Youths learn why the elderly collect cardboard

Study done by youth after reading TNP report shows no 'one size fits all' help for cardboard collectors

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS: Youth Corps Singapore members Mr Koh Cheng Jun (left) and Mr Muhammad Syazwan Mohamed Suhri.

Why are there still cardboard collectors in our First World country?

Who are these people slogging away under inclement weather in our neighbourhoods?

A group of young people asked those questions after reading a report describing the plight of cardboard collectors in The New Paper last November.

A team of seven volunteers from the Youth Corps Singapore spent six months observing a group of 13 middle-aged and elderly cardboard collectors at Veerasamy Road in Little India.

Contrary to the beliefs of the team led by Mr Koh Cheng Jun, 21, while many cardboard collectors do this to earn an income, there were those who said they did it for leisure.

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin and the Youth Corps team visited the cardboard collectors last Wednesday.

On Sunday, Mr Tan shared his experiences in a Facebook post that received backlash online.

Despite that, the Youth Corps team hopes to continue doing more to serve the community by embarking on more projects.

Read the full reports in our print edition on July 14.

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Liverpool boss says no fallout between him and Sterling

Raheem Sterling has been pushing for a move away from Liverpool since February.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed during a media conference in Bangkok on Monday (July 13) that Raheem Sterling will move to Manchester City, subject to a medical.

However, the manager was quick to stress that there was no fallout with the 20-year-old player.

He said: "The situation currently is very simple. The club has agreed with another club a deal for Raheem to be transferred. Subject to a medical, that will go through.

"Contrary to the last week or so, in terms of what was written, Raheem and I have always remained very strong in our relationship, and have been right up until he left. There is no issue there."

The wantaway England international has made no secret of his desire to leave after the club reportedly refused to meet his wage demands.

Last week, Uk reports also suggested that Sterling will not pull on a Liverpool shirt again as long as Rodgers is manager.

The Reds landed in Bangkok on Monday (July 12) for the first leg of their pre-season tour.

They will play a Thai ‘True All Stars’ XI on Tuesday (July 14), before leaving for Australia where they will meet the Brisbane Roar three days later.


Bridesmaids hitch-hike to wedding after taxi breaks down

Ms Bethany Mouatt's bridesmaids had to hitch a ride to her wedding after their taxi broke down.

Every bride's worst nightmare? That things won't go according to plan on the big day.

Ms Bethany Mouatt's wedding day got off to a bad start after the taxis booked for the bridesmaids turned up late on Saturday afternoon (July 11).

Things got worse when one of the cabs broke down en route to the wedding, leaving three bridesmaids and the bride's mother stuck at the side of a road in Wrexham, UK.

The cab company told the stranded quartet its taxis were fully booked and that the next available cab would arrive only 30 minutes later.

Desperate to make it to the wedding on time, the quartet tried to hitch a ride from strangers.

The bridesmaids frantically trying to hitch a ride. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/BETHANY MOUATT

Ms Mouatt told the Daily Post: "I got into my wedding car and was waving to the others as they passed.

"We got a little further up the road and all I could see was three of my bridesmaids and my mum standing at the side of the road and my heart just sank.

"I didn’t have my phone with me and there was nothing I could do, so I spent the following 15 minutes panicking about what was going on not knowing what was about to unfold."

The day could have ended in a disaster if not for a stranger who pulled over and offered to take the quartet to the wedding.

​​The three bridesmaids and the bride's mother with the stranger who gave them a lift. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/BETHANY MOUATT

The rest of the day went swimmingly, and Ms Mouatt married the love of her life.


The grateful bride took to Facebook on Sunday (July 12) to find the Good Samaritan.

Ms Mouatt said she wasn't able to get out of the car to thank the stranger in person that day because of her dress.

"I would really like to find her and thank her for coming to the rescue and making my day," she said.

The post was shared more than 150,000 times, and within a day, Ms Mouatt found her "wedding saviour".



