'It's like a thrill': More wildlife sightings in Singapore due to habitat change, people seeking out animals


Another reason for the increase in sightings could be one Singaporeans have heard before – the pandemic. 

Like Ms Tsang, Mr Kwan saw a spike in interest in local nature walks during the COVID-19 period. Demand has since eased, but the guide still sees a substantial number of queries from schools, companies and community organisations.

ACRES’ Mr Kalai Vanan said the non-profit organisation was “surprised” by the number of calls it received during the pandemic. 

“We thought that we didn’t have to rescue because if people were not walking around, nobody’s going to see animals in distress. But we realised it’s the other way around.

“More people were calling us, which is strange because people couldn’t travel anywhere so people started roaming around. Naturally, with more people doing that, they’re going to find more injured animals, more stranded animals and that sparked the interest.”

People developed interests and hobbies that took them to nature, like hiking, cycling and photography. 

A downside to that was that people start getting too close to the animals, Mr Kalai Vanan said, cautioning against disturbing wildlife. 

Ms Tsang has seen people turn to her Facebook page for help when they glimpse an animal for the first time. 

“It’s also a social need. Sometimes when you see an animal yourself, you don’t know whether other people have seen it, you want to confirm … it’s really a tapir you saw,” Ms Tsang said. 

“We don’t know as much as the experts do, so we ask for more information online.”

Similarly, those who spot “rare” animals also approach NParks. 

“Community stewardship and engagement also play a key role in supporting NParks’ biodiversity management and monitoring efforts. Some of these ‘rare’ wildlife sightings were made known to NParks through feedback submitted by volunteers and the public,” NParks’ Mr Lee said. 

Those who actively seek out animals, like Dr Woo, are driven by their passion for seeing animals in their natural habitat. 

“I always thought that you only see such wildlife overseas. You need to go overseas, make a trip to one of the jungles overseas. 

“But in recent years I realise that you don’t really have to go overseas. You get to see wildlife in Singapore as well.”

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Women found in lorry in France face deportation

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Four of six women rescued from the back of a lorry in France on Wednesday must leave the country within 30 days, a French public prosecutor said.

The four Vietnamese and two Iraqi women were found by police after getting into the lorry, which they believed was heading for the UK.

It is unclear which of the four women are to be deported.

The other two have been authorised to stay in France pending asylum requests, a statement from the prosecutor said.

The women got into the lorry thinking the Irish-registered vehicle would likely transport them to England, Laetitia Francart, public prosecutor at the judicial court of Villefranche-sur-Saône said.

In fact, the lorry was delivering a shipment of bananas to Dunkirk and would then be heading to Italy.

When the women – thought to be migrants – noticed that the direction of the lorry had changed by checking their phone locations, they started to panic.

Struggling to breathe, one of the women managed to contact a BBC journalist and told them about their situation. Khue Luu was then able to alert French authorities.

Meanwhile, the driver of the lorry had also grown to suspect that there might be people inside the trailer, having heard what sounded like voices.

The driver then stopped in a lay-by and called the police, the prosecutor said.

French authorities eventually matched up the reports to the lorry, and upon investigating the vehicle found the six women inside the refrigerated trailer.

The temperature was 6C (42F) when it was opened, the prosecutor said, but all the women were reported to be in good health.

While the driver was initially arrested upon the discovery of the women inside, the prosecutor said he was not under suspicion of any crime.

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China's double-edged Belt and Road debt trap

As the world’s largest bilateral lender, China faces challenges in dealing with the debt distress of some of its borrowers under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Whether China can support those debtors and avoid trapping itself in unpaid debts will depend on its policy choices.

China’s BRI has provoked criticism from parts of the Western world. The United States remains concerned that China’s rise will undermine its values and interests. The alleged lack of transparency and expensive lending terms of the BRI have been central issues. 

A “debt trap diplomacy” narrative persists in the media and certain policy circles despite recent research showing this is an unfounded myth. There are no winners in a debt trap strategy, as the debtor, trapped with unsustainable debt, leaves its creditor out of pocket.

The fundamental challenge of sovereign debt in the developing world is not China, but rather how to deal equitably with unsustainable debt owed to various creditors when the creditor composition varies from country to country. 

Bangladesh owes 53% of its external public debt to multilateral creditors and only 7% to China. Sri Lanka owes 35% to international bondholders, while Laos owes 49% to China alone.

