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The main carpark at Holland Village will be closed down for mixed-use development which will take about seven years to complete. According to the notices by HDB, the carpark will be closed from 13 August 2018. The notices were given out on 1 August 2018. The notices also serve to inform motorists where alternative parking is available in the area.

The closure of the carpark will result in the loss of about 400 parking lots. Will the businesses at Holland Village be heavily affected by this? We will find out soon.

Bangladesh national Sheikh Md Razan, 29, allegedly tried to rob a pawnshop near Boon Lay MRT station last Saturday. He was armed with a knife and a gun assembled with plastic parts. When the employee of the pawnshop refused his demands for cash and jewellery, Razan allegedly said that he had an explosive device with him and threatened to blow up the pawnshop. He fled after throwing an object on the counter.

Razan was surprised when he was caught. “He didn't think we had caught on to his disguise,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police and director of the Criminal Investigation Department Florence Chua. Razan has also been overstaying since December 2017. He will be charged on 3 Aug 2018.

On 28 July 2018, Twitter User @LookImBabyWhale (Amanda Tan) shared her experience on the social media platform regarding a creepy Grab hitch driver. The driver repeatedly requested for her to remove her jacket and also insisted that she sat in front. The driver even went as far as to lock the back doors upon arrival. Luckily for Amanda, the driver finally agreed to let her sit in the back after Amanda's male friend came to talk to the driver.

Thankfully, Amanda managed to get home safely. 

You can see her original tweets here:

Singapore railer operator SMRT pulled in two ex-colonels from the Singapore Armed Forces, Mr Clifford Keong and Ms Lee Yem Choo to join their human resource department. This is after Mr Neo Kian Hong's appointment as SMRT CEO after a global search. Netizens are currently questioning the need of hiring more paper generals to join SMRT. Some also questioned whether the ex-colonels in human resource will lead to more generals being hired.

Also, the one question in everyone's mind: how many generals does it take to stop the MRT from breaking down? Guess we will never know the answer.

“Children look at me in fear, people stare and shun me, the MRT security will check my bag, and the police has also stopped me many times. But I am no terrorist, just a worker who has been severely burnt.

It happened when I was pressured into cleaning an underground water tank. There was this bad smell coming out and no one wanted to clean it so my boss said to me, “don’t make excuses saying this is not safe, you say that this is not safe because you don’t want to do this.”

I was given this halogen lamp and it was the moment I switched on that lamp that there was a big explosion. I didn’t even know what happened except that I was covered in flames. When my colleagues pulled me out, they couldn’t recognise me. The skin on my face was gone and I could see my bones. I thought I was going to die.

The burns were so severe that the doctor said it’s very difficult for me to get my original face back. I needed face reconstruction surgeries but my treatments stopped halfway because my employer refused to continue paying. He reasoned that he had already paid a lot and that he cannot be responsible for everything.

I had to cover my face with a scarf and sunglasses every time I go out so that people are not afraid of me. The pain from the burns is just the surface, it is even more tiring to deal with people's judgment.

But I got to know a lot of good people from HOME and many other friends. Things are better now. I have started going for English and computer classes and am also helping other workers with problems. I want to encourage all other workers suffering from injuries: when you meet with difficulties in life, don’t give up!"

- Rahman

Help support Rahman through this campaign Reviving Opportunities & Aid for Rahman and donate to make recovery possible for him at https://give.asia/campaign/help-support-rahman-s-surgeries.

Do cashless transactions really make our lives more convenient?

Stall owners at Pasir Ris hawker centre are unhappy at the new cashless system that was implemented just this January. Although they have to pay an additional $150 for the cashless service, the poor hawkers do not receive their earnings on time.

They have been complaining of disbursements being as late as 5 months. Within these 5 months, they still have to cough out money for other services such as dishwashing and table-cleaning, most of which they claim were not even done properly. 

The hawker is run by NTUC Foodfare. It has refuted these claims but acknowledged that there are late payments. 

Why do these hawkers have to bear the brunt of our tech failure? Are we becoming a Smart nation just for the sake of it? Is it really an improvement or are we rushing things when it is not necessary? What do you think?

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