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Her whole life now is about caring for her son

Devoted mum has been main caregiver of quadriplegic son for 17 years. Every day, she talks to him, says dad

CONSTANT CARE: (Above) Mr Yuri Dahlan Ismail is bedridden and unable to communicate.

She has to tube-feed her 38-year-old son, change his diapers, and turn him over every two hours to prevent bedsores.

If you think life is tough for Madam Maznah Sharipan, 59, think again.

Her husband had his foot amputated because of diabetes, and is on dialysis.

So when it comes to physically turning her son to ease his bedsores or putting ice packs to bring down his frequent fevers, Madam Maznah has to manage all on her own.

Her son, Mr Yuri Dahlan Ismail, suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him bedridden when he was 21.

While on a work assignment, the car he was driving was involved in an accident. The front seat passenger did not survive.

Madam Maznah, a housewife who has been her son's main caregiver for the past 17 years, is responsible for tube-feeding him, changing his diapers and sponging him daily.

Speaking to The New Paper in their four-room flat in Bukit Panjang, her husband, Mr Ismail Shahul Hamid, 62, said she is devoted to their son.

They have a younger son, 36, who does not live with them but visits every week to help bathe Mr Yuri.

Mr Ismail said: "She will talk to him all the time, telling him to be patient and to endure. Even if he can't respond, he can still hear her voice."

Despite the challenges, Madam Maznah manages to keep going with strength, humour and faith.

During this interview, she broke into laughter when her husband said in jest that she neglects him despite their 40 years of marriage.

But she does admit that her son is always on her mind.

"When I'm not at home, I'm always wondering about him. I feel relieved and happy every time I see him."

FRESH GRAD: Mr Yuri at 21 in a photograph taken before the accident. PHOTO COURTESY OF ISMAIL SHAHUL HAMID

Her son's condition - he is a quadriplegic and is unable to communicate in any way - was hard for her to accept at first.

"I used to cry and had trouble sleeping after his accident," she said.

Mr Yuri - named after Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to travel to space - had just graduated from Singapore Polytechnic when the accident happened in 1999.

He had serious head injuries and was hospitalised for six months. He then had to stay at a rehabilitation home for another six months before returning home.

CONSTANT CARE: (Above) His father, Mr Ismail Shahul Hamid, with the family photograph given to them by Home Nursing Foundation as part of the Portraits Of Love project. Also in the photo is staff nurse Hong Jia Wei, who visits twice a week to attend to Mr Yuri's bedsores. TNP PHOTOS: PHYLLICIA WANG

Over the past few years, Madam Maznah has managed to care for her son, but her biggest challenge involves moving him frequently to reduce pressure on his bedsores, which have worsened over the years.

Mr Ismail, who has Type 1 diabetes and kidney failure, has been going for dialysis three times a week since 2008. The former driver was forced to stop working after his foot was amputated in 2014.

After that, his wife had to wheel him to the dialysis centre, but he now relies on a motorised wheelchair.

The family lives on a monthly payout from Mr Yuri's former employer, Mr Ismail's CPF payout and financial assistance from a family service centre and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis).


Since June last year, Mr Yuri has been a recipient of non-profit organisation Home Nursing Foundation (HNF), which provides home care services.

Staff nurse Hong Jia Wei, 27, visits their home twice a week to attend to his bedsores.

The family is part of Portraits Of Love, a photography project featuring patients and their caregivers, families or loved ones. (See report)

Ms Hong told TNP that Mr Yuri's bedsores were very serious at first but his condition has improved slightly.

She said: "The mum is not young any more and it is difficult for her to turn him over every two hours.

"But they are very loving towards him and always telling me that he is a good son."

She added that she was impressed by their tenacity.

"They are a very simple and humble family and always joking around."

Mr Ismail said they have learnt to accept their fate.

"The reality is that life has its ups and downs," he said.

Madam Maznah added: "I just feel lucky that I'm still able to embrace my son. I'm always praying for him and I have never given up hope that he will get better one day."

Captain America: Civil War is a win for #TeamRusso

Unlucky for some? Captain America: Civil War is the thirteenth film of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

For the superstitious, that may be bad news. Not here. in this case, 13 is a very auspicious number.

