Two Singaporeans critically hurt in car crash off Melbourne

Two S'poreans critically hurt in car crash in Australia. Local journalist says of accident site: There have been many near-misses

POPULAR DESTINATION: The accident happened near Grampians National Park in Victoria.

Five Singaporeans travelling in a grey Nissan Qashqai were involved in a car accident on Tuesday in the Australian town of Laharum, Victoria.

The crash left two of them critically injured.

The town, which is about 300km from Melbourne, is close to the Grampians National Park, a popular tourist destination.

The sport utility vehicle (SUV) was travelling near the intersection of Wonwondah-Dadswell Bridge Road and Northern Grampians Road around 4.20pm (2.20pm Singapore time) when it collided with another car, a Victoria Police spokesman told The New Paper yesterday.

Three women in the back seat of the SUV, all aged 23, were injured, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman told the Australian media.

Two were critically injured - one had head and leg injuries, while the other had head, chest and spinal injuries, and had to have a blood transfusion on the way to the hospital.

Both women were flown by air ambulance to different hospitals in Melbourne.

POPULAR DESTINATION: The accident happened near Grampians National Park in Victoria.

The third woman had neck and back injuries and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

The 24-year-old male driver and the 23-year-old woman in the front passenger seat had minor injuries.
The driver of the other car, a 24-year-old Australian woman, was not injured.

The Singaporean driver was charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury and two counts of negligent driving causing serious injury.


The Victoria Police spokesman said that each set of the different charges were for each of the two women who were critically injured.

Yesterday, both women were still in serious condition.

The driver is expected to appear at the Horsham Magistrates' Court on Aug 24 and is out on bail.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the accident, and was in contact with the Singaporeans and their families.

The Singapore High Commission in Canberra also sent officers to Melbourne to provide consular assistance.

Ms Carly Werner, 28, senior journalist at The Wimmera Mail-Times, which covers the Laharum area, told TNP yesterday that residents in the area said the intersection was dangerous and had wanted the authorities to install more stop signs or rumble strips.

"Most said that they had many near-misses at the intersection because some vehicles were travelling too fast," she said.

Four of the five Singaporeans are believed to be undergrads from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and were members of NUS' Climbing Club.

A friend of one of the critically injured women told TNP she had graduated from NUS this year.

The woman's Facebook account showed a photo posted on Monday of her and three other people at a lookout point in Grampians National Park.

She also posted a video of herself scaling a rock wall in the park.

The friend said the woman had gone for two operations since the accident - one on Wednesday and another yesterday.

After Wednesday's operation, she was in stable condition but was still unconscious and in the intensive care unit, the friend added.

Three-vehicle collision at Tuas

Shipyard supervisor Razali Abu Bakar, 64, was on his way home at about 5.45pm yesterday when he saw a three-vehicle collision at the junction of Tuas Avenue 20 and Tuas Crescent.

No one was trapped, but a woman in her 40s, who had minor injuries, was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force, which sent a fire engine, a red rhino and an ambulance to the scene.

Man jailed a year for stabbing dormitory mate over slippers

His dormitory mate chided him for wearing slippers in their room.

They had an argument, which left construction worker Yang Yuehui (above) unhappy. He bought a kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Sun Yantao three times while he was sleeping.

Yang, 39, was jailed for a year yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of voluntarily causing hurt with a weapon on March 1.

The two Chinese nationals were in their dormitory at Upper Serangoon View at about 7pm that day when Mr Sun, who was also a construction worker, noticed that Yang had his slippers on.

He told Yang not to wear them as they would dirty the room and the pair started arguing.


When it ended, Mr Sun, 46, went to bed while Yang, still furious, went to a supermarket at Hougang Avenue 10, and bought a knife.

Yang returned to the dormitory and stabbed his sleeping victim three times - once on his abdomen and twice on his left upper thigh.

He then ran out and threw the knife into a nearby canal.

