Since everyone is doing their own posters for Prison Break, I thought I’d do something to help promote Toilet Break Prison Break 4.

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Coming to a cinema near you.

Original picture and idea courtesy of DK. =)

The police received a call from a phone booth at Block 10 Haig Road on Thursday evening from a person claiming to be Mas "Limping Terrorist" Selamat. He then proceed to threaten to "attach multiple locations". This prompted police to be quickly deployed to the traced location, potentially ending a 2-day manhunt for the escaped detainee and bringing back peace to the country.

However, this was not to be. The call turned out to be a hoax and the man was arrested. Police investigations are currently underway. The police reminded the public again that they will not hesitate to take serious actions against people committing such act.

For a tensed moment like this, it’s a wonder how someone is "free" enough to get himself into trouble.

POLICE have arrested a 58-year-old man who made a hoax call from a public phone, claiming that he is the escaped Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) detainee Mas Selamat Kastari.

The man, who called from a phone booth at Block 10 Haig Road on Thursday at about 5.10 pm, also threatened to attack multiple locations, said a police statement on Friday.

Police investigations are on-going.

Police also warned the public that that they will not ‘hesitate to take firm action against persons committing such offences.’

A massive land, sea and air search is continuing to hunt down Mas Selamat, 47, leader of the Singapore JI terror network, who fled from Whitley Road Detention Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Posters of the wanted fugitive – one showing him with a moustache and goatee and the other, clean-shaven – have been put up at many public places and immigration checkpoints to urge people to call 999 immediately if they spot him.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 29th February 2008

There was an apparent security lapse in the recent militant escape – that he escaped on his way to meet his family when he asked to go to the toilet. This came as quite a surprised because if the same protocol is used here as in Changi Prison, one can imagine how many inmates would have escaped from the prison.

People locally and worldwide are reacting to this in various manners. Indonesia has also joined in the manhunt and is securing its borders. However, Indonesia believes that Mas is unlikely to be hiding in Indonesia because he is thought to be well recognised by the locals and that he had been jailed for previous offences – and thus it is improbable that he’d put himself in danger of being recognised and deported back to Singapore. Of course, Indonesia conveniently taichi’d this to Malaysia.

In the local scene, security had been stepped up in SCGS, which is located just next to Malcolm Park. However, despite all the action going on, the students in the school remained calm and cooperative. To most of them, it is like a scene taken out from the movies.

The sad truth is, if this guy manages to get his acts together, this will be more than a movie.

Below, the article on the security lapse in Singapore. DPM Wong Kan Seng urged the public that they should be vigilant of their surroundings and to report any suspicious persons to the police. He also reiterated that it is an offence to help a criminal in any way. However, a statement made by him, that we should all not speculate on what happened, tickled me. I always thought that the government always wants to dig to the bottom of the truth for everything that happens in Singapore. Hmmm…

A ‘SECURITY LAPSE’ led to the escape of the leader of the Singapore’s wing of the Islamic militant network, Jemaah Islamiah (JI), and drew an apology from Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng on Thursday.

Mr Wong Kan Seng, who is the Deputy Prime Minister, told Parliament that Mas Selamat Kastari, who walks with a limp, escaped from the toilet of the Whitley Road Detention Centre, near a wooded park on Wednesday afternoon.

Acknowledging that the security lapse ‘should have never happened’, Mr Wong said all stops are being pulled out to capture the JI militant, who was linked to a sensational plot to crash a hijacked plane onto Changi Airport.

He is still on the run more than 24 hours after he fled on Wednesday at about 4.05 pm, as a massive manhunt involving thousands of police, military and special operation command forces continue to track him down.

The JI has been blamed for several deadly bombing attacks in Southeast Asia, including the 2002 bombings that killed more than 200 people on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.

Mas Selamat left Singapore after plots to attack Changi Airport and other targets, including the US embassy, the American Club and the Singapore American School, were foiled seven years ago.

Nearly 40 other suspected members of JI were rounded up.

He was arrested by the Indonesian police on the Indonesian island of Bintan in January 2006 and sent back to Singapore.

He had since been held under Singapore’s Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial.

Giving an update on how the JI leader escaped on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Wong said he was being led to a room to meet his family members who were visiting him when he asked to go to the toilet.

Mr Wong apologised for the ‘security lapse at the Whitley Detention Centre’.

‘This should never have happened. I am sorry that it had. An independent investigation is underway and we should not speculate on what and how it happened,’ he said, adding that security at the centre had since been stepped up.

Mr Wong added: ‘He is a security threat which is why he was placed under preventive detention, However, there is no information that he has any plans that threaten public security. Nevertheless, we are not taking any chances.’

On why the public was informed of the escape only four hours after the escape, Mr Wong said the escape posed no ‘imminent danger to the public’ at the time.

‘The focus then was to lock down the Whitley Road detention centre and then to start a systemic operation to find and arrest him. The priority is to arrest him and no effort will be spared to track him down,’ he said.

Elaborating, he added that the security at all the air, land and sea checkpoints have been tightened, including ‘the areas where he may leave our shores not from the normal immigration clearance areas’.

He also warned that anyone who helps Mat Selamat would be committing a serious offence. ‘I urge the public to stay calm and report any suspicious sightings to the police immediately,’ he said.

Indonesia taichi:

THE Indonesian police raised the alert on its border on Thursday after Singapore said a militant group leader had escaped and possibly headed to Indonesian territories, especially through small islands in Riau.

‘Singapore has contacted us and they want us to take measures to prevent the suspect, Mas Selamet Kastari, from escaping to Indonesia,’ Riau Islands provincial police chief Brig Gen Sutarman was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Sutarman said Singapore police had asked for close coordination with Riau Islands police to recapture the fugitive. ‘They have also sent out a red notice,’ he said.

He added Mas Selamat once lived in Riau and Java ‘so he knows Indonesia well’.

‘He knows well how to enter Indonesia,’ said Sutarman.

The JI militant was arrested in Indonesia for immigration offences several years ago and then deported to Singapore who sought him for a plot to blow up the Changi Airport and hijack a Singapore plane.

Separately, National Police spokesman Sisno Adiwinoto said it was less likely that Mas Selamat would hide in Indonesia, where he has been jailed twice and local people were familiar with his face, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

‘He is possibly still somewhere in Singapore, or already in Malaysia by now,’ Sisno told Jakarta-based Metro TV.

The Indonesian Police will remain cooperative with their Singapore’s counterpart as it did when first deported Slamet.

‘This is a terrorism case, we must be vigilant,’ he said.

‘And we hope that Singapore will be cooperative too in capturing Indonesian criminals and sending them back to Indonesia, primarily those convicted of economic crimes,’ he said.

Mas Selamat bin Kastari, the alleged leader of al Qaeda-linked Islamic militant network Jemaah Islamiah’s (JI) Singapore cell, escaped on Wednesday from the toilet of a detention centre.

The JI has been blamed for several deadly bombing attacks in South-east Asia, including the 2002 bombings that killed more than 200 people on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.

The escape led to an apology from the government over the ‘security lapse’, and a manhunt involving thousands of policemen.

Experts said they believed Mas Selamat would try to return to Indonesia, where security is generally viewed as not as tight compared with Singapore.

‘I believe he will try to get into Indonesia where he could avoid being detained a lot easier than in Singapore,’ said Clive Williams, a professor at Australia’s Macquarie University, who lectures on terrorism.

The city-state, which has a population of 4.6 million, has a wide network of surveillance cameras in public areas and security breaches are rare.

Wong Kan Seng, Singapore’s minister for home affairs, acknowledged the lapse should never have happened and said everything was being done to arrest Mas Selamat.

‘The priority is to arrest him, no effort will be spared to track him down,’ Mr Wong told members of the parliament.

Tightened borders
Mr Wong said the city-state’s land, air and sea borders have been tightened in view of Mas Selamat’s escape.

Singapore is linked by a bridge to neigbouring Malaysia and it only takes an hour by ferry to the Indonesian island of Bintan.

Mas Selamat, who was allegedly behind a plot to hijack a plane and crash it into Singapore’s Changi Airport, was an important and dangerous member of the JI, experts said.

‘He is a significant individual in the terror network and a ruthless terrorist,’ said Singapore-based Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research.

‘Mas Selamat was committed not only to the JI cause but the Al Qaeda cause of global jihad as well. He poses a threat not only to Singapore but the region,’ Mr Gunaratna said.

Singapore, a strong US ally and a major base for Western businesses, sees itself as a prime terrorist target in the region and has said it foiled JI plots in 2001 to attack various Western-linked sites, including the US embassy. — REUTERS

Malaysia tightening their borders, probably unaware of being taichi’d:

KUALA LUMPUR – MALAYSIAN police have stepped up security on the border after an alleged leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network escaped from custody in neighbouring Singapore, a top official said on Thursday.

