LionsXII's away blues continue in Sarawak

Fandi's men come unstuck on the road again and miss out on top-four spot

DOWN AND OUT: LionsXII's Safuwan Baharudin (above right, No. 21) falling under a challenge.
The loss, hard to take by the Singaporean side (above), dashed their hopes of finishing in the top four of the league.

No top-four finish in the Malaysian Super League, and a harder road in the Malaysia Cup.

It remains a mystery why the LionsXII are woeful away from home, but capable of beautiful football at their own Jalan Besar Stadium, after Fandi Ahmad’s side fell 2-1 to lowly Sarawak in their penultimate Malaysian Super League (MSL) clash in Kuching last night.

In nine out of their 11 away matches this season and in six out of their last seven games, the Singapore outfit have allowed the home team to take the lead, most of the time leaving themselves with too much to do in the latter stages.

And so it was last night at Stadium Negeri as well, when they just couldn’t defend the only two corners Sarawak had the whole match, as first Nyema Gernhardt, and then Billy Mehmet, profited from former Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Fatic’s left-footed set-pieces.

Even though the tireless Khairul Amri pulled one back from the spot in the 75th minute, and maybe had another penalty just a minute later, the LionsXII faltered in their bid to avoid their seventh away defeat of the season.

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

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LionsXII could include foreigners next year

Talks on LionsXII's presence in MSL

FLASHBACK: FAS general secretary Winston Lee (right) and his FAM counterpart Datuk Azzudin Ahmad exchanging documents in 2011 to finalise the LionsXII's participation in the MSL from 2012, as FAM deputy president Tengku Abdullah Ahmad Shah (second from left) and FAS president Zainudin Nordin look on.

They were conceived as a developmental team, aimed at giving young Singaporean players a platform to learn their craft and hone their skills as they worked for a spot in the national side.

The make up of the LionsXII has changed every year since its 2012 debut in Malaysian domestic football competitions, but the players have always remained local, with the age of the squad the only point of contention.

But next year, the team could see foreign players on their roster.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Afandi Hamzah told The New Paper yesterday that even as they deliberate with their Singapore counterparts over an extension for the LionsXII to play in their club competitions,the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has requested permission to include four foreign players in the squad.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 saw the LionsXII enter Malaysian competitions in 2012, while a Malaysian side — the Harimau Muda – join the S.League.

That agreement expires at the end of this season.

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Recovered at last

Rescuers finally retrieve bodies after taking two days to reach remote plane crash site

GRIM TASK: Rescue team members recovering bodies of the victims of the Trigana Air crash at a site near Oksibil, in Papua province, Indonesia.
FOUND: (Above) A soldier recovering the black box flight data recorder from the crash site.
GRIM TASK: Rescue team members recovering bodies of the victims of the Trigana Air crash at a site near Oksibil, in Papua province, Indonesia.
FLOWN BACK: Indonesian security forces and rescue teams carry coffins containing the remains of some of the passengers at Sentani Airport, near Jayapura, Papua province, yesterday.
FOUND: The plane was transporting about 6.5 billion rupiah (S$650,000) for distribution to poor families in the province.
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New Face finalists get hair makeovers

IN THE HOT SEATS: New Face finalists Selynna Norhisham, Marie Vanessa Chang and Niqi Chass getting their new looks.
IN THE HOT SEATS: New Face finalists Selynna Norhisham, Marie Vanessa Chang and Niqi Chass getting their new looks.

The New Paper New Face 2015 finalist Niqi Chass had not stepped into a hair salon for five years.

She was growing out her dark brown hair and whenever she needed a quick trim, she would do it herself.

So it was a treat for the 23-year-old when she and seven other finalists got new hairstyles at Monsoon Hair House at Velocity mall.

Niqi moved here from the United Kingdom last November to work as an assistant in a trading company.

TRANSFORMATION

It took four hours for stylists at Monsoon Hair House to transform her from a brunette into a blonde. They bleached Niqi's hair twice for the dye to take and to make sure the colour was even.

"I think they decided to go lighter because of my skin tone, as I'm quite pale," she said.

She added that she was impressed with the colour and that "my hair is still in good condition, so I'm really happy with how it's turned out".