A promotional poster for the 414-kilometer Laos-China railway project that promises to transform Laos from landlocked to land-linked. Photo: Facebook
A promotional poster for the 414-kilometer Laos-China railway project that promised to transform Laos from landlocked to land-linked. Photo: Facebook

Understanding the claims to a debtor is critical for successfully restructuring debt when it becomes unsustainable. This is the case for some Asian nations, with Sri Lanka declaring suspension of its debt payment in April 2022 and Laos remaining in debt distress.

Policymakers must avoid repeating the same mistake of procrastinating due to their optimism bias. Since the 1970s, a series of debt restructuring for developing countries has resulted in debt forgiveness for many heavily indebted poor countries. 

This history of debt relief under the sovereign debt governance mechanism over the past five decades may shed light on how to better address the current debt woes.

The Paris Club, an informal yet established forum of mostly advanced Western nations, has coordinated resolution of debt distress in developing countries since 1956. 

The number of debt treatments under the Paris Club started to increase in the 1980s following a period of debt accumulation amid the petrodollar recycling boom in the late 1970s. 

Newly independent nation-states since the 1960s, mainly in Africa, also accumulated debt. A series of debt crises then began in Latin America and spread worldwide, until finally subsiding in the late 1990s.

During this era of debt crises, Paris Club creditors addressed the unimproved debt servicing prospects of heavily indebted poor countries. They eventually realized protracted rescheduling was due to solvency, not liquidity, problems. 

Since 1988, the Paris Club has introduced various debt treatment terms involving debt cancellation.

The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative allows up to 100% debt forgiveness, while the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) enables a complete cancelation of multilateral debt at the shareholders’ expense, despite multilateral creditors conventionally being granted the de facto preferred creditor status.

At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Paris Club creditors and the G20 agreed to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative. This was followed by the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatments in November 2020.

As a G20 member, China has agreed to basic principles in the Common Framework, such as conducting joint creditors’ negotiation “in an open and transparent matter” and “comparability of treatment“, which encourages “fair burden sharing among all official bilateral creditors” and private creditors. 

Yet some critics of the Common Framework claim there is not enough in common between China and other official creditors in financial terms for the framework to be effective.

China has lowered its lending since 2017 to address the debt overhang but some countries’ stock of outstanding debt owed to China remains high and will require China to take debt relief action.

China has been offering bailouts to BRI borrowers in debt distress while scaling down its lending. But its bailout approach typically seeks to simply prevent immediate default through payment term extension for low-income countries and new money for middle-income countries. 

This remedial approach without debt relief does not resolve the solvency problem, paralleling Paris Club creditors’ procrastination prior to adopting debt forgiveness in the 1990s.

In alignment with joint action and fair burden-sharing principles, China insists on multilateral creditors’ participation in debt treatment, as well as their mobilization of “new and additional concessional resources.”

China’s current economic and financial woes, which includes significant domestic debt distress, may explain its reluctance to provide debt relief out of fear of creating moral hazard domestically as well as its insistence on multilateral creditors’ debt relief and new money injection. 

Pakistan is deeply involved in China’s Belt and Road. Image: Asia Times Files / AFP

Yet new multilateral lending can be a double-edged sword even on concessional terms, as non-reschedulable multilateral debt can be forgiven only at the shareholder countries’ expense.

Past debt crises give China a lesson to consider upfront debt treatment for countries with unsustainable debt burdens, especially those disproportionately owed to China. 

It is worth considering the debt reduction in net present value terms. Another option could be a climate-centric approach such as debt-for-climate swaps, especially if China commits to promoting a green BRI.

China should release itself at an early stage from the risk of being debt-trapped. Otherwise, it may make the same mistake that Western creditors made and eventually lose its financial claims.

Toshiro Nishizawa is Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo.

This article was originally published by East Asia Forum and is republished under a Creative Commons license.

