Call for help makes the new

Call for help makes the new

Piles of rubbish blocking the common corridor greet Mr Alauddin Abdul Rahman daily at his door.

Exasperated over his neighbour's refusal to clear her junk, the 42-year-old property officer called The New Paper hotline for help and his story made it to the front page of the paper last week.

Mr Alauddin said: "For eight years, I have also been smelling cats' pee and poo as they play among the rubbish." The trash belongs to his neighbour, an elderly rag-and-bone woman named Madam Lily.

He lamented: "How can my family and neighbours escape if there's a fire?"

Mr Alauddin, who buys TNP every day, added: "Efforts by the town council didn't work, so I called the TNP hotline, hoping it could resolve my problem. "I read The New Paper because of its people-centred stories."

The fan of the sports section is happy that his tip-off made it to the front page of the paper.

He said: "This news can serve as a wake-up call to hoarders and I appreciate the report."

Another reader, Mr Kumar, called the TNP hotline after he was beaten up on a public bus on March 24 (above, right).

At 9.30pm, Mr Kumar and his wife, Madam Jaya, a teacher, both 45, were on their way home from dinner at White Sands shopping mall. After they boarded the bus at Pasir Ris bus interchange, Mr Kumar was confronted by a burly man.

"There were tattoos all over both of the man's arms," the security base controller recounted.

After verbally abusing the couple, the man punched Mr Kumar in the face, head and shoulders.

He continued his assault even after Mr Kumar fell.

Mr Kumar recounted: "He looked like he was 120kg, while I am only 60kg. I heard my wife screaming for help as I was trying to block his blows."

Neither the bus driver nor other passengers came forward to help.

Mr Kumar, who buys TNP almost every day, called the paper's hotline because he wanted to remind bus drivers of their responsibility to help passengers in such situations.

"I was very happy when my story made it to the front page," he said.

Mr Kumar, who has children aged 15 and 20, also hopes that young commuters can be careful.

"I know that TNP is a hit with young people, not only the middle-aged. My children read it," he said.

On March 20, Chinese national Fan Xing, 16, also called the TNP hotline after he and his friend, Jet Jin, 19, were beaten up by a group of boys at a coffee shop opposite Shaw Plaza in Balestier (left).

Fan Xing, who suffered facial injuries, and the other two readers will each receive Burger King vouchers worth $100 for their tip-offs.

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