Caught on camera: Cyclists causing chaos at Woodlands Crescent

Motorist films errant bikers at Woodlands Crescent
COMMON SCENE: Some cyclists were spotting riding abreast at Woodlands Crescent.
Admiralty Secondary School student Muhammad Ernaim Affandi,
Bad bike behaviour : Taking up entire lane
Bad bike behaviour : Running red lights
Bad bike behaviour : Riding on pedestrian crossing with no right of way

Driving to work in the morning often feels like steering through an obstacle course for Mr Kenneth Xie.

Cyclists riding in groups, beating red lights or going against the flow of traffic are a part of the daily grind for the 30-year-old design engineer.

In a bid to highlight the chaotic cycling situation at Woodlands Crescent, where he lives, Mr Xie uploaded an edited 2½-minute video from his in-car camera unit, which captured what happened in 30 minutes.

It caught errant cyclists in action while he was on his way to work on Oct 23 from about 7.30am.

About 1½ minutes into the video, a cyclist can be seen stopping right in the middle of the road with a girl, who looked like she was wearing school uniform, riding pillion.

At one stage, numerous cyclists ignore the red light and swerve onto the next road.

At another, numerous cyclists ride across against traffic, which makes Mr Xie comment in the video: "I think they think this road belongs to their grandfather."

Asked why he put up the video, Mr Xie said: "I've seen these errant cyclists' negligence of the safety of other road users too often that I feel the issue needs to be highlighted."

The father of two is ultimately worried about the safety of his two daughters, aged three and six.

"I am worried to even let my daughters walk on the walkway because I am afraid these cyclists would hurt them," he said.

Mr Xie also alluded to a TNP report last year, which resulted in fines against errant cyclists in another part of Woodlands last year.

The New Paper went to the same stretch of road yesterday from 6pm to 7pm and found at least 20 cyclists riding against the flow of the traffic.

Most of them would turn in from Woodlands Avenue 9 - near the industrial parks - to Woodlands Crescent.

There, they would look over their shoulders and wait till the roads were clear before cycling to the other side of the road, against the direction of the traffic.


Some would even ride two abreast in tight spots, exchanging smiles and banter instead of focusing their attention on the road.

Occasionally, screeches of brakes could be heard as the cyclists reacted to an oncoming vehicle.

Like Mr Xie, those who live or work in the area are no strangers to such scenes.

Mr Josh Kyaw Soe Naing, 39, an assistant manager at Fortune Supermarket, said that in his four months of working in the neighbourhood, he has seen many careless cyclists on his way to work.

"I always see them in the morning. A lot of them seem to be rushing to work so I try to get out of their way," he said.

Admiralty Secondary School student Muhammad Ernaim Affandi, 15, agreed.

"When I'm on my way to school, I make sure I stay to the side of the walkway. Sometimes, they cycle in groups because I can hear a lot of bells ringing, and when that happens, I usually stop walking to let them pass," he said.

Ms Maricris Llamosa, who lives in the area, said that she was almost knocked down by a cyclist just last month at about 7pm.

She too, attested to the chaotic cycling situation at Woodlands Crescent and felt it put pedestrians in danger. (See report on facing page.)

Errant cyclists are fast becoming Singapore's new breed of traffic offenders, said Mr Steven Lim, president of the Safe Cycling Taskforce.

"These cyclists have the mentality that they are not motorists and that allows them to get away with traffic offences," Mr Lim, 48, said.

He added that even in accidents, these cyclists may feel that their actions will not cause any deaths.

Under the Road Traffic (Bicycle) Rules, cyclists are required to ride close to the left side of the road and in a way that does not obstruct vehicles moving at a faster speed.

They are also not allowed to ride alongside any vehicle, or two other bicycles, on roads unless they are overtaking.

The penalty for a first-time offender under the Road Traffic Act is a maximum fine of $1,000, or a jail term of not more than three months.

For subsequent offences, the penalty is a maximum fine of $2,000, or a jail term of not more than six months.

They are also expected to follow all other traffic rules.

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Hong Kong's chief executive's spoilt-brat daughter?

Ms Leung Chai Yan, eldest daughter of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying is facing public scrutiny, after footage of her slapping her mother twice emerged.

Ms Leung Chai Yan, eldest daughter of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying is facing intense public scrutiny, after footage of her slapping her mother twice emerged.

According to SCMP, the incident took place at around 3am on Sunday (Nov 1), in the Hong Kong party district of Lan Kwai Fong.

From her Instagram, it seemed that Ms Leung, 24, was at a Halloween party and was dressed in a long, white Halloween attire with ghoulish make-up.

The video showed Ms Leung emerging from a nightclub, escorted by a man in black shirt, who pulled her to a waiting taxi.



She kept repeating "No. Just go, just go" and asked "Where is she?", possibly referring to her mother, Madam Regina Tong.

Some burly men managed to force her into the taxi, trying to stop the confrontation.

However, when Madam Tong tried to get into the taxi, Ms Leung slapped her.

