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Man sets fire to flat after fight with wife

Man shouts for tenants to run after setting fire to his flat

BURNED: Residents living on the 12th, 13th and 14th storeys of Block 688A, Choa Chu Kang Drive, were evacuated after the 45-year-old man set fire to his 12th storey unit. The man was later arrested for mischief by fire.
BURNED: Residents living on the 12th, 13th and 14th storeys of Block 688A, Choa Chu Kang Drive, were evacuated after the 45-year-old man set fire to his 12th storey unit. The man was later arrested for mischief by fire.
BURNED: Residents living on the 12th, 13th and 14th storeys of Block 688A, Choa Chu Kang Drive, were evacuated after the 45-year-old man set fire to his 12th storey unit. The man was later arrested for mischief by fire.
BURNED: Residents living on the 12th, 13th and 14th storeys of Block 688A, Choa Chu Kang Drive, were evacuated after the 45-year-old man set fire to his 12th storey unit. The man was later arrested for mischief by fire.
BURNED: Residents living on the 12th, 13th and 14th storeys of Block 688A, Choa Chu Kang Drive, were evacuated after the 45-year-old man set fire to his 12th storey unit. The man was later arrested for mischief by fire.

A man, who had been arguing with his wife on the phone, ended up setting fire to his Choa Chu Kang flat.

One of his tenants and her 3½-year-old daughter were in the flat at that time.

The Saturday evening blaze destroyed the flat but, fortunately, no one was hurt.

The dramatic events were recounted to The New Paper by the tenant's husband, who wanted to be known only as Mr Johnson.

The 29-year-old said his wife had told him that from their room, they heard their landlord arguing angrily with someone on the phone.

Then, it went quiet.

About 15 minutes later, at about 7.40pm, smoke wafted into their room.

Before they could figure out what happened, they heard frantic knocks on their door.

It was their landlord, dressed in only his boxers, screaming: "Come out!"

Mr Johnson, his wife, also 29, and their daughter had just moved into the 12th-storey flat at Block 688AChoa Chu Kang Drive, earlier that day.

As the fire progressed, residents were hit by the acrid smoke from the burning 12th-storey unit.

Then, they heard sounds of explosions.

"My landlord was sitting at the stairs, crying," added Mr Johnson.

"He was crying and kept apologising. He said he had wanted to kill himself but got scared when the fire grew bigger."

The man had started the fire by burning bedsheets.

The 45-year-old was later arrested by police.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said about 40 residents living on the 12th13th and 14th storeys were evacuated from the block.

The fire was put out by a water jet and no one was injured, he added.

 

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 3.

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NEIGHBOURS HEAR THEM FIGHT

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Who are the likely new faces in upcoming election?

When will the coming General Election be held? Who will be fielded and where?

These are some of the questions on people's minds since the electoral boundaries report was released last Friday (July 24).

Speculation is rife that the election will take place in September.

Already, potential new candidates have been spotted at various events.

Nothing is confirmed until Nomination Day, of course.

Here's a look at some of the likely new faces.

Click on the  icons in the interactive map below to find out more about the candidates.
(Note: Colours denote boundaries of different constituencies.)

INFOGRAPHICS: TNP/ MARIE LIM

Shamsul Kamar​, 43, former head of department in Spectra Secondary School
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Aljunied GRC

He will likely take on the role of branch chairman in Kaki Bukit ward, one of five wards in Aljunied GRC, later this month.

He was active in the Kaki Bukit branch from 2006 to 2011 before moving to Nee Soon GRC.


PHOTO: SPECTRA SECONDARY SCHOOL

 

Darryl David​, 44, a deputy director at Temasek Polytechnic and a former TV host
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Ang Mo Kio GRC

He has been helping in Dr Lam Pin Min's Sengkang West ward since last year.

He is also understudying veteran Yeo Guat Kwang in Ang Mo Kio GRC.


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Henry Kwek, 39, food supply company executive director
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Ang Mo Kio GRC

He joined veteran MP Inderjit Singh in Kebun Baru several months ago.

He was previously branch secretary at Law and Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam's Chong Pang ward.


PHOTO: FACEBOOK/HENRY KWEK

 

 

Chee Hong Tat, 42, Second Permanent Secretary for Trade and Industry
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC
Recently spotted at a party in Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC with MP Hri Kumar Nair

He was chief executive of the Energy Market Authority and principal private secretary to former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.


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Saktiandi Supaat, 42, economist
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

He is a grassroots leaders and was formerly the president of the youth wing of self-help group Association of Muslim Professionals.


