30 December 2013 07:30 | By Ilsa Chan
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Brothers killed in Tampines cement mixer accident



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Brothers killed in Tampines cement mixer accident

On January 28, the lives of brothers Nigel and Donavan Yap, aged 13 and seven respectively, came to a sudden and tragic end after they were run over by a cement mixer as they were cycling near their home in Tampines.

Soon after, gruesome photographs of the accident circulated on the Internet, sparking both sympathy and controversy. Many netizens including the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin called on Singaporeans to show compassion and “sensitivity and respect for the family”.

Help streamed in for the Yap family as strangers banded together to raise funds for the boys’ parents. A candlelight vigil was held to remember the boys.

Following the accident, Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng led a campaign to for heavy vehicles to avoid school zones.

Driver Munir Mohd Naim, who had allegedly failed to keep a proper lookout while making a left turn when the traffic light was showing "green" in his favour, has since been charged over the fatal crash.

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