Man found dead in Bishan flat

A man was found dead in a Bishan flat on Saturday.
A man was found dead in a Bishan flat on Saturday.

UPDATE: The 25-year-old man who was arrested will be charged in court on Monday (Sept 26) with murder.

A 61-year-old man was found dead in his Bishan Street 11 HDB flat on Saturday night (Sept 24).

A 25-year-old man, believed to be his son, was arrested in connection with the case, which police have classified as unnatural death. Investigations are ongoing.

A spokesman told The New Paper on Sunday they received a call at about 8.20pm.

When officers arrived at the flat at Block 152B, they found the man lying motionless. A paramedic pronounced him dead at the scene. He was believed to be found in the living room of his fifth-storey flat.

TNPS also understands that several neighbours had called the police complaining about noise coming from the flat a short time before this.

Neighbours on the sixth and fourth storeys, however, told TNPS they did not hear any noise.

The family of the dead man declined to comment.

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PM Lee: S'poreans must play their part to protect themselves from terrorism

SGsecure movement, app launched

PM Lee Hsien Loong tries out the SGSecure app on his smartphone.
PM Lee Hsien Loong tries out the SGSecure app on his smartphone.

Terrorism threatens not just our physical safety, but also social harmony and way of life, and the Government's efforts alone are not enough to combat it, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday.

It is crucial that Singaporeans play their part to protect themselves and those around them, which is what the SGSecure national movement aims to do, he said.

Speaking at its launch at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, Mr Lee urged Singaporeans to work together to respond with courage to terrorist threats and to acknowledge the challenges honestly.

He highlighted the evolving terror threat and noted how attacks around the world have been carried out by self-radicalised individuals who work alone and attack everyday venues using ordinary objects like knives or trucks as weapons.

In the Singapore context, this may mean attacks at MRT stations, hawker centres or shopping malls.

The SGSecure movement aims to get people to stay united in the face of such threats, with training for preventing and responding to attacks.

Mr Lee outlined the three roles people can play: prepared citizen, active responder and effective mobiliser.


At the most basic level, everyone should be a prepared citizen and should keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and report it to the authorities, he said. They should also be prepared to protect themselves and their family during a terror attack.

The goal is to have at least one member of every household trained.

People can train to become active responders and help others in times of crisis, said Mr Lee. They will be taught how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use automated external defibrillators.

The goal is for each constituency to have 300 trained residents.

Lastly, religious leaders, grassroots activists, unionists, Home Team officers and volunteers can play the role of effective mobilisers, Mr Lee said.

They will develop plans for their communities to respond and help to "resolve frictions that could undermine racial or religious harmony".

Mr Lee also unveiled the SGSecure app, which he said can help Singaporeans remain vigilant.

It can broadcast important alerts during major emergencies and people can use it alert the police of incidents or seek help.

Mr Lee said he had already downloaded it and he urged others to do so as well.

"At the heart of all these efforts is our determination to protect our way of life," he said.

Shooting for her dream

FOCUSED: Miss Isabelle Lim, who has Nager syndrome, dreams of being a photographer and has already staged an exhibition. Her parents are in the background. TNP PHOTO: LATASHNI GOBI NATHAN

Her small stature might set her apart from other 22-year-olds, but Miss Isabelle Lim has never let it affect her dream.

Despite being diagnosed with Nager syndrome, a rare condition that affects the development of her face, arms and hands, Miss Lim has continued chasing her ambition of becoming a professional photographer.

On Friday, Miss Lim graduated from the Lasalle College of the Arts with a diploma in fine arts. She says: "I am happy that I have finally graduated and relieved, too, that my hard work and perseverance have paid off."

She is also deaf and relies on sign language, but this did not stop her from learning.

Miss Lim, who is Lasalle's first Dare to Dream scholar, sought help from others.

"I was allowed to have a sign interpreter and a note taker during lessons, which helped me tremendously," she says.

But she knew that relying on others would not be enough and she would have to work even harder in school.

"I had to ask my lecturers to re-explain what I didn't understand during critique sessions," she says.

