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Cabby drives against traffic to chase driver who hit him
Driver jailed 12 weeks for rash driving after he tries to get away with slamming into rear of taxi
The cabby had stopped for a red light at a traffic junction when a silver multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) slammed into the rear of his taxi.
Before Mr Muhammad Ali Abdul Kadir, 41, could get out to investigate, the MPV sped off, beating the red light in the process.
Unable to jot down the culprit's licence plate in time, Mr Ali decided to give chase. The pursuit took them past two more red lights as well as against the flow of traffic, but Mr Ali said he felt he needed to catch the irresponsible driver and warn others.
"I kept sounding my horn to warn other road users of this dangerous driver and tried to keep up," he said.
"I know what I did was wrong, but I needed to catch and stop him."
Mr Ali thought he almost had him after the driver crashed head-on into a police Land Rover, which was travelling in the opposite direction, and came to a halt.
But when Mr Ali alighted from his taxi and tried to open the MPV door, the driver reversed his vehicle, swerved it to the right and caused Mr Ali to fall
The MPV then sped off into the distance.
But the driver did not get far.
His reign of terror on the roads ended when his vehicle crashed into the wall of a mall carpark and burst into flames.
Yesterday, Chee Chern Chun, 42, was jailed 12 weeks, fined $2,000 and banned from driving for three years.
His 1.3km rampage began at 3.26am on Oct 3, 2014, when he crashed into the rear of Mr Ali's taxi at the junction of Merchant Road and Eu Tong Sen Street.
Chee then beat the red light at the junction and drove along North Canal Road, prompting Mr Ali to give chase.
"I was very angry. I believe that you must be responsible for your actions. This driver just drove off. I couldn't let him go just like that," he said.
Chee beat a second red light as he turned onto South Bridge Road, and a third one when he made a right turn onto Upper Pickering Street, which is a one-way road.
Mr Ali tried his best to keep up.
"He was going very fast on a small road. I kept honking, just hoping to alert other road users and prevent an accident," he said.
They drove against the flow of traffic and onto a slip road from New Bridge Road, where Chee crashed head-on with a police Land Rover.
Mr Ali quickly alighted from his taxi and tried to open Chee's door, which was locked. He also caught a glimpse of the errant driver for the first time.
"He looked blur, like he was in a daze. He didn't look like someone who had been driving in such an aggressive manner," he said.
Their encounter was brief as Chee reversed his vehicle and caused Mr Ali, who was holding on to the door handle, to fall.
Chee then sped off and drove against the flow of traffic along New Bridge Road until he reached Funan DigitaLife Mall.
He crashed through the mall carpark exit barrier and collided into a hose reel, causing his engine to catch fire.
But Chee continued his road rampage as he reversed his vehicle and grazed a parked lorry.
The MPV eventually came to a halt after it crashed into a wall and burst into flames.
Chee, who managed to escape, was detained by the mall's security officers as the Singapore Civil Defence Force arrived to put out the fire.
Mr Ali gasped when he heard the details for the first time yesterday.
"I thought he just pulled over on his own. I didn't know it took his vehicle going up in flames to put an end to it. I hope he was all right," he said.
Police officers found that Chee reeked of alcohol, had a flushed face and bloodshot eyes, and was slurring, court papers said.
A Breath Evidential Analyser test revealed that he was two units short of failing the prescribed limit of 35 microgrammes per 100ml of breath.
He later told the authorities that he had been suffering from extreme fatigue. Court papers said Mr Ali's taxi and the police Land Rover suffered slight damage to their rear and front bumper respectively.
Mr Ali also suffered bruises and was given three days of medical leave.
Yesterday, Chee was jailed, fined and banned from driving for one count each of rash driving endangering human life, inconsiderate driving that caused the collision with Mr Ali's taxi, and failing to stop after being involved in an accident.
Two other charges were taken into consideration for sentencing.
When told of Chee's sentence, Mr Ali promptly replied: "Good."
But he added that he did not bear any grudges against the driver and that the experience did not faze him from going back out on the roads.
"What was most important was that no one was seriously hurt or killed that night. And that justice is done," he said.
I was very angry. I believe that you must be responsible for your actions. This driver just drove off. I couldn't let him go just like that.
- Mr Muhammad Ali Abdul Kadir, who gave chase in his taxi after he was hit from behind by the MPV
Chee Chern Chun, who is driving a multi-purpose vehicle, crashes into the rear of Mr Muhammad Ali Abdul Kadir's taxi, which had stopped at the junction of Merchant Road and Eu Tong Sen Street.
