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Ban on Ashley Madison site stands

Posted: 31 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

THE founder of extramarital dating portal Ashley Madison has not given up on trying to get the ban on the local edition of the website lifted – months after it was blocked by the authorities.

This even after the Media Development Authority (MDA) had earlier this month rebuffed the latest attempt by Canadian businessman Noel Biderman to negotiate a review of the ban.

His lawyers had sent a letter to the MDA on Feb 3 requesting a meeting, but the regulator replied on March 5, saying it intended to stand firm on its decision to block the site here.

An MDA spokesman said yesterday that the letter from Avid Life Media, which Biderman heads, "discloses no basis in fact or law to merit any review of MDA's decision to block the Ashley Madison website".

"As such, we have declined their offer to meet on the matter," she added.

The Canada-based portal, known for its tagline "Life is short. Have an affair", apparently has 24 million users across 36 territories, including Hong Kong and Japan, according to a boilerplate on the website.

It first stirred controversy here last October, when it was revealed that a Singapore edition of the website had been planned.

This spurred a protest on Facebook. The page "Block Ashley Madison – Singapore" was set up and gathered more than 14,000 "likes" in three days. It now has over 27,000 followers.

The MDA eventually announced that it would block the site on Nov 8. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

Serial upskirt offender jailed

Posted: 31 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

A SYSTEM technician was jailed for nine months for taking upskirt videos of women at various places, including Resorts World Sentosa.

Dominic Chia Hooi Chuan, 26, who worked at RWS, had admitted to nine counts of insulting the modesty of women and one charge of having obscene films in his smartphone at his flat in Elias Road.

Eighty-five other charges of insulting modesty were taken into consideration.

The court heard that he had been taking upskirt videos of women at RWS, VivoCity and White Sands since 2011.

Once he spotted a female whom he felt was good-looking, he would follow her onto an escalator.

While on the escalator, he would place his phone on his thigh, propping it up by stepping onto the next step of the escalator.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Paul Wong said Chia was caught on May 23 last year by a member of the public for taking upskirt videos of a 13-year-old girl's inner thighs and underwear at VivoCity.

When his phone was checked, a substantial number of photos and videos of women's inner thighs and underwear were found. Police raided his home and seized a laptop.

Ten other similar videos were found in his iPhone. His victims could not be identified in eight of the videos.

In passing sentence, District Judge Christopher Goh noted that such offences were on the rise, and that Chia had committed the offences over a span of three years.

Chia could have been jailed for up to one year and/or fined on each charge of insulting the modesty a woman. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

Malaysian in checkpoint breach may face more charges

Posted: 31 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

THE 64-year-old Malaysian man who allegedly breached a security barrier at Woodlands Checkpoint is likely to face more charges under the Customs Act.

This was revealed by the prosecution yesterday when Tan Chu Seng was further remanded for another two weeks for psychiatric assessment. Tan, a delivery driver, is represented by S. Radakrishnan who took over from his previous lawyer Jeffrey Ong.

Tan had been accused of committing a rash act and vandalism when he allegedly drove his Singapore-registered car recklessly, causing injury to auxiliary police officer Safie Mahrom at about 4pm on March 8.

The Singapore permanent resident is said to have damaged the cat-claw security barrier when he drove into it.

This after he had apparently driven through the checkpoint after being stopped for a boot check. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network


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