"More effort is required on my part to use the computer or writing to communicate with lecturers and course mates."


But her achievements extend beyond the classroom.

Last month, Miss Lim held a photography exhibition, See What I See, at the Enabling Village at Redhill.

While she admits that working on the exhibition was "quite a challenge", she looks back fondly on the experience.

"It was most satisfying to experience viewing and sharing my photography with so many visitors. I was quite overwhelmed with its success," she says.

With a diploma and an exhibition under her belt, Miss Lim now does freelance work and has been attending photography workshops.

She feels more can be done to help people with special needs to achieve their dreams.

Says Miss Lim: "Without full accessibility, many people with special needs will not be able to live their full potential."

One way this can be done is through early education.

"It would be great to start teaching primary school pupils the meaning of inclusiveness," she says.

"For example, they can learn sign language as a co-curricular activity."

Dancing to a different tune

With S'pore's recent success at the Paralympics, HARIZ BAHARUDIN checks out other achievements of people with special needs

GRACEFUL: Ms Julie Chong with her husband Andy Ang at fund-raising concert A Nation In Concert in 2008.

When wheelchair-bound Ms Julie Chong dances on stage, she has a specific aim.

Through her turns and swivels, the 41-year-old IT professional wants to make the wheelchair she's sitting on disappear.

Ms Chong tells The New Paper on Sunday: "The wheelchair has to become a part of you, so that when you dance, it's not a glaring thing.

"With dance, the audience sees the person as more than just a person in a chair."

GRACEFUL: Ms Julie Chong with her husband Andy Ang at fund-raising concert A Nation In Concert in 2008.

Despite suffering from brittle bone disease, in which a person has fragile bones that break easily, Ms Chong has been making a name for herself as a dancer.

She has performed at ticketed events at the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands and even danced with local celebrities.

A workshop she attended in 2001 sparked her interest in wheelchair dancing, but Ms Chong started dancing regularly only three years later.

"What appealed to me most was that one can negate the view of looking clumsy in a wheelchair. It's possible to look graceful too," she says.

Ms Chong focuses on Latin-ballroom dancing, where she dances with a partner who is standing up.

Coordination between the two partners involves a lot of communication, and Ms Chong says that can be a challenge.

"They have to be mindful of their own footwork and coordinate their steps for us," says Ms Chong.

"Not only do we have to know how to control our chairs, dancing with a standing partner requires an understanding and trust with each other."

Her best dancing partner is also her partner in life.

Ms Chong's able-bodied husband, teacher Andy Ang, 46, says he enjoys performing with her because it is something that always "makes us happy".

Says Mr Ang: "It's different because the person in the wheelchair looks to the one standing to take the lead.

"But holding hands and doing the steps together, it's all about that strength and connection."

When asked about the achievements of para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu, Theresa Goh and the other Team Singapore paralympians, Ms Chong speaks excitedly about how proud she is.

"What everyone sees is the result, but some of us in the community have known them since they were young," she says.


"Seeing them grow into their sport and achieve so much makes me happy and proud.

"They might not be physically strong but mentally, they are giants."

Wheelchair dancing is also a paralympic sport. The first world championship took place in Japan in 1998 - the year the sport came under the management of the International Paralympic Committee.

When asked if she dreams of being a paralympian, Ms Chong laughs and says she still wants to train and be good enough to join competition.

What she does hope for is a more inclusive community for people with special needs.

Ms Chong says: "There's a lot being done for us, but there can always be more.

"An underlying support system must be in place to help disabled people in doing whatever they want to do.

"If people see the value in us, we can be (more than) paralympians. There can be people like us who can be world-renowned scientists, writers and painters too."

Paralympians inspire both young and old

S'poreans attend Paralympians' celebratory parade around town to welcome them home
INSPIRATION: Paralympian Theresa Goh at Vivocity
CHEERING CROWD: The convoy outside The Pinnacle@Duxton.
Nine-year-old Teo Choon Khang among the supporters at the National Library.
THANK YOU: The 13 Para-athletes at the One Team Singapore Celebratory Parade.

