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Ren Ci Hospital gets its status back

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 6, 2008

Ren Ci Hospital and Medicare Centre got its Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status back from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday.

The Buddhist medical charity’s fund-raising activities skidded to a halt last November, when the Health Ministry ordered a probe into its books and suspended its IPC status.

Its former chief executive officer, Ming Yi, is facing charges of forgery, helping to falsify its accounts and defrauding the charity of about $300,000. (story)

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Scandal causes sharp drop in Ren Ci donations

Posted by jtsmyth8 on July 18, 2008

Donations to Ren Ci Hospital and Medicare Centre have plunged.

It collected just $1.1 million in the last seven months, down from the $9.3 million that came in over the same period last year.

The beating to the Buddhist medical charity’s coffers comes from the cancellation of its televised charity show, which used to bring in $6 to $7 million; it has also lost its Institute of Public Character (IPC) status, which let it grant tax exemptions to donors.

Its fund-raising activities skidded to a halt last November, when the Health Ministry ordered a probe into its books and suspended its IPC status.

On Tuesday, its former chief executive officer Ming Yi was charged with forgery, helping to falsify its accounts and defrauding the charity to the tune of about $300,000. (story)

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Ren Ci continues without CEO

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 20, 2008

The longtime chief of Ren Ci has stepped aside as a probe deepened this week into an accounting scandal that has dogged the Buddhist charity since November. Venerable Ming Yi, the charity’s chief executive officer, went on leave Monday, the day white-collar crime investigators began pouring over Ren Ci’s books.

The monk’s decision was welcomed on Tuesday by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who called it ‘a professional response.’

Mr Khaw brought in investigators from the police’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) on Monday to investigate several million dollars in questionable loans made by Ren Ci.

Some of the firms that received money had strong links to the Venerable Ming Yi, also an abbot at a Geylang Monastery.

His decision to step aside should ‘facilitate the CAD investigation’, Mr Khaw said. (story)

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Man found dead at computer

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 15, 2008

Play games much? If you spot empty energy drinks around your son’s computer chair then you need to get him to take a break. 8 hours is too much to be doing anything (even work, hehe). Take a break, get some fresh air, something to eat, maybe even go out with your friends. Computer games are fun, just don’t over indulge. Maybe the government needs to look into computer addiction, just look at how many people playing World of Warcraft.

“A 20 yr old unemployed man was found dead slumped over his computer at home on Wednesday afternoon.Mr Ong Yi Biao was alone at home that day, and had logged onto his computer at about 11am to play the game, Defence of the Ancients.

When his 14-year-old sister returned to their Geylang Bahru rental flat at about 4pm, she found him slumped in his chair.

Mr Ong’s sister on Thursday told reporters at the mortuary that her brother had been playing computer game with eight other players.” (story)

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Marcus Ng Yi Loong gets 1 week in jail

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 8, 2008

Former teen actor Marcus Ng Yi Loong, 21, began his one-week jail term on Tuesday after he failed in his appeal to get his sentence for insubordination quashed.The High Court on Tuesday upheld the jail sentence meted out by a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) court martial in July last year. He was also reprimanded by a Military Court of Appeal for being rude to his superior.

This is the second time he has been hauled up since he started his military service in September 2006.

Ng, who holds the rank of Private, is perhaps best-known as the rebellious teen in the TV sitcom Phua Chu Kang.

Ng’s troubles in the SAF began in October 2006 when his superiors at the SAF Medical Training Institute slapped him with four charges for offences including not obeying orders.

In February last year, while he was being investigated by the SAF legal process, Ng chased and argued aggressively with a 50-year-old woman Warrant Officer in his unit’s Operations Room. (story)

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