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Four recognised for green contributions

Four recipients received the highest environmental accolade in recognition of their significant contributions to environmental sustainability.

Mrs Kirtida Mekani, a Garden City Fund Management Committee member, received the President's Award for

the Environment for her efforts, including the conceptualisation of the Plant-A-Tree plan which allows the public to plant a young sapling for a donation of $200.

So far, over 16,000 trees have been planted under the plan since its inception in 2007.

The other award winners were City Developments deputy chairman Kwek Leng Joo, East View Primary School and Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co.


Man and son jailed over animal smuggling

A man and his son, who imported two spotted doves and three sugar gliders from Malaysia without a licence, were handed jail sentences yesterday.

Forklift driver Toh Ng Siow, 44, and his 20-year-old son Han Rong, a rag-and-bone man, admitted to smuggling and transporting the live animals in a cramped manner without giving them enough water, air or food on Aug 25.

The elder Toh was jailed for three months while his son was given two months' jail.

The sugar gliders were hidden in a small space behind the car's glove compartment.

The two men were arrested at the Tuas Checkpoint. They could have been fined up to $10,000 and jailed for up to 12 months on each charge.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2015, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe