcher’s spokes-         Mrs Thatcher was Conservative                 “She may have divided opinion dur-
man, Mr Timothy Bell. She was 87.          Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She        ing her time in politics but everyone
   Queen Elizabeth II and British          was the irst woman to hold the role.         will be united today in acknowledging
Prime Minister David Cameron im-           She had been in declining health for         the strength of her personality and the     Mrs Margaret            idence and pride that has always been
mediately issued tributes, with Mr         some years, sufering from dementia.          radicalism of her politics.”                Thatcher in a 1977      the hallmark of Britain at its best”.
Cameron saying: “We have lost a great         The death of Mr Denis Thatcher,               Speaking to the BBC, United             ile photo. Her             Mr Henry Kissinger, the former US
leader, a great Prime Minister and a       her husband of 50 years and closest          States President Barack Obama said          death was greeted       Secretary of State, also praised Mrs
great Briton”.                             conidant, intensiied her isolation in        “the world has lost one of the great        with tributes from      Thatcher as a “great leader” and a
                                                                                                                                    across the political
   Mr Cameron cut short a visit to         what had proved a frustrating retire-        champions of freedom and liberty, and       spectrum. Photo: AP
                                                                                                                                                            “good friend of the United States”. She
Europe to return to Britain after the      ment, despite energetic worldwide ac-        America has lost a true friend”. Mrs                                was known particularly for her close
death was announced and British            tivity in the early years.                   Thatcher, he said, “shows our daugh-                                working alliance with President Ron-
lags at his oicial residence, 10 Down-        After a series of mini-strokes in 2002,   ters” there is no glass ceiling that can-                           ald Reagan, with whom she shared a
ing Street, were lowered to half mast.     Mrs Thatcher withdrew from public life,      not be shattered, adding: “As Prime                                 profound ideological rejection of Cold
   Buckingham Palace said the Queen        no longer able to make the kind of wasp-     Minister, she helped restore the con-                               War communism. AGENCIES

  The grocer’s daughter who remade Britain                                                                                                                  rarely willing to concede a point and
                                                                                                                                                            loath to compromise. Colleagues who
                                                                                                                                                            disagreed with her were often del-
  LONDON —     Love her or loathe her,     the irst to lead a major Western pow-        democracies must stand irm against          MILESTONES              uged in a sea of facts, or what many
  one thing’s beyond dispute: Marga-       er in modern times. Hard-driving and         aggression — had won many disciples.          Oct 8, 1959:          referred to as being “handbagged”.
  ret Thatcher transformed Britain.        hard-headed, she led her Conservative            At home, Thatcher’s political suc-      Elected to Parliament      Despite being the irst woman
      The Iron Lady, who ruled for 11      Party to three straight election victo-      cesses were decisive. She broke the           June 20, 1970:        to lead a major political party in
                                                                                                                                    Becomes Education
  remarkable years, pulled her coun-       ries and held oice from May 1979 to          power of the labour unions and forced       Secretary               the West, she rubbed many femi-
  try back from 35 years of socialism,     November 1990 — longer than any              the Labour Party to abandon its com-          Feb 11, 1975:         nists the wrong way. “The battle
  led it to victory in the Falklands war   British politician in the 20th century.      mitment to nationalised industry, rede-     Elected leader of       for women’s rights has largely been
  and helped guide the United States           The tough economic medicine she          ine the role of the welfare state and ac-   Conservative Party      won,” she declared. “I hate those
  and the Soviet Union through the         administered to a country sickened by        cept the importance of the free market.       May 3, 1979: Wins     strident tones we hear from some
                                                                                                                                    national elections,
  Cold War’s diicult last years.           inlation, budget deicits and industri-           Abroad, she won new esteem for a        becomes PM
                                                                                                                                                            women’s libbers.” She relished be-
      Born Margaret Roberts on Oct         al unrest brought her wide swings in         country that had been in decline since        June 9, 1983:         ing impolitic. “You don’t follow the
  13, 1925, in the Lincolnshire market     popularity, culminating with a revolt        its costly victory in World War II. Af-     Wins second term        crowd,” she often said. “You make
  town of Grantham to Alfred and           among her own Cabinet ministers in           ter leaving oice, she was honoured as         June 11, 1987:        up your own mind.”
  Beatrice Roberts, Mrs Thatcher           her inal year and her shout of “No!          Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.              Wins third term            “Margaret Thatcher evoked ex-
                                                                                                                                      Jan 3, 1988:
  was schooled from an early age in        No! No!” in the House of Commons to              The close and candid relationships      Becomes Britain’s
                                                                                                                                                            treme feelings,” wrote Mr Ronald
  an ethic of hard work and self-reli-     any further integration with Europe.         she formed with both Soviet leader          longest continuously    Millar, a playwright and speech-
  ance. She grew up in a house with            But by the time she left oice, the       Mikhail Gorbachev and former Unit-          serving PM of           writer. “To some, she could do
  no hot water and an outdoor toilet.      principles known as Thatcherism —            ed States President Ronald Reagan,          20th century            no right, to others, no wrong. In-
  Her father, a grocer and Method-         the belief that economic freedom and         and her vocal support of the uncom-           Nov 22, 1990:         diference was not an option. She
                                                                                                                                    Resigns after
  ist lay preacher, was active in local    individual liberty are interdependent,       promising US position towards the           party revolt
                                                                                                                                                            could stir almost physical hostility
  politics and a major early inluence.     that personal responsibility and hard        Soviet Union, proved an important             Nov 28, 1990:         in normally rational people, while
      She was the irst woman to be-        work are the only ways to national           element in the end of the Cold War.         John Major succeeds     she inspired deathless devotion in
  come Prime Minister of Britain and       prosperity, and that the free-market             Brisk and argumentative, she was        her as PM               others.” AGENCIES
3   today • tuesday 9 april 2013
4    hot news                                   today • tuesday 9 april 2013

Outbreak not cause                          develop a vaccine for the virus which
                                            could mutate. He also stressed that
for panic: WHO                              it was premature to predict how the
                                            situation would pan out.
    CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                      In his speech, Prime Minister Lee
eforts to track and control the out-        Hsien Loong noted that new infectious
break of H7N9 infections, but that          diseases “have continued to emerge
growing interest in the virus globally      around the world, including the irst
has prompted WHO to consider send-          cases of H7N9 infection in humans
ing a team.                                 just days ago”. Many Asian countries
    The matter was still being dis-         have improved their capabilities to
cussed and it remained unclear if           deal with infectious diseases after the
and when such a group would arrive          SARS crisis, he added. “Early warn-
in China, said Mr O’Leary.                  ing surveillance systems, information
    Apart from the latest fatality, Chi-    sharing and coordinated cross-border
na reported two more cases of human         infection controls remain critical to
infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus        combating this threat,” he said.
yesterday, raising the total number of         Meanwhile, travel agencies here
cases to 24 — all in the eastern part       said that they have not received any
of the country. So far, ive of the seven    cancellation requests for tours to Chi-
deaths occurred in Shanghai. Author-        na. While there have been enquiries,
ities have halted live poultry trade in     most customers are adopting a “wait-
cities where cases have been report-        and-see approach”, the agencies said.
ed, and slaughtered fowl in markets         Ms Alicia Seah, Senior Vice-President
where the virus has been detected.          (Marketing & Public relations) of CTC
For now, there’s no evidence the virus      Travel, said that the agency will be tak-
is spreading easily between people.         ing about 2,500 visitors to China this
    In 2003, China allowed WHO to send      month. Nevertheless, she noted that
a ive-member team to help investigate       the agency has received fewer tour
an outbreak of the fatal lu-like illness,   bookings to Shanghai in recent days.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome              Some Singaporeans have been
(SARS), after its own experts could not     spooked by the developments.
trace the source of the disease.               Mr Pierre Yap, 32, who visits Chi-
    At the World Health Summit held in      na’s coastal areas once or twice a
Singapore — the irst time the meeting       month for business, said: “I was sup-
was held outside Berlin — experts also      posed to go to China next week but I’ve
weighed in on the situation.                cancelled my air ticket.” He added that
    Dr David Heyman, Professor of in-       he was worried that the situation could
fectious disease epidemiology at the        be worse than what is being reported
London School of Hygiene and Tropi-         in China. AGENCIES, ADDITIONAL REPORT-
cal Medicine, said it was too early to      ING BY TAN WEIZHEN AND KOK XING HUI

No more pensions                            then conducted a “comprehensive re-
                                            view”, during which it “maintained
for top civil servants                      the policy that Civil Service salaries
                                            should lag, and not lead the market,
    CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1                   even though they take reference from
ministers’ wages — concluded that           the market”.
the current salaries of this group are         The PSD “looked at multiple sourc-
“at about the right level, and will be      es of data and also engaged Mercer, an
maintained”, Deputy Prime Minister          international expert on remuneration
Teo Chee Hean said in Parliament.           issues”, he said. “Using this data, the
   Mr Teo, who is also the Minister in      conclusion of the review is that current
charge of the Civil Service, yesterday      salaries are at about the right level, and
announced the structural changes to         will be maintained. That is, there is no
the salary framework in response to         need to raise them or to cut them.”
questions from Tampines GRC MP                 Nevertheless, there will be “some
Baey Yam Keng, who asked for an up-         adjustments to certain salary ranges
date on the review.                         and start points to smoothen out sal-
   In response to media queries, the        ary progression”, he said.
Public Service Division (PSD) said the         Mr Teo noted that the long-term re-
replacement of the GDP Bonus with           tention package and the gratuity plan
National Bonus would afect about 300        are “essentially of the same value as
Administrative Service oicers, judi-        pension”. They are also taken into ac-
cial and statutory appointment hold-        count in the overall salary levels when
ers. It added that the removal of pen-      carrying out wage comparisons, he
sion will afect all new Administrative      said. The removal of pension for the
Service oicers. “An option exercise         statutory appointment holders and
will be extended to serving Admin-          the judicial appointment holders will
istrative Service oicers as was done        require constitutional amendments.
in the past when other civil service        These amendments will be tabled in
schemes became non-pensionable. Re-         Parliament in due course, he said.
tired oicers are not afected,” it said.        Mr Teo reiterated that there is a
   Mr Teo said he had told the PSD to       “rigorous” process to evaluate top
consider the need to continue having        public servants, including assess-
market competitive salaries, so as to       ments by the Head of Civil Service and
recruit and retain persons of high cali-    Chairman of the Public Service Com-
bre and commitment level. This is in        mission. Ministers of the respective
line with the view held by the commit-      ministries will also be consulted, while
tee which reviewed political salaries,      performance bonuses will be given ac-
he pointed out. He said that the PSD        cording to contributions, he added.
5   hot news                                                                                                                                          today • tuesday 9 april 2013

Delivering flats                                               Todd’s family to attend inquiry, hires lawyer
                                                                            The family of the late      a pro-bono basis even though they were    suicide. His family, however, believed
on time still
                                                              SINGAPORE —
                                                              United States engineer Shane Todd         willing to pay her. “The family has had   that the 31-year-old was murdered
                                                              will attend next month’s inquiry into     a very tough (time),” she said.           over research he had done — possi-

priority, says Khaw                                           his death, and has engaged a lawyer
                                                              here to represent them.
                                                                 Lawyer Gloria James-Civetta, who
                                                                                                           Ms James-Civetta said the family
                                                                                                        has indicated that they will be present
                                                                                                        during the inquiry. Nevertheless, she
                                                                                                                                                  bly involving technology transfers to
                                                                                                                                                  China — while working for the Insti-
                                                                                                                                                  tute of Microelectronics (IME) here.
SINGAPORE — While public housing                              manages law irm Gloria James-Civ-         has asked them to come to Singapore           Todd’s death had made the news in
projects in future would likely feel                          etta & Co, said she received an email     a week before the inquiry starts on       the international media and his fam-
the impact of the latest tightening                           on April 1 from Todd’s father, Mr Rick    May 13 to go through some documents.      ily had sought the help of US senators,
of foreign worker policies, National                          Todd, requesting for her assistance.         Todd was found hanged in his           who subsequently tried to block US
Development Minister Khaw Boon                                She has ofered to act for the family on   apartment last June in an apparent        funding to the IME. ASHLEY CHIA
Wan yesterday reassured prospec-
tive home buyers that “delivering
lats to Singaporeans on time” would
remain the Government’s priority.
    Responding to questions from
Members of Parliament (MP) Foo
Mee Har (West Coast GRC) and Lee
Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC), Mr Khaw
said that so far, the construction of
Build-to-Order (BTO) lats has not
been delayed.
    He noted that the Housing and
Development Board (HDB) has not
closed any building tender since Feb-
ruary’s announcement of the latest
round of increase in foreign worker
levy, which hit the construction and
services sectors the hardest.
    While he did not expect the con-
struction timeline of future BTO
projects to be affected, Mr Khaw
said the impact on construction cost
would be clearer after new building
tender bids have been received.
    Mr Khaw said the tightening of
foreign worker policies would im-
pact the construction industry in
two ways: One, the man-year-enti-
tlement (MYE) quota — which sets
the total number of foreign workers
a main contractor can hire based on
the project’s value — for new projects
would be further reduced by 15 per
cent in July, bringing the cumulative
MYE cut since 2010 to 45 per cent.
Two, the foreign worker levy would
be further increased in phases over
2014 and 2015, with the exception of
the levy for higher skilled workers
employed within the MYE quota.
    He added: “Yes, there is heavy
pressure on us to deliver on building
more HDB lats, MRT trains and ...         KEEPING
other infrastructure projects. But we     BTO FLAT
have to work together as a team to try    PRICES
and achieve the productivity which        DOWN
has been achieved in other countries.”
                                             As to
    Mr Khaw pointed out that the          Ms Foo’s
HDB uses prefabrication construc-         question on how
tion extensively, which helps to re-      the Govern-
duce on-site labour requirements.         ment would
Currently, 60 to 70 per cent of the su-   keep BTO lat
                                          prices down
per-structure of HDB projects is con-     while construc-
structed with precast components.         tion costs spike,
    Responding to Ms Lee, who asked       Mr Khaw said
if there are contingency plans in place   the Govern-
                                          ment would
if contractors are not able to complete   absorb the
projects on schedule, Mr Khaw said        increase via
the HDB could consider replacing a        its subsidies.
contractor with another in such in-         He said: ‘If it
stances. The HDB could also termi-        comes to that ...
                                          we will absorb
nate the employment of a non-per-         that increase ...
forming contractor and engage a new       so that
one to complete the remaining work.       affordability of
    “Regardless of which option is        HDB lats is an
                                          objective that
adopted, delivering lats to Singapo-      we are able
reans on time will remain our prior-      to continue
ity,” said Mr Khaw.                       to achieve.’
6   hot news                                     today • tuesday 9 april 2013

HousiNG deVelopers rules

More regulations for
showrooms in amended
Housing Developers Act
Developers can no longer use                tics and inaccurately-depicted show-
                                            rooms, such as higher ceilings and
glass panels in place of solid              mirrored surfaces to create an illu-
walls to make units seem bigger             sion of bigger living spaces.
                                               Citing an example of residents who
                                            “could not open their door to the toilet
WOO SIAN BOON                               without it banging against the toilet
woosianboon@mediacorp.com.sg                seat”, Mr Ang Hin Kee (Ang Mo Kio
                                            GRC) called for doors to be installed
SINGAPORE — Showrooms for future            in showrooms.
private residential properties will            Mr Ang also suggested that devel-
no longer be able to use glass panels       opers must relect the land-use plans
in place of a solid brick wall to make      and “to-be-constructed buildings”
the unit seem bigger than the actual        within a 2km-radius of a development
product. Instead, developers will be        in their promotional materials.
required to have structural and exter-         Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten)
nal walls which are of the same thick-      called for a ban against agents queu-
ness in actual units, with labelled fur-    ing at property launches “to create
nishings, interior ittings and inishes      the hype that there are many buyers
that are made known to buyers, while        wanting to purchase limited units”,
the authorities will have the right to      adding that this creates a lack of mar-
enter and close showrooms which             ket transparency.
breach these rules.
    These are some examples of the                  A home is, in most
new Housing Developers Rules which                  cases, the single largest
the Government will be empowered                    investment in one’s
to make, after Parliament approved          lifetime. It is only right that
changes to the Housing Developers           home buyers are provided
(Control and Licensing) Act yesterday.      with the appropriate tools
    Under the amendments, develop-          and legal safeguards to
ers will be required to make public         make informed decisions.
their audited inancial positions, while     Mr Lee Yi Shyan
their advertising and promotional ac-       SENIOR MINISTER OF STATE (NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
tivities of developments will also be
regulated. The maximum ine if de-              The practice of collecting blank
velopers fail to comply has been raised     cheques from potential home buyers
ive times to S$100,000.                     as a form of advance booking was al-
    Senior Minister of State (National      so brought up by various MPs, with
Development) Lee Yi Shyan said yes-         Mr Lim noting that such “practice will
terday that the changes will ensure         result in market manipulation”.
that the Act remains “relevant and ef-         In response, Mr Lee said that the
fective in safeguarding the interests of    Council for Estate Agencies is work-
home buyers”, while taking into con-        ing with the “relevant government
sideration developments in the private      agencies” and the industry to set
property market.                            guidelines on the collection and prop-
    “A home is, in most cases, the single   er use of cheques.
largest investment in one’s lifetime. It       On Nominated MP Eugene Tan
is only right that home buyers are pro-     and Mr Lim’s views that the enhanced
vided with the appropriate tools and        ines were not hefty enough as a deter-
legal safeguards to make informed de-       rent, Mr Lee said that the measures
cisions,” he added.                         are “multi-levelled”.
    The minister will also be given            Besides jail terms and suspension
new powers requiring developers to          of licences, the authorities can also
disclose and publish all rebates, dis-      prohibit the sale of a development and
counts and other beneits ofered to          future developments until all units are
home buyers. Mr Lee noted that some         fully completed.
developers have started to mark their          Said Mr Lee: “Developers’ revenue
units at a higher price, while ofering      inlow will be severely constricted as
“significant discounts” through re-         they cannot rely on payments received
bates and other beneits, such as fur-       during the construction process to
niture vouchers.                            fund the development of the project.
    “Such inlated sale prices mask the      There’s also the negative impact of the
real transacted prices and undermine        developer’s reputation among would-
transparency in the property mar-           be buyers.
ket,” he added.                                “A developer also risks afecting his
    Members of Parliament (MPs) sup-        track record, which is a key assess-
ported the amendments, even though          ment criteria for future licence appli-
they called for more to be done as they     cations. We believe that all these tak-
cited several examples of how home          en together constitutes sufficiently
buyers were misled by marketing tac-        strong deterrence against ofences.”
7   today • tuesday 9 april 2013
8   tOday • tuESday 9 april 2013

                                                                                                                                                                  In the coming general
                                                                                                                                                                  election, Sabah and
                                                                                                                                                           Sarawak are no longer
                                                                                                                                                           ixed deposits for BN; they

  analysis                                                                                                                                                 are poised to assume their
                                                                                                                                                           crucial roles as kingmakers.
                                                                                                                                                           Oh Ei Sun • 9

                                                                          What iS SinGapOrEan-nESS?

