Call the Police

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These days, Singaporeans are fond of calling the police. They treat the police as if they are their servants. They call them for everything, from inconsiderate parking of vehicles to occasional noise from neighbours made past the time permitted. Little wonder that the police have no time to solve real crime and the minister laments that he has insufficient police officers.

Our strange, irrational,intolerant and irresponsible behaviour reminds me of my childhood days when adults used to threaten children who were naughty with: “I call the police to arrest you! or wa kio mata lai liak!” The adults never carry out their threats but threats are threats and they have probably remained with those children who are now adults! Perhaps this bad habit of calling the police is the manifestation of childhood trauma!

The recent case of the lady at Ang Mo Kio being manhandled by so many police officers is probably the result of one phone call from a person who instead of attempting to resolve the problem himself or herself or minding his or her own business, called the police.

I understand the lady was a little unstable in the mind and may have been shouting or gesticulating on the pavement. In Singapore, people with mental issues are not a rare sight. It is understandable because living in a city is very stressful, even if it is a garden city. Everything is so expensive. And resting in the public park is not welcome.

Is calling the police the best way to treat a mentally disturbed person. I doubt the police are trained to handle such people.

Not so long ago, I saw a video of a man with probably a bottle of beer, minding his own business in the park. I remember the police tasered him and he fell to the ground. Like the lady, he was then forcefully arrested by a number of police officers.

What is wrong with our society? Why are we so intolerant or helpless that we have to depend on our police for everything? If animals are injured, we call ACRES or RSPCA to rescue them. Are human beings less important than animals? In first world Singapore, is there no organisation to help people who suffer mental illness than untrained police officers whose only solution is to use force and send them to police lockups, adding to their already troubled minds.


Teo Soh Lung





15 Responses to “Call the Police”

  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    I disagree Lung, the police is the best people to have in handling the unstable or unruly…

    It is the manner they handle that should be worrisome. How are they trained in such situation is what the SPF should look into.

    As for the people who call the police I can Understand why as they are NOT trained to handle the instable and unruly…I once face a situation in a supermarket…a sicko was shouting filthy language at everyone while walking inside the supermarket…everyone avoided him and did nothing…luckily there was a police post nearby and I went over to inform the policeman on duty…he immediately went to investigate and lo and behold the sicko immediately calm down at the sight of the man in BLUE and he managed to persuade the man to leave

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  • Police CLOSE DOWN:

    Because, sometimes when you talk to people nicely, they don’t t want to cooperate. So calling the guys in blue is a last resort.

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  • Taonaolipchuiliao:

    Growing up with threats: wa Kio mata lai liak!

    Would it result in the habitual behaviour of calling the police for the slightest of things in adulthood?

    Very strange reasoning!

    Logically, the children would grow up try to avoid the police as much as possible!

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  • PAP GAME the Nation:

    An Institute of Policy Studies study found that most Singaporeans were unable to detect false information
    The groups more likely to fall prey to misinformation include seniors and those who trust non-traditional sources of news
    Political traits and educational backgrounds have little bearing on a person’s susceptibility to fake news
    Even then, no one, not even the most informationally savvy people, is immune from fake news, one researcher said


    All the article to alks about is one sided.

    Was gov interference in the media part of the problem ?

    Nothing was mentioned about ” SHITTY TIMES” gov hiding the truth about deaths in hospital during election 2015, shutting down of independent newspapers, demonising social media, praising gov as number one in everything, half truths propagating by gov employees, civil service.


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  • Lesson:

    We are not going to be “USED” by others, particularly the PAPi, to help them spread the falsehood that the lady is mentally unstable. And I don’t think Lung witnessed it herself. Well, I did not and I don’t know.

    Amos Yee was also locked up in the IMH but was he mentally unsound? But I am sure everybody is certain that he was a govt critic.

    The lesson we should be learning here is;

    when you are dealing with men in Blue, do not allow them the opportunity to use the Mentally Unsound Act to put you away.

