Cheerful TKPS pupil was a livewire

Tributes pour in as remaining two missing Singaporeans are confirmed dead

POPULAR: Friends said Navdeep Singh Jaryal Raj Kumar was a born leader with many friends.

Thirteen-year-old Navdeep Singh Jaryal Raj Kumar had been missing after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sabah on Friday while he was climbing Mount Kinabalu.

After five long days of hopeful waiting, the Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) student was confirmed dead by Malaysian authorities yesterday morning (June 10).

Friends described him as a firecracker with an unmistakably boisterous laughter.

Fellow TKPS student Tristan Wing, 12, who went on the same school trip as Navdeep, said: "His jokes never failed to lift our spirits. His soft and deep laughter was infectious and would cheer us up when we're feeling tired or sad."

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TKPS teacher was passionate about hockey

POIGNANT: At TKPS, a blue jersey with Mr Ghazi’s name was laid out on a table, with a special note pinned on it.
POIGNANT: At TKPS, a blue jersey with Mr Ghazi’s name was laid out on a table, with a special note (above) pinned on it.
Mr Mohammad Ghazi Mohamed.

He was passionate about hockey and played his last game just two weeks ago.

Tanjong Katong Primary School teacher Mohammad Ghazi Mohamed, 35, had represented the Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) in a National Hockey League match against the Hollandse Club.

His team won 3-2.

On Wednesday, Mr Ghazi was confirmed as one of the 10 Singaporeans killed in the earthquake on Mount Kinabalu last Friday. He had previously been reported missing.

Recalling the match, SRC's hockey team manager, Mr Lawrence Lee, 45, said: "Ghazi was a defender and he did many diving tackles. He was a fierce player and all of us are shocked that he's gone."

Agreeing, team captain K. Thanaraj, 43, who is also a teacher, told The New Paper that he was a close friend of both Mr Ghazi and his wife, teacher Khalidal Huda Sukaimi. The couple have three children - two boys and a girl.

He first learnt of the tragedy when she messaged their WhatsApp group last Friday about her husband's disappearance.

"I was hoping and praying that he was still alive, but all hopes were dashed when I found out about his death. All of us are now trying to comfort her," he said.

Singapore Hockey Federation president Mathavan Devadas said Mr Ghazi was a national trainee in the 1990s.

He added: "His death is a sad loss to the local hockey community."

At TKPS yesterday, many people turned up to pay their respects.

A blue jersey with Mr Ghazi's name was laid out on a table, surrounded by notes with condolence messages.


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Ride the waves

SHOWTIME: Sasha Christian will be making her SEA Games appearance in the wakeboarding event at the Bedok Reservoir today.

Wakeboarding, rowing, cycling and floorball enter the fray today


(Free admission for morning heats, evening tickets sold out)

Heats from 9am

  • Men's 50m breast
  • Women's 50m free
  • Men's 50m back
  • Women's 200m breast
  • Men's 400m free
  • Women's 100m fly

Finals from 7pm

  • Men's 50m breast
  • Women's 50m free
  • Men's 50m back
  • Women's 200m breast
  • Men's 400m free
  • Women's 100m fly
  • Men's 4x100m medley relay

(OCBC Aquatic Centre)


(Tickets sold out)

Men's and women's games from 10am.

(OCBC Arena Hall 2)


(Tickets available)

Men's round robin

  • 1.30pm: Singapore v Malaysia
  • 3pm: Indonesia v Philippines

(OCBC Aquatic Centre)


(Tickets available)

Team semi-finals from 12pm, including

  • 12pm: Singapore v Thailand (women's)
  • 5pm: Singapore v Thailand (men's)

(Singapore Indoor Stadium)


(Tickets sold out for games below)

Various games from 9am, including

  • 6pm: Singapore v Thailand (women's)
  • 8pm: Singapore v Cambodia (men's)

(OCBC Arena Hall 1)


Heats, various events from 9.30am. 
Finals as follows -

  • 9.35am Men's javelin throw
  • 4pm: Women's pole vault
  • 4.05pm: Men's high jump
  • 4.10pm: Men's discus throw
  • 4.15pm: Women's heptathlon (200m)
  • 4.25pm: Women's 1,500m
  • 4.35pm: Men's 1,500m
  • 4.45pm: Women's 10,000m
  • 5.40pm: Women's triple jump
  • 5.50pm: Women's 100m hurdles
  • 6pm: Men's 110m hurdles
  • 6.25pm: Men's 4x400m relay
  • 6.35pm: Women's 4x400m relay

(National Stadium)


Men's and women's individual 
and team recurve from 10am.

(Kallang Cricket Field)


Quarter-finals from 10am.

