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Cecil Hotel Viewers Convinced Elisa Lam Was Playing The Chilling Elevator Game Before She Died

Mar 10, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

One of the most disturbing parts of Netflix's latest documentary series, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is the unsettling CCTV footage of Canadian student, Elisa Lam, in the elevator of the Cecil Hotel.

The clip, which was released to the public in 2013, shows Elisa behaving erratically just hours before she went missing from the hotel, and tragically, was later found dead in the hotel's rooftop water tank.

Ever since the 21-year-old disappeared, people have been circulating theories over what could have happened to Elisa. One such theory is that the odd behaviour Elisa exhibits in the CCTV footage is the result of a chilling ritual known as The Elevator Game.

But what is it?

Well, it's a pretty creepy ritual that sees the player visit a number of different floors in an elevator, in a bid to get to a 'new dimension'. The person playing must first enter the elevator alone, before pressing the button for the fourth floor.

They must then descend to the second floor, up to the sixth, down to the second again, up to the tenth and finally down to the fifth. They must not get out on any floor.

After reaching the fifth level, the legend says a mysterious woman will enter the lift, but the person playing must not look or interact with her.

After Elisa's odd behaviour in the elevator - specifically pressing a number of different buttons as she entered - some conspiracists are convinced she was playing the game.

It's worth noting here that Elisa's death was ruled as accidental drowning, with her bipolar disorder was found to be a significant factor.

But despite this, some viewers are still adamant there were too many coincidences surrounding the student's tragic death.

One person wrote on Twitter: "That Elisa Lam case still reminds me of that elevator game, still gives me the creeps."

While another added: "I honestly think Elisa Lam played the elevator game."

And one commented: "Wonder if Elisa Lam doing the elevator game at the Cecil Hotel. Because the button pressing and going to different floors looks like it."

"I still get chills thinking about that Elevator Game and seeing that Elisa Lam footage," wrote another.

Yesterday, we explained how people are still convinced Elisa's death was linked to the tuberculosis outbreak, taking place in Los Angeles at around the same time. You can read more about that here.

Featured Image Credit: The Cecil Hotel/Netflix

PAP members call on party to embrace diversity and be open to opposing views

Nov 29, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Two People’s Action Party (PAP) members have called on the ruling party to embrace diversity and listen to opposing views, with one Member of Parliament (MP), Ms Nadia Ahmad Samdin, going as far as to say that PAP has to fix its "empathy deficit and grow more comfortable with understanding views we disagree with".

The MP for Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (GRC) was among some party activists who spoke at the annual PAP convention on Sunday (Nov 28). There were about 2,000 party activists as well as members from the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) who attended the event both physically at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre and online.

Ms Gho Sze Kee, branch secretary of the party’s Bukit Timah branch, also talked about how the party needed to introduce a diversity of perspectives to avoid the dangers of groupthink and being part of an echo chamber.

Addressing fellow party activists in her speech, Ms Nadia acknowledged that there is a tendency for people to live in “bubbles”, which refer to how individuals are often surrounded by others who look or think the same way as them, and that these “bubbles” have led to social divisions.

And these differences have played out online in the way party members have responded to opposing views as if they were threats.

However, she urged party members to be conscious of their own inherent biases and not view these differences as a threat, but as opportunities to have hard conversations.

“I hope we have them, and in listening, be at least open to the possibility of changing our minds,” she added.

“More than any trait during this time, I call for empathy that goes two ways. Empathy should drive us to amplify voices of others, to join forces for a shared cause, for our future.

“We have always been a party of action, and empathy is how we will continue to stay relevant, and continue to take meaningful action for our fellow Singaporeans.”

Recounting her own experience as a party activist since 2012, Ms Gho, 42, said PAP’s biggest pressing need is to ensure that it renews its members at every level of the party’s hierarchy, and not only in the candidates it fields during a general election.

Citing some branch-level statistics, she said that there are only 12 branch secretaries who are female, compared with 81 who are male.

“We need to ensure our party’s membership at the branch level truly reflects the diversity of Singapore. And we have to make sure that diversity counts when anticipating ground needs, giving inputs to policy formulation, and communicating our messages to our voters,” said Ms Gho.

When asked by reporters later if her point about PAP needing to embrace people from diverse backgrounds extends to people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Ms Gho agreed.

Recurring theme

The need to embrace people from diverse backgrounds and different viewpoints was a recurring theme at Sunday’s party convention.

PAP’s secretary-general Lee Hsien Loong, who is also Singapore’s Prime Minister, made similar points in his speech.

He had said that the party must show that it is not afraid of opposing views or being challenged, and that voters today want to see more debate, contestation and questioning of established ideas.

“We welcome good ideas, regardless of who proposed them… We also have to rebut wrong views, if possible gently, but when necessary firmly,” said Mr Lee.

Speaking to reporters after the event, MP for MacPherson ward Tin Pei Ling said that embracing diverse viewpoints would strengthen trust.

“It’s not just me pushing things to you and you have to accept it, or I just say things that you like to listen. But I explain to you so that even if we may not see eye-to-eye 100 per cent on everything, you know where I am coming from, that it’s not self-serving,” she added.

“And so, it comes back to what are we in politics for? It’s about serving people. And if that’s the case, then, having that empathy, bridging those differences, listening to people and to willingly engage and see whether we can have a midpoint perhaps, and letting you know where I come from. I think that’s important.”

Also speaking at Sunday’s convention was Mr Ling Weihong, 40, branch secretary of Sengkang Central, which is currently under the Workers’ Party.

He talked about the difficulties operating in an opposition ward, but said that his team would continue to work to win back Sengkang GRC, though he acknowledged that it would be an uphill task.

Representing the trade unions, Mr Sanjeev Tiwari, general secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Employees, talked about the need to reinforce the strong ties between NTUC and PAP.

He said the collaboration between both organisations is mostly happening within the leadership level and that it needs to be extended to all members of both organisations.