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Former Malaysian National Swimmer Jailed 8 Weeks For Evading National Service In Singapore

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Malaysian national swimmer that is Lim Ching Hwang has been sentenced on the 9th February 2021 to eight weeks of jail for defaulting on his National Service (NS) obligations in Singapore. This 24-year-old man pleaded guilty to two charges under the Enlistment Act. Another charge was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Lim has become the 17th defaulter to be jailed since the High Court set out a new sentencing framework in 2017 for those who evade NS. He has since completed his NS. According to a report, in the past decade, Lim had competed as a Malaysian in the SEA Games in the year 2011, 2013, 2015, and also 2017.

According to a statement, Lim has told the judge in court that he succumbed to the ‘temptation’ of studying at a prestigious university after he was given a Malaysian scholarship. He also said, in hindsight, he should not have listened to his parents’ ill-judged advice to finish his studies before serving NS, but rather, should have persuaded them to sort out his exit permits.

The court also heard that Lim intends to apply for citizenship in Singapore in the near future, as well as continue to compete for Singapore. This was despite Lim having attempted to renounce his permanent residency status after he was ordered to serve out his NS obligations. Lim said he has a girlfriend and a job lined up for him in Singapore now.

He said, “I’m deeply regretful of my actions. I committed them as a boy and now that I am more mature, I have come back to face the consequences like a man”. The court also heard from the deputy public prosecutor, who said that NS defaulters enjoy an unfair advantage over their law-abiding peers, even if they complete their service eventually. Lim also told the court that he experienced mental stress and was glad that he was able to complete his NS without creating any problems.

In the month of March 2014, two days after he was approved to be a permanent resident, Lim received a notice to register for NS. At that time, a Malaysian conglomerate that is Sime Darby also extended an offer to him to pursue university studies in the United States on a scholarship. On May 29, he registered for NS two days before the deadline and was granted a deferment until May 2017 to pursue a diploma at Republic Polytechnic. But he left his polytechnic studies and Singapore on July 17 and started on a business degree course at Ohio State University.

The Ministry of Defence rejected Lim and his parents’ request for an NS deferment to attend university, as deferment for university studies are not typically granted. His parents also failed to put up a bond in order to secure an exit permit for Lim to leave Singapore. Lim was told in February 2015 by the authorities via his father that he had to undergo medical screening for his enlistment. Lim’s father replied that his son would be renouncing his status as a permanent resident since his deferment for the university was not granted.

Lim finally returned to Singapore on June 11, 2018, after completing university. He enlisted on April 3, 2019, and completed his NS on Feb. 2, 2021. Lim will begin serving his sentence from Feb. 23. He could have been jailed for up to three years or fined, or punished with both, for leaving Singapore without an exit permit under the Enlistment Act.

Sources: CNA

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Separated Since Babies, This Identical Twins Finally Reunite After 36 Years

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Identical twins Molly Sinert and Emily Bushnell were separated at birth in South Korea and adopted by different families. Molly went on living in Florida while Emily in Pennsylvania. The siblings spent most of their lives totally unaware of each other’s existence and little information about their birth family.

But everything changes after Emily’s 11-year-old daughter, Isabel wanted to make a DNA test to explore her heritage.

Isabel said, “I wanted to do the DNA test because she was adopted. I wanted to find out if I had more family on her side.”

Meanwhile in Florida, Molly also decided she wanted to take a DNA test to find out more about her mother’s history. The database confirmed her relations with Emily.

“(The results said:) ‘You share 49.96% DNA with this person. We predict that she’s your daughter’. This is obviously not right because I’ve never gone into labor, I don’t have children.”

Shortly after, she figured out that she must be her sister. They contacted each other but decided not to have a video call until they met in person.

Even though Emily didn’t feel comfortable taking the test, but finding out about her twin makes everything so clear.

“Although I have family who loves me and has been wonderful, there was always a feeling of disconnection. Finding out that I had an identical twin sister just made everything so clear. It all makes sense.”

As the twins got to know each other, they discovered more and more similarities between themselves.

Emily added: “Our senior prom picture…we were both wearing a beaded dress with a strapless style and our hair was exactly the same.

Emily concluded by describing the reunion as ‘the happiest moment of her life’.

Source: Daily Star

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‘Sinomacrops Bondei’, The Newest Species of Pterosaur Found In China

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Paleontologists in China have discovered the fossil skeleton of Sinomacrops bondei, a new species of pterosaur. Scientists, mostly from China and Japan, found the fossil skeleton of the ruined creature in a rock preserved in China’s Hubei Province and realized that it was a new species of pterosaur.

The name Sinomacrops bondei is taken from the Greek word for Chinese which is Sino, combined with the words for large, macro, and eyes.

The researchers chose Bondei in honor of paleontologist Niels Bonde, for his many scholarly contributions and for being an inspiration to us.

Using x-ray imaging, the team was able to reconstruct the long-extinct pterosaur and illustrations were made to show how it looks like.

“Despite being crushed to the point of obliterating many details, the specimen is rather complete and provides new information for the group,” wrote the researchers on their reports.

The illustration made depicts the creature that looks like a flying squirrel but instead of a rodent’s body, its shaft looks more like a salamander with large membrane wings protruding from each side. This new species also has gaping eyes, a wide smile, and a small tail between a pair of legs.

Sinomacrops bondei are also likely to be hairy but not with hair or feathers. Scientists argue that it is covered by tufted ‘pycnofibers’, a completely different shape of the cover and evolving independently.

A paleontologist from Baylor University in Texas, Megan Jacobs who was not involved with the research, said the findings are interesting because pterosaur fossils are so rare because their thin, hollow bones cannot be preserved like other creatures.

“It’s very round with large, forward-facing eyes. Most pterosaurs of this period have elongated snouts full of little teeth.

“Finding these early pterosaurs really gives us an insight into how they started to adapt and alter aspects of their skeletons,” said Jacobs.

Source: 9Gag, New York Post

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Government Amends National Trust Fund Act

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 21  — The government has approved amendments to the National Trust Fund (KWAN) Act 1988 (Act 339), which allows funds from KWAN to be used for the procurement of vaccines and any expenditure incurred in relation to the vaccines.

This is based on the Emergency (National Trust Fund) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which comes into operation today, through the Federal Government Gazette published by the Attorney General’s Chambers today.

The ordinance, amended in Section 6, was promulgated by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, on April 14 pursuant to Clause (2B) of Article 150 of the Federal Constitution.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is satisfied that immediate action is required to amend the National Trust Fund Act 1988.

The new subsection states that “the procurement of vaccines and any expenditure incurred in relation to the vaccines for an epidemic of any infectious disease as specified under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342)”.

On Jan 12, Istana Negara, in a statement, announced that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong consented to the Proclamation of Emergency to be implemented nationwide until Aug 1, as a proactive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Sources: BERNAMA

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