Thoughts and Quotes of an Unknown Singaporean vol. 2

Note from Author:

The sale of the first volume of this book, spurred me to write the second volume. Like the first volume, this book, too, contains my various thoughts, quotes and experiences that I am getting as I am moving along my journey of life. I took special care to ensure that this volume does not contain any repetitions of my first book although there may be repeated topics but with different context that I had missed sharing in my first book.

The world is evolving, but the people, their ideologies coupled with their growing greed to accumulate wealth, land and power are evolving faster affecting the environment, governance, and the livelihood of many ordinary people leading them to downstream and wayward. What to consume, what to buy, how and where to live, who to see, and many more such questions are given controlled and propaganda-type answers with lots of hidden agenda that not many people, especially the vulnerable ones, among us will be aware of or dare to question and seek for the truth. What we make the world to be depends on what we say and do. Heaven or hell is based on our individual and collective perspectives and mindsets.

These thoughts, experiences and readings keep on producing enriching awareness within me leading me to paths that I hope will lead me to a more peaceful, healthy and happiness-filled environment. I hope such thoughts-sharing rekindle and inspire your minds to think about your lives, experiences and environments and lead you to create a more positive space for yourself and those around you.

I hope the outreach of these continued thoughts and quotes through this book inspire more especially those in need of such points to ponder or food for their thoughts.

Do feel free to share your feedback and comments about the contents in this book or even your experiences to me via my email kumaranrn@gmail.com

May the vision be with us.

This book and my other books are available in the following online portal:-

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Kumaran RN

Kumaran R Nadarajan s Books and Publications Spotlight

Bestseller –Loving a Schizophrenic promotes the sanctity of marriage

For many years, my wife, Doris Lau Siew Lang, before and after our marriage, had to stay “hidden” because of the blatant discrimination of her mental illness.

One day I decided that to remove the darkness in her life and bring ‘A Ray Of Hope’ to her and the millions of patients in her condition. Then was when I decided to write this book entitled “Loving A Schizophrenic”. But it was not plain sailing to get the novel out as my wife was so afraid that people would humiliate and hurt her after reading about her severe mental disorder in schizophrenia. It took me 6 months to write the manuscript, but I had to wait one full year before Doris gave her approval.

As a safeguard, I decided to use pseudo names to write the book. I would call her ‘Soo Mei’ and I would be known as ‘Daniel’.

The good news came 6 months after my novel starting selling like hot cakes and when so many people came to me for help after reading the novel. It was then that my wife decided she should not hide her head in the sand and be open about her illness. We both did a press interview and when readers read the article, much more came forward to buy the book. The rest is history.

Doris has battled schizophrenia for the last forty years. Schizophrenia is the most distressing of all mental disorders. It is an illness that is often camouflaged and many people who are inexperienced in managing this illness may at first believe that the sufferer showing irritable, moody and suspicious behaviour has a bad personality or is ill behaved.

The disease first struck Doris at the tender age of 17. Many people find it very hard to believe that I married her despite her mental illness. In caring for Doris for more than three decades, I have grown to love her more and more each day. I have seen this illness ravage more than half her life and the journey, though very difficult, can be rewarding when I see her enjoy life to the fullest.

My wife has been hospitalised in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) twelve times during our 37 years’ marriage and I have witnessed all her delusions, hallucinations, depression and fears. Seeing Doris struggling with the “demons in her mind” has been extremely painful for me.

My long hours at work saw Doris spending many days and nights all alone. The loneliness and the isolation saw her missing out on her medications, resulting in relapses.

When Doris is in a stable condition, she is a loving and kind-hearted person. But during her relapses, I become her emotional punching bag. I have taken all her emotional outbursts quietly, allowing her to scold, shout and nag at me because I fully understand how this illness torments her, how it frustrates her.

Over the years, I have learnt to forgive my wife as I fully understand that it is the illness and not her. Through my experience in caring for Doris, I have learnt to completely separate the two. Many people, including family members do not really understand the specialised care that the mentally ill need or the unremitting emotional wear and tear that caregivers have to endure everyday of their lives. This illness is terrifying because it is unpredictable. It requires 24-hour, minute-to- minute care.

If you wish to know about TRUE LOVE which can beat all odds and how to be a noble and resilient caregiver, Loving A Schizophrenic is the book for you.

4,000 hard copies of this book have been sold – both locally in Singapore and in the USA, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia and India. Manage mental illness, before it manages you.

Don’t hesitate, get a copy now. Just go to this link and buy the book which cost just US $10.