IN THE HOT SEATS: New Face finalists Selynna Norhisham, Marie Vanessa Chang and Niqi Chass getting their new looks. TNP PHOTOS: JEREMY LONG

Monsoon Group's artistic director Jenny Lee, 40, oversaw Niqi's haircut, as well as that of the other finalists.

While some girls got a simple trim, others got drastic makeovers.

Finalist Marie Vanessa Chang had her hair cut to almost half its previous length.

"The experience was fun. I like what they did to my hair and I think it looks very nice," said the 18-year-old student.

Ms Lee thinned out Marie's hair to make it lighter, softer and easier to style.

Another finalist, Selynna Norhisham, got her hair dyed and cut.

Selynna, 22, an administrator at a local delivery company, went from a short bob to a pixie cut, and from light brown to a darker brown with green lowlights.

Said Ms Lee: "We left her hair longer on top, so it can still be styled and changed at shoots.

"Also, with a darker colour and a short cut, her face (will) look stronger."

Selynna was elated over the results, saying: "It looks amazing... I'm very impressed."

So what's next for The New Paper New Face finalists? The girls said they couldn't wait to start doing photo shoots with their new hairstyles.

Selynna said: "I need to find my angles again and see what looks feminine and what looks boyish."

Niqi added of her fresh new look: "I think it'll give me a new type of confidence boost at shoots. I can reinvent myself in some ways."

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The New Paper New Face 2015 is presented by Subaru MotorImage with official apparel by Levi's; official footwear and accessories by New Look; and official beverage is Caffè Cagliari by Owl International.

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Former madrasah student wins Berita Harian Inspiring Young Achiever award

"I always told myself you’d never know until you’ve tried." - Ms Amalina Ridzuan (above), on persevering despite being told she should be realistic about her expectations

She is one of the first two students from an Islamic religious school to enter the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

For her achievement, Ms Amalina Ridzuan, was awarded the Berita Harian Inspiring Young Achiever award on Wedneday at a gala dinner at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

She told The New Paper: "I am really humbled to get this award... All I did was pursue my dream, and I hope this will inspire others to do the same, regardless of their background."

For Ms Amalina, becoming a doctor was something she had always wanted. The oldest of five children, she remembers playing doctor with her siblings as a child.

Her passion for medicine was ignited when she was a student at Madrasah Al-Ma'arif Al-Islamiah and she read an article about a cancer patient.

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Population still hot-button issue

Representatives from all 10 political parties took part in the National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) General Election Political Dialogue on Tuesday night

Singapore's population and 2013's Population White Paper dominated the discussion and took up much of the forum's originally allotted 2½ hours.

This happened after Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam identified the inflow of foreign workers as a major issue facing Singaporeans.

He was responding to a question from the audience on what the various parties were going to tackle in the upcoming General Election.

People's Power Party chief Goh Meng Seng described population growth as the "mother of all problems for Singaporeans", which was met with applause from the audience.

The increased population did nothing to alleviate the worries of retirement planning and affordable healthcare, he said.

Singaporeans First party chief Tan Jee Say was more harsh and said that issues of transport, housing, hospitals and foreign workers, were all a result of the "massive" influx of foreign workers.

"(The People's Action Party) have not forgotten the Population White Paper. They are still talking of 6.9 million (people) by 2030. And they will do it. They will go all out to achieve it because there is a political agenda behind all these population issues," said Mr Tan.

AGENDA

He then accused the PAP of importing foreigners as part of a political agenda because "new citizens tend to vote for the Government of the day".

It provoked a war of words with PAP's representative, Ms Sim Ann, who is Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information.

Ms Sim, who was part of the then-National Population Secretariat, refuted Mr Tan's claims, saying that the White Paper was a planning parameter in response to the rapidly ageing population.

She said: "If you look at the numbers, it doesn't work out at all. It does not make sense for the Government to import foreigners for their political allegiance.

"Singaporeans, born and bred Singaporeans, remain the majority of the electorate."

She added that the number of new citizens and PRs was already reduced in 2009.

She also said: "6.9 million (people) is not a target, it is not a stretch scenario - it is a very, very controlled scenario in which we have to restrain ourselves and in a very disciplined way."

They will go all out to achieve it because there is a political agenda behind all these population issues.


- Singaporeans First party chief 
Tan Jee Say

It does not make sense for the Government to import 
foreigners for their 
political 
allegiance.


- People's Action Party's Ms Sim Ann

PARTY REPS FIGHT IT OUT

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