Singapore has failed all Singaporeans again.
Three men, aged between 28 and 33, arrested for rowdy behaviour at the annual Thaipusam procession on Tuesday, were said to have smelt of alcohol, according to the Singapore Police who revealed the details only a day later in a Facebook post on Feb. 4, 2015.
Their arrests came after the scuffle they were in ended with a policemen sent to hospital.
Police said its officers were sent to the junction of Serangoon Road and Desker Road at about 6:50pm that day, after a group there insisted on playing drums during Thaipusam, which was a natural thing to do during a ritual procession.
A law enforcement analyst said this incident clearly shows a failure of legislation to deal with the drinking problem in Singapore, that looks likely to spread island-wide as alcohol consumption is increasingly getting pushed underground.
Leah Pai Lang, a man who was drinking beer at the coffee shop, said: “The government has failed the citizenry again by not doing enough to stop people from drinking. These arrests clearly shows that there has been a complete failure to use a bigger sledgehammer to kill a fly.”
These arrests has come under the intense spotlight as they follow hot on the heels of legislation that had just been passed in parliament last week to ban the public consumption of alcohol after 10.30pm.
However, other Singaporeans had different interpretations of the arrests.
One local, Jiang Dao Li, said the arrests wouldn’t have happened if other factors were factored in: “The three men who were arrested wouldn’t have clashed with the police if the police weren’t there.”
Another local, Jiang Zhen De, concurred: “If there was no police, then there wouldn’t have been anyone to arrest the three men.”
“And then there wouldn’t have been any news of anyone smelling like alcohol.”
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