One dead, two injured in Marsiling slashing and fire

A man and a woman were injured in a slashing incident at Marsiling. The attacker was later found dead in a flat which was on fire.

A man was found dead in a stabbing and fire incident at 4 Marsiling Road.

The incident occurred at about 5pm today (Jan 26).

Two others, a man and a woman, were injured. 

Eyewitnesses said the attacker, known as Gemuk to residents, had earlier slashed a 62-year-old man, Mr Abdul Majid Maarof, on the third storey with a parang, leaving him seriously injured.

The attacker then turned to a woman who tried to intervene and slashed her as well.

Mr Abdul Majid Maarof, 62, (above) was slashed by his neighbour. Photo courtesy of Jainah Awang

One resident told The New Paper: "Blood was splattered everywhere."

The victim then ran and hid in a neighbour's unit on the second storey. Residents called the police and ambulance. 

The injured man and woman have been taken to the hospital.

The man with the parang was later found dead in a unit on the eighth storey, which was on fire.

Singapore Civil Defence Force had to force their way into the unit, and the fire was extinguished with a water jet. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. 

Read the full report in The New Paper on Jan 27. 

Huge Team Singapore contingent for 2015 SEA Games

Some 950 athletes have made the first cut for selection for the 28th South-east Asia (SEA) Games, which will be held here from June 5 to 16.

The athletes come from all 36 sports that will feature at the biennial Games, which returns to Singapore for the first time since 1993.

While the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) has traditionally based selection for the SEA Games on the bronze medal result of the previous Games, secretary general Chris Chan said at the announcement yesterday (January 26) that the selection committee "took a slightly different approach today to be more extensive in the benchmark margin without compromising the standards of the contingent".

He added: "We are very encouraged by the large number of athletes who have been nominated, and that Singapore will be represented in all 36 sports and most of the events.

"Judging by the current figures, it is likely that we will be fielding the largest contingent to the SEA Games ever."

However, the actual size of the contingent is expected to be whittled down in April this year, as the various national sports associations finalise their selections.

Six Malaysians facing life sentence in Taiwan on drugs charges

Six Malaysian men have been arrested on charges of smuggling heroin into Taiwan, an offence punishable by life imprisonment, officials said Monday.

Investigators and police raided a hotel in central Taipei Saturday and arrested five Malaysians after the sixth Malaysian and a Taiwanese man were caught selling the drug on the street, said an officer from the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Investigators said the group arrived in Taiwan Friday with a total of 5.8 kg of heroin hidden in their luggage.

They said one of the Malaysians had previously brought in a total of three kilograms of heroin on two trips in November and December.

Under Taiwan’s anti-drug laws, transporting heroin is punishable by life imprisonment. - AFP

Bidding farewell? Aussie-bound Safuwan posts emotional Instagram message

Singapore defender Safuwan Baharudin is poised to join A-League side Melbourne City.
Singapore defender Safuwan Baharudin is poised to join A-League side Melbourne City.

He's set to join A-League side Melbourne City in a move which he described as a dream come true.

But Safuwan Baharudin still clearly has the LionsXII in his heart.

The Singapore defender posted an emotional message to his former teammates on Instagram.

The post, which has since been deleted, features a collage of LionsXII team photos including a shot of them lifting the Malaysian Super League trophy with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In the caption, Safuwan referred to his LionsXII colleagues as the people who made him laugh and cry on and off the pitch.

He also mentioned his pride at helping the team win the 2013 MSL title at the Jalan Besar Stadium in front of their 12th man, the team's fans.

Safuwan signed off on the post saying: "Missing you LionsXII."

Source: Instagram

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Should children be caned? M'sians in a tizzy after ministry proposes to outlaw act in court

Malaysians are up in arms over recent proposed laws regarding the caning of children.

Local media initially reported Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim as saying that parents who use the cane on their children could be jailed under the proposed law.

The ministry issued a clarification on Sunday, saying it had only proposed to abolish the caning of minors in court.

At present, boys can be caned no more than 10 times if convicted of a criminal offence.

The Star quoted the ministry as saying: "However, in light of psychological development and in accordance with CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child), the ministry has proposed to abolish the punishment."

But the proposed law would have a more detailed provision on actions which cause physical or mental injuries to children, including caning, Astro Awani reported the ministry as saying.

"The ministry is studying and scrutinising the proposal so that the legislation will cover all acts against children causing physical and emotional injuries deemed as criminal offences which could be punishable with heftier imprisonment or fines.

"Besides, the ministry is also considering alternative punishment such as community service or counselling or parenting courses," it said in the statement.

Caning was in the spotlight last year after a Malaysian couple was taken to court in Sweden for child abuse.

The man, who was then working as a Tourism Malaysia director in Stockholm, and his wife were charged with multiple counts of gross violation of a child’s integrity for hitting their children.

They were jailed and have since been released.

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Sources: The Star, Astro Awani

To cane or not to cane? Here's what has been brought up in the debate on caning in Malaysia.

Popular Islamic scholar Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin

"There are no Islamic scriptures that encourage us to hit children. Furthermore, it is unfair to hit children who are not yet mumayyiz (the age at which one can discern between right and wrong)," he said.

"To arrive at the stage of caning requires a long process, however, even when it involves prayers, which is a fundamental issue in a Muslim’s way of life. So, when a father easily hits his kids, he is not a good father and has disobeyed religious teachings."

Perak deputy mufti Zamri Hashim

Child abuse cases should not be used as an excuse to "victimise" an Islamic way of teaching.

"What is more important is society should be taught how to cane their children properly so that it becomes an effective tarbiyyah (education)."

Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin

"For me, when we say that caning children is a crime, most people would not agree.

"For us in Umno and Umno Youth, if said that caning is a crime, I don’t think we agree with that."