Mr Sun staggered out of his room to seek help. He met another colleague and together, they went to their safety coordinator, Mr Alagesan T. Mumgan, who called the police.

Mr Sun was rushed to Changi General Hospital, where he was operated on for his abdominal wound. He was discharged three days later and was given 18 days of hospitalisation leave.

For voluntarily causing hurt with a weapon, Yang could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined or caned or given any combination of such punishments.

Pek Kio open, but many stay away

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Getting to know Sungha Jung

Sungha Jung.

Having captivated millions of fans with his music, Sungha Jung, 19, is back in Singapore for his concert tour and for his own competition - Sungha Jung Guitar Competition.

He started playing fingerstyle (or plucking) guitar back when he was nine and has since gained close to four million subscribers on YouTube and a total of over one billion views for his videos.

He performs acoustic renditions of music such as the theme from Pirates Of The Caribbean - which has over 49 millions views - and original compositions as well. Other than the acoustic guitar, he has also uploaded renditions on ukulele and electric guitar.

Jung currently has six albums which feature some of his original tunes.

During his time in Singapore, The New Paper got a chance to ask him some questions to get to know the six-string whiz a little better...




Why these boys lost their hair

NOBLE CAUSE: (From left) Brothers Alex Chong Kwok Ching and Christopher Chong Kwok Hui, aged 10 and 12, with Abdul Thaslim, 18, at StarHub's Hair For Hope event.

The joy of giving.

That's what brought these three young boys together.

The occasion - StarHub's Hair for Hope (HfH) on Friday (May 27).

Hair for Hope 2016 is Children's Cancer Foundation's (CCF) signature fundraising event - the only head-shaving event in Singapore that serves to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer.

Even though the three boys or their families do not have cancer, they showed up at the event held in StarHub's headquarters in Ubi

to express solidarity with children who have cancer.

Abdul Thaslim, a 18-year-old Secondary 4 student, knows something about huge medical bills which cancer patients are often faced with.

Hospital bills

His 10-year-old sister, Thahusina Hasvath, is diabetic. Also, she is deaf and mostly uses sign language.

Abdul, a Singapore PR who moved here from India in 2009, told The New Paper: "I'm not from a wealthy family, and the money spent for her hospital bills is really a lot.

"Knowing that cancer patients have to pay much more, shaving is a way I can help contribute to the children."

Brothers Alex and Christopher Chong, aged 10 and 12, also attended StarHub's event.

Ms Jeannie Ong (right), StarHub's Chief Strategic Partnership Officer, shaved Chief Marketing Officer Howie Lau's (left) head. TNP PHOTO: CHOO CHWEE HUA​

They are currently under the Nurture programme at Henderson Community Club.

It is a programme started by Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) in 2007 and sponsored by StarHub to help children from low-income families to gain more learning opportunities.

Abdul was also under the programme from 2009 to 2014.

Out of over 600 beneficiaries of the programme, only Alex and Christopher agreed to take part in this event.

So why did they decide to participate?

Said Christopher: "To help the children with cancer. They are less fortunate than us."


A few years ago, they had shaved their heads because their father asked them to.

Christopher said that he was teased in school then.

But he said teasing is a small price to pay for a noble cause like this.

One hundred and twenty two people participated in the event on Friday - a record since StarHub began supporting HfH four years ago.

HfH is now in its 14th year.

StarHub will donate $122,000 to CCF - $1,000 for every participant - in addition to $28,527 from online donations.

One of the women participants with her colleagues at the event.PHOTO: CHOO CHWEE HUA

StarHub's Chief Marketing Officer Howie Lau was the first man to get his head shaved.

He told The New Paper: "This year, my mother had cancer too. Seeing what she went through, it's not difficult to imagine what young children have to go through. When my son said that we should do it, I agreed."

He will be joining his son at the main HfH event on July 30 and 31 at VivoCity to shave his head again.

This year, CCF hopes to have at least 6,500 participants and raise $3.6 million.