                        The coming culture contest
                                         Community and Youth. He said: “As               Simon Tay
                                         a people, we are searching for deeper        is Chairman of
                                         meaning … We want Singapore to be            the Singapore
SIMON TAY                                                                             Institute of
                                         more than just a vibrant city; we want
                                         Singapore to be a home.”                     International Affairs
                                                                                      and Associate

      igns are that questions of cul-       Can our eforts at the arts, herit-        Professor at the
      ture are returning to Singa-       age, sports and other activities take        National University
      pore, albeit diferently.           on that broader mission? How? What           of Singapore.
   The Government is continuing and      are the dangers?                             The SIIA will be
growing programmes for the arts,                                                      embarking on a
sports and heritage, and each of their   BALANCING ART’S WORTH                        project to look at
intrinsic worth must be recognised.                                                   the 50-year future
But these are also important compo-      Take an experience like visiting a mu-       for Singapore in
nents of a larger picture about what     seum or watching a popular movie like        Asia and the world,
makes us Singaporean.                    Jack Neo’s Ah Boys to Men. There can         including its social
                                                                                      dimensions in
   During the recent Budget debate,      be a moving response, intrinsic to the       engaging the world.
this was recognised by Mr Lawrence       art or movie.
Wong, the Acting Minister for the re-       But there is also a broader social ele-
cently-formed Ministry of Culture,       ment involved when the viewer learns

                                                                                                              Artists and citizens have not generated a broad and clear agreement about what makes
                                                                                                              up our national identity, which may include elements ranging from popular culture
                                                                                                              pastiche like Phua Chu Kang (above) to nostalgia for the Kallang Roar. TODAY FILE PHOTO

                                                                                                              to situate the art piece or the story in             The liberals in the arts
                                                                                                              the context of Singapore’s history.                  and culture community
                                                                                                                  And, if we see the museum as part                have to reckon with
                                                                                                              of the public space or admire Mr Neo’s       the viewpoints of more
                                                                                                              movie-making, there is also a sense of       conservative citizen groups, and
                                                                                                              civic and national pride.                    vice versa ... Even as we look at
                                                                                                                  These diferent elements about art        Singaporean culture, we need
                                                                                                              — intrinsic, social and civic — should       be mindful of the danger that
                                                                                                              be equally recognised. Otherwise,            ‘cultural wars’ might emerge.
                                                                                                              there is the danger that art might be-
                                                                                                              come precious, captured by an elite          others, it must acknowledge that it
                                                                                                              few. Or, if the social and instrumen-        has no monopoly over the answers.
                                                                                                              tal values of art are over-emphasised,          Today’s Singapore, as our 50th an-
                                                                                                              artists and professionals will feel al-      niversary approaches, is considera-
                                                                                                              ienated and we lose sight of the art.        bly diferent from that of the founding
                                                                                                                  Yet, if these elements can be bal-       generation.
                                                                                                              anced and combined, a more robust               People are more educated, and a
                                                                                                              foundation can be developed. It will         cadre of practitioners and sophisticat-
                                                                                                              be critical for the Government to seek       ed consumers for the arts and culture
                                                                                                              that balance and synergy, if art and         has developed. Top-down policies and
                                                                                                              other programmes are to be framed            propaganda will be resisted.
                                                                                                              in the wider context of culture.                Artifice will be recognised and
                                                                                                                                                           rejected. Take, for instance, the or-
                                                                                                              NO MONOPOLY ON ANSWERS                       chid batik shirt that was once seen
                                                                                                                                                           at many oicial ceremonies but which
                                                                                                              In returning to questions of cul-            never won broader acceptance and
                                                                                                              ture, the Government must adjust to          now seems to have disappeared.
                                                                                                              changes. In this arena, more than any                            CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
9   comment analysis                           today • tuesday 9 april 2013

               saBaH, saraWaK aNd tHe eleCtioNs

From fixed deposits
  to kingmakers
                                              In other words, the slim voting ma-
                                           jority could sway to either side of the
                                           political divide — what with the Lahad
                                           Datu episode throwing into the pot a
                                           new factor in unpredictability. It re-

          alaysia’s coming general elec-   mains to be seen how this swing phe-
          tion, widely characterised       nomenon will impact federal-state ties.
          as a potential “watershed”
event, will see many first-time vot-       SARAWAK AND BN
ers play a decisive role in determin-
ing which way the country will go. Will    In Sarawak, the Chief Minister, Mr Ab-
they vote to retain the ruling Barisan     dul Taib Mahmud, has been in power
Nasional (BN) coalition or opt for the     for more than 30 years. Under his rule,
opposition alliance, Pakatan Rakyat?       Sarawak remains the only BN-control-
   Carrying a critical weight in the       led state government that is not domi-
outcome will be the East Malaysian         nated by the United Malays National
states of Sabah and Sarawak.               Organisation (UMNO), the largest BN
   Out of the 222 seats in Parliament,     component party nationwide.
more than a quarter are in Sabah               In fact, UMNO does not even have
(with 25 seats) and Sarawak (31), lead-    a political presence in Sarawak.
ing some to label these states as king-        It is widely understood that the po-
makers in the polls that are expected      litical arrangement between Mr Taib
to be closely contested.                   and UMNO — and by extension, be-
   In West Malaysia, any potential         tween Sarawak and the federal gov-
loss by BN of its predominantly non-       ernment in Putrajaya — is such that as
bumiputra seats can be counterbal-         long as Mr Taib consistently delivers
anced by gains in predominantly bu-        Sarawak to BN, his administration is
miputra seats. This would give a net       given virtually a free hand to deal with
election result in West Malaysia like      state matters.
that in 2008, when BN only narrowly            But the 2011 Sarawak state elec-
surpassed Pakatan. Had Sabah and           tion saw Pakatan make significant
Sarawak not brought in the 56 seats        political inroads, scooping up 15 (or
then, there could have been a change       21 per cent) out of 71 state assembly
of government in Putrajaya.                seats. It is likely that in the upcoming
                                           general election, many non-bumipu-
THE SWING PHENOMENON                       tra and non-Muslim bumiputra seats
                                           can be swung. As such, Sarawak BN
Sabah and Sarawak enjoy special            should not count, as it did in the past,
rights distinct from other Malaysian       on the once almost-ironclad victories
states, such as state controls over im-    in these seats.
migration and land matters, as en-             Assuming BN is retained as the
shrined in the Malaysia Agreement of       federal government with a reduced
1963 when Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak           majority because of fewer seats won
and Singapore formed Malaysia sup-         in Sarawak, this would mean that
posedly as equal partners.                 Mr Taib — and Sarawak BN — can
   The ties between the federal gov-       still play the role of kingmaker. But
ernment and the two East Malaysian         the smaller number of parliamenta-
states were sometimes strained in the      ry seats would mean fewer bargain-
initial decades after the formation of     ing chips for Sarawak when it comes
Malaysia, as each side manoeuvred          to dealing and negotiating with the
and tussled over rights and privileg-      federal government.
es in a new federation.                        In such a scenario, Sarawak would
   But as the state governments of         need to play its political hand shrewd-
Sabah and Sarawak have almost al-          ly after the polls to safeguard its
ways been formed by BN component           rights and privileges.
parties, the past few decades wit-
nessed no serious contestations in         SABAH’S COMPLICATED
federal-state relations.                   POLITICS
   This has in part led to the two
East Malaysian states being hailed         Sabah presents a slightly different
as fixed deposit states for BN, hav-       scenario. Its government is domi-
ing consistently delivered the bulk        nated by UMNO, and while the Chief
of their parliamentary seats to the        Minister, Mr Musa Aman, has been
ruling coalition.                          in power for 10 years and has his own
   While the majority of the East Ma-      clever ways of preserving state rights
laysian parliamentary seats are likely     and privileges, many political matters
to return to BN in the coming elec-        ultimately still have to be referred to
tions, changes in popular sentiments       the federal level.
and heightened awareness of popular           The political dynamic in Sabah is
rights could translate into an increase    such that political and often ideological
in the number of swing seats.                                 CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
        10   comment analysis                                                                   today • tuesday 9 april 2013

                 From fixed deposits                                                         slightest the reputation or electability
                                                                                            of the representatives. Mr Musa has
                                                                                            led Sabah BN to two overwhelming

                   to kingmakers                                                            election victories at both federal and

                                                                                            state levels, but defections from BN
                                                                                            over the last few years have eroded
         Continued from page 9                  ever camp choose to cross over to the       the number of BN seats.
        delineation among parties or coali-     winning side for reasons known only            In recent years also, sentiments
        tions is not as marked or rigid as in   to themselves.                              over state rights or state sovereign-
        West Malaysia or even Sarawak. For         Indeed, the crossing of party lines      ty have reportedly been on the rise
        example, it would not come as a sur-    by elected representatives is both fre-     in Sabah.
        prise at all to ordinary Sabahans if    quent and commonplace in Sabah, but            But these have been overshadowed
        elected representatives from which-     this does not seem to tarnish in the        by the recent intrusion into Sabah by
                                                                                            southern Filipinos and the consequent
                                                                       this is the second   need for national unity in times of dis-
                                                                     of a six-part
                                                                                            tress. In any case, the state opposi-
                                                                     series by rSiS
                                                                     commentators on        tion, which continues to be caught up
                                                                     the malaysian          in internal disagreements over the al-
                                                                     general election.      location of seats, has yet to fully capi-
                                                                                            talise on any changed sentiment.
                                                                                               Ultimately, federal-state relations
                                                                                            between Sabah and Putrajaya are un-
                                                                                            likely to be strongly afected one way
                                                                     NEXT                   or the other in the near future, as the
                                                                     RELIGION, THE          state winner will still have to work
                                                                     PERMANENT              with the federal government for de-
                                                                                            velopment needs in the state.
                                                                                               In the coming general election,
                                                                                            Sabah and Sarawak are no longer
                                                                                            ixed deposits for BN; they are poised
                                                                                            to assume their crucial roles as king-
                                                                                            makers. This will inevitably alter
                                                                                            their bargaining positions in the con-
                                                                                            test of federal-state relations, with the
                                                                                            states hoping to secure a more equi-
                                                                                            table footing.
                                                                                               Assuming it is returned to power,
                                                                                            it will be interesting to see how an
                                                                                            UMNO-led BN will deal with the
                                                                                            changed landscape.

                                                                                              oh ei Sun is a Senior fellow at the
                                                                                            S rajaratnam School of international Studies
                                                                                            (rSiS) at nanyang technological university.
11   comment analysis                                                                                                                              today • tuesday 9 april 2013

        The                                loop between Government and the gov-
                                           erned. Society is not singular but di-
                                           verse, diferentiated and assertive.      We would
                                                                                                    the non-Singaporean.
                                                                                                        The process of distilling Singa-
                                                                                                    porean-ness will almost inevitably
                                                                                                                                                   The question of Singaporean-ness
                                                                                                                                               must resist the notion that a global
                                                                                                                                               city has to be homogenised, with inter-

                                              The liberals in the arts and cul-     do better       deine our identity and character in        changeable buildings and landscapes.
                                           ture community have to reckon with       to seek out     relation and comparison to others              We would do better to instead seek
                                           the viewpoints of more conservative      authenticity,   outside. Yet, we should hope that the      out authenticity, so that there is a spe-
                                           citizen groups, and vice versa.          so that there   debate will not be xenophobic and an-      cial essential character — make ours

      culture                                 Take, for example, the debate on
                                           the decriminalisation of sex between
                                           gays. The strongest expressions of
                                                                                    is a special
                                                                                    character —
                                                                                                        Singapore as a whole has been
                                                                                                    an open society and our communi-
                                                                                                                                               a unique city, both Singaporean and
                                                                                                                                               global, and not one or the other.
                                                                                                                                                   In connection to Singapore as a

