Pungent in Punggol as new HDB flat is flooded with faecal matter

Family who spent $50,000 on renovations find their new flat covered in faecal matter after pipe chokes

MESS: Madam Fadilah’s newly renovated flat covered in waste matter.
MESS: Madam Fadilah’s newly renovated flat covered in waste matter.

Their brand new HDB flat was turned into faecal swamp over the weekend, after contents from a toilet pipe flooded the unit.

Madam Fadilah, 31, a saleswoman, was going to move into her newly renovated Build-To-Order flat in Punggol some time this month.

But on Monday, the family received a call from a neighbour, telling them that faecal matter was flowing out of their flat's front door.

When they went to the unit, Madam Fadilah's husband opened the door to find faecal waste all over their new floor.

Residents told The New Paper that there have been many problems with the estate's pipelines.

A neighbour on the seventh storey, said he has heard of at least three pipe-related incidents in the estate since moving in about a year ago.

"When I moved in, I found a chunk of cement lodged in my bathroom drainage and had to dig it out myself," he said.

"Just a few months back, I also heard a loud gushing sound at night. I came out to find that a pipe had burst close to the carpark."

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Fast and Furiosa

Oscar winner Charlize Theron is a one-armed, shaven-head badass in Mad Max: Fury Road

The title of the movie may be Mad Max: Fury Road, but it's Charlize Theron's aptly-named character Imperator Furiosa who steals the show.

Some might argue she IS the show.

In George Miller's new reboot of his own Mad Max post-apocalyptic action franchise from the 80s starring Mel Gibson, Tom Hardy plays the title role of the iconic character who is wandering aimlessly before becoming swept up in the chaos of a group fleeing across a totalitarian desert kingdom known as the Wasteland, in a War Rig driven by Furiosa.

We see the Oscar winner as a one-armed, shaven-head warrior, who could possibly be the most badass female character in movie history.

But what makes Furiosa so compelling is that she isn't just another strong woman, but one with conviction, passion and truth - important attributes for Theron.

"She felt really truthful to me, and I think always for an actor, there's something that resonates on a human level...because at the end of the day, we're all playing people," the 39-year-old South African actress told M at Siren Studios in Hollywood.

"She's a warrior, but she's strong because of her circumstances. That's that truth I'm talking about and what I really loved about playing her. It's really nice to play a female character in such a world, who is authentically influenced by her circumstances."

Fury Road, which opens in Singapore tomorrow, revolves around Furiosa, who has been plotting her revenge against the evil warlord Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) for years.

She rescues his Five Wives (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton), who were kidnapped to breed future fighters, and the women go on the run from the baddies.

Theron and the rest of the cast were in Namibia to shoot the movie, and had to endure six months in a remote southern African desert.


They had long days of filming and it was physically demanding, as the actors often did their own stunts.

Despite the gruelling production, Theron delivers a fearless performance that totally eclipses Max's storyline, making audiences wonder why the movie wasn't named after Furiosa.

"I never thought of anyone else for the role," said Australian film-maker Miller, 70, who directed, wrote and produced Fury Road.

"This was a very clear character in my mind, as was Max of course, and from the work I'd seen and knowing and getting to know her, I realised it couldn't have been anyone else."

On her part, Theron had always been enamoured with Miller and heard a lot of wonderful things about the man who also gave us family-friendly flicks like Babe and Happy Feet.

"So when I heard that this little side project was happening, I was really excited," she said. "When George told me he wanted to create a female Road Warrior who can stand next to his very iconic character as his equal, I believed him and he didn't let me down."

Fury Road has little dialogue and nothing but action, but Theron was still able to make Furiosa's struggle real, not only physically but also in spirit. Playing in the dirt and getting filthy was nothing for one of Hollywood's leading ladies, who brilliantly transforms into any character she undertakes, the best example being her Oscar-winning turn in Monster in 2003.

Throughout the production, she readily took on her 4.5kg mechanical arm with no complaints, to make filming more authentic.

But it was the movie's emotional drive that really resonated with her.

"I guess I'm a lover of the human condition when it's brutally honest and loved that there was nothing heroic about this movie and that none of the characters was trying to be a hero," she said.

"They weren't trying to save the world and were (instead) driven by things that were so personal. I love that you can watch the movie and really read into all the different things."

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Hardy takes over role with Gibson's blessings

MADCAP: Director George Miller with his two Maxes, Tom Hardy and Mel Gibson.
TO THE MAXES: Hardy (above) and Gibson as Max.
TO THE MAXES: Hardy and Gibson (above) as Max.

"Mad" Max Rockatansky is back, and British actor Tom Hardy has made the character his own in Mad Max: Fury Road.

Picking up where Mel Gibson left off, director George Miller knew he'd found someone capable of bringing truth to what many consider a mythical figure in his new leading man.

When the first film was released in 1979, Hardy was just two years old, but grew up aware of the trilogy and the genius of Miller's iconic universe.

When it was time to cast the reboot, the circuit was buzzing with potential names being thrown around.

But the 37-year-old - best known for his portrayal of Batman villain Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises - never thought he was in the running for such a legendary part.

"When I finally sat down with George, we ended up talking about theatre for three hours," Hardy said, having studied at various drama schools in the UK, including the Drama Centre London.

"I fell in love with him and really responded to what he was trying to deliver with this new movie. Mel's Max is iconic, but I entered into a collaboration with him to transmute Max for the events in this film. It's a great honour to play this role."

Hardy also reached out to Gibson, 59, and over lunch, Gibson handed over the Mad Max torch and "gave (him) his blessings".

"What I really loved about the movie is that it's a fantastic spectacle of epic and relentless live action," he gushed.

"It's all about the cars, explosions and stunts. Kids can go and watch this film instead of playing post-apocalyptic games on their Xbox.

"This movie challenged every one of us to do something none of us thought we could do.

"It's better than any superhero movie that's out there; and I can say that because I'm not attached to any at this moment."

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Club football at its peak

John Dykes says Premier League set for a new golden era as big guns get ready to spend

"The EPL is highly competitive. We sit in our studio and try to forecast what’s going to happen when one of the big clubs travel to Crystal Palace, and you honestly don’t know. That’s the beauty of it. I like football for its unpredictability and competitiveness." - English Premier League TV host John Dykes (above)
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