Pest control technician alerts TNP over accidents in the name of road safety

The pest control technician was on his way to work last Wednesday when he drove past two accidents involving heavy vehicles in the Changi area.

One of them involved a trailer truck that had ploughed through barricades bordering the construction site for Changi Airport Terminal 4.

The other accident involved two lorries on Tanah Merah Coast Road.

Concerned about the frequency of accidents involving heavy vehicles, Mr Mohamed Irwan Masop, 35, called The New Paper (TNP) to highlight the importance of road safety.

"It is unfortunate that such mishaps occur, and they always affect the family members of those involved.

"I want readers to be mindful of their safety while on the road," said Mr Irwan.

A report on the accidents was published last Thursday.

Mr Mohamed Irwan, who has been reading TNP for more than 25 years, said he enjoys reading the news section.

"The news presented by TNP is good information. It increases my knowledge (of current affairs)," said Mr Irwan.

Another loyal TNP reader, Mr Steven Wong, 60, also contributed a story tip-off to the paper last week.

On May 9, Mr Wong noticed that South-east Asian (SEA) Games tickets were being resold on websites such as Ticketbis at exhorbitant prices.

Some of the $60 tickets were being sold for $750 each.

Under the terms and conditions, the tickets are not to be resold.

Mr Wong, who works in the finance industry, e-mailed TNP about the scalpers.

He was concerned that those willing to pay high prices for these tickets might get cheated by unscrupulous sellers.

He said: "It's less than a month to the Games and the last time we hosted it was 22 years ago.

"It is no surprise SEA Games tickets are selling like hotcakes."

He contacted TNP because he wanted desperate fans to be aware of more secure online platforms with regulations in place to protect them from being scammed.


He said that at least people who buy on websites such as Ticketbis, which are more credible because both buyers and sellers have to be registered users, reduces the chance of being cheated.

"It may be better that buyers turn to these online websites instead of other more dubious avenues where they may be given false tickets and get cheated of their money," Mr Wong said.

The story made it on TNP's cover page last Friday (top).

Mr Wong has been reading TNP for many years. The avid football fan likes the sports section of the newspaper best.

"The sports section is like a football magazine. It has all the updates you need to know about the matches," said Mr Wong.

For their tip-offs, these readers will each receive a $100 KFC voucher.

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This article was first published on May 25, 2015.
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