Home Briefs: Task force to review lift maintenance regime

Task force to review lift maintenance regime

A lift task force has been formed to review the current lift maintenance regime and enhance safety and reliability.

The task force, spearheaded by Dr Teo Ho Pin, coordinating chairman of PAP Town Councils, comprises staff members from the town councils and lift engineers and specialists from the managing agents. It will work with the 10 companies servicing more than 22,000 lifts to review the design, maintenance and use of lifts.

Its focus will be to review and recommend improvements to the lift maintenance regime and to work with the HDB to review the procurement process and technical specifications for new lifts, among other things.

Dr Teo said: "We are concerned over the recent spate of lift incidents. We will analyse the findings once investigations have completed and will take further measures to enhance the safety and reliability of the lifts."

The task force's review and recommendations are expected to be ready in three months.

About 200 donate blood at SPH's biannual drive

Some 198 people donated a total of 141 units of blood at Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH's) biannual blood drive yesterday. They included staff members, students and parents from Beatty Secondary School, as well as members of the public.

The SPH Red Apple Day was held in partnership with the Singapore Red Cross Society. It became a biannual drive in 2011.

"We are extremely grateful to all who have come forward to share the gift of life with those in need," said Mr Alan Chan, chief executive officer of SPH.

12 months' jail for kicking woman

A cleaner, angry that his fiancee's cousin had been saying bad things about him and his fiancee to others, kicked her while she was asleep.

Mohammed Hafian Suaily, a 20-year-old from Malaysia, believed that Ms Norhayati Mohammad Abas, 24, had been spreading rumours about him and his fiancee. She denied it.

About an hour before the attack, at about 3am on Feb 6, he was drunk and had an argument with his fiancee, aged 18, at the void deck of the Jalan Minyak block where they lived.

When he returned to the unit, he kicked the victim while she was sleeping. When she sat up, he kicked her in the face near her left eye, leaving her with blurred vision and a bloody nose.

He was sentenced to 12 months' jail and ordered to pay $688 compensation to Ms Norhayati after admitting to kicking her in the face, causing multiple facial fractures.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe