Drama at Clementi West: "Uncle, call the police!"

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An apparent family dispute at Block 606 Clementi West Street 1 early this morning ended with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) rappelling down two storeys to save a man who had threatened to jump.

Neighbours told The New Paper (TNP) they could hear people arguing and the sound of glass shattering.

Mr Bah Soo Liang, 50, who was at a nearby coffee shop said he could hear the commotion from a unit on sixth storey of the block.

He told TNP in Mandarin:

"(A woman) rushed to the window, waved at us and shouted for help. She said, 'Uncle, call the police!' So I called the police."

When TNP arrived at the scene at 12.45am, a safety life air pack had been deployed by the SCDF.

SCDF's Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Dart) rescuers were seen preparing a net before rappelling down at 1.05am. 

An SCDF spokesman said they received a call at 11.45pm yesterday (Jan 28). A fire engine, a Red Rhino, two ambulances and three support vehicles were sent.

Another team of SCDF and police officers entered the unit with breaking tools.

Man arrested

The SCDF spokesman said two people - a man in his 20s and a woman in the unit - were sent to hospital.

A police spokesman told TNP today that they have arrested a 26-year-old man for voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous means.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 30. 

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