Cancer-survivor can turn her leg 180 degrees
CANCER survivor Jen O'Shea has been left with a special talent after undergoing treatment to beat the disease - she can now twist her leg an incredible 180 degrees.
The brave youngster had the right side of her pelvis removed in 2011 after she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer.
Two years on Jen is now free from the disease and can walk again after months of painstaking physiotherapy.
And her missing joint has left her with a very special party trick.
Rather than hide away her quirky talent - Jen decided to share it with her friends, family and even schoolmates in a hilarious YouTube video.
Aimed at winning a talent contest held by talk show host Ellen Degeneres, Jen filmed herself showing off her trick to friends, family members and even schoolmates.
While her doctor barely flinches as she grabbed her leg and points it skywards - a room full of pals fall about in shock and disbelief at her physics-defying stunt.
Becks Jnr signs for QPR
DAVID BECKHAM’S son Brooklyn has signed his first contract with a professional football team.
Becks’ eldest lad has joined QPR’s academy after having trials at Chelsea.
The 14-year-old previously played for LA Galaxy’s youth team when his dad starred for the MLS side.
The odds of Brooklyn playing for England are just 12/1 win bookmaker Paddy Power.
Beckham Snr, 38, retired from football last week after a glittering 20-year career.
Goldenballs became the first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries.
Beckham lifted the Premier League with Manchester United, La Liga at Real Madrid, the MLS title in America and now Ligue 1 in France during his five-month stay with PSG
The bizarre and ghoulish Addams Family, created in the United States in the 1930s, are not vampires. But they might as well be given their extremely long lives.
They began as cartoon characters in a magazine, became famous as television characters in the 1960s and found a whole new generation of audiences in the 1990s when they became silver screen stars.
the family will be coming to Singapore to star in a stage musical. Fans can start snapping their fingers and humming the familiar theme song.
The Broadway production will be held at Resorts World Sentosa here from July 9 to 28. It will be the first leg of its Asian tour, which will also travel to Guangzhou, China and Macau.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL
Where: Festive Grand, Resorts World Sentosa
When: July 9 to 28
Admission: Peak period on Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, $65, $95, $135 and $175; Non-peak period from Sundays to Thursdays, 8pm, and 2pm matinee on Saturdays and Sundays, $165, $125, $85, $55 from Sistic
Time For a Pension Scheme?
Provident Funds like the CPF are a rarity in developed countries. The majority adopts a “Pension Fund”, where retirement pensions are paid for by taxpayers. Even though this has result in bad debt situations in the US and Europe, if a pension scheme is appropriately managed, it can be sustainable, as per Switzerland and the Scandinavian Countries.
Our old age support ratio now is 6:1.
Instead of setting aside 35% of our income, and promising 3.5% rate of return, we could simply set aside 5.8% of income, as tax, and pay it so that the current elderly generation can enjoy a pension equivalent to 35% of income.
Even as our population ages and our old age support ratio is reduced to 2:1 in 2030, we only have to set aside 17.5% of income as tax, so that the current elderly generation can enjoy a pension equivalent to 35% of income.
The result is that you contribute 35% of your income as tax, which would have otherwise gone to the government anyway as CPF contribution, to settle the retirement of the current generation, and then, have the next generation contribute 35% of their income towards your retirement. The net result is still the same. You give money away as tax, but you enjoy pension benefits later on, equivalent to ‘saving’.
The pros over CPF are, that your payout increases at the rate of wage inflation, which is 1.1% higher than the 3.5% under CPF, and that there is essentially no risk. When a recession happens, wages may shrink, but payouts can be reduced as well. Under CPF, if GIC and Temasek lose money, then our CPF savings are wiped out. During the 2009 financial crisis, GIC and Temasek lost about a quarter of their reserves, whereas wage growth still remained positive throughout this period.
Constant Economic Growth Supports CPF Interest Rates
Now you understand why the government has to chase economic growth at all costs, despite the dissent about population growth and influx of foreigners. This is so to increase its tax revenue so that the budget surplus can foot the difference between the CPF interest/withdrawals and the real losses of GIC and Temasek.