After last year's bloated and dull Avengers: Age Of Ultron along with the fun but unessential Ant-Man, one could be forgiven for thinking the wheels were close to falling off the Marvel wagon.

Well, Anthony and Joe Russo, the same guys that made 2014's Captain America: Winter Soldier one of the smartest superhero flicks are back – and they have improved on the formula.

In this, the United Nations want to take over the Avengers. Too many innocent people have died in the course of them saving the day. Tony Stark aka Iron Man is all for having accountability, Steve Rogers aka Captain America sees it as a leash. The issue breaks up the band.

Neither side being the bad guys but both unable to play nice.

We watched it. And here, spoiler-free, is what we thought of it...



A bit of a no-brainer to say this is better than Batman V Superman: Dawn of Yawn, but the plots are cut from similar cloth –​ aside from having two big name heroes duke it out.

One of the good parts of BVS was the collateral damage caused by superheroes fighting super villains.

That is writ big here. You defeat the bad guy but did you really save the day if a building fell on top of a crowd?



Not that anyone was hoping for this to fail (outside of the DC Comics crew) but considering how many characters are involved, the huge fights, plus the need to introduce Black Panther and Spider-Man, this romps along.

To have that many pieces in play, it is stunning how crisp and coherent it is.

The label says Captain America but it's really the third Avengers instalment.

It is a true ensemble film with no character left behind. Even Hawkeye gets a fair shake.

The only character that is an odd is Paul Bettany's Vision. The bright red guy in green may work in comics - or could work with Guardians Of The Galaxy - but here?

It's an odd fit with the muted colours and grounded world view of this film. 

Also, it looks like his cape is made from a set of curtains from a particularly cheap restaurant.



Hey Marvel, are you totally committed to the idea of Bumbly Cumberpatch's Dr Strange? It feels like an unnecessary diversion after Civil War. Really, 2017's Spider-Man film cannot arrive soon enough. If you thought he's just a cameo here, think again. You get a lot of web for your buck, plus a very smart workaround to avoid yet another origin story. Welcome, Tom Holland - possibly already the best cinema Spider-Man yet.

And we have to wait until 2018 for Black Panther? Chadwick Boseman is so definite in the role, you'd think it's his third sequel. That we have to wait that long for his first solo adventure just feels mean.



This could be the most serious of all Marvel's films to date. Yet - and this is where Zack Snyder may want to pay attention - it isn't without humour. Despite this being the film where the cost of heroics in ordinary lives is brought to bear on our heroes, it remembers that they are human too.

The balancing act is incredible, especially in the airport fight — one of the greatest action sequences in any Marvel films.

You'll wince, you'll worry... but you'll also laugh-out-loud. (Did we mention how spot on Spider-Man is?)

It's also interesting that the fear factor here is not that it's the end of the world. To quote every mother when the kids are playing up:  If they don't behave, someone's going to get hurt.



This must be a rare case of the men serving as eye-candy more than the women. And there's no more a humbling sight for the average bloke than Chris Evans in his basic grey T-shirt. There are some highly gratuitous scenes of the gun show on display, with some very blatant flexing going on in a struggle with a helicopter. Then again, if you've got them, flaunt them. But for every other guy, you may hear the dumbbells calling...



Sure, choose #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan... We are firmly #TeamRusso. So far, out of 13 movies, they are the only directors that are two for two. Jon Favreau stumbled and stepped out after Iron Man 2. Joss Whedon - the king of the ensemble - fell at the hands of Ultron (and studio heads, according to him). Only the Russo brothers have knocked it out of the park twice. This is the film with everything. Great then that they are back in 2018 for Avengers Infinity War - though given how grounded Civil War is, it will be interesting to see how they manage with more fantastical fare.

Fire rocks Jurong Island

A fire broke out on Jurong Island shortly before 3pm on Wednesday (April 20) amid heavy rain.

The rising plume of black smoke could be seen from about 2km, a reader who works at Tuas told The New Paper.

The reader, who declined to be named, said he could not smell the smoke from that distance but could see "explosions".

He estimated that the fire rose as high as 60m into the sky.


An engineer who works on Jurong Island said he felt his office building shake slightly, but thought it was due to the stormy weather.

It was only when his colleague saw the fire from the window that he realised it was something more serious.

