A reminder to public to be careful
Reader alerts TNP to taxi which crashed into drain
THE NEW PAPER, JULY 29 (top) and THE NEW PAPER, JULY 31 (above)
As Mr Michael Tai, 68, was on his way to lunch at a market in Toa Payoh at around noon on July 28, he saw a sight that made him stop in his tracks.
The retiree said: "I saw a crowd of 10 or more people, and I was shocked to see a taxi halfway into the drain."
Mr Tai said he was worried because many of his friends are taxi drivers.
The taxi had crashed through the kerbside barricade at the junction of Toa Payoh Lorong 3 and Lorong 4.
One woman, who was feeling unwell, was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
After making sure that no one was critically injured, he called The New Paper because it was "a good reminder for the public to be more careful".
Mr Tai's story was published last Wednesday.
Another TNP reader, Mr Franklin Tan, 44, an administrator at a hospital, called about another incident that was published last Friday.
When Mr Tan picked his wife up from work on July 23 at 8.45pm, she noticed a bird hanging upside down from a tree.
Upon investigation, Mr Tan realised it was a mynah with its feet tied up and hung from some rope.
He then asked three foreign workers to help him bring it down. The four men tied two bamboo poles and an L-shaped hook together, and used it to get the bird down.
Mr Tan called TNP because he wanted to highlight the cruelty to the bird and the kindness of the foreign workers.
Mr Tan said: "I wanted to create awareness and give recognition to foreign workers. They are sometimes put in a bad light, so I wanted to give them credit."
For their calls, these readers will each receive a $100 Pizza Hut voucher.
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I saw a crowd of 10 or more people, and I was shocked to see a taxi halfway into the drain.
-Mr Michael Tai