Stirling Road terror hit neighbour until she 'saw stars'

Man jailed for assaulting, harassing neighbours at Stirling Road block

Her home was supposed to be a sanctuary for her and her teenage sons.

Instead, for about a year, Madam Norasmah Md Ali, 42, lived in fear of her next-door neighbour.

The single mother of three boys, aged 14 to 18, told The New Paper yesterday that the neighbour, Muhammed Imran Masir, had made their lives a living hell since 2014.

The facilities administrator said he would bang and kick on her metal gate and front door almost daily for no apparent reason.


In the interview with TNP in her two-room rental flat on the third storey of Block 49, Stirling Road, she said: "Last year, while my second son, who is now 16, was downstairs, Imran suddenly came forward and choked him.

"One of my neighbours had to step in to rescue my boy.

"A few weeks later, Imran hit me on my forehead, causing me to stagger backwards. I don't know why he behaved that way. I feared for my children's safety"

Her household was not the only one terrorised by Imran.

Yesterday, the security guard, now 35, was jailed for six months and four days after admitting to assaulting and harassing another neighbour, Ms Clare Wan Hui Yan, 30, who lives directly above his flat, on March 21.

He had accused Ms Wan of making stomping noises in her fourth-storey unit.

He also faced a charge of voluntarily causing hurt to Madam Norasmah, which was taken into consideration during sentencing. 

One of Ms Wan's fourth-storey neighbours whom TNP spoke to felt that Imran had just wanted to create trouble for Ms Wan.

The 26-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "I've never heard any noises coming from her flat.

"I didn't dare to come out when he attacked her. He sounded very violent, and it was very scary."

Madam Norasmah said Imran and his parents moved into their block about three years ago and largely kept to themselves.


A few months later, Imran accused her then-husband of peeping through the windows of his flat.

She said: "This was nonsense. My ex would never do anything like that. But soon after this, we started hearing loud noises coming from Imran's flat every night. It sounded like somebody hitting the walls with a stone pestle. We found it very difficult to sleep."

Instead of confronting Imran, her family members decided to avoid him because they did not want any trouble.

But the situation got worse after her former husband moved out in 2014.

Madam Norasmah said that besides banging on her front door, Imran also hurled expletives at her almost daily.

She said she made a few police reports against him.

She finally installed a closed-circuit television camera outside her flat later that year.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: CCTV footage showing Muhammed Imran Masir banging on Ms Clare Wan Hui Yan’s front door and gate in June last year and punching Ms Wan in the face on March 21.

"Imran choked my son last year. A few weeks after that, I was resting at home when he suddenly kicked my front gate. I was furious and couldn't take it any more. I opened my front gate and shouted at him as he was walking away," Madam Norasmah said.

"He came back and hit me hard on my forehead with his hand. I saw stars and staggered backwards. The gate slammed into me and left a 2cm cut on my wrist. I was in a daze."

She reported the incident, which occurred at around 8pm on Oct 26 last year, to the police.

Yesterday, Imran's lawyer, Mr Mohammed Shakirin Abdul Rashid, told District Judge Luke Tan that his client's family has moved out of Block 49.

When TNP told Madam Norasmah about Imran's jail sentence, she smiled and said: "I'm relieved that he is now behind bars. I feel safer now."


Other residents in the block shared her sentiment.

One of them, housewife Angelia Teo, 49, who lives directly above Ms Wan, said that with Imran gone, there is now one fewer troublemaker in the neighbourhood.

RESIDENT: Ms Angelia Teo said she is relieved that Muhammed Imran Masir has been jailed. TNP PHOTO: AHMAD FARUQ ROZALI

Though almost a year has passed since Imran assaulted her, Madam Norasmah said she still can't forgive him.

"I'm very protective of my kids. He attacked one of my sons. I find it very difficult to forgive someone who dared to harm my loved ones."

Imran's father was in court yesterday but declined to comment when approached.

- Additional reporting by Joseph Lee, Isabelle Liew and Kimberly Lim

Responding to queries from The New Paper, the police said in a statement today (Sept 20) that it received 14 reports against Muhammed Imran Masir. The reports were for non-arrestable offences, and were mostly intentional harassment and mischief reports. Imran failed to turn up at a mediation session scheduled in May 2015. 

Later, one of Imran's victims lodged a Magistrate Complaint. Imran was arrested on March 21 this year for voluntarily causing grievous hurt. 

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AT WORK: Leng Yein (with blonde hair) and Leng Sean were in Singapore over the weekend and performed at FashionTV Club's Pitstop Party (above).

They are basking in the limelight today, spinning music in glitzy, glamorous clubs and parties around the world.

But not everyone knows that The Leng Sisters, as this pair of Malaysian siblings call themselves, have humble family beginnings, back in Penang where they were born.

Their father died when they were very young and they were raised by their mother and their grandmother.

Mum is a hardware shop owner, while grandma now runs a popular laksa stall in Sungai Petani in Kedah, according to Malaysian news website The Coverage.

And even though the sisters may be living it up at parties like FashionTV Club's Pitstop Party at Clarke Quay during the Formula 1 weekend in Singapore, they still help sell laksa at their grandmother's stall whenever they are back in Malaysia.

Younger sibling Leng Sean, 28, said: "Growing up without a father strengthened our family bond. Our family is filled with very strong women, they all have their own businesses."

The siblings formed their sister act only over a year ago, but they have been close since they were young.

Older sister Leng Yein, 31, settles the technical stuff and spins the records, while Leng Sean emcees and works the crowd.

The pair spoke to The New Paper on Saturday night before their performance at FashionTV Club.

Leng Yein (with blonde hair) and Leng Sean were in Singapore over the weekend and performed at FashionTV Club's Pitstop Party. ​TNP PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR


During the interview, Leng Yein was straightforward, almost aggressive, whereas Leng Sean appeared gentler in manner and more approachable.

Leng Yein said: "(Whenever people or companies) want something, they will always go to her (Leng Sean) because when they come to me, it's a no.

"But if they go to her (Leng Sean), she will say, 'Okay, I will try to talk to my sister'.

"And when she says, 'I will try to talk to my sister', it means it's a yes, because I listen to her 100 per cent."

Leng Yein, a former beauty queen who has been touted as one of Asia's hottest DJs, said of her sister: "Since young, we've been best friends. We never ever argue.

"Even when people say things like my sister is prettier than me, I would agree because she's the 'original' one and I'm the fake one - I am the one who has had more plastic surgery.

"Basically, I don't have any friends. My sister is my only friend.

"We do not believe in friendship because friends will get married and be busy with their own lives. But we know family will always be family, we believe in family values."

A "beauty ambassador" for several Korean plastic surgery clinics, Leng Yein is no stranger to controversy. She was slammed for openly supporting plastic surgery, having done procedures on her nose, breasts and eyes.

AT HOME: The sisters at their grandmother's laksa stall in Sungai Petani, Kedah. PHOTO: FACEBOOK / LENG YEIN

At the same time, some young fans see her as a role model for being outspoken and "daring".

Leng Yein also made headlines in 2014 for her online spat with Singapore model-DJ Tenashar.

DJ Tenashar had accused her of sabotaging her console at a concert at Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur.

She also accused her of trying to "copy" her "in so many ways", a charge that Leng Yein vigorously denies.

Being criticised on social media is also not new to the sisters.

Leng Yein has almost three million likes on Facebook and half a million followers on Instagram, while Leng Sean has more than 300,000 likes on Facebook and over 173,000 followers on Instagram.

The haters comment mainly about their plastic surgery procedures, but the sisters just laugh it off.

In July, Leng Yein's relationship with a Malaysian law student eight years her junior created a stir because of their age gap.

Not that she cares - she is actually proud that she has a Facebook hate page with over 60,000 "likes" created just for her.

Said Leng Sean: "There will always be mean comments about my sister and me, but we don't really care."

Leng Yein added: "Everyone faces hate on social media. But because we are more popular, we have to take more s*** than other people.

"If a comment really makes me upset, I will just block it."

The duo are also immune to receiving provocative and obscene images from male, and even female fans.

Said Leng Yein: "You want it in whatever shape, or size, or colour, we've probably received (a photo of) it before."

Leng Sean added: "Even when we go out, people have said things like, 'Be careful, we are going to hurt you'."

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While a spectator had climbed over the barriers last year to enter the track during the race, it was a race marshal who had to scramble off the track during the opening laps last night.

The marshal had been sent onto the track to clear debris, with the safety car immediately deployed after Force India's Nico Hulkenberg clipped Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz and crashed out of the race on the first lap.

