Expert: Lift sensors could be faulty

Lift that led to elderly man's death being investigated

SERVICED: MP Zainal Sapari said lifts are usually renovated every 28 years but are regularly maintained.
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Elderly mobility device user dies after falling out of lift

DANGER: Use of the affected lift has been suspended.
HOSPITAL: Mr Lim Hang Chiang at Changi General Hospital, where he had a check-up following the accident. His condition rapidly deteriorated thereafter.

On Sunday morning, he was whipping up a feast for her husband's advance 78th birthday celebration that night.

But about four hours later, Madam Kwek Sar Moi, 77, found herself rushing to Changi General Hospital (CGH), preparing for the worst.

Her husband Lim Hang Chiang, 77, had fractured his skull after a fall. He was bleeding in the brain and could no longer recognise anyone.

Mr Lim eventually died in the wee hours yesterday, after falling into a coma. His family decided to take him off life support when told he would at best be left in a vegetative state.

He would have turned 78 this Friday.

"In such a short span of time, everything changed for me. I barely slept. My heart is really hurting right now," Madam Kwek, who spoke in Mandarin, told The New Paper last night, shaking her head sadly.

The incident happened on Sunday at about 10.30am at Block 247, Pasir Ris Street 21.

Mr Lim was heading to a nearby coffee shop to have breakfast with the older of his two sons.


Riding his mobility scooter, which he started using seven years ago after a hip replacement surgery, Mr Lim entered the lift on the 10th storey and sat with his back facing the doors.

When the lift reached the ground floor, the lift car was parked about 15cm above the floor instead of level with it, evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.

Mr Lim, who did not notice the fault, reversed his mobility scooter out of the lift as he usually would.

Both he and the mobility scooter fell over, with Mr Lim hitting the back of his head.

Madam Kwek only found out about the fall when she returned from the market that morning.


She told TNP: "(My husband) felt pain on the back of his head and asked me to check. But there was no bleeding, just a red patch and some minor abrasions. I made him ice the back of his head, but thought it was nothing serious."

But when her husband started feeling nauseous an hour after the accident, their elder son took him to CGH.

There, Mr Lim went through an X-ray and two CT scans. He also vomited a few times.

Meanwhile, Madam Kwek continued frying bee hoon at home.

"I even told (my husband) to come back home after his check-up so we can eat together. I thought it was just a check-up, and they would all come home together," the retiree said.

Unknown to her was her husband's rapidly deteriorating condition, until a call from her son came at 2pm.

"(My son) told me my husband stopped recognising him. I started panicking, threw all the food into the fridge and rushed to the hospital," Madam Kwek said.

Madam Kwek. 

The Lim family spent the rest of the night - what would have been his birthday celebration - watching over the 77-year-old man as he lay in the hospital bed fighting for his life.

Madam Kwek said: "The doctors said his left brain was bleeding quite heavily. The left part of the brain controls his memory, that's why he couldn't recognise us any more.

"We tried calling his name but he was already in a coma. They didn't operate on him as the surgery would turn him into a vegetable."

She then muttered to herself: "Everything happened so quickly. It was just a few hours."

At about 2.15am yesterday, the family decided to take Mr Lim off life support. The doctors had said that at best, Mr Lim would be in a vegetative state, Madam Kwek said.

It was a decision Madam Kwek did not agree with initially.

"I thought to let him get past the night, and see what happens in the morning. But I later realised if we went ahead, his suffering will be cut short," she said quietly.

The Lims are now grappling with the grief of losing their family member to a lift mishap.

The youngest son, Mr Lim Keng Swee, 45, told TNP he was relying on his faith to take him through the tough period.

Fighting back tears, he questioned how regularly the lifts at his block were maintained.

The workplace safety executive, who lives with his parents in the executive flat at Pasir Ris, said he had noticed problems with the lift in the recent months.

Madam Kwek also recalled falling as she entered that lift - an incident she now suspects was caused by the poorly parked lift car. There are two lifts in their block.