For nine-year-old Teo Choon Khang, representing Singapore in the Paralympics might have seemed like a far-fetched idea a few months ago.

But after watching his idol Theresa Goh, who clinched a hard-fought bronze medal at the recently concluded Paralympics in Brazil, Choon Khang is now filled with hope.

The pupil at Cantonment Primary School suffers from cerebral palsy - a physical disability that affects movement and posture, and can include a range of associated physical and cognitive impairments.

Golden girl Yip Pin Xiu received by MP Denise Phua at National Library.TNP PHOTOS: ISKANDAR ROSSALI

But it has not stopped him from taking to the pool, just like Goh, since he was three.

On Saturday (Sept 24), he was among the hundreds of Singaporeans who turned up to support the 13 Paralympians, including Goh and double gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu, during their celebratory parade around Singapore.

Yip, 24, triumphed in the 50m and 100m backstroke S2 races. In Rio, she became the first Singaporean to win two golds in a single Paralympics, while also setting world records in both events.

Goh, 29, won her first medal after four Paralympics, taking home the bronze in the 100m breaststroke SB4 final.

Choon Khang, his younger brother and his mother, Madam Jennifer Ng, 49, were at the National Library, the parade's second pit stop, to welcome the para-athletes.

Madam Ng, who works in the education sector, said: "Watching Theresa has definitely encouraged him."

Choon Khang, who swims the backstroke, said he looks up to Goh because she is "strong and very good" in the water.

He hopes to one day swim in the Paralympics like his idol.

Madam Ng said: "He likes the sport very much. In fact, he has a swimming lesson right after this (event)."

Teo Choon Khang (far right), with his younger brother and mother at the Singapore National Library. TNP PHOTO: ISKANDAR ROSSALI

The parade kicked off at the Sengkang Sports Centre, where about 100 people had turned up, some as early as 8.30am.

Among the crowd was Madam Lim Sook Wei, 45, a housewife, her husband, and their autistic son, Hugh Lee Shen Xuan, 10, a student at Pathlight School.

They had travelled from Jurong.

Madam Lim said: "We came here especially for Yip Pin Xiu, and my heart is still pumping.

"We are so glad to meet her here. We hope that our son is inspired and learns that nothing is impossible, and that it is okay to dream."

Mr Lee Yee Hern and Madam Lim Sook Wei with their son, Hugh Lee Shen Xuan, who has moderate autism.  TNP PHOTO: JOSEPH LEE


The convoy outside The Pinnacle@Duxton. TNP PHOTO: ISKANDAR ROSSALI

At about 10am, the 13 para-athletes were ushered into 11 Ferraris and two London cabs. They then made their way to the National Library.

The convoy passed through the Sengkang, Hougang and Serangoon heartlands and attracted cheers and waves from members of the public.

By the time the para-athletes arrived at the National Library at about 11.40am, a crowd of about 300 people - including students from Pathlight School and the Singapore Management University, where Yip is studying - had gathered.

They were also received by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and Central Singapore District Mayor Denise Phua, who presented each athlete with a flower garland.

Pathlight School student Hock Kah Chin (below), 18, was overjoyed to share the stage with swim queen Yip - he and his schoolmates presented each para-athlete with a token of appreciation.


"I watched her races on social media. I felt like I was there," he said.

"I think (Yip) Pin Xiu is strong, courageous and ever-ready to take on obstacles."

He added that he wants to represent Singapore in football or athletics. He is already representing his school in the 100m sprint.

The para-athletes were then driven to VivoCity, where another crowd of 300 people were eagerly waiting.

There, Ms Fu, who was the guest of honour, thanked the para-athletes for their efforts and said Singapore was "super super proud" of them.

The 13 Para-athletes at the One Team Singapore Celebratory Parade. TNP PHOTO: ISKANDAR ROSSALI

At each pit stop, the para-athletes sportingly answered questions posed by the emcees.

For example, Yip, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, revealed she had been homesick as she had spent about five to six weeks overseas, including a pre-Paralympics training camp in Spain.