Putting her hand on her cheek, the startled Madam Tong tried to step in to the taxi again and was slapped once more.

This time, Ms Leung told the crowd gathered around the taxi: "You know this mum is not my biological mother."

In the end, Ms Leung left in the taxi with the man in black shirt, who tried to cover his face, leaving Madam Tong behind.

Ms Leung, who is a law student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, is no stranger to Internet controversies, and seems to love posting them on her Facebook and Instagram, which are surprisingly still open to public.

Here are other instances when she has been the talk of the talk for all the wrong reasons.

1. Posting self-harm photos



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According to Coconuts Hong Kong, in June 2014, Ms Leung had posted two photos of self-harm on her Facebook page - one of a slashed wrist in bloody bath water with the caption "Will I bleed to death?" and another of a bloody hand with the caption "I love blood".

The photos speculated about her alleged depression.

The photos were removed from her account within a few hours and Hong Kong media outlets soon published photographs of Ms Leung sitting on a park bench with her parents, her wrists concealed under long sleeves.

2. Public criticism of her mother

On July 27 2014, Ms Leung posted a status on Facebook saying that: "Courage and loyalty are the virtues I value the most. My mother embodies the exact opposites of both."

There was no reference as to what provoked her to post the status.

Ironically, just before that scathing post, she had posted an old family photograph with the caption "found this little gem #throwback #childhood #family #parents #holiday #france #europe #1998?".

How quickly things change.

3. Claiming that all her "beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches" were funded by Hong Kong taxpayers

Responding to comments on her necklace in her profile picture on Facebook, Ms Leung posted a Facebook status which infuriated many Hong Kong citizens.

In the status, she wrote: "This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes- funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!)"


4. Vows to leave home

Her most recent controversy, prior to the slapping incident yesterday, was in March this year.

According to The Straits Times, Ms Leung posted several distraught Facebook updates, accusing her mother of attacking her and said she was "leaving home forever" .

In the post, she wrote that her mother pushed her against a wall, slapped her and verbally abused her.

She fell when her mother kicked her, and hit her spine against the corner of her study table.

She then called her mother "deranged" who "has issues" and said that she had tried to help her.



"From this day onwards, I'm leaving home forever. Never coming back."

She also claimed that she was being held against her will and is not able to receive medical treatment like a normal Hong Kong citizen.

The posts above have since been deleted.



He gets one reply for every 10 job applications

He has been searching for a proper job since he graduated with a double degree in marketing and business management in 2012.

Mr Shaun Teo, 28, has worked in part-time and contract jobs, and has been a retail executive with a luxury brand since February.

He said: "I'm looking for a marketing and communications job. My current job pays well, but it doesn't require much skills.

"I'm hoping for a job that will allow me to put my creativity to the test and with a pay that I can survive on."

He has a distance-learning degree with the University of Newcastle in Australia and is aiming for a job that pays about $2,600 a month.

His current job pays $3,500 a month for the first six months, after which he gets $1,500 a month with commission.

Mr Teo has job portal apps on his phone, sends out resumes actively and is always asking his friends to keep a look out for him.

But his effort has been futile so far.

He estimates that he gets only one reply for every 10 resumes he sends and even then, it is not usually positive.

Mr Teo, who is single and lives with his parents, said: "It's been a struggle. Some junior executive positions require two to three years of experience.

"In times like these, I don't have the luxury of being too focused in my job search and I have to cast my net wide."

Another young graduate, Miss Koh Yiling, 22, was torn between searching for a job and furthering her studies, but the current job climate sealed the deal.

After an unsuccessful six-month job hunt during her final year in National University of Singapore, Miss Koh enrolled in a master's programme in environment, politics and globalisation at King's College London in September.

With her parent's support, she will spend a year in London, where her school fees come up to about $37,000, Miss Koh, who received a second-upper class honours in environmental engineering and has an interest in environmental politics and policy making, said her professor had advised her to further her education.

During her job search, she applied for consulting and management roles in several governmental agencies, but did not get a response.

She said: "I was a bit sad when I didn't get any job replies, but looking back, I could have been looking too ideally (sic) and wanted only a job which was related to my course."

"So my professor suggested that I should study instead of working at a place that didn't add value to what I wanted to pursue, while I'm still fresh from school and haven't lost touch (with) studying."

Thai woman killed daughter-in-law and then faked her own death

Police are searching for Juree Janngam, who murdered he daughter-in-law to be, and is believed to be lying low in the southern provinces. Several wtinesses has seen her at Gimyoung Market of Hat Yai.

She didn't approve of her son's fiancee.

So what did Juree Janngam do?

The 73-year-old hired hitmen to kill her son's fiancee just 16 days before the wedding was to take place.

Juree was found guilty of murder, a crime which carries the death penalty.

However, soon after she was let out on bail, her daughter claimed she died and was cremated, producing a death certificate to prove her death.

But Bangkok police have now said that they are re-opening the case as Juree had been spotted in Hat Yai, a city in Southern Thailand near the Malaysian border, reported the Bangkok Post.

