Mischief makers must be taken to task and counselled for causing alarm

At a time when terrorism is on the rise and efforts on the part of the government and our security personnel are being made to ensure that our citizens live and work in a safe environment, the alleged mischief caused by the 69-year-old man in placing a baking powder at the Woodleigh MRT station must never be condoned (“Man arrested after using baking flour to mark running trail”; The New Paper, April,19).

With thousands of commuters taking public transport every day, people must be able to travel about with peace of mind. Moreover, the police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) have their hands full in having to attend to emergencies like fighting fires, accidents and saving lives. Such resources are precious and should never be abused.

The law must therefore come down hard on the alleged offender and the two other suspects with a clear message: That putting fear in the public is not a game, and that repeats of such offences might make some people mistakenly believe that it is not for real. Then what happens when there is really a bomb scare? Remember the story of the boy who cried wolf?

Nonetheless, it is heartening to note that our men in blue and the SCDF take every incident seriously and leave nothing to chance.

Following police investigations into the incident, local running group Seletar Hash House Harriers had apologised on Wednesday (Apr 19) for causing alarm and inconvenience in Tuesday’s (Apr 18) security scare at Woodleigh MRT station.

The group said in a press release that three of its members were marking a trail for a run scheduled for Tuesday evening.

In all seriousness, can all this be forgotten over an apology?

RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO

PROFILE OF THE WRITER

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Raymond Anthony Fernando is a motivational speaker, poet, author, trainer, songwriter, freelance television actor, ghostwriter, media celebrity, regular newspaper forum page writer and an advocate for the mentally ill.

He is a volunteer with the Institute of Mental Health. The author of 32 books was married to Doris Lau Siew Lang, herself an author of 8 books. Doris was called to the Lord in April 2014. This Model Caregiver 2007 and Mental Health Champion 2010, who is born on Valentine’s Day, has contributed 31 years of service to the public sector, 15 years of experience in public relations work, and received several awards and commendations from government organisations.

Raymond attributes his success to his beloved wife, Doris, who has always been his greatest inspiration.

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