      contest                              opinions — both for and against —
                                           emerge not from the Government,
                                           but between diferent social groups.
                                              In these and other examples, even
                                                                                    make ours
                                                                                    a unique
                                                                                    city, both
                                                                                                    ties in arts, sports and heritage are
                                                                                                    among the sectors most open to out-
                                                                                                    side inluence. Many non-Singapore-
                                                                                                    ans have committed themselves to
                                                                                                                                               global city in Asia, we would do well
                                                                                                                                               to discuss the commensurate re-
                                                                                                                                               sponsibilities that Singaporeans may
                                                                                                                                               have to the rest of Asia and also as
 Continued from page 8                     as we proceed to look at Singaporean     and global,     this place and made signiicant con-        global citizens.
   What is welcomed is the Govern-         culture, we need to be mindful of the    and not one     tributions.                                    Culture, nation-building and the
ment’s recognition that the efort to       danger that “cultural wars” might        or the other.       For example, the recent passing        Singaporean identity will not be easy
shape culture must be made not just        emerge. I do not mean debates and dif-                   of veteran actress-director Christina      topics to carry forward.
by the State but, in Mr Wong’s words,      ferences, which must be accepted and                     Sergeant allows us to acknowledge              Yet, they must be re-emphasised
as a “whole-of-society partnership”.       even facilitated. But I would be con-                    how much a non-Singaporean has con-        if Singapore is to be a global hub and
   And just as the Government cannot       cerned where starkly diferent opin-                      tributed to the growth of the theatre      open society and have the essence and
provide the solutions, artists and citi-   ions clash without basic empathy or                      scene here.                                essentials to be a home.
zens too must concede that they also       even respect between fellow citizens                         The discussion of Singaporean cul-         The Government has called for a
have not generated a broad and clear       and residents.                                           ture and identity in this regard must      Singaporean core; a discussion should
agreement about what makes up our             This can afect how we relate to                       proceed within the context of two fur-     evolve to also consider what makes us
national identity.                         one another, with the result that the                    ther identity debates.                     Singaporean at our core.
   There is popular culture pastiche       questioning and search for a Singa-                          One is about Asian-ness. The rise of
like Phua Chu Kang; nostalgia for the      porean culture might quite uninten-                      Asia brings more hope and pride in be-
Kallang Roar; and many might em-           tionally lead to schisms.                                ing a hub in the region. Yet, Singapore-     this is the second of a two-part
phasise local food, family and friends.       Singapore has a history of toler-                     ans can sometimes be scathing about        commentary. to read part 1:
   But while these may be parts of the     ance of diferences and diversity, and                    other Asians, whether those who take
answer, Singaporean-ness as a whole        this will need to be reinforced as we                    on the jobs we do not want to do or        COMMENT
needs further consideration.               move forward.                                            those who drive expensive Ferraris.        WHAT MAKES
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WE SET YOU THINKING                 S’porean identity is cultivated over time
MANAGING DIRECTOR & EDITOR          FROM donovan chee KwoK hoe                                                                                        porean identity, though, is like pin-
Walter Fernandez
                                                                                                                                                      pointing what makes a good dish of
Carl Skadian                        Singapore prides herself for being a                                                                              rojak. Is it the shrimp paste or the
                                    multiracial and multicultural coun-                                                                               fried dough? How about the cucum-
loh Chee kong                       try. While this has been one of our                                                                               bers, tau pok and pineapple? When
Yvonne lim                          strengths, it has also been a weakness                                                                            mixed together, they make rojak a
EXECUTIVE EDITORS                   in cultivating our identity.                                                                                      wonderful dish.
razali abdullah
Phin Wong
                                       Though Malay is our national lan-                                                                                  It is also not easy to ind the per-
                                    guage, English is our common lan-                                                                                 fect local dish that appeals to every-
edriC Sng                           guage. We have no national costume,                                                                               one. And one must adapt to changing
EDITOR-AT-LARGE                     unlike the Scots or the Dutch.                                                                                    tastes, which is relective of our soci-
Conrad raj                             We use tissue packets to “chope”                                                                               ety: Our identity is evolving.
NEWS                                our seats for meals. We proclaim in jest                                                                              There are, however, two priceless
leong Wee keat                      that eating is our national pastime. We                                                                           ingredients: Passion and love for Sin-
VOICES                              debate over the best bak kut teh stall in                                                                         gapore. And nothing else would bond
derriCk a Paulo
                                    town. We think Singlish is embarrass-                                                                             Singaporeans more than the threat
trixia CarungCong
                                    ing but still use it with friends.          Nothing bonds us more than the threat of losing what we love in       of losing what we love in this country.
                                       Such a mishmash of positive and          this country, which is why Singaporeans are inextricably linked       This is why every Singaporean is in-
                                    negative makes up a little of our Sin-      to National Service. todaY File Photo                                 extricably linked to National Service.
david bottomleY
SPORTS                              gaporean identity. Many of the for-                                                                                   The Singaporean identity is not in-
gerard Wong                         eigners who live and work here have                               kinds of little but signiicant actions.         born, but is cultivated over generations
FEATURES                            tried to integrate through these                                     To say what exactly is the Singa-            through our common experiences.
ChriStoPher toh, maYo martin
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                                    Identity debate a cover for demands
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                                    FROM Gavin chay                                                   protected jobs, cheaper housing and             the preserve of the Opposition.
EDITORIAL SUPPORT • doreen Sabai                                                                      Certiicates of Entitlement and free-                We are probably at a crossroads
                                    The only thing that makes us Singa-         The current           bies of all kinds, that the current debate      and could become a lesson in history
today@mediacorp.com.sg              porean is our social, cultural and eco-     debate is             is fuelled more by a sense of entitlement       if Singaporeans refuse to see reality.
www.facebook.com/todayonline        nomic construct, which resulted from        fuelled more          than who we are as Singaporeans.                    Or, we could become a shining ex-
www.twitter.com/todayonline         the historical destiny of a mixed bag                                 Identity is a cover to justify these        ample of how a new generation of de-
                                                                                by a sense of
Caldecott broadcast Centre,         of early immigrants from various cor-       entitlement           unearned “needs”. The Government                termined Singaporeans overcame
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                                    the early settlers.                                               powered while Members of Parlia-
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Time to level the
playing field for                                                     World • 20
                                                                     N KOREA
                                                                                               teCh • 27
part-time students                                                  WORKERS
                                                                                            ACTIVE IN
                                                                    PRESSURE                 PHONE
FROM James Chia Wee tiong
                                                                      SEOUL                  ARENA
There is a general consensus on the
need to boost our economic produc-
                                           Since the
tivity to improve the quality of Singa-
pore’s growth. One way to do this is by
                                           has imposed
upgrading the labour force’s qualiica-
tions through education.
    To facilitate access to tertiary ed-
                                           and loan caps
ucation, the Central Provident Fund
                                           for full-time
(CPF) Education Scheme allows stu-
dents taking full-time government-
                                           these same
subsidised diploma or degree courses
                                           criteria and
at approved local institutions to apply
for loans from their own CPF savings
                                           could be
or their parents’.
                                           applied to
    However, the scheme is not open
to part-time students because work-
ing adults “are in a better position
to pay their tuition fees” and have
“greater lexibility” on when to com-
mence their studies once they have
enough savings, as explained on the
CPF website.
    At last year’s National Day Rally,
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong al-
so mentioned that the Government
needed to safeguard the CPF savings
of these students for their homes and
their future.
    But I say that part-time students
should not be left disadvantaged in
terms of avenues available to inance
their education.
    Firstly, students who can only pur-
sue part-time courses are already
disadvantaged. Their family circum-
stances make it necessary for them
to undertake full-time employment
while they pursue their studies.
    They may, therefore, have more
need for the scheme than students
who can aford not to work.
    Secondly, the need to safeguard
CPF savings is equally important for
part-time and full-time students (and
their parents).
    Since the Government has imposed
appropriate safeguards and loan caps
for full-time students, these same cri-
teria and restrictions could be applied
to part-time students.
    The Manpower Ministry should
level the playing ield.
    Giving part-time students access
to the scheme does not require gov-
ernment funds. It merely allows them
the same opportunity as their full-
time peers to unlock their own funds
to inance their education.
    Upgrading their skills helps them
increase their incomes and puts them
in a better position to repay their CPF
Education Scheme loans, no diferent
from full-time students.
    We would then be taking another
step towards an equal-opportunity so-
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  14        singapore
loan curbs                                                                                                                                          Dengue cases
                                                                                                                                                    continue to rise
No extension on lifting                                                                                  strictions, dealers should be able to
                                                                                                         sell most of the remaining 7,000 used
                                                                                                         cars within the two-month window,”
                                                                                                         said Mr Wong.
                                                                                                                                                    SINGAPORE —    The dengue outbreak
                                                                                                                                                    continued unabated, with 409

of car loan restrictions                                                                                     He reiterated that the curbs were
                                                                                                         introduced for two reasons, to encour-
                                                                                                         age inancial prudence among buyers
                                                                                                         and moderate the demand for cars,
                                                                                                                                                    people falling sick last week — the
                                                                                                                                                    highest rate since the start of the
                                                                                                                                                    year. The toll was the largest in a
                                                                                                                                                    seven-day period since January.
SUMITA SREEDHARAN                         of Deputy Prime Minister Tharman                               which has seen Certiicate of Entitle-          By 3pm yesterday, another 60
sumitas@mediacorp.com.sg                  Shanmugaratnam, who is the Minis-                              ment (COE) premiums and car prices         people had been infected. At least
                                          ter in charge of the MAS, in response                          rising sharply over the past year.         3,846 people have contracted the
SINGAPORE — The lifting of car inancing   to parliamentary questions filed by      (The MAS)                 Higher COE prices contribute to a      mosquito-borne disease since Janu-
restrictions for used-car buyers for 60   Members of Parliament (MPs) Lim          will not for          higher inlation rate and create nega-      ary, compared to 4,632 in the whole
days will not be extended beyond the      Biow Chuan (Mountbatten) and Lee         some time             tive spillover efects on the broader       of last year. The top four active clus-
stated period, said Acting Minister for   Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC).                  revert to the         economy.                                   ters are in Tampines St 12 (109 cas-
Culture, Community and Youth Law-            Mr Wong said data from the Land       pre-February              Ms Foo Mee Har (West Coast GRC)        es), Tampines St 71 (52), Yishun St
rence Wong in Parliament yesterday.       Transport Authority (LTA) indicated      situation of          expressed concerns about buyers who        23 (34) and Serangoon Gardens (31).
   He added that the Monetary Au-         that of the 11,000 used cars acquired    having no             were “less cash rich” taking personal          A dengue cluster is formed when
thority of Singapore (MAS) “will not      before the introduction of the inanc-    inancing              loans from banks or moneylenders,          two or more dengue cases occur
for some time revert to the pre-Feb-      ing restrictions on Feb 26, 4,000 were   restrictions on       that have interest rates that are six to   within 14 days and the homes of
ruary situation of having no inancing     sold in the one month since the loan     car purchases.        12 times that of car loan rates, to tide   the dengue victims are within the
restrictions on car purchases”.           curbs were introduced.                   Mr Lawrence Wong      them over for the purchase of a car.       distance of 150 metres.
                                                                                   ACTING MINISTER FOR
   Mr Wong, who is a board member            “Based on this trend, and with the    CULTURE, COMMUNITY
                                                                                                             In response, Mr Wong said that the         The National Environment
at the MAS, was speaking on behalf        temporary lifting of the inancial re-    AND YOUTH             situation was something that the au-       Agency (NEA) has listed on its
                                                                                                         thorities would have to monitor.           website nine areas where resi-
                                                                                                             “I don’t think we have seen any        dents have a higher risk of DEN-1
                                                                                                         signs of loan behaviour being driven       virus transmission. The areas are
                                                                                                         to moneylenders, but we will continue      Jurong West Ave 1/Jurong West St
                                                                                                         to monitor and make sure that doesn’t      51, Fernvale Road/Fernvale Link,
                                                                                                         happen,” he added.                         Lorong 5 Toa Payoh /Lorong 7 Toa
                                                                                                             Some MPs, such as Mr Lim and           Payoh, Claymore Hill, River Valley
                                                                                                         Nominated Member Teo Siong Seng,           Close/River Valley Road, Seran-
                                                                                                         suggested the MAS allow car buyers         goon Road, Bedok Reservoir Road,
                                                                                                         to borrow up to 70 per cent of the ve-     Lorong 6, 8, 10, 12 Geylang, Lorong
                                                                                                         hicle purchase price, higher than the      22, 24, 24A, 26, 28, 30, 32 Geylang.
                                                                                                         current 50 per cent.                           The NEA said the local popu-
                                                                                                             In response, Mr Wong said: “We         lation has lower immunity to the
                                                                                                         will continue to monitor develop-          DEN-1 virus serotype, which could
                                                                                                         ments in the COE market and we will        mean quicker transmission of den-
                                                                                                         recalibrate our inancing restrictions      gue in those areas. It has advised
                                                                                                         for all cars, new and old, in response     residents to step up dengue preven-
                                                                                                         to market conditions in particular,        tion measures by checking for stag-
                                                                                                         if there is a sustained moderation in      nant water in their homes at least
                                                                                                         COE prices.”                               once a week. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
15   singapore                                                                                                                                        today • tuesday 9 april 2013

Amended Fire                                                                                               More doctors, nurses in
                                                                                                           public healthcare sector
Safety Act                                                                                                 SINGAPORE — The number of doctors        ly to remain broadly comparable in-

gives firefighters                                                                                           and nurses in the public healthcare
                                                                                                           sector increased by about 50 and
                                                                                                           70 per cent respectively over the last
                                                                                                                                                    ternationally with economies with
                                                                                                                                                    similar economic development and
                                                                                                                                                    ageing demographic,” said Dr Khor.

more powers
                                                                                                           ive years, but the Ministry of Health        She also said that should there be
                                                                                                           (MOH) said it will continue to ramp      a surge in the need for healthcare in
                                                                                                           up eforts to recruit more healthcare     the event of a pandemic, the health-
                                                            Firefighters now have more powers to shut       professionals and improve productiv-     care institutions have processes in
EUGENE NEUBRONNER                                           down buildings during fires. TODAY FILE PHOTO   ity to meet the needs of Singapore’s     place to handle the situation. Elec-
eugenen@mediacorp.com.sg                                                                                   growing and ageing population.           tive surgeries will be temporarily cut
                                                            to put in place required abatement                There are some 6,200 doctors          back, and hospitals can outsource
SINGAPORE —  Fireighters will get en-                       and mitigation measures.                       and 21,000 nurses in the public sec-     services where possible and recall
hanced powers to shut down buildings                           He also stressed that the new law           tor, which means that the doctor-to-     temporary staf.
during ires and go after recalcitrant                       would apply only to recalcitrant of-           population ratio improved to 1:520           “Manpower could also be de-
ofenders after Parliament approved                          fenders who have had three or more             from 1:620 between 2007 and 2012,        ployed across various healthcare
changes to the Fire Safety Act yester-                      court convictions for ire hazard of-           while the nurse-to-population ratio      systems depending on where the
day. The Act was last amended in 2004.                      fences during the past 24 months.              rose to 1:154 from 1:205 during the      loading and the need is,” added
   Senior Minister of State for Home                           Penalties will also go up to a maxi-        same period.                             Dr Khor.
Afairs Masagos Zulkili said yester-                         mum of S$200,000 and/or 24 months’                M i n ist er of St at e ( Hea lth)        Mr Lam Pin Min, Member of
day that the changes will allow the                         imprisonment, compared to the exist-           Dr Amy Khor revealed these igures        Parliament for Sengkang West and
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)                        ing ine of S$50,000 and/or 12 months’          in Parliament yesterday as she laid      chair of the Government Parliamen-
to close buildings which pose a fire        SINGAPORE       imprisonment. This, said Mr Masa-              out the ministry’s eforts and meas-      tary Committee for Health, asked
hazard for up to 72 hours.                  hAS ONE OF      gos, would put it in line with similar of-     ures to address staf shortages and       Dr Khor if the ministry could look in-
                                           thE lOWESt
   Previously, such a closure order       FIRE FAtAlItIES   fences under the Building Control Act.         retain healthcare professionals in       to encouraging more doctors to take
must be rescinded once the ire haz-           AMONG            Building and pipeline owners of pe-         the public sector.                       up specialty training in the areas of
ard is abated. It can also only be im-    MAJOR CItIES,     troleum and lammable materials will               Last year, the Government en-         rehabilitation and geriatric medi-
                                            WIth JuSt
posed if the safety of people within                        also have to step up their responses           hanced the salaries of healthcare        cine, which were more “relevant” to
the premises “cannot be reasonably
ensured by any other means”.
   Mr Masagos noted it would be used
                                          0.02              to emergencies.
                                                               The current Fire Emergency Plan
                                                            will be expanded to include plans not
                                                                                                           professionals to be more “competi-
                                                                                                           tive against the market”. It will also
                                                                                                           be expanding intakes to meet the
                                                                                                                                                    the ageing population.
                                                                                                                                                        In response, Dr Khor said the
                                                                                                                                                    ministry will look at the different
only as a “matter of last resort”, with   fatalities        just for fires, but also fire-related          projected demand for 20,000 more         specialties required and encourage
the SCDF relying on other measures          PER 100,000     emergencies such as gas and chem-              healthcare professionals by 2020.        doctors to specialise in areas that
such as ines and court-imposed clo-        POPulAtION       ical leaks. It will be renamed as the             “With the expansion, the nurse        will be “increasingly in demand”,
                                            lASt yEAR
sure orders to compel premise owners                        Emergency Response Plan.                       and doctor-to-patient ratio are like-    such as geriatric care. AShlEy ChIA
16   singapore                                                                                                                                  today • tuesday 9 april 2013

Two Singaporeans dead in M’sian boat accident                                                                            60 applications
SINGAPORE — A boat accident of Pulau
Layak in Pahang, Malaysia, on Sunday
has left two Singaporeans dead and
                                       NewsAsia’s query about a Malaysian
                                       online report on an accident involving
                                       a pleasure craft carrying Singapore-
                                                                                Commission in Kuala Lumpur and the
                                                                                Consulate-General in Johor Baru are
                                                                                on the ground to help with the repa-
                                                                                                                         for MOE pilot
one missing.
   A Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(MFA) spokesman said five other
                                       ans and a ishing trawler.
                                          The spokesman said the MFA is
                                       providing consular assistance to the
                                                                                triation of the deceased and injured
                                                                                to Singapore.
                                                                                   They are also in touch with the Ma-
Singaporeans were injured and are
receiving medical attention.
   He was responding to Channel
                                       Singaporeans involved in the accident
                                       and their families.
                                          Oicers from the Singapore High
                                                                                laysian authorities on the search-and-
                                                                                rescue eforts for the missing Singa-
                                                                                porean. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
                                                                                                                         on first day
                                                                                                                         Registration opens for
                                                                                                                         two of the five pre-schools