Well, after a pretty mental couple of hours we have managed to track down the lovely lady who came to my rescue yesterday. The power of social media! Thank you so much for all of the shares! x

Posted by Bethany Mouatt on Sunday, July 12, 2015



Sources: The Mirror, Daily Post

Man bashes lover until she bleeds, loses two teeth

A Malaysian storekeeper was jailed 16 months and ordered to be given three strokes of the cane on Monday (July 13) for bashing his lover until she lost two teeth and suffered multiple facial fractures.

The assault took place at Novena Square 2, in front of their two daughters and horrified members of the public.

Karunagaran Ratnam, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Ms Kalaivani Sakaran in September 2014.

They are not married and have four children. When their 22-year relationship hit the rocks, she began avoiding him.

On Sept 14 last year, Karunagaran tracked her down at her workplace near Novena Square 2 and later assaulted her at the shopping mall.

Read the full report in our print edition on July 14. 

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Ex-gangster wins Singapore Youth Award

(L-R): Lawyer Josephus Tan with local actor Desmond Tan.

In March, local actor Desmond Tan was lauded by TV viewers for his role as a delinquent turned lawyer in hit Channel U drama, Second Chance.

Second Chance is adapted from lawyer Josephus Tan's real life story of a man who made good under tough circumstances.

(L-R) Desmond Tan and Rebecca Lim as love interests in Second Chance. PHOTO: MEDIACORP

On Sunday (July 12), Mr Tan, 35, was one of six recipients of the Singapore Youth Award.

Given out by the National Youth Council, the award is the highest accolade for young Singaporeans who have made significant contributions to society. 

Desmond Tan took to Instagram today (July 13) to congratulate Mr Tan (pictured below), who he said inspired him greatly with his life story.

He told The New Paper: "Before I filmed the drama, I met up with Josephus and from that one talk with him, I could feel his passion for helping the troubled and needy.

"He may look intimidating but he's a gentle giant.

"Josephus has the face of a lion, the skin of a rhino and a heart of an angel." 


Mr Tan has done over 5,000 hours of pro bono work over six years.

He is currently defending a 21-year-old man who is accused of killing his brother by stabbing him in the neck in Choa Chu Kang.

Why he has chosen to defend troubled youth for free is because he identifies with them.

He told TNP: "The pro bono cases that I take up are often to help youngsters between the ages of 14 and 21.

"These juvenile offenders are usually from broken homes and come from impoverished backgrounds.

"Sometimes, legal issues make their cases even more complex and I have to get everyone together including their family and counsellors so that I can help them. It is not easy."

Mr Tan knows all about a troubled childhood.

When he was in his teens, he was a gangster whose bad drinking habits would often leaving him fighting and sleeping in the back alleys of Boat Quay.

Troubled past

In his late teens, Mr Tan said that when he drank, he would fly into a rage.

Skipping school and getting into fights was just the tip of the iceberg as he found himself sinking deeper into depression from what he perceived to be a goal-less existence.

Often, when he would pass out drunk in his own vomit on the streets, he would get robbed and not realise it till the next day.

Such was life as he struggled to stay in control, mentally.

Said Mr Tan: "My parents were uneducated and all they wanted was for me to grow up and get a job.

"They tried to scold me when they saw my bad behaviour.

"It didn't work. I grew up in Bukit Merah View and then, it was a rough neighbourhood where there were fights, drug addicts on the streets and you see these things daily and they rubbed off on you.

"I was out of control, I wasn't scared of anything and I knew it was either death or prison for me at that time."

Mr Tan, who is the middle child out of three boys, said it was only when he was 22 that he encountered a life-changing moment.

One night, after a big quarrel with his girlfriend in his home, he flew into an uncontrollable rage.

Mr Tan said that he had drank alcohol which further fueled his aggressive behaviour.

"Before I knew it, I was slapping and strangling my girlfriend.

"In the next moment, I had carried her and was going to throw her off the balcony of my home on the 23rd floor.

"My thoughts were after I have thrown her, I would jump to my death."

But Mr Tan's dad, who saw the danger that his son's girlfriend was in, then wrestled Mr Tan to the floor and slapped him twice, hard.