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Four companies designated domestic systemically important insurers: MAS

SINGAPORE: nbsp; In an initial list released on Thursday( Sep 21 ) by the Monetary Authority of Singapore( MAS ), Aia Singapore, Income Insurance, Prudential Assurance, and Great Eastern Life have all been named domestic systemically important insurers. & nbsp;

According to a press release from MAS, insurers whose failures are thought to significantly affect Singapore’s financial system and overall economy will be officially referred to as domestic systemically important insurance companies. & nbsp;

Additionally, they will be subject to regulatory measures that are essentially the same as those put in place by domestically significant banks like DBS, OCBC, and UOB. & nbsp;

Higher cash requirements for carriers are one of these actions. Its higher and lower regulatory treatment levels, as well as its Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital requirements, will be increased by a 25 % capital add-on. & nbsp;

The highest quality cash is Common Equity Tier 1 investment, which also includes surplus from insurance money, retained earnings, and paid-up money. According to MAS, Tier 1 cash consists of both frequent equity and other Tier 1, capital instruments.

According to MAS, the add-on replaces the 25 % higher impact fee that the four carriers must pay under the current system. & nbsp;

Another factor is planning for recovery and quality. & nbsp;

Treatment planning may improve an insurer’s capacity to rebuild its financial viability and strength during a difficult time, according to MAS. & nbsp;

In order to minimize impact on the financial structure and business, resolution planning may improve MAS ‘ ability to ensure the proper and ordered restructuring or exit of an insurance company if it fails. “”

According to MAS, the four businesses are expected to continue providing suitable buffers to meet the new framework’s capital requirements. It also said that it is working with them to plan their treatment.

The nbsp model; On January 1 of the following year, private centrally significant insurers will go into effect. It & nbsp; ” Facilitates the annual impact evaluation of carriers based on their length, interconnectedness, substitutability, and complexity” by formalizing and updating an existing model. & nbsp;

Enhancing the ( domestic systemically important insurers ) framework is part of MAS ‘ ongoing efforts to strengthen the resilience of Singapore’s financial sector, according to Ho Hern Shin, deputy managing director of financial supervision.

It guarantees that local centrally significant insurers are more closely supervised and subject to stricter regulations. “”

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Man extorted money and TV set from Grindr partners with threats of video leak, police report

SINGAPORE: After having sexual intercourse with some people he met on Grindr, the man threatened to report them to the police or release a pornographic videos if they didn’t agree.

The offender bit one of the officer’s limbs and claimed he deserved it when officers found him at his house.

Davin Lian Ke Xiang, 25, was given a three-and-a-half year prison sentence and three cane strokes on Thursday( Sep 21 ).

He admitted guilt to three counts of bribery and intentionally harming a public maid, along with three additional counts.

The jury learned that Lian met a 30-year-old person on the dating site Grindr in February 2022 and introduced himself as” Zachary.”

The trial claimed that they met at Lian’s rented apartment that same month and had consensual sexual relations.

The victim was then informed by Lian that he wanted a new television set for S$ 700 ( US$ 510 ).

Lian informed the victim that he had recorded a video of him engaging in sex work and threatened to post it on social media when the latter refused to buy it.

The victim later gave Lian, who had followed him home against his will and was still demanding cash for a television, S$ 700.

Lian met the next victim on Grindr in October 2022 and introduced himself as” Zach.”

Lian threatened to file a police statement alleging that the 25-year-old coerced him into engaging in sexual activity. & nbsp,

He called the police in front of the target and informed them that their meeting had been captured on a closed-circuit television camera in his room.

Lian demanded S$ 5, 000 in exchange for not filing a police statement when the victim tried to reason with him.

When the survivor claimed he lacked the funds, Lian asked him to purchase S$ 3, 000 fair of Uniqlo products in its place.

Lian settled for & nbsp, S$ 100, which the victim transferred to him after he was shown the balance of his bank account.

A group of police officers went to Lian’s system on October 26, 2022, and made an attempt to have him arrested. & nbsp,

Lian bit an agent on the foot and drew blood as he resisted being arrested. One of the soldiers overheard Lian say that the agent should have been bit.

A doctor saw the officer and noticed a round bite mark with clotted blood on his foot. He was screened for communicable diseases and given a tetanus treatment. The snack level wound has not yet faded.

David Menon, the deputy public prosecutor, requested a prison sentence of four to five years and two weeks, as well as between four and five cane stroke.

He discussed the victims’ reaction to the dangers and how Lian had extorted them in order to make money. & nbsp,

Lian was jailed in 2022 for making false connections to the officers, Mr. Menon noted. According to Mr. Menon, there was a sense of increase in his actions as he transitioned from wasting law resources on false reports to using the danger of such reports as leverage.

