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Singaporeans can be assured that the air and water quality are not affected by the chemical spill in Pasir Gudang, Johor. Citizens of Pasir Gudang were plagued by a toxic waste spill which caused more than 500 people to be sick. 

People there are experiencing nausea, vomiting, breathlessness and have been admitted to hospitals. The severe pollution has caused a few to be in critical condition. 

Following the incident, Singaporean authorities have checked and announced that we remain in the good to low-moderate air quality range. They also assured that the water quality will not be affected. 

Authorities in both countries will continue to monitor the situation. Hopefully everything will turn out for the better.

A Grab driver has received wide praises online, after his not so gentle reminder on his private hire car went viral. In the not so gentle warning, the driver reminded his passengers that they should never ask their drivers to drive faster.

In the reminder, he further expanded that of the passengers woke up late for work, and thus have the need to take a PHV, then it is their fault for being late in the first place, not the drivers. The driver also said that they will drive according to the speed limit of the roads, and not any faster. In fact, the driver continues, they might even slow down, just to piss off the passengers who were pissing them off. He ended with a gentle reminder to his passengers, to please wake up early.

This particular post and photo of the not so gentle reminder received widespread support from Singaporeans from all walks of life. 

Some of you might remember the cyclist Eric Cheung. He was knocked down by a lorry driver after he damaged the lorry's side mirror. Many netizens cheered the lorry driver on back then. You can watch the video here: if you need a refresher.

However, news just broke that the lorry driver might be jailed for at least 2 weeks. He will be facing charges for not making a police report within 24 hours of a car accident and also the charge of acting rashly to cause hurt.

Under the penal code, not making a police report within 24 hours of a car accident can get him a maximum punishment of either a fine of S$1,000 or a jail term o three months. The charge of acting rashly to cause hurt can get him a punishment of an imprisonment term of one year, or a fine of S$5,000 or both.

We hope for all the best for the lorry driver.

 

Singaporeans were met with yet another onslaught of train delays thanks to SMRT. This morning, rush hour crowds were treated to a "surprise" track fault along the East-West Line. Passengers were told to factor in additional 30 minutes' travelling time as they were left stranded and cramped from Jurong East to Queenstown stations. 

SMRT said that train services resumed close to 8am and apologised for affecting the morning commute. 

But are Singaporeans appeased? Obviously not. Can SMRT avoid future train delays? Obviously not. Will the government blame themselves for their inadequacy and for disrupting our lives? Obviously not.

SMRT: A lesson for Singaporeans to suck it up and move on.

If something happened and it was not your fault, but you still got scolded, would you be pissed? I sure would. This also happened to a netter Jan Rick Camara Mascarina. He was called fat by a lady after he helped the lady pick up some stuff which she has knocked over with her bag. She blamed Jan for being fat. Of course, Jan was not too happy with that and started calling her a bitch.

It soon became a big case when the husband of the lady came over to ask what happened. The husband threatened to sue Jan and call the police. The police soon came and Jan and his friend were asked to avoid the couple. 

How would you react if it were you? You can read his full post here:

“You’re fat.”

Those words were the trigger to an interesting Saturday, that ended in police officers instructing me to avoid a couple in their 40's at White Sands. I thought I’d be spending the afternoon doing fat-person things like drinking bubble tea, and buying $1 on-sale Tiptop Curry Puffs - not get called fat and verbally threatened with a civil suit. 

Here’s what happened.

Jing Jie told me that he wanted to start drawing again, so we went to Popular Bookstore Singapore, to look for supplies in the pen aisle. While we were engrossed and contemplating which ones he needed, we did not notice a woman browsing the the same aisle too (she was probably browsing the opposite shelf).

The only time we noticed her, was when she walked past us to continue browsing down the shelf, and some boxed items fell to the floor as she walked by.

On instinct, I proceeded to pick-up the boxes to help put them back on the shelf, no biggie (in all honesty, I’ve lived life as a fat person long enough to realise I sometimes knock on things, and just pick them up). That’s when she shook her head, let out a loud sigh, and with a visible black-face, proceeded to pick up the other boxes from the floor. 

I was confused for a split second, still thinking that it might be me, until JJ motioned at her huge shoulder bag, the culprit to the fallen boxes. He verbally asked me “what is her problem.” Realising it wasn’t me, and then getting annoyed that my (unintended) extension of help was met with annoyance, I then lamented something along the lines of “she knock things and I help her, still give me black face.”

This was when she dropped words I haven’t heard since I was a 10 year old kid, being taunted for my weight, in primary school.

“It’s because you’re fat.”

I was flabbergasted (I hate this word, but it’s really the exact emotion I had). I didn’t know what to say, so and JJ took the first salvo with a “wow.” I followed up with an “are you serious right now?”

“You were blocking the way.”

Essentially, this woman walks past us without so much as saying ‘excuse me’, knocks things to the floor, which I help pick up, proceed to display annoyance directed at me, for something she did, then call me fat?

I was not having it. I shot back with a “you’re a bitch.”

She then went on the defensive, saying we were attacking her with vulgar language, and threatens to call the police. She then questions how old both of us were, and how our parents brought us up, and says she wishes her child were there to see what kind of person they shouldn’t be.

