Top 10 ST Video stories of 2015

A screengrab showing a memorial for the students who perished in the Sabah quake in June 2015.
A screengrab showing a memorial for the students who perished in the Sabah quake in June 2015. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM RAZOR TV

SINGAPORE - SG50, the General Election and the death of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The year 2015 was chock-full of significant events, important milestones, heart-wrenching tragedy and viral sensations.

Here are the top 10 ST video stories of the year.

1. Tanjong Katong Primary pupils killed in Sabah quake

In June, 29 Primary 6 pupils from Tanjong Katong Primary School went on an overseas expedition to Mount Kinabalu, but only 22 returned. Tragedy struck when an earthquake hit Sabah on June 5, killing seven pupils and two teachers from the school. A tribute site was set up at the school for visitors to pen their condolence messages. We spoke to the victims' family and friends, who shared their memories of the children.

Other videos for this story:

Peony Wee's father will miss bright and cheerful daughter
TKPS pupils return from quake-hit Sabah
Loved ones bid goodbye to Mount Kinabalu victims
Final prayers for quake victim Navdeep Singh

2. Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

The skies rained down, tears flowed, Singaporeans grieved. The nation was in mourning after founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23 at the age of 91. People  stood in line in the sun and rain for hours, even overnight, for a chance to pay their last respects. Some paid tribute through personal stories, pictures and videos. Watch our full coverage of the seven days of national mourning.

Other videos for this story:

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew Day 3
A nation bids farewell to Mr Lee Kuan Yew
Mr Lee Kuan Yew's final journey through Singapore
Faces in the overnight queue
Tears flow ouside the Istana
Crowds swell at Padang

3. City Harvest Church trial

After 142 days, the City Harvest Church trial, finally came to a close on Nov 20, with founder Kong Hee and five other church leaders given jail sentences. All six were found guilty of criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts, misusing church funds to fund a crossover project aimed at spreading the gospel through the pop music of Kong's wife, Sun Ho. Here are highlights of one of Singapore's longest running trials.

4. Foreign worker who saved toddler

Two foreign workers were lauded for their heroic act after they rescued a toddler dangling outside the ledge of a Jurong East flat. The nail-biting moment was captured in a viral video. The workers were awarded the Public Spiritedness Award for their bravery.

5. It Changed My Life: Inspiring stories

Never judge a book by its cover, every page tells a story. The saying is true for these individuals featured in The Straits Times It Changed My Life series. Began in November 2013, the video series tells the inspiring stories of Singaporeans overcoming the odds to turn their life around. The videos recently won the top prize at the World Digital Media Awards. 

Other videos for this story:

Turning Point: Getting arrested woke him up
Turning Point: Starting a new life in Guatemala
Turning Point: Fighting for women's rights

6. Black Knights SG50 Jubilee performance

 

Ever wondered what it  is like to be a Black Knight? Formed in 1973, the Republic of Singapore Air Force aerobatics team brings together some of the best fighter pilots in the service to perform at air shows. Go behind the scenes and up in the air with the Black Knights as they prepare for their biggest show yet - Singapore's Golden Jubilee celebration. Hold on to your seats, and get ready to be thrilled.

7. Taufik Batisah gets married

It was one of the biggest events in local showbiz. Former Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah got hitched at a star-studded wedding attended by more than 2,000 guests. After weeks of online speculation, Taufik finally revealed the identity of his bride -  production manager Sheena Akbal. We talked to the happy couple on their big day.

8. Goodbye, Dakota Crescent

One of Singapore's oldest public housing estates will soon be history. Built in the 1950s, Dakota Crescent exudes a quiet charm with its iconic dove playground, old provision shops and rental flats. The estate is slated for redevelopment by the end of 2016. Join residents as they bid farewell to Dakota Crescent at a block party.

9. How to be a gentleman

Meet Singapore's most well-dressed men. Decked out in suits and stylish outfits, a local six-man group called The Gentleman's Pride hopes to promote the concept of dressing and behaving like a modern day gentleman. The men share their style tips through their Instagram account, which has over 2,700 followers. 

10. Elderly woman abused outside HDB flat 

People were appalled when a video of an elderly woman being hit by her own daughter surfaced on the Internet. The 77-second video posted on Facebook showed the old woman sweeping outside her Lower Delta Road flat when a younger woman suddenly slapped her four times. The video went viral, prompting the authorities to take action. We spoke to neighbour Mohammad Juani, who secretly filmed the video.