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Chong Kee Hiong, 49, chief executive officer of OUE Hospitality Trust
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

He has been a committee member of Bishan East Citizens' Consultative Committee for more than a year.


LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

 

Cheryl Chan, 39, head of electronic materials at a chemicals firm
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Fengshan SMC

She is an activist from PAP Women's Wing and has been a grassroots volunteer for 10 years.


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Rahayu Mahzam, 35, former deputy registrar of the Syariah Court
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Jurong GRC
Recently spotted in Bukit Batok East with Jurong GRC MP Halimah Yacob

She has volunteered in Tampines West for about a year and recently did so in Bukit Batok East.

She is on the National Library Board and National Youth Fund advisory committee.


BH FILE PHOTO

 

Louis Ng, 37, chief executive of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Marine Parade GRC

He joined PAP last year and has been helping out at Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin's Kembangan-Chai Chee ward in Marine Parade GRC.

Before that, he was a grassroots volunteer in the Chong Pang ward in Nee Soon GRC for many years.


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Amrin Amin, 36, corporate lawyer
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC

He has volunteered in grassroots organisations for more than a decade and is a member of the Marsiling Citizens' Consultative Committee.


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Melvin Yong, 43, Assistant Commissioner of Police
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
Recently spotted at a street parade in Punggol North to celebrate racial and religious harmony

He was previously commander of Clementi Police Division.


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Sun Xueling, 36, a Temasek Holdings investment director
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
Recently spotted at a tree-planting event with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean

She started helping out at grassroots events in Buona Vista in 2001 before joining Punggol West.

She received the Service Award at the Young PAP Awards in 2004.


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Ernest Pak, 37, IT executive
Political party: Singapore Democratic Alliance
Likely contender in: Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
Recently spotted with party chairman Desmond Lim Bak Chuan at Sengkang Square

He joined SDA in October last year.


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Aloysius Chan, 29, IT executive
Political party: Singapore Democratic Alliance
Likely contender in: Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
Recently spotted with party chairman Desmond Lim Bak Chuan at Sengkang Square

He joined SDA in June last year.


PHOTO: SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

 

Lina Ang, 42, business consultant
Political party: Singapore Democratic Alliance
Likely contender in: Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC
Recently spotted with party chairman Desmond Lim Bak Chuan at Sengkang Square

She joined SDA last month.


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Cheng Li Hui, 38, deputy chief executive at Hai Leck Holdings
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Tampines GRC

She is vice-chairman of the Citizens' Consultative Committee in Tampines East.


PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ CHENG LI HUI

 

Kevryn Lim, 26, a project director at events management and digital marketing firm EM.DM
Political party: National Solidarity Party
Likely contender in: Tampines GRC
Recently spotted during a three-hour walkabout with party president Sebastian Teo in Tampines West


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Jan Chan, 25, a final-year student reading mathematics and computer science at the National University of Singapore
Political party: National Solidarity Party
Likely contender in: Tampines GRC
Recently spotted during a three-hour walkabout with party president Sebastian Teo in Tampines West


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Edwin Fernandez, 55, social enterprise owner
Political party: Democratic Progressive Party
Likely contender in: Tanjong Pagar GRC

He worked as a business process improvement manager at ST Marine before quitting the job in December last year to focus full-time on his social enterprise, which he started in September 2013.

Prior to that, he had worked as a labour law compliance assessor for Sears Holdings, the parent company of retail stores such as Sears and Kmart.


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Joan Pereira, 47, assistant general manager at Temasek Cares
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: Tanjong Pagar GRC
Recently spotted during a walkabout at Bukit Merah View Market

She has been shadowing Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah in her Tanglin-Cairnhill ward since May.


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Tan Wu Meng, 40, oncologist
Political party: People's Action Party
Likely contender in: West Coast GRC

The Straits Times reported that the PAP activist is a potential candidate for West Coast GRC.


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Source: The Straits Times

Boy watches as car ploughs into mum at Bt Panjang

The woman's face and hands were covered with blood after a car ploughed into her yesterday evening.

The mother and son were standing on the pedestrian path along Senja Road in Bukit Panjang, waiting to cross the road yesterday (Aug 1).

It was about 5.30pm.

Suddenly, a car turning right came charging towards the pair.

A witness who wanted to be known only as Mr Huang told Shin Min Daily News:

"The woman and a boy who looked to be about 10 years old were waiting at the traffic lights to cross the road when the car suddenly appeared."

The sedan rammed into the woman.

The impact caused her to fly backwards. She landed about 10 metres away. 

Mr Huang, 52, said:

"The boy saw the entire process when his mother was knocked down. He must have been very shocked.

"Several uncles and aunties who were passing by quickly went to comfort him."

