Yishun man set fire to his house after he was angered by mother’s nagging

Five years in jail for that.

Sulaiman Daud | February 14, 04:57 pm


Have you been so angry you set fire to your own house?

Well, one man in Yishun did.

A Feb. 14 Straits Times report said a man named Roslan (who goes by just one name) got into a bit of arson at home.

His breaking point was his mother’s “nagging”.

Angry that mother had nagged him

On Sept. 6, 2018, Roslan’s mother, Salbiah Musa, had nagged her son for not taking care of her.

Salbiah was feeling ill.

The next day, she asked her younger son Saleh Muhamad Jamal to accompany her to a doctor instead.

Roslan bumped into his family at the ground floor of their apartment block.

But as he was still feeling angry with his mother, he went back up.

He then set fire to wardrobes belonging to his family and placed burning paper against Salbiah’s mattress, setting it on fire, before fleeing the scene when the flat became too smoky.

A neighbour noticed the fire and tried to put it out himself, but it had grown too large.

He evacuated his family and called the police.

Police officers and Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel responded to the scene.

Two people taken to hospital

Salbiah fainted when she returned and saw her flat on fire.

She was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

Another man living in the same block was taken to Singapore General Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The damages totalled about S$31,000.

Roslan surrendered himself at the Ang Mo Kio North Neighbourhood Police Centre the following day, realising he had committed an offence.

He was sentenced to five years in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count of committing mischief by fire.

Top image from SCDF’s Facebook page.


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About Sulaiman Daud

Sulaiman believes that we can be heroes, if just for one day. His favourite Doctor is Peter Capaldi's Twelve and his favourite person is Jürgen Klopp. He also writes about film and pop-culture, which you are very welcome to read here.

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