Interestingly, the targets of 3.5% economic growth from now till 2030 more or less matches the 3.4% weighted average of the CPF interest rates. Coincidence?
This is almost akin to a ponzi scheme, where more revenue has to be sucked out of the next batch of investors (the people), through tax revenue and land sales, to pay the interest on investments (CPF) of the previous generation.
However, such a ponzi scheme is perfectly legitimate, we should not blame the government, BUT only on the grounds that economic growth can be maintained to pay for the interest. Otherwise, the CPF scheme will fall apart, and Singapore will be in anarchy.
In other words, Singaporean might not be able to enjoy their retirement savings if companies fail to meet their 2.5% productivity growth targets over the long term. Expect the population growth to double to 2% p.a or more them, and 8 million or more population in 2030.
The CPF Minimum Sum and The Reserves
As you have probably noticed from the way the government conducts itself over the media, the reserves are of a vital importance to their agenda, and under no circumstances, do they want its size nor equity value to shrink. According to them, a reduction in the size of the reserves undermines the investor confidence in the financial security of Singapore’s economy, and makes us less strategically able to meet crises in the future.
That means, that not only do they not want you to enjoy a higher rate of CPF interest (cos that would cause them to lose money over the long term), but they also do not want you to withdraw your CPF excessively so that the size of t......
Paltry Interest Rates
A lot of people take issue with the paltry interest rates that CPF provides, 2.5% and 4.0% for a weighted average of 3.05%, plus additional 1% on the first $60,000, which adds 0.405% assuming Singaporeans meet the minimum sum of $148,000. This is 1% less than inflation rates, and Singaporeans have to watch their savings shrink as time passes by.
The CPF are invested in Special Singapore Government Securities (SSGS), which are bonds issued by the government in return for CPF money. The bonds are sold to GIC and Temasek for them to invest in Foreign Markets, so that they can return the money with interest.
It has been reported , the GIC and Temasek have been making 6.9% and 17% 20 year annualised rate of return.
Clever ones may ask, so why can’t The Government give us a 6.9 to 17% interest on the CPF then?
The short answer is, it can’t afford to, because of more hypocrisy.
Housing Mortgage Loan
A large proportion of the CPF contribution is used to finance housing mortgage loans for HDB flats. Assuming a couple buys a 5 room HDB flat, costing them a $300,000 loan, and as a result, their monthly instalment is $1202. Also assuming both are working and both earn median wage of $3404 a month, of which 35% CPF contribution would be $1190. Assuming they pay equal share, about $600 each will be set aside to foot the mortgage loan, leaving only $590 of contribution.
Now, here is where the hypocrisy comes in; The government likes to tout that most people don’t have to pay a Single Dollar of cash for their HDB. Sounds great right? But no. The mortgage loan is paid through CPF, the account which earns 2.5% of interest, as opposed to cash. As a result, you are forgoing about 50% of your savings guaranteed with 2.5% interest rates , when you can pay cash out of your regular wages and forgo a 0.1% interest rate on your regular bank deposits. As a result of paying through CPF, you lose 2.4% of interest per annum.
And over 30 years, your savings could potentially be 100% higher, without paying for the mortgage loan through CPF.
even if we do not factor out the land costs, simply by reducing housing lease from 99 years to 33 years, one can bring the price of a HDB down such that couples can afford to buy it in one single downpayment , hence avoiding the need to pay loans, with interests, out of CPF. Also according to my article, land prices, which are mainly profits for the government, account to up to 2/3s of the cost of HDB flats.
Because you pay interest on your Housing Loan, you end up paying $175,000 more for a $300,000 5 room HDB. Had this loan interest been factored out, the minimum sum could easily have been met.
As a result, you pay the government back with what the government owes you; The government borrows your earnings in CPF, but you return 50% of it in your housing loan. Because land prices form 2/3 of the HDB costs, th......
In a recent survey, 70% of respondants polled that they had difficulty saving up enough money in their CPF.
In another survey, most Singaporeans were also found out to be unable to meet the minimum sum.
Ever wondered why this is so? Read on.