Mas Selamat bin Kastari, who was accused of planning to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi Airport in Singapore, escaped from a detention centre on Wednesday.

Musa Hassan, inspector general of police, said security forces have beefed up patrols and have distributed photos of Mas Selamat to various enforcement agencies.

Mohamad Mokhtar, police chief of the Malaysian state of Johor which borders the city-state, was coordinating with Singapore police in the manhunt, Musa said.

‘We will give our fullest cooperation,’ he said. Singapore has launched a massive search for Mas Selamat.

The city-state, a staunch US ally, has said it is a top target for extremists and has taken elaborate security measures to prevent an attack. Singapore authorities arrested 15 people in December 2001 – 13 of whom were suspected JI members – who were allegedly planning to attack a bus carrying Americans to a subway station. — AFP

Articles obtained from straitstimes.com on 28th February 2008

I figured that as a fellow resident in Singapore, I should be concerned with the safety of the people all around us and as much as every blabbers about the government and the efficiency of the total defence forces, I think true total defence can only come about if everyone works hand in hand. Yes, I know this sounds like propaganda, but seriously, the last thing I want to do is to find a JI militant in my gardens, school or lab. So, if it’s anything else, it’s for selfish reasons 😛

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Mas Selamat Kastari, aged 45

So, if you have seen this man, or anyone who looks like him *and* walks with a limp (now I am hoping that he wasn’t faking a limp), then you might want to contact your friendly neighbourhood police center, or just blog about it and ping it. It doesn’t matter that they think that he’s in or near Malcolm Park. He has legs and probably can run anywhere.

Now, you won’t want to be in a plane, bus, train or  taxi that is marked by him or his group as a target to terrorize the people in Singapore, do you? So do keep a lookout and help spread the word. In fact, you can just copy everything in this post and put it on your blog so that everyone else can see it.

Safety – it’s in your hands.

Ed: Serious, it’s not propaganda…

Ed: And oh, one more thing, there’s a possibility that he will not look the same as he did in the photo… so, I guess it’s the usual "if you see any suspicious looking person or article, please inform our staff or call 999"

With all the voting going on in the US for the nomination of the next Democrat and Republican candidates, one of my friends wondered how the voting is actually carried out for Americans overseas. If there were only that few overseas Americans, then won’t it be easy for anyone to narrow down on who cast which vote?

Of course, there’s the possibility of mixing the votes (and I am talking about paper votes) and trusting that no one else will see it. After all, the Americans are people of integrity and they will not do anything that is against their conscience or constitution.

However, I added that, in Singapore, we have a more effective and efficient way of doing things like this. There may always be the risk of someone peeping into the voting slips and making second guesses, and so we make use of better and more advanced technology.

It’s called Singpass. All you have to do is to log in using your Singpass and cast your vote online. Your vote is secret. No one will be able to find out who you voted, what time you voted and where you voted from.

Right? =)

Update: There were more SOC vehicles than I thought. I think there were about 8 instead of 6, but that’s all the intelligence that I have now. =P However, from the looks of it, I doubt Mas had been captured yet.

For a title like that, won’t I be sorry to our readers if there aren’t any photos to show? At least 3 SOC vehicles were spotted at the bus stop in front of SCGS with another 3 more making a turn from Bukit Timah Road into Dunearn Road at the cross junction of Stevens Road/Bukit Timah Road. This reminded me of the time when someone staged an anti-Odex protest using figurines and were under surveillance by the cops. Surprisingly, there were 4 SOC vehicles, or affectionately known as Ang Chias, where they were. Either the SOC were expecting a big crowd then, or this incident is just a "notch" above the anti-Odex incident. Still, I believe in our SOC. 🙂

A little backtrack on what happened earlier today. Mas Selamat Kastari, the leader of the Singapore terrorist network – Jemaah Islamiyah, has escaped from the detention center where he was placed, on Wednesday afternoon, 27th February 2008. A massive manhunt is currently in progress to track him down.

Anyway, it seems like the SOC are making their rounds around the Bukit Timah area, particular near Malcolm Park, which is near SCGS. That probably explains the SOC vehicles outside the school. Thankfully it’s still school term, else the school could jolly well be having some holiday camps in school and no one knows what bad things may happen should Mas resort to desperate measures.