Source: Malay Mail Online

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Heading to Chinatown this Saturday? Take note of diversions due to CNY light-up

Certain roads in the Chinatown area will be closed on Saturday (Jan 31) for an official light-up ceremony for Chinese New Year.

Bus services in the area will be diverted from 2pm to 11pm​.

Fifteen SBS Transit bus services – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 80, 124, 143, 145, 147, 166, 197, CT8, CT18 and CT28 – will be affected by this, reported The Straits Times​.

Instead of the usual routes, the services will skip eight bus stops along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road, Outram Road and Upper Cross Street.

The three Chinatown Direct bus services – CT8, CT18 and CT28 – will be extended that evening until 12.30am, with the last bus departing from the bus stop along Eu Tong Sen Street, after Hospital Drive.

Train services on the North East Line and Downtown Line will also be extended by half an hour that day.

Services on the Punggol and Sengkang LRT systems will be extended to coincide with the last train arrivals on the North East Line.

Red line: Road closure resulting in diversion of bus services on Saturday
Yellow area: Other road closures in place from 6pm to midnight

There will be road closures in place at certain times of the day in the Chinatown area in the lead up to the Chinese New Year celebrations.

For more information on road closures in the area, click here.

Sources: The Straits Times,

Mystery hole that claimed Girls' Generation's Taeyeon explained

Explained: Fans were baffled last week when news broke that Girls' Generation Taeyeon had fell through a hole in the stage at the Seoul Music Awards. Now we know what created that mystery hole.

It was a mystery. The stage suddenly opened up and swallowed her whole.

At least that's what it looked like on fancams that captured Girls' Generation leader Taeyeon falling through a hole in the stage at the Seoul Music Awards last week.

But this event was not destined to rival the Bermuda Triangle.

It was no strange phenomenon.

Kpop Starz reported that the Seoul Music Awards apologised for Taeyeon's accident and explained that the mystery hole was created by the stage lift  lowering by accident.   

The apology read: "We sincerely apologise for the incident involving Taeyeon at our awards ceremony. With regard to the accident where Taeyeon was forced to leave the performance, we would like to directly apologise to her fellow members, fans, and agency."

Taeyeon, who didn't suffer from any major injuries from her fall, is recovering from a strained back muscle.


Sources: Kpop Starz and YouTube


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'Newcomer' Paul McCartney gets second shot at fame, this time with Rihanna

Earlier this month, a collaboration between Paul McCartney and Kanye West introduced some listeners to the former Beatle.

That song, Only One was written by West about his daughter North West and wife Kim Kardashian. 

After it released on Jan 1, some of the younger Twitter fans started questioning who McCartney was and how cool it was that West was giving 'new talent' an opportunity at fame. 

Well, guess what kids? The 'newcomer' is back! 

Rihanna suddenly announced new song FourFiveSeconds on her Twitter account yesterday. 



Do not expect it to set dancefloors alight as it is a very noodly, acoustic number with McCartney on guitar and West adding vocals.

Currently it is only available on iTunes. 

But hey. Thank you Kanye and Rihanna for giving this talented artist another chance at fame. 

Sources: Mashable, Twitter


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From sexy to dowdy: Actresses win fans and critics by ditching the glamour

Sacrifice: Recently, actresses like Korean babe Yoon Eun Hye, who have chosen to go through "ugly" makeovers onscreen have scored major points with critics and fans alike.

She's beautiful, sexy and is famed for her sizzling lingerie magazine shoots in Korea.

Yet the reason Korean actress Yoon Eun Hye is now causing a stir on social media is because netizens are posting "fat and ugly" pictures of her.

She has surprised many with her meaty role in Korean movie, Chronicle Of A Blood Merchant.

With the help of a padded costume, she transformed to a drably-dressed and bulky 100kg auntie.

Oh!Kpop reported that the movie's director, Ha Jung Woo, was impressed with Yoon and told Korean media: “When I offered the role of the chubby and gentle Lim Bun Bang to Yoon Eun Hye, who has the entirely opposite looks, she gladly accepted it. Although she took on a minor role, I would like to applaud her spirit of challenge and flexibility as an actor.”

The shock value of Yoon's make-over has done wonders for promoting the film.


A photo posted by Ernani (@ernani_jb) on

 Of course, Yoon is not the first actress to play against type and dress down for the sake of a part.

Her efforts are reminiscent of Hong Kong actress Sammi Cheng in hit 2001 Hong Kong movie, Love On A Diet.

More recently, Jennifer Aniston has won much acclaim for her enlarged role in last year's film, Cake. While she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, sadly there was no Oscar nomination.

But the Hollywood actress that set the bar for shocking makeovers is Charlize Theron whose near unrecognisable  turn in 2003's Monster won her an Oscar.

Sources: Oh!Kpop, Instagram, YouTube

City Harvest Church leaders trial: Chew Eng Han takes the stand

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee

The trial against the six City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders resumed today as former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han took the stand.

Chew, who is unrepresented and who broke away from the church in 2013, went on the offensive right from the off against his five co-accused.

He recounted what happened after they were brought in for questioning by the Commercial Affairs Department on May 31, 2010.

He said on the night they gathered in a meeting room at the Conrad Hotel, he saw CHC founder Kong Hee and his deputy Tan Ye Peng looking scared as the church's lawyer, Mr Jimmy Yim, berated them.

Mr Chew said: "When the fire broke out, I didn't see any leadership or shepherds. All I saw was fear. That was my first wake up call that something was wrong."

Chew, Kong, Tan and three others are accused of misusing millions of church money - $24 million to fund the music career of singer Ho Yeow Sun; and  $26.6 million to cover up the initial amount. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 27.

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