Tuesday #sgroundup: Tan Tock Seng Hospital fires blogger Roy Ngerng

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Tan Tock Seng Hospital fires blogger Roy Ngerng

SINGAPORE - JUNE 07: Roy Ngerng is seen during the 'Return Our CPF' protest at the Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park on June 7, 2014 in Singapore. Roy Ngerng is locked in a legal dispute with the Prime Minister of Singapore about an alleged defamatory article on the Singaporeans' CPF saving posted by Roy. Through crowd funding, Roy has managed to raise more than $90,000 for his legal defence fund within a week. The protest was staged to demand greater transparency and accountability from the government on how the CPF monies are being utilized. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Blogger Roy Ngerng, who is being sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defamation, has been fired from his job. It was for “conduct incompatible with the values and standards expected of employees, and for misusing working time, hospital computers and facilities for personal pursuits”, his employer told Yahoo Singapore.

Ngerng, 33, worked as a contract patient co-ordinator at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)’s Communicable Disease Centre. Taking to his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon, he posted a public status update announcing the news.


In second attack, gun battle at Karachi airport academy

Security guards rush to the scene to take up their positions around a training center for airport security personnel in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Gunmen in Pakistan attacked a training facility near the Karachi airport on Tuesday, a spokesman said. The facility is roughly one kilometer (half mile) from the Karachi international airport. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

A security academy at Karachi's airport came under attack on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at Pakistan's busiest airport that killed more than 30 people.

"The ASF academy is under attack. There is gunfire," a senior official at the Federal Investigation Agency said, referring to the Airports Security Force.

The army said it had deployed troops to the scene where, according to a Pakistani television report, three militants had been surrounded by security forces.

All flights in and out of the sprawling city of 18 million were suspended, an official said.


PM Lee 'cheered' by social worker's letter following CPF protest

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers a speech during the 20th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo on May 22, 2014

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday said he felt “cheered” after reading an email by a Singaporean social worker expressing gratitude for government policies that have helped her family and people in her work.

In the image of the letter that the prime minister posted on his Facebook page, the unnamed social worker said she was prompted to share her thoughts and feelings in light of the “recent contention” with Singapore activists and bloggers such as Roy Ngerng, who wasrecently sued by Lee over alleged defamatory statements.

Singapore charges company over NKorea weapons role

Singapore filed criminal charges Tuesday against a shipping company implicated in a shipment of weapons to North Korea that was seized by Panamanian authorities last year.

Locally registered Chinpo Shipping Company Ltd. was charged with transferring $72,000 to a Panama shipping agent knowing that the funds could be used to contribute to the "nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related, or other weapons of mass destruction-related programs or activities" of North Korea.


Australia chooses firm to map sea floor in Malaysia Airlines search

Co-Pilot, Flying Officer Marc Smith (R) and crewmen aboard a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft, search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean March 24, 2014. REUTERS/Richard Wainwright/Pool

Australia on Tuesday signed a contract with a private company to map the sea floor around where missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is believed to have crashed, a crucial step towards continuing an underwater search later this year.

Months of searches have failed to turn up any trace of the missing Boeing 777, which disappeared on March 8 carrying 239 passengers and crew shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.