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Taufik is the Comeback King

HAT-TRICK: Local singer Taufik Batisah won awards for Most Popular Singapore Artist, Most Popular Singapore Song for Ikrar Kasih and Social Media Icon at this year's APM awards.
DUET: Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza (right) shared the stage with Indonesian singer Judika.
POPULAR: Big winner Taufik Batisah sings a duet with Indonesian singer Rossa.
POPULAR: Veteran Malaysian rock act Wings comprising (from left) bassist Eddie, guitarist Joe, drummer Black and frontman Awie was awarded the Planet Muzik Special Award.

Friday night's Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) could just have easily been called The Taufik Batisah Show.

The first Singapore Idol winner, not only stole the limelight with his performances, but also by sweeping the most accolades that night.

Taufik, 33, received three honours in fan voting-based categories - Most Popular Singapore Artist, Most Popular Singapore Song for Ikrar Kasih and Social Media Icon - at this year's APM held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

For Taufik, the wins mark a strong comeback after failing to bag a single trophy last year and was a repeat of his clean sweep of three awards in 2012.

He hopes his wins serve as a stepping stone for a regional breakthrough, especially for his catchy new hit #awakkatmane.

The awards ceremony also saw Singapore talents Aisyah Aziz and Sufie Rashid claiming their first APM trophies.

Other big winners include Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza, Indonesian singer Cakra Khan and Indonesian band Noah.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 20.

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Worker killed after heavy machinery plunges down slope

TRAGIC: Mr Pra Theang was carrying out land clearing activities at a slope of a quarry in Malaysia when the machine slipped down the slope.
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He falls 76m to his death

German student, 24, dies in Langkawi hiking accident

RECOVERED: Rescue personnel retrieving the body of Mr Alexzande Anton Michael from the ravine at Langkawi.
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Leonard Thomas: These eight ladies mean serious business

EIGHT OF THE BEST: (Clockwise from top left) Williams, Halep, Bouchard, Ivanovic, Wozniacki, Radwanska, Kvitova and Sharapova.

They’ve shown off various colours of mascara, lipstick and rouge. And diamond jewellery.

They’ve had their hair fashionably tied up, or fashionably let down. 

Pumps and intimidating stilettos, smart vests, the little black dress, glamorous evening wear, glamorous smiles and English in exotic accents, it has all been on show.

Amid the heat, humidity and haze, they have displayed it all here over the last few days, and starting tonight, they will begin to really sweat, as they get down to business at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The best eight women in tennis are about to lock horns at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and the country expects the best.

Never before has Singapore witnessed such a level of competition in tennis, these are women we’ve previously only seen in intense combat on TV or YouTube — the famous grunts of Sharapova, the hushed “oooohhh” of the crowd after a rocket-propelled forehand winner by Serena, or the stylish fist pump of Ana after winning a smartly-crafted point.

Tennis fans here have been used to one-off contests of fun and exhibition, but this is different, this is not some end of season jaunt to newly-hip Singapore for some friendly sport. This is serious business.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 20.

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