Top 5 stories you may have missed on Monday, 16 September 2013

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Here are the top five stories you might have missed on Monday, 16 September 2013.

Lee Kuan Yew celebrates 90th birthday, world leaders send well wishes

Singapore former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday, 16 September. (AFP Photo)

Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew celebrates his 90th birthday on Monday. The former minister mentor will be celebrating his birthday with his family at a private dinner. He has been receiving birthday greetings from across the globe as well, including one from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth who said that his life has been “inextricably interwoven with the history and development” of Singapore.

#Nationofkindness courtesy campaign kicks off

Singapore Kindness Movement kick off new courtesy campaign on Monday focusing on behaviour on public transport. (Singapore Kindness Movement photo)

The Singapore Kindness Movement kicked off a new courtesy campaign on Monday to “incorporate graciousness in our daily routine”. The month-long campaign focusses on courteous behaviour on public transport, sending a single message that says, “A nation of kindness starts with one”.

Singapore mermaid Cara Nicole Neo: It’s about reminding people magic exists

Singapore first mermaid, Cara Nicole Neo, 21, who is also an English Literature student at National University of Singapore. (Cara Nicole Neo photo)

Yahoo talks to Singapore's most prominent mermaid, Cara Nicole Neo, 21, on why she took the plunge. In part two of the feature, the university student (who majors in English Literature) talks about the hazards of being a mermaid, which include the danger that she might tear her fin, sitting in the chlorinated swimming pool water for too long, and the important need to be a very good swimmer.

COMMENT: Our right to a space in the ‘political arena’

SINGAPORE - MAY 03: People gather to listen to the People's Action Party lunch time rally in the heart of Central Business District at Boat Quay on May 3, 2011 in Singapore. The Singapore National election will be held on May 7th. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

After reading an article from The Straits Times, blogger Kirsten Han commented saying that politics should not be left only to the elite and those in political parties. She argues that the ‘political arena’ should also be the domain of all citizens.

Letter slamming MacRitchie running trail goes viral

Sunrays in the dense jungle of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica, Central America

A reader’s letter published by The Straits Times on Saturday sparked major buzz over the weekend, receiving over 14,000 Facebook shares along with a slew of negative comments. Letter writer Larry Quah Chai Koon seemed to be complaining about a fall he had while “exercising” at a nature trail in MacRitchie, which impacted his left shoulder, resulting in a “fractured left collarbone", “two cracked ribs” and "multiple lacerations”. His letter was slammed by a slew of negative comments who mainly advised him to be careful while on the nature trail, and discouraged more modifications to be made to the area.