Instead of stopping, Chee drives off, beating a red light.
He drives along North Canal Road and runs a second red light as he turns right onto South Bridge Road.
He drives along South Bridge Road and beats a third red light as he turns onto Upper Pickering Street against the flow of traffic.
Chee continues driving onto a slip road from New Bridge Road and crashes into a police Land Rover.
Mr Ali, who is tailing Chee, alights and tries to open Chee's door. But he reverses and swerves to the right, causing Mr Ali to fall.
Chee drives onto New Bridge Road - again against the flow of traffic.
He drives to Funan DigitaLife Mall, crashes through the exit barrier and drives into the carpark.
There, he crashes into a hose reel, causing his engine to catch fire.
He reverses and grazes a parked lorry. He crashes into a wall and his vehicle bursts into flame. Chee is arrested.
Goodwood Park bakery 'sincerely apologetic' for the distress caused
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has lifted the suspension of Goodwood Park Hotel bakery kitchen on Friday (May 20).
In a press release, NEA said they are satisfied with the measures the hotel has implemented to ensure food safety.
Soon after the announcement by NEA, the hotel posted a statement on their Facebook page to say that they are "sincerely apologetic for the distress caused".
They also stated that they are working hard on food safety and hygiene practices to restore the confidence in the hotel.
While the suspension has been lifted, the hotel did not confirm when exactly they will start producing pastries and desserts.
"When the Deli opens, non-durian pastries will be made available first. Selected durian pastries like mousse cakes, puffs and ice cream will be made available in due course."
On April 22, the hotel's bakery was suspended after at least 76 people were affected by food poisoning.
Joint investigations by the Ministry of Health (MOH), NEA and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) traced the food poisoning cases to the hotel's popular durian pastries.
It was later found that there had been instances of poor personal and food hygiene practices when the durian pastries were being made.
The hotel said in their Facebook post then that "one part-time and one trainee food handler in the durian kitchen" tested positive for Norovirus.
Stool samples from three consumers who fell ill during the outbreak also tested positive for the virus.
Both of them have been suspended from food handling.
Dai Xiangyu says bride was so moved, she cried
Little Nyonya star Dai Xiangyu marries China actress Chen Zihan a day after the proposal.
Actor Dai Xiangyu, formerly known as Dai Yangtian, has married.
The 31-year-old China-born heart-throb, who shot to fame in Singapore after starring in the 2008 Channel 8 hit drama The Little Nyonya, is officially off the market.
And the lucky bride? China actress Chen Zihan, 38, his co-star in the Chinese drama Pearl Earrings that was filmed last year.
They have been dating for about a year and registered their marriage yesterday. He had proposed the day before.
Chen has starred in Chinese TV dramas like The Return Of The Condor Heroes (2006), Madame White Snake (2006) and New Mad Monk (2014).
Dai told the local media over the phone from Beijing in Mandarin: “She’s a girl that everyone thinks is sexy, but she’s not. It’s because of her appearances and her roles (on screen). She’s actually very cute.
“We feel that the time has come for us to be married.”
Dai, who has about 300,000 followers on Sina Weibo, admitted that Chen, who has more than four million followers, is “more successful” than him.
He denied that it was a shotgun marriage and said he hopes to have two children, a boy and a girl, in the future.
On popping the question, Dai said: “I was quite confident that she would say yes.”
He spent about a month preparing for the big day. He rented a studio and worked with a production crew to pretend there was a job for Chen. When she arrived, he played a video of their heart-warming moments together before coming out with a bouquet.
Family and friends were involved. They wore shirts that said “Marry Dai”.
He added: “She was so moved, she cried. I was moved too, but I had to finish what I had to say, so I couldn’t get too emotional.”
Chinese news sites Sina Entertainment and Jiangsu have reported on their marriage. According to Chinese news sites People and Wangyi Entertainment, Dai had the five-carat engagement ring custom-made.
It has been a “hectic” two days for the couple, especially since the proposal and marriage registration were back to back.
He said: “Usually, the period of time between the proposal and the registration of marriage is quite long.
“By doing this (back to back), I’m breaking (with) convention.”
He said there will be a proper wedding ceremony in December in his home country, where he has been pursuing an acting career since leaving Singapore for Shanghai in 2011.
“I think it’ll be my family and friends flying over from Singapore to China for (the wedding),” he said.
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Jailed over two road rage incidents in 11 months
Taxi driver jailed seven weeks for two road rage incidents
It's bad enough getting involved in a road rage incident.
