Throwback 2014: September


Car crash kills K-pop starlets

The K-pop world mourned the loss of two starlets from Korean girl group Ladies' Code after a tragic car crash.

EunB, 21, died on the spot, while RiSe, 23, succumbed to her injuries four days after the van they were in skidded off the road and crashed into a protective wall on a highway near Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.

The five-member group was returning to Seoul after participating in a KBS music show in Daegu at around 1.30am Korea time.

Another member, Sojung, 21, suffered fractured bones while two other members, Ashley, 22, and Zuny, 19, had no serious injuries.

The group, which made its debut in March last year, was known for its sexy yet cutesy image.

It had just released its new single Kiss Kiss a month earlier.

EunB of Ladies' Code dies after crash


Joanne Peh & Qi Yuwu in wedding shocker

The secret nuptials of local TV stars Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu shocked fans and industry buddies when the couple wed in a low-key affair.

They exchanged their vows in Mandarin in an intimate hour-long solemnisation held at the Movenpick Heritage Hotel in Sentosa.

Only about 40 guests attended the ceremony, including Qi's relatives, who flew here from Guangzhou.

The private affair came to light when celebrity hairstylist David Gan posted two teaser photos on his Instagram account.

One showed the close-up of the bride from the back, with a caption saying in Chinese: "Another of my daughters is getting married."

The other, also taken from the back, showed the couple sealing their vow with Sentosa's large Merlion statue in the background. It was captioned "Blessings".

Two weeks after the hush-hush ceremony, Qi, 37, confessed he had been worried that he might not be ready for marriage.

He wrote in a column published in Lianhe Zaobao on Sept 22 that he realised "in the face of life, no one can be fully prepared".

On Peh, 31, whom he dated for a year before the wedding: "I seem to have found a mirror and through her, I see the good and the bad in me.

"It makes me feel inferior and proud. I can be myself and grow up."


Mum charged with murder

A seven-year-old boy was found dead at the foot of a block at Block 815, Tampines Avenue 4.

The boy, clad in a yellow T-shirt and black shorts, was found face down.

He sustained injuries consistent with a fall from height and paramedics pronounced him dead on the spot.

Neighbours said the boy had lived with his parents, a 12-year-old brother and grandmother in the flat for the past five years.

The boy's mother was arrested on the same day.

Koh Sook Hoon, 42, was charged two days later for murder by causing the death of the boy, who is believed to be autistic, at 12.53pm that day.

The judge had ordered that the victim's name not be published.

If convicted of murder, Koh faces the death penalty.


Six charged for disrupting charity event

Two events were held at the same time at Hong Lim Park. One was a charity carnival organised by YMCA and the other, a protest rally on Central Provident Fund (CPF) issues.

But before the fourth #ReturnOurCPF protest event even started, rally organiser Han Hui Hui, 22, was seen engaging in heated exchanges with officers from National Parks Board and the police.

A march led by Han and blogger Roy Ngerng, 33, also frightened special needs children performing on stage for YMCA Proms@thePark event, which was attended by 900 people.

The group chanted "Vote them out, PAP", shocking the performers from Y Stars.

Video clips of the encounters went viral and drew negative responses from netizens.


Han and Ngerng later defended their march. In a Facebook post, Han said the group didn't heckle the special needs children.

Ngerng also said that they "didn't know what was going on on the stage".

He added that the protesters walked off once they realised special needs children were on stage because it was "not appropriate".

Ngerng subsequently wanted to apologise to the children and their parents but they declined to meet him.

On Oct 27, Han and Ngerng were among six charged with committing a public nuisance act at Hong Lim Park which disrupted a charity carnival.

The duo was also charged with organising a demonstration without approval. Both appeared in court dressed in white.

The other four - Janet Low Wai Choo, 54; Chua Siew Leng, 42; Goh Aik Huat, 41; and Ivan Koh Yew Beng, 59 - each face one charge of being a public nuisance. The case is pending.

This article was first published on December 28, 2014. Get The New Paper for more stories.