Tag Archives: Straits Times 11 April 2014

Teacher who rescued suicidal pupil honoured

EIGHT years ago, Madam Maznah Yusak received a call from a Primary 6 pupil telling her he wanted to commit suicide after a fight with his brother. "I panicked," the 56-year-old admitted. "In order to buy time, I stayed with him on the phone and made him direct me to his home." She took him to her home, along with some schoolmates, and managed to calm him down. "I think he was scared and confused, and he had anger management issues."

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Security issues the focus for Parliament on Monday

Questions have been filed by seven MPs on the breach at Woodlands Checkpoint last month and on airport security, in light of reports that two passengers on board missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 had used stolen passports. Mr Zaqy Mohamad (Choa Chu Kang GRC) will ask about security measures that failed to prevent a second Woodlands Checkpoint breach in three months. Mr Hri Kumar Nair (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) wants updates on a review that followed the unauthorised entry. In March, a 64-year-old Singapore permanent resident drove his car over a security barrier at the checkpoint. Two months earlier, a Malaysian teacher tailgated another car, avoiding the detection of officers to cross the border.

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Singapore granted self-rule on April 11, 1957

Many people had been calling for Singapore's independence. Meanwhile, the British were reluctant to relinquish control of Singapore's internal security. They were worried about communist influence and unrest and labour strikes in the mid-1950s. Singapore's first Chief Minister, Mr David Marshall, resigned after failed talks with the British, and Mr Lim Yew Hock took his place. The latter launched a crackdown on communist groups, which the British approved of.

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Two new PAP faces for Aljunied GRC

THE People's Action Party (PAP) will introduce a new face soon to work the ground at opposition-held Aljunied GRC. Ms Chan Hui Yuh, 37, a director of construction company Infra Waterproofing, will be at the Serangoon ward, one of the five divisions in the group representation constituency. The former deputy organising secretary of the Young PAP's executive committee told The Straits Times yesterday that she would be vice-chairman of the Serangoon Citizens Consultative Committee (CCC) next week. But she will give her full attention to Serangoon only after her term as chairman of Siglap CCC in East Coast GRC ends in April next year, she said.

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Chinese city reports cancer-inducing chemical in drinking water

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's western city of Lanzhou saw a rush for supermarket bottled water on Friday after authorities said the city's drinking water contained levels of benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, standing at 20 times above national safety levels. With Beijing having identified the environment as one of its top priorities after years of unfettered economic growth, the government has struggled to make local governments and industries comply with laws. Lanzhou, a heavily-industrialised city of 3.6 million people in Gansu province, ranks among China's most polluted cities.

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