Other organisations are also planning HfH events at their preferred dates and locations from this month to July.

For online donations, visit until Sept 30.

All funds raised will fund critical programmes and services for CCF's beneficiaries.


Sundram takes over as national coach

MAN IN CHARGE: (Left to right) Sundramoorthy, Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin, FAS vice-president Lim Kia Tong, FAS secretary general Winston Lee

V Sundramoorthy was unveiled as the national football coach on Friday (May 27).

The 50-year-old coach, who had led S.League giants Tampines Rovers for the past 17 months, signed a one-year deal.

He is the first local coach since Vincent Subramaniam who coached the team from 1998 to 2000.

PN Sivaji handled the Lions as a caretaker in 2003.

This will be Sundram’s second spell as national team coach.

In 2013, he had a short stint as the Football Association of Singapore hunted for Raddy Avramovic’s replacement.

Suzuki Cup

This time Sundram’s main task this will be the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, which will be co-hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines in November and December this year.

His first assignment as national coach will be the football quadrangular in Yangon, Myanmar, from June 2 to 4. 

Arguably one of Singapore’s most talented footballers, he began his coaching career at now-defunct S.League club Jurong FC as a player-coach.

He then led the Young Lions, before guiding the LionsXII to the Malaysian Super League title in 2013.

He coached Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia for one season, before returning to take over the reins at Tampines.


Depp-Amber call it quits

Now US actor determined not to let ex-wife touch his millions Love match at French Open

Johnny Depp is determined not to let Amber Heard touch his US$400 million (S$551.14 million) worth of assets after she filed for divorce on Monday over "irreconcilable differences".

The 52-year-old US actor filed legal documents on Wednesday to reject her request for spousal support and has reportedly hired top divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who previously represented Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Maria Shriver.

Depp was married to US actress Heard, 30, for 15 months and they did not have a pre-nuptial agreement.

A source told E! News that the relationship was problematic even before the couple wed, saying: "They are both stubborn and overly dramatic, which doesn't help when they disagree."

It is not often that Hugh Grant, 55, is seen with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and baby mama Anna Eberstein, 37.

But the pair made a very public appearance at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday .

The English actor was seated with the Swedish television producer at the Stade Roland Garros and the two were reportedly enjoying themselves as they watched the Mathias Bourgue-Andy Murray tennis match together.

The couple welcomed a daughter last December.

They also have a son, who was born in 2012.

So hip, but fails to hop on the charts

Believe it or not, English pop star-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham had a hip hop album.

The 42-year-old Spice Girls member recorded demo tracks with US music producer Damon Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records in 2003.

Although the album, which would have been titled Come Together, was never officially released, its tracks were recently leaked onto YouTube and SoundCloud after the demo disc appeared on eBay and was auctioned off.

It contains 17 songs and includes titles such as Dat Simple and So Cold.

Wolverine actress in new movie

She held her own alongside superhero mutant Wolverine, so it should surprise nobody that Rila Fukushima has made it to the cast of the upcoming action movie Ghost In The Shell.

The Japanese actress-model, best known for playing mutant assassin Yukio opposite Hugh Jackman in 2013's The Wolverine, will be in DreamWorks' and Paramount's live action adaptation of the popular manga series of the same name.

It is not known which character Fukushima will portray.

The movies, which focuses on a special operations counter-terrorism unit, will be headlined by US actress Scarlett Johansson and also includes Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche and Singaporean actor Chin Han in its roster.

The film, to be released next year, was a source of recent controversy due to its casting of Johansson as Japanese protagonist Motoko Kusanagi.

Love match at French Open

It is not often that Hugh Grant, 55, is seen with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and baby mama Anna Eberstein, 37.

But the pair made a very public appearance at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday.

The English actor was seated with the Swedish television producer at the Stade Roland Garros and the two were reportedly enjoying themselves as they watched the Mathias Bourgue- Andy Murray tennis match together.

The couple welcomed a daughter last December.

They also have a son, who was born in 2012.