    But the reality is, when it comes to reporting to men in blue against the PAPi, I bet many people will chicken away since the men in blue will in all likeness “treat” you “differently”, very much the opposite of Parti LiuML, if you get the picture.?

    We were imbued with the philosophy of “Where cool where sit” like one old man was the interpreter in WWII while others were dying defending their country.

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  • Lesson:

    when you are dealing with men in Blue, do not allow them the opportunity to use the Mentally Unsound Act to put you away.

    Take away Sec 7 of the Mental Health Act, there is still Sec 32 Cap 224 which the police can use to make an arrest “for your own safety”.

    In fact, that section is conveniently and widely used in the past decades ago to arrest someone for “his/her own safety”, especially when the accused do not want to listen to what the police said (i.e. guai guai STFU and go away).

    The poor accused would then be sent to Woodbridge for a few days to “cool down” and learn a lesson or two.

    So a better advice for peasants whenever they see men in blue would be to avoid them like a plague and walk far far away. lol

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  • Billy ma:

    The writer probably never being annoyed by noisy people past midnight on a weekday.

    She think it’s a fault to let the police handle such noisy situation.

    Maybe she lives in a sound proof house or a house that doesn’t have neighbours that are separated by a wall.

    She’s too eager in some parts of her finger pointing.

    While I agreed with the issue of the poor handling in this case but to instead telling people to resolve community issues on their own is not so smart.

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  • Lesson 2:

    @ TRE Techie;

    Know that, In every Acts, there are the onuses as way as designed loopholes;

    The doctor in IMH must certify that you are mentally unsound to concur with the AGC/men in blue so that you will be safe and appropriate to be kept there or in straight jacket.

    In the event that you are sent to the IMH and being diagnose by the doctor there, in every opportunity, do not allow him to certify that you are mentally unsound. Implore with him in all your “controlled” tact, sanity and calmness such that he will certify and help you out instead. In any case, those people of unsound mind are completed with unsound look in them. You know what I mean, that “ET” look. Smile Pretty or look handsome to the doctor.

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  • xoxo:

    Maybe CALL MPs,there are several MPs in AMK GRC,maybe one can attend quickly?

    MPs are like VILLAGE HEADS.
    In the past,any conflicting situations,we report to VILLAGE HEADS.
    MPs are supposed to resolve COMMUNITY issues and problems,right?

    Else,why so many MPs in GRC?

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  • xoxo:

    As it is,no test has been properly carried on people with chronic illnesses.
    So,the test group is not comprehensive.

    There are unknown risks.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote -”…p
    These comprised mainly Internet love, e-commerce and investment scams, as well as fake gambling platform and loan scams.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

    Ang Qing
    SINGAPORE – More than 330 people are being investigated for their alleged involvement in scams where victims purportedly lost more than $4 million, the police said in a statement on Saturday (Dec 19).

    This follows a two-week islandwide enforcement operation conducted between Dec 5 and Dec 19 by officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and the seven police land divisions.

    The 221 men and 115 women, aged between 15 and 76, are accused of being involved in 641 scams. These comprised mainly Internet love, e-commerce and investment scams, as well as fake gambling platform and loan scams.

    The police are investigating the individuals for the offence of cheating or money laundering.

    Those found guilty of cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

    Individuals convicted of money laundering under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act can be imprisoned for not more than 10 years and a fine of up to $500,000.

    The police said that it takes a serious view against anyone involved in scams.

    “To avoid being an accomplice to crimes, members of the public should always reject requests by others to use your bank account or mobile lines as you will be held accountable if these are linked to illegal transactions,” it added.

    More people were tricked by scammers in the first eight months of this year, with the 10,402 scam cases reported involving $157 million.

    These figures were around double of those last year, when 5,229 victims lost a total of $92 million in the same time period.

    The updated figures were shared by Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan in Parliament on Oct 6 in response to a question about the scam situation here.

    He said that the police have ramped up efforts to fight the growing number of scams, such as through increased collaboration with foreign law enforcement agencies and setting up specialised units in the police force to combat scams.

    252 people arrested in 16-day operation for various offences, from cheating to loan-sharking
    $82 million lost through top 10 scams in first half of 2020, double the amount from a year ago

    Those with information on scams may call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 or submit information online here. “Unquote .

    Response : Police arrest so many women,but hardly you see charges press on these women and these women escape again and again may be the same woman committing foul of the law, and some women doing money laudering but caught hide under as “love scam victim” ,why so easily run off for women criminals ? Pui ! Forever no need charges for women criminal ?

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  • Nathan Chen:

    Your good friend Simon Lim is one of them.No doubt about that. Bird of the same feather flock together. Now, she complains.

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  • Harder Truths:

    If people continue vote Team Despot their mafia will make this an everyday occurrence because $G citizens will never help each other – so if this happens to you good luck. The outcome of voting in mafia chiefs.

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    Nathan Chen:
    Your good friend Simon Lim is one of them.No doubt about that. Bird of the same feather flock together. Now, she complains.

    I disagree Nat, Lung & Simon are frequent contributors and their contribution are everyday Living in Singapore under an OPPRESSIVE system…at times they may have swayed from reality but don’t we all bro???

    Keep TRE alive with Freedom of Expression and Constructive Criticism…

    Be NOT afraid to Voice like the many some are sheer Nonsense and Stoopid TKL for one but then is that NOT what Freedom all about???

    Hi-Five TKL!!!…get Ivy to vet B4 you PET the keyboard

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on the TISG :Quote -”Singapore — On Wednesday (Dec 23), a former Ms Universe Singapore contestant pleaded guilty to four charges under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Ashley Rita Wong Kai Lin admitted that she had memorized the debit and credit card details of some of her friends and then used these details to buy items without their knowledge. She has no prior convictions and will be back in court in February.
    For her sentencing, 27 other charges under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act have been taken into consideration.

    Ms Wong’s first offence occurred in 2016, after she went out with a 28-year-old man, who had been introduced by a mutual friend, CNA reported.

    On one occasion that Ms Wong was with this man, she took his debit card from his wallet while he was in the restroom. She memorised the details on his card and then returned it to the wallet….

    Unaware that Ms Wong had done this, the man later noticed that someone had used his card for purchases. He confronted Ms Wong, who admitted that she used the card for shopping online.

    CNA states that between August and September of that year, she made over unauthorized purchases online on his card, spending nearly S$200 at a fashion store, more than S$320 on something bought from Lazada, and over S$300 on tickets.

    The man was able to dispute with the bank for one of the transactions, and Ms Wong paid him back for the other two purchases.

    However, Ms Wong went on to use the debit card information of a 26-year-old female friend. This friend found out that Ms Wong had used her card to make unauthorised purchases when the friend tried to pay for something online and did not have enough money in her debit card.

    The friend found out about a $S264 charge for accommodations at Hotel Clover. She also discovered that other people had already confronted Ms Wong about using their credit or debit card details without their knowledge.

    Ms Wong admitted to her friend that she had taken her card details. The friend then disputed the hotel charge with her bank and received a refund. The hotel paid the bank back, and Ms Wong in turn paid the hotel.

    The prosecutor on Ms Wong’s case has asked that she be jailed for two months, pointing out that over S$2,000 was involved in Ms Wong’s offences that were committed against three victims across 31 charges.

    He did note, however, Ms Wong’s guilty plea and her endeavours toward restitution,….

    Ms Wong said to the judge that she has been seeing a psychiatrist for the sake of her mental health, and is not on medication…. —/TISG….”Unquote .

    Response : With 31 charges,former Ms Universe Singapore Wong kar Lin contestant pleaded guilty to four charges ,and evil b***t public prosecutor asked for two months jail only ! Back in court in next February ? Let wait till February and see how lenient the court is to woman crime !!!!Pui to con people court of Singapore !

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