                                                                                                                         AMANDA LEE AND LOUISA TANG

                                                                                                                         SINGAPORE — About 60 applications
                                                                                                                         for two of the Ministry of Educa-
                                                                                                                         tion’s (MOE) pilot kindergartens
                                                                                                                         were received on the first day of
                                                                                                                         registration, which kicked of yes-
                                                                                                                         terday at Punggol View Prima-
                                                                                                                         ry School and Dazhong Primary
                                                                                                                         School. The kindergartens will be
                                                                                                                         located at these schools and ofer
                                                                                                                         120 places each.
                                                                                                                             Registration at Punggol View
                                                                                                                         began in earnest as a steady stream
                                                                                                                         of more than 30 parents showed up
                                                                                                                         during the irst two hours of regis-
                                                                                                                         tration, relecting the high number
                                                                                                                         of families with young children in
                                                                                                                         the area.
                                                                                                                             In comparison, Dazhong, which
                                                                                                                         is situated in Bukit Batok, had at
                                                                                                                         most 15 parents turning up during
                                                                                                                         the irst two hours.
                                                                                                                             Most parents who registered
                                                                                                                         their children yesterday said they
                                                                                                                         were mostly drawn by the MOE’s
                                                                                                                         curriculum, though some appeared
                                                                                                                         confused about the oferings.
                                                                                                                             For exa mple, a mother at
                                                                                                                         Dazhong wanted to register her
                                                                                                                         three-year-old child for nursery, but
                                                                                                                         she was turned away as registration
                                                                                                                         was only for K1. Another parent
                                                                                                                         wanted to register her child for K2.
                                                                                                                             Ms Janice Chong, who reg-
                                                                                                                         istered her four-year-old son at
                                                                                                                         Punggol View, said the roadshow
                                                                                                                         she attended last week had given
                                                                                                                         her a “good brief outline” of what
                                                                                                                         the MOE kindergarten could ofer.
                                                                                                                             “The main reason I chose (this
                                                                                                                         is because of) the education frame-
                                                                                                                         work. It is a better transition to Pri-
                                                                                                                         mary One (for my child and) I have
                                                                                                                         conidence in the MOE,” added the
                                                                                                                         35-year-old relationship manager.
                                                                                                                             The ministry’s pilot kindergar-
                                                                                                                         tens will feature a curriculum with
                                                                                                                         distinctly Singapore content, using
                                                                                                                         local themes, stories and songs that
                                                                                                                         draw on things and experiences fa-
                                                                                                                         miliar to children.
                                                                                                                             The MOE said the registration
                                                                                                                         forms will only be processed at the
                                                                                                                         end of the registration period, as        It is a better
                                                                                                                         registration is not on a irst-come-       transition to
                                                                                                                         irst-served basis.                        Primary One
                                                                                                                             Parents have till this Friday to      (for my child
                                                                                                                         register for the two kindergartens.       and) I have
                                                                                                                         Registration for the other three          conidence
                                                                                                                         at Blangah Rise Primary, Farrer           in the MOE.
                                                                                                                         Park Primary and at a community
                                                                                                                                                                   Ms Janice Chong
                                                                                                                         site in Tampines Street 45, Block         MOTHER OF
                                                                                                                         489C, commences on April 15.              FOUR-YEAR-OLD BOY
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

iNdustry tie-ups

NTU research
centre to boost
optical, laser                                                  BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Precision engineering and
biomedical sectors will
also benefit from research
                                                                Building up to
KoK Xing Hui
                                                                a bright future
                                                                Construction management
SINGAPORE —    Lowering the cost of                             is a specialised field
medical imaging for tissue and can-                             with a bright future
cer diagnosis is among the areas a
new Nanyang Technological Uni-
versity (NTU) research centre will
look into as it helps local companies                           Skyscrapers are a common sight
sharpen their edge in optical and la-                           in Singapore and boast increas-
ser engineering.                                                ingly distinct features. But what’s
    Known as the Centre for Optical                             being done underground is al-
and Laser Engineering, the new facil-                           so attracting plenty of interest.
ity aims to develop commercial appli-                           Projects like the Jurong Rock           Ms Wong’s degree opened a wide range of jobs for her. PHOTO: KOH MUI FONG
cations in the ield, which has played                           Caverns — South-east Asia’s irst
a part in the development of micro-                             underground liquid hydrocarbon          Ms Wong discovered that her degree            Valuers) and will be a good stepping stone
scopes, digital cameras and the opti-                           storage facility — present inter-       complemented her work.                        for anyone just starting their career.”
cal mouse used for computers over the                           esting opportunities and a grow-           “As it is a part-time degree, a lot of        The lessons Ms Wong learned weren’t
last decade.                                                    ing demand for skilled profession-      skills we learned can be easily and di-       just limited to textbooks and lecture
    The research will focus on three ar-                        als who can meet such challenges.       rectly applied to our work. It’s a win-win    notes either. “The lecturers shared their
eas: Computational optics, optical me-                              This is where SIM Global Edu-       situation, as we get to gain work expe-       real-life working experiences and this
trology and instrumentation, and laser                          cation (SIM GE), and the Bachelor       rience and apply what we learn in this        often led to short discussions in class.”
processing and patterning.                                      of Applied Science (Construction        degree together,” she said.                      The RMIT’s Bachelor of Applied
    At the launch of the centre yester-                         Management), which is awarded                                                         Science (Construction Management)
day, NTU said seven local companies                             by RMIT University, Australia,          NEW PATHS AHEAD                               programme with SIM GE is a fully ac-
and one multinational company have                              come in.                                                                              credited Australian undergraduate
signed on as its irst industry part-                                                                    Already, Ms Wong sees exciting and di-        degree and graduates are eligible for
ners. The new centre has also se-                               WIN-WIN                                 verse opportunities opening up for her.       membership in the Australian Insti-
cured industry and research funding                                                                         “With this degree, a wide range of        tute of Building, the Australian Insti-
of over S$10 million, bringing its total                        Construction Management is a            jobs in the building and construction in-     tute of Quantity Surveyors and other
to S$30 million, the university added.                          specialised ield of study, but one      dustry becomes open to you — positions        professional bodies in both Australia
    Optical and laser engineering re-                           that will be in demand as Sing-         including Construction Supervisors,           and Singapore.
search will propel the precision engi-                          apore seeks to maximise its land        Contract Administrators and Project              Should graduates like Ms Wong set
neering and biomedical sectors here                             use. It is also a path that opens the   Managers. The course equips gradu-            their sights higher, they can also gain
to new heights, said research centre                            doors to a diverse career, some-        ates with relevant real-world knowledge.      admission into Masters programmes
director Professor Anand Krish-                                 thing that appeals to Ms Wong           Market demand is high as well.”               in other institutions, opening up even
na Asundi.                                                      Kam Sum, 25, who graduated                  “The programme offers a solid             wider professional horizons in the proc-
    Precision engineering contributes                           from the programme with First           foundation for Construction Manage-           ess. PRODUCED BY THE TODAY SPECIAL
about 10 per cent of the total output of                        Class Honours last year. She cur-       ment, Project Management and Quan-            PROJECTS TEAM
the manufacturing sector, which cur-                            rently works as a Quantity Sur-         tity Surveying. It also has quite a good
rently makes up 22 per cent of Singa-      The centre’s         veyor at construction consultancy       reputation,” Ms Wong added.
pore’s gross domestic product.                                  Faithful & Gould.                           Besides learning technical skills                  ABOUT THE COURSE
                                           industry partners
    The research centre also aims to        Sunny instrument       The part-time programme              such as cost planning and tendering, Ms
develop optical and laser engineers,        WaveLab             lasts two -and-a-half years             Wong also learnt management theories                The Bachelor of Applied Science
as it works closely with the Economic       Scientiic           and dovetailed perfectly with           such as construction management and             (Construction Management) has two
                                            KLA Tencore         Ms Wong ’s requ i rements.              the industrial environment, a range of          annual intakes in January and July.
Development Board to support the tui-                                                                                                                   Applications for the July intake close
tion fees of PhD students working on        JM Vistec System       Better yet, graduates are            subjects that is relevant to the industry.      on April 24. Visit www.simge.edu.sg for
industry projects in home-grown and         Life Technologies   awarded the same degree as                  Said Ms Wong: “The modules for the          more details.
                                            Holdings                                                                                                         Students enrolling in this Bachelor
multinational companies.                                        full-time students studying in          degree were designed to meet the cur-
                                            Disco Hi-Tec                                                                                                programme at SIM GE can also apply for
    To groom talent in this ield, NTU       (Singapore)         RMIT University, Australia,             rent needs of the construction market.
                                                                                                                                                        the Keong Hong Holdings Scholarship.
started a specialisation in optical         opto-Precision      and classes are taught by both          The course is recognised by both local          It is bond-free and covers the full
engineering in 2011 as part of its Mas-     Precision optical   RMIT faculty members and lo-            and overseas construction-related com-          programme fees, plus a S$600 book
ter’s Degree programme in Preci-            Systems             cal lecturers at SIM campus.            panies. It is also accredited by the SISV       allowance. To ind out more about the
sion Engineering.                           Singapore              It was well-structured, and          (Singapore Institute of Surveyors and           scholarship, visit www.keonghong.com.
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

  18      china&india
 sports • 29                   t • 32   doing business in china

 THE                           BACK
                               IN THE
                                        Foreign investors
                                        to China’s Xi:
                                        Cut the red tape
                                        Restrictions on investment and
                                        outright discrimination are
                                        problems foreign firms also face

                                        BOAO (CHINA) —   Major multinational
                                        companies appealed gingerly to Chi-
                                        nese President Xi Jinping yesterday
                                        to reduce barriers to doing business in
                                        China’s heavily government-directed
                                        economy, drawing his commitment to
                                        create a more level playing ield.
                                            In a rare audience with the head
                                        of the Communist Party during Chi-
                                        na’s annual Boao Forum for Asia that
                                        gathers the global elite, executives
                                        from PepsiCo, Samsung Group, Vol-
                                        vo Group and more than a dozen oth-
                                        er companies — from agribusinesses
                                        to inance — traded handshakes with        Mr Xi promised to ensure a level playing
                                        Mr Xi while broaching the problems        ield for all market players. PHOTO: REUTERS
                                        that have bedevilled business success
                                        in the world’s second-largest economy.    favour Chinese state irms and out-
                                            They complained about red tape        right discrimination because of po-
                                        and restrictions on investment that       litical problems.
19   china&india                                                                                                                                         today • tuesday 9 april 2013

    Among the few direct criticisms,       Mr Xi has employed a more direct,
PepsiCo President Zein Abdalla called      plain-speaking style to appeal to the
for fairer treatment and decried lim-      public, talking about the need for the
its on investing in agriculture, which     leadership to curb corruption. His
Pepsi wants for its Lay’s potato chips     catch-all policy slogan, the China
and Quaker Oats products. He said          Dream, speaks to people’s aspirations
continued investment by the thou-          for better lives.
sands of American companies would              Though their investment has
depend on whether Beijing pushes           helped drive China’s booming econo-
ahead with market reforms.                 my, foreign businesses often felt their
    “They are here and they will stay as   concerns were given short shrift in the
long as the commitment to reform and       past decade.
opening up is maintained. Likewise,            For most of the meeting at a gov-
foreign companies like ours natural-       ernment guesthouse in the island
ly share your recent calls, President      town of Boao, Mr Xi listened.
Xi, to promote transparency and fair-          “Your suggestions are very help-
ness. The better we understand the         ful,” he said towards the end of the
policy directions and the politics of      nearly hour-long gathering. “Over
decision-making in China, the better       the 30 years of reform and opening,
we can plan to commit resources and        listening to criticisms has helped us
continue to build successful business-     grow and mature.”                          A rescued miner being carried out of the mine shaft of a looded coal mine yesterday in Weng’an county,
es,” said Mr Abdalla.                          Mr Xi ofered no more than a gen-       south-west China’s Guizhou province. Three other miners remain missing. PHOTO: AP
    The Chairman of Thailand-based         eral commitment to protect foreign
agribusiness Charoen Pokphand              companies’ interests, “provide a level                                                                    located in south-west China’s Guizhou
Group urged better inancing and tax
incentives for private businesses.
                                           playing ield for all market players”
                                           and continue efforts to make China
                                                                                      Trapped China                                                  province. They have been hospitalised
                                                                                                                                                     and are in stable condition. Three oth-
    The head of Japan’s shipping and
logistics company, Nippon Yusen Ka-
                                           more attractive to foreign investors.
                                               He promised that China’s matur-
                                                                                      miners rescued                                                 er miners remain missing.
                                                                                                                                                        The mine looded at around 10pm
bushiki Kaisha, or NYK, elliptical-
ly referred to the bitter dispute be-
                                           ing economy would continue to grow
                                           quickly, even if not at the rapid nearly   after almost 60 hours                                          on Friday, trapping nine miners.
                                                                                                                                                        Rescuers on Sunday had been wait-
tween Beijing and Tokyo over East          10 per cent annual pace it has man-                                                                       ing for the water level to recede before
China Sea islands and the spillover        aged in recent decades.                    BEIJING — Three miners in China were                           entering the shaft. Xinhua said the po-
it had on Japanese businesses, which           “Through our efforts, it is possi-     rescued yesterday after spending two-                          lice have detained eight people in the
saw imports and sales in China plum-       ble for China to sustain a fairly high     and-a-half days trapped underground                            ongoing investigation.
met last year.                             speed of economic growth. A very           because of looding in a coal mine that                            China’s mines have long been the
    The encounter marks another way        high speed of growth we will not sus-      killed three of their colleagues.                              world’s deadliest. Safety improve-
Mr Xi is diferentiating himself from       tain. We don’t want to and we cannot.         The Xinhua news agency said the                             ments have reduced deaths in recent
his predecessor, the reticent, stif Hu     But a fairly high speed of growth can      three were lifted to safety early yester-                      years, but regulations are often ig-
Jintao. Since taking over in November,     be sustained,” Mr Xi said. AP              day from the mine in Weng’an county,                           nored and accidents still common. AP
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

  20         world
tensions in the peninsula

N Korea withdraws workers to pressure Seoul
SEOUL — North Korea said yesterday          pend on the Seoul government’s at-           More than 470 South Koreans re-                                 around the entrance of the other un-
that it was withdrawing all its 53,000      titude, he said, making it clear that     mained in Kaesong yesterday, hoping                                used tunnel, oicials here said.
workers from an industrial park jointly     Pyongyang was using the future of         that the North would lift the blockade.                               “For now, we don’t see them as
run with South Korea, casting doubt         the factory park to pressure Seoul for       China’s Foreign Ministry yester-                                an indication of a nuclear test,” said
on the future of the last remaining         political concessions.                    day said it wanted to see nuclear-free      It is a tragedy        Mr Kim Min Seok, a spokesman for
symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation.         Hours earlier, South Korea said it     peace on the Korean peninsula.              that the               the Defence Ministry. “But since they
   The Kaesong industrial complex,          had no intention of ofering dialogue         A ministry spokesman, Mr Hong            industrial             prepared both tunnels for the last
in the North Korean border town of          with the North. Doing so, amid a tor-     Lei, told a briefing that China “be-        zone, which            test, we believe that once North Ko-
the same name, has been operating           rent of North Korean threats to at-       lieves that the only way to realise de-     should serve           rea makes up its mind, it can conduct
for eight years despite political and       tack the South and the United States      nuclearisation is dialogue among all        purposes               another nuclear test any time.”
military tensions, including the North      with nuclear weapons, would be tanta-     the parties concerned”.                     of national               The measured statement came as
Korean artillery attack on a South          mount to capitulation and would only         UN Secretary-General Ban Ki              reconciliation,        South Korean oicials were still un-
Korean island three years ago.              embolden the North’s brinkmanship,        Moon also urged North Korea to “ful-        unity,                 sure whether North Korea intended to
   North Korea’s decision to withdraw       oicials here said.                        ly comply with the relevant Security        peace and              push ahead with another nuclear test,
its workers, although it called the            Pyongyang has blocked South Ko-        Council resolutions”.                       reuniication,          which would trigger more UN sanc-
move “temporary”, has presented the         rean managers and cargo trucks from          Yesterday, South Korean oicials          has been               tions and aggravate tensions, or was
most serious challenge to its viability.    crossing the heavily armed border to      reported activities at the North’s main     reduced to             posturing to draw Washington and
   The North “will temporarily sus-         Kaesong for six days to protest Unit-     nuclear test site, but said it was too      a theatre of           Seoul back to the negotiating table.
pend the operations in the zone and         ed Nations (UN) sanctions and joint       early to tell whether the country would     confrontation             Japanese oicials yesterday said
examine the issue of whether it will al-    military drills that the US and South     conduct another underground nuclear         between                they have stepped up measures to
low its existence or close it”, the coun-   Korea are conducting on the Korean        test despite escalating tensions.           compatriots            ensure the nation’s safety.
try’s official Korean Central News          peninsula.                                   On Feb 12, Pyongyang detonated a         and war                   The country’s media reported over
Agency quoted Mr Kim Yang Gon, a               The blockade quickly dried up the      nuclear device inside one of the two        against the            the weekend that the Defence Minis-
secretary of the Central Committee          fuel, food and raw materials for 123      tunnels it was believed to have pre-        North.                 ter has put destroyers with missile in-
of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party        South Korean factories there, forcing     pared in its main test site in the north-   Mr Kim Yang Gon        terception systems on alert to shoot
of Korea, as saying after his visit to      20 of them to stop operating as of yes-   east of the country.                        A SECRETARY OF THE     down any missile or missile debris
                                                                                                                                  CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Kaesong yesterday.                          terday, even before the North’s deci-        South Korea has lately detected ve-      OF THE NORTH’S WORK-   that appears to be headed for Japa-
   The North’s inal decision will de-       sion to pull out its workers.             hicle, cargo and personnel movements        ERS’ PARTY OF KOREA    nese territory. AGENCIES

US plans ‘tit-for-tat response’ to North Korea                                                                                                           publicly disclosed — both to deter the
                                                                                                                                                         North and to reassure South Koreans.
                                                                                                                                                            Still, White House oicials are at-
WASHINGTON — As North Korea hints at           Under the plan, the source of any      if it were headed towards open wa-                                 tempting to downplay the military
new military provocations in the com-       North Korean attack will be hit with      ter, even if it went over Japan, as one                            build-up on the peninsula in an efort
ing days, the United States and South       similar weapons, the report said.         previous North Korean test did.                                    to calm the situation. Mr Dan Pfeifer,
Korea have drawn up joint plans to             South Korea’s National Security Di-        “The new agreement deines action                               the senior adviser to President Barack
respond more forcefully than in the         rector said on Sunday that the North      down to the tactical level and locks in                            Obama, said on Sunday that North Ko-
recent past, but in a limited way in-       this week might launch one of its new     alliance political consultations at the                            rea had displayed similar behaviour
tended to prevent an escalation to          Musudan missiles, a modiied version       highest level,” a US oicial said. The                              “many times” in the past.
broader war.                                of a missile Russia used for decades      oicial stressed that the South Kore-                                  Mr Obama, oicials said, has ruled
   The new “counter-provocation”            aboard its submarines. If so, Pentagon    an military would take the lead in any                             out striking at the missiles while they
plan is calling for an immediate but        oicials said they would be ready to       response to hostilities from the North                             are on their launchers, when they are
proportional “response in kind” to          calculate its trajectory within seconds   short of war.                                                      easiest to destroy, unless there is evi-
North Korea if it decides to launch a       and try to shoot it down if it appeared       In the past, classified addenda to                             dence they are being itted with nucle-
ground attack or a missile, The New         headed towards impact in South Ko-        the war plan for the Korean Peninsula                              ar warheads, which intelligence oi-
York Times reported on Sunday, cit-         rea, Japan or Guam, a US territory.       had not been publicised. So, it is nota-                           cials doubt North Korea yet possesses.
ing unnamed US oicials.                        But they planned to do nothing         ble that agreement on a new plan was                               AGENCIES
21   world                                                                                                                                                   today • tuesday 9 april 2013

