Your monthly dose of buzzworthy goodness from around the lion’s den.
Soldier helps carry a little girl to catch the NDP preview
Running late and having arrived at the wrong entrance for the National Day Parade preview, a mother-and-daughter pair were assisted by a Singapore Armed Forces soldier who noticed that the lady had her hands full carrying bags. Lieutenant Tee Chze Hao carried the little girl from one end of the stadium to the other, impressing not just the mother, but also her husband who posted it on Facebook.
Off-duty cleaners return lost jewellery after hours of search
Alerted to keep a lookout for some jewellery that had been discarded accidentally, two off-duty Bangladeshi cleaners took the trouble to sieve through rubbish in search of the lost item. After recovering and returning the jewellery worth $45,000 to the owner, the two men were presented letters of commendation by the Town Council for their honesty.
Racial harmony displayed by passersby who assist injured elderly
In a timely incident that occurred just after Racial Harmony Day, passersby of various races gathered to offer aid to an elderly man who had fallen off his bike in Pasir Ris. Off-duty police officer Mr Khairul Farhan, who was one of those attending to the injured man, was moved by the compassion that his fellow Singaporeans and foreigners alike displayed, and detailed the account in a Facebook post which garnered more than 3,000 shares.
Off-duty fireman saves trapped young boy
In another case which saw someone going beyond the call of duty, an off-duty fireman helped free a young boy who had unknowingly trapped himself inside a lorry. Using metal bars to pry the door open, the fire officer’s quick thinking ensured the child was rescued and kept safe while minimising damage to the vehicle. Proud of his father’s actions, Facebook user Fique Fiq took to social media to spread the word about his ‘hero’.
Singapore makes new move to tackle climate change
At the opening ceremony of the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore in early July, Singapore announced its new Climate Action Plan which spelled out the country’s commitment to fighting climate change. The Plan will see Singapore aim to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, in line with its Paris Agreement goals on carbon mitigation. The country’s efforts include the building of a new chemical plant on Jurong Island which will help recycle carbon emissions from nearby factories and turn it into baking soda, as well as the setup of a world-first facility on Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with the technology to rejuvenate degraded solar cells and raise its energy efficiency.