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Chinese stock drop a wakeup call for Xi’s reformers

As the “avoid China” theme gains currency with foreign investors, a daunting question confronts President Xi Jinping: What can Beijing do to change a narrative that risks taking on a life of its own?

As Bank of America reports based on its latest global fund manager survey, this sell-China dynamic has morphed into a leading one among respondents controlling roughly US$616 billion in assets under management. What’s more, the exodus seems to be accelerating even as data suggest Asia’s biggest economy may be stabilizing.

On Monday, the CSI 300 Index dropped to its lowest level of 2023 as selling driven by global funds extended into a fifth straight day. The exodus is now well into a sixth straight week despite Xi’s team either introducing or telegraphing fresh moves to buoy confidence. In other words, a losing streak too long in duration to dismiss.

The challenge for Xi is that explanations for China’s stock rout come from a number of angles. One is a mainland property market showing increased signs of distress. Another is weak consumer confidence following Xi’s draconian Covid-era lockdowns. Rising tensions with the West and with key Asian economies including Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia are unsettling investors, too.

Concerns about Chinese deflation aren’t helping. They’re colliding with uncertainty about how China can escape efforts by Saudi Arabia to jack up oil prices already elevated by Russia’s Ukraine invasion. Ostensibly aimed at damaging US President Joe Biden’s re-election prospects, Riyadh’s antics could undermine Chinese growth as export markets slow.

The solution is for Xi and Premier Li Qiang to accelerate efforts to build deeper, more transparent and globally trusted capital markets.

Li Qiang and Xi Jinping in a file photo. Image: Twitter / Screengrab

“China faces a prolonged and painful downswing as Beijing battles debt deflation,” says Diana Choyleva, chief economist at Enodo Economics. “While further stimulus is coming, simply throwing more money at the problem will no longer make it go away. China needs to secure markets abroad and retain investment to find its feet amid ideological obstacles to consumer spending.”

On Monday, central bank Governor Pan Gongsheng pledged to accelerate moves to stabilize trade and strengthen the business environment for foreign companies and investors. Pan made his remarks about putting out a bigger welcome mat for foreign capital at a forum attended by executives from BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Tesla Inc. and UBS Group AG, among others.

Pan signaled that Beijing is mulling steps to level the playing field and strengthen the operating environment for overseas companies.

Last month, the China Securities Regulatory Commission rolled out a series of steps to “boost capital market investor confidence” in bonds and stocks. They include cutting stamp duties on securities transactions and a more selective process for executing initial public offerings. 

Beijing slashed the levies on trades to 0.05% from 0.1%, the first such reduction since 2008. The step is meant to, as the Ministry of Finance explains, “invigorate capital markets and boost investor confidence.” So might the CSRC’s decision to slow the pace of IPOs amid “recent market conditions” characterized by extreme price volatility.

Xi’s regulators are moving to limit share sales by top stakeholders when prices drop below IPO levels or net asset levels. They also cut margin ratios for leveraged trades.

“The scale, force and speed of the measures all beat expectations,” says analyst Pu Han at China International Capital Corp. “The increasing force of the policy tools will lift market confidence, amplifying the positive signal for the market.”

But not positive enough, it seems, as stocks extend losses. In the nearly five weeks since giant developer China Evergrande Group filed for bankruptcy, an even brighter spotlight has been trained on a troubled sector that can generate as much as 30% of China’s gross domestic product. It’s raised fresh questions about China’s growth-at-all-costs development model.

Foreign holdings of China’s equities and debt dropped by nearly US$189 billion from a December 2021 high through the end of the first six months of 2023. Beijing regulators recently telegraphed new steps to deepen capital markets, even soliciting advice from investors including BlackRock Inc. and Bridgewater Associates.

“The weak growth picture is now causing markets to position once again for a yuan devaluation, even though the historical record argues strongly against this possibility and trade-weighted yuan has actually been rising,” says economist Robin Brooks at the Institute of International Economics.

For now, Brooks doubts that’ll happen. “China tried repeatedly to devalue its currency against the dollar in the course of 2015 and 2016. Those attempts proved deeply counterproductive, because capital flight sharply tightened financial conditions, the opposite of what devaluation is supposed to accomplish.”

