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     Yesterday, an alleged murder-cum-suicide occurred at a block of flats in Pasir Ris Street 13 in Singapore. This time, a man, 50,  had allegedly slashed his wife, 29, to death and then jumped five storeys to his death, leaving their three children asleep in the flat. In a similar incident two months ago in Yishun, a man killed his wife before jumping to his death, leaving the children asleep in the flat.

     Could matters have been settled before they came to a head, as in these two cases? Do we have the framework for preventing such tragedies? Surely, early warning signals must have been sent  - but to whom? Why didn't anyone refer them to mediation then? So many questions beg answers. In the old days, when people lived in villages, neighbours were an extended part of the family and thus came into play during quarrels. Now, in flats, everyone has no time for his/her neighbour. Neighbours have become strangers to one another. I lament the fact that we are all so caught up in our own lives, we hardly have time for our neighbours anymore. 

     The government has set up Residents' Committees in every neighourhood in Singapore, yet not many residents are interested enough in what happens in their own neighbourhood to spare a few hours to improve rapport amongst the residents themselves. Who do we blame? It's easy to point the finger at the government when things go wrong. Why not look for the answer within ourselves? Correct upbringing is important. Our children should be imbued with the right attitudes towards life early on so that suicidal tendencies are eliminated at the outset. We can't bring those who are dead back to life, but we certainly can try to prevent our children from following the paths of these two men.  


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News Flash        

Today Monday 28 Feb  2000

In Singapore

Cable & Wireless decision on HKT sale today.

Unions aim to get 40% of workers to join them.

A heated quarrel between a man and his wife ended in tragedy early yesterday when he stabbed her to death before jumping of his fifth-storey flat in Pasir Ris. The police are treating the case as murder and suicide.

A two-year-old toddler died in an accident in his home at Blk 617 Hougang Avenue 8 yesterday morning when he fell headlong into a tub of water and drowned. 


Jakarta: Indonesia's Forestry & Plantations Ministry has called on the AG's office to initiate prosecution of the country's No 1 tycoon over alleged illegal land appropriation.

Around the world

Los Angeles: General Motors, Ford Motors and Daimler-Chrysler announced plans last Friday to open a single online store to handle hundreds of billions of dollars in parts and supplies that the three car makers buy each year.

London: The BBC plans to privatise its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and the beep.com Internet service to help solve a cash shortage and to raise money for programmes.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.

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Raymond Han

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