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    • Smoke rising in Bedok South caused by fire from rubbish collection centre

      SINGAPORE: Black smoke seen rising near HDB flats at Bedok South on Tuesday (Jun 27) morning was caused by a fire which involved contents of a rubbish collection centre, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has confirmed.

      SCDF said it was alerted to a fire at around 9.40am at Block 32 Bedok South Avenue 2 and dispatched a fire engine and a red rhino to the scene.

      At 9.56am, Facebook user Yemenz Fury posted a video of black smoke rising near HDB flats in the area.

      The fire, which involved contents of a rubbish collection centre, was extinguished by SCDF using 2 waterjets.

      There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, SCDF said.


      Source: CNA/am

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    • Indranee lists options for 38 Oxley Road; questions why Lee Hsien Yang wants 'immediate commitment' on demolition

      SINGAPORE: There are four possible options for the house of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew at 38 Oxley Road – demolition, preservation, conservation and compulsory acquisition – said Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah on Monday (Jun 26).

      Listing the options and their consequences in a Facebook post, Ms Indranee said: “From the Government's perspective, the question is whether there is an intermediate option which will allow us to respect the wishes of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and still preserve the heritage and history of 38 Oxley Road for Singapore and Singaporeans.”

      The house has been at the centre of a bitter dispute between the late Mr Lee’s children, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling.

      If the house is demolished, Ms Indranee said it would clear the way for the owner, in this case Mr Lee Hsien Yang, to appeal for the land to be re-zoned, since the original rationale for the 2-storey zoning in the area for security reasons is also gone with the passing of Mr Lee.

      “If re-zoning or increased plot ratio is granted, the land value will increase well beyond the market value for a two-storey property. In that event, one can expect many developers to line up to buy the property,” said Ms Indranee in a post titled “4 financial things you should know about the Oxley dispute”.

      The land is freehold, she noted, and the 12,060 square foot house is worth about S$24 million, according to analysts.

      If the house is preserved and designated a national monument, the property would be subject to compulsory acquisition within one year of the preservation order, and no works can be done to it without the approval of the National Heritage Board.

      Conservation, on the other hand, is less restrictive as works can be done to the building within certain guidelines, but like preservation, the land cannot be redeveloped.

      In the final option Ms Indranee listed – compulsory acquisition – Mr Lee Hsien Yang would get compensation under the Land Acquisition Act at market value at the time of acquisition. The Government could then demolish the house and “build a tasteful memorial or symbolic marker in a park setting,” she explained.

      The late founding prime minister had in his last will stated his wishes to have the family home demolished immediately after his death, or when his daughter Dr Lee moved out. But there have been questions over whether he knew that the demolition clause was re-inserted into the will, and whether that was the only option he considered.

      “WHAT IS THE URGENCY?”

      The matter, however, may not need to be decided for another 20 to 30 years, since Dr Lee is still living in the house, said Ms Indranee.

      “The Government has publicly stated that it will respect those wishes and does not intend to do anything until Dr Lee leaves,” she wrote, pointing out that letting the property stand, for now, does not go against the wishes of the late Mr Lee.

      “So there is nothing for the government to decide now. The real question therefore is why Mr Lee Hsien Yang is asking for an immediate commitment on demolition now? What is the urgency?"

      Ms Indranee also pointed out that while Mr Lee Hsien Yang has said he has not thought about what lies beyond demolition,"it would appear he has not ruled out redevelopment."

      Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean had said on Jun 17 that the Government has a responsibility to consider public interest aspects of any property with heritage and historical significance, including the 38 Oxley Road house where many critical decisions on the future of Singapore were made by the late Mr Lee and other pioneer leaders.

      Mr Teo, as chair of the ministerial committee set up to consider the future of the house, said he had shared options with Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling.

      He said he told them that he would personally not support options at “either end of the range” – that is to preserve the house for visitors to enter or to demolish it and put it on the market for new private residences.

      Instead, the committee has been studying “intermediate options” like demolishing the house but keeping the basement dining room where many important historical meetings took place, with an appropriate heritage centre attached, Mr Teo revealed.

      “This would substantially fulfill Mr Lee's wish,” said Ms Indranee. “His and Mrs Lee's privacy would be respected. Pictures of the basement were already made public during Mr Lee's time and are widely available. Nothing of the private spaces would be seen.

      “At the same time, the history and heritage would not be lost and the crucible where the hopes and dreams of a nation were forged can be kept to inspire many more generations to come.”


      Source: CNA/gs

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    • 27th June 2017

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    • 27th June 2017

      Train on EWL: Simei icon_arrow.gif Bedok (565/566) 
      SBS3523P on svc 35 (Bedok Int icon_arrow.gif Alps Ave)
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    • Search ongoing for man who reportedly fell into water near Clarke Quay

      SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old man who reportedly fell into the water near Clarke Quay's Read Bridge on Sunday (Jun 25) is still missing, more than a day after authorities were first alerted.

      The police were alerted at 2.55pm on Sunday to a case of a 27-year-old man who had gone missing at 3D River Valley Road. "A search to locate the man is currently ongoing," the police said on Monday afternoon.

