Witness: Workers shouted, waved hands in air
She first spotted the group of SMRT workers walking on the tracks at about 11am yesterday.
Mrs Tandra Haldei, who lives opposite Pasir Ris MRT station at Block 528B, Pasir Ris Street 51, was surprised as it was her first time seeing workers on the tracks.
She has been living there with her husband and their two young children for two years.
But then Mrs Tandra heard the workers scream and shout.
The 34-year-old housewife said: "I looked out of my living room window and saw them waving their hands in the air.
"They looked like they were trying to stop the train that was approaching in their direction. It was moving so fast that I was scared for them."
Within seconds, she heard a loud screech from the train brakes.
"The next thing I knew, the train had stopped and I saw a body on the tracks," Mrs Tandra, who was alone at home at the time of the accident, told The New Paper.
"I was so shocked that the deaths took place so near my home. I feel so sad for the victims."
Another resident, Mr Jufri Jasni, 32, said he heard repeated shouts of: "Oi! Oi!"
"But I did not think much of it as I thought they were just doing maintenance work," he added.
The operations manager found out about the two deaths only a few hours later when he watched the news on TV.
He said he felt deeply saddened at the loss of two young lives.
"These accidents are avoidable," said Mr Jufri.
"I hope SMRT will look into this incident and tackle these risk issues. We're talking about real lives here."
The two men who died are Mr Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 26, and Mr Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24.
According to SMRT, both joined the company in January and were undergoing on-the-job training at the time of the accident.
The police have classified this as an unnatural death and are investigating with SMRT.
— ZACHARY SOH, LAURA CHIA
The last fatal accident involving SMRT employees was in 2010.
A technician was hit by an LRT train while attending to a fault on the track.The 48-year-old was at a designated walkway, checking the power rail between Bukit Panjang and Phoenix stations, when an oncoming train hit him at Phoenix station.
He suffered injuries to his head and legs and died 12 days later without emerging from a coma.
The technician, who had been with SMRT for 11 years, left behind a wife and three daughters.
Win J-rock girl group Scandal's concert tickets
Hot off last year's successful concert in Singapore, all-female Japanese rock quartet, Scandal, best known for their hits Shunkan Sentimental, Doll, and Harukaze, are returning to our shores.
The girls' current tour is in promotion of their seventh album Yellow, which includes chart-topping songs Sisters and Stamp!. They will play at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa on June 4 (Saturday) at 8pm.
We have three pairs of tickets (each ticket worth $98) to the concert to give away, courtesy of Sozo.
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Win tickets to pop opera group Il Divo's concert
Following the success of their last concert here in 2014, multinational vocal quartet Il Divo are coming back to Singapore with their brand new Amor & Pasion concert tour.
As the world's first and most successful classical crossover group, the foursome's virtuosic blending of operatic techniques with romantic and popular songs have taken the world by storm, pioneering the genre of operatic pop. They will play at The Star Theatre on April 4 (Monday), 8pm.
We have three pairs of tickets (each ticket worth $168) to the concert to give away, courtesy of Hype Records.
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Win SingPost's limited edition Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice MyStamp Collection
Batman and Superman are set to make their joint debut on SingPost’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice MyStamp Collection.
The limited edition 12-page hardcover Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice MyStamp Collection ($69.90) includes three souvenir stamp sheets and a retractable lanyard.
The series highlights the legendary superheroes, who were born a year apart on the pages of DC Comics and are being brought together on the big screen for the first time in history. The collection will also feature Wonder Woman, who makes her theatrical debut in the movie.
We have three sets of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice MyStamp Collection to give away, courtesy of SingPost.
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Win Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie premiums
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
We have three sets of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie hampers (worth $115 each) to give away, courtesy of Warner Bros.
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Ice cream uncle dishes out free ice cream on his 70th birthday
Ice cream uncle Jimmy Teng celebrates birthday by giving out 700 free ice creams to thank his customers.
How would you celebrate your 70th birthday?
Ice cream vendor Jimmy Teng marked his special day on Tuesday (March 22) by giving his customers free ice cream.
"It's my birthday. My treat," he told customers at his stall outside Lavender MRT station.
Many customers were surprised. Some insisted that they pay for the ice cream. Others gave him a red packet.
And everyone wished the uncle a happy birthday.
Mr Teng, known affectionately by many as Uncle Jimmy, announced on his Facebook page the previous day that he would be giving out 700 servings of free ice cream to mark his 70th birthday.
But he prepared 1,000 servings instead, which would have cost him a few hundred dollars' worth of ice cream.
It was his way of "thanking all my customers for their support", he told The New Paper (TNP).
He has been selling ice cream at the same spot for the last 12 years just outside the ICA Building in Lavender, but this is the first time he has given out free ice cream.
And with every wish of "happy birthday", his smile grew wider and wider.
"I'm so happy," he said in Mandarin. "I wouldn't be this happy if I won the lottery!"
His happiness was shared by many around him, from young children who beamed at their treat, to working adults and senior citizens who were appreciative of the man's generosity.
Mr Ngu Yen Anh Tuan, 20, found out about the ice cream 'promotion' when he passed by Mr Teng's stand on the way to collect his student pass at the ICA building.
"He loves his shop," he said. "He can see people happily eating his ice cream.
"It's a small gesture, but I'm happy to receive it."
But this small gesture was just one of the many of Mr Teng's inspiring gestures.
Mr Haresh Vishinda, 45, sat in a wheelchair in front of Uncle Jimmy's ice cream stand, shouting to passers-by, "Free ice cream!"
Mr Haresh has been a regular customer of Mr Teng since five years ago and they became friends.
When Mr Haresh lost one of his legs two years ago due to diabetes, Mr Teng helped him get back on his feet by lending him money.
"He's supported me in many ways," said Mr Haresh, who is single. "When I'm sad, he'll cheer me up. When I've got a problem, he'll try to solve it.
"He has a good heart for the less fortunate."
In the past, Mr Teng would anonymously donate $1,000 every year to a community centre until he recently stopped to take care of his wife, who had a host of health problems.
He now lives with his 40-year-old daughter after his wife died last year.
Police arrest man for causing public alarm at Bugis with toy gun
A 21-year-old man is being investigated for brandishing a realistic-looking toy gun at Bugis MRT station last Tuesday (March 15).
The police were informed about the incident at around 1.10pm that day after a member of the public spotted the unidentified male subject carrying an object which looked like a rifle.
After mobilising "extensive" resources to track down the man, the police arrested him at his Toa Payoh home on the same day.
Initial investigations indicate that the object in question was a toy gun that the man had purchased online.
The police are treating the case as one of causing public alarm and advised the public to avoid actions that might do so in the future.
Pasir Ris accident leaves two SMRT staff dead
An accident near Pasir Ris MRT station on Tuesday (March 22) morning has left two SMRT maintenance staff dead.
According to the public transport operator, the incident took place at 11.10am at a servicing point near the station.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted at about 11.11am and arrived on the scene with one fire engine, two firebikes, one Red Rhino, two ambulances and three support vehicles.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement to the media, SMRT's vice-president of corporate information and communication Patrick Nathan said: "At around 11.10 am today, there was an accident involving two SMRT maintenance staff along the track at a servicing point near Pasir Ris station.
"SCDF was immediately activated and they have confirmed that the two SMRT staff have passed away. We convey our deepest condolences to their families and will be providing support to them at this very difficult time.
"We are working with the police to conduct a detailed investigation into this accident."
Train services between Pasir Ris and Tanah Merah ground to a halt, with SMRT providing free bus and shuttle services to ferry commuters to their destination.
The train service had been suspended until close to 2pm.