In Parliament yesterday, a motion which called to commemorate the 200 years of the Singapore Police Force was passed in front of 69 visitors. This included Singapore’s Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck, in-service officers, full-time national servicemen, Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) officers, civilian officers, retired police officers and two family members of an officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Many members of Parliament spoke in support, many of them sharing their own experiences with the force. They also expressed their gratitude for SPF’s work for the country and the lessons they got out of serving with the force.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the camp where members are praised and commended for the simple act of asking questions or raising points already raised, Ms Sylvia Lim decides it would be a great day to rain on SPF’s parade.
Ms Sylvia Lim began her speech by saying that, while she understands the work of our Singapore Police Force has become more complex and increasingly challenging, that; “that said, we should also be mindful that there are other police forces working in arguably even tougher conditions perhaps because the police are unarmed as in the UK or because the public has a right to carry firearms as in the US.”
What was the point of that comment though? It sounds almost like if a friend tells you, “eh as you celebrate mother’s day, be mindful that there are mothers out there who do more than your mother”…. Perhaps she should really consider not making any comments at all if she has nothing nice to say. But then again, I’d imagine that the Workers Party’s social media manager would be panicking at the lack of content to put up on Instagram.
Ms Sylvia Lim took her party-pooper role to the next level, questioning the abilities and credibility of civilian SPF personnel. “While these civilians may be senior enough in grade, would they have the necessary experience and credibility to exercise such command responsibilities?” We’re not quite sure what she thinks would deem an SPF personnel as “credible” and “qualified” even after getting hired and trained in the force. Is she really trying to nitpick on SPF while we commemorate their 200th anniversary?
Perhaps Sylvia Lim can be hired as a private contractor to audit every single job position that every civilian Singaporean holds, in any organisation. Would be interesting to see how she would evaluate one’s credibility and eligibility for their role in an organisation. Just not in Parliament. On SPF’s 200th year commemoration.
To jazz things up even more, Raeesah Khan joined the party-pooper club, by making serious allegations that a police officer had mishandled a sexual assault case. She started by alleging that when she accompanied a sexual assault victim to make a report at the station, the police officer had “made comments on the victim’s dressing”