Najib asks pensioners                                                                         Let it be heard out-
                                                                                              side this hall ... Let it
                                                                                              be heard across the
                                                                                                                                                         ment was committed to helping the
                                                                                                                                                         community expand its equity partici-
                                                                                                                                                         pation through a number of initiatives.

to help close vote gap                                                               country that only the cur-
                                                                                     rent ruling government is
                                                                                     able to promise major trans-
                                                                                     formation for our country.
                                                                                                                                                             Yesterday, another component
                                                                                                                                                         party of BN, the Malaysian Chinese
                                                                                                                                                         Association (MCA), confirmed that
                                                                                                                                                         Dr Ng Yen Yen was dropped from
PUTRAJAYA — Malaysian Prime Minis-        that only the current ruling govern-                                                                           the candidate list for Raub, a Pahang
                                                                                     Mr Najib Razak
ter Najib Razak greeted over 3,000        ment is able to promise major trans-       MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER
                                                                                                                                                         parliamentary hot seat where she has
retired civil servants yesterday, as he   formation for our country,” the Pre-                                                               PHOTO: AP
                                                                                                                                                         served for three terms.
asked the group to pool their strength    mier said during a meet-and-greet                                                                                  Raub MCA chief Lam Kang Sang
in order to keep the ruling Barisan Na-   session at the Putrajaya Internation-                             lays National Organisation) support-         said yesterday that he had met Mr Na-
sional (BN) coalition in Putrajaya.       al Convention Centre in the adminis-                              ers. UMNO is the dominant party in           jib twice and the Prime Minister was
    Mr Najib believes that the pension-   trative capital.                                                  the BN.                                      very clear on the need to ield a “win-
ers’ votes are essential to counter a        Earlier, the President of the UMNO                                Mr Najib believes that the pension-       nable candidate”.
number of former high-ranking gov-        Pensioners Club, Mr Aseh Che Mat,                                 ers hold the votes that will determine           Dr Ng had previously defeated op-
ernment oicials who have joined the       noted that there are over 700,000 re-                             the victor in the polls, hailing them as     position Democratic Action Party can-
opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coali-     tired civil servants all over the coun-                           the “wiser, more experienced” group          didates in Raub, winning with a 9,822
tion in the past few months.              try, and if counted together with their                           compared to other Malaysians.                majority in 2004 and a smaller major-
    “Let it be heard outside this hall    spouses, can contribute to around 1.5                                Mr Najib also reached out to Indian       ity of 2,752 votes in the 2008 polls.
... Let it be heard across the country    million potential UMNO (United Ma-                                voters last night, saying his govern-        THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Voters will choose PM: PAS chief                                                                               Mr Hadi said that whoever from
                                                                                                            the PR becomes Prime Minister has
                                                                                                            to be accepted by voters and noted
                                                                                                                                                             “There will be (non-Muslims). We
                                                                                                                                                         are working towards it and ... there
                                                                                                                                                         will be non-Malay candidates,” Mr
SHAH ALAM — Mr   Abdul Hadi Awang,        felt he was a suitable candidate for the                          that this included non-Muslim voters.        Hadi told reporters.
the President of Parti Islam SeMa-        country’s top post, saying the issue                                 He gave a commitment that the                 “The problem is that a lot of the
laysia (PAS), a component party of        would be determined by the voters.                                Islamist party will ield non-Muslim          non-Muslim majority seats have been
the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR)        The coalition had previously agreed                               candidates in the elections despite          taken up by other parties but we will
alliance, said yesterday that voters      that the post should be given to oppo-                            saying that it faced diiculties ind-         look for suitable seats,” he added.
would ultimately decide who gets to       sition leader Anwar Ibrahim.                                      ing suitable seats for them.                     PAS appears to be banking on its
be Prime Minister if the coalition wins       “This thing, we need to go through                               He said seat allocation talks with        non-Muslim candidates to broaden
the coming general election.              the democratic process. I would not                               PAS allies in the PR was virtually com-      its support base in the polls, with the
   The former Terengganu Chief Min-       say more on this. We should be ensur-                             pleted but most of the seats deemed          party’s election director saying that
ister said the coalition would irst fo-   ing the victory of all our candidates                             suitable for the party’s non-Malay can-      the move will signal to voters that it is
cus on winning the polls before dis-      first,” Mr Hadi told reporters after                              didates had been taken up by the other       “open and democratic” and support-
cussing the matter.                       giving a talk on the party’s “welfare                             component parties, the Democratic Ac-        ed by Malaysians of diferent races.
   Mr Hadi also refused to state if he    state” push here.                                                 tion Party or Parti Keadilan Rakyat.         THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
22   world                                                                                                                                    today • tuesday 9 april 2013

cardiovascular research

Compound in red meat linked to heart disease
Researchers say carnitine,   NEW YORK — Doctors have long as-            as a dietary supplement and is an in-                            and mice, certain bacteria in the di-
                             sumed that saturated fat and choles-        gredient in certain energy drinks.                               gestive tract convert carnitine into a
a compound abundant in red   terol in red meat are what increase the        Carnitine typically helps the body                            metabolite called TMAO, which pro-
meat, increases the risk                                                                                          Cholesterol is
                             risk of heart disease. But a study in the   transport fatty acids into cells to be                           motes atherosclerosis, or a thickening
                                                                                                                  still needed
of cardiovascular disease,   journal Nature Medicine ingers an-          used as energy. But researchers at the
                                                                                                                  to clog the             of the arteries.
heart attack and stroke      other culprit: Carnitine, a compound        Cleveland Clinic, an academic medi-                                  The researchers, led by Dr Stanley
                             abundant in red meat that is also sold      cal centre, found that in both humans                            Hazen, Chief of Cellular and Molecu-
                                                                                                                  but TMAO
                                                                                                                                          lar Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s
                                                                                                                  changes how
                                                                                                                                          Lerner Research Institute, tested the
                                                                                                                  cholesterol is
                                                                                                                                          carnitine and TMAO levels of omni-
                                                                                                                                          vores, vegans and vegetarians, and
                                                                                                                  like the
                                                                                                                                          examined the records of 2,595 pa-
                                                                                                                  dimmer on a
                                                                                                                                          tients undergoing cardiac evaluations.
                                                                                                                  light switch. It
                                                                                                                                              In patients with high TMAO levels,
                                                                                                                  may explain
                                                                                                                                          the more carnitine in their blood, the
                                                                                                                  why two
                                                                                                                                          higher the risk of developing cardio-
                                                                                                                  people can
                                                                                                                                          vascular disease, heart attack, stroke
                                                                                                                  have the same
                                                                                                                                          and death. The researchers said the
                                                                                                                  LDL level
                                                                                                                                          study could lead to new treatment for
                                                                                                                  (a measure
                                                                                                                                          heart disease — perhaps even an anti-
                                                                                                                  of a type of
                                                                                                                                          biotic to speciically wipe out the bac-
                                                                                                                                          terial culprit — and also a new way to
                                                                                                                  but one
                                                                                                                                          assess heart disease risk by testing
                                                                                                                                          for TMAO in the blood.
                                                                                                                                              But critical questions remain.
                                                                                                                  lar disease
                                                                                                                                          Would people reduce their heart at-
                                                                                                                  and the
                                                                                                                                          tack risk if they lowered TMAO levels
                                                                                                                  other doesn’t.
                                                                                                                                          in their blood? A link between TMAO
                                                                                                                  Dr Stanley Hazen        levels in the blood and heart disease
                                                                                                                  CHIEF OF CELLULAR AND
                                                                                                                  MOLECULAR MEDICINE      risk does not necessarily mean one
                                                                                                                  AT THE CLEVELAND        causes the other. And which particu-
                                                                                                                  CLINIC’S LERNER
                                                                                                                  RESEARCH INSTITUTE
                                                                                                                                          lar gut bacteria are the culprits? There
                                                                                                                                          are also questions about the safety of
                                                                                                                                          body-building supplements and energy
                                                                                                                                          drinks, which often contain carnitine.
                                                                                                                                              Besides red meat, carnitine is found
                                                                                                                                          in many types of food, like ish, chick-
                                                                                                                                          en and dairy products, but in small
                                                                                                                                          amounts, Dr Hazen noted. Red meat,
                                                                                                                                          he said, is still a major carnitine source.
                                                                                                                                              Dr Frank Sacks, a professor of
                                                                                                                                          cardiovascular disease prevention at
                                                                                                                                          the Harvard School of Public Health,
                                                                                                                                          called the indings impressive. “I don’t
                                                                                                                                          have any reason to doubt it, but it is
                                                                                                                                          kind of amazing.”
                                                                                                                                              Dr Hazen noted that the study does
                                                                                                                                          not mean red meat is entirely bad or
                                                                                                                                          that it is best to avoid it completely as it
                                                                                                                                          contains protein and B vitamins, which
                                                                                                                                          are essential for health. What the ind-
                                                                                                                                          ings indicate is that the link between
                                                                                                                                          red meat consumption and heart dis-
                                                                                                                                          ease risk might have more to do with
                                                                                                                                          just saturated fat and cholesterol.
                                                                                                                                              One surprising inding, Dr Hazen
                                                                                                                                          said, was how a long-term diet that
                                                                                                                                          includes meat afected the amount of
                                                                                                                                          TMAO-producing bacteria in the gut.
                                                                                                                                              In the study, when long-time meat-
                                                                                                                                          eaters ate a 230g steak and a carnitine
                                                                                                                                          supplement, their bacteria and TMAO
                                                                                                                                          levels rose considerably, whereas ve-
                                                                                                                                          gans who ate the same combination
                                                                                                                                          showed no rise in TMAO or bacteri-
                                                                                                                                          al levels.
                                                                                                                                              Mr Dufy MacKay, Vice-President
                                                                                                                                          for Scientiic and Regulatory Afairs
                                                                                                                                          at the Council for Responsible Nutri-
                                                                                                                                          tion, a trade group for the supplement
                                                                                                                                          and energy-drink industries, called
                                                                                                                                          the study “a new, emerging hypoth-
                                                                                                                                          esis”, but said the researchers were
                                                                                                                                          drawing large conclusions from small
                                                                                                                                          studies of mice, bacteria and human
                                                                                                                                          biomarkers. AGENCIES
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                                                                       today • tuesday 9 april 2013

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                                                                       SME loans in
           LAWS?                                                       Iskandar to triple
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                                                                       wongweihan@mediacorp.com.sg                                Iskandar has been increasingly seen
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                                                                       expenses are set to grow their pres-
                                                                       ence substantially in Iskandar Malay-
                                                                                                                              manpower policies continue to push up
                                                                                                                              costs at home. As a result, the region
                                                                                                                              will be a major draw for SMEs whose
  more from MOM and                                                    sia, according to OCBC Bank, which
                                                                       is forecasting that its lending to Sin-
                                                                                                                              businesses are particularly labour and
                                                                                                                              land intensive, said Mr Tan, noting that
    TAFEP officers.                                                     gapore SMEs going there will triple in
                                                                       the next two years.
                                                                                                                              an OCBC customer in the steel manu-
                                                                                                                              facturing industry has seen 30 to 40 per
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To register, scan              (Employers’ Pledge of Fair Employment   extend deadline by two months
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                                                                       PT Bank Danamon, as approval of the                    further should it expire ahead of Indo-
     To sign the Employers’ Pledge of Fair Employment Practices,       deal languishes in Jakarta.                            nesian regulatory approval, a person
                        visit www.tafep.sg.                               DBS, Singapore’s largest bank by                    familiar with the situation said.
                                                                       assets, announced last April its bid to                   DBS’ bid to buy Danamon, Indo-
                                                                       acquire Bank Danamon for S$9.1 bil-                    nesia’s sixth-largest lender, has been
                                                                       lion, first by buying out Temasek’s                    left on hold as Indonesia’s central
                                                                       stake and then making a general ofer                   bank considers approval while seek-
                                                                       for the shares of the Indonesian bank.                 ing greater access for its own lenders
                                                                          “DBS confirms that we have ex-                      in Singapore. Bank Indonesia is still
                                                                       tended the long stop date to June 2,                   processing DBS’ bid, central bank
                                                                       2013 or such other later date as the                   Governor Darmin Nasution said last
                                                                       parties may agree,” said a DBS spokes-                 week. AGENCIES
25   today • tuesday 9 april 2013
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

  26          impact
                                                                                                           customer relations

                                                                                                           Serves you right
                                                                                                           How treating your customers              act with your brand 24 hours a day,
                                                                                                           properly can help generate               seven days a week”.
                                                                                                                                                       That same device also has techni-
                                                                                                           high revenue for your business           cal capabilities that were not available
                                                                                                                                                    in the past.
                                                                                                                                                       “Location-based services, GPS,
                                                                                                           KHOO BEE KHIM                            near ield communication, scanning
                                                                                                           khoobeekhim@mediacorp.com.sg             and barcode reading, and soon, chemi-
                                                                                                                                                    cal sensors, are available to provide
                                                                                                           SINGAPORE — To save millions in dol-     incredible amounts of information,”
                                                                                                           lars, businesses need to see custom-     said Mr Stockwell. “That is the big
Changes in customer experience can lead to significant profits, says Mr Andrew Stockwell. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG   er service centres as revenue centres,   new area of engagement between
                                                                                                           said Mr Andrew Stockwell, Forrest-       brands and customers.
                                                                                                           er’s Vice-President and Principal An-       “We see companies experiment-
                                                                                                           alyst for Marketing and Strategy in      ing and innovating with this on a
                                                                                                           Asia Paciic.                             day-to-day basis,” he continued. “For
                                                                                                              In Singapore early last month for     instance, WeChat, with over 300 mil-
                                                                                                           the launch of Forrester’s latest cus-    lion users, represents a huge disrup-
                                                                                                           tomer experience book, Outside In,       tive technology that is changing cus-
                                                                                                           and a customer experience round-         tomer interaction.
                                                                                                           table talk, Mr Stockwell said that a        “The company recently piloted the
                                                                                                           positive customer experience can         use of a voice system where you can
                                                                                                           greatly impact on revenue.               ‘push to talk’ on a messaging platform
                                                                                                              Mr Stockwell, who is based in Bei-    or conference call on a mobile phone,
                                                                                                           jing, is leading Forrester’s market-     which enables more ways for one-on-
                                                                                                           ing and strategy research, which has     one interaction.”
                                                                                                           recently expanded to focus on the           WeChat is developed by China-
                                                                                                           Asia-Paciic region.                      based Tencent and also supports pho-
                                                                                                              “We’ve found that there are many      to and video messages.
                                                                                                           diferent examples of how changes in
                                                                                                           customer experience have led to sig-            The best customer
                                                                                                           niicant proits,” he said.                       experience is when
                                                                                                              For example, after resolving its             the organisation not
                                                                                                           customer experience issues, Fidelity     only meets my needs but
                                                                                                           Investments — a United States mul-       also makes the experience
                                                                                                           tinational inancial services corpora-    easy and enjoyable.
                                                                                                           tion — found that its high-net-worth     Mr Andrew Stockwell
                                                                                                           customers invested four-and-a-half       VICE-PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL ANALYST
                                                                                                                                                    FOR MARKETING AND STRATEGY IN
                                                                                                           times more on average.                   ASIA PACIFIC, FORRESTER
                                                                                                              Companies that do well on the cus-
                                                                                                           tomer-experience front also inspire         With Asia’s diverse makeup in
                                                                                                           more conidence in investors.             language, population, culture, tech-
                                                                                                              “If you take the top 10 companies     nology adoption and motivation,
                                                                                                           in Forrester’s Customer Experience       Mr Stockwell said it is imperative for
                                                                                                           Index and invest in them versus the      businesses to know their customers
                                                                                                           bottom 10, we see huge returns in the    and objectives, how customers inter-
                                                                                                           customer-experience leaders versus       act and why they want to interact.
                                                                                                           the negative returns in the custom-         “The best customer experience is
                                                                                                           er-experience laggards,” Mr Stock-       when the organisation not only meets
                                                                                                           well said.                               my needs but also makes the experi-
                                                                                                                                                    ence easy and enjoyable,” he said.
                                                                                                           ENGAGING THE                                Mr Stockwell cited American
                                                                                                           ALWAYS-ON CUSTOMER                       bank USAA as an example. “Its in-
                                                                                                                                                    teractive voice response system asks
                                                                                                           With the pervasiveness of smart-         me to key in my account number and,
                                                                                                           phones, tablets and social media, cus-   when a representative gets on the
                                                                                                           tomer interaction cuts across multi-     phone, I’m not asked for the num-
                                                                                                           ple touchpoints. Businesses have to      bers again.
                                                                                                           be prepared to deal with that, said         “He knows what products I’ve
                                                                                                           Mr Stockwell.                            bought. He knows I moved into my
                                                                                                              The new way of engaging custo-        house in July 2009. He knows that
                                                                                                           mers is to consider the “always ad-      my insurance policy is up for renew-
                                                                                                           dressable customer, the perpetually      al and that’s probably the reason I’m
                                                                                                           connected customer, the always-on        calling. I’m talking to somebody who
                                                                                                           customer who has a device in his         speaks my language, who’s clear and
                                                                                                           pocket that can enable him to inter-     who’s courteous.”
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

