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For public protection?

A 16-year-old student has been charged for the murder of a 13-year-old in their school in Singapore. The tragedy has shocked the country, which has very low rates of violent crimes. A chronological account of the incident was given by the Education Minister in Parliament. The 16-year-old was assessed at the Institute for Mental Health in 2019 after he attempted to commit suicide at the age of 14. This new revelation has prompted even more calls for a review of counseling services in Singapore schools. Especially perceptive and eloquent was the call for greater mental health resources and support for schools issued by President Halimah Yacob.

In Singapore, those found guilty of murder may receive the death penalty. A minor below the age of 18 will not get the death sentence, but may be imprisoned for life instead. It is no surprise that at least one social-media comment has called for the 16-year-old alleged perpetrator to be remanded until he turns 18, after which he should be put to death. No surprise because Singapore society is governed and organized on the basis of discipline and punishment, and not on ideas of rehabilitation and reconciliation. The low crime rates are supposedly due to the harsh penalties. This simplistic narrative should be strongly questioned.

Before this tragedy occured, the government has asked for views from the public on proposed changes to a law that will allow it to detain offenders for up to 20 years, supposedly for “public protection.” These violent or sex offenders, which will include first-timers, are deemed to “pose a serious public safety risk upon their release from prison.”

The Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC) is asking vital questions about these proposed changes. Research shows that prolonged imprisonment is ineffective for rehabilitation and hinders reintegration into society after release. There are procedural questions too, such as whether these changes put too much power in the hands of the Home Minister, who is also the Law Minister in Singapore. You can read the details here and, if you are Singaporean, submit your views to the government by July 30, 2021.

 

 

Jee Leong Koh

 

 

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14 Responses to “For public protection?”

  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Poor people should not have children as poor people will burden the society.

    Worst of all, poor people generally do not take responsibility for their behavior and action.

    You see these groups of people in Opposition camps.

    Always demanding for free lunch instead of taking responsibility.

    Don’t believe me? Ask the carrot head Gilbert Goh.. muhahahahaha

    https://theindependent.sg/activist-files-police-report-against-woman-who-said-she-lied-about-being-evicted-by-hdb-to-seek-donations/

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.and.Huat.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • They Are Views Trasher:

    Submit views? They have very expensive trash machine to quash everything including views.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Poor people should not have children as poor people will burden the society.

    Worst of all, poor people generally do not take responsibility for their behavior and action.

    You see these groups of people in Opposition camps.

    Always demanding for free lunch instead of taking responsibility.

    Don’t believe me? Ask the carrot head Gilbert Goh.. muhahahahaha

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.and.Huat.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

    Fortunately we have @Singaporeans R Free Riders on the PAP’s side.

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  • They Are Views Trasher:
    Submit views? They have very expensive trash machine to quash everything including views.

    I agree, their so-called “public opinion sought” are mere wayang kulit, for show nia.

    Their lEEders already said liao, they are deaf, remember?

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  • Sad:

    Sad situation.
    Two suffering family.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    They Are Views Trasher:
    Submit views? They have very expensive trash machine to quash everything including views.

    pap is a dishonest group of politicians.

    cannot be trusted.

    never vote pap.

    vote pap, die fast faster fastest.

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  • PAP Grassloots R Free Riders:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Poor people should not have children as poor people will burden the society.

    Worst of all, poor people generally do not take responsibility for their behavior and action.

    You see these groups of people in Opposition camps.

    Always demanding for free lunch instead of taking responsibility.

    Don’t believe me? Ask the carrot head Gilbert Goh.. muhahahahaha

    https://theindependent.sg/activist-files-police-report-against-woman-who-said-she-lied-about-being-evicted-by-hdb-to-seek-donations/

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.and.Huat.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

    RICH people should not have children as RICH people will always be parasites to society; exploit the poor to earn money for them. the society.

    Worst of all, RICH people generally do not take responsibility for their behavior and action.

    You see these groups of people in the PAP camp.

    Always demanding for ENTITLEMENTS and make their subordinates become scapegoats to take the rap for them, instead of taking responsibility.

    Don’t believe me? Ask all their maids.. Huhaha huhaha huhaha.

