5 types of new allegations against NOC's Sylvia Chan to feast on today

Oct 19, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

The saga surrounding local production company Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) CEO Sylvia Chan has reared its ugly head as more allegations surfaced.

A blog article published late Tuesday evening (Oct 19) by a group of current and former employees of NOC chronicled various damning allegations against Sylvia, including instances where the disgraced CEO may have broken the law.

Here are the allegations :

(Note: While documentary evidence were provided, Fathership maintains that the allegations are unverified and that the source did not act in good faith, neither could it be said that the source provided such allegations objectively.)

Allegation #1 - Misappropriation of company funds for personal needs

Sylvia’s used company funds to pay for her home rental.

While she initially agreed to repay the tab, she allegedly did not do so, even going as far as reprimanding the finance staff for bringing up the issue.

According to the screenshot provided by an ex-employee, Sylvia owes close to S$80,000 to the company.

Sylvia also exploited NOC's manpower resources for her own personal ventures, including setting up a face-mask side hustle and a chilli sauce business idea that failed to come into fruition.

Allegation #2 - Intent to deceive the Singapore government to procure grants fradulently

According to Whatsapp screenshots, Sylvia wanted to tap on a Government grant which awards first-time entrepreneurs up to S$50K in funding.

As Sylvia already had an established company, she wasn't eligible for the grant. Despite this, she toyed with the idea of getting her acquaintance to register a new company to apply for the grant and then getting a "small" share of it.

Allegation #3 - Appointing her Malaysian sibling as a shadow employee to expedite his PR application

Sylvia's brother Sikeen currently resides at the same shophouse where NOC's office is housed.

The brother, a Malaysian, already got an S-Pass with NOC but to expedite his application to be a permanent resident, Sylvia arranged for her brother to be paid a monthly salary as a phantom employee, despite knowing that the brother is not actively involved in NOC's operations.

Sikeen was paid a total of S$22,500 to date despite not doing any official NOC work. His current monthly salary since July 2021 is S$4,500, up from S$3,000 just 3 months prior.

Allegation #4 - Comitting adultery while husband was overseas

While her husband was overseas in Taiwan, Sylvia allegedly committed adultery:

Allegation #5 - Sex for contracts - taking delivery of courier company boss's "package"

The juiciest bit of the whole expose came from the allegation of how Sylvia pimped out a NOC talent to have sex with the boss of a "top courier company" in exchange for logistics sponsorship.

Here's what the article wrote:

While the courier company was not named, netizens suggested the company in question is Ninja Van although this has not been verified.

Coincidentally, NOC partnered with Ninja Van last year for a CSR campaign.

Sylvia has not responded to the latest allegations.

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.