Unfortunately, it’s night time and cameras don’t do well in night light, so here’s just a photo 2 photos of the SOC vehicles making their turns at Stevens Road/Bukit Timah Road. It’s been quite a while since I last saw so many Ang Chias…

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… which may actually be a good thing (not to see them often, that is). =)

Mas Selamat Kastari, the leader of the Singapore terrorist network – Jemaah Islamiyah, has escaped from the detention center where he was placed. This happened at 4:05pm on Wednesday, 27th February 2008. A massive manhunt is currently in progress to track him down. While he is not known to be armed, he may still be a danger to the public as he was the mastermind linked to a plot to crash a hijacked plane into Changi Airport.

This incident also sparks off questions on the security of the detention center and how this breach had happened. Judging from the report, he is likely to be within the Bukit Timah area in the afternoon, although he most probably can be anywhere by now. This is the second major security breach within the last 1 year, where the previous incident involved an NSF, Dave Teo, who got out of his camp with an armed rifle.

THE leader of the Singapore terrorist Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network, Mas Selamat Kastari, escaped from the Whitley Road detention centre at about 4.05 pm on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement.

A massive manhunt involving the police, Gurkhas and Special Operations Command forces, is underway to track down the escaped detainee, who walks with a limp.

‘He is not known to be armed. Extensive police resources have been deployed to track him down,’ said the ministry statement.

The forces have fanned out to areas in Beauty World in Upper Bukit Timah, Goldhill Avenue near Barker Road, and the men are knocking on homes asking residents if they have seen the escapee.

Undercover police officers are also questioning staff of petrol stations, convenience stores and checking their CCTV footage in case the terrorist leader had entered their premises earlier.

At Malcolm Park, near the Singapore Chinese Girls School, scores of forces have formed a formidable blockade around the park.

The public is asked to contact the police at 999 if they know of his whereabouts.

Background
Mas Selamat, 45, and four other members of the terrorist organisation which has regional links and ties to Al-Qaeda, were served detention orders under the Internal Security Act between March and May 2006.

Tagged as Singapore’s most wanted militant and linked to a sensational plot to crash a hijacked plane into Changi Airport, the JI leader of the Singapore network, was arrested on the riau island of Bintan while on the run after fleeing the Republic in December 2001.

He was eventually deported to Singapore in February 2006 after serving time in two Indonesian jails for immigration offences.

Mas Selamat, a father of four, was involved in JI’s plans to mount attacks against foreign and local establishments here, which included the US Embassy and American Club, the Defence Ministry headquarters at Bukit Gombak and the Education Ministry building at North Buona Vista Drive.

His role included directing Singapore JI members to undertake reconnaissance of these establishments and handing over reconnaissance material to JI operational leaders based in Malaysia.

After he fled Singapore, he continued to target the country – specifically plotting to hijack an aircraft to crash into Changi Airport.

The Government said that when his initial attempt was thwarted, he continued to believe in the feasibility of the plan and intended to pursue it in the future when the opportunity presented itself.

When he was finally captured in Malang, some 40 km south of Pasuruan on Jan 20 2006, after about five months on the run, Mas Selamat was found to be carrying false identification – an offence similar to previous charges that arose from his first arrest in February 2003.

That earlier arrest ended his 14-month run from the law, which began when he fled Singapore in December 2001 after the Republic’s crackdown on terrorists had netted about a dozen of his JI comrades.

What he did, or whom he met, during his five-month freedom is still a mystery.

His involvement in JI began in 1990.

According to a 2003 report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on the JI, he joined Darul Islam (DI), a movement considered to be the parent of JI, that year.

Founded in 1948, DI fought for an Islamic state in Indonesia in the 1950s and spawned several key JI leaders, including its founders, the late Abdullah Sungkar and jailed militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.

Mas Selamat joined DI after he heard Indonesian cleric Abu Jibril preach in Johor.

Abu Jibril, who was detained in Malaysia in 2001 for militant work, had also apparently held religious talks in Singapore at the homes of JI members. He was deported to Indonesia in 2004, and now heads the Majlis Mujahidin Indonesia, an outfit founded by Abu Bakar.

By 1992, Mas Selamat had joined the religious council of the Singapore JI cell. In 1993, he went a step further, undergoing military training in Afghanistan.

At that time, the Afghan training was supervised by another Indonesian cleric, Zulkarnaen – said to be a member of JI’s central command as well as the leader of its military wing. Zulkarnaen is still at large.

In 1998, JI paid for Mas Selamat and another Singaporean, Jaafar Mistooki, to visit Afghanistan again for a month to look at the Taleban system of government.

Jaafar, who has been detained since December 2001, was one of several JI detainees in Singapore and Malaysia who testified against Abu Bakar during the cleric’s 2003 trial in Indonesia.

