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    A Singaporean family of five got into a traffic accident in Taiwan, during which the 53-year-old patron of the family was thrown out of the cab, sustaining injuries and rupturing his liver.

    The incident happened on Dec 20, 2017, at the intersection of Lingang Road and Sanmei Road near Gaomei Wetlands, Taichung, reported Shin Min Daily News.

    The victim, Mr Wang, 53, had brought along his family - his wife, son, and parents-in-laws - to Taiwan on Dec 17, for a seven-day vacation.

    The family intended to travel from Taipei to Taichung.

    On the day of the incident, the family was on board a seven-seater cab to Taichung's tourist spot, the Gaomei Wetlands, when they ran into an accident just 15 minutes away from their destination.

    A trailer car had collided with the right rear end of the cab, and Mr Wang who was seated on the rightmost rear passenger seat was flung out of the car by the impact of the collision.

    His family quickly called for an ambulance which conveyed Mr Wang to the Kuang Tien General Hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).

    According to a report by the hospital, doctors discovered that Mr Wang had broken three of his ribs, suffered a broken right femur, and ruptured his liver.

    He is reportedly in a stable condition following treatment procedures.

    Mr Wang said that he is still traumatised by the incident, adding that he had been asleep but was jolted awake by the collision.

    He added: "By the time I woke up, I was already thrown out of the cab.

    "There was a cut on my forehead and blood all over my face.

    "My whole body was in pain.

    "Luckily the ambulance arrived in time to send me to the hospital for treatment, or the consequences could have been dire."

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    A six-year-old boy went missing while after alighting from a bus at a childcare centre, only to mysteriously reappear in Bugis.

    The incident happened on Tuesday (Jan 2) at around 1pm, and the boy's mother, Madam Wang, 35, said that it was the first day her son had attended primary school.

    After his classes, he boarded a school bus which took him from the school, situated in Woodlands, to a childcare centre.

    Madam Wang told Shin Min Daily News:

    "My son was supposed to reach the centre at around 2pm.

    "However, even until 4.30pm, I did not hear from him.

    "I felt that something was amiss, and asked the centre to check up on him.

    "It was then the teacher informed me that my son was missing.

    "I was so shocked I started crying, and called the police for help."

    Madam Wang immediately applied for an emergency leave from her supervisor and took a cab to the centre.

    Apparently, the teacher at the centre was also in a state of panic, revealed Madam Wang.

    She said: "After the teacher asked one of the parents, she found out that the school bus driver had left my son at the entrance of the centre, at around 2pm.

    "The driver instructed my son to follow that particular parent to the centre.

    "However, upon reaching, he shook his head to indicate that he was not going to the centre and left."

    Madam Wang said that around 6.30pm that evening, she received a call from a kind woman informing her that her son was at Bugis MRT Station.

    The boy had approached the woman for assistance after realising that he was lost, and the two went to some station employees for help.

    The woman immediately called Madam Wang after finding out her number from the boy.

    Madam Wang said in relief:

    "Fortunately, my son remembered my number, so they could call me.

    "The centre's supervisor quickly drove me to Bugis MRT Station to pick up my son."

    Madam Wang revealed that although she felt relieved upon seeing her son, she also scolded him on the spot, adding:

    "I almost lost my only son.

    "To me, this was a nightmare.

    "Fortunately, the kind auntie extended a helping hand.

    "She not only for in contact with me but also treated my son to a meal.

    "I am really grateful for her help."

    Friday, January 5, 2018 - 10:24

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    A new video of a traffic accident that killed four Singaporeans in Port Dickson has emerged.

    The harrowing incident happened at a T-junction in Jalan Lukut Sepang on Wednesday (Jan 3), around 2.30pm, and involved five vehicles - a Singapore register Honda Stream, a tipper truck, a Mercedes-Benz SUV, a Perodua Myvi and a motorcycle.

    The new video showed another perspective of the accident taken from behind the Honda Stream.

    In the video, the tipper truck could be seen speeding through the T-junction and ploughing through the Honda.

    During the time of the incident, the four victims were in the Honda.