The startling twist in a case which has gripped the Thai capital since eight years ago has now resurfaced.

Juree, a Songkhla resident, was arrested for hiring gunman Narin Janchay, 36, to kill pharmacist Riwprae Chotikarn, on Dec 13, 2007, just two weeks before Ms Riwprae was to wed Juree's son, Mr Wikrom Janngam.

According to the victim's mother, Ms Ruedeemat Singmanee, Juree had opposed of the marriage, saying that Ms Riwprae was from a poor family and only wanted to marry her son for the family wealth.

"Before my daughter died, she said Juree and her daughter stalked and verbally abused her constantly, especially as the wedding day approached," Ms Ruedeemat said.

"Juree even said the wedding must be cancelled or else a funeral will be held instead."

Narin and Juree were both given the death sentence.

However, she appealed against the conviction and was granted bail of 5 million baht (S$197,000).

On Feb 27, 2014, Juree's daughter, Ms Rasamee Janngam, claimed that her mother had collapsed and died after returning from the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) rally in Bangkok three days earlier.

She later claimed that Juree's body was cremated on Feb 28 and submitted a death certificate to refund the bail.

But recently, witnesses had seen Juree at the Hat Yai market, shopping for groceries.

The Supreme Court ordered a probe into Juree's "death" and found that Juree's funeral rite was never held.

The death certificate was issued based on a document Ms Rasamee asked the village headman to issue to prove her mother's "death".

Police superintendent Sompong Suwanwong said he sent officers to look for Juree for three months.

Their investigations found that Ms Rasamee was regularly her mother around the Hat Yai district.

"It is difficult to arrest Juree as some of her relatives are influential in Hat Yai, and may have helped her to elude arrest," he said.

"It is a challenging case but we're confident everything will be solved soon."

Source: Bangkok Post

Someone threw a phone at Ariana Grande on Halloween's eve

Singer Ariana Grande at the Ariana Grande World Premiere Event on the Honda Stage at iHeartRadio Theater on Oct 30.

Ariana Grande got a scare on the eve of Halloween. She almost got hit by a mobile phone which someone threw at her.

The 22-year-old pop sensation had a mini concert last Friday (Oct 30) at the Honda Stage in California for the Ariana Granade World Premiere event.

During the Q&A session, someone from the audience threw a smartphone on stage, interrupting the interview, reported E! News.

Fortunately, no one was hurt as the phone fell short and skidded behind the MC's chair.

"Did someone throw a phone at me?" the startled singer can be heard asking in a video taken by a fan.

"Did someone just throw a phone on stage? That's so dangerous. What if your screen cracked?"



Grande returned the device back to its owner.

The event was where Grande performed her new single Focus for the first time, a day after it was released.

The singer was all out in her monochrome costume for Halloween, with a stitched mouth look.

During the event, the petite singer revealed that the male voice exclaiming "Focus on me!" repeatedly in the music video was none other than actor/singer Jamie Foxx.

“We were thinking who should say this part, who is the right fit?”  she explained to ET.

“And we were like Jamie Foxx -- that would be crazy. I hate saying this, but ‘my people’ reached out to ‘his people,’ as they say, and it just sort of happened. And it just felt so right! It was so exciting.”

Grande's older half-brother, Frankie, attended the event to support his younger sister.



E! also reportedly spotted Twilight star Taylor Lautner in the crowd, who attended the event.

Source: E! News

3-year-old's foot stuck in KLCC escalator

A three-year-old boy's foot was stuck in an escalator in Suria KLCC on Sunday (Nov 1).

Another child had a harrowing incident with an escalator, this time in a busy shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.

At 7.40pm on Sunday night (Nov 1), a three-year-old boy was on the escalator with his parents at the second level of Suria KLCC shopping mall when his left foot became stuck in the recess of the escalator, reported the Star.

Translation: A boy got caught in the escalator.

KLCC Fire and Rescue Department station operations commander Che Shaari Abdullah said officers managed to release the boy's foot from the metal steps in less than 10 minutes, using tools to force open the metal steps.

Translation: There is a boy whose foot got stuck in the escalator in KLCC, Poor thing! Luckily he was successfully rescued...

The boy was then handed over to an ambulance, where paramedics treated his injured leg. 

According to Che Shaari, even though the boy was wearing shoes, small feet "can get stuck in that kind of space", if they were not careful.

“I advise parents with small children to be wary of their kids when they are out in public in order to avoid accidents like this,” said Che Shaari.

Netizens have posted their own experiences with the escalators in the shopping mall before.





Translation: The worker who has been working at KLCC for the past 5 years observed that the centre escalator from the foodcourt always had problems like breakdowns.

Translation: KLCC is getting from bad to worse. Two Tower 2 lifts have been out of order for the past three months, the escalator does not move, even the lift at the parking lot is also out of order.

Translation: #now happening at KLCC. Escalator giving problems! Really noisy. Not sure if anyone is injured or not.

Source: The Star