Money, measles, and something about Mary

May 27, 2016 08.37AM |

POOR Mary Toh. After enduring all of her son’s shenanigans last year, the 49-year-old is back in court again to bail him out. This time, Amos Yee is facing eight new charges, including two which have nothing to do with what he said, but rather, for not showing up to the police station when ordered to do so.

The remaining six charges are related to making hurtful comments about Muslims and Christians on social media – nothing new for Yee there. He was convicted of similar charges last year, and since he was only 16 then, his mother Madam Toh has become somewhat a subject of controversy herself: Is she a responsible mom? How much of this is her fault?

Much like her son, she turned to social media to speak her mind: Here’s a letter she published via The Online Citizen, and a note on her Facebook page, titled “Sorry, Son”.

You have to wonder what she’s thinking, now that she’s going through the same thing all over again. In any case, no prizes for guessing what her son’s thinking – though, Yee said in court yesterday (May 26) that he would stop posting online and claim trial against the charges.

Even if he did continue to post, it doesn’t look like anyone’s really interested anymore. His latest post on Wednesday about the death penalty has garnered under 30,000 views, compared to more than a million on some of his older clips.

Oh, speaking of going viral, the Health Ministry is urging parents to get their children vaccinated against measles. So far this year, about 50 cases have been reported, which is three times as many over the same period last year.

Though not lethal for the most part, measles is highly contagious and it can be serious for young children. Untreated, it can result in pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and even death.

Now onto money – from today, you’ll be able to borrow more of it if you’re thinking of buying a car.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said yesterday that you can now borrow up to 70 per cent of a car’s purchase price for vehicles with an open market value of $20,000 or less. Previously, this cap was at 60 per cent.

Looking for a fancier car costing more than $20K? The loan cap has been raised from 50 per cent to 60 per cent.

You’ll also be able to repay your loans over seven years instead of five years.

Will this lead to more people buying cars? Maybe. Thing is, people have already been getting around the previous loan restrictions by either inflating the invoice of the car or entering into leases instead of hire-purchase deals.


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