SMRT vandal Oliver Fricker’s caning: can Singapore do things differently?

(Swiss national Oliver Fricker was convicted for vandalism and sentenced to a double-whammy punishment of 5 months’ jail AND 3 strokes of the cane.)

When Swiss President Doris Leuthard visited Singapore about a week ago she commented on Oliver’s conviction and punishment.

Being on a state visit, she was understandably diplomatic. She said Oliver didn’t follow Singapore law.

Touching on his punishment, she said Europeans and the Swiss do things differently.

A thought-provoking observation.

Why can’t we in Singapore do things differently as well? There are few countries in the world that mete out a jail sentence AND whippping.

 Whipping someone, even a prisoner, is symbolic of our barbaric, brutal and sadistic nation.

The authorities can do things differently as well. For instance, Oliver could perform community service instead of whipping.

What’s it that they want to prove?

C’mon, we’re in the 21st century!

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8 Responses to “SMRT vandal Oliver Fricker’s caning: can Singapore do things differently?”

  1. The ruthless and coldblooded PAP government is trying to show the citizens of Singapore that these foreigners will get what they deserve if they disrespect the law. They are sending a message that they are still tough on crime. It is all political for votes in upcoming elections. Fricker is just a scapegoat; but there is real injustice here. This government doesn’t care how much harm it does to Singapores image globally; or what it does to its own male citizen lawbreakers either for that matter. This obsession with Flogging is a real sickness in Singapore in epidemic proportions, and because of this has truly become a pariah internationally.

  2. The ruthless and coldblooded PAP government is trying to show the citizens of Singapore that these foreigners will get what they deserve if they disrespect the law. They are sending a message that they are still tough on crime. It is all political for votes in upcoming elections. Fricker is just a scapegoat; but there is real injustice here. This government doesn’t care how much harm it does to Singapores image globally; or what it does to its own male citizen lawbreakers either for that matter. This obsession with Flogging is a real sickness in Singapore in epidemic proportions. Perhaps change will come with a change in government; or international intervention to stop this physical violence and human rights abuses.

    • Are you saying if there is no election, Fricker will most likely escape the rattan? If that is the scenario, then you have a bigger injustice.

  3. Other countries are also tough on crime eg. Japan. In New York, crime rates have gone down dramatically without the threat of whipping.

    The crucial question is why are our MPs, many of whom are intelligent, well-read, well-travelled, highly educated, keeping mum?

    Unwise, even foolish, to rock the boat?

  4. If the stand is to abolish whipping because it is inhumane and an abomination, then you have to justify why suddenly rapists will not be caned. Which MP wants to come out with such an argument? The fact is that western democracy has not shown us theirs is an inherent better system.

  5. Fricker is one lucky Dude. He had done this in Swiss., and got no punishment. Noe, he shall return to his homeland with 3 lifelong welts on his butt cheeks. Too bad he wasn’t given all 8 strokes of the rotan!

  6. Would you care to tell me if the general public in your country approves of whipping?

  7. Singapore has something to teach to the rest of the world. America is about to go bankrupt because of the volume of crime and incarceration costs. We a talking at least a trillion dollars every five years! This trillion dollars could save us from bankruptcy, if we only had the courage to adopt the Singaporean no-crime policy!


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