  27         technology
                                                                                    Internet speed hundreds of times faster with LEDs
Samsung                                                                             LONDON — Researchers claimed to
                                                                                    have used “Li-Fi” at a rate that could
                                                                                    one day provide Internet connections
                                                                                                                                                                                   LEDs are expected to become the
                                                                                                                                                                                standard domestic light source with-
                                                                                                                                                                                in 20 years. They flicker on and off

gets active in                                                                      hundreds of times faster than today’s
                                                                                    speeds without using Wi-Fi.
                                                                                        The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz
                                                                                                                                                                                thousands of times a second, far more
                                                                                                                                                                                quickly than the human eye can see.
                                                                                                                                                                                This rate does not interfere with hu-

Windows                                                                             Institute (HHI) in Berlin said it had
                                                                                    reached a data transmission rate of
                                                                                    800 megabits per second (Mbps) us-
                                                                                                                                                                                man vision and could be adapted to
                                                                                                                                                                                use a “Li-Fi” standard.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Professor Martin Dawson, from the
Phone arena                                                                         ing light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, re-
                                                                                    ported The Daily Telegraph.
                                                                                        Technology website ExtremeTech
                                                                                                                                                                                University of Strathclyde, said in Janu-
                                                                                                                                                                                ary: “Imagine an LED array beside a
                                                                                                                                                                                motorway helping to light the road, dis-
Its new Galaxy S III lookalike                                                      reported the institute claimed a trans-                                                     playing the latest traic updates and
                                                                                    mission rate at a real-time setting (at                Movie in a minute                    transmitting Internet information
could be the best Windows                                                           a trade fair) of 500Mbps.                                High-deinition                     wirelessly to passengers’ laptops, net-
Phone 8 smartphone so far                                                               The technology works by adapting
                                                                                                                                           ilms could be
                                                                                                                                                                                books and smartphones ... This is tech-
                                                                                                                                           downloaded in
                                                                                    LEDs to send digital information, in-                  a minute using                       nology that could start to touch every
                                                                                    visible to the naked eye. A light sensor               ‘Li-Fi’, scientists at               aspect of human life within a decade.”
Hiranand Sunny                                                                      on a device picks up the digital infor-                the university of                       HHI will present its indings to the
hiranandsn@mediacorp.com.sg                                                         mation sent by the LED, which enables                  Strathclyde claimed                  Fiber Optics Expo in Tokyo this week.
                                                                                    it to be processed by a computer.                      earlier this year.                   THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
SINGAPORE — Samsung has racked up a
reputation for producing quality An-
droid smartphones but how will it fare     The ATIV S is the largest in the
against Nokia and HTC in the Win-          Windows Phone 8 family. PHOTO: SaMSunG
dows Phone 8 arena?
   On the market, Samsung’s ATIV S         front camera for those interested
smartphone is going head-to-head           in video-calling or taking pictures
with the Nokia Lumia 920 — the cur-        of themselves.
rent Windows Phone 8 lagship — and             The Samsung ATIV S is defi-
the HTC 8X, which has a slightly low-      nitely the Windows 8 that has im-
er build quality compared to the HTC       pressed me the most so far, thanks
and Samsung.                               to its large screen, fast processing
   The ATIV S is a big phone — the         speed and sleek design. But despite
largest in the Windows Phone 8 fam-        its many positives, it is still up to
ily, in fact. The Super AMOLED             Microsoft to improve the Windows
screen measures 4.8 inches, edging         Phone 8 ecosystem to convince
out the Lumia 920’s 4.5 inches. The        Apple and Android users to make
screen has a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolu-     the switch.
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the Galaxy S III. The tile-based inter-    able now at all telcos at the recom-
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 28         sports
  Youth Games

  Parents welcoMe stta MoVe
  table tennis body’s                        girls would be chosen from the youth
                                             team via a selection trial conducted
                                                                                        er school. We are all Singaporeans
                                                                                        and it should be open to everybody,”
                                                                                                                                                        International Table Tennis Federa-
                                                                                                                                                        tion (ITTF) Boys and Girls Under-18
  decision to have                           by the STTA and Singapore Sports           said Serene Seah, mother of Rales                               ranking respectively — for the AYG.
                                             Council (SSC). All nine players will       Institution (RI) paddler Lucas Tan.                                 Both are part of the Woodlands-
  trials eases fears                         then compete in a round-robin com-             “What we want is a fair trial. Per-                         based institution’s SWS programme
                                             petition this month to decide the best     haps there can be more communica-                               which was piloted in 2011 to allow 18
  LOW LIN FHOONG                             two — one boy and one girl — to rep-       tion between the STTA, SSC, SNOC                                student-athletes to train with their
  linfhoong@mediacorp.com.sg                 resent Singapore at the AYG in Nan-        (Singapore National Olympic Coun-                               respective national teams in the day
                                             jing, China, from Aug 16 to 24.            cil), the Ministry (of Culture, Com-                            while attending academic lessons in
  SINGAPORE — Call   it a U-turn or com-        The news was generally wel-             munity and Youth) and parents on                                the evening.
  promise, but the Singapore Table           comed by the paddlers’ parents.            such issues.”                                                       Parents of the national youth
  Tennis Association’s (STTA) deci-             “If everybody is given a chance to          Added another parent Zhang                                  team paddlers — particularly those
  sion to tweak its selection criteria for   play, that will be good,” said Winston     Hong: “I wouldn’t say this is good                              from mainstream schools — claimed
  the Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Au-         Tay, whose son Maxxe trains with           news as I’ll need to take a look at the   The criteria          it favoured athletes from the sports
  gust and 2014 Youth Olympic Games          the SWS. “The criteria are fair and        training schedule irst. My son (Yin       are fair and          school.
  (YOG) appears to have helped soothe        open. I don’t have any problem with        Jing Yuan) is prepared to go full-time    open. I don’t             The SNOC had also earlier ques-
  concerns and unhappiness among             them as the best player will train to      to pursue his dream of playing table      have any              tioned the STTA’s nomination crite-
  the fraternity.                            the best of his ability and compete.”      tennis professionally. It has been his    problem with          ria, highlighting there were eligible
     On Sunday, the STTA revealed               While some were happy with the          dream since Secondary 1 to play for       them as the           players placed higher than the duo in
  that nine places on the YOG squad          call for selection trials, others raised   the national team. So these changes       best player           the ITTF under-18 rankings.
  would be open to youngsters from           concerns about the STTA’s deci-            are not a problem for us.”                will train to             After the STTA informed the
  the Singapore Sports School’s              sion to reserve ive spots on its YOG           Unhappiness over the STTA’s se-       the best of his       SNOC yesterday of its decision,
  School Within a School (SWS) pro-          squad for SWS players.                     lection criteria surfaced last month      ability and           SNOC Secretary-General Chris
  gramme and the 20-member nation-              “I know STTA is talking about           when the association nominated the        compete.              Chan said: “Everything looks okay
  al youth team.                             long-term development but it               Singapore Sports School’s Edric                                 (now) to proceed. Everybody should
                                                                                                                                  Winston Tay
     While ive spots would be reserved       shouldn’t be about picking players         Lim and Yee Herng Hwee — who              WHOSE SON MAXXE       sit down and talk and I hope every-
  for SWS paddlers, two boys and two         from the sports school, RI or any oth-     are placed No 332 and No 154 in the       TRAINS WITH THE SWS   thing is done fairly.”

  transfer talk clouds real’s date with galatasaray
  MADRID — Should Real Madrid go on                                                                                                                     again the best in England and that
  to lift a record 10th European crown                                                                                                                  would be important to someone
  at Wembley next month, it could also                                                                                                                  like Ronaldo.”
  be the last of the club’s for some time.                                                                                                                  Midfielder Xabi Alonso has put
      The Spanish giants are favourites                                                                                                                 former club Liverpool on alert af-
  to reach the semi-inals of the Cham-                                                                                                                  ter suggesting that he may not sign
  pions League as they take a healthy                                                                                                                   a new contract with Real, and Talk-
  3-0 lead to Istanbul for tonight’s (to-                                                                                                               Sport reported that the Merseysid-
  morrow morning, Singapore time)                                                                                                                       ers have made enquiries about the
  Champions League quarter-final,                                                                                                                       Spanish international’s availability.
  second-leg clash at Galatasaray’s                                                                                                                         Captain Iker Casillas and forward
  Turk Telekom Arena.                                                                                                                                   Gonzalo Higuain are also reportedly
      But their preparations have been                                                                                                                  on the shortlist of Arsenal manager
  persistently dogged by reports of a                                                                                                                   Arsene Wenger.
  player exodus at the end of the sea-                                                                                                                      Galatasaray will be hoping the
  son, with Spanish daily El Mundo                                                                                                                      transfer speculation will distract Re-
  Deportivo now linking vice-captain                                                                                                                    al as they seek to overturn the three-
  Sergio Ramos with a shock move to                                                                                                                     goal deicit tonight, although they will
  arch-rivals Barcelona.                                                                                                                                be without leading scorer Burak Yil-
      Cristiano Ronaldo, Real’s lead-                                                                                                                   maz who is suspended pending the
  ing scorer this season with 46 goals,                                                                                                                 club’s appeal to UEFA to rescind his
  has also been linked with a return to                                                                                                                 booking from the irst-leg.
  Manchester United.                                                                                                                                        “We’re not at their level but I
      Former United defender Gary                                                                                                                       think it’s a lack of experience more
  Pallister insisted that United manag-                                                                                                                 than anything else,” Galatasaray’s
  er Sir Alex Ferguson is determined                                                                                                                    Didier Drogba told beIN Sport. “It’s a
  to bolster his side with Ronaldo in                                                                                                                   good lesson and one we have to show
  the summer, saying: “A lot depends                                                                                                                    we’ve learned well in the return leg.
  on whether (coach) Jose Mourinho                                                                                                                          “We wanted to contain Madrid
  stays at Real, but, if not, Ronaldo                                                                                                                   but we could have done it in a dif-
  could be tempted into a return.                                                                                                                       ferent way, with more audacity and
      “Despite losing out to Real in                                                                                                                    aggression. We could have caused
  the Champions League this season,          real Madrid stars sergio ramos (left) and gonzalo higuain (right) have been linked with moves away         them problems as we had chances
  United have proved they are once           from the Bernabeu at the end of this season. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES                                           but that’s the way it is.” AGENCIES
29    sports                                                                                                                                                       today • tuesday 9 april 2013

     eXtreMe sailiNG

     SMOOTH SaiLiNG,
     BUT WHaT a RUSH                                                                      The Extreme
                                              second stop in a race best described
     Our writer sails on                      as sailing meets Formula 1.                Sailing Series
                                                                                         takes place at the
     an Extreme Sailing                           Returning to Singapore for the
                                              irst time since 2011, this year’s race
                                                                                         Marina Bay
     catamaran and                            takes place at The Promontory@
                                              Marina Bay. But before the boats ar-
                                                                                         Reservoir from
     lives to tell the tale                   rived in Singapore, I got to wet my
                                                                                         Aprill 11 to 14.
                                                                                         Entrance is free.
                                              feet in the Gulf of Oman.                     Want to check
     Alvin Chong                                  I had never sailed on a proper         the race online as
     alvinchonggl@mediacorp.com.sg            sailboat before, and here I was be-        it happens? visit
                                              ing thrown into the deep end on a          tdy.sg/sapsailing
     MUSCAT (OMAN) —     I was standing on    sailboat that’s built for speed, even
     the trampoline of a catamaran, my        in low winds — the Extreme 40 cat-
     far-from-sea-worthy legs struggling      amaran is a bigger and badder ver-
     to ind purchase.                         sion of the Tornado sailboat used in
         I was not really paying too much     the Olympics.
     attention to balancing anyway —              I lay down on my spot, a tiny black
     all my attention was on a curled-up,     mat laid out on the trampoline — the
     burly man who was shouting instruc-      nylon netting that connected the two                                 The Team Korea boats sails past the Realteam boat on Day 2 of the Extreme Sailing
     tions at me.                             hulls of the catamaran together. I                                   Series in Oman. Photo: Alvin Chong
         “Remember to keep your legs          curled up, tucked my legs in, my in-
     up because we’ll be running across       gers in a vice-like grip on the nylon                                    I was recording the action with        being tossed by waves can be, my ex-
     here,” shouted SAP Extreme Sailing       ropes. It was my irst time on a sail-                                cameras on my head, but that didn’t        perience was pretty smooth sailing.
     Team headsail trim Mikkel Ross-          boat and I didn’t want it to be my last.                             last long — the boom struck me and            Others returned with bruised
     berg, gesturing while assuming the           A buzzer sounded and the race                                    they lew of my head in opposite di-        knees and elbows, and a colleague
     foetal position.                         began, the ive members of the SAP                                    rections. That seemed like a good          even came back with ruined and torn
         “So I don’t trip anybody?” I said,   team sprang into a hive of activity.                                 time to have my irst heart attack, but     pants. Maybe I’m a sucker for torture,
     feeling a little clever that I’ve man-   That was when Rossberg’s warnings                                    my prayers were answered as none of        but when a chance to give it another
     aged to stay one step ahead of his in-   became clear, and suddenly I was                                     the cameras fell into the sea. I man-      go presented itself, I dove right in.
     structions. “No, no, so we don’t step    wishing that I had skipped having                                    aged to reach for one, life was too pre-      The memories of being on the open
     on you,” he replied. I detected a sem-   that extra potato during the break-        VIDEO                     cious to reach over for the other.         sea of the coast of Oman showed just
     blance of a grin.                        fast bufet.                                EXTREME                       And after what felt like forever       how exciting the short-course sail-
         And that was my welcome to the           The boat sliced through water,         SAILING                   (slightly less than 15 minutes), the       ing races could be — positions and
     Extreme Sailing Series, a stadium-       and the next thing I knew, my world        SERIES                    race was over.                             winds changed constantly, adding a
     sailing competition in its seventh       had gone askew — one of the cata-          SAILOR’S                      One camera around my neck, the         dimension of unpredictability to the
     season this year. A stadium-sailing      maran’s two hulls was lying, having        EXPERIENCE                other salvaged by a crew member, I         races (freshman team Team Korea
     competition is one in which specta-      lifted more than a metre of the sur-       IN MUSCAT,                made my way back to the holding boat,      even won two races in Oman).
     tors can get up close to the action.     face. It was all white-knuckle action      OMAN                      wearing drenched clothes and a smile          And with the action up close to
                                                                                         Scan the QR code or
         With eight different locations       as we went head-on into the waves,         visit tdy.sg/vidsailing   on my face. Despite how emasculat-         the audience, it is likely the Singa-
     worldwide to visit, Singapore is the     bouncing and splashing hard.               for the video.            ing being curled up like a ball while      pore leg will loat your boat too.

