Daily Archives: 2009-03-03

Singapore can do better

Lee Weijia

Coming from a former British colony, going on exchange to King’s College in London is a dream and a pilgrimage of sorts for me. After all, modern Singapore has its roots in the endeavours of an English man, Sir Stamford Raffles. Traces of our once close ties can be found almost everywhere in Singapore: Mountbatten Road, Coronation Drive, Queenstown, Napier Road.  As such, walking along the streets of London is especially poignant and exciting as pages of our history books come to life in the form of street names, theatres, statues and landmarks in London. 

This extended time away from home has given me a greater appreciation of what Singapore has – and does not have. It’s a case of not knowing what you have until you’ve lost it, and not knowing what you lack until you have seen it. This trip has been all that I expected, and so much more. Continue reading

TOC Developing Story: Fleshing out the NTU stabbing incident

On the evening of the stabbing incident, TOC spoke to residents from David Widjaja’s hall and colleagues of Associate Professor Chan Kap Luk, who was alleged to be the victim. We will continue to provide timely updates on this story 

Updates (4 March 2009): According to a Singapore Police Force press release, investigations are still ongoing. It is not known who is the aggressor. A spokesman for the SPF declined to reveal any more information about the alleged assault, at least not until investigations are complete.   

Story by Terence Lee and Darren Boon

A final year NTU student allegedly stabbed a professor before falling off to his death from the linkway between two blocks on Monday morning.    

It is believed that David Hartanto Widjaja, 21, from the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) school, stabbed Associate Professor(A/P) Chan Kap Luk, 45, from the same faculty. The incident happened at Block S1A at about 10.35am in the morning.     

David Widjaja was pronounced dead on the spot while Prof Chan is receiving medical attention at the National University Hospital and is said to be recovering well.   

According to a Singapore Police Force press release, investigations are still ongoing. It is not known who is the aggressor. A spokesman for the SPF declined to reveal any more information about the alleged assault, at least not until investigations are complete.

Prof Chan “pleasant, nice and knowledgeable” 

There is no official word on the motive of the stabbing.  However, A/P Chan was the supervisor for Mr Widjaja’s final year project titled ‘Multiview acquisition from Multi-camera configuration for person adaptive 3D display’.   

Mr Widjaja had been a President of the NTU Electronic Sports Club.   Continue reading