Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, faced with the honest truth from a young student and SAF officer about what's amiss at ground level, had to admit, something is fundamentally wrong here in Singapore.
M K Kang's wife was with her 10 year old son when she flagged down a taxi for Orchard Cineleisure. The cabby drove to Cathay Building instead and had to be redirected to the correct destination. As a South Korean who has been here for 3 1/2 years, she did what Singaporeans normally do, and offered $10 instead of the metered $11.30 for the unwelcomed scenic detour. Cabby got out and threatened to punch her if she did not pay full fare. Surely the minister in charge of public transporation has to admit, something is fundamentally wrong here.
A Puupella's son was bullied and beaten by some students in school. After reporting to the police and the school principal, the police washed their hands and allowed the principal to handle the matter. The school caned the bully and her son - latter for retaliating by pushing back his attacker. Surely the minister in charge of educaiton has to admit, something is fundamentally wrong here.
Third year Republic Polytechnc student Darren Ng was with his friends at Downtown East when a group of 10 teenagers accused him of staring at them. After a brawl that took place just outside a crowded MacDonalds, Darren was hacked with a chopper and subsequently died from multiple cuts to the limbs, back and abdomen. Shopkeepers at Downtown East said they were used to seeing skirmishes in the mall. Surely the minister in charge of public safety has to admit, something is fundamentally wrong here.
Meanwhile welder Dai, who hailed from China in 2008, dragged a fellow Chinese national into the bushes and raped her. After the tumble in the grass, the pair spent half an hour together trying to locate her missing shoes and mobile phone again. Dai was spotted when he returned to the site to look for the phone. Surely the minister in charge of foreign workers has to admit, something is fundamentally wrong here.