    Three passengers including Madam Maimunah Sapari, 51, Ms Nur Amalina Rosli, 21, and Ms Dayana Sarah Rosli, 18, died at the scene, while the driver, Mr Rosli Samad, 54, died while being conveyed to Seremban Hospital.

    Another motorcycle rider was injured in the accident as well.

    A police spokesman said that the 54-year-old lorry driver fled the scene on foot after the accident but subsequently turned himself in at the Lukut police station, at around 5.30pm.

    The driver has been remanded as part of investigations into the accident, reports New Straits Times.

    Magistrate Siti Khairiah Abd Razak has granted the remand order against the driver, which runs Thursday (Jan 4) to Sunday (Jan 7).

    Port Dickson district police chief Superintendent Zainudin Ahmad added that the case will be investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987.

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    PORT DICKSON - Singaporean Nor Amalina Rosli was looking forward to attending classes with her peers at an institute of higher learning in the island republic.

    The 20-year-old, who is the third of four siblings, had even paid the course fees for her UK-degree programme.

    But a tragic accident ended all her plans. She died while on a family holiday here. Also killed in the fatal crash on Wednesday were her parents Rosli Samad, 53, and Maimunah Sapari, 50, and a younger sister, Dayana Sarah, 17.

    The vehicle they were travelling in was crushed by a lorry along the Ja­­lan Lukut-Seremban-Sepang T-junc­tion. Two other cars and a motorcycle were also damaged during the 2.30pm incident.

     

    Apparently, the driver lost control of the lorry while it was going downhill. He fled the scene and only surrendered to the police several hours later.

    Nor Amalina’s uncle Jamil Sapari said the family was on a short holiday to Kuala Lumpur and Port Dickson and was supposed to return home yesterday.

    Taken away: An officer escorting the lorry driver after police obtained a four-day remand order from the Port Dickson magistrate’s court.Photo: The Star/Asia News Network

    “They left Singapore on Monday and we met up for lunch in Johor Baru before they drove to Kuala Lumpur.

    “I came to know about the tragic accident after it was posted on social media,” he said, adding that the family often visited Kuala Lumpur and Port Dickson.

    Jamil, 64, said the couple’s two other children could not join them for the outing.

    “Earlier, a family member had informed me about an accident in Port Dickson involving a Singapo­rean family but I didn’t give it much thought.

    “But later, when I had time to look at the video and photos, I was shocked to see the vehicle’s number plate,” he said, adding that the car belonged to one of Rosli’s brothers.

    Jamil said together with the couple’s two sons and several family members, they would claim the family’s remains for burial in Singapore.

    4 Singaporeans killed in Port Dickson accident: Hundreds gather for burial

    Earlier yesterday, police obtained a four-day remand order against the 54-year-old lorry driver to assist in investigations.

    Port Dickson OCPD Supt Zainud­din Ahmad said initial investigations showed the suspect was not under the influence of alcohol.

    “A urine test conducted on the suspect to check for drug abuse also came back negative,” he said.

    The case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.

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    The Singaporean family of four who died in an accident at Port Dickson after a runaway tipper truck ploughed through the Honda Stream which they had been travelling in, were buried at the Muslim cemetery on late Thursday night (Jan 4).

    The four include three passengers -Madam Maimunah Sapari, 51, Ms Nur Amalina Rosli, 21, and Ms Dayana Sarah Rosli, 18 - who died at the scene, and the driver, Mr Rosli Samad, 54, who later expired while he was being conveyed to Seremban Hospital.

    Hundreds gathered at the cemetery in Choa Chu Kang at 9.55pm on Thursday to receive the convoy of three minivans that had travelled from Malaysia, bearing the bodies of the four.

    After prayers, they were buried next to one another.

    The funerals stretched on past midnight into the early morning of Friday (Jan 5).

    The family of four is survived by Madam Maimunah and Mr Rosli's two sons, Muhammad Asyraf, 27, and Muhammad Hamka, 24, who had skipped the family trip.

    4 Singaporeans killed in Port Dickson accident: Hundreds gather for burial

    A cousin of Madam Maimunah who identified himself as Mr Ramian told The Straits Times:

    "They were a very good, very close family... I've known Maimunah since we were kids, she was always happy-go-lucky."

