Introducing Singapore’s “Public Nuisance” Police
Kaaki: there are a few ppl protesting outside the CPF building.
Me: really ah? Got this kind of thing here meh? How many?
Me: how many? Four hundred?
Kaaki: no lah, four!
Me: you mean forty?
Kaaki: bodoh, its FOUR!!
Me: what? four people where got protest? they prob lunch time crowd who want to wish the CPF head a personal “happy national day”
Kaaki: no, they are holding up placards with the words “transparency” and “CPF” and “HDB”.
Me: oh, they want to say that the CPF and HDB are all very transparent issit? Not like NKF right?
Kaaki: errr…. They are saying just the opposite. They want the CPF and HDB to be more transparent. They believe that we may have another NKF on our hands.
Me: aiyah… ask them to join the “Speak Good Engrrish” campaign lah. How am I supposed to make out all this from a few words?
Kaaki: the riot police asked them to disperse.
Me: riot police? How many?
Kaaki: Bodoh, twelve lah…
Me: really ah? Cool ! Did they have masks? leather gear? stun gun?
Me: What about snipers? tanks? commandos?
Me: Bodoh lah you… you never pay attention to all this meh? Anyways, thanks for the heads up. I watch tonight’s news for more info…
I spent my whole evening rummaging through our open, transparent, objective and balanced local media for the news report but nothing… not one word… zilch… zero. Meanwhile, I was totally bewildered that we needed twelve armed-to-the-teeth riot police personnel to disperse four people holding posters :) I finally had to rely on Yahoo to get some local news.
Then finally I saw the article this morning in Today. But wait a sec, where was the riot? That’s right, the Today article does NOT make even ONE mention of the word ‘riot’!!!! Clever ah…:) So the police who arrived with shields and batons were not riot police meh? Then who were they? Robocop? Steven Seagal?
Introducing….[drumroll]….our new “Public Nuisance Police”. No, the name does not imply that the police are causing public nuisance. It signifies a group of highly trained personnel that asks people to disband when they think that these people are a pain-in-the-ass. They said that they got a call for a “member of the public” informing them of the protest at the CPF building. I also want to call leh.... tell them about the group of motorcyclists who cut into my lane, the people who always read newspaper in front of my face in the MRT, like people who never move to the back of the bus, like people who chop seats at hawker centres. Seriously, all these people are public nuisance what....
By the way, I just learnt that the law supposedly says that any gathering of 5 ppl or more requires a permit and so the protestors have carefully chosen 4 ppl for the protest outside the CPF building. No wonder they didn't publicize this 'historic' event. Coz if they did and more ppl turn up, then kenna everyone in Queenstown Remand :) One of them is supposedly an opposition politician’s sista… waah, I dunno whether this kind of thing can be called nepotism or not? Heheh. I am not sure how effective these protests are – they dunno 4 is an unlucky number meh? :)
P.S: I still haven’t found a photo of the