Given abundant liquidity and sizable debt overhang, Brooks says, “the potential for capital flight is still very much alive, so that devaluation – almost a decade later – still isn’t an option as a cyclical stimulus tool. That said, markets’ growth worries are overdone.”

China, Brooks notes, does face medium-term growth challenges, but recent weakness – especially on the export side – reflects a shift in global demand away from goods and back to services, a cyclical unwind of Covid distortions. “As such,” he concluded, “domestic policy easing – not devaluation – should be sufficient.”

In recent days, the PBOC has shown a greater willingness to cut the amounts of cash banks must hold as reserves. On September 14, it cut the reserve requirement ratio by another 25 basis points. It is injecting liquidity into the banking system to support growth. On Monday alone, the PBOC conducted about US$26 billion of seven-day reverse repos at an interest rate of 1.8%.

The headquarters of the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank. Photo: Asia Times files / AFP

Economist Carlos Casanova at Union Bancaire Privée thinks the PBOC will likely leave its 1-year and 5-year loan prime rates on hold pending news from Washington. “We believe that PBOC may want to wait until after the Federal Reserve’s September meeting to deliver stimulus,” Casanova explains.

For now, the consensus view is for the Fed to leave rates on hold. But underlying data have been stronger than expected, so “we can’t exclude the risk of a potential 25 basis-point surprise in September,” Casanova says.

“Irrespective of what the Fed votes for,” Casanova says, “US rates should remain higher for longer and the PBOC will have better visibility after this week, enabling it to better calibrate the policy balance to effectively spur aggregate demand without exacerbating depreciatory pressures and stoking capital outflows.”

In general, though, the PBOC is reluctant to ease aggressively, worried it might just incentivize more bad behavior. That bet might now be paying off as Chinese data start to come in firmer than expected.

“All in all, this latest set of key economic data suggests that the risk of a deflationary spiral in China has abated by another notch,” says analyst Kelvin Wong at OANDA.

Analysts at Barclays Bank write that “we look for some downside to USD/CNY in the short run, given a slew of upside economic surprises and the PBOC’s continued effort to cap dollar/yuan upside.” They add that “daily fixings still record large deviations from the market consensus in favor of Chinese yuan strength, suggesting current spot levels still remain uncomfortable for the central bank.”

Still, Xi’s team must step up the pace of reforms to restore overseas investors’ trust in Chinese markets. Since 2013, Xi has pledged to let market forces play a “decisive” role in Beijing decision making. For all China’s promises, it’s still a buyer-beware market as opacity reigns.

In March, Xi entrusted the reform process to Premier Li, who’s since promised to accelerate the moves to diversify growth engines. One key priority is creating deeper and trusted capital markets so that households invest in stocks and bonds in addition to property.

Such retooling is needed to change the narrative that Chinese markets are underpinned by a developing economy with limited liquidity and hedging tools, a giant and opaque state sector and an immature credit-rating system that obscures risk and enables the chronic misallocation of capital.

An immediate challenge for Xi and Li is getting a handle on local governments. Namely, containing risks in the local government financing vehicles (LGFV) space. Beijing must balance defusing a potential liquidity crisis involving some US$9 trillion of off balance-sheet municipal debt with supporting growth. So far, Xi and Li have tried to do so without major public bailouts that might squander progress on reducing financial leverage.

A sudden rash of LGFV defaults could make today’s worries about developer Country Garden seem trivial. That could tip China’s $60 trillion financial system into ever greater turmoil.

In recent years, foreign investors wondered whether China might be facing a Lehman Brothers-like reckoning. Or, given the extreme opacity surrounding off-balance-sheet dealing, some have tried to view China’s risks through the lens of Enron Corp. A better frame of reference may be the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

A small investor watches share prices inside a bank in Hong Kong on December 1, 1998. The 1997-98 Asian financial crisis triggered a market sell-off. Photo: Reuters/Larry Chan
A small investor watches share prices inside a bank in Hong Kong on December 1, 1998. The 1997-98 Asian financial crisis triggered a market sell-off. Photo: Asia Times files / Reuters / Larry Chan

In some ways, the property-overhang dynamic plaguing China’s 2023 echoes Southeast Asia’s predicament 26 years ago. As top-heavy economies from Bangkok to Jakarta to Seoul hit a wall, investors fled, crashing currencies. That made dollar-denominated debt impossible to manage. Default rates exploded across the region.