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Loss.and.Good.Ridance!

    MAJULAH $OPO$! MAJULAH $OPO$! $HuatAH$! $HuatAH$! $HuatAH$!

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  • ah chik:

    The lack of MORAL EDUCATION in our schools is to blame for a large part.
    Add this to Internet influence like the DEEP VIOLENCE in computer games further numb our young kids with impressionable minds.

    Violence and killing and destruction is the name of the IT GAMES,mostly.
    So,the negativity is immense.

    Bring back good old morals.
    Just wondering WHY MUST KILLING and DESTRUCTION BE THE NORM in IT GAMES?

    WHY CAN’T SUCH GAMES TEACH LOVE AND COMPASSION?

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  • #08-193 Lei Sor Hai:

    Yes people are amoral nowadays.

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  • MUST READ. IMPORTANT:

    Straits Times: Keppel in $3.4b deal to take SPH private after media business is hived off

    Keppel is becoming a real estate company like Capitaland. Its marine business will likely merge with Sembawang’s. But the outcome for the merged entity will be the same as NOL’s. NOL failed primarily because of its controlling shareholder – the Singapore government.

    ————————————
    Watch the following on Youtube.

    The Fall of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBNKgGxpHwY

    Note that both NOL and Evergreen started at the same time with government support. Evergreen is a big success but NOL is big failure. This video will explain why.

    ———————————–
    Also watch on YouTube:

    What happened to Singapore’s TSMC?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3h8Vwo8o_g

    Note: Intel will likely buy GlobafFoundries for $30B. GlobalFoundries owner Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, is a smart, bold investor. The same cannot be said for Temasek. BTW, CSM was under Singapore Technologies (ST) for 22 years and never made any money and had to be sold. ST was run by (you guessed it) Ho Ching. The rest is history.

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  • SEND FOREIGNERS HOME:

    Straits Times: Lower-income S’pore households affected by Covid-19 to get more financial support

    The BEST and CHEAPER way to support Singaporean households affected by Covid-19 is to force foreigners working in Singapore to go back where they came from by cancelling their work visa. Singaporeans can take over their job.

    SINGAPOREANS FIRST. ALWAYS. SEND FOREIGNER HOME.

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  • Delta Ong YK:

    Even teachers molest their students?
    Yes,@Ah Chik is right of observation.
    There is lack of moral education for past 25 years.
    You call that meritocracy?
    More like backsliding.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ The lack of MORAL EDUCATION in our schools is to blame for a large part.
    Add this to Internet influence like the DEEP VIOLENCE in computer games further numb our young kids with impressionable minds.

    Violence and killing and destruction is the name of the IT GAMES,mostly.
    So,the negativity is immense.

    Bring back good old morals.
    Just wondering WHY MUST KILLING and DESTRUCTION BE THE NORM in IT GAMES?

    WHY CAN’T SUCH GAMES TEACH LOVE AND COMPASSION?

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    Not true ?

    My neighbour since young always see HK comics 小流氓, 龍虎門, …until he’s in his 50+ near 60 never have a fight in his life. Did he become a gangster , nope. Did he not on fire and quarrel with people? Yes only mouth and never physical.

    Depends on individual self control , circumstances as well.

    If one faithful husband go home and discover his betrayal wife in bed with another man. Will he not lose control and kill both of them or fight with the 姦夫 or beat up his wife ? Generally most man lost control.

    Land of Confucius teaching , when their athletes lost in certain Olympics events and they mistaken unfairness. The launched a fierce attack on the other contender’s or winner’s or judges instagram or blog or twitter or website. That’s violence and bullying also.

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  • Taleban:

    “Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    August 1, 2021 at 2:45 pm (Quote)
    Poor people should not have children as poor people will burden the society.

    Worst of all, poor people generally do not take responsibility for their behavior and action.

    You see these groups of people in Opposition camps.

    Always demanding for free lunch instead of taking responsibility.

    Don’t believe me? Ask the carrot head Gilbert Goh.. muhahahahah”

    Singaporeans R Free Riders, your parent are so poor that they cannot afford to buy condom. That is why you were born.
    Any richer and you will be swimming in the sewer.

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