Orchard Road slashing case: SPF must step up patrols

The slashing case in Orchard Road on Saturday once again throws the spotlight on the SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE (SPF).

People have long noticed the diminishing presence of SPF in public places. The public don’t see police foot patrols.

Some time ago, the government announced to great fanfare the formation of a cops on bikes patrol. Whatever happened? I’ve not seen a single one of them on my regular bike outings. Has the tropical weather proved too much for them?

SPF should boost their presence in public to deter and prevent crime. Criminal elements, gangs and youths have noticed this lack of police presence and so have been tempted to carry weapons in secret.

In the Orchard Road slashing, weapons were used. In past incidents, criminals used knives to rob and kill their victims.

The mission of SPF: “The Singapore Police Force’s core function is to protect the people who live in Singapore from crime and all manner of criminal harm.”

How is SPF going to fulfill this noble goal if it is missing on the streets and public places? If it is just sitting back and waiting for 999 calls?

No doubt SPF has the ability to track down and arrest the perps but it’s scant solace to those who have suffered injuries or to the families who have to grieve over the death of a loved one.

One recalls the horrific gang fight in Downtown East last year when a youth was knifed and killed.

In 2010, three men from Sarawak committed robbery in Kallang using weapons. The victim was killed.

When will SPF do more to live up to its mission to protect us from harm?

Certainly not by sitting behind a desk.

It’s scary to think that there are people moving around with hidden weapons.

4 Responses to “Orchard Road slashing case: SPF must step up patrols”

  1. I am very perturbed by this news. It appears that a certain ng kok khim, supposedly the Chairman of the Blk 538 Market Association, has called for a quotation for ATL Maintenance to carry out high level cleaning without going through the AHPETC. This dovetails nicely with what Ms. Sylvia Lim has said.

    While I’m very sure that mr. ng must have had very good reasons for doing so, nonetheless it is very troubling that he did not come forward to clarify the issue and instead allowed it to be blown out of all proportion.

    I believe you when you said that the NEA and the hawkers are honest people. That being the case, can you get mr. ng to clear this matter up? I’m sure you’ll have no problems getting him to do it since he’s a pap grassroots leader. It’s distracting you and the NEA from far more pressing issues like the current dengue epidemic.

    http://blogging4myself.blogspot.sg/2013/06/ng-kok-khim-in-hawker-centre-cleaning.html

  2. Many benches and tables at Pasir Ris Park were vandalised. What were the park inspectors / rangers doing? Were they sleeping in the office?

    • A top-down approach in management results in a lack of initiative so subordinates act only when instructed. Everybody then snoozes on the job. But when there are political implications then all hell breaks loose and they overreact. I’ve yet to see park rangers in Pasir Ris park.

  3. I am very perturbed by this news. It appears that a certain ng kok khim, supposedly the Chairman of the Blk 538 Market Association, has called for a quotation for ATL Maintenance to carry out high level cleaning without going through the AHPETC. This dovetails nicely with what Ms. Sylvia Lim has said.

    While I’m very sure that mr. ng must have had very good reasons for doing so, nonetheless it is very troubling that he did not come forward to clarify the issue and instead allowed it to be blown out of all proportion.

    I believe you when you said that the NEA and the hawkers are honest people. That being the case, can you get mr. ng to clear this matter up? I’m sure you’ll have no problems getting him to do it since he’s a pap grassroots leader. It’s distracting you and the NEA from far more pressing issues like the current dengue epidemic.

    http://blogging4myself.blogspot.sg/2013/06/ng-kok-khim-in-hawker-centre-cleaning.html

    Vladimir Tepes


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