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Sincerely,

Raymond Anthony Fernando

Author, Mental Health Champion 2010 & Model Caregiver 2007

The naked truth – of mental illness

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In 2016 there were several cases where both men and women whose mental state had gone untreated or poorly stripped themselves.

Last month – Tuesday 31st January, police arrested a 48-year-old woman under the mental capacity act by using her naked body to prevent a van from moving off. The incident took place in Bendemeer Road.

There have been onlookers in previous cases who have seize the opportunity to capture people who go nude on their mobile phones for the ‘fun out of it’ failing to understand or empathize that they are someone’s relative.

But in this particular case we saw the good nature of a human being come alive. Seeing her in this pitiful state, a kind-hearted man stepped forward and gave her some clothes to put on. I am sure he must have known that she was not in her correct frame of mind. According to the Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News, the woman later slid under the same van to lie down in front of the wheels.

After the boys in blue spoke to her for about ten minutes, the woman finally put her clothes back on and went away with the authorities.

Just this week, two men were found walking in the nude shocking onlookers ; one in Bukit Batok and another in East Coast.

People who suffer from psychosis that goes untreated will hear ‘voices’ in their head that forces them to do bizarre things. Public nudity by the mentally ill seems to occur most often as part of other hallucinations and distortions of reality. Some feel that God or some other powerful entity has commanded them to reveal the radiance of their whole body, or they suddenly believe themselves to be an exotic dancer.

There are cases where women will walk naked in the hospital wards holding a bible because when they are tormented by the voices in their heads, in their disorientated state, believe that the devil is taunting them. And only God can save them.

As the mind degenerates in the twilight years, the elderly who try to cope with dementia may also strip themselves and as such family and professional carers must be mindful of this problem; and learn as much as they can so that steps can be taken to keep their modesty intact.

For people with dementia may also strip down in public and at unsuitable times; this behaviour is usually unrelated to any kind of psychosis. Rather than being delusional, dementia patients seem to just be confused. Additionally, bipolar people experiencing a manic episode may simply lose their inhibitions, which can result in flashing or streaking or other inappropriate nudity, but that seems to be a less common cause than delusions.

RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO

PROFILE OF THE WRITER

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Raymond Anthony Fernando is a motivational speaker, poet, author, trainer, songwriter, freelance television actor, ghostwriter, media celebrity, regular newspaper forum page writer and an advocate for the mentally ill.

He is a volunteer with the Institute of Mental Health. The author of 32 books was married to Doris Lau Siew Lang, herself an author of 8 books. Doris was called to the Lord in April 2014. This Model Caregiver 2007 and Mental Health Champion 2010, who is born on Valentine’s Day, has contributed 31 years of service to the public sector, 15 years of experience in public relations work, and received several awards and commendations from government organisations.

Raymond attributes his success to his beloved wife, Doris, who has always been his greatest inspiration.

Purchase Raymond’s Loving a Schizophrenic at https://payhip.com/b/bFh3

Provide incentives/rewards for regular blood donors

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There are concerns about the life expectancy of Singaporeans and the necessity of more donors to step forward to donate blood in order to save lives. In the past, veteran blood donors who donated blood in the past for at least twice during a period of 6 months were issued a green card that allowed them to enjoy some medical subsidies or privileges.

No doubts such benefits are helpful in the promotion of regular blood donation.

Donating blood can be viewed as a service to mankind.

Besides helping save precious lives here and abroad when blood transfusions are needed in relief efforts during natural disasters, altruistic blood donors can reap benefits to their own health when donating blood. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, blood viscosity is known to be a unifying factor for the risk of cardiovascular disease. By donating blood on a regular basis, donors eliminate the iron that may possibly oxidize in their blood. An increase in oxidative stress can be damaging to the cardiovascular system. On top of that, blood donation reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Perhaps a revised scheme could be put in place in which regular blood donors could be rewarded for their community spirit. For example, the Ministry of Health (MOH) could introduce a 3-tier medical subsidy for regular donors which include a Basic, Standard and Superior level scheme. Basic level is for donors who give blood 2 times a year; Standard level is for those who give blood 4 times a year and Superior level is for anyone who makes blood donations 8 or more times a year. To cut down on unnecessary paperwork and the issuance of cards, all contributions from veteran blood donors can be scanned into the identity card of the donor.

It is good that we are having periodic blood donation drives organized by some Community Centres here in Singapore. But I hope that more such drives can be held in all government agencies, statutory boards, and government-linked companies; and in the armed forces annually or bi-yearly so that there is sufficient stock to meet any demands.

