‘Don’t you know that you’re toxic?’

May 26, 2016 08.30AM |

THE sluggish economy is this morning’s top news – and it’s beginning to sound like we’ve all heard it before. Here’s more news you’ve heard about, and their latest updates.

Food poisoning at Pek Kio Food Centre: After more than 180 cases of gastric flu were reported by people who ate there, cleaners and stall owners scrubbed down the food centre located near Owens Road yesterday (May 25).

Stall owners suspect rats and pigeons might have been responsible but experts said it was more likely due to poor individual hygiene which contaminated the food. Still, the Tanjong Pagar Town Council will be ramping up pest control operations. The food centre reopens tomorrow.

BSI Bank shutdown: Takeover plans are underway after the Swiss bank was told by the G to shut down due to multiple regulatory lapses, some linked to the 1MDB saga. Its assets will be bought over by rival Swiss bank EFG International or transferred to its parent bank, BSI SA.

The bank’s former wealth planner Yeo Jiawei, 33, will go back to court today to hear what the judge thinks about granting him bail. State prosecutors have been adamant that he be denied bail, fearing he would derail the case by tampering with witnesses.

The execution of Jabing Kho: The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) yesterday scolded Kho’s lawyers for their last-minute effort to save the 31-year-old Malaysian from the gallows, calling it “legal opportunism” and an “abuse of court processes”.

“This was a case where, after every legitimate avenue for legal challenge had been attempted and exhausted, legal opportunism prevailed.” – AGC

Weighing in also was the Home Affairs Ministry, who said Kho “was given every opportunity” to file appeals. Read our stories about what happened during the last 24 hours of the murderer’s life, and what our publisher Daniel thought about his execution.

Amos Yee is back: After an apparent short escape to Australia and less than a year since his jail stint, the controversial teen blogger with a potty mouth will be charged in court today. He faces eight charges, including five for hurting the feelings of Muslims and Christians. If convicted, he could go to jail for up to three years and be fined.


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