     SINGAPORE —    The LionsXII’s upward                          to carry out their duties and respon-
     momentum in the Malaysian Super                               sibilities as voters,” Hamidin told re-
     League (MSL) could be slowed by the                           porters in Shah Alam yesterday.
     Malaysian general election expected       TRANSFER                “In fact, players and oicials are
     to be held later this month.              WINDOW              also involved in the voting process.
        According to a report yesterday                            The suspended matches will be re-
     by Malaysia’s national news agen-            hamidin also     scheduled on a later date.”
     cy Bernama, all Malaysian league          urged state and         Supporters are also reminded not
     matches, including the Malaysian          club teams          to bring lags of political parties to
                                               playing in the
     Super and Premier Leagues, are            Malaysian           matches and avoid using the stadium
     expected to be suspended during           leagues to use      as a venue for politics.
     the polls to ensure a smooth elec-        wisely the              “No political-party flags are al-
     tion process.                             14-day window       lowed into the stadiums during
        Football Association of Malaysia       for registration    matches. This is not a new directive
                                               of new players.
     (FAM) Vice-President Hamidin Mo-            Stating that      but has been in practice for a long
     hd Amin was quoted as saying the du-      there will be no    time,” said Hamidin, who also chairs
     ration of the suspension would depend     extension to the    FAM’s local competition committee.
     on the outcome of tomorrow’s meet-        transfer window         The LionsXII are on a six-match
                                               which runs from
     ing by the Malaysian Election Com-        April 8 to 22,      unbeaten run in the MSL, which saw
     mission which would decide the dates      hamidin hopes       the Singapore outit going to the top
     for Nomination Day and Polling Day.       teams will take     of the table and opening a four-point
        “We will suspend the M-League          the opportunity     gap on their nearest rivals Selangor
     for a speciied duration to allow all      to sign quality     and Johor Darul Takzim.
     those involved in the GE13 process                            PHILIP GOH
30    sports                                                                                                       todAy • tuesdAy 9 April 2013


            new York’s
     carmelo anthony
           (right) can’t
                             Smith helpS KnicKS extend StreaK
                             OKLAHOMA CITY — Driving     to the bas-   time with a 3-pointer — and the       easier shot. They still go in,” said
            escape the       ket in crunch time, Raymond Felton        Knicks closed out a 125-120 victory   team-mate Carmelo Anthony, who
          attentions of      slipped to the loor and lost the bas-     against the Oklahoma City Thunder     had 36 points and 12 rebounds while
     Oklahoma’s Kevin        ketball in the process. All he could do   on Sunday (yesterday morning, Sin-    moving ahead of Kevin Durant to be-
       durant, but the
     Knicks star moved
                             was lunge back at it and bat it toward    gapore time).                         come the NBA’s top scorer.
      ahead of his rival     J R Smith as the shot clock ticked           “He makes plays like that. He         “That shot, it was a nail in the
        to become the        closer to zero.                           makes tough shots.                    coin.”
      nBa’s top scorer.         For the second straight posses-           “Sometimes I think he likes           Smith inished with 22 points, in-
            PHOTO: REUTERS   sion, Smith beat the buzzer — this        to take the tougher shot than the     cluding the two biggest shots of the
                                                                                                             game. He connected on a 23-foot
                                                                                                             jumper from the right wing as the
                                                                                                             24-second clock expired to put New
                                                                                                             York up 117-113 with 1:30 to play,
                                                                                                             then swished a 3-pointer with 56.8
                                                                                                             seconds left that all but sealed New
                                                                                                             York’s 50th win of the season.
                                                                                                                “It was just a freak accident, a
                                                                                                             great play,” Felton said. “I slipped,
                                                                                                             knocked the ball to him and he did
                                                                                                             the rest.”
                                                                                                                The victory was the Knicks’ 12th
                                                                                                             in a row and put them at 50 wins for
                                                                                                             the irst time in 13 years. They also
                                                                                                             moved 2½ games ahead of Indiana for
                                                                                                             second place in the Eastern Confer-
                                                                                                             ence and moved onto the doorstep of
                                                                                                             clinching the Atlantic Division title.
                                                                                                                Russell Westbrook had 37 points,
                                                                                                             11 rebounds and eight assists for
                                                                                                             Oklahoma City, which fell a game be-
                                                                                                             hind San Antonio for irst place in the
                                                                                                             West with ive games left.
                                                                                                                The Thunder had gained control
                                                                                                             of the race for first by beating the
                                                                                                             Spurs but were unable to complete
                                                                                                             a three-game sweep of San Antonio,
                                                                                                             Indiana and New York in a less than
                                                                                                             72-hour span.
                                                                                                                Anthony’s scoring average im-
                                                                                                             proved one-tenth of a point to 28.44,
                                                                                                             while Durant’s stayed about the
                                                                                                             same at 28.35.
                                                                                                                “I try not to think about that,” An-
                                                                                                             thony said. “I just go out there and
                                                                                                             play ball.” AP

                                                                                                               Knicks 125 Thunder 120, Lakers 95 Clippers
                                                                                           SCORES              109, Wizards 96 Celtics 107, Magic 85
                                                                                                               Cavaliers 91, Grizzlies 89 Kings 87, Bulls 85
                                                                                           AND TV              Pistons 99, Jazz 97 Warriors 90, Hornets 95
                                                                                            TIMES              Suns 92, Mavericks 96 Trail Blazers 91

                                                                                                               champions league on mio tV
                                                                                                               Galatasaray v Real Madrid (Ch 111, 2.40am),
                                                                                                               Dortmund v Malaga (Ch 112, 2.40am)
MAN’S                    TUESDAY, 9 APRIL 2013


                                                 PHOTO: JOCK/HBO
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

 32       television
BaCK In the Battle Zone        It’s a war of hearts as well as for power
                               In the new season of Game of thrones
                               May Seah in London

                                     f you thought the previous sea-
                                     sons of Game Of Thrones were
                                     exciting, you ain’t seen nothing
                                     yet: Not when the highly antici-
                                     pated third season is approach-
                               ing faster than you can say “Valar
                                   In the kingdom of Westeros cre-
                               ated by George R R Martin, the ac-
                               claimed — nay, worshipped — author
                               of the books on which the TV series is
                               based, the clash of kings continues. Up
                               north, Robb and Catelyn Stark ight
                               on but betrayal may be on the cards;
                               while Brienne still has the dangerous
                               — and thankless — task of escorting
                               the prisoner Jaime down south.
                                   Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow infil-
                               trates the wildling clan and may go
                               further than irst base with Ygritte. In
                               King’s Landing, the Tyrells’ strength
                               grows as Margaery’s wedding to Jof-
                               frey approaches, while the cast-aside        nikolaj Coster-waldau as ser Jaime lannister (left)
                               Sansa fears for her life. And all the        and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of tarth. PhoTo: hBo
                               way over in Essos, Daenerys’ dragons
                               are getting bigger, but there are yet
                               many obstacles in her bid to reclaim           JAIME + BRIENNE                            horrible all the time. I’m just saying re-
                               the Iron Throne.                                                                          ally inappropriate things that I clearly
                                   Politics may be just a game, but         Any fan of George R R Martin knows           wouldn’t repeat here.”
                               then, so is love, so it’s no surprise that   that the third instalment is the fastest-        Christie agreed: “He torments me.”
                               pretty much any and every coupling           paced. But if you don’t trust fantasy            But that hasn’t been the hardest
                               in the world of Game Of Thrones is           geeks, well, then, take it from Nikolaj      part of the role for the 1.9m-tall actress.
                               problematic and fraught with tension         Coster-Waldau. The Danish actor who          When she had her hair cropped short
                               — especially when it’s tied up in poli-      plays Ser Jaime Lannister said he was        to play the manly Brienne, she “cried
                               tics. And dragons.                           “praying that we would make it to Sea-       for two hours”.
                                   But didn’t someone say all’s fair in     son Three”.                                      “(I) called my mum (and only)
                               love and war.                                    Part of the excitement has to do         came to terms with it about, oh, three
                                                                            with the increasing interaction be-          months ago.” laughed Christie loudly.
                                                                            tween Jaime and Brienne of Tarth.            “So much of women’s femininity is tied
                                                                            The hulking female knight is played          up with their hair that I think when
                                                                            by Gwendoline Christie, and according        you’re very tall anyway and you have
                                                                            to the pair, the chemistry they share        that taken away, it makes you feel a
                                                                            on and of screen is exactly the same.        bit at sea.”
                                                                                “She has a very loud laugh,” Coster-         She continued: “To be very frank,
                                                                            Waldau said. “She came on the show           as an actor, to have a part where so
                                                                            in the last season and for a long time,      many of your personal insecurities are
                                                                            all Jaime does is drive (Brienne) cra-       ampliied — that you are very unattrac-
                                                                            zy. And for some reason it kind of car-      tive and you’re very masculine — it’s in-
                                                                            ried into our of-screen (relationship)       credibly challenging. And it forces you
                                                                            so I was doing that all the time. Which      to question your own notions of femi-
                                                                            made it really easy — I mean it was          ninity and what it is to be a woman, in
                                                                            good, because I was really being ob-         the part and outside of the part. It has
                                                                            noxious to her all the time.                 been really liberating ... and empower-
                                                                                “Then we started shooting — there        ing in every sense. It’s very dynamic to
                                                                            was no stop or start, we just carried        have a very large woman being a bril-
                                                                            on,” he continued. “But she was game.        liant ighter (and) she can overpower
                                                                            I think she’s really sick and tired of it    a man. And you know, I think some
                                                                            now, but I just can’t stop. I’m just being   people ind that exciting.”
33    television                                                                                                                                                               today • tuesday 9 april 2013

                                                                                from poor old Jon, who seems to                                                           are just, ‘Oh, she’s the stupid princess
                                                                                have missed that boat complete-                                                           prisoner’,” said Turner. “But she’s learn-
                                                                                ly and has been sent to the Wall                                                          ing the politics and she’s making her
                                                                                where he’s not even allowed to                                                            way around. She has been sneaky.”
                                                                                have sex and there are no women                                                                As much as Sansa irritates audi-
                                                                                in the irst place.                                                                        ences with the misguided choices she
                                                                                     “This season, who knows?”                                                            makes, it’s also hard not to pity her: Af-
                                                                                     It seems to be a case of life imi-                                                   ter all, the teenager is abused by the
                                                                                tating art with Harington and Le-                                                         cruel boy king Jofrey and his mother.
                                                                                slie, who were ilmed on a dinner                                                          But you could pity the 17-year-old ac-
                                                                                date in London last August by a                                                           tress as well for having to play the mo-
                                                                                fellow diner.                                                                             rose character.
                                                                                     “That has become more and                                                                 For Season Three, though, Turn-
                                                                                more intrusive recently,” said                                                            er does get to turn her frown upside
                                                                                Harington, who has a role in the                                                          down. “I got to smile! I was so happy
                                                                                upcoming Hollywood ilm, Pom-                                                              when I read this scene and it’s like a
                                                                                peii. “I was in the supermarket                                                           happy scene — happy-ish — and you’re
                                                                                the other day and someone was                                                             like, ‘I think I’m going to sneak a smile
                                                                                just ilming me buying my shop-                                                            in this time!’ So it’s really nice to have
                                                                                ping. Who’s going to be interested                                                        happy Sansa for a little bit. Just a little
                                                                                                                          sophie turner as sansa stark. PhoTo: hBo
                                                                                in that? ‘Jon Snow buys chicken’.                                                         bit. And then she goes back to normal,
                                                                                It’s really weird to me, that side                                                        depressed Sansa.”
                                                                                of things. At the moment (the               SANSA + JOFFREY                                    More to be pitied is perhaps, Jack
      Kit harington as Jon snow (right)
      and rose leslie as Ygritte. PhoTo: hBo                                    paparazzi) are not a problem but,                                                         Gleeson, who plays the much-hated
                                                                                yeah, sometimes it’s a bit ofensive       While Jon and Ygritte are on the cusp           Jofrey. But Turner is quick to defend
                                                                                when someone decides to take a            of a relationship, poor old Sansa Stark         her co-star. In reality, she declared:
       JON + YGRITTE                                           photo of you from across a table in a restaurant.”         has been violently dispossessed of her          “Jack is the nicest guy. And everyone
                                                                  As for the chemistry they share on set, Leslie          romantic fantasies.                             on the cast and everyone on the crew
     Romantic tensions may be subtle between Bri-              said her of-screen friendship with Harrington                 “Yeah, she’s not having a great time,”       will vouch for that. There is not one bad
     enne and Jaime, but beyond the Wall, it’s all-out         helped. “That feeds in to every scene that we              laughed actress Sophie Turner who               bone in his body — which is a credit to
     sexual tension between Jon Snow and the wild-             have whereby we interact with each other. But I            plays Sansa. “In Season One she was             his acting. He doesn’t even want to be
     ling woman Ygritte, who is played by Downton              also think that because we’ve both read the books          just so open, like, ‘I want to marry the        an actor. But he is so good, we’re like,
     Abbey’s Rose Leslie.                                      and we both know that there is sexual tension be-          prince, I want his babies, I want this          ‘No, you have to carry on’.”
        “You’ll have to wait and see whether Jon inally        tween the two characters anyway — that is a huge           magical fairy tale life’.” Lately, of course,
     sort of gets laid, so to speak,” laughed Kit Harington,   push to go that far and to really try and portray          Sansa is “totally becoming like a politi-       Catch the new season of Game of
     who plays Snow. “It’s funny with Jon because ...          that with these two characters.                            cian without anyone really knowing”.            Thrones starting april 20 at 9pm on
     everyone in this series is getting sex, right? Apart         And it’s fun and it’s quite easy.” We bet it is.        “Because she’s the underdog, people             hBo.
today • tuesday 9 april 2013

  34         culture&lifestyle

Relighting his ire                                                                       I had to a chance to relect
                                                                                         on my image objectively.
                                                                                         Hyun Bin
Korean star Hyun Bin                       is to start on a new project,” he said.
                                               Born Kim Tae-Pyung, the star is
on life after the military                 best known for his roles in My Name
                                           Is Kim Sam Soon (2005) and Secret
Christopher toh                            Garden (2010), and he will return to
Christophert@mediacorp.com.sg              our shores on April 27 — his irst trip
                                           here was during the filming of The
SINGAPORE —   Korean star Hyun Bin         World That They Live In.
seems eager to get back into showbiz.          “When I stepped out of the airport,
A mere three months after he was dis-      I remembered that there were many
charged from his stint in the military     trees and there was a refreshing feel
— where he served in the Marines —         about the whole city and it was very
the actor, who turns 31 this year, em-     memorable,” he said of that irst trip.
barked on a series of fan meet-and-        “Next time, I want to come back for
greet sessions across Asia, starting       a holiday.”                                Hyun Bin is looking for a new project to make his comeback.
with Taiwan on March 9.
    According to him, the key thing        What can your Singapore fans expect                              response to it. The rest of the pro-        a normal civilian Kim Tae-Pyung —
right now is starting life again as an     at the fan meet?                                                 gramme is a secret for now!                 instead of “actor Hyun Bin” — and I
actor — once he inds the right project     Hyun Bin: I have prepared the (sound-                                                                        had a chance to relect on my image
of course. “This will be my irst project   track) for Secret Garden. It has been                            What new side of you or new                 objectively. I also learnt about organi-
after military service and it also         long since I last performed it, so I’m                           talents can fans hope from you at the       sational culture.
marks the start of my 30s, so I think      a little bit nervous, but I believe that                         fan meet?
the most important thing right now         Singapore fans will have a warm                                  This is the irst time that I’m meeting      What are your plans for the rest of
                                                                                                            fans outside of Korea and Japan and         the year?
                                                                                                            ... I want fans to feel that I’m comfort-   My comeback project is likely to be a
                                                                                                            able and easy going, and I also have a      movie. For movies, preparation times
                                                                                                            new side to me that I have not shown        are longer and I can pace my acting
                                                                                                            to the fans. As I’m an actor, I want to     better. Hence, it’s a better choice for
                                                                                                            put up a performance showing difer-         a comeback project. I’m still not sure
                                                                                                            ent types of emotions.                      what it will be. I’ll be deciding on the
                                                                                                                                                        movie soon. The genre is still not decid-
                                                                                                            What do you think is the biggest            ed. I hope that it will be a project with a
                                                                                                            lesson you learnt in National Service?      charismatic character and one where
                                                                                                            I felt like I can understand how the        I can show many diferent sides of me.
                                                                                                            juniors who are much younger than
                                                                                                            me feel. At irst, I felt frustrated and     hyun Bin’s irst Asia fan meeting tour is
                                                                                                            couldn’t understand them. But while         on April 27, 7pm at the Max pavilion @
                                                                                                            living together with them, I have           singapore expo. tickets at s$248, s$198,
                                                                                                            learnt a lot. Also, I had the time to be    s$168 and s$88 from sistic.
35     culture&lifestyle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    today • tuesday 9 april 2013

Swit loses big at                                                                                                                                                                     Lambert, 29, picked up four awards
                                                                                                                                                                                  in three categories, including Female
                                                                                                                                                                                  Vocalist of the Year, beating Swift,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gets. Thank you for accepting me as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            songwriter and not just as a singer, that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            means the world to me,” Lambert said.

country awards                                                                                                                                                                    Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves
                                                                                                                                                                                  and Martina McBride. Lambert also
                                                                                                                                                                                  won Song of the Year, for Over You,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The three-hour show featured per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            formances from old and new names
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in country music including Church,
LAS VEGAS — Singers Miranda Lambert                                                                                                                                               written with husband Blake Shelton,       Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie
and Luke Bryan led the winners at the                                                                                                                                             and thanked her peers for recognising     Underwood and Lambert. The Acad-
Academy of Country Music awards                                                                                                                                                   her song-writing talents.                 emy of Country Music is an organisa-
on Sunday, while leading nominees                                                                                                                                                     “As a songwriter having your          tion of music industry professionals
Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes left                                                                                                                                                songs and your lyrics recognised by       who aim to promote and preserve the
empty-handed in a night honouring                                                                                                                                                 your peers is pretty much as good as it   tradition of country music. REUTERS         luke Bryan. photo: reUters
top achievers in country music.
    Swift, 23, lost out on all ive catego-
ries she was nominated in, a surprise
for the country music favourite. New-
comer Hayes, 21, who was nominat-
ed in six categories, also went home
    The night’s top award, Entertainer
of the Year, went to the show’s co-host
Bryan, 36, which took the charismatic
host by surprise.
    “What I always wanted to be is just a
country singer who got to ride on a tour
bus and perform every night. This is the
defining moment of my life, it means
the world to me and I’ll never take it for
granted,” Bryan said tearfully.

