by Bertha Henson
It’s Friday, June 19, and the biggest news of the day isn’t about what’s happening in Singapore, but in Thailand. It’s got its first Mers case, when a businessman from Oman tested positive for the virus. Remember how Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that it was just a matter of time before the virus landed here?
Also, now that the SEA Games is over, the drum beat for National Day has started. There will be a record 50 aircraft taking to the skies on August 9, the biggest fleet in 40 years. Five Black Knight aircraft will also do an aerial salute to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew that day. Remember how the planes were supposed to fly over Mr Lee’s funeral cortege on March 23 and couldn’t because of the weather? (BTW, the Games organisers have said that the tickets to the closing ceremony were NOT oversold contrary to news reports.)
If you’re driving and come across weird yellow diamonds or squares on the road, that’s a sign that you should slow down and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists. Although you’re probably wondering why they aren’t looking out for you instead since you still have the right of way…
If you’re one of those who were silly enough to fall for the “love for credits” scam, we’re sorry for you. In the first five months of the year, more than 500 police reports on such scams have been lodged, with victims losing more than $1.25 million. Modus operandi: The men meet women online and agree to buy them online shopping credits or cards. They snap pictures of the receipts and their PIN numbers as proof and some even leave their ATM cards at public places to be picked up. These are the conditions set for sex, although news reports didn’t say if their booty calls came through. Well, one guy in the syndicate has been charged. Hopefully, he will lead the cops to the mastermind. But you really don’t need much of a brain do you, to know that your ATM card and PIN number are sacred.
If you have time to read on, here’s some food for thought from an ST Forum Page letter writer about news that toddlers were getting IQ tested and joining Mensa.
“I find it unacceptable that toddlers are subjected to psychological tests, the findings of which some parents claim can help them tap their children’s potential.
“Equally deplorable is the fact that some parents send their children for the tests to join high-IQ society Mensa so that their young can be in “like-minded company”.
“In other words, children at such an impressionable age are encouraged to form a class of their own.”