Monday, 2 April 2018

Exceptional people: Eight members of the public receive Public Spiritedness Award

Dr Michael Lim (left) and Mr Muhammad Noh Abdul Sukor. Image: thenewpaper
Eight individuals received the Public Spiritedness Award from the Singapore Police Force yesterday for assisting in various cases.

Dr Lim, a dental surgeon, restrained a man welding a pair of scissors at Bedok Mall last December, threatening to stab the people around him.

Apart from Dr Lim, four other people helped in the arrest of the Bedok Mall suspect. Two were off-duty police officers, while the other two left the scene before they could be identified.

Mr Muhammad Noh Abdul Sukor, 34, had helped to prevent the escape of a man in his 40s who had touched the thigh of a female passenger on board an SMRT train in June last year.

Mr Noh is the station manager of Tanah Merah MRT station. Three other people were involved and received the award as well.

Bouquets: Choosing to see the good in life

As a psychotherapist, I usually find myself in a position of helping others.

Perhaps unconsciously, I had come to see my default role as a provider of compassion and support, rather than as its recipient, which is why, when recent circumstances placed me in a physically vulnerable position in need of consideration, I was emotionally overwhelmed by the many spontaneous acts of kindness I received from strangers.

Having undergone knee surgery to repair my meniscus, I was dependent on a leg brace and walking stick for about a week.

The sight of a lady hobbling around with a heavy-looking bag must have tugged on the heartstrings of the many people who came forward to offer their kindness - from the people in a taxi queue who insisted that I go ahead of them to the security guard who assisted me with my bags despite his own advanced age to the little boy who chased after my dog when it bolted out of my garden.

The most touching experience for me was when an elderly gentleman, himself physically frail and using a walking stick, supported me as I climbed a flight of stairs.

There were many more little acts of kindness that I received during the week of my recovery.

But more than their physical actions, it was the genuine care with which these people offered their time and energy that moved me tremendously. I saw compassion in their faces and heard it in their voices.

In the bustle of our busy lives, it is perhaps easy to overlook or discount such goodness.

But to see only the negatives would make us cynical and emotionally numb as individuals and as a society.

These recent personal experiences have reaffirmed my faith in the good that exists all around us.

Life does appear brighter when we choose to open our eyes to goodness, no matter how small. There is undeniable beauty and love in the world, in our society and, most importantly, in each of our hearts.

Jessica Leong (Dr)


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AVA urges people not to feed pigeons amid a sharp rise in feedback about the birds

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Last year, the AVA received 5,500 pieces of pigeon-related feedback from across Singapore, a 34% increase from 4,100 in 2016.

Pigeons dirty the environment with droppings, and leftover food from pigeon feeding may attract other pests like rats, which carry diseases and pose a risk to public health, AVA added.

"Feeding encourages pigeons to breed and results in an increase in their population," a spokesperson said, adding that feeders provide a regular source of food which may have led to pigeons congregating in the area.

AVA has been educating the public against pigeon feeding as it is an offence, it said. Anyone caught feeding pigeons can be fined up to S$500 under the Animals and Birds Act.

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