Raeesah Khan finally realises that the Parliament is not Geylang Serai Market

Oct 07, 2021 | πŸš€ Fathership

Aspiring AOC enthusiast Raeesah Khan has declined to follow up on her allegations that the police mishandled a sexual assault case in 2018.

Law and Home Affairs (MHA) Minister K Shanmugam on Monday (Oct 4) repeatedly called on Workers' Party MP Raeesah Khan to provide further details but she declined, citing the need for confidentiality.

Background

Khan, the MP for Sengkang GRC, had spoken during her party's motion on empowering women in Parliament in August and stated how she had accompanied a rape survivor to make a police report three years ago.

The 25-year-old woman came out of the police station crying, Khan said, adding: "The police officer had allegedly made comments about her dressing, and the fact that she was drinking."

When pressed for details by the MHA then, Raeesah was not forthcoming with evidence to substantiate her claims.

Netizens doubtful of Khan's allegations

Opinions about Khan were primarily divided into two camps: one, a majority of netizens doubtful of Khan's allegations, and the other, netizens who are doubtful about Khan.

Shanmugam said the police had since checked their records and found no cases that fit Ms Khan's description.

"Police have spent a lot of time searching their records since this point was made. But they don't seem to be able to identify a case where Miss Khan was present with the victim. It is entirely possible that they didn't note down Ms Khan's name, but it is most important that the matter is not left hanging with doubt over what may or may not have happened," he said.

Khan didn't had "victim's" permission to share her alleged sexual assault incident

Khan affirmed that her account was true but repeatedly declined to reveal any further details - including the police station they went to - due to confidentiality concerns.

She previously said that she had lost contact with the victim and could not ask permission to disclose further information on the incident.

Netizens were quick to point out the contradiction in Khan's statements. One netizen said:

Perhaps Khan finally realises that the Parliament is not Geylang Serai Market where anecdotes can be raised without any accountability.

And that Shanmugam is no fishmonger.

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.