The Straits Times coverage of the AWARE saga was criticised for being "exuberant." But nobody is saying a word about the orgy of tormenting Pastor Rony Tan, a simple man of faith who was arm twisted by the ISD to apologise to the Buddhist monks for carrying out his ministry. It was a case of grovel or being sent to the stocks.
Even Goh Chok Ong joined in the feeding frenzy, laying on the lashings on the front page of the paper on Chinese New Year's Day edition. They must count more on the Buddhist votes than that of the Christian community for the coming general election, currrently rumored to be slated for June.
Meanwhile societal ills starting to sweep the country to coincide with the opening of the casinos are ignored. VietNamNet Bridge reported that police of the southern province of Tay Ninh and guards at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat airport on February 9 rescued nine girls who were about to sold to brothels in Singapore. According to investigators, Tran Thi Kim Ngan, 19 from Tay Ninh, Ly Thanh Mong, 25 from Vinh Long province and Do Van Thanh Nhut, 21, went to provinces in the Mekong River Delta to choose pretty rural girls at the age of 20-30 to sell to brothels in Singapore. Vietnamese police are expanding investigations and cooperating with Singaporean agencies to detect and rescue other Vietnamese girls sold to Singapore by this ring. The Singapore Police has not issued any public statement about the co-operation, if they are co-operating at all.