(Kallang Tennis Centre)


Various pool matches 
from 10am, including

- Men's team

12pm: Singapore v Myanmar

- Women's team

5pm: Singapore v Indonesia

(Kallang Squash Centre)


GOLD (8)

  • Zhang Guirong (Athletics: Women’s shot put)
  • Shanti Pereira (Athletics: Women’s 200m)
  • Keith Saw, Howard Saw (Bowling: Men’s doubles)
  • Audrey Yong (Sailing: Female Windsurfing RSX)
  • Joseph Schooling (Swimming: Men’s 50m butterfly)
  • Joseph Schooling (Swimming: Men’s 200m IM)
  • Roanne Ho (Swimming: Women’s 50m breaststroke)
  • Tao Li, Roanne Ho, Quah Ting Wen, Amanda Lim (Swimming: Women’s 4x100m medley relay)


  • Dipna Lim-Prasad (Athletics: Women’s 400m hurdles)
  • Catherine Chew (Equestrian: Jumping individual)
  • Hanurdeen Hamid (Boxing: Men’s flyweight)
  • Tay Jia Wei (Boxing: Men’s welterweight)
  • Leonard Ong (Sailing: Male Windsurfing RSX)
  • Quah Zheng Wen (Swimming: Men’s 200m IM)
  • Nurul Khairunnisa Azlani, Nur Fazlin Juma’en, Nur Shafiqa Sheik Alau’ddin (Silat: Women’s regu team)


  • Jufrie Aizat (Gymnastics: Men’s horizontal bar)
  • Iqbal Abdul Rahman (Silat: Men’s tunggal, singles)
  • Shakir Juanda, Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alau’ddin (Silat: Men’s ganda, doubles)
  • Jasmine Ser (Shooting: Women’s 50m rifle prone)
  • Samuel Kang (Squash: Men’s singles)
  • Bryan Koh (Squash: Men’s singles)
  • Mao Shi Yuan (Squash: Women’s singles)
  • Quah Zheng Wen (Swimming: Men’s 50m butterfly)
  • Men’s softball team
  • Women’s softball team

UK man raped woman, forced her to marry him

He lured her to his house on the pretence of meeting friends.

When she arrived, he bound her, gagged her and later raped her, taking her virginity.

But the nightmare was far from over.

He secretly filmed her showering and then threatened to go public with the footage unless she became his wife.

She ended up marrying him last year.

Fake Facebook page

The 34-year-old UK businessman, who was already married to another, pleaded guilty to forced marriage, four counts of rape, one of bigamy and one of voyeurism.

He was jailed on Wednesday (June 10) for 16 years.

The man was not named to protect the identity of the 25-year-old woman.

The court heard that the man had targeted the woman for several years.

He even managed to convince her that a former boyfriend of hers was gay by setting up a fake Facebook page.

'Constant threats'

In court, judge Daniel Williams said the defendant used "constant threats" to try to keep his victim quiet.

"When you first raped her, she was still a virgin – something which you would use to ensure her silence," he said.

"It was your intention to cause her irreparable harm so that no-one would want her.

"She was told that if she did not submit to your demands her parents would be killed."

The judge added: "While you have pleaded guilty... there has been no genuine show of remorse."

First conviction

A forced marriage is defined as one in which one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage but are coerced into it by physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional pressure.

This is the UK's first conviction for forced marriage after laws banning forced marriage came into effect in June last year.

Sources: Sky News, The Guardian, ITV, AFP

S'pore swimmers continue golden harvest

Singapore's Roanne Ho Ru'En celebrates with her gold medal in the women's 50m breaststroke on the podium.

Singapore won four golds on the penultimate day of the six-day swimming competition on Wednesday night (June 10).

Joseph Schooling won golds in the men's 50m fly (23.49, new Games record) and the 200m IM (2:00.66, new Games record) to bring his personal gold tally at this Games to eight.

Joseph Schooling returning an autograph book back into the stands after his 200m Individual Medley win. PHOTO: REUTERS

Roanne Ho clocked a new Games record of 31.45s to win the women’s 50m breaststroke — Singapore’s first breaststroke gold since 2007​.

She was also part of the women's 4x100m medley relay team that claimed gold in 4:08.72.

Also, Quah Zheng Wen won silver in the men's 200m IM and bronze in the 50m fly.

Singapore remain the top swimming nation in the Games with 19 golds after five days of competition, and could overtake the all-time best of 21, set at home in 1973.

The final day of the competition is on Thursday (June 11).

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Saw brothers deliver gold in bowling doubles

Singapore's Howard Saw in action during the Men's doubles final. He and his brother Keith Saw won the gold medal at the event.

They are brothers but have never competed together in a bowling doubles event.

Few would have bet on Howard,22, and Keith Saw, 20, winning the SEA Games gold medal in their first competitive outing as a pair.

