She rang to help cousin
Woman calls TNP hotline after shocking find
When her relatives went to pay their respects to their loved one at Mount Vernon Crematorium, they got a rude shock.
Not only was the niche damaged, but the urn containing the ashes was missing. Wanting to help her relatives, the occasional The New Paper reader searched for "newspaper hotline" on Google.
And the first result that popped up was TNP's hotline number - 1800-733-4455.
The human resource adviser at a manufacturing company, who wanted to be known only as Madam Lim, 53, immediately called TNP.
Her cousin, taxi driver Tommy Lim, 58, had visited his elder sister's niche with his 86-year-old mother on April 8 only to find the plaque broken and the urn containing the ashes gone. That story made the cover story of last Saturday's issue of TNP.
Madam Lim buys the paper every weekend and reads the general news section. Her family has been buying TNP for the past three years.
Said Madam Lim: "The article written portrayed the full plight of our family and our emotions were conveyed well."
She hopes that by submitting the story, it would remind others to check the plaques of their loved ones regularly. The police are looking into the matter.
Madam Eriyani Mohamed Bakeri, 34, also called TNP because of a family tragedy.
She hopes the person who knocked down her husband's cousin in a traffic accident will own up.
On April 16, Mr Muhammad Sulhiddin Mardini, 35, was riding his Yamaha FZ16 on the Pan-Island Expressway with his wife, Madam Indahsari Rachmad Sophian, 33.
The couple got into an accident and Mr Sulhiddin was left coughing blood on the road.
He suffered a fractured neck, spine and ribcage injuries, a broken jaw and ruptured lung.
It was the cover story of Wednesday's issue.
Madam Eriyani, a property management officer in the asset management industry,said: "I thought it would be a faster way to reach out to the public since everyone reads TNP."
She has been reading TNP every day for about 15 years and enjoys reading the news section.
Another hotline caller, driver Mr Salim Shahulhamid, 61, said he has been reading TNP daily since it was launched in 1988.
Mr Salim, who calls himself a loyal support of TNP, pulled to the side of the road and called the paper's hotline last Thursday after he saw a towed tipper truck in flames along the Ayer Rajah Expressway.
The story was published last Friday.
Each hotline caller will receive a $100 KFC vouchers for sharing their stories with TNP. We value your calls and e-mails, so keep them coming. You can call us at 1800-733-4455, SMS or MMS 9477-8899 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org