Readers give TNP tip-offs

Readers give TNP tip-offs
CALL FROM ‘TNP ADDICT’: Mr Mohammed Hussain called the TNP hotline after receiving a WhatsApp message about this fire at his sister’s flat in Block 70, Circuit Road.

Mr Mohammed Hussain is a self-professed TNP addict.

"If I don't read The New Paper every day, I get withdrawal symptoms," joked the 44-year-old IT services executive.

So when Mr Hussain received a WhatsApp message from his brother on the morning of July 24, alerting him to a fire at his sister's flat at Block 70, Circuit Road, he called the TNP hotline.

Mr Hussain later found out that the fire had broken out on the 10th-storey landing, and not inside his sister's home.

The report was published the following day.

He described the article about the fire as "short and sharp".

Mr Hussain said he has been a fan of TNP's since its launch in 1988.

"I remember I was a student back then, and I was attracted to TNP because the afternoon edition was up-to-date and the paper was small, so it was convenient to carry around."

'EASY TO DIGEST'

"I also find TNP reader-friendly, easy to digest and pleasant."

He praised TNP's sports section in particular. "I find TNP's sports coverage intensive. As a football fan, I can get lots of details about the English Premier League and different clubs."

Mr Hussain, who is glad his report was published, said: "I was just supporting my favourite paper."

Another tip-off came in the form of an e-mail from Ms Candice Chin, 33, after a tour minibus she was in skidded dangerously off a highway in Johor.

The owner of Pilates Fitness was on a day trip to Johor with her family on July 20, when the incident occurred.

A tow truck arrived a few hours later and took the minibus, which had suffered a flat tyre, and its driver away with it, leaving Ms Chin and her family stranded.

All 14 members of the family then made their way to a nearby clinic, where the nurses arranged a coach to take them home. They eventually reached home at nearly 1am the next day.

"I wrote to TNP the following Saturday because I feel that its readers needed to know about this."

'WELL-WRITTEN'

Referring to the report about the incident which made the front page last Thursday, Ms Chin said: "It was well-written and gave a lot of exposure about the incident.

"I especially like that the reporter took the trouble to speak to the tour agency to find out if they have received similar complaints in the past."

Ms Chin has been reading TNP since her secondary school days, and now reads the online version regularly.

She hopes her tip-off can warn readers about possible problems they may face on similar trips.

"There are many Singaporeans who travel to JB, including students and the elderly, so it's important that they know what happened." For their tip-offs, these readers will each receive $100 worth of vouchers.

We value your calls and e-mails, so keep them coming.

Call us at 1800-733-4455, SMS or MMS 9477-8899 or e-mail us at tnp@sph.com.sg

You can also use the tip-off function in our new smartphone app, which can be downloaded at tnp.sg/app


This article was first published on August 04, 2014.
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