BooksActually founder Kenny Leck: Alfian Sa'at was like a "sibling"

Sep 29, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership

Writer Alfian Sa'at played down his relationship with BooksActually founder Kenny Leck who is currently embroiled in a saga where he is accused of pursuing romantic relationships with several young female employees.

In a Facebook post published last Saturday (Sep 25), Alfian - whose works were previously published by Kenny's Math Paper Press - claimed that he is "not close" to Kenny Leck and he "never had a meal/drink/conversation with him where we talk about our lives."

Kenny Leck to Alfian Sa'at: "You are family"

Interestingly, Kenny Leck said in his Facebook page on June 28th this year that Alfian was "family" and a "sibling" as seen in the following screenshot by "Gong Simi Singapore":

Kenny's post suggests that contrary to what Alfian claimed, both of them were pretty close.

Virtue signalling?

Responding to Alfian's post, Reddit users questioned if Alfian and other writers in the community knew about Kenny's transgressions.

A Reddit user said: "It is shocking to know from other comments that his (Kenny) alleged grooming is an open secret in the scene. And nobody called him out for it. The irony is not lost when many in the scene have no qualms speaking out against the government on s 377A and other social issues but maintained radio silence when someone in their circle is an alleged predator himself."

He added, "I am not against social justice warriors but I am against hypocrisy. If this was already well known why didn't someone bring it to attention since transparency is one of the things they champion?".

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | πŸš€ 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.