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Putting elderly in handcuffs bodes well with S’pore’s police state image

Posted on 18 March 2017

This will send a message we are not meant to be trifled with.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who like keep up appearances, are applauding and cheering Singapore for keeping it real and tough.

This after the Singapore police was reported to have put a 73-year-old woman in hand and leg restraints after she was detained due to an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by the court in 2016 for failing to attend court relating to a town council summons.

One Singaporean, Qu Zuo Lao, said: “This really bodes well with Singapore’s police state image internationally.”

“Singapore’s efforts at portraying how tough it is is two-pronged: One is to showcase to the international community we mean business and the other approach is to keep the citizenry aware we don’t take shit from anyone, young and old.”

However, other locals said this sort of thing might not be good for Singapore.

Another local, Jin Gao Lat, said: “More needs to be done to show that we don’t just use hand and leg restraints on the elderly humanely.”

“We really need to do more, like having videos showing the rough treatment and having more pictures.”

“A picture paints a thousand words, while words alone might not convey the full picture.”







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