Swiss man exposes SMRT security lapses -Straits Times rejects letter

I was sufficiently appalled at SMRT security lapses to write to ST Forum but ST saw no merit in my letter

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6 June

Dear Sir

The Swiss national, who has been charged with vandalism for spray painting two carriages of SMRT, has done Homeland Security a big favour actually.

He has exposed a security lapse in SMRT depot by the ease with which he penetrated the area.

What if he had been a terrorist, and planted a bomb instead?

If he could enter the depot that easily doesn’t it suggest that it is even easier for a terrorist to just walk into a packed MRT station.

Let the Swiss national off with a stern warning. We should be grateful instead for showing us how easy it is to breach our security system.

Homeland Security should regularly audit and test security measures of all important public and highly congested places like the airport, MRT and Orchard Road.

A lesson has been learned = we must not be lulled into complacency.

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7 Responses to “Swiss man exposes SMRT security lapses -Straits Times rejects letter”

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  2. I find your argument a little flawed. If someone break into your house, do you thanks him for “breaking your security system”?

    He could have written in to the authorities to highlight the weakness. Breaking in and doing damage to properties is not the best way to bring his point across.

    • Yes, in all honesty I’d thank him for exposing the flaws in my security system.

      Here we’re talking about something more serious than loss of properties. It’s a matter of life and death involving the public at large.

      Writing to the authorities seems like a good idea but do you think they’ll take it seriously?

      Look, months back I wrote to the Straits Times urging the authorities to beef up security on our MRT. Was my feedback taken seriously?

      If Mas Selamat could escape from a supposedly high-security detention
      with such ease, and later somehow found his way to Johor an attack on our MRT is child’s play.

      These days many people are security conscious, hence the outpouring of outrage over SMRT lapse.

      Hopefully, the Swiss guy is the catalyst for a change in our complacent mindset.

      Prevention is better than cure, is it not?

  3. If we carry the argument to the extreme, then Mas Selamat should not have been recaptured but rather, they should have just let him go scott-free. After all, he did do ISD a favour by exposing weaknesses of the Whitley Detention Centre, didn’t he?

  4. If I’m not wrong, there are actually security companies that do provide this kind of service. Meaning they test your security by trying to break in. i.e. the Swiss guy did for free what you would normally have to pay people to do.

    But the part about the law is valid, so can’t argue about it. But make the punishment fit the crime, I mean 100k bail breaks all the WTF meters.

    re: Mas Selmat : The difference is that Mas Selemat was in there for a reason (ok, he was never actually tried, so we don’t know this for sure), and it’s because of this alleged terrorist charge that he was hunted. If he had just been a visitor who happened to sneak in and be locked in (this makes no sense i know) and then broke out, then that would be the proper analogy.

  5. We cannot let him go scot-free. The minister has to explain why we strict with American but lenient with Swiss .. why locals don’t have privilege like ang mohs .. lol

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