Long night of questioning for 80 youth: why the overreaction?
I think most people reading about the police rounding up 80 youth and questioning them till late at night would have said, “C’mon, these youngsters are simply trying to earn some pocket money. Why the overreaction?”
I know loan-sharking activities are a serious crime but I am sure these youngsters had no idea that the materials they distributed were connected with crooks.
Some were even handcuffed like common criminals.
The youngsters could have been warned about the the fliers, name cards and pamphlets being connected to loan-sharks. There was no need to my mind for such an excessive response from Bedok Police Division.
It seems odd for the police to devote so much attention to this matter when there is a crying need for police patrols in HDB estates, shopping malls, on trains, MRT stations, bus interchanges and other public places to deter crime. And don’t forget the police needs to be vigilant against terrorism as well.
The public would certainly applaud this but not chasing after students and youngsters for distributing advertising materials innocently for loan-sharks.
Singapore Police Force should have foreseen this problem and worked with the schools. As with most things, prevention is better than cure and could have saved the police a lot of manpower and paperwork which will tie them up for quite some time.
An overreaction? Yes, I share the concern.
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