By 1999, Mas Selamat had been chosen by alleged JI operations chief Hambali to take over as Singapore JI leader from Ibrahim Maidin – the Singapore cell founder who has been detained since December 2001.

ICG’s report said he met Hambali, who has been in US custody since 2003, at around the same time in Bangkok to discuss a plane hijack, and was in the Thai capital and Pattaya to select personnel.

In 2002, Singapore’s then-premier Goh Chok Tong said that Mas Selamat had planned to crash a hijacked plane into Changi Airport to avenge the arrests of JI members.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 27th February 2008

There’s this thing about roadshow insurance "financial advisors" that I was never quite comfortable with and somehow, this account that I read kinda covers most of my questions that I always had with roadshow agents – that they may be fly-by-night with no commitment to serving their clients. In fact, the poor soul in the letter signed up during a roadshow, lost contact with the agent, and had encounters with unhelpful staff even at the Customer Service line.

This somehow reminded me of a windows game – Pinball! The customer service line is the left paddle, while the stand-in replacement agent is the right paddle. The original agent that, ahem, convinced him to sign up for the policy would then be the plunger/launcher while the poor soul is of course, the ball.

Since we are on the topic of pinball, you may want to reminisce the good old days with a game of pinball here. I think there shouldn’t be any viruses. I’m not sure. You may play at your own risk.

Sorry, I digressed.

What’s really worrying is how the family of the poor insured soul is going to get their claims should anything really happen to him. I think Prudential, being one of the top insurance institutions in Singapore, should have a much proper Customer Management System. To think that there’s no proper manner of handing and taking over customer data really irks me.

Insurance customer complains of being given runaround after signing up

IN NOVEMBER last year, I was approached by one of Prudential’s insurance agents during a roadshow in Bishan Junction 8.

I signed up for a policy which promised a mobile phone as a gift and was told that the voucher to claim the phone would be sent to me within 30 days.

When I was signing the documents, I noticed that the agent had written my address incorrectly and I pointed this out to him.

He said he would change that for me separately and gave me another form to fill up to authorise him to change the address for me later on.

A month later, when I did not receive the mobile phone voucher, I called the Prudential Customer Service line to check.

The representative on the phone read out my address, which I found to be the wrong one which I had pointed out to the agent originally.

I was sent another form to fill up and be sent back to them for the address change, which I duly did. Two weeks later, there was still no news from Prudential.

I called the Customer Service line again but was told that I would have to call the agent directly.

When I tried calling the agent, he would either not answer or would tell me he would call me back but never did.

After a couple weeks of trying, I called Prudential Customer Service again and they told me that the agent who signed me up had left Prudential and another agent would contact me to follow up with my case.

In addition, I found out that their system still reflected the wrong address. I waited for more than a week but no one called.

Then I resorted to writing in Prudential’s feedback column on their website, hoping that someone would look into this.

A week later, the Feedback representative called to say that they have acknowledged my complaint and would get someone to assist me. No one did.

I tried calling the person back but, each time, the call would be directed to a voice mail. Still no one contacted me even after I left messages.

Then, I tried to call the Director of Life Operation, who signed my ‘Welcome Letter’. But, as expected, his secretary said he was in a meeting and said she would refer the case to one of the other managers.

Someone did call and said that the voucher had already been sent out right after the Chinese New Year holidays and that I should be receiving it within the same week.

She also told me that my policy had already been assigned to another agent and that he would be calling me soon. Nothing came. No one called.

I made another call to the director. I was told he was busy and could not take my call. I left another message.

Later that day, my ‘agent’ called and asked me which policy I had signed up and how he could assist me. When I pointed out as my ‘agent’, he should have had all the information on hand instead of asking me all the same questions again, he said he was only told to call me to check and did not know what was going on.

He said he would check again and get back to me. Experience tells me I should not hold my breath.

When the episode first began, I was only trying to get my mobile phone as promised. Now I wonder what will happen to my family if something happens to me and they need the funds from the insurance payout.

Choo Eng Keong

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 26th February 2008

A forum reader posted a message to the ST Online Forums regarding the sale of complimentary bottled water to GV patrons. The premise of the complaint was that the bottled waters were labeled as "Complimentary" and should not have been sold. This is akin to selling products that are marked with "Not for resale", "Not for sale", or "Bundled as free gift". It’s like… collecting stacks and stacks of myPaper and Today Paper and selling it to everyone else for 50 cents.

Of course, no one will buy my papers in this case.

How can cinema sell bottled water it got for free?