    Madam Maimunah's brother, Sarifudin Sapari, 52, said that the family was tight-knit.

    The couple's daughters, Ms Dayana and Ms Nur Amalina, were studying nursing at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and starting studies in a private university respectively.

    Mr Sarifudin added:

    "Both daughters were very filial and well liked by family members and peers."

    A former classmate of Ms Nur Amalin's at Teck Whye Secondary, Ms Suhaila Jainudin, 20, said:

    "Amalina was always adorable and funny in class... kind of a class clown."

    Mr Rosli's long-time friend and customer, Mr Azman Mohamed, 55, said he was shocked to learn about the tragedy.

    He had visited Mr Rosli's motorcycle dealership which was co-managed by Mr Hamka but discovered that it was closed.

    After failing to get in contact with Mr Rosli, he called Mr Hamka and was told about the accident.

    He said:

    "I heard people crying when he (Mr Hamka) answered the phone. I saw the news about it but I didn't know it was Rosli."

    Mr Azman who works as a part-time security guard said he met Mr Rosli back in 1992, who was working at a workshop in Bukit Merah.

    Mr Rosli later started his own dealership business in Eunos, before moving to Kaki Bukit about eight years ago.

    Said Mr Azman:

    "He was friendly, always with a smile, and very knowledgeable - the moment you went into his workshop, he could spot what the problem with the bike was.

    "He was also very honest. If the brake pad was still in good condition, he would say 'don't change'.

    "He would fix what needed to be fixed."

    Another of Mr Rosli's customer, Mr Benjamin Oh, 35, said that Mr Rosli was 'warm and friendly... and had a strong following among the Harley and cruiser bike enthusiasts as he was one of the best mechanics for such bikes.'

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    Madam Maimunah Sapari, 51, and Mr Rosli Samad, 54, were to become grandparents with their first grandson due in January 2018 --- before an accident at Port Dickson killed them.

    A runaway tipper truck had sped through a T-junction in Jalan Lukut Sepang on Wednesday (Jan 3) at 2.30pm, ploughed through a Honda Stream which the Singaporean family of four were travelling on.

    The accident involved five vehicles - The Singapore register Honda Stream and tipper truck, as well as a Mercedes-Benz SUV, Perodua Myvi and motorcycle.

    The passengers on the Honda, Madam Maimunah, Ms Nur Amalina Rosli, 21, and Ms Dayana Sarah Rosli, 18, died at the scene, while Mr Rosli, died while being conveyed to Seremban Hospital.

    A family member told Shin Min Daily News that the family had set off at dawn.

    They drove to Kuala Lumpur for a vacation but subsequently ran into the accident on their way to Port Dickson.

    The family member revealed that the couple's two sons, Muhammad Asyraf, 27, and Muhammad Hamka, 24, had skipped the trip.

    Mr Hamka co-manages Mr Rosli's motorbike dealership business with him and had stayed behind to manage the business in his stead.

    Another female relative told the paper that Asyraf's wife was pregnant and was scheduled to deliver the family's first grandson this month.

    Mr Ashraf had chosen to forgo the trip to stay behind in Singapore to look after his wife.

    Unfortunately, neither Mr Rosli nor Madam Maimunah managed to see their grandchild.

    4 Singaporeans killed in Port Dickson accident: Hundreds gather for burial

    Mr Rosli has eight siblings, and when reporters visited the family's flat, they observed over 20 family members gathered there.

    Mr Rosli's mother, looking distraught, sat in a wheelchair in the living room.

    A spokesman said that the rest of the family was alerted to the accident after photos and videos of the accident went viral on social media.

    Although they have since told Mr Rosli's mother about the tragedy, they are reluctant to show her the graphic images.

    Friday, January 5, 2018 - 17:08

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    A 43-year-old man was arrested after stealing a woman's car at knifepoint, crashing it into a lamp post and then having a standoff with officers near Woodlands Checkpoint today (Jan 5).

    A Stomper alerted Stomp to videos posted on Facebook by Eric Yau of the incident.