The younger Mr Lim said he is in touch with the authorities to get to the bottom of the incident.

"It's an irony, the accident. Here I am telling workers to be safe, and there he is, my dad, getting into this accident," he said with a helpless shrug.

'I wish Ah Gong will still be at home'


About 17 years ago, he had a stroke.

Seven years ago, he started relying on a mobility scooter - a gift from his youngest son - after a hip replacement surgery left his limbs weak.

Mr Lim Hang Chiang, 77, also had to watch his blood pressure.

But despite these ailments, the former taxi driver remained fiercely independent until his death.

His daughter-in-law Wang Ying, 37, told The New Paper in Mandarin: "He often went out on his own to buy items, and for his routine medical check-ups."


The casino dealer, who said she is still coming to terms with her loss, said Mr Lim was someone who took his health seriously.

"For many years, he had been meticulously monitoring his blood sugar and blood pressure daily, recording the figures in a notebook," said Madam Wang.

At home, Mr Lim did not like to bother others.

Although the family hired a foreign domestic worker, Mr Lim would wake up at 4.30am to cook his porridge for breakfast and take his medicine.

"That's how he was - very considerate and thoughtful," said Madam Wang.

She said he was also a doting grandfather to his six grandchildren, including her six-year-old daughter.

"He was always happiest when he could see all of his grandchildren together in this house", she said.

Mr Lim was so attached to his grandchildren that when Madam Wang told him she was planning to take her daughter to China this June, he said he would miss his "precious" granddaughter's cheerful presence.

The affection was reciprocal.

Madam Wang said her daughter, on hearing that her beloved grandfather had died, wistfully said: "I wish Ah Gong will still be at home, every day."

"For many years, he had been meticulously monitoring his blood sugar and blood pressure daily, recording the figures in a notebook."

- Mr Lim Hang Chiang's daughter-in-law Wang Ying

A guide to parking spots in Singapore

If you drive, finding a place to park your car will be one of your daily priorities.

So, since we at The New Paper are the helpful sort, we have put together a (hopefully) helpful list of places where you can park around the island, and how much it costs at different times of the day. 



Central Business District

  Whole Day
Season Parking
Six Battery Road $62 $12.80 $3.70/entry Tenants only
Golden Shoe $50.10 $10.40 $3.30/entry $345
Asia Square $64.2 $12.84 $5.35 Tenants only
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 $90.42 $18.10 $3.21 (first four hours) Tenants only
Marina Bay Link Mall $64.20 $12.84 $3.21 (first four hours) Tenants only
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1/2 $64.20 $12.84 $3.21 (first four hours) Tenants only
Club Street street parking $17 $4 $4 N.A.










One North

  Whole Day
Season Parking
Biopolis $10 $2 $1 Tenants only
Mediapolis $10 $2 $4 Tenants only
Fusionpolis $10 $2 $4 Tenants only





Jurong East

  Whole Day
Season Parking
Jem $12.10 $2.50 $2.50/entry Tenants only
JCube $12.10 $2.50 $2.50/entry Tenants only
IMM $8.56 Free (Free for first two hours) $2.14 Tenants only
Westgate $19.30 $2.30 $2.50 Tenants only
130 Jurong East 13 $10 $2 $4 N.A
132 Jurong Gateway Road $10 $2 $4 $90
133 Jurong Gateway Road $10 $2 $4 $65
134 Jurong Gateway Road $10 $2 $4 N.A.