Singapore Selection named for Atletico Madrid match
SINGAPORE – Interim national football coach V Sundramoorthy will take charge of the 22-man Singapore Selection named today for the friendly against Spanish Primera Liga side Atletico Madrid in the Peter Lim Cup on 22 May.
Also coach of the LionsXII, 47-year-old Sundram will have 10 players from the side that plays in the Malaysian Super League in the selection, including skipper Shahril Ishak, the central defensive pair of Baihakki Khaizan and Safuwan Baharudin and midfielders Hariss Harun and Isa Halim.
Of the 12 players selected from S-League sides for this match, two players in particular will make welcome returns into a Singapore jersey, namely Home United’s Indra Sahdan Daud and Tanjong Pagar’s Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin.
Said Indra: “This is a real good chance for me to once again prove my striking prowess against a top European side.
“I’ve scored against top teams such as Manchester United, Uruguay, Japan and Denmark, among others. Hopefully, I will be able to score against Atletico Madrid come May 22.”
The squad also includes S-League marquee player Monsef Zerka (Tanjong Pagar) and two other foreigners in Josef Kaplan (Geylang International) and Sirina Camara (Home United).
Commenting on his squad, Sundram said: “We have assembled a squad comprising of young and experienced players who have competed against top teams in recent years.
“I am also looking to give the young players a chance to showcase their potential on this big stage and enhance their abilities with international game exposure.
“I am confident that the players will give their all for this challenging encounter against a top European club.”
Shahril, meanwhile, is thrilled to be selected for the assignment.
“I am excited to face the likes of Radamel Falcao and Arda Turan,” he said.
“We certainly hope our fans will come and support us, and the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship, which helps promising young athletes ......
Alleged football match-fixer out on bail of S$150,000
SINGAPORE — The Singaporean businessman who is accused of match-fixing, Eric Ding Si Yang, is out on bail of S$150,000.
Ding faces two charges of theft and tampering of evidence, as well as three charges of match-fixing.
The court decided that he is not likely to abscond and is no longer able to tamper with evidence.
A pre-trial conference has been set for May 17.
Mata catch u!!
Man fined S$4,000 for lying to police
SINGAPORE — A man who could not locate his girlfriend was today (May 10) fined S$4,000 for lying to the police that she was kidnapped by loansharks.
Chiang Sing Poon, 60, was convicted of providing false information to a police officer on July 5 last year. He was in his former office in Jakarta when he made the call.
Chiang was unable to locate his girlfriend Sheng Guo Fang, 37, despite having made several calls to her on July 4 and 5 last year. He then called the police hotline and told an officer that a group of loansharks kidnapped Ms Sheng, beat her and locked her up, and demanded a ransom of S$90,000.
He could have been jailed up to one year and fined S$5,000. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
SINGAPORE — Application for tickets to NDP 2013’s Preview and National Day Parade (NDP) will be open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents from tomorrow (May 11) until May 20.
Applications can be made via SMS, NDP website, SAM and AXS stations, and the NDP 2013 mobile app. Applicants can choose to ballot for two, four or six tickets to either the NDP preview on Aug 3 or the actual NDP on Aug 9.
NDP EXCO 2013 said applicants should note that the lower the number of tickets applied for, the higher the chances of obtaining them. Each NRIC holder is limited to one application regardless of the mode used to apply.
If more than one entry is made, only his/her latest application will be entered for the electronic ballot when the application period ends on May 20.
Tickets will be allocated via an electronic ballot system supported by NCS Pte Ltd. Tickets are not allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
NDP EXCO 2013 said the balloting results are final and there will be no appeals. As each ticket admits one spectator to the parade, children (inclusive of infants) must hold a valid ticket to be admitted to the parade.
Successful applicants will be notified from May 31 to June 4 via the contact number provided in their application. Successful applicants may collect their tickets from June 7 to 16, between 10am and 10pm daily, at The Float @ Marina Bay.
In response to feedback last year, NDP EXCO 2013 says all successful applicants in the NDP 2012 ticket eBalloting exercise will not be eligible for the NDP 2013 ticketing eBalloting exercise. CHANNEL NEWSASIA
Min sum raised again..this jul!
