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尊贵的内政部长三木根的诡异行为

作者:翁少华。是一名博学者。他在1950年是在新加坡政治部任职;1960年任职贪污调查局局长;1971年到1974年担任内部安全局局长。

链接网址:翁少华个人博客:Singapore Recalcitrant’,

转载自:http://theindependent.sg/the-bizarre-behaviour-of-the-honourable-home-affairs-minister-k-shanmugam/

当新加坡人民为了警方人员在处理一名14岁中学生林俊辉涉嫌非礼,导致他跳楼自杀的事件感到愤满和激动时,尊敬的内政部长三木根却采取诡异噤声的态度。对于三木根部长这样的态度,引用“尼禄在罗马燃烧着”这句具有诗意的名言来形容是恰当不过的了。

三木根部长在过去是一名出名爱说话的人,特别是在(人们)残酷虐待猫儿的事件上特别显得仗义。这是不是说明了他視人民如草芥。他把一个人的生命视为比一只猫儿还不如的看法。

一条年轻的生命已经被断送了。这可能是归于警方对他创伤经验的手上。正当新加坡人民质疑警方人员使用过去的手法处理青少年事件和等待警方为此事件给予的答复时,尊贵的三木根部长却采取了诡异的沉默态度是不符合逻辑和令人难于置信的。他是不是对新加坡正义社会发出巨大呼声充耳不闻。

社会大众理所当然是要知道警方在审讯过程中使用的手段和(林俊辉)自身的悲剧。警察部门是在他的管辖下。在这起(林俊辉跳楼自杀)事件上他又有不可推卸的责任给予公正不阿的说法。

在另一方面,警方似乎采取了拖延策略以检讨他们处理审讯青少年的过时程序。事实上他们是自己错误的坐在火山口上。因为这可能将会有另一起悲剧产生。

他们怎么可能不明白为这起刻不容缓的事件找到最快的解决方案的重要性呢?他们似乎在等待自己的尊贵的部长给予的指示。部长的这个指示却是迟迟未下来。所以引用“尼禄在罗马燃烧着”来形容目前(警方面对)的情况是在恰当不过了。

李显龙总理一直在自我夸耀是一个快速和具有高效率的公务员。这是令人感到兴趣要看,他将会对警方的缓慢检讨有关审讯青少年的程序和三木根部长在这起致命性的事件所给予的意见的魅力!

教育部也无法逃脱社会对他们的告诫。他们无法远离这些可耻事情的发生。在学校的校长室里,他们是否知道自己的玩忽职守行为,他们难道不需要检讨有关移交一名青少年(林俊辉)给警方警方进行调查过程中减轻对这名青少年所造成的压力吗?

林俊辉是在饥饿状态和玩忽职守的原则被忽略下发生的悲剧。学校对林俊辉的父亲要求知道孩子的自杀原因采取拖延的态度是无法接受的。他的父亲是在隔天才接到学校的回电。

The bizarre behaviour of the Honourable Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam

By: Yoong Siew Wah

“Nero fiddled while Rome burned”. This famous quote could not be more poetic in portraying the bizarre reticence of the Honourable Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam when the whole of Singapore is agitated and livid over the questionable tactics of the police in the handling of the case of a 14-year-old student Benjamin Lim which resulted in his tragic suicide.

Minister K. Shanmugam is known to be very loquacious at other times especially in his crusade against the cruelty of cats. Does this mean that a human life is less worthy than a cat in his lofty views? Just like the Chinese saying: To treat the people like grass.(視人民如草芥).

A young life has been cut short which could be attributed to his traumatised experience at the hand of the police. While Singaporeans are questioning the antiquated police procedure in dealing with a minor and are waiting for a decent answer from the police, it is beyond logic and belief that the Honourable Minister K. Shanmugam could be turning a deaf ear to all these deafening rumblings by Singaporeans for social justice.

The public would certainly like to know what he has to say about the questionable police and the tragic suicide of the minor. The police department comes under his control and it is incumbent upon him to give his unbiased views on the issue.

On the other hand the police seem to be dragging their feel in the long overdue review of their antiquated procedure in dealing with minors. While they are sitting on their arses wrangling among themselves, there may be another tragedy waiting to happen.

How can they be impressed of the urgency of finding a quick solution to the problem? They seem to be waiting for a cue from their Honourable Minister which is taking a long time to come. So the opening quote of “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” is not misplaced.

PM Lee Hsien Loong has prided himself on a prompt and efficient civil service. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say on both the police tardiness in reviewing their procedure and the funkiness of Minister K. Shanmugam in giving his views on such a grave matter.

The Minister for Education could also not escape the admonishment of the public for staying aloof of all these discreditable happenings. Did he not find something remiss in the conduct of the principal of the school and should not there be a review of the procedure in the handing over of a minor to the police for investigation making it less stressful to the minor?

Benjamin Lim was in a state of starvation and the principal would be remiss in not noticing it. And his tardiness in responding to the minor’s father who called him after his son’s suicide cannot be condoned. He returned the call only the next day.


Republished from Mr Yoong’s blog ‘Singapore Recalcitrant’.

The erudite Mr Yoong was the Director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) from 1971 to 1974. He was Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the 1960s, and had a distinguished career in the Singapore Special Branch in the 1950s.

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