Sorry no cure?

Apr 15, 2016 08.48AM |

GOOD morning, though it does seem like a sorry sort of day.

Sorry… I used the wrong words: Actress Rui En has finally, after much defensive play by her managers and the president of her fan club, come out to say sorry for knocking down a motorcycle and more importantly, explain her “Do you know who I am?” remark. She said, in a statement released through her management company Hype Records, she had actually uttered, “Do you know who I am? I live upstairs and won’t run.” The actress said “on hindsight”, her choice of words were “inappropriate” and she wished she had “handled the situation with more tact”. Said the 35-year old: “I was very disappointed with myself for knocking down the motorcycle. I would like to reiterate that it was a judgmental error on my part, there is absolutely no excuse on my careless driving and more importantly, I truly regretted it. I will also like to take this opportunity to apologise to him for the inconvenience and distress caused.”

Sorry… I just want to talk: Hell has no fury like a woman scorned? Well, what about a man who is desperate to talk to his ex-lover? Car salesman Rowan Wong Tin Heng resorted to stealing almost $100K worth of branded bags and accessories from the home of Ms Hoe Huey Miin, an assistant director at Recruit Express. The district court heard on Thursday that all the items were from luxury brand Hermes. The list: four Hermes Birkin handbags, two Hermes Kelly handbags, one Hermes Evelyn handbag, six Hermes bracelets and three Hermes Rodeo charms. Wong threw one of the bags away at a hotel dumpster. Sentenced to four months jail for theft in a home, Wong had done all that make his ex-lover angry in the hope that she would then contact him. However, it was Wong who cut ties in the first place – after Ms Hoe started seeing someone else.

Sorry… stay put for now: The Monetary Authority of Singapore has announced that it would stop the Singapore dollar from appreciating further against a basket of key currencies. The surprise move on Thursday morning sent the Sing dollar diving more than 1 per cent against the US dollar. It finally settled at 1.3645 against the greenback in the evening, its weakest level since March 29. Previously, the central bank flatlined the dollar’s growth only during a recession.

Sorry… not coming to your party: The Workers’ Party has declined an invitation to make oral representations before the Constitutional Commission. The party, which sees the Elected Presidency as an institution which should be abolished, said that it intends to debate the matter in Parliament. From next week, there will be public hearings on proposed changes to the presidency and 19 groups and individuals are set to give their views. The hearings will be held on April 18, 22 and 26, and May 6, at the Supreme Court Auditorium, from 9.30am each day.

Sorry… not sorry #1: Not that they did anything wrong, but in a quick response to the tightening of rules for private-hire car drivers on Tuesday, Grab and Uber have lowered the minimum age requirement for their drivers to 21. Previously, Grab drivers had to be at least 22 and for Uber, 25. The companies had welcomed the new regulations which mandated that, among others, aspiring drivers must obtain a Private Hire Car Driver’s Vocational Licence. There was no age limit imposed; applicants for a Taxi Driver’s Vocational Licence must be at least 30 years old.

Sorry… not sorry #2: A member of the famiLEE is in the news again – this time Mrs Lee Suet Fern, the wife of PM Lee’s younger brother, Mr Lee Hsien Yang. The Law Ministry has come out to rebut Mrs Lee’s comments – she is the Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC – that Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) scheme, which allows foreign law firms to practise in permitted areas of local law through Singapore qualified lawyers, has not benefitted local lawyers enough. The ministry said the scheme had opened up new opportunities for Singaporean lawyers to do transnational work and to practise in certain niche areas. Foreign law firms also contributed $400 million out of $700 million worth of legal services that were exported for offshore work. The ministry also disclosed that Mrs Lee’s firm had applied for a QFLP licence but was rejected, because the application was outside the application cycle stipulated by the ministry.


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