Recognition of these voluntary donors could be appreciated by the Ministry of Health at an annual gathering with Superior donors receiving plaques and all dedicated donors getting a Certificate of Appreciation. Such an event should be carried by the media as the publicity generated can spur more people to donate blood.

RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO

PROFILE OF THE WRITER

raymond-still

Raymond Anthony Fernando is a motivational speaker, poet, author, trainer, songwriter, freelance television actor, ghostwriter, media celebrity, regular newspaper forum page writer and an advocate for the mentally ill.

He is a volunteer with the Institute of Mental Health. The author of 32 books was married to Doris Lau Siew Lang, herself an author of 8 books. Doris was called to the Lord in April 2014. This Model Caregiver 2007 and Mental Health Champion 2010, who is born on Valentine’s Day, has contributed 31 years of service to the public sector, 15 years of experience in public relations work, and received several awards and commendations from government organisations.

Raymond attributes his success to his beloved wife, Doris, who has always been his greatest inspiration.

It’s barbaric to cane animal abusers; counsel and rehabilitate them instead

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Recently, a regular forum writer wrote to a local newspaper and opined that the authorities should consider caning cat abusers. While I am totally against people abusing animals such as cat and dogs who can be so lovable pets, I for one do not advocate caning as a means of punishing them. Caning is barbaric and the scars that will left on the buttocks of the abusers will wound them for life as it will not only make them bitter but their hatred for animals will grow bigger.

Caning would have drastic effects on a person – both mentally and physically. On the mental part, humiliation is inevitable.

Instead of meeting out such brutal punishment like caning, we must prove to the abusers how doting cats and dogs as pets can be. Animals abusers could be having psychological issues that go untreated or because they want to have ‘power’ over someone or something weaker than them.

Every morning when I go to church to pray, two cute cats will sit on the floor or on cars and meow cutely away. You can’t help but play with them or pat them on their head and stroke their fur. They know when you give love to them as they will give a cute ‘meow’ reply.

Let us examine closer why people abuse animals.

A lot of these people want to have control over others. They will hurt an animal because they think this means they have total control of the animal. Or they may hurt the animal to control another person. For example, a husband might hurt the family’s pet to show his wife what he could do to her if she doesn’t obey his commands. Someone else might make his dog kill other dogs because he thinks that makes him powerful. A father could smack a cat unmercifully because he wants to show his badly-behaved son that he could do likewise to his kid as his means of instilling discipline.

Others simply enjoy pain and violence. Those who enjoy violence might also destroy inanimate objects as well as animals and people.

Clearly, people in this group suffer from serious, psychological problems that will probably not go away on their own. They often need the help of licensed professional such as a psychologist. We are not 100% sure why people become like this—most are probably born with their problems, but others can get their problems from brain damage, poisonous environments, or by being treated badly themselves. Without help, the psychological problems these people have can haunt them for their whole lives.

So as a community, we can do our part by getting a trusted friend or someone that is very close to the abuser to encourage him/her to seek professional help.

RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO

PROFILE OF THE WRITER

raymond-still

Raymond Anthony Fernando is a motivational speaker, poet, author, trainer, songwriter, freelance television actor, ghostwriter, media celebrity, regular newspaper forum page writer and an advocate for the mentally ill.

He is a volunteer with the Institute of Mental Health. The author of 32 books was married to Doris Lau Siew Lang, herself an author of 8 books. Doris was called to the Lord in April 2014. This Model Caregiver 2007 and Mental Health Champion 2010, who is born on Valentine’s Day, has contributed 31 years of service to the public sector, 15 years of experience in public relations work, and received several awards and commendations from government organisations.

Raymond attributes his success to his beloved wife, Doris, who has always been his greatest inspiration.

SINGAPORE DENTAL COUNCIL DISCIPLINARY INQUIRY AGAINST DR SAMINTHARAJ KUMAR S/O SAMY RAJA

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22 and 23 March 2017

Disciplinary Committee:

Dr. Dominic Leung

Dr. Raymond Ang

Dr. Marianne Ong

Mr. Phillip Leong (Lay-observer)

Legal Assessor:

Mr. Andy Chiok (M/s. Michael Khoo & Partners)

Counsel for the SDC:

Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC

Mr. Kenny Chooi / Kelvin Fong

Respondent in Person

Dr. Samintharaj Kumar s/o Samy Raja

DECISION OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

  1. This inquiry arose out of a complaint dated 2 August 2016 by one Dr. Chen Fee Yuen, the SDC’s Inspecting Officer.
  1. At all material times, the Respondent is a registered dentist, who practices at Nuffield Dental Kovan located at 2 Kovan Road #01-03, Simon Plaza, Singapore 548008.
  1. The crux of the Complaint relates to the Respondent’s use and display of additional qualifications, namely “MFDSRCS (England), MFDRCSI (Ireland), MBA (London)”, on his correspondence. These were not among the qualifications that had been entered into the Register of Dentists or approved by the SDC for his use.
  1. The Respondent used the offending qualifications as follows:
  • The Respondent was listed as a speaker at the Dentium Singapore 4th Anniversary Forum 2016 and this event’s advertisement stated MFDSRCS (England), MFDRCSI (Ireland), MBA (London) as part of his displayable qualifications.
  • In email correspondences to the SDC dated 19 July 2016 and 22 July 2016, the Respondent also listed MFDSRCS (England), MFDRCSI (Ireland), MBA (London) in his email signature.
  1. It is also relevant to state that on 15 October 2014, the SDC had written to the Respondent, after he had displayed these qualifications on his correspondence. The said letter clearly stated to the Respondent that the letter was a final warning to him in respect of such infractions. This is an important fact, as it will be seen below. Notably, the Respondent was asked to “cease and desist”, “failing which we will take formal action against you without further notice”.
  1. The relevant facts are undisputed and set out in the Agreed Statement of Facts, which was read out and agreed to by the Respondent.

The Charges

  1. The Charges against the Respondent are:
  • The 1st Charge

That you SAMINTHARAJ KUMAR S/0 SAMY RAJA are charged that in or around July and/or August 2016 in Singapore, you (as a registered dentist) used qualifications other than the qualifications which are entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of you, or which have been approved by the Singapore Dental Council for your use.

Particulars

  • You were listed as a speaker and Faculty Member for the Dentium Singapore 4th Anniversary Forum 2016 (which was advertised to be held on 20 August 2016), and the event’s advertisement stated or used MFDSRCS (England), MFDRCSI (Ireland) and MBA (London) as being part of your qualifications,
  • MFDSRCS (England), MFDRCSI (Ireland) and MBA (London) are not qualifications which are entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of you, or which have been approved by the Singapore Dental Council for your use,

and that in relation to the facts alleged you have been guilty of improper conduct which brings disrepute to the profession of a registered dentist. under section 31(1) read with section 31(4) of the Dental Registration Act (Cap. 76).

  • The 2nd Charge

That you SAMINTHARAJ KUMAR S/0 SAMY RAJA are charged that on or about 19 July 2016 in Singapore, you (as a registered dentist) used qualifications other than the qualifications which are entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of you, or which have been approved by the Singapore Dental Council for your use.

Particulars

  • On 19 July 2016, you sent an email to Ms Norisah Ahmad of the Singapore Dental Council, in which you stated or used MFDSRCS (Eng), MFDRCSI (Ireland) and MBA (London) as being part of your qualifications,
  • MFDSRCS (Eng), MFDRCSI (Ireland) and MBA (London) are not qualifications which are entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of you, or which have been approved by the Singapore Dental Council for your use,

and that in relation to the facts alleged you have been guilty of improper conduct which brings disrepute to the profession of a registered dentist, under section 31(1) read with section 31(4) of the Dental Registration Act (Cap. 76).

  • The 3rd Charge

That you SAMINTHARAJ KUMAR S/0 SAMY RAJA are charged that on or about 22 July 2016 in Singapore, you (as a registered dentist) used qualifications other than the qualifications which are entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of you, or which have been approved by the Singapore Dental Council for your use.

Particulars

  • On 22 July 2016, you sent an email to A/Prof. Patrick Tseng (who is the Chief Dental Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health) and Ms Norisah Ahmad of the Singapore Dental Council, in which you stated or used MFDSRCS (Eng), MFDRCSI (Ireland) and MBA (London) as being part of your qualifications,
  • MFDSRCS (Eng), MFDRCSI (Ireland) and MBA (London) are not qualifications which are entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of you, or which have been approved by the Singapore Dental Council for your use,

and that in relation to the facts alleged you have been guilty of improper conduct which brings disrepute to the profession of a registered dentist, under section 31(1) read with section 31(4) of the Dental Registration Act (Cap. 76).

