A good article in "Today" newspaper:
Meaning the gov already gave the rioters many chances to disperse peacefully.
If they choose to stay and get shot, that is their choice.
At Tiananmen Square, the tanks didn't rolled over the protesters, they fired machine guns at them. The Chinese authority did gave them chances to disperse peacefully but they refuse.
They have forgotten Chairman Mao saying - "political power comes from a barrel of a gun".
I eats, shoots & leaves
some say police is the most unreliable, followed by army. the last resort is Gurkha Contingent. they are the special guard force and neutral force
Their presence as a neutral force was important because local police officers were often perceived to be (or were even expected to be) biased towards their own ethnic groups when handling racial disturbances, further fueling discontent and violence. Officers who attempt to carry out their duties impartially and in full accordance with the law also face social backlash from their own ethnic communities, a difficult situation which can even lead to physical harm to individual officers.
In his autobiography, former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew recounted the use of the Gurkha Contingent as an impartial force at the time when Singapore had just gained independence. He wrote:
"When I returned to Oxley Road [Lee's residence], Gurkha policemen (recruited by the British from Nepal) were posted as sentries. To have either Chinese policemen shooting Malays or Malay policemen shooting Chinese would have caused widespread repercussions. The Gurkhas, on the other hand, were neutral, besides having a reputation for total discipline and loyalty." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurkha_Contingent
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Gurkhas are excellent soldiers. I have never believed the story that the Gurkha officers guarding Mas Selamat were derelict in their duty when he "escaped" from the toilet window. We know the Gurkha's high standards as soldiers and this is as unreal as it can get.
Last edited by ricohflex; 15th December 2013 at 09:08 AM.
Just got this thinking. If one day robots become our slaves and can do human works. (Like those irobot), then they no longer needed and less one problem for us? Heh heh!
Only Sony device mostly, haha!
Some minister said that building of dorm will be speed up and their welfare will be looked into.
Let's just hope that we are not sending a wrong message that people can get what they want thru violence and strikes.
I recall that when he was the SCDF commissioner, James Tan immediately went to the site of a big fire & also to the Nicoll Highway disaster site. As far as SCDF forces were concerned, he directed operations while personally present at the disaster/serious event site. And not by remote control through a long chain of command, while sitting in a nice office far away, getting 2nd/3rd/4th hand reports of fast changing events happening in the field.
I find this willingness/readiness/confidence by a top ranking official to exercise LEADERSHIP in the field, missing in Police response during the recent riot in Little India. Perhaps in the coming review, the Police or their oversight Ministry the MHA, can consider how this aspect can be improved.
James Tan is the soldier's soldier, when he was in the Armour formation, before he was seconded to the SCDF to take over from Chng Teow Hua.
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