China’s provinces face a similar problem as property markets that long drove local GDP and tax revenues crater. All this risks setting off any number of chain reactions that Xi and Li must act faster to avoid.

“A collapse in local government investment would be comparable to the economic impact of the crisis in the property market,” says Logan Wright, director of China markets research at Rhodium Group. As such, he adds, the “most important variable impacting” the second-biggest economy “will be the success or failure of local government debt restructuring.”

Clear progress could go a long way to restoring confidence among international money managers.

Since July, Xi and Li have been prodding municipal leaders to curb financial risks and leverage. Steps include allowing local government leaders to raise about $137 billion from bond sales to pay down LGFV debt levels. Beijing is also mulling having the PBOC channel liquidity to the most-at-risk LGFVs.

The trick is doing so without a return to the boom-and-bust cycles China has been trying to end. 

“Massive new spending and/or lending now would make those asset price bubbles even worse,” explains William Hurst, a China development expert at the University of Cambridge. It might just “continue to crowd out consumption and more productive investments. And it would make it more difficult and costly down the road – maybe even prohibitively so – to do this again.”

The trouble with such “inflection points and critical junctures,” Hurst adds, is that “any really big macro-level change will be slower in coming and harder to see in real-time.”

Bo Chen, deputy managing partner at the Deloitte China Corporate Governance Center, says that “the effectiveness of the plan hinges on the government’s ability to balance political and professional interests and retain financial regulatory talent.”

Going forward, Chen adds, “all domestic and foreign financial institutions in China will face a comprehensive and increasingly stringent regulatory environment. It is essential for financial institutions to follow the lead of the regulatory regime reform, reshape and strengthen their corporate governance and be ready for the future.”

That’s why it’s vital for Xi and Li to do a better job of explaining the strategy and the timeline for modernizing the financial system – transparently and credibly. Such openness hasn’t been a hallmark of the Xi era. As Beijing pivots toward big-picture reforms, it’s high time it ensured that skittish global investors get the memo.

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NUS academic 'truly sorry' for 'flawed and biased' article on recent political controversies, retracts it from website

SINGAPORE: & nbsp, Dr Chan Ying – Kit, who wrote an article for East Asia Forum, an Australia – based academic website that was issued with a correction direction from a Singapore government agency on Sep 13, has apologised for the distress it has caused. In response to TODAY’s queriesContinue Reading

Gang-rape victim saved from suicide attempt

The suffering of the Korat teen is made worse by abuse after four suspects are released on bail.

Gang-rape victim saved from suicide attempt
After the murder victim attempted to kill the 16-year-old female on Tuesday night in the Muang city of Nakhon Ratchasima, a policeman officer and rescuer attempt to comfort her. ( Prasit Tangprasert provided the photo )

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A 16-year-old scholar who had been sexually assaulted by four men attempted suicide by running in front of a station while crossing the railroad.

Since the four suspects, ages 20 to 27, were granted parole by a lower court following their imprisonment on April 28, the woman was reportedly in extreme distress.

The Huay Thalaeng police station’s captain, Pol Col. Sitthiphon Thimsungnern, stated that the suspects had already been charged and that people prosecutors had received their record in June.

The lady attempted murder on Tuesday night by swerving into a train’s path as she ran toward the railroad crossing. When onlookers noticed the tragedy, they were able to save her.

She was taken by officers to a nearby place to be calmed down, and she was eventually taken to Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital for treatment.

According to a source with knowledge of the case, the sufferer was apparently overcome with fear after the four criminals were freed because their homes were close by. Even worse, she was reportedly intimidated by the suspects’ cousins, which led her to get treatment at a mental health facility.

According to rumors, some of her friends threatened to hire attorneys to sue her for embarrassing them. Additionally, they reportedly requested that some spread the rumor that she had been gang-raped. According to the cause, the girl was embarrassed and dared hardly attend college.

Soldiers were to meet with the suspects’ people, according to Pol Col. Sitthiphon. Police did ask the court to withdraw the suspects’ bail if they continued to intimidate them.

The woman has had depression since she was 12 years older, but she hasn’t taken her treatment on a regular basis. She allegedly attempted murder on different occasions.

The girl was eventually taken to Nakhon Ratchasima Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital for treatment before being sent back home by representatives from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security’s municipal office. She is currently in the custody of the Ministry of Justice’s Witness Protection Office.

