- Taichung mayor assures food from Taiwan is safe to eat
- MHA: Inmate's family to be compensated
- Civil servants may need to announce patronage of gambling houses
TAICHUNG mayor Jason Hu has assured Singaporeans that food products from Taiwan are safe for consumption.
Hu, who was in Singapore yesterday to promote his city's food industry, said this in reference to the recent food scare in Taiwan earlier this year. In May, traces of maleic acid were found in starch products such as bubble tea tapioca pearls.
He added that pastries, coffee and tea imported from Taichung in Taiwan have been approved by both the Taiwan Peace Diet HACCP and the Agri-food Veterinary Authority of Singapore. Speaking at a press conference at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, he acknowledged that many have lost confidence in Taiwan's food safety and asked for stricter controls.
"The stricter the regulations the better," said Hu. The event to promote Taichung products included food from 20 different Taichung-based food companies, as well as a show case of the longest pop-up book in the world featuring Taichung's scenery and food. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
THE family of the prison inmate who died after suffering breathing difficulties while in an isolation cell will be compensated by the Government, which has also accepted liability.
This was revealed in parliament yesterday by Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran, in response to questions raised by MPs about the death of Dinesh Raman Chinnaiah on Sept 27, 2010.
A senior prisons officer, the direct supervising officer then, was charged in court last month. Lim Kwo Yin pleaded guilty to causing death by a negligent act and was fined S$10,000 (RM25,870).
Iswaran said: "The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been in touch with the family of Dinesh Raman and their lawyer to discuss the family's concerns, as well as the matter of compensation."
However, he declined to provide a figure or more details as discussions were ongoing.
The minister also revealed that the Prison Service has since reviewed its instructions on inmate Control and Restraint (C&R) techniques to greater emphasise the risk of positional asphxiation – found to have been the cause of Dinesh Raman's death – as well as measures to prevent such incidents.
One new measure is to have C&R techniques applied on inmates in a standing position where possible, said Iswaran.
With the conclusion of the court case, the MHA has also started disciplinary action against the superintendent, supervisors and other officers involved in the incident, Iswaran said. — The Straits Times Asia News Network
THE Government intends to require all public officers who visit casinos frequently or who purchase the annual casino entry pass to declare these actions, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said in Parliament.
Teo was responding to questions by MPs after a spate of corruption cases involving public servants, including one involving an assistant director at the CPIB who has been charged with misappropriating S$1.7mil (RM4.4mil) to fund a gambling habit.
The Public Service Division is reviewing the rules on casino visits by all public officers, Teo said.
There is currently no blanket rule prohibiting public officers from visiting the casinos, but agencies have imposed restrictions in cases where conflict of interests may arise.
Officers from the Casino Regulatory Authority and police officers working on matters involving the casinos are prohibited from visiting the two casinos except for official duties.
Other police officers, Central Narcotics Bureau officers as well as Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) officers have to declare a casino visit within seven days.
"PSD is currently working out the new rules to strike a balance between strengthening safeguards and imposing too many checks and rules on the system and public officers," he said. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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