The inquiry

  1. Just prior to the hearing by this inquiry, the Respondent informed the SDC via email that he would no longer be represented by Counsel and that he would be pleading guilty to the Charges. This coincides with a letter to the SDC from M/s Donaldson & Burkinshaw, his then solicitors, that they had ceased acting for him.
  1. The DC then sought and obtained legal advice that the Respondent should be provided with an opportunity to obtain legal representation. This was conveyed to the Respondent at the hearing when it commenced. He understood this opportunity but had informed the DC that he declined to avail himself of alternate legal representation. The hearing of the inquiry then proceeded.
  1. The 3 Charges were then read to the Respondent who pleaded guilty to the same. The pleas of guilt were duly recorded by this Committee, and the Respondent was then called upon to enter his plea in mitigation.
  1. In mitigation, the Respondent made various submissions, which were helpfully set out in a written plea of mitigation. Notably, the Respondent’s mitigation may be summarized as follows:
  • The Respondent expressed regrets at his actions. He admitted his oversight in using the offending qualifications.
  • The Respondent also withdrew various paragraphs relating to Charges 2 and 3 which had the effect of a retraction of his plea of guilt, when this was pointed out during the course of hearing by the Learned Legal Assessor.
  • The Respondent also tendered various references and character testimonials in mitigation.
  1. Counsel for the SDC then made a reply. In particular, the DC was taken through the relevant documents whereby counsel for the SDC made his point that when the offending qualifications were used, the Respondent reasonably knew that he ought not to do so. It was submitted on behalf of the SDC that this conduct added to the culpability of the Respondent, justifying a punishment greater than that in Re Dr Myles Edward Holt.
  1. The DC then adjourned the hearing and took time for deliberation on the appropriate sentence.

Our decision

  1. We have spent considerable time deliberating on the appropriate factors relevant to the appropriate sentencing for the misconduct of Respondent. In the course of the deliberations, we had considered all of the points raised by both sides.

Our views on the appropriate factors affecting sentencing

  1. We now turn to the factors that affected the sentencing in respect of the Respondent in the present case. They are:
  • In respect of the present case, the 3 Charges can be grouped into (a) Charge No. 1 that involved a public seminar, and (b) Charges Nos. 2 and 3 which involved emails by the Respondent to various persons.
  • We are of the view that the conduct in Charge No. 1 is more serious than that in respect of Charges Nos. 2 and 3. This is because for Charge No. 1, there is a public element because the offending qualifications were described in literature that were disseminated to the dental profession.
  • In contrast, Charges Nos. 2 and 3 are of a private nature since it involved emails between the Respondent and the 2 email addressees, which are of a limited nature.
  • In respect of the application of the Holt decision, we accept that the facts pertaining to Charge No. 1 are similar to that in the Holt In particular in the present case, there was also a warning letter previously provided to the Respondent, which put him on notice on future breaches, but he nonetheless committed the misconduct. We also note that the qualifications were awarded by reputable institutes albeit not registrable as displayable qualifications under the Dental Registration Act.
  • We also accept that in the present case, even though the Respondent was offered time to obtain legal representation again, he declined the offer and expressed a desire to plead guilty and not delay the proceedings. To the tribunal, this demonstrates remorse on the part of the Respondent.
  • We also take note of the various character references put forth by the Respondent in his mitigation.
  • We also note that the Respondent is a first-time offender. As stated above, the Respondent had pleaded guilty to the Charges, saving time and costs in the prosecution of the Charges.
  1. We are aware that in the Holt decision, although it only involved a single Charge, the DC there imposed the maximum penalty of $50,000, rather than any period of suspension. Logically, given the fact that in the present case, apart from Charge No. 1, there are also Charges Nos. 2 and 3 pertaining to the use of the offending qualification in emails, the punishment ought to be greater than that of the Holt
  1. This invariably means that a period of suspension be imposed in the present case. However, we were advised by the Learned Legal Assessor that the minimum period of suspension that can be imposed under the Dental Registration Act is 3 months. While we are conscious of imposing a sentence that commensurate with the severity of the offences, we have to be guarded against meting out a punishment that is too severe, given the circumstances.
  1. We have deliberated and are of the view that a period of suspension of say 6 weeks, would have been appropriate in the circumstances. However, the law does not allow us to impose that sentence. On the other hand, we felt that the minimum period of suspension of 3 months is excessive.
  1. We are advised that under the Act, the totality of the fines imposed cannot exceed $50,000. If there was no such limitation, we would have imposed a fine of $50,000 for Charge No. 1, and $10,000 each for Charges Nos. 2 and 3. This option is not available to us and hence we are compelled to impose the maximum penalty of $50,000 in respect of all 3 Charges.
  1. In this regard, given the options of punishments permissible under the Act, we are compelled to impose a sentence that has the effect of punishing the Respondent with the maximum fine of $50,000.
  1. We will caution that while on the face of our decision, there seems to be an inconsistency with the Holt decision, in our view, this is the best decision that we can make given the limitations on our powers of punishment.