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COVID-19 patient died after transport from Batam to Singapore; doctor accused of multiple lapses


On June 29, 2021, SMC first learned about Dr. Kong’s alleged failures in providing attention to the person from the Ministry of Health.

According to the ministry’s assessment, Dr. Kong violated a number of SMC Ethical Code and Guidelines.

Due to many issues with Dr. Kong’s behavior as the only registered physician in charge of evacuating the patient, the Complaints Committee next referred the case to an interval orders committee.

The time orders commission doesn’t decide if Dr. Kong acted in the way that is claimed. The Complaints Committee has not yet decided whether a punitive tribunal should refer the complaint against Dr. Kong for official investigation.

The time orders commission subjected Dr. Kong’s enrollment to problems or restrictions for 18 months starting on July 28 of this year, or until the end of disciplinary proceedings against him, in its grounds of choice.

For any medical removal or medical transport homework, he may not sell or agree to work as a medical professional and / or provide medical providers. These include emergency services, like as health transportation vehicles or emergency ambulances.

When a patient is in respiratory arrest and one of the closest medical professionals is available, this does not stop Dr. Kong from performing quick life-saving procedures like cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

He is also required to notify SMC of all the locations where he practices or plans to practice, as well as any organization or individual hiring him for skilled work that his registration is subject to the requirements.

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Dr. Kong claims that on June 7, 2021, when the patient was transported by ferry from Batam to Singapore, he & nbsp only brought medical supplies like a stethoscope, face mask, and two oxygen cylinders.

He even put on all of his private defenses.

Despite being aware that the person needed to be transported in a lightweight mobile isolation product and that he had to keep an eye on their oxygen level, it” slipped his mind” to bring along simple monitoring devices like pulmonary oximeters or blood pressure monitors. & nbsp,

Dr. Kong was informed of this arrangement by a representative of the same private ambulance operator and only & nbsp, who was referred to in the decision’s grounds as” Mr F1.”

The time orders committee noted that Dr. Kong believed Mr. F1 needed to provide him with the necessary tools and make sure the equipment was in good working order because he was not a qualified medical specialist.

Mr. F1 informed Dr. Kong that the person had cancer and heart conditions while they were traveling to Batam Ferry Terminal.

The patient had to first be stabilized at the Batam doctor because he had lightheadedness, which caused him to arrive later to the ferry terminal.

Dr. Kong claimed that he did not honestly track or record the patient’s status, such as level of consciousness, pulse rate, and oxygen saturation level, when taking care of them.

This persisted while traveling by water from Batam to Singapore. Dr. Kong claimed that while it was his responsibility to check on or check the patient’s vital signs, he was unable to do so due to a lack of necessary tools.

On the ferry, Dr. Kong noticed that the patient had a” look of despair ,” pointed to his own chest,” shook his head as if he was giving up ,” and made an effort to speak” to him.”

Despite these indications of grief, Dr. Kong chose not to inquire about the patient’s condition. Additionally, after they arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, he did not record the victim’s vital signs.

Dr. Kong did not identify himself as the attending physician, dentist, or medical director of a personal emergency technician when he met the emergency crew that transported the patient from the terminal to TTSH and NCID.

The interim orders committee noted that by doing this, the emergency medical technician ( EMT ), who was seated behind the ambulance with the patient, might have been able to inform Dr. Kong of the situation as it worsened before they arrived at TTSH and NCID, & nbsp.

Dr. Kong claims that the EMT extended an invitation for him to take a seat in the ambulance’s before. The only person in the emergency room with the patient was the EMT.

Dr. Kong was aware, however, that he was the only person capable of serving as the ambulance’s team head. He didn’t keep an eye on the victim’s condition or offer any medical attention.

Dr. Kong was unable to intervene because he was in the front of the emergency as the patient’s condition worsened.

The person was pulseless, no breathing, and unresponsive when they arrived at the hospital at 5.07 p.m.

Due to health inefficiency, respiratory treatment was stopped after 30 days. The client passed away at 5.48 p.m.


Due to” a considerable risk of harm” to his clients and members of the public, the SMC requested that conditions and restrictions be placed on Dr. Kong’s health register for a maximum of 18 months.