CPF MINUMUM SUM RAISED AGAIN, TO $148,000!
From July 1 this year, CPF members who turn 55 between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 will need to set aside a minimum sum of S$148,000 in their Retirement Account.
The minimum sum for those who turned 55 last year was S$139,000.
In a statement on Tuesday, the CPF board announced the Medisave minimum sum for those turning 55 and above will also be raised from S$38,500 to S$40,500. This is the amount that a person needs to set aside in his old age for his own or his dependants’ healthcare expenses and basic MediShield and ElderShield premiums.
Can this keep on going without the consent of the people, the owners of the money? How many people have died after saving for a life time without the luxury of enjoying a little of their savings? How many people are still struggling for a living when they have so much money in their CPF? How many people would like to buy themselves a decent meal, a little present for themselves or for their loved ones but cannot do so because so much of their money are retained by the Government against their will, without their consent? Is this morally right a thing to do?
Whose money is that? Who has the audacity to take the people’s money away from them claiming that it is for their own good?
CPF is our money, not your grandfather’s money!
at Merlion area.
Police investigate 5 people involved in Merlion Park protest
Tourist attraction Merlion Park has become a talking point after a group of people, believed to be mainly Malaysians, gathered there for a protest Wednesday night.
Police are now investigating five people believed to have organised the activity.
In a media statement sent to inSing, the police said: “While foreigners, including Malaysians, are allowed to work or live here, they have to abide by our laws. They should not import issues from their own countries into Singapore which can disturb public order, as there can be groups with opposing views.
“The authorities will act firmly, and those who break the law will face action which could include termination of their visa or work passes.”
Police stress that conducting an outdoor protest without a police permit is illegal in Singapore.
Pictures of the crowd of about 100 at the Esplanade area started surfacing on online forums and social media last night.
Malaysia just held its general election on Sunday 5 May.
Its ruling Barisan Nasional coalition remained in power to govern the country, amid allegations from the opposition that the election was tainted by cheating and fraud, such as suspected foreigners being recruited to vote.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim held a mass rally in Kuala Lumpur last night to protest against the election results. Malaysian media have reported that he wants to organise a series of protest gatherings around the country.
His supporters were told to wear black to symbolise that it is “a black day for democracy”.
In Singapore, the crowd at Merlion Park also turned up in black. They are believed to have gathered there after learning about it via Facebook, and there were apparently similar gatherings in a few other countries last night, such as in Australia and Taiwan.
SHOUTS OF 'UBAH'
From 10pm to 11pm, the atmosphere there was mostly laidback, with people spending time taking p......
Wayne Rooney has removed the words ‘Manchester United player’ from his Twitter page.
MANCHESTER — Wayne Rooney has removed the term “Manchester United player” from his twitter page and replaced it with “NikeUK athlete” following his demand to Sir Alex Ferguson a fortnight ago to leave the club this summer.
While United are clear the striker is not for sale, according to a well placed source Rooney is valued at £40 million (S$76.4 million) by United, so if a serious offer was made for him this may at least be explored. United are interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, from Real Madrid, so the potential transfer of Rooney would help finance any deal.
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are potential suitors for the 27-year-old who has endured an uneven season for United.
While it is not known why Rooney removed the description from his Twitter feed, the timing of it further heightens the sense of his disgruntlement with life at United.
At the meeting with Ferguson the outgoing manager told Rooney he could not leave and that remains United’s stance. Rooney’s camp have declined to comment on his position. THE GUARDIAN
THE man who was reportedly kicked out of Saudi Arabia for being too handsome continues to be plagued by his handsomeness because he's now been kicked off FACEBOOK!
Mr Al Gala, aside from having 790,000 followers on Facebook, is also a poet, model and actor.
He wrote: ‘My previous page has been removed and I don’t know why? Lol’
Who knew being good looking could be THIS life-wrecking!
She looking for one
Greetings and salutations, fellow stargazers! This is your Showbiz Sista bringing you the latest and the greatest from the celeb-o-sphere. The latest, as of right now, is that Joanne Peh needs someone to hold her coffee, and you – yes, you! – could be The One.
