Home Briefs: Mall vows 'no repeat' of rat incident

Mall vows 'no repeat' of rat incident

The management of the new Waterway Point shopping mall in Punggol has promised that there would be no repeat of a rat incident there, saying it is working "very closely" with the National Environment Agency (NEA).

In March, a diner had complained on Facebook that a rat fell from the ceiling above her while she was waiting for her meal at The Coffee House eatery. It was the first report of a rat sighting at the mall that NEA got since its January opening.

That incident was an "embarrassing moment", said Mr Christopher Tang, chief executive officer (commercial and greater China) of Frasers Centrepoint, one of the mall's developers, who spoke at the mall's official opening ceremony yesterday. "We have (a) professional pest control (company) working on programmes to make sure it will never happen again."

Woman held for bid to bribe police officer

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested for attempting to bribe a police officer with $10,000 in cash during an anti-vice check in Middle Road. She had tried to offer Assistant Superintendent (ASP) Chan Wai Hoong a bribe when he and his team conducted a check on her on the afternoon of April 14, the police said yesterday.

She had repeatedly offered ASP Chan the cash during the check "as an inducement to let her go", said police, but her bid was rejected. The case has since been referred to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. The woman is also being investigated by the police for alleged vice activities.

New dengue cases fall for 2nd straight week

The number of new dengue cases dropped for the second straight week, with the latest figures on the National Environment Agency's dengue microsite reporting a total of 226 cases in the week from April 10 to 16. This was 65 cases fewer than the previous week, and the lowest weekly figure since the start of the year. Four people have died from dengue this year, matching the number in the whole of last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs: Mall vows 'no repeat' of rat incident '. Print Edition | Subscribe