The sentences imposed

  1. In light of all of the circumstances, and after due consideration of the facts and factors in this case, this Committee determines as follows:
  • that the Respondent shall be fined the amount of $50,000. In default of payment of this fine, a period of 6 months for the suspension of the registration of the Respondent in the Register of Dentists shall be imposed;
  • that the Respondent shall give a written undertaking to the SDC that he will not engage in the conduct complained of or any similar conduct;
  • that the Respondent shall be censured; and
  • that the Respondent shall pay the costs and expenses of and incidental to these proceedings, including the costs of counsel to the SDC and the Legal Assessor, and such reasonable expenses are as necessary for the conduct of these proceedings, to be taxed if not agreed.
  1. Pursuant to Regulation 25 of the Dental Registration Regulations, we order that the grounds of our decision be published, for the benefit of the public and to raise the standard of the dental profession.
  1. This hearing is hereby concluded. Dated this 23rd day of March 2017.

Dr. Dominic Leung

Chairperson, Disciplinary Committee

Dr. Raymond Ang

Member, Disciplinary Committee

Dr. Marianne Ong

Member, Disciplinary Committee

Press Release by Singapore Dental Council dated 22 and 23 March 2017

PIC Promoter will be charged in Court for role in PIC claims of over $1 million

Press Release by IRAS – 26 Jan 2017

A sole-proprietor of a consultancy firm who allegedly acted as the ‘promoter’ of the Productivity and Innovation Credit (“PIC”) Scheme, will be charged in court on Friday, 27 Jan 2017. The alleged promoter will face 58 charges of assisting 49 claimants to fraudulently obtain PIC cash pay-outs and bonuses. The 58 charges involve PIC claims amounting to $1,097,694.

Over the past year, IRAS had conducted extensive investigations into a number of suspicious PIC claims. IRAS’ investigations revealed that many of the suspicious claims were linked to this PIC promoter. About 200 persons were called up to assist in IRAS’ investigations. IRAS will take enforcement actions against the claimants, where appropriate, once the investigations are completed.

PIC Promoters Abusing the PIC Scheme

The PIC scheme was introduced to encourage productivity and innovation activities in Singapore. It is meant for qualified businesses with real productivity-enhancing investments. Many promoters, however, seek out individuals not carrying out business to register companies and businesses purely to make false claims.

In a typical fraudulent PIC scam, the PIC promoter may assist claimants by providing false documentation to help support the expenditures declared in their PIC cash pay-out applications. Such documentation may include false employment contracts, working timesheets, payment vouchers, product flyers or brochures, quotations and invoices.

In addition, where the claimants do not fulfil the PIC application condition of three local employees, the PIC promoter would provide the names and particulars of up to three unrelated persons just for the purpose of falsely representing to IRAS that the claimants have met the prerequisite of three local employees. These false employees could include friends, relatives, retirees and unemployed persons. Some of these false employees might not have known that their names had been used for PIC claims.

In return for facilitating the false PIC claims, the PIC promoter will take a cut from the PIC cash pay-outs given to the claimants.

Please see Annex A for an illustration.

Severe Penalties for Abusing PIC Scheme

IRAS takes a serious view of any attempt by claimants, vendors or consultants to defraud the Government. In particular, IRAS will take stern action against promoters who facilitate illegal activities. Anyone who commits PIC offences with wilful intent might be subject to penalties of up to four times the amount of PIC cash payout and bonus fraudulently obtained (or which would have been obtained if the offence had not been detected), and a fine of up to $50,000 or imprisonment of up to five years.

Reporting of Malpractices

Businesses or individuals are encouraged to immediately report to IRAS any past or current malpractices or potential abuses of the PIC scheme. Reports can be made to:

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
Investigation & Forensics Division
55 Newton Road, Revenue House
Singapore 307987

Email: ifd@iras.gov.sg

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore


Annex A

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14 will be Charged in Court for False PIC Claims

Press Release by IRAS – 17 Feb 2017

14 individuals who allegedly made false Productivity and Innovation Credit (“PIC”) claims will be charged in court on Friday, 17 Feb 2017. These individuals had registered sole-proprietorships, partnerships or companies and used them to make false claims. Their PIC claims amounting to $334,464 were made between 2013 and 2014.

Investigations by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) have revealed that the PIC claims were linked to S. Chandran, who was charged in court on 27 Jan 2017 for assisting 49 claimants to fraudulently obtain PIC cash payouts and PIC bonuses.

IRAS will take appropriate legal action against the claimants based on the facts and circumstances of each case. This may include prosecution or other enforcement actions such as issuance of warning letters.

Artificial arrangements to abuse the PIC Scheme

The PIC scheme was introduced to encourage productivity and innovation activities in Singapore. It is meant for businesses which have made genuine investments to enhance productivity and innovation. However, there are instances where claimants, who have neither incurred qualifying expenditure nor made actual investment to enhance productivity and innovation, have abused the PIC scheme by entering into artificial arrangements with third parties such as vendors in order to make false PIC claims.

Typically in such scenarios, claimants will enter into artificial arrangements with vendors to give the impression that they had incurred the expenditures for which their PIC claims are based. They may also submit the names and particulars of persons who are not their employees just for the purpose of representing to IRAS that they have met the PIC scheme’s condition of employing three local employees.

Severe Penalties for Abusing PIC Scheme

IRAS takes a serious view of any attempt by claimants, vendors or promoters who abuse the PIC scheme and defraud the Government. In particular, IRAS will take stern action against promoters who facilitate offences committed against the PIC schemes. Anyone who commits PIC offences might be subject to penalties of up to four times the amount of PIC cash payout and PIC bonus fraudulently obtained (or which would have been obtained if the offence had not been detected), and a fine of up to $50,000 or imprisonment of up to five years.

Reporting of Malpractices

Businesses or individuals are encouraged to immediately report to IRAS any past or current malpractices or potential abuses of the PIC scheme. Reports can be made to:

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
Investigation & Forensics Division
55 Newton Road, Revenue House
Singapore 307987

Email: ifd@iras.gov.sg

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Women achievers from South & South East Asia felicitated by BERG Singapore at a glittering event

The inaugural edition of the Women Icons Summit & Awards celebrated the successful journey of women entrepreneurs & professionals.

Singapore, March 21, 2017: The inaugural edition of the Women Icons Summit & Awards – www.womenicons.com a premier platform that celebrates and honours the accomplishments & contributions of women who have excelled in different spheres of life, was held amidst great fanfare at the Raffles Town Club here on Friday, March 17. The summit felicitated Women Achievers from South & SE Asia, representing diverse sectors as a celebration of their grit and achievements.

An initiative by Singapore-headquartered Business Excellence & Research Group (BERG), the Women Icons Summit & Awards had Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore as the Knowledge partner along with supporting partners – Acado Oil Pte Ltd, Joyalukkas, AsiaBizToday, FII News & MediaKindle.

The summit discussion was based on “The Lives you Impact: The Role of Culture in educating & empowering tomorrow’s leaders”. The panelists included Dr. Vani Khare, Founder, Faith Foundation & Sanrakshan Pte Ltd, Ms. Cindy Chng – a social entrepreneur, Dato Celestine Kong – Executive Director of Celestine Corp. Holdings Pte Ltd and Mr. Victor Tay – Chief Development Officer, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Vishwesh Iyer, Managing Partner & Director, BERG Singapore said “The Women Icons Summit & Awards is part of an initiative to hold an ongoing dialogue with women achievers and the response was very encouraging. Women leaders from diverse sectors such as healthcare, marketing & communciations, IT, startups, education, HR representing India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Vietnam came together to share experiences at this global stage.”

The Summit panel discussion was followed by the Women Icons Awards that were presented to a total of 25 professionals. These included Dr. Aparna Hegde – ARMMAN Foundation India, Barbara Ximinez – Shutta Vietnam, Charmaine Tan – ADM Singapore, Deepshikha Kumar – SpeakIn India, Dr. Srimathy Kesan – SpaceKidz India, Indrani Fernando – New Philip Hospitals SriLanka, Kanika Agarwal – Passion Peers Singapore, Kanika Gupta Shori – Square Yards Global, India, Karen Leong – Influence Solutions Singapore, Kayla Rose – Opal Group Singapore, Marion Neubronner – Marion Neubronner & Associates, Singapore, Minal D’rozario – Ideosphere Consulting, India, Mini Dwivedi Gopinathan – playstreet.in India, Revathi Roy –Zaffiro Learning India and Rhonda Wong – Ohmyhome Pte Singapore.