Television screens showed the marshal rushing off the track during the third lap, as Mercedes' Nico Rosberg led the trail of speeding F1 cars back into the race, after the safety car was withdrawn.

Asked to recount the moment, Singapore Grand Prix champion Rosberg said: "It was pretty hairy for sure; just as we didn't expect the race to restart, he didn't either, I think.

"The restart was pretty abrupt. He got out of the way just about in time, but we had to drive a bit carefully through there."

BBC Radio 5 F1 analyst Mark Gallagher wrote: "The safety car period seemed to end very suddenly considering the amount of debris on the track.

"They clearly didn't communicate that to all the Singapore marshals because that marshal was still working on the track."

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On Saturday evening, Red Bull's Max Verstappen also encountered a monitor lizard crossing the track. Fortunately, it did not result in an accident.

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While the Mercedes team bounced back this year, after being shut out of the podium last year by Ferrari and Red Bull, Ferrari had a race to forget this year, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing fourth and Sebastian Vettel taking fifth spot.

Raikkonen briefly overtook Hamilton, but a bad call on the 47th lap to call the Finn back to the pit for a tyre change allowed the Briton to regain third place, which the latter held on to the finish.

Four-time world champion Vettel drove a masterful race, though, to get himself in the points.

He had started the race dead-last following a suspension problem in qualifying.

The 29-year-old German said: "I enjoyed it a lot. Obviously overtaking here is rare, but I was able to get a couple of guys especially after Turn 7 and then it was quite interesting, the fight I had with Esteban (Gutierrez, Haas) and Carlos (Sainz, Toro Rosso).

"It didn't last too long, but it was very close at some point, three cars turning together into Turn 9.

"But, in the end, I came out of it with a big smile."

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Seven times out of the last eight seasons, the drivers' championship leader after the Singapore Grand Prix has gone on to win the title at the end of the campaign.

The Mercedes driver's superb victory last night - in his landmark 200th Grand Prix race - saw him overtake teammate and closest rival Lewis Hamilton at the top of the championship table, putting him in pole position to clinch his maiden drivers' title.

He now leads Hamilton, who finished third yesterday, by eight points.

"Statistics like that are not something I focus on, it doesn't have any importance to me," Rosberg, 31, said, in response to The New Paper's question at the post-race press conference last night.

"Today I was happy to win the race. That's what I came here to do and now I will celebrate after this.

"I can't wait to get home, and the next stop is Malaysia. I am feeling good at the moment and having a good roll, so I will try to win Malaysia next."

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"It's been an awesome weekend," said Rosberg, who became the first driver to win a Grand Prix here without having won a drivers' title first.

"Today, great start, I had a good car in the race.

"Of course, Daniel tried to pull one up on me with the pit-stop at the end there, but it worked out."

It wasn't smooth sailing all the way though, especially in the final stages of the race when Ricciardo started to pick up speed.

Ricciardo, on the faster supersoft tyres in the last 13 laps, was gaining between one and two seconds per lap on Rosberg, who was on soft tyres, but the Silver Arrows pilot held on to beat the Australian by 0.488 seconds to the chequered flag.


Rosberg said: "After the (last) pit stop the team said that he would be with me at the end of the race, which was the case, so for sure I had to be on it, get everything right, nail all those laps.

"It really worked out at the end, the tyres lasted just right so I am very happy of course.

"At the time I started the last lap I knew that it would be enough (for me to win) because Daniel's tyres weren't as fresh anymore."

Rosberg's maiden win here was also his third on the trot, after Spa and Monza, and it was especially sweet after the troubles he and Hamilton faced in the same race last year.

Back then, both Mercedes drivers had problems the entire weekend, with Rosberg finishing fourth and Hamilton retiring midway through that race.

Rosberg said: "It is just awesome to win in Singapore, it is my first time and I don't have the best memories here since the track hadn't treated me well in the past."

The German added: "It really shows that we not only have the best car, but also we have the most competent group of engineers to extract the potential from the best car from every weekend.

"Last year we were absolutely nowhere here, we got destroyed by the Red Bulls and Ferraris, and we understood what we did wrong.

"We came back this year and beat them on their strongest track. So that's really awesome to see that."

Rosberg sits at the top of the driver standings with 273 points, followed by Hamilton on 265 and Ricciardo on 179.

It really shows that not only do we have the best car but we also have the most competent group of engineers to extract the potential from the best car.

— Nico Rosberg