Last weekend I went to a GV cinema and bought a bottle of mineral water at the snack counter. Later I realised that the label on it read ‘Complimentary from CapitaLand’. The next day I went to another GV cinema and saw bottles with the same labels among the drinks for sale.

I would like to know if selling a product to a consumer that had been received for free from another company is the right thing to do.

Nelson On Hun Ping

The response to the message posted is at best, laughable. After reading the reply a few times, I still can’t fathom what the management of GV was trying to get across.

Golden Village explains bottled water sales

WE REFER to the letter, ‘How can cinema sell bottled water it got for free’ by Mr Nelson On (Online forum, Feb 20).

Golden Village was having a promotion with CapitaLand which entitled CapitaLand Credit Card members to have two bottles of mineral water free with every pair of tickets purchased.

To help create awareness for this promotion, these bottles with the Complimentary labels were sold to our GV patrons as well with the approval from CapitaLand.

Although the bottles were labelled as ‘Complimentary’, the product costs of the bottles sold to non-members were absorbed by Golden Village. Only the product costs of bottles that were given to CapitaLand members were absorbed by CapitaLand.

In view of the feedback received from this promotion, Golden Village stopped the sale of this Complimentary CapitaLand Mineral Water on Feb 15.

We would like to thank Mr On for his feedback.

Annabelle Yap (Ms)

Guest Relations & Circuit Event Manager

Golden Village

So, to help me understand better, I broke the reply into lines:

  • WE REFER to the letter, ‘How can cinema sell bottled water it got for free’ by Mr Nelson On (Online forum, Feb 20).
    • Self-explanatory
  • Golden Village was having a promotion with CapitaLand which entitled CapitaLand Credit Card members to have two bottles of mineral water free with every pair of tickets purchased.
    • So, GV had a promotion and that CapitaLand Credit Card members who produced the card for purchase will be given the 2 bottles of mineral water
  • To help create awareness for this promotion, these bottles with the Complimentary labels were sold to our GV patrons as well with the approval from CapitaLand.
    • To create awareness for the promotion? I don’t get it. If the objective is to get members to sign up for the CapitaLand Credit Card, then you should not be charging people for it. You do not get your members-to-be to pay for your promotion!
    • If the objective is for your patrons to be aware that they can use their CapitaLand Credit Card to get the bottled water free, then all the more you should have just sold your regular bottled water and not the complimentary ones
  • Although the bottles were labelled as ‘Complimentary’, the product costs of the bottles sold to non-members were absorbed by Golden Village. Only the product costs of bottles that were given to CapitaLand members were absorbed by CapitaLand.
    • I smell smoke here. Lots of smoke. Let’s just say that we ignore the "Complimentary" sign for now, how is the prodict costs of the bottles sold to non-members absorbed by Golden Village when they are already sold to the patrons?
  • In view of the feedback received from this promotion, Golden Village stopped the sale of this Complimentary CapitaLand Mineral Water on Feb 15.
    • I hope you made enough to er… "absorb" your product costs
  • We would like to thank Mr On for his feedback.
    • But I think we’d all like a better explanation. If you scr*wed up, then an apology would be nice 🙂

Nonsensical corporate replies nowadays… tsk tsk. Someone should conduct a proper Customer Relationship Management 101 course for them.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 26th February 2008

The Traffic Police is considering the ban on new bikers from ferrying pillion riders. This is due to the high numbers of accidents that had occurred recently. The idea was to allow the bikers to get more experience from riding – usually a 1 year period, before allowing them to ferry pillion riders. At the same time, it is not know if new drivers will be banned from ferrying passengers, given the high rate of accidents in recent months, which involved the death of 2 polytechnic students in a car crash, 3 passengers in a separate accident along Dunearn Road and 4 lives in the most accident involving an almost new Mazda MX-8.

Do we see a pattern here?

THE Traffic Police have said they will gauge the feasibility of banning new bikers from carrying pillion riders until they chalk up more riding experience.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, they did not, however, say when they would decide on this.

Driving schools already teach riders how to ride with passengers, but some bikers have suggested going further, such as banning new riders from taking on pillion riders until they have held their licences for a year.

Mr Tony Yeo, general secretary of the Singapore Motor Cycle Trade Association, said he was ‘all for the idea’.

But he pointed out that this would raise issues, such as whether new car drivers ought to be banned from ferrying passengers too, or whether new bikers should be allowed to install utility boxes on their two-wheelers.

TEH JOO LIN

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 26th February 2008