North Side

  Whole Day
Season Parking
Causeway Point $12 $2.40 $4.80 Tenants only
Woodlands Civic Centre $10 $2 $4 N.A
895D Woodlands Ave 5 $10 $2 $4 $90
892 Woodlands Ave 5 $10 $2 $4 N.A








  Whole Day
Season Parking
Bishan Juntion 8 $12.59 $2.35 $2.14 Tenants only
505 Bishan st 11 $10 $2 $4 $75
513 Bishan st 13 $10 $2 $4 $65
Bishan Interchange $10 $2 $4 $90
191 Bishan st 13 $10 $2 $4 $65







Toa payoh 

  Whole Day
Season Parking
Toa Payoh HDB Hub $10 $2 $4 N.A
190 Toa Payoh Central $10 $2 $4 $75
186 Toa Payoh Central $10 $2 $4 $65
156A Lor 1 Toa Payoh MSCP $10 $2 $4 $65







Changi Business Park

  Whole Day
Season Parking
Changi City Point $14 $2.80 $2.50/entry Tenants only
Changi Link UE Bizhub East $14 $2.8 $2.50/entry Tenants only
Singapore Expo $20 $2 $4 $150
The Signature $15.50 $3.50 $6.50 Tenants only







  Whole Day
Season Parking
Tampines 1 $13.78 $2.38 $5.18/entry N.A
Tampines Mall $12.59 $2.35 $2.14/entry $112.35
Century Square $12.59 $2.35 $2.14/entry $321/3 months
Abacus Plaza $20.50 $4 $2.50/entry -
507, Tampines Central $10 $2 $4 $90
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Wenger’s men steal bragging rights with win

HEAD BOY: In-form Olivier Giroud scores his first of three goals in the game for Arsenal against relegated Villa at the Emirates Stadium.


(Giroud 5, 78, 80, Bunn 90 og)


Olivier Giroud’s first-ever Premier League hat-trick saw Arsenal beat Aston Villa to secure a second-place finish at the expense of rivals Tottenham.

It was an afternoon of ‘what might have been’ after the Gunners had entered 2016 top of the table and looking in good shape to claim their first title in 12 years.

Instead, the 4-0 victory over the long-since relegated Villa saw Arsenal leapfrog Spurs to finish second to champions Leicester as Olivier Giroud picked the perfect time to show Arsene Wenger he can lead the line at the Emirates Stadium going into next season, with a last-gasp Mark Bunn own goal sealing the win.


The win, coupled with Tottenham’s capitulation at Newcastle, means Arsenal have not finished below their neighbours since 1995 and were able to toast ‘St Totteringham’s Day’— the name fans have given to the point where they are assured of finishing above Spurs—once again.

It could have been a simple end-ofseason knockabout but, with secondspot still up for grabs, Wenger’s side at least had something to play for and they needed just five minutes to breach Villa’s leaky defence.

Nacho Monreal broke down the left and crossed for an unmarked Giroud to head home past a despairing Bunn — although Mesut Oezil had appeared to run the ball out of play in the build-up.

Villa came close to levelling soon after, but Andre Ayew’s ball across the Arsenal goal was cleared by Gabriel after the forward had burst past Hector Bellerin and into the box.

Alexis Sanchez arrowed a shot wide as Arsenal looked to double their advantage before the break, although arguably the loudest cheers of the half came when news filtered through of Newcastle taking the lead over Spurs.

With England boss Roy Hodgson watching in the stands, Jack Wilshere should have scored when picked out six yards out, but the 24-year-old — starting his first game in almost a year—could only turn his chance into the side-netting.

The Gunners were almost made to pay as Scott Sinclair was allowed to get a shot away, but it was wide of Petr Cech’s far-post and Jordan Lyden’s cutback could not find a Villa shirt.

The second half was a bland affair as the hosts struggled to create chances, while Villa did not look threatening on the rare occasions they committed men forward.

Wilshere’s afternoon came to an end when he was replaced by Mohamed Elneny on 68 minutes and the Egypt midfielder was guilty of spurning a great chance as he wildly lashed a volley over fromclose-range.

The killer goals Arsenal so desperately coveted came within a two-minute window in the closing stages; firstly the Frenchman swept home Oezil’s low cross before staying onside to beat Bunn to Bellerin’s tantalising through-ball.

A fourth goal in stoppage time — an own goal by Bunn rather than a most-fitting finale for departing club captain Mikel Arteta, whose effort was tipped on to the bar before hitting the unwitting Villa stopper and rolling over the line — wrapped up the afternoon.