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PART II (PG13) ✱          (PG13)(CS) 12:50pm          PART II (PG13) ✱                    PART II (PG13) ✱                     PART II (PG13) ✱            PART II (PG13) ✱
10:50am, 12:50pm,                                     11:15am, 1:15pm,                    11:15am, 1:15pm,                     11:15am, 1:15pm,            11:15am, 1:15pm,
2:50, 4:50, 6:50, 9:40              BUGIS             3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15              3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15               3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15      3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15
SAVING GENERAL              BUGIS JUNCTION LEVEL 4                                                                                                         SAVING GENERAL
                                                                                          SAVING GENERAL
                                                      YANG (NC16) (M) (CS&ES) ✱           YANG (NC16) (M) (CS&ES) ✱            SAVING GENERAL              YANG (NC16) (M) (CS&ES) ✱
10:45am, 3:10pm, PART II (PG13) ✱                                                         10:40am, 12:50pm,                    YANG (NC16) (M) (CS&ES) ✱   10:30am, 12:40pm,
5:15, 7:20, 9:30                                      10:20am, 12:30pm,                   3:00, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30               10:40am, 12:50pm,           2:50, 5:00, 7:10, 9:20
                          10:40am, 2:50pm,
                                                      2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10                                                   3:00, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30
3D (PG13) (CS) ✱ ✱                                                                        3D (PG13) (CS) ✱ ✱
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION 7:00, 9:00                                                          G.I. JOE: RETALIATION                                            G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
                                                                                                                                                           (PG13) (CS) ✱
                                                      3D (PG13) (CS) ✱ ✱                                                       3D (PG13) (CS) ✱ ✱
                          SAVING GENERAL              G.I. JOE: RETALIATION                                                    G.I. JOE: RETALIATION       10:15am, 12:30pm,
10:30am,1:00pm,           YANG (NC16) (M) (CS&ES) ✱                                       1:30pm, 3:50, 8:20
                                                                                                                                                           2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30
3:30, 6:45                10:40am, 12:50pm,           4:30pm, 9:00                        G.I. JOE: RETALIATION                1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION 3:00, 5:10, 7:15                                                    (PG13) (CS) ✱                                                    IP MAN: THE FINAL
(PG13) (CS) ✱                                         G.I. JOE: RETALIATION               10:15am,12:30pm,                                                 FIGHT (M) (CS&ES)
                          G.I. JOE: RETALIATION       (PG13) (CS) ✱                                                            G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
                                                                                                                               (PG13) (CS) ✱               12:30pm, 4:50, 9:10
11:30am, 2:00pm,          (PG13) (CS) ✱               10:00am, 11:10, 12:20 HELTER SKELTER
                                                                                          2:45, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40
4:30, 8:50, 9:40          10:00am, 12:20pm,                                                                                    10:40am, 12:20pm,           THE CROODS (CS)
IP MAN: THE FINAL         2:40,5:00, 7:20, 9:40       1:30, 2:40, 3:50, 5:00, (R21) (JPN) (CS&ES)                              1:50, 2:40, 4:10, 5:00,     10:20am, 2:40pm
FIGHT (M) (CS&ES)                                     6:10, 7:20, 8:30, 9:40 11:50am, 4:30pm, 9:10                             6:30, 7:20, 8:50, 9:40      WARM BODIES
10:20am, 12:30pm, IP (CS&ES) THE FINAL FIGHT
                          (M)                         IP MAN: THE FINAL IP MAN: (CS&ES)    THE FINAL                                                       (PG13) (CS) 7:00pm
2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10 12:40pm, 4:50pm, 9:30          FIGHT     (M) (CS&ES)   FIGHT (M)                                        IP MAN: THE FINAL
                                                                                          10:30am, 2:50, 7:10, 9:20 FIGHT (M) (CS&ES)                       • THE LAST EXORCISM PART II (PG13) HORROR
THE HOST (CS)                                         10:20am, 2:50pm,
                                                                                                                                                            • SAVING GENERALYANG (NC16)VIOLENCE
11:10am, 4:20pm,                                      7:10, 9:20                          PRINCESS & THE 7               10:50am, 1:00pm,                   • G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (PG13)VIOLENCE
6:50, 9:20                  CENTURY SQUARE LEVEL 5                                        KUNG FU MASTERS                3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40             • IP MAN:THE FINAL FIGHT (PG)
                                                      THE CROODS (CS)                     (PG13) ((M) (CS&ES) 2:30, 7:10
                                                                                                                                                              SOME VIOLENCE

3D 12:30pm, 4:40 PART II (PG13) ✱                                                         WARM BODIES (PG13) (CS) THE CROODS (CS)
                                                      10:00am, 12:10pm,                                                                                     • THE HOST (PG) SOMEVIOLENCE
                                                                                                                         10:30am, 12:35pm,                  • DJANGO UNCHAINED (M18)
                                                      2:20, 6:50                          12:40pm, 5:00                                                       VIOLENCE AND COARSE LANGUAGE
THE CROODS (CS)           11:15am, 1:15pm,                                                                               2:40, 7:20
10:30am, 2:30, 9:00 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15            WARM BODIES (PG13)(CS)              THE CROODS (CS)                                                   • WARM BODIES (PG13)VIOLENCE AND SOME
                                                      12:40pm, 5:00                       11:20am, 6:10pm                                                      COARSE LANGUAGE
WARM BODIES               SAVING GENERAL                                                                                 WARM BODIES (PG13) CS)             • SIDE EFFECTS (M18) SEXUAL SCENES
(PG13) (CS)               YANG (NC16) (M) (CS&ES) ✱                                                                      12:40pm, 4:50,                     • PRINCESS ANDTHE SEVEN KUNGFU MASTERS
11:10am, 1:10pm,          10:30am, 12:40pm,                                                                              7:00, 9:10                           (PG13) SOMEVIOLENCE
                                                                                                                                                            • HELTER SKELTER (R21) SEXUAL SCENES
3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 2:50, 5:00, 7:10, 9:20                                                                                                               • OZ:THE GREATEST AND POWERFUL (PG)
                                                                                                                         PRINCESS & THE 7
10:40am, 4:00, 9:20 3D (PG13) (CS) 6:00
DJANGO UNCHAINED G.I. JOE: RETALIATION                                                                                         KUNG FU MASTERS                 SOME FRIGHTENING SCENES
(M18) (CS)                                   ✱✱                                                                                (PG13) (M) (CS&ES)
                                                                                                                                                            • THE INCREDIBLE BURTWONDERSTONE
                                                       G.I. JOE:                          G.I. JOE:                                                            (PG13) SOME DRUG REFERENCES
                          1:20pm, 3:40,                RETALIATION                        RETALIATION                          10:40am, 2:50pm                  & COARSE LANGUAGE
HELTER SKELTER                                         (PG13)(CS) ✱✱                      (PG13)(CS) ✱✱                                                     • PROMISED LAND (PG13)
(R21)(JAPANESE) (CS&ES)   G.I. JOE: RETALIATION                                                                                THE HOST (CS)
                          (PG13) (CS) ✱ 10:15am,
                                                       IMAX ®3D                           IMAX ®3D                                                            SOME COARSE LANGUAGE
4:30pm, 9:40                                           12:10pm, 2:30,                     11:45am,                             11:20am, 4:50pm, 9:30        • JACKTHEGIANTSLAYER(PG13)SOME VIOLENCE
                                   12:30pm, 2:45,
SIDE EFFECTS (M18) (CS) 11:00,7:15, 8:20, 9:30
10:15am, 1:50pm, 7:10 5:00,
                                                       4:50, 7:10, 9:30                   2:15pm, 9:45
                                                                                                                                                                   at        nex
POWERFUL (CS) 1:40, 7:00 (M) (CS&ES) 10:20am, 12:30     NO SUBTITLES (No Indication of CS or ES) NO FREE LIST/NO FREE PASSES
                                                                                              ✱                                 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (PG13)(CS) ✱✱
                          2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:10           ✱✱ STRICTLY NO FREE LIST/STRICTLY NO FREE PASSES                     11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30,
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6.00AM     The Price Is Right                 6.00AM     Silver Carnival —                11.00AM     Home Shopping                       heaDLINeS                                         3.00PM      Anjaraipetti III
7.00       AM Live!                                      Empowering Self                  3.00PM      Life’s Perfectionists               10.30am, 1pm, 1.30pm, 3.30pm,                     3.30        Gopuram
9.00       The Ellen DeGeneres                7.00       Focus                            3.30        Guess                               5.30pm, 8pm, 9.30pm, 11.30pm,                     4.00        Gokulathil Seethai
           Show IX (HD5)                      7.30       Good Morning Singapore           5.00        A Pillow Case                       12.30am, 1.30am, 2.30am, 3.30am,                  4.30        Anadha Bhavan
10.00      The Dr Oz Show II                  10.30      Love                                         Of Mystery                          5.30am                                            5.00        Mythilli
11.00      Sport Rockz                        12.30PM    Quaint!                          6.00        Sweetness                                                                             5.30        Dora the Explorer (Tamil)
11.30      Great Ideas From JML               1.00       News 8 At One                                In The Salt                         heaDLINeS/S’PORe UPDaTeS                          6.00        Jyothi
12.30PM    Daddy’s Girls                      1.30       Frontline                        7.00        Smile Again (PG)                    9.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm                   7.00        Sundrakantham
1.00       Keong Saik Street                  2.00       Walking In The Sunshine          8.00        Don’t Stop Me Now                                                                     7.30        Testube Sr 3 — Yaar Nee
           (HD5) (PG)                         2.30       Drunken Kung Fu                  9.00        Miss Traveller                      Programmes may be pre-empted                      8.00        Naadaga Arangam
2.00       Undercover Boss USA II             3.30       The Book and Sword (PG)          10.00       Dr Jin (PG)                         due to breaking news                              8.30        Tamil Seithi
3.00       The Dr Oz Show II                  4.30       Unique Flavour (PG)              11.00       News Tonight                                                                          9.00        Friends
4.00       The Jeff Probst Show               5.30       Double Happiness II              11.30       Don’t Stop Me Now                   6.00AM     First Look Asia                        9.30        Vizhigal V
           (HD5)                              6.30       Singapore Today                  12.30AM     Miss Traveller                      7.00       AM Live!                               10.00       Nasi Briyani
5.00       The Ellen DeGeneres                7.00       Wax and Wane (PG)                1.30        A Pillow Case                       9.00       News Now                               10.30       Akalya
           Show X (HD5)                       8.00       Good Man Good Food                           Of Mystery                          9.33       Asian Home News                        11.00       Appa
6.00       The Price Is Right                 9.00       Break Free                       2.30        End Of                              10.00      News Now                               11.30       Tamil Seithi
7.00       So You Think                                  (PG-Some Violence)                           Transmission                        10.32      Insight                                MN          Close
           You Can Dance IX                   10.00      News Tonight                                                                     11.00      News Now
8.00       Just For Laughs Gags VII           10.30      Tuesday Report                                                                   11.33      Cancer Warriors
8.30       The Noose VI (HD5)(PG)             11.00      The Legendary                                                                    NOON       Asia Connect
9.00       RenovAid IV (HD5)                             Liu Bo Wen II (PG)                                                               1.02       Power List Asia
9.30       News 5 Tonight (HD5)               MN         Pilgrimage To The West                                                           1.32       Boomtown Asia II
10.00      Confessions Of A Crime II          1.00AM     Treasure Hunt                                                                    2.00       News Now
           (PG13-Mature Themes)               2.00       The Ties That Bind                                                               2.33       AM Live! Bite-size
10.30      CSI Miami IX (HD5)                 4.00       Pay It Forward                                                                   3.00       News Now
11.30      The Mentalist III                                                                                                              3.32       Amazing Asia
           (PG-Violence)                                                                  tellokto@mediacorp.com.sg                       4.00       News Now
12.30AM    Bones VI (HD5)                                                                                                                 4.33       It Figures                               FRIeNDS
1.30       CSI XII (HD5)                                                                  9.00AM      Maryoku Yummy                                                                           In tonight’s episode, explore
                                                                                                                                          5.00       News Now
2.30       The Walking Dead                                                                           (Preschool)
                                                                                                                                          5.32       Property Hunter                          more about property and
           (HD5) (PG13-Violence)                                                          9.30        ABC Monsters
                                                                                                                                          6.00       Singapore Connect @6                     market analysis with buddies
3.30       The Price Is Right                                                                         (Preschool)
                                                                                                                                          6.30       Money Mind
4.15       The Jeff Probst Show                                                           10.00       Banana In Pyjamas
                                                                                                                                          7.00       Primetime Asia
                                                                                                                                                                                              Vignesh, Varman and eswari.
           (HD5)                                                                                      Animated Series
                                                                                                                                          8.01       Ask Minister —
5.00       Wipeout USA IV                      WaX aND WaNe (PG)                                      (Preschool)
                                                                                                                                                     Talking Point Special
                                                                                                                                                                                              vasantham, 9pm
                                               Jiaman and Jiwen are ired                  10.30       Franklin & Friends
                                                                                                                                          9.00       Business Central
                                               after they are caught ighting              11.00       Everything’s Rosie
                                                                                                                                          10.00      Singapore Tonight
                                               with each other. Jiafeng                                                                   10.30      Business Singapore
                                                                                                                                          11.00      World Tonight                          tellsuria@mediacorp.com.sg
                                               pleads for Jiaman. he also                 11.30       Ben And Holly’s Little
                                                                                                                                          11.31      Return to a Sexy Island
                                               suggests using Jiaman as their                         Kingdom (Preschool)                                                                   4.00PM      Kau Laksana Bulan
                                                                                                                                          MN         News Pulse
                                               endorser. he quits after Yijin             NOON        Babar: The Adventures                                                                 5.00        Saya Jameela
                                                                                                                                          12.31AM    Artisans Reboot
                                                                                                      Of Badou                                                                              6.00        Bubble Boyz
                                               turns down his suggestion.                                                                 1.00       News Pulse
                                                                                                      (Preschool)                                                                           6.30        Masak Apa? V
                                                                                                                                          1.31       It Figures
                                                                                          12.30PM     Tree Fu Tom                                                                           7.00        Hani
 The NOOSe SeaSON 6                            channel 8, 7pm                                                                             2.00       News Pulse
                                                                                                      (Preschool)                                                                           8.00        Berita
 (hD5) (PG)                                                                                                                               2.31       Property Hunter
                                                                                          1.00        Banana In Pyjamas                                                                     8.30        Te:Ra Seh!
                                                                                                                                          3.00       News Pulse
 COe prices are on the rise                                                                           Animated Series                                                                       9.30        Gemersik Kalbu
                                                                                                                                          3.31       Money Mind
 and the authorities decide                                                                           (Preschool)                                                                           10.30       Intai Intai Deko
                                                                                                                                          4.00       Singapore Tonight
 to introduce a creative, new                                                             1.30        Franklin & Friends                                                                    11.00       Mat Motor
                                                                                                                                          4.30       Business Singapore
                                                                                                      (Preschool)                                                                           11.30       Berita
 initiative to help cool the                                                                                                              5.00       News Pulse
                                                                                          2.00        Everything’s Rosie                                                                    MN          Close
 demand for cars.                                                                                                                         5.31       Asian Home News
                                                                                          2.30        Everything’s Rosie
 channel 5, 8.30pm                                                                                    (Preschool)
                                                                                          3.00        Club M.A.G.I.C
                                                                                          3.30        Watch Eat!
                                                                                          4.00        Cows & Crayons
                                                                                          4.30        Wild Kratts
                                                                                          5.00        Oscar The Balloonist
                                                                                          5.30        Moomin
                                               BReaK FRee                                 6.00        Geronimo Stilton
                                               (PG-SOMe VIOLeNCe)                         6.30        The Penguins                         aSK MINISTeR —                                     Te:Ra Seh!
                                               hui Chen and Tian Ming                                 Of Madagascar                        TaLKING POINT SPeCIaL                              The TV and radio
                                               meets Thomas’ men on their                 7.00        Phineas & Ferb                       are Singaporeans facing an                         personalities compete against
 ReNOVaID IV (hD5)                             way to deliver some goods.                 7.30        Avatar                               identity crisis? The sports                        each other in this episode
                                                                                          8.00        Pair Of Kings
 Picking up from last week, the                Thomas’ men are back to                    8.30        Junior Bake Off                      fraternity, arts practitioners                     where glamour is the name
 RenovaID team continues                       seek revenge. Tian Ming gets               9.00        Stan Lee’s Superhuman:               and heritage buffs go face-to-                     of the game. Syarif Sleeq,
 to help Joanne clear out her                  injured while trying to save hui                       Spider Power                         face with Lawrence Wong,                           haizad Imran, Sarah aqilah,
 extremely cluttered home with                 Chen, causing her to fall even             10.00       Artist In Residence                  acting Minister for Culture,                       Zaza Majid, TG and hafeez
                                                                                          10.30       Knockout: Carnival
 only a few hours to spare.                    deeper in love with him.                                                                    Community and Youth                                Glamour join in.
                                                                                          11.00       Ade In Britain:
                                                                                                      South Yorkshire
 channel 5, 9pm                                channel 8, 9pm                                                                              channel Newsasia, 8.01pm                           Suria, 8.30pm
                                                                                          MN          Close

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