      The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a request for help at around 4.25pm on Sunday and deployed a fire engine, an ambulance and three support vehicles.

      The man could not be found, even after two divers from the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team had conducted search operations. SCDF also performed a surface search of the Singapore River with the help of a private operator's boat.

      SCDF said search operations are still ongoing.


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    • 38 Oxley Road committee: Interest in Lee Kuan Yew's will confined to understanding his wishes, says Indranee

      SINGAPORE: The interest of the 38 Oxley Road ministerial committee in the will of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew is confined to trying to understand his thinking on the house, said Senior Minister of State for Law Indranee Rajah on Saturday (Jun 24).

      In a Facebook post titled "4 Further Things You Should Know About the Oxley Dispute", Ms Indranee pointed out that demolition clause was in his first four wills, but was removed in his fifth and sixth wills, and reinserted in his seventh and final will.

      "So Mr Lee had changed his mind once. The question is whether he changed it a second time? Or whether the demolition clause was inserted without his awareness?" Ms Indranee wrote.

      "The interest of the ministerial committee in the will is confined to trying to understand his thinking on the house."

      LAWYER DRAFTING WILL NEEDS TO BE INDEPENDENT: INDRANEE

      Under Singapore law, whoever drafted the last will is required to be independent, said Ms Indranee.

      "If the lawyer has an interest in the will, the lawyer must make sure the person making the will gets independent advice," she explained.

      "In the seventh will, Dr Lee Wei Ling's extra share was reduced and the three children were given equal shares i.e. Mr Lee Hsien Yang's share increased. As Mrs Lee Suet Fern is his wife, if she prepared the seventh will, then the question which will arise is what independent advice MM received?" Ms Indranee wrote, referring to Mr Lee Kuan Yew by his position as Minister Mentor.

      She also pointed to a Facebook post by Mr Lee Hsien Yang which claimed his father gave "express instructions" that his final in 2013 will be a reversion to his first will of 2011.

      "On the basis of this instruction, we took what we understood to be the final version of the 2011 will, without realising that a gift over clause had been in the executed version of the 2011 will," Mr Lee wrote on Jun 17.

      To that, Ms Indranee said Mr Lee has not specified who "we" referred to in his post. "If the lawyer referred to in 'we' is Mrs Lee Suet Fern, then certain questions will arise," Ms Indranee wrote.

      Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the late Mr Lee's eldest son, had expressed "grave concerns" about the events surrounding the making of his father's last will.

      In a summary of his statutory declaration to the ministerial committee that was made public last Thursday, PM Lee said: "There are serious doubts about whether Mr Lee was properly and independently advised on the contents of the last will before he signed it."

      PM Lee questioned the role that his brother's wife, lawyer Lee Suet Fern, played in drafting the final will, and said they gave Mr Lee Kuan Yew the impression that the changes to his will would only reinstate the equal division of his estate among the three children.

      "INSULT TO A GREAT MAN": LEE HSIEN YANG

      About an hour after her Facebook post, Mr Lee Hsien Yang responded on his own page, saying it is "an insult to a great man" for PM Lee's ministers to "repeat his insinuations" that Lee Kuan Yew - a Cambridge-educated lawyer - did not understand his own will.

      He said that the last will was "no more than a reversion" to the 2011 will on the late founding prime minister's instructions, reiterating that the last will is final and legally binding since probate has been granted.

      "The proper place for Lee Hsien Loong to challenge his father's will was in court," he added.

      The very public spat among the three children of the late Mr Lee began when PM Lee's siblings issued a statement in the wee hours of Jun 14, accusing him of abusing his position in Government to deal with matters concerning their childhood home, amongst other allegations.

      PM Lee had said earlier this week that as he would like to move on, the "baseless accusations" against the Government cannot be left unanswered, and must be dealt with openly. He said he will refute the charges in a ministerial statement when Parliament sits on Jul 3.


      Source: CNA/nc/gs

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    • 26th June 2017

      SBS6811M on svc 20 (Simei St 1 icon_arrow.gif Tampines Int)
      SG5791E on svc 969 (Tampines Int icon_arrow.gif Woodlands Temp Int)
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    • 26th June 2017

      SG5770R (AMDEP 963) broke down at Blk 608 bus stop (b/s 59059) along Yishun Ave 2. Breakdown triangle was spotted at the rear of the bus & EDS displayed "Off Service"

      Time of spotting: 1605hrs

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    • 26th June 2017

      SBS6413D - 3 (LYDEP SP)
      SG1168G - 20 (BNDEP SP)
      SBS6811M - 20 (BNDEP 9)
      SBS8289H - 22 (AMDEP 21)
      SBS8169X - 293 (BNDEP SP)

      SMB1504S - 67 (KJDEP SP)
      SMB171A - 857 (AMDEP 855)
      SMB3140U - 858 (AMDEP SP)
      SMB1491U - 903 (WLDEP 925)
      SMB1455A - 925 (WLDEP 961)
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      SMB3538G - 969 (AMDEP 169)
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