Muhammad Fuad Kamroden, 32, was involved in two cases in less than a year.
Yesterday, the taxi driver was jailed for seven weeks for voluntarily causing hurt to two people.
On Oct 12, 2014,Fuad was riding his motorcycle with a pillion along Orchard Turn at about 2.30pm when a car almost collided into them.
He made rude gestures at the driver, Ms Hong Boon Hiang, 48, and her husband, Mr Tok Soon Min, 39, who sat in the front seat.
Fuad tailed Ms Hong's car to the driveway of Ngee Ann City, stopped his motorbike in front of the car - diagonally on the road - then got off and walked towards it.
Mr Tok also alighted and approached Fuad.
Fuad head-butted Mr Tok's face with his helmet and repeatedly punched his body.
As Mr Tok fell, Fuad stepped on his body several times.
Ms Hong rushed out of her car and pulled her Faud away with the help of passers-by.
Fuad then escaped on his bike.
Mr Tok suffered abrasions and tenderness on his forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and chest.
Fuad was arrested and released on bail, but he hurt another road user 11 months later.
On Sept 6 last year, he was driving a taxi and turning into Handy Road, just outside The Cathay mall, when a car swerved in front of his taxi, resulting in a near-miss.
This sparked an exchange of rude gestures between Fuad and the driver, Mr Tang Siew Chong, 54.
Fuad drove to the Plaza Singapura shopping mall carpark and parked his taxi.
Mr Tang appeared beside it, knocked on the window and demanded Fuad to come out.
Fuad alighted and filmed Mr Tang with his mobile phone.
Mr Tang pushed the phone away and it hit Fuad's face.
Fuad punched Mr Tang's face several times.
Mr Tang punched him back several more times before the fight was stopped by a security officer.
Mr Tang was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was treated for abrasions on his face and neck.
Fuad went to the same hospital for a bruise at the back of his head and tenderness on his neck.
The New Paper understands that Mr Tang was let off with a conditional warning.
Yesterday, defence lawyer Emmanuel Lee, who was assigned by the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, said in mitigation that his client had been provoked.
He said that Fuad had lashed out only after Mr Tang had pushed the phone into his face.
But District Judge Salina Ishak questioned whether the accused's reaction was proportionate and whether he had an underlying anger management issue.
The judge also noted that Fuad had launched a deliberate and sustained assault on his first victim, Mr Tok.
For each charge of voluntarily causing hurt, Fuad could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.
From canvas to film
Local painting inspires new short by Eric Khoo
Eric Khoo might be best known for his edgy, socially-critical feature films such as 12 Storeys and Mee Pok Man.
But the inspiration for the 51-year-old local director's next project was a humble 1977 oil on canvas painting, Portable Cinema, by 84-year-old local artist Chua Mia Tee.
The painting is also the title of Khoo's new five-minute short film, which he described as a tribute to Chua.
It will be one of five shorts inspired by Southeast Asian paintings at the National Gallery Singapore, which will be shown as the omnibus Art Through Our Eyes at the Gallery later this year.
Khoo worked with the Gallery to recruit four other award-winning South-east Asian directors, who will each produce their short films in their home countries.
They are Indonesia's Joko Anwar (Raden Saleh's Wounded Lion), Malaysia's Ho Yuhang (Latiff Mohidin's Aku), the Philippines' Brillante Mendoza (Fernando Cueto Amorsolo's Marketplace during the Occupation) and Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Raden Saleh's Merapi, Eruption by Day and Merapi, Eruption by Night).
Funded by the Gallery and the Singapore Film Commission, the collaboration was first pitched by Khoo after the success of last year's video series called My Masterpiece, in which 12 well-known Singaporeans discussed a painting that impacted them.
The series was produced for the Gallery by Khoo's production company Zhao Wei Films.
The other four directors made their final selections after looking at over 400 paintings from the Gallery's South-east Asian collection, but Khoo zeroed in on Chua's art from the start.
He has been a fan of Chua's for many years, but it was Portable Cinema that caught his attention and blew his mind.
"It's magical! I would love to own a trishaw like that," Khoo told The New Paper yesterday at a press conference for Art Through Our Eyes, referring to the equipment with which Singaporeans could watch short films in the 1940s.
He came up with the storyboard for his short film at the start of the year and spent one-and-a-half days a month or two ago filming it. The short is now in post-production.
When asked about his next project, Khoo revealed that it will be a feature film co-produced with Japan and that he hopes to film it at the end of this year.
Although he remained secretive about its topic and production details, he teased: "I love sushi and Kyoto."