Other professionals who were presented the Women Icons Award included Ria Mehta, Skill Rail Singapore, Sally Taher – Red & White Consulting Partners, Indonesia, Saloni Mardia Kothari – Mtlexs Corp. India, Sonia Kulkarni – Ketchum Sampark PR India, Swati Nathani – Teampumpkin India, Kemmy Tan – M+S Pte Ltd, Sarrah Sammoon – Sapphire Capital Group Sri Lanka, Major Vandana Sharma – Holiday IQ India Yasmin Rasyid – EcoKinghts Malaysia and Datin Sharon Too – MIW Mrs International World, Malaysia.

About BERG

Business Excellence & Research Group Pte Ltd (BERG), is a Singapore-headquartered entity committed to nurturing and promoting business excellence across diverse sectors. The manifestation of the various initiatives have been in the form of summits, conferences, business networking sessions and recognition through awards. BERG’s Advisory Board & Executive Team brings together people with diverse international experience & expertise. BERG finds representation in some of the key emerging markets of Middle East, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia & Vietnam.

For more details write to contact@bizexcellence.com.sg or call +6591018487 / +919657720677

Is it wise for sportsmen to use their head?

Clearly the positive effects of sport and physical activity helps us to stay healthy and trim. The positive, direct effects of engaging in regular physical activity are particularly apparent in the prevention of several chronic diseases that includes cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis.

But when it comes to robust sports like boxing and wrestling, professional wrestlers and boxers are in danger of causing serious injury to themselves. Promoters are only interested in making big bucks to see the audience entertained.

We have seen how wrestlers head butt one another just to get the approval of the crowd. One famous wrestling team – The British Bulldogs were famous for their headbutts and the crowd – both at ringside and at home through the small screen cheered them on as they headbutted their opponents. Wonder why people get a thrill of seeing one person bash another.

Some wrestlers have taken legal action against the World Wrestling Entertainment for brain injuries through nasty fights in the ring. Several years of “chair shots,” “flying head butts,” “facebreakers,” and “cobra clutch slams,” have left former professional wrestlers with long-term brain injuries to which the sport’s dominant league has continuously turned a blind eye, two ex-wrestlers allege in a proposed class-action suit filed in Philadelphia in January 2015. It is so pitiful to see them lying in a hospital bed. They earn big money, entertained us, but at what price?

The world-famous boxing legend, the late Muhamad Ali was also subject to punches to his head throughout his boxing career. Before he died at the age of 74 in June 2016, Ali had been publicly battling Parkinson’s disease for more than three decades. The cause of death according to the family spokesman, Bob Gunnell, was “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.”

Now another sport – soccer leaves us wondering if ball heading is going to cause brain injuries in footballers. I love soccer myself and used to play the games during my school days, but always avoided heading the ball as I found it rather painful to head the ball. Whenever I was forced to do so by the Captain, I would come home nursing severe headaches for at least two days.

England has always been my favourite football team and almost every match they played in the world cup, I would try to catch it. Alan Shearer, the former England, New Castle and Blackburn Rovers strikers used to be a prolific header of the ball and out of the 260 goals that he scored, 46 were from his headers.

Now there is a risk of Shearer having dementia and he has agreed to front the BBC TV documentary Dementia– Football’s Silent Shame. Shearer became fully aware of dementia that can take a toll on footballers after she saw the movie ‘Concussion.’

On the show, Shearer will meet footballers and their loved ones affected by dementia before he himself undergoes a variety of cutting-edge medical tests himself to assess the condition of his own body and brain. He will also seek out scientific evidence claiming there is in fact no link between dementia and brain damage caused by heading the ball.

The question now remains: Are footballers going to use their head? And if it is proven that there is indeed a link to dementia for those who use their heads in such sports, will it not be wise for periodic medical screening?

RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO

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Raymond Anthony Fernando is a motivational speaker, poet, author, trainer, songwriter, freelance television actor, ghostwriter, media celebrity, regular newspaper forum page writer and an advocate for the mentally ill.

He is a volunteer with the Institute of Mental Health. The author of 32 books was married to Doris Lau Siew Lang, herself an author of 8 books. Doris was called to the Lord in April 2014. This Model Caregiver 2007 and Mental Health Champion 2010, who is born on Valentine’s Day, has contributed 31 years of service to the public sector, 15 years of experience in public relations work, and received several awards and commendations from government organisations.

Raymond attributes his success to his beloved wife, Doris, who has always been his greatest inspiration.