The revelations of the Little India riot

We have heard of brave policemen and of policemen running away from the mob. We have heard of praises and medals for bravery and brickbats for not holding the ground, and worse, policemen fleeing for safety. And the dominant view, the policemen are the law enforcers and must make a stand, face the mobsters and deal with them with force and authority. The alternative view is that the police on the ground were outnumbered and there was no need to risk life and injuries, no need to attack the mob to escalate the tension and create a nasty situation.

At the moment all the comments are academic as the commentators are detached from a reality, from the tense situation where personal security were at risk. And from the comfort of sitting behind a computer and punching the keyboard I thought it would be easy for Arnold Schwarzeneggar or Robocop to deal with the mob single handed. It would be a piece of cake even if the mob were illiterate villagers that were used to violence, to pelting policemen with stones and anything they could lay their hands on, to overturning and burning police cars. One thing for sure, they were not the nice school children that could be shouted down by a school teacher. It was a violent and incensed mob.

What would happen if the orders were not given to pull back but instead for the handful of policemen to charge at the mob before the arrival of the SOC officers is moot. There could be a few serious casualties among the men and women in blue. Did anyone suggest to the police women to charge at the mob? This sounds like the soldiers in Kota Tinggi during Confrontation who thought it was a picnic and they could take a break bathing in the river unguarded.

It is quite fun really to make all kinds of postulations and even gungho ideas in the comfort of an aircon room with tea and cakes to munch. The riot could throw up a few heroes like Arnold or a few policemen in black plastic bags. Who is wiser?

What do you think? Of course it looked quite ridiculous and malu for policemen and women running away from a mob. It would be nice if they would strut out from the ambushed ambulance with guns blazing in both hands, taking down the mobsters in their way. This would be great stuff for Hollywood or even Mediacorp. Really great for adrenalin pumping and story telling and a great opportunity missed.

I am still having a lot of wild imaginations on what it could have been. If only I had a machine gun crew. But these kinds of wet dreams are best for the early hours in bed. One can only 'how lian' after the event and not being there.


Anonymous said...

Is it worthwhile to risk your life and die for this PAP government?

How much is the policeman paid?
How much is a PAP Minister paid?

Who is going to look after the policeman's family if he dies?
Where is the money going to come from?
Will the PAP Ministers raid the reserves to look after the policeman's family?

Anonymous said...

This is what a PAP Minister considers to be the supreme sacrifice for her country:

“When I made the decision to join politics in 2006, pay was not a key factor. Loss of privacy, public scrutiny on myself and my family and loss of personal time were. The disruption to my career was also an important consideration. I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living even though I experienced a drop in my income. So it is with this recent pay cut. If the balance is tilted further in the future, it will make it harder for any one [sic] considering political office.” Grace Fu.

Do you think Grace Fu will risk her life to die for Singapore?
You tell me lah?

Anonymous said...

Another Millionaire PAP Minister making the supreme sacrifice for his country. Minister of State Tan Chuan-Jin, choking over his words said:

“I’m pained by the knowledge that I’ll miss the many moments when my children are growing up and time with my family. My parents are not getting any younger. Those moments missed do not return. Ever… In time I will look back and there will be gaps. But that’s life. I’m not sure how one considers it a privilege to miss these precious moments. It trivialises all of us who do cherish these.”

Do you think Tan Chuan Jin will risk his life to die for Singapore?
You tell me lah?

Anonymous said...

The first 5 responders in 2 vehicles were not armed.

Veritas said...

Lucky the gungho policemen never injured any mobsters. This could escalate into diplomatic tussle and making him liable to be fired.

PAP talk cock only la...

Field agent will be make scapegoat for anything, that is the reason policeman flee.

Our fucking elites know only to push blame and to make meaningless commendation. They are the problem of our country.

Anonymous said...

They did not run away lah. They were advancing to the rear. It is said that in a fight, it is not the size of the dog that matters, but the fight in the dog.

Now we know how much fight our dog had, for various reasons which the politicians were quick to overlook. Until the reality stares them in the face. Then they will start looking for scapegoats, like the Mas Selamat case and the immigration lapse, but of course the head honchos are untouchable.

Goodness, now the shortcomings of our home team have been exposed, time and again, what do you think is the outcome if our SAF is under fire? So far only the Cheeken's sampan has been rocked, wonder when is the Hen's turn. Politicians!

Anonymous said...

The police testified that they were outnumbered at the scene of the riots lah.

Just like the WP MPs were outnumbered in Parliament.

So now I understand the Police just as I had already understood the WP and Sinkie opposition in general.

b said...

Services of the police and soldiers are paid for by the general public and not some rich scumbags only. Why should they stay and fight to protect assets of some rich scumbags? They are not stupid.

Anonymous said...

Ya lor! Come National Day, I am sure those involved will get medals hor!

Protecting sacred white elephants is their job, not ordinary Sinkies. Ordinary Sinkies, even reporting being screwed they also do not care.

Anonymous said...