This woke Mr Tan up.

The troubled young man then, for the first time, saw the hurt that he had caused his loved ones.

After he quit alcohol, he turned over a new leaf and went on to pass his law exams at the University Of Southampton in England.

"I miss you"

As Mr Tan accepted the Singapore Youth Award yesterday (pictured below, left), his only regret is that his dad could not witness him receiving it.


Mr Tan's father died of multiple cancers two years ago.

He said that he misses his dad every day.

 "When my dad was on his deathbed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), I wanted to show him an article that was written about my transformation.

"I was reading it to him but he was in a comatose state so I don't know if he heard what I said.

"What I want to tell him?

"He's the man who saved my life." 

Malaysian police arrest 18 for KL shopping centre riots

A shoplifting incident triggered a huge brawl at the Low Yat Plaza in Bukit Bintang, Malaysia, on July 11, 2015. The incident spiraled out of control when seven men returned to take revenge on the shop assistant who caught the alleged shoplifter.

Malaysian police have arrested 18 individuals in relation to the riots that broke out in a Kuala Lumpur shopping centre over the weekend. 

Police are still looking for the rest of the group, who had caused about RM70,000 (S$24,900) in damage to a shop at the centre. 

Low Yat Plaza, a popular destination along the Bukit Bintang shopping stretch for shoppers looking for electronics, was engulfed in violence on Saturday and Sunday (July 11 and 12). 

On Saturday, a group of men had attacked staff at an Oppo shop, after one of their friends was taken into custody for allegedly stealing a handphone that same day. 

Videos of the incident went viral online. 


On Sunday evening, a group of about 100 men who claimed to be from various non-governmental groups, gathered outside Low Yat Plaza, in an apparent attempt to "get proper justice" for what had happened on Saturday. 

They entered the mall, but the police, who were already there, managed to lead them out shortly after. 

However, at around midnight, a group of 50 to 60 men attacked a food outlet near the mall and assaulted patrons with motorcycle helmets.

During the attack, two members of the media were injured. 

According to The Star Online, explosions could be heard at the scene.



Over the weekend, rumours spread that the attacks were race-related, with some Facebook pages claiming that Malay youths were specifically being targeted by Low Yat Plaza shopkeepers. 

However, both the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Prime Minister Najib Razak took to social media to urge people not to spread such rumours. 



Saya telah mengarahkan Ketua Polis Negara untuk mengambil tindakan bagi membendung kejadian seperti yang berlaku di...

Posted by Najib Razak on Monday, July 13, 2015


Source: The Star Online, New Straits Times, Astro Awani, Twitter, YouTube

Driving to Malaysia during the public holiday weekend? Take note of these tips

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has issued travel advice for those intending to use the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas this long public holiday weekend.

Traffic flow through both checkpoints is expected to be heavy.

Those departing Singapore should expect heavy traffic on Thursday and Friday (July 16 and 17), while passengers coming back to Singapore should expect traffic build up on Sunday (July 19). 

To avoid the surge of traffic, ICA has advised that travellers adjust their travel plans accordingly with the tips below.

Check on the traffic situation

Travellers leaving Singapore by Woodlands or Tuas Checkpoint will be able to know in advance the traffic situation from LTA’s Expressway Monitoring & Advisory System (EMAS) installed along the AYE and BKE respectively.

To check on the latest traffic conditions before embarking on the journey, you can

- Call the traffic information hotline at 6863-0117

- Tune in to the radio for the latest traffic conditions

- Visit LTA’s One Motoring website at or the MyTransport.Sg portal.  

Car-pool where possible

Maintain lane discipline

Use the automated clearance system

Eligible users (Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders) are encouraged to use the enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) lanes at the bus halls for immigration clearance.

Check that you have the right documents

Travellers are to ensure that they are carrying their own and valid passports before presenting them for immigration clearance at the checkpoints.

Be careful about what you're bringing in and out of S'pore

Travellers are to make sure that they do not bring unlawful or prohibited goods into or out of Singapore. The list of controlled and prohibited items can be found on ICA’s website.