    In the first video, the man is seen holding a weapon and waving it at an officer who approaches him.

    He walks around with the weapon while making gestures.

    In the second video, a man appears to be lying on the ground with a group of officers circling him.

    In the videos, debris is also seen scattered on the road and a red car appears to have crashed into a barrier.

    In response to Stomp's media queries, a police spokesman said that they were alerted to the case along Upper Bukit Timah Road at around 1.32pm.

    The man was suspected to be under the influence of drugs.

    "Suspected drug paraphernalia, controlled drugs, a knife, an axe and a sickle were found in his possession," said a police spokesman.

    "The man has been arrested for armed robbery, possession of offensive weapons and suspected drug-related offences.

    "Investigations are ongoing."

     

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    Yesterday morning, I noticed that there was a new Facebook friend request in my inbox.

    Clicking on the tab to check who it was, I realised that it was sent by my close friend from university.

    Finding it a bit odd (though not completely implausible), I wondered why she created a new Facebook profile when she already had another - filled with years of photos and memories.

    Giving her the benefit of the doubt, I accepted the friend request without hesitation,

    But there was a nagging feeling that the situation wasn't as simple as it seemed.

    And it was when I checked her new profile that I knew something fishy was up.

    Her profile photo was exactly the same as the one she had on her older account. If she was truly creating a new profile, perhaps to separate her work and personal contacts, why would she use the same photo?

    There was nothing on the profile, other than her profile photo and friends list.

    Her old profile was still running and very active.

    I decided to check with the source directly, and Whatsapped her immediately:

    Screenshot from our chatPhoto: Vulcan Post

    A mutual friend's boyfriend, who was also added to the new account, had also received Facebook messages from my 'friend' asking for his phone number.

    We quickly got into action, and reported the account.

    My friend also changed her profile photo and posted a warning on her real profile:

    Screenshot from my friend's FacebookPhoto: Vulcan Post

    Her post wasn't the first of its kind that I've seen.

    Over the past few weeks, different Facebook friends have come out with their experiences on how they, too, were impersonated by scammers that were Facebook messaging their friends, asking for personal details like their phone numbers and one-time passwords).

    In fact, even the Singapore Police Force noticed the rising occurrence of the scam last year:

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    SCAM ALERT – BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT PURCHASES CHARGED TO MOBILE PHONE BILLS The Police have received several reports...

    Posted by Singapore Police Force on Sunday, 26 March 2017

    I DIDN'T FALL FOR THE SCAM, BUT MY MUM DID

    Yesterday, my mum was also targeted by the same scam.

    Except in her case, the scammer got his/her way.

    Screenshot from my family chatPhoto: Vulcan Post

    Singtel told me that $50 was charged, but they will activate barring so I will receive no more of these […] So that's why I went to the police station. The officer said that there are many such cases reported to date.

    I immediately asked for the screenshots from the convo, and the modus operandi is exactly like how it is in all the other cases.

    Screenshot of the exchange between my mum and my 'neighbour'Photo: Vulcan Post

    After finding out your phone number, they will then charge various amounts to your account, asking you for the OTP to verify the payments for things like gift cards or gaming credits.

    If you're lucky, you'd realise that something is fishy before the scammer gets away with too much.

    Fortunately for my mum, the amount was just $50, and she managed to contact Singtel and the Police in time.

    MILLENNIALS MIGHT BE AWARE, 'AUNTIES' AND 'UNCLES' MIGHT NOT BE

    Aiyoh…hope I understand…I auntie not so IT.

    The situation is a glaring example of how technology, while easily accessible to all, might leave some pockets of users behind.

    For those like my mum, while they're savvy with using platforms like Facebook to communicate and post photos, they might not be equally savvy about how scammers are operating these days.

    Personally, I felt bad about not warning my mum in the first place, but just like every other scam, most people don't know until they get burnt.

    This 'Facebook friend' scam will eventually die down when scammers realise that people aren't falling for their tricks, but more sneaky methods would pop up soon enough.

    While adopting a constant state of distrust isn't the way to go, it might be better to just remind friends and family to always be vigilant and hold their personal information even closer to themselves.

    This article was first published on Vulcan Post

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