He and most of his colleagues decided to evacuate the island.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said on Facebook that "it received a call on an oil tank fire at Tembusu Road on Jurong Island at about 3pm".

"SCDF resources are at scene and we will provide more updates later."

Woman, who swam topless, jailed for attacking cops at Sentosa

A former Mediacorp producer Zhao Xiaotian was jailed for slapping a police officer.

A former Mediacorp producer was jailed two weeks on Wednesday (April 20) for slapping a police officer, then spitting at him and his female colleague at Sentosa's Tanjong Beach Club on April 26, 2015.

They were called in after she was found swimming topless there.

Zhao Xiaotian, 26, a Singaporean, had pleaded guilty to two counts of using criminal force on a public servant in the execution of duty, with six other charges taken into consideration.

Zhao, who was then doing script writing and work required for producing news bulletins, went to the club where she met friends and drank alcohol.

At about 8.30pm, she took off her bikini top and swam in the club pool, only to be warned by a security guard to put her top back on.

She did so but removed it again.

The police were called in.

Zhao was again uncooperative and verbally abused the police officers.

The New Paper understands she had put on a top, then placed her black bikini top she was holding in her hand on a male officer's shoulder.

When he warned her of her conduct, she slapped him.

She also spat at him and his female colleague outside the club after she was arrested.

Zhao's lawyer, Mr A. K. Nakoorsha, who had asked for probation in his mitigation plea, said Zhao will be appealing against the sentence.

Get the full story in our print edition (April 21).

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Tags: court, slap and police

Man jailed 10 years for fatal knife attack in 2000

Kwek Jian Zong pleaded guilty to one count of electronically transmitting an obscene object and one count of accessing his ex-girlfriend's Facebook account without permission.

See Chee Keong, 50, was sentenced to 10 years' jail for causing the death of another man in May 2000.

See had pleaded guilty to culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (Apr 20) for inflicting two stab wounds -- one to the neck and the other to the heart -- to Mr Leong Fook Weng, 36.

See had committed the offence at a vacant plot of land along Kheam Hock Road, off Dunearn Road.

The court heard that Mr Leong was assaulted by See and a few others for being arrogant and for switching gangs.

After the attack, See absconded and was caught in Cambodia for drug offences.

He was sentenced to 18 years' jail in Cambodia and was released in 2013 after a royal pardon.

He was then brought back to Singapore.

Get the full story in our print edition (April 21.)

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Tags: court, Cambodia, drugs and crime

Tanuki Raw: Japanese with a difference

Tanuki Raw has moved to a bigger and brighter space on Level 4 of Orchard Central (they were one of those who had to make way for the upcoming Uniqlo flagship), and with the move comes a tweak in the menu.

It's the place to go to for pocket-friendly and tasty food. The added bonus is not just the big list of trendy cocktails and alcohol, but the innovative, almost cheeky, way they do food.

The heart of the menu is Japanese, but the execution and the combination of ingredients are all fresh and, for some, audacious.

Like foie gras on donut, or duck on crispy taco shells made out of seaweed.

The dishes are all plated for the eyes and camera, which adds to the restaurant's popularity.

Tanuki Raw doesn't take reservations, which can make people angsty. So go early, or go with the mindset to wait.


One of my favourites is the Uni Donut ($21.90). Sea urchin and donut - it's a clever mash-up of things people love. The donut is doughy but there's nothing a pinch of uni can't improve.


Wham! Fries ($11.90) was so strange to me, I just had to try it. And I loved it. It's sweet potato fries with marshmallow and cheese, and it's a sweet and savoury party in my mouth.


Donburis are the signature items at Tanuki Raw, and the Salted Duck Egg Char Siew ($18 ) is one of the most popular. The yolk is too sweet but the char siew is extremely good. The onsen egg doesn't add to the dish, but will certainly be a hit on Instagram.


Fat Samurai ($11, a deep dish pizza with duck confit, prawns and bacon on a charcoal crust) is the ugly cousin on the menu. But flavour-wise, it's the belle of the ball.


I find the Tanuki Kaisen Chirashi ($24.90) breathtakingly beautiful. So many colours, so many textures, so much fish.

WHAT Tanuki Raw

WHERE #04-01 Orchard Central

WHEN 11am to 10.30pm daily

BOOKING No reservations taken