Yes, according to a Twitter post, Ms Peh is sounding the clarion call for a new personal assistant. Since she’s advertised on Twitter, it’s an open invitation for you, me or anyone to apply. Don’t think of it as your big chance to get up close and personal with the stars. Don’t think of it as your big break for getting a foot in the showbiz door. Just think of it an opportunity to serve one of Singapore’s best actresses all the hot water she could possibly ask for.
PA wanted: Self-motivated, can work independently & takes initiative. Pls incl recent photo & short self-intro.
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KUALA LUMPUR — At least 50,000 Malaysian opposition supporters rallied at a stadium today (May 8) to protest what they say are fraud-marred election results that enabled the long-ruling coalition to cling to power.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party alliance believes the Barisan Nasional coalition used illegal voters, bogus ballots and other irregularities in May 5 national polls to extend its 56 years of rule. Prime Minister Najib Razak has rejected the accusations and maintained that the elections were free and fair.
Barisan Nasional won 133 of Parliament’s 222 seats, but Mr Anwar’s alliance plans to mount a legal challenge of the results of at least 30 seats. Barisan Nasional lost the popular vote, polling 5.24 million votes to the opposition’s 5.62 million.
Opposition supporters filled a sports stadium tonight for a rally marking the start of a campaign to demand more electoral transparency. Standing with umbrellas under a drizzling rain, they wore black clothing including T-shirts with slogans such as “Democracy is dead” and “Stay strong Malaysians”.
Mr Anwar said he was grateful to the crowd for “showing the courage and conviction to change the course of history” in Malaysia.
“This is the beginning of a battle between the people and an illegitimate, corrupt and arrogant government,” Mr Anwar told the cheering audience.
The Barisan Nasional, which has governed since independence from Britain in 1957, survived its most competitive elections ever as public frustration soared over claims of government graft and racial insensitivity. It held 135 seats in Parliament before the legislature was dissolved last month and failed on Sunday to regain the two-thirds parliamentary majority it had enjoyed for decades.
Prime Minister Najib’s office criticised Mr Anwar in a statement today, saying his accusations of fraud were unfounded and his rally was irresponsible.
“No doubt his latest claims will also evaporate on close inspection,” the statement said.......
He's been such a focal point at the football club. He's taken Manchester United to the level they are at right now
It's a shock to the system because he's been there every day. He's the one person when you go into the football club he's always there. For him not to be there from the start of next season, it's not going to be right around the football club and it will take some getting used to.
You will never see anyone of his kind again. It's come as a massive, massive shock to hear the news that he will retire at the end of the season.
I was one of the fortunate ones, I spent six fantastic years at United. The first time I joined United I failed my medical and I thought my move was about to collapse. But he treated me as a son.
He was was so demanding, his standards were so high. He had ups and downs with all the players, but the man was immense and he got the best out of me that's for sure.
it is the end of an era for a truly great ambassador, not only for the Premier League but for football overall. Best of luck to Sir Alex.
Thanks for everything, Boss.
It's just not sinking in! Manchester United with no Sir Alex just doesn't feel right. What a man and great that it has ended on his terms.
What a privilege to have played under arguably the best manager the world has ever seen.
His record will surely never be eclipsed. Simply astonishing to read through his managerial record of achievements.
Sir Alex, one of the best managers of all time. After 26 years of success in the game, we all owe him a tribute.
Fergie, 71, walks away from Old Trafford having secured United’s 13th Premier League title.
The Scot said: “The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time.
“It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so.
"The quality of this league-winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.
“Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world
“Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both director and ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future."
Ferguson added: "I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential.
"My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me.
“As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to deliver so many memorable triumphs.
"Without their contribution the history of this great club would not be as rich.
“In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team.
“Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy chief executive in David Gill. I am truly grateful to all of them.
“To the fans, thank you. The support yo......
I've just seen the news on Sir Alex. As I have said many times before the boss wasn't just the greatest and best manager I ever played under he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at the club at the age of 11 until the day I left.
