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Dr Tan Cheng Bock looks at photos of his family at home.

Retired MP keeps himself busy

He’s been “very active” since retiring from politics in 2006. These days, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, 69, takes a bus from his home in Dover to his Jurong West clinic thrice a week, plays golf fortnightly, spends time with his four grandchildren, and takes the MRT on weekend outings with his wife. Chairman of the Jurong Medical Centre, he is also president of Jurong Country Club, with big plans to develop it in tandem with the Jurong Lake District. A bout of meningitis in 2004 temporarily affected his mobility and vision, but Dr Tan was back at his...

S’pore must remain vigilant

MAS Selamat Kastari may be safely back under arrest, but the message is clear: There can be no let up in the fight against terror. Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said fighting terrorism “is like fighting an external virus like Sars or Influenza A (H1N1)”....

H1N1 claims one outside N America

The first death from the Influenza A (H1N1) virus outside North America was reported on Saturday, with the death of a 53-year-old man in Costa Rica. This has yet to be confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), reported AFP. The United States has now...

Milder than originally feared: MOH

IT’S official - Singapore’s H1N1 health alert has stepped down from Orange to Yellow. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the new strain “seems milder than originally feared”. While there have been no human cases of H1N1 in Singapore, MOH has reminded all to maintain high standards of personal hygiene in view of the coming Southern Hemisphere winter...

China reports first suspected H1N1 case

BEIJING - China yesterday announced the first suspected case of Influenza A (H1N1) on the mainland - a man in south-western Sichuan province who returned from the United States, state media reported. The 30-year-old had arrived in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu from the US via Tokyo on Saturday afternoon, Xinhua news agency said, citing the Ministry of...

Top hospital hears its critics

ONCE a month, Alexandra Hospital invites ten patients with the most critical feedback to lunch - and to give its staff a “scolding session”. The hospital’s top brass, which includes its chief executive and chairman of its medical board, gather with their guests to hear why or what they were unhappy about over their stay or visit to the hospital. “Only when...

378 killed in 24 hours

A handout picture from Tamilnet shows what they claim to be wounded civilians at the site of an attack. AFP
COLOMBO - An overnight artillery barrage in Sri Lanka’s northern war zone killed at least 378 civilians and wounded more than 1,122, a government doctor said yesterday, calling it the bloodiest day he had seen in the army’s offensive against the Tamil Tiger...

Retired MP keeps himself busy

Dr Tan Cheng Bock looks at photos of his family at home.
He’s been “very active” since retiring from politics in 2006. These days, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, 69, takes a bus from his home in Dover to his Jurong West clinic thrice a week, plays golf fortnightly, spends time with his four grandchildren, and takes the MRT on...

What now for S’pore?

KUDOS to Singapore’s Internal Security Department and the Malaysian Special Branch for the recapture of former Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader Mas Selamat Kastari. And yes, his arrest has dealt a blow to a JI network already suffering from “a crisis of leadership”, as S Rajaratnam School of International Studies’ (RSIS) senior fellow Antonio Rappa pointed out....

Sota tribute to Zubir Said

The address of the permanent campus for the School of the Arts (Sota) near Cathay Cinema will be No 1, Zubir Said Drive, named in honour of the late composer of Singapore’s national anthem, Majulah Singapura or Onward Singapore, R-Adm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, the Acting Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts, said yesterday. SOTA will usher in a new...

Pump prices up

Bad news for motorists. Barely two weeks after pump prices of petrol were cut by 3 cents a litre, they were raised again yesterday - by the four oil companies. Regular 92 grade petrol is up 7 cents at $1.597 per litre, 95 grade is also up 7 cents at $1.627, while 98 grade is 5 cents higher at $1.730. The price of diesel was also raised 3 cents to $1.213 a...

H1N1 flu covered under most health plans

Medical costs related to pandemic flu are covered by most health insurance policies in Singapore, the Life Insurance Association (LIA) said yesterday. “Coverage of Influenza A (H1N1) applies to Medical Expense (or Hospital and Surgical) policies including Integrated Shield Plans. As such, hospital and medication costs incurred as a consequence of H1N1 flu...

Church receives suspicious envelope

First, it was an envelope containing suspicious white powder - which turned out to be baby powder - sent to Aware’s office on April 14. Now, police are investigating another envelope containing yellowish granules sent to the Church of Our Saviour. Church staff alerted police on April 30 upon receiving the envelope, one of two received by senior pastor Derek...

More flights between S’pore and Philippines

Singapore and the Philippines have agreed to expand their bilateral air transport agreement, a move that will allow carriers from each country to operate another 16 weekly flights between the Republic and Manila. Carriers from both countries will also have greater access to and from other airports in the Philippines, such as Cebu, Davao and Clark. At...

Pandemonium in the house

  IPOH - Wearing black shirts or bandanas, around 150 opposition supporters evaded road blocks and barbed wire to gather in restaurants and shops near the Perak state assembly yesterday morning. But their gathering was short-lived as the police, backed by water cannons, moved in to disperse the crowd and arrested dozens, including several lawmakers. Mr...

Explosions by the Bay

When the sound of several explosions rocked the Central Business District yesterday afternoon, sending tremors through nearby buildings, the first thought that crossed the minds of some startled office workers was: Oh no, was that one of the many worksites? “My colleagues saw fireballs shoot up from the Marina area and assumed something happened at the...