She had her brother join her in gorging on local food such as kway chap, fishball noodles and nasi lemak soon after she landed at Changi Airport.

Goh, who has spina bifida, revealed that she ate 20 sticks of ice cream before the Games.

She shared that she will be taking a break before hitting the pool again, and was due to fly to Ireland for a holiday just hours later.

Madam Rudianah, 36, an admin executive, and her son, Muhammad Syakir Raihan, eight, a pupil at Fengshan Primary School, were at VivoCity.

"They work really hard, it shows their strength and their spirit. These people are special," Madam Rudianah said.

Miss Universe Singapore finalists get pampered at Beaute Hub

Miss Universe Singapore 2016 finalists get pampered at Beaute Hub

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FINALISTS: Poojaa Gill trying out the treatment. Watching her are (from far left) Sonya Branson, Nikki Tay, Patricia Eng, S Sreeveena (squatting), Shona Woo, Joeypink Lai, Cheryl Chou, Luisa Gan and Nutan Rai.
FINALISTS: (Above) Patricia having the CORE treatment done on her tummy.
FOR CONTOURING: (Above) Cheryl having the CORE treatment done on her neck.
FOR ANTI-AGEING: (Left) Shona trying the LPG ENDERMOLIFT™ treatment.

Miss Universe Singapore (MUS) 2016 finalist Cheryl Chou had never gone for a beauty treatment before this.

But after experiencing her first session at Beaute Hub, she plans to return for more.

On Thursday, some of the top 15 MUS finalists were at the local spa and skincare chain's swanky Cuppage Plaza branch.

S. Sreeveena, Joeypink Lai, Shona Woo, Nutan Rai and Luisa Gan were treated to a 10-minute trial of LPG ENDERMOLIFT™ (LPG) while Cheryl, Patricia Eng, Nikki Tay, Poojaa Gill and Sonya Bransonreceived a 10-minute trial of the Channelled Optimal RF Energy (CORE) treatment.

 Patricia having the CORE treatment done on her tummy.


Cheryl, 20, a student at Lasalle College of the Arts, told The New Paper: "It was such a great experience, it felt like a massage. I am so excited to try the extended version of the treatment."

Beaute Hub is the official wellness partner of MUS 2016 and each of the 15 finalists will receive a one-and-a-half-hour session of CORE and LPG treatments before the Oct 16 finals.

Both CORE and LPG treatments on the face and body help with skin tightening, face-lifting, body contouring and circumferential reduction, and use a machine to pinch the flesh.

The MUS 2016 winner will receive a customised treatment worth more than $20,000 to prepare her for the international pageant.

FOR CONTOURING: Cheryl having the CORE treatment done on her neck.


Cheryl, who had the CORE treatment done on her neck and tummy, is a firm believer that exercise is the main way to lose weight. But she had nothing but praise for Beaute Hub.

She said: "The ambience of the beauty salon made me feel comfortable and the treatment was effective. My lower belly feels firmer now... I usually find it hard to lose the fat there."

Cheryl is even planning to take her mother to Beaute Hub for treatments.

Likewise, Patricia, a 27-year-old self-employed jewellery designer, was pleasantly surprised.

FOR ANTI-AGEING: Shona trying the LPG ENDERMOLIFT™ treatment.

She said: "I was expecting the sensation to be like a mild electrical shock... However, the warmth and temperature of the machine did not make me feel uncomfortable."

Shona, 26, a coding instructor, also enjoyed her session as it smoothed out the wrinkles on her neck.

She said: "I can see a little bit of difference (after the short time), which is pretty amazing. I'm looking forward to more of such treatments at Beaute Hub."

Beaute Hub's CEO Albert Lam, 48, told TNP: "I want to help the girls to be 'confidently beautiful', which is Miss Universe's (official) tagline, and to prepare them well to compete.

"(But) they should always remember that it's not just the physical appearance that matters, but the aura you exude that leaves a lasting impression."


Look out for the top 15 finalists' individual photo spreads from Monday in The New Paper.

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