Since the escape of Mas Selamat, we the complacent citizens sat waiting, twiddling our thumbs for the release of the COI report.
“A confluence of events” said the report simply. It’s preposterous, absurd and even disappointing. Mas Selamat pulled no stunts. He left a supposedly highly-secured premise by climbing through a window without grill. Yes, it is a primitive method, absolutely lacking in creativity. Does it matter if he escaped sans trousers? Hey, it worked.
Let’s play the blame game. Blame the gurkhas, blame the window with a sawn off handle, blame the CCTVs that were not working.
It’s bewildering. All of us have spent sufficient time watching TV programs and we have almost innately come to realize that no prisoner should be left out of sight. Whether it’s a leak or big-time crapping, the prisoner should be watched at all times.
For a detention center, amidst all the security reinforcements, a Superintendent actually ordered a handle to be sewn off. This is most bizarre. Surely, adequate funds would have been put aside for reinforcing the security of the detention center?
Even the CCTV at 7-11 cautions that “this store is under surveillance at all times”. What gives?
Before the release of the COI report, Singaporeans were told to not write off the Internal Security Department for their previous ‘sterling work’. Is Singapore being led by an aging government which delights in its past glory? As it is, we already have a certain MM (who without a doubt, deserves all the accolades for helping Singapore gain independence) but is still hanging around. Security is an on-going process where no one or any department can afford to rest in the laurels of past glory.
What’s more unbelievable is the atmosphere at the parliamentary session where DPM Wong Kan Seng delivered his speech. Members of parliament were found sleeping. Has it slipped their minds that the session would be the most watched session unlike the rest of the sessions before? Or have the members grown arrogant and ignorant and let only DPM Wong and PM Lee take center stage?
Ms Catherine Lim has since step forth to call Mas Selamat’s escape a scandal. At the same time, she reminds us that it is us who have time and again, re-elected the government. This is perhaps where we have been truly complacent.
There’s this nagging feeling that Singaporeans wouldn’t be satisfied even if Mas Selamat is recaptured. It’s just that we don’t have to put up with sights of his posters anymore.
Just as well the Olympic torch isn’t coming to Singapore. These are dark times.
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