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Mall ceiling collapse injures three


THREE people were injured last night after a portion of a first floor ceiling collapsed in the Jem shopping mall.

A burst water pipe was believed to have been behind the incident, which occurred just after 10pm in the Jurong East centre.

IT engineer Jackson Khoo, 30, was on the first floor at the time.

"I was walking and heard a loud sound coming from behind me," he said.

"When I turned around, the ceiling just fell to the floor and water gushed out."

Khoo said maintenance officers rushed to stop water from escaping, though some had seeped into shops.

He added that there were few shoppers in the mall as it had just passed the 10pm closing time.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call for assistance at 10.14pm.

Three people were taken to National University Hospital with minor injuries.

Last month, thousands of shoppers at Jem had to be evacuated after a car caught fire in the basement carpark.

Earlier in the same week, three employees manning the ready-to-eat counter at the mall's NTUC FairPrice Xtra store suffered minor burns when a deep fryer caught fire.

The mall opened in June, but only after its opening date was postponed for four days due to a lack of necessary fire permits.

The mall was cordoned off for safety checks last night. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

People’s Park Complex is the next rip-off central


PEOPLE'S Park Complex is fast becoming the next mall that is associated with errant retailers ripping off consumers.

The number of complaints made against retailers in the mall has jum­ped from 11 in 2006 to 41 last year.

This year's number is set to surpass that of last year, with the Con­sumers Association of Singapore logging 40 complaints from January to August.

Errant retailers reel in unsuspecting consumers by displaying ultra-low prices for mobile phones.

These customers hand over their cash or credit cards, but are then told that they have to fork out more for warranties or to unlock the phones.

The retailers refuse to hand over the phones until the amount is paid.

In contrast, complaints against shops at two other malls – Lucky Plaza and Sim Lim Square – where tenants are long associated with such scams, look set to fall this year. This trend could be linked to the rising scams at People's Park Complex.

Case executive director Seah Seng Choon said there was a "merry-go-round" of rogue retailers moving between the three malls.

"Errant business owners are new tenants and formerly from other troublesome malls," said Seah. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

‘Church leaders did nothing wrong’


City Harvest Church leaders had done nothing wrong in being discreet about funding Ho Yeow Sun's career and auditors had found nothing amiss as well, a court heard.

In fact, it was "common" for churches to discreetly fund evangelism projects with a "secular face" in countries that disapprove of open gospel preaching, the defence for six church leaders said yesterday.

That said, all of the church's allegedly illegal financial transactions had been vetted by accounting firm Baker Tilly TFW, which raised no concerns.

The firm signed off on the church's 2007 and 2008 financial statements when some of the transactions took place, the defence noted.

Baker Tilly would also have been extra "careful and conservative" in its audits at the time because it had been recently sued by another client for negligence, they added. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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