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Boy, 13, helps look after paralysed dad

Student, 13, who helps to bathe and change diapers of paralysed dad wins award

HARDY: Sec 2 student Muhammad Azri Rahmlan, 13, wins a resilience award for juggling schoolwork, football and caring for his wheelchair-bound father.

At just 13 and the youngest of six children, Muhammad Azri Ramlan is already helping look after his wheelchair-bound father, bathing and changing him.

On top of that, the Crest Secondary School student juggles his schoolwork with playing for the school football team.

For his efforts, the Secondary Two student was yesterday given the Temasek Cares Resilience Award during the school’s official opening ceremony.

He was one of six students from the school’s nearly 600 students celebrated for resilience in character and good performance.

Speaking to The New Paper after receiving his award, the soft spoken and bespectacled teen said he has “improved a lot” since he first joined the school last year.

Read the full report in the print edition of The New Paper on Aug 1.

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Worker in ICU after blast at Coca-Cola plant

Coca-Cola worker in critical condition after inhaling ammonia from exploded cylinder

HURT: Mr Loh Yoke Koon is in the ICU at the National University Hospital after he was exposed to ammonia following a chemical leak at the plant (above) in Tuas yesterday.
HURT: Mr Loh Yoke Koon (above) is in the ICU at the National University Hospital after he was exposed to ammonia following a chemical leak at the plant in Tuas yesterday.

A chemical leak and explosion yesterday (July 31) has landed a man in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The incident happened at about 8.35am at the Coca-Cola Singapore plant in the Tuas area.

Two workers were in a production room where a 1.6m-long gas cylinder was being filled with compressed ammonia when the tank ruptured and exploded.

One of the workers, Mr Loh Yoke Koon, 44, believed to be a Singapore permanent resident from Malaysia, was affected by the blast. He was later taken to the National University Hospital, where he was placed in the ICU. 

The other worker escaped unhurt.

The force of the blast caused the false ceiling to collapse and rocketed the cylinder across the room, smashing machinery and releasing toxic ammonia fumes into the air.

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Woman jailed for breaching checkpoint

The Malaysian woman who drove through the Woodlands Immigration Checkpoint without a valid passport was sentenced to four weeks in jail.

A Malaysian woman who drove through the Woodlands immigration checkpoint without a valid passport was yesterday (July 30) sentenced to four weeks in jail.

A court heard that Chong Jing Jing, 34, had driven from her home in Perak, Malaysia, on June 30.

Her passport had expired.

Instead of stopping at the immigration counter, she tailgated the vehicle in front of her and drove through the barrier.

The officer manning the counter activated the alarm system, bringing traffic at the checkpoint to a halt.

Broke into car to arrest her

After repeated attempts to order her out of her Malaysia-registered Perodua Axia in the arrival section, officers broke in and arrested her.

Chong, an administrator in an Ipoh music school, walked free yesterday after a district judge backdated her sentence to July 2, when she first entered remand.

The judge said her offences were "relatively serious" but noted that she had pleaded guilty and already been in remand for four weeks.

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Gardener dies after he’s hit by excavator

Plant nursery worker killed in excavator accident described as filial son

DEAD: A 30-year-old man has been arrested following the death of Mr Lee Wei Kee, who worked at Prince’s Landscape and Construction (above).
DEAD: A 30-year-old man has been arrested following the death of Mr Lee Wei Kee (above), who worked at Prince’s Landscape and Construction.
DISTRAUGHT: Family and friends consoling Mr Lee’s mother (right).

After lunch, he was on his way to throw away the packing when an excavator hit him and piercing his left thigh.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at about 1.25pm on Thursday.

An ambulance took Mr Lee Wei Kee, 29, a gardener at Prince’s Landscape and Construction in Sungei Tengah, to National University Hospital but he died on the way..

His 57-year-old uncle, who accompanied Mr Lee’s mother to identify his body, told Chinese evening dailies Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News that his nephew was autistic and got the job as a gardener about five years ago.

He added: “He was a filial son. He always gave his monthly salary to his mother. He had no hobbies and didn’t spend any money”.

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