They get $100 KFC vouchers for tip-offs
Readers write in with stories, get $100 KFC vouchers
It was an anonymous tip-off that led to a front page story.
Two weeks ago, The New Paper was informed that well-known local model and club DJ Tenashar and her boyfriend, Mr Thorsten Nolte, were on the run over drug-related offences in Singapore.
TNP contacted the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and its spokesman said that a Singaporean woman, 31, and a 42-year-old male foreigner had been arrested for drug-related offences last October.
The pair were later released on bail pending further investigation, but failed to report back to CNB.
But Tenashar denied all allegations against her and Mr Nolte.
The story was later carried by other media as well.
Another hotline caller, Mr Hafiz Rahmat, 29, a planning officer, e-mailed TNP about a woman who followed her cleaner husband around to help do his job, without getting paid.
As of last Friday, the story had garnered 2,900 likes and 535 shares on TNP's Facebook page.
Mr Hafiz, who has been reading TNP for four years, said he often saw the pair walking around the neighbourhood.
"Someone her age should be resting at home, but instead she is out helping her husband every day out of love," he said.
"I hope the story will change what the community thinks about cleaners. We tend to ignore cleaners, but they are the ones keeping our neighbourhoods clean."
Aside from liking this touching story, readers also commented on it on TNP's Facebook page.
Facebook user Lee Suping wrote: "A devoted wife and life companion who helps her sick husband to do his cleaning job every day is very rare. You are most fortunate to have such a good wife to help you with your daily task."
Another hotline caller, glass artist, Mr Eugene Oen, was driving along Sallim Road last Wednesday when he saw a crowd forming around a crane that was tilted to its right.
Said Mr Oen: "It looked really dangerous because it looked like it was about to topple over."
He immediately called TNP.
Mr Oen, 65, said: "I saw people being evacuated from their homes. It was a disaster."
Mr Oen, who has been a loyal reader of TNP since it was launched in 1988, said he buys the paper every day on his way to work.
He said: "I like TNP because its stories appeal to everyone of all ages. The articles are presented in a professional and interesting way."
Another hotline caller, Mr Anbualaghan Vijay, 58, was at work when his wife called him about a fire at a coffee shop near his home.
The security supervisor said: "I was worried for the safety of the stall owners. I have known most of them for 20 years."
Mr Anbualaghan said he enjoys the sports section of TNP the most and buys the paper every day.
STORY OF STRENGTH
Another hotline caller, massage therapist Shasha Ismail, 53, told TNP about her friend, Madam Siti Hajar Abdul Gaffar, a single mother of two who suddenly went blind due to an infection caused by a superbug.
She said she wanted to share her friend's story of strength and perseverance.
Madam Shasha, who has also been reading TNP since its first issue, said she enjoys the wide range of issues it covers.
She added: "TNP goes the extra mile when it comes to health news.
"I like the fact that the stories always include comments from doctors and specialists."
For sharing their stories, each hotline caller will receive a $100 KFC voucher.
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I hope the story will change what the community thinks about cleaners.
- Reader Hafiz Rahmat who e-mailed TNP about a woman who followed her cleaner husband around to help do his job, without getting paid