Home Briefs: Man nabbed for alleged obscene act

Man nabbed for alleged obscene act

A 31-year-old man was arrested on Thursday in Yishun Ring Road for allegedly committing at least four obscene acts in the estate.

In a statement yesterday, police said officers from Yishun North and Yishun South neighbourhood police centres carried out extensive ground enquiries to establish the suspect's identity after receiving reports between May 6 and June 14 .

Police said the suspect will be charged in court today.

Beware of bogus govt officials: MOM

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) warned the public yesterday of a scam involving phone calls by a person claiming to be a ministry or government officer.

In a public advisory posted on its website and Facebook page, the ministry said the scammer would ask his victims to transfer money to an account to "resolve issues related to their stay in Singapore or work pass application".

The phone number displayed on the receiver's phone would also be the Ministry of Manpower Contact Centre's hotline - 6438-5122.

"This is a scam. Our officers will not make such calls to request fund transfers," the advisory said.

"We have advised the affected individuals to lodge police reports."

Singapore 'could lose travel appeal'

Singapore's popularity among Muslim travellers as a destination during the fasting month of Ramadan is expected to dip after 2020, a study released yesterday has found.

While Singapore is likely to be ranked the third most attractive destination globally for the next five years, Middle Eastern destinations such as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman may overtake it from 2023.

This is because Ramadan will fall during these countries' cooler months, increasing their appeal among Muslim travellers, the inaugural Ramadan Travel Report 2016 predicted.

To maintain their popularity, South-east Asian countries should introduce more Muslim-friendly services, the study by payment firm MasterCard and Muslim travel consultancy CrescentRating said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe