Shocking: Pregnant Chinese tourist attacked at Peace Centre
I read with consternation how a pregnant Chinese tourist was assaulted by a man when she accidentally spilled a drink on him. This is yet another confirmation our society is becoming increasingly thuggish and lawless.
Cab drivers are routinely bashed up, some seriously. Fights at night spots are becoming regular headlines. Fights can even erupt over a scramble for seats on the MRT. Schoolboys make public buses target practices with missiles. Not very long ago a lady walking home in the early evening was killed near a HDB playground. Foreign workers were slashed with knives in a field.
And I haven’t touched on the violence that erupts with alarming frequency on our roads and expressways!
The root of the problem lies in the absence of those who are responsible for maintaining law and order: our policemen. Since they are out of sight, they are out of mind. Thuggish people are therefore emboldened at the slightest excuse to bash another person up.
Swift and stern action against the culprits is lacking. Police do not see assault cases as serious enough to warrant immediate punitive action. Instead if victims want to seek justice, they have to take out a Magistrate’s Order which to most people is an unnecessary red tape.
The Police Pledge, among other things, is “to uphold the law, to protect life and property, to prevent and detect crime”.
Encouraging words. But is it just an aspiration like the National Pledge?
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