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The Yap Brothers Accident

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  • 1. The Script It was around 7pm last Monday evening.Her elder son, Nigel, 13, hadvolunteered to pick his brother Donavan, seven, up from school after theyounger boys wushu class. As they were cycling back home, they were killedwhen a cement truck rammed into them at the junction of Tampines Ave 9 andTampines Street 45. Regarding this, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, churchmembers and even strangers have either rendered assistance or postedcondolences online to the family of Nigel and Donavan Yap. In a Facebook postjust hours after the brothers bicycle was hit by a cement truck, EducationMinister Heng Swee Keat said schools would step up road safety education andwork with the police and Land Transport Authority "on further measures toenhance safety". He added that he was "very saddened" by the boys deathsand said the accident would be investigated "thoroughly" by the police. She had said that she will forgive the lorry driver, saying that her angerat the driver has turned into forgiveness - because he must be sufferingtoo.The driver is currently out on bail and his licence has been suspended. On a Thursday afternoon, some 600 friends, relatives and strangersturned up to say their final good-bye to the two brothers who were killed in ahorrific accident in Tampines on Monday.As gospel music played, the coffins ofNigel Yap, 13, and his seven-year-old brother Donavan were carried out of thevoid deck of the familys Tampines Street 44 home into two hearses.Followingbehind were their parents, Mr Francis Yap, 39, Madam Suliani Ang, 38,relatives, neighbours, friends and well-wishers.They had earlier attended a 15-minute service where two pastors led the crowd in singing hymns and sayingtheir last prayers.The entourage is headed to Mandai Crematorium which willbe the two brothers final resting place. From this, we can clearly see the Singaporean Spirit in times of trouble.Regardless of race, religion or language, we have banded together as oneunited people in times of great distress. Through this, we help each other outand share our troubles and concerns. This is also part of our strongpsychological defence.

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