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THE one-time tai tai who was awarded a whopping S$17mil (RM35.7mil) for her divorce settlement in December 2001, will go back to court this month to argue for a bigger slice of her former husband's wealth. 

Sandra Ng wants S$52mil (RM109.2mil). And she appealed against the Family Court settlement judgment on the grounds that it was too low while ex-husband Datuk Peter Kuah appealed on the grounds that it was too high. 

It has been almost five years since the 49-year-old Malaysian served divorce papers on Datuk Peter Kuah, the construction king who is reportedly worth more than S$100mil (RM210mil). 

Ng said she had spent most of the S$922,000 (RM1.94mil) she received from the forced sale of their exclusive, S$8mil (RM16.8mil) bungalow in Ladyhill Road on her legal battle. Now she is broke, she said. 

In the High Court case, set for Feb 27, Ng is claiming 40% of all Kuah's assets, which she estimates to be worth well over S$130mil (RM273mil). 

She does not have to attend the hearing, nor does Kuah, who will be represented by his Singapore lawyer, Billy Low. 

 

FRESH milk in Singapore can be kept fresh for as many as 24 days, a lot longer than most countries in the region. 

An improved set of safety and hygiene measures for its storage and delivery has extended its drink-by date by about a week. 

Before, milk in Singapore used to go off within 18 days, which was still longer than, say, Malaysia's 14 days. In Thailand, which has a similar climate, the expiry date for fresh milk is even shorter. 

The new measures involve maintaining the correct temperature for keeping milk and dairy products fresh, from the time they leave the dairy plant till the time they reach the supermarkets. 

 

BATTERY-POWERED bicycles are a cheap, fast and convenient way to scoot around. They don't have to be registered and you don't need a licence to ride them. 

They are no longer classed as bicycles if they can either move faster than 25kmh or have a maximum power output of more than 200 watts.  

These more powerful machines are classed as motorcycles, which means they must be inspected for approval and insurance. The rider also has to be licensed and must abide by the safety and traffic rules imposed on other motorcyclists. 

More than 10,000 motorised bicycles have been sold over the past two years. But distributors say hundreds of owners are unknowingly breaking the law by riding powerful versions of these bicycles on the road, without registering them. –The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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