But roared on by fans at the Orchid Country Club, the Singaporeans upset the odds in style to take gold on Wednesday (June 10).

With 2,653 pinfalls, they beat Indonesian silver medallists Ryan Lalisang and Billy Islam by 25 pins.

Malaysia's Johnathan Chan and Timmy Tan took bronze with 2,574 pinfalls.

Singapore's other pairs, Joel Tan and Justin Lim finished 11th (2,353) while Javier Tan and Muhd Jaris Goh placed 14th (2,331).

First gold

This is also the Republic's first gold in the event since Jack Wong and Tommy Wong won it at Jakarta in 1997.

Earlier in the day, Singapore failed to win a medal in the women's doubles event. 

Malaysia took gold with Esther Cheah and Sin Li Jane's total of 2,651 pinfalls, which was 106 more than Indonesian silver medallists Sharon Santoso and Tannya Roumimper.

Another Malaysian pair Syaidatul Afifah and Shalin Zulkifli took bronze with 2,524 pinfalls to squeeze Singapore off the podium.

Jazreel Tan and Bernice Lim were fourth (2,473), women's singles champion Daphne Tan and New Hui Fen were seventh (2,410) and Cherie Tan and Shayna Ng finished eighth (2,370).

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Poll: Will Singapore beat Indonesia to advance to the semi finals?

Singapore's Muhammad Faris Ramli (centre) celebrates with Irfan Fandi Ahmad (left) and Mohammad Sahil Suhaimi after scoring against Cambodia. Will they be celebrating on Thursday?

Singapore will take on Indonesia in a do-or-die Group A match on Thursday (June 11).

Level on points, Singapore needs to beat Indonesia to qualify for the the semi-finals of the SEA Games 2015.

Coach Aide Iskandar had fighting words ahead of the match.

“We’ll be ready for them. It’s going to be a really good game.”

Do you think Singapore will be able to do it?

Tell us in our poll below!




West is best, even at basketball

Kanye West celebrates his birthday with wife Kim Kardashian (both middle) at Staples Center, USA.

Thanks to wifey Kim Kardashian, US rap mogul Kanye West celebrated his 38th birthday on Monday with a star-studded surprise basketball game thrown in his honour.

And here we thought nothing could top North West’s Kidchella birthday party when she turned one in June last year.

Yes, a wee tot had an extravagant Coachella-inspired carnival party to celebrate her first birthday, complete with a Ferris wheel and a karaoke stage.

But looks like North was outdone - by her own dad, no less.

His 34-year-old wife reportedly splashed a cool US$110,000 (S$148,000) to rent the entire Staples Center and invited all his famous friends like singer Justin Bieber and NBA player John Wall - and her Kardashian and Jenner posse, of course - so West could have a ball of a time.




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Team East. Of course. (Are we getting close to figuring out what North's new sibling will be called?)



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Apparently, Justin Bieber was the game’s MVP, according to NBA player Dorell Wright who was present at the game.

“He definitely had the most points. It was between him and (rapper) Tyga. Tyga was talking about he had 30,” Wright told TMZ.

Bieber clearly had no mercy for the birthday boy, scoring double the points that West did.



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Cheering the teams on were the Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Malika Haqq as well as the Laker Girls.



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All of Me hitmaker John Legend sang “Happy Birthday” before West cut his cake while DJ A-trak enthusiastically mouthed the words behind his deck.



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Because how boring would a simple birthday cake be? West got one designed to look like the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy.



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In running for the “Best Birthday Present” title would be the series of video messages prepared by anyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Kobe Bryant which flashed on the big screen. O’Neal’s rap freestyle over Yeezus’ hit Runaway is as brilliant as his gigantic face plastered on the screen is creepy.

The final scoreline? 75-72, because West is Best in everything. 

Sources: TMZ, Instagram




First windsurfing gold for Singapore in 26 years

Singapore's Audrey Yong Pei Lin in action as she wins the gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games.

It’s been 26 years since Singapore's Kelly Chan won gold in windsurfing at the SEA Games.

The arduous wait for another win finally ended yesterday at East Coast Park when Audrey Yong won the women’s RSX windsurfing final.

Yong became the first Singapore woman to be a SEA Games champion in the sport.

“It’s incredible to win this for our country, on home ground,” she told The New Paper, after the contest.

Yong, who was a bronze-medallist in 2011, went into the final race just one point ahead of fierce rival Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam of Thailand.

The double points for the final meant Yong had to finish ahead of her rival to make history, and she kept her cool to cross the finish line first.

In the men’s final, Leonard Ong claimed the silver for Singapore. He beat Indonesian windsurfing legend Oka Sulaksana by a hair’s length as they approached the finish line neck to neck.

Natthaphong Phonoppharat had already been assured of a gold medal and crossed the line safely in fifth position to claim his title.

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