The driver also got down to help and waited till an ambulance arrived.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer said a woman with head injuries was taken to the National University Hospital.

A boy who was suffering from shock was also hospitalised.

The police said investigations are ongoing.

Sources: Shin Min Daily News, SCDF, SPF

Taxi catches fire, spews thick smoke at AMK Ave 5

SCDF officers at Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 last night, after a taxi spewed thick white smoke.

Passing motorists got a shock when they saw a taxi on fire at Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 at 10.30pm yesterday (Aug 1).

The blue Comfort-Delgro cab was spewing acrid smoke by the side of the road. 

Evening daily Lianhe Wanbao said the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

A witness called Christina told Stomp website:

"There was a lot of smoke coming out from the front of the (cab). 

"Three firemen were trying to put out the smoke. I also heard some shouting."

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said officers extinguished the fire and there were no injuries.

The incident caused a minor traffic jam.

 

WATCH: Driver runs over 2-year-old & leaves him on road

The boy was playing as a car reversed from an alley and knocked him down.
The boy was playing as a car reversed from an alley and knocked him down.

Even if you're not a parent, viewing the video will leave a sick feeling in your stomach.

A driver did not spot a two-year-old boy playing behind his grey car last Sunday (July 26) morning. 

While reversing out of an alley, he rammed into the toddler in Xianyou county, Fujian, China.

After knocking the boy down, the car's rear wheels then ran over the child. Fortunately, the front wheels just avoided him.

 

SOURCE: YOUTUBE/ MAI MAGDI

The unaware man then drove off, leaving the boy lying on the road, news portal qzwb.com reported on Tuesday (July 28).  

Miraculously, the boy called Xiao Hai not only managed to survive, he even tried to crawl back on his feet by himself.

But Xiao Hai was unable to stand and could only push himself up into a sitting position.

A passer-by spotted him and picked him up. 

The Good Samaritan turned out to be Lai Dehua, who recognised Xiao Hai as his neighbour’s kid.

Mr Lai brought the boy to his mother and called the police.

No major injuries

When the driver, surnamed Wu, returned to the area to retrieve some items several minutes later, a crowd stopped him.

It was only then that he realised he had run over a boy. Wu and Xiao Hai's parents took the child to hospital. 

Fortunately, Xiao Hai had no major injuries.

His mother said:

"Apart from some bruising and scratches on his right arm and back, he appears to be fine."

Wu said his car was installed with a back-up camera and radar but the equipment was broken two days before the incident.

The traffic police are investigating.

Sources: Sina, YouTube, Shanghaiist, qzwb.com

New opposition party PPP to contest Chua Chu Kang GRC?

Mr Goh Meng Seng from the People's Power Party says the new opposition party wants to contest in Chua Chu Kang GRC.

The newest political party on the block, People's Power Party (PPP), wants to contest Chua Chu Kang GRC in the coming polls.

Veteran opposition politican Goh Meng Seng, who is the secretary-general of PPP, announced this during a walkabout at Lot 1 shopping mall this morning (Aug 2).

Mr Goh, 45, told TNP the decision to contest in Chua Chu Kang was made as they "want all the good people can go into Parliament".

Chua Chu Kang GRC ​has been redrawn from a five-MP to a four-MP GRC. It is currently led by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

Mr Goh had contested previous elections under The Workers' Party (2006) and National Solidarity Party (2011).

Pressed on PPP's members and potential slate of candidates, Mr Goh said the party would disclose more details in good time.

Man shoots armadillo, gets hit in the face instead

Man in Texas was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face.

A Texas man who shot an armadillo ended up in hospital when the bullet bounced off the animal and hit him in his face.

Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home at around 3 am on Thursday morning (July 30).

He spotted the armadillo on his property and decided to kill it.

Mr Rowe said: 

"His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo."

The animal's hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man's jaw.

The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where his jaw was wired shut.

It is not known if the animal survived.

"We didn't find the armadillo," the sheriff said.

Revenge on human-killers

This is not the first time an armadillo has exacted revenge on its murderer.

In April, a man who took aim at one of the armoured animals somehow shot his 74-year-old mother-in-law in the back.

WALB News10 said Larry McElroy, 54, tried to kill the creature outside her home in Lee County, Georgia.

The bullet bounced off the armadillo, hit a fence, went through the elderly woman’s back door and through the back of the chair she was sitting in.

Investigator Bill Smith from Lee County Sheriff's Office told WALB:

“Just the circumstances - just all the way around - the whole situation was unusual.”

The woman was not seriously injured.

Sources: Reuters, YouTube, WALB News10

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