Dr. Kong made a number of assertions in the interim. He claimed that during the emergency ride, there was” no indication” that the EMT had discovered an incident involving the individual. He continued by saying that despite often turning to look behind at the emergency cabin, he did not notice the EMT keeping a close eye on the patient’s breathing.

He added that he had made a few notes about the patient’s movements, breathing, and pulse, but that the sea was” choppy” and that after making some attempts to record it.

He continued by saying that his partner assisted him in cleaning up when he got back. Out of” dread of contaminants”, everything from Batam and the bridge was subsequently thrown away, including these studies.

Dr. Kong claimed that there were” mistakes made and inadequacies” in his private lesson. He continued by saying that he had never before had to take on such a obligation and may perform better if given the chance.

” Dr. Kong had retired to assist Mr. F1 and his emergency services out of connection.” But, Dr. Kong had experienced physical burden as a result of this episode. According to the time orders committee’s grounds of choice,” Dr. Kong does not wish to put his wellbeing and his life on the line only for performing such a company.”

Dr. Kong had now made plans to further upgrade his medical license and had looked into ways to limit it.

In particular, he can just offer for himself and his family at this time thanks to his medical license. He wants to completely return to full retreat.

The committee stated that the essential undisputed facts were of a critical character when making its choice.

It emphasized the significance of protecting the general public from doctors who take on urgent health tasks but fail to perform their duties to treat their patients properly, endangering the patients’ health or even their lives.

The committee noted that the SMC did not request a suspension of Dr. Kong’s process, despite the complaint against him appearing to be an isolated event.

Because Dr. Kong’s obvious errors could possibly apply to all potential patients undergoing medical evacuees, the committee believed that the conditions sought by the SMC were reasonable.

The committee continued,” People confidence in the dignity of medical emergency is crucial, particularly in light of the patient’s death in this instance.”

Professor Alan Ng, Associate Professor Tan Tze Lee, and Professor John Lim Chien Wei made up the council, which also included attorney Kenny Chooi as a legitimate appraiser.

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New Zealand: Plate-sized surgical tool left in woman's abdomen for 18 months

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A person in New Zealand who gave birth via Caesarean in an Auckland doctor had a unit left in her belly that was” the size of dinner dish.”

Only 18 months after her supply was the Alexis scar retractor, a delicate uterine tool used to keep open surgical wounds.

The girl experienced excruciating discomfort during this time and visited several doctors before it was discovered on a CT scan.

The people hospital program, according to health authorities, had failed the person.

Te Whatu Ora Auckland, the district board for Auckland’s wellbeing, had initially argued that they had exercised affordable care and skill.

However, the Health and Disability Commissioner of New Zealand disagreed, according to studies made public on Monday.

Because the[ retractor ] was not identified during any routine surgical checks and was instead left inside the woman’s abdomen, it is self-evident that the care given fell short of the required standard, according to Morag McDowell.

She claimed that the employees involved have no idea how the retractor got into the chest cavity or why it wasn’t found before closure.

A sizable object made of clear vinyl fixed on two jewelry is known as the Alexis injury retractor. It is usually removed before the body is stitched up and after the uterus incision has been closed in a C-section procedure.

It was eventually discovered on a CT scan, but because it is” non radio – opaque,” X-ray scans were unable to find it.

A machine had been left in a person at an Auckland facilities for the second time in the previous two years, according to the Commissioner.

According to Ms. McDowell, the hospital should have implemented protocols to stop the event, which had given the woman” a protracted period of distress.”

In the 18 months following her conception in 2020, the woman, who was in her 20s, visited her doctor” a number of times” and once also visited the hospital’s emergency room due to pain.

Given that the Auckland District Health Board had now violated the individual rights script in 2018 by leaving a brush in the woman’s abdomen following surgery, the inspector expressed her” dissatisfaction.”

Following that incident, the committee announced it would require all medical staff to follow its” matter plan ,” which is meant to guarantee that staff involved in therapies account for all items used during each method.

However, the Commissioner claimed that some surgeries had not even read the policy at the time of the person’s activity.

According to a statement made by New Zealand advertising, Mike Shepard, the director of operations for Te Whatu Ora Group, apologized to the lady.

He stated that after reviewing the patient’s care, we have made changes to our systems and procedures that will lessen the likelihood that similar incidents does occur again.

He continued,” We want to reassure the public that such occurrences are incredibly uncommon, and we still have faith in the caliber of our medical and prenatal attention.”

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