Second trigger. Don’t bring my parents into it. 

JJ, the calmer of us both at the time then says “you started it with a personal unnecessary insult.” Not holding back, I continued with “you’re an old fucking bitch with serious problems, don’t bring my parents into it.”

Not the classiest or most restrained of retorts, but anger tends to drain tasteful vernacular out of most. 

She then threatens to call the police, again, while questioning my upbringing. 

Since we're at the topic, let me explain how my parents have brought me up. 1 - to stand up when there’s injustice, and defend yourself and 2 - to know that respect is earned, not demanded. 

What happened over the next few minutes was an escalating back-and-forth slingshot of insults, with her taking huge offence that I called her out for being a bitch (let’s call a spade a spade, you were), with her insisting we do not walk away because she will take us to task, while calling her husband.

Knowing I did no wrong and this woman was starting to involve Popular Bookstore staff, threatening to call the police (just do it already if you're so sure you're in the right), whilst proclaiming she won’t let me get away with my vulgar words, I then said “look, you don’t have to threaten with calling the police, I will.” 

I then hit 999, and for the first time in my life, called the police.

We were then escorted out of the Bookstore by Popular staff, while her husband had come down. The entire time she was speaking to some staff, and her husband in and out of Mandarin, naturally focusing only on the fact that I had used vulgarities on her (woman, if you ever read this, no sane person would call you a fucking bitch out of the blue). 

Thankfully, I’m fluent in the language and interjected in Mandarin “don’t have to present only your side of the story only, let’s wait for the police.”

This was when the husband first spoke to us asking what happened. I thought that this man, an older man in his 40's, would be a voice of reason and mediate, as he could be less emotionally charged having been detached from the situation - and might want a grasp of what actually happened. 

So I tried to tell him what happened. Tried, because midway through explaining what actually happened, he then said: “I will sue you. I will bring you to civil court.”

He then, in an attempt to threaten us (since they saw us as kids), asked the Popular staff if there was CCTV footage in the outlet, to serve as proof of my aggression and vulgarity, then proceeded to also call the police.

That’s when I knew all avenues of dialogue closed. There was no use talking to the woman, her husband, or Popular bookstore staff, and we just stood by while waiting for the police to arrive. 

Even there, while awaiting police intervention, the woman continued rambling outside of the store, apologising to staff and focusing solely on the fact that I used profanities and how there were kids around, and she didn’t want to disrupt their business and pollute young minds. 

How magnanimous of her! *rolling my eyes*

All this time, poor JJ is just looking at me going “what the fuck” and saying “I’m sorry you have to go through this.” 

Oh, and somewhere in there she manages to sneak in a “anyway it’s true what. He is fat!”

This was when I was just over it. I said out loud, “look, bring me to court if you want, bring the police if you want. If I were a bitch like you, I’d be taking a video of you and posting this online, to see what people have to say. Let’s just wait for the police to come and leave it to them. Please stop talking to me.”

A second threat from the husband then came "we won't leave it to them. You're going to court!"

All this while, the husband had a look of utter satisfaction, like both of them were sure they were right (again, the husband was not there at all when this transpired, and didn’t even bother to hear me out when I tried to objectively explain what happened. Heck, I’d even have apologised for my choice of words after explaining why I used them, if she did as well).

That’s when the exchange stopped, and the police came. They took mine and JJ's statements, and advised us to be on our way and avoid them. 

So the reason I’m posting this even when I said I was above it, when I didn’t take a video of her to allow the court of public opinion to pass judgment, was because the police mentioned that if they wanted to pursue the case, they could. I have to defend myself (as my parents have rightfully taught me). The police after all, were only there to keep the peace, not serve judgment. I’m here to tell my side, as objectively and as openly as I can. 

With that, I admit to the fact that yes, I am fat, just as you proclaimed the second time “it’s true what. He is fat!” 

You should too, admit that you, ma’am, are a bonafide bitch.

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PS. Sorry Singapore Police Force for wasting your time on such a trivial matter. Apologised to the officer, apologising here as well.

The counterclaim by Leong Sze Hian was thrown out by a high court judge due to Leong Sze Hian's failure to disclose a “reasonable cause of action” in his counterclaim.

Justice Aedit Abdullah said in a written judgment on Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019 that Leong Sze Hian counterclaim “discloses no recognized cause of action, let alone a reasonable one”. Justice Aedit Abdullah also cited a previous decision by the Court of Appeal “that the tort of abuse of process is not recognized in Singapore law”. The court ruled that this was because “there are ample legal mechanisms within the existing rules of civil procedure that afford innocent parties adequate legal remedies in the event that there is indeed an abuse of process by the party concerned on the other side” back then.

He also said that he did not accept Mr Leong’s argument that subsequent Government statements debunking the Facebook post and article ensured that no damage was caused to the plaintiff’s reputation, as this “did not mean that the statements complained of lost their defamatory effect thereafter”.

PM Lee's defamation suit against Leong Sze Hian will still carry on to go to trial. Did you expect this to turn out this way?

 

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