Marsiling man slashes neighbours, then dies in burning flat

CRIME SCENE: The floor was stained with Mr Abdul Majid's blood.
CLUTTERED: The corridor outside the attacker's flat.
INJURED: Mr Abdul Majid Maarof was repairing his bicycle outside his flat when he was attacked by his chopper-wielding neighbour.
SHAKEN: Mr William Teo and Madam Safiah Saidi describing the incident.

A man slashed two neighbours, leaving one bleeding profusely, at their Marsiling block on Monday.

Not long after, the assailant was found dead inside his burning flat on the eighth storey.

A 62-year-old man was slashed multiple times with a chopper and badly injured outside his third-storey unit at about 5pm at Block 4 Marsiling Road.

A 60-year-old woman was slashed on her face when she tried to intervene.

Both victims were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

A resident, Mr William Teo, 51, said the assailant, who had lived there for more than years, was known for his abusive and aggressive behaviour.

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

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Man United fans still love me, says forgotten man Anderson

Anderson insists that he still wants to do well at Manchester United despite not playing for the first team since August.
Anderson insists that he still wants to do well at Manchester United despite not playing for the first team since August.

Manchester United’s forgotten man believes that the club’s fans still love him.

And Anderson is using this as a source of motivation to fight his way back into manager Louis van Gaal’s plans.

Except that he hasn’t played since August and the most recent sighting of him came early this month in an FA Cup clash with Yeovil, although he remained on the bench.

Love

Said Anderson: “This year I’m working really hard to try and regain the confidence of the coaches, because I have a lot of love for this club.

“I really like Manchester, I’ve spent a long time here and the fans have a lot of affection for me.”

Less than a week ago, the Daily Mail reported that there hasn’t been a single bid during the current transfer window for the midfielder, whose contract runs out this summer.

Still only 26, the former Porto man cost the Red Devils about £20 million in 2007.

Source: Sambafoot, Mail Online
 

Fitness expert: 'Amateurish' City underestimated Boro

Manchester City's James Milner tackles Middlesbrough's George Friend.
Manchester City's James Milner tackles Middlesbrough's George Friend.

Top conditioning expert Raymond Verheijen has blasted Manchester City for returning from a week-long trip to Abu Dhabi only on Friday, a day before their FA Cup home loss to Middlesbrough.

According to The Sun, the Dutchman labelled the decision as amateurish.

The 2-0 defeat by the second-tier side means City have been eliminated by lower-league teams in the competition for two consecutive seasons.

Injury risk and fatigue

He said: “Only amateurs make decisions like this.

“If you fly for several hours then you will have problems with dehydration. The air on a plane is unhealthy.

“Part of the flight you have to sit with bended knees and that shortens the length of your hamstrings.

“You increase the risk of injuries. It also causes fatigue and flying within 24 hours of a match means you will lower your energy levels.

“What kind of signal does that send out to the players? You are compromising the preparation of the players and that is why you will have an average match. It’s amateurish.

“They clearly underestimated Middlesbrough. Would they have done this if they were playing Chelsea or Manchester United? I don’t think they would.”

Outspoken

Verheijen, who has worked with Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Holland, is an outspoken figure who seldom minces his words.

Last October, he also waded into the club-versus-country row between England manager Roy Hodgson and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

After Hodgson had said that he couldn’t see the benefit of Liverpool’s preference of giving some of their players two recovery days, Verheijen wrote on Twitter: “England manager Roy Hodgson once again made himself look extremely stupid. He is the perfect example of a typical uneducated English coach.”

Source: The Sun

Rats and roaches seen scurrying around Teck Ghee hawker centre

A netizen spotted rats and roaches while she was having a late dinner at a Teck Ghee hawker centre.
A netizen spotted rats and roaches while she was having a late dinner at a Teck Ghee hawker centre.

A netizen found herself dining with unwanted company when she spotted rats and cockroaches at a hawker centre in Teck Ghee.

The woman, known as ST on citizen journalism portal STOMP, was having a late dinner at Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre last Thursday (Jan 22) when she noticed the creepy-crawlies.

She told STOMP: "I was eating for about 10 minutes at Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre and saw four humongous rats running around me and some cockroaches as companions.

"They were so fast it was difficult for me to take photos of them."

According to Shin Min Daily News, ST was left "disgusted" by the situation.

Statement

The incident prompted the Ang Mo Kio Town Council to release a statement saying that it had informed the National Environment Agency to "continue educating stall owners and market tenants on the importance of good housekeeping inside their stalls and to exercise proper waste disposal" while continuing its "weekly treatment outside the market perimeter and bin centre".

When interviewed by Shin Min, Mr Chen, a 52-year-old who works at a drinks stall at the centre, claims the rodent problem is not new, and said the stallholders are doing what they can to guard against the problem. He said he believes the rodents come from the nearby HDB estate. 

He said: "Before we close our stalls, we make sure all our food is kept in the fridge, but this is a problem you cannot guard against completely."

Sources: STOMP, Shin Min Daily News

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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