Without him I would never have achieved what I have done in my career. He understood how important it was to play for your country and he knew how much it meant to me.
After '98 without the manager I would have found it virtually impossible to cope with the attention I was getting on and off the field and for this I will always be grateful to him for his support and protection.
I am truly honoured to have been guided by the greatest manager in football and to have had the career that I had under him.
Thank you boss and enjoy the rest!
for an hour of private plane ride!
Singapore's a booming market for private jets
Irritated by long wait at immigration and waiting in line for boarding?
Well, if you have US$9,000 (S$11,000) to spare, that can all be solved.
US$9,000 an hour, that is.
And that’s not inclusive of airport taxes and fees to park the plane, maintain it and fuel it up either.
It’s the going rate to hire your own private jet in Singapore.
And it’s evidently a booming market. Singapore now has the most number of private planes ever.
The number has doubled to 37 over the last decade, and according to Prime Jet – which helps three owners here to maintain and rent out the planes when they are not being used – there is definitely demand here for the convenience and prestige of flying private.
Mr David Dale Duke, 51, president of Prime Jet’s Asian operations, says: “The planes are very highly utilised, they fly an average of 130 hours a month.
Goldsmiths running out of stock?
Forget diamonds being a girl's best friend. With the recent plunge in gold prices, gold will be your new BFF.
And there certainly is a demand in goldsmith shops here from Little India to Chinatown. Crowds are thronging the shops demanding gold jewellery and bars such that some shops have even run out of stock.
Mr Parthiban Murugaiyan, the managing director of Indian Jewellers, says: "It was like a gold tsunami. There was no sign or indication that the prices were going to drop."
Meanwhile, even youngsters are getting involved in the gold rush.
A 21-year-old undergraduate who requested to be known only as Matthew, has taken advantage of low gold prices to buy gold bullion bars for investment. He says: "I am intending to buy more to take advantage of the gold price so that I can sell them should I need money in the long term."
But, given the volatility of gold prices - it went from $59 for a gram of 21k gold on April 14 to $53.80 the next day - is it wiser to start buying or to sit and wait?
Ferrari owner wants compensation for four-minute joyride
TWO men who took a joyride in a Ferrari were fired after the owner threw a fit.
A bellboy and a valet, both of whom worked at Hotel Michael in Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), were accused by a 61-year-old retiree of taking a joyride of about four minutes in his Ferrari 458 on April 23. They were fired immediately.
And now, the owner of the $1 million car is asking for compensation.
The man’s lawyer, Mr Chia Boon Teck, confirmed this, but declined to reveal details.
It is believed that the compensation sought is a few thousand dollars.
M’sian polls body ‘not worried’ about indelible ink
Commission moves to allay fears of voter fraud, says ink not as strong as those used overseas due to halal regulations
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s Election Commission today responded to widespread claims that the indelible ink used to mark voters’ fingers could be washed off, saying it is not worried about electoral fraud.
Pictures of voters easily washing off the indelible ink, which was designed to prevent people from voting multiple times, have appeared on the Internet and have been spreading fast on social media.
But EC Deputy Chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar stressed that voters cannot cast their ballots more than once with their Identity Card (IC) number, reported the Malaysian Insider.
“I’m not worried about indelible ink washed off today because tomorrow you cannot vote,” Mr Wan Ahmad told reporters at SMK Bukit Bandaraya polling centre in Bangsar.
“How is he going to vote without a MyKad or an IC number? One rakyat’s name is only stated once.”
In Putrajaya, EC Chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said that the indelible ink was not as strong as those used in other countries as they had to ensure that it met not just health standards but halal regulations as well.
“In overseas, indelible ink does not have to comply to halal status for Muslims,” Mr Abdul Aziz said. “At the same time, an official letter from the Ministry of Health stated that the content of silver nitrate must not exceed 1 per cent.”
Mr Abdul Aziz explained that a higher concentration of silver nitrate could cause internal organ failure and so was been replaced by herbal ingredients, and that the ink allows water to seep through it to allow ablution by Muslims, as required by the National Fatwa Council. AGENCIES