ST & CNA got it wrong: S'porean man did not fall off cliff in Bali while taking selfie

The deceased's family has clarified.

Belmont Lay| May 24, 03:18 PM

A news story first published on May 22, 2015, about a 21-year-old Singaporean man, Mohamed Aslam Shahul, dying after falling off a cliff in Bali while taking a selfie has been discredited.




relative spoke and clarified with The Straits Times about the death of the 21-year-old Singaporean man - Mr Mohamed...

Posted by The Straits Times on Friday, May 22, 2015


The initial news cited Indonesian media as sources and was reported by The Straits Times and Channel News Asia.

However, after clarifications from the deceased's family that the man fell while taking pictures of the sunset -- presumably a day after the original news made the rounds -- ST has since deleted the initial report and edited their story.

No apology was issued for the error.

From the edited ST article:

Local media reported that Mr Mohamed Aslam had fallen in while taking a selfie on the cliff, but a relative who spoke to The Straits Times yesterday said he had in fact been taking pictures of the sunset.

"According to the friends who were with him there, he wasn't taking a selfie," said the relative, who added that two friends tried to jump in to save him but were foiled by strong waves.

CNA, on the other hand, has yet to delete their piece or make the necessary amendments.

Singaporean fell off a cliff in Bali while trying to take a selfie.

Posted by Channel NewsAsia Singapore on Friday, May 22, 2015


The tragedy struck a mere three days after Mohamed Aslam's graduation from Temasek Polytechnic.

He arrived in Bali with eight friends on Thursday and the group travelled later that day to Sandi Bay Beach on Nusa Lembongan island, off the south-east coast of Bali when the incident happened.


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