Our police, the sex worker bully?

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This is what your taxpayers money are put to: groups of armed men terrorizing women”.

As a former police NSF and resident of the affected neighbourhood, I felt an obligation to call out Vanessa Ho’s biased criticism against the police for conducting a raid on an unlicensed brothel (read more). While it is the writer’s prerogative to champion the rights of sex workers, it reeks of sheer hypocrisy to harshly put down the police who were simply doing their job to protect the rights of the residents – the right to live safely from vice and shady influence. 

Living in Jalan Besar for over 25 years, I have personally witnessed the effects of vice setting roots here. Discreet business in dimly lit shop-house evolved to blatant solicitation as children hang around at playgrounds. While some residents could turn a blind eye to the dark trade taking place within private confines, a sense of unease pervaded the neighbourhood when men of questionable background started loitering around to act as lookouts. By wearing masks to conduct the raids, the officers were protecting themselves from possible reprisals by men behind the business. Are police officers entitled to lesser rights to safety than the sex workers and residents whom they are protecting? 

Throughout my 2-year NS stint with the police, I had experienced the challenges facing the police. Blames were laid out on the police when valuables were misplaced by negligent owners. Officers assumed the role of punching bag in attending to rowdy drunkards. Scratches and bruises were sustained when intervening in domestic disputes or effecting arrest. Fairly or unfairly, our police are often at the receiving end of shame and blame. But to go as far as Vanessa Ho did in making serious but unsubstantiated allegations against the officers – that officers patronised the illegal sex trade; firearm was pointed against an unarmed sexual worker – is doing a great disservice to justice which Vanessa Ho herself claimed to be fighting for. Vanessa Ho had conveniently withdrawn her irresponsible post without posting any clarification on her accusations against the police. Would Vanessa Ho back up her comments with evidence, or offer an apology if they were untrue? 

Damn if they do, damn if they don’t. The adage couldn’t be truer for our men in blue.

Reader contribution by Bryan Lim

 

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37 comments

  1. Shanon Tam says:

    To be fair to these law enforcers overall as a whole they have done a pretty good job however over the years upon reading several instances on the news pertaining to law being executed , can’t help but to shake my head . They don’t make policemen like they used to back in the 80s and early 90s.
    Hence I blame it on the employment policy of spf on
    Practising the rank and filing to give a pathway of straight entry to supervisory role for those who possessed a degree , like their gov mp counterparts , these ppl have zero knowledge to begin with .
    How would an Organization like the police be effectively carrying out their duties having incompetent TOP management with zero policing skills leading the team ?
    A dog is willing to please it’s Master and do his bits whereas a police officer is bonded by the responsibility of family to have no choice but to listen to all these TOP management rattling away as if they really know something …. end of the day , doesn’t it make these officers less fortunate than domestic pets ?
    To make matters worse , monetary rewards are given to newly officers $10k corporals $30k sergeants as Lum sums to promote employment rate ….. just like their gov mp counterparts once again , with the concept of providing higher salary to proverb corruption ….. its hard to see if someone is genuinely keen to take over the job as a career or the money .
    Newer officers may be less involve in their job

  2. Edwin Kwan says:

    Rather than just open the mouth as like some of the many desktop social activists in Singapore, why don’t you go to the root of the problem, where the women are and work out something to encourage them do a different living. Has Vanessa been to the Daughters of Cambodia Centre ? Has those others who talk and talk on workers rights, help to set up education centre in the home country ? Wait till the man or boyfriend of Singapore girls visit the brothels every night !

    1. You enjoy a great degree of safety for your wife, daughter/s and/or son/s because of this necessary evil.

      Take them away entirely and you increase the risk of falling victim to uncontrolled human nature!

      With that said, it doesn’t mean we have to let this necessary evil thrive without control.

  3. Anne Toh says:

    Of coz need to 扫黄. Even Hdb area is not spare from these illegal infiltration. Personally I feel they been slow to react lo or not doing enough . Better than no action is taken .

  4. SINGAPORE has two type of Police policing Singapore.
    One YAKUSA’s administrative police to protect political office holders interest.
    ANOTHER Blue Singapore’s Police Unit policing Singapore to protect Citizens and the Nation remain silent for good reason,they needs to protect their family rice bowl,so remain silent and not to offend the administrator and their YAKUSA’s Administrative Police Units harrassing citizens of singapore for many decades to this end.

    1. dude, you living in mountain caves? when was the last time you got harassed by police? KNN when you get raped by a few angmoh men, don’t complain to police alright, you moron.

  5. Let’s be frank lah if those brothels pay tax, you think they will be raided? The difference between illegal brothel and legal brothel is that one pay tax, another don’t. Our police is completely useless. They only know how to wayang. Take e.g the infamous WeChat scam. It has been upgraded to kidnapping scam. Then delivery phone scam, then ICA and even police phone scam. Recently, there is a fake police website scam. The police has no idea how to shut down these scams. They only have alot of excuses like need to create public awareness lah. Real crimes are out there unsolved. Petty crimes, they exaggerated like it is a war.

    1. Richard Ong why don’t you start a riot now since the police doesn’t appear!

      You sure like to harp on the past and get stuck on yesterday’s news.

      Did you marry a prostitute or go to them a lot so you’re sore your favorite got snatched up?

    2. Guoxiang, let’s all pray that heaven send you a few accidents in the next few weeks, then you cum and boast to us that you got FUKKED and you didn’t bother to inform the useless police. Thank you hor. Be a man and live up to your CB words. You obviously have little idea about how impossible it is to tackle online scams and yet you can talk cheebye words. lol.

    3. Stan Chan says:

      Whart a bunch of freaking Idiot. posting such freaking nonsens. sometime i really wonder what kind of people talk like this. Please do tle lme you are one of those 30% because it disgrace us.

    4. bcoz many NC/FT/FW working inside those dept! so if failed to clean from the inside, how to do a good job outside. in fact those S workers should buy year end hampers for them, for 365 days they’re only raid once randomly!

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    Gary Seet ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Perhaps you should vent your frustrations on the government for closing a blind eye to brothels when it suits their convenience when it can be banned all together. Police resources can be put to better use solving real crimes ! Why the hypocricy?

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