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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