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12/16/2007

Who is to protect you in your own country?

I used to make nasty remarks about Japan and south Korea being semi colonies of the US. The US personnel stationed in these two countries do not come under their jurisdiction, not under their laws. They are above the laws of these two countries. When they commit any crime, they will be taken away and protected by the Americans. The Japanese and South Koreans could do nothing about it. Such a situation used to happen in the Philippines as well until the people took to the streets to protest. The Philippines have got back their rights and kept the Americans in the right place. Philippines is not a colony of America and any Americans caught violating their laws would be dealt with under Filipino laws. That is what being an independent country is all about. We are an independent country. I just read in the paper that a Singaporean was bashed up for no reason by a drunken American sailor. Though the assailants were caught, he was quickly whisked away by the American Naval Criminal Investigation Service. The NCIS is a body to 'protect members of the US Navy and Marine Corp.' So this American who had beaten our citizen is now being protected by this agency. And our police, after arresting the suspect, 'did not arrest him because the alleged offence - voluntarily causing hurt - is not a seizable one.' And the victim had been 'advised to lodge a magistrate's complaint should he wish to pursue the case against the defendant.' Now I know why being a lawyer is so lucrative. I would advise him not to as he would not be able to afford the legal cost. How could he fight against an agency that protects Americans against us? He must count himself lucky that he did not land up in the intensive ward and having to pay for his own medical bills. Let's welcome more visitors to beat up the locals. And as long as the offence is not seizable, they can walk away after making a few statements. And the poor victims must now find the money to pay for his justice. My goodness. I am feeling very unsafe now. I will watch my front and back and stay clear from foreigners.

7 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

> I just read in the paper that a Singaporean...<

Given the standards of journalism in S'pore, one might err on the side of caution when reading anything in the local press.

> was bashed up for no reason <

There are two sides to every story. The Yank may have been provoked, or threatened.

poorguy said...

this is not the 1st incident involving the yankees military personnel in singapore. not long ago, there was one technician who was injured (not sure if he'd died) at paya lebar airbase when an american chopper clipped another helicopter. the singapore courts ruled that the united states had immunity and there was absolutely no compensation of any form to the victim.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Like I've said, there is always another side to a story. Perhaps the reason the court ruled the way it did was because the other party was at fault, and therefore was the cause of its own injury.

redbean said...

no. the details of the story was very clear. he was drunk. even dashed into a car of a woman loading her grocery and tried to hike inside there.

eyewitnesses said he was challenging everyone for a fight. this guy was trying to park his car when the drunk banged at his car.

redbean said...

hi poorguy,

welcome to the blog from a rich guy. rich and poor is relative.

i earn $2k and i can feel rich compare to the bugger sweeping the floor. but one may earn $10m but feel poor compare to sim wong hoo.

Matilah_Singapura said...

But the cops were right. The victim must make a report to the local authorities.

It is a mistake to think that the NCIS "shields" its personnel from justice. US military courts are harsh motherfuckers, and so are their brigs. The brass take a very serious attitude to their men (and women) misbehaving in the civilian world.

And you can rest assured that people who cannot hold their liquor and get violent, will probably end up dead, or maimed for life, if they don't alter course.

redbean said...

i think in this case the victim will be paid handsomely as a PR exercise as it will cost peanuts for the damage to his car, ego and hospital bills.

talking about them being hard on their own kind, think guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. i think they are very kind to their own kind.