Kia Si Singaporeans (me included).
you would think that these overzealous "security" will be shown towards foreigners rather than locals, owing to the xenophobic views people have about photography and what not.
I mean. I get stopped frequently back in Singapore but all I do is go "mate... what are you talking about" in an Aussie accent, and they back off. I don't know what to do. whether to laugh at them at buying my Aussie accent, or that just because I'm a "foreigner" that I'm given free reign to take pictures whilst my other brethren aren't.
I mean, it just goes to show how intolerant they are towards local photographers, whereas "foreigners" like myself, or actual foreigners for that matter... are welcomed with open arms. maybe it's got to do with the tourist dollars people bring in. I don't see why there's such discrimination, though.
This tourist-locals divide is more likely due to the following:
1. Scared of offending tourists - may be potential customers, or may complain to Tourist Bureau and make a big fuss.
2. Not scared of locals since the average Singaporean is kiasu, kiasi and kia cheng hu. So any pseudo-authoritative person just makes up laws and gets his way.
3. Expats and foreign-looking people dont' scare as easily as kiasi Singaporeans.
How do we define public place? i know th sreets are public places , but what about shopping malls?
shopping malls are properties of different managements, e.g. CapitalLand, etc, hence are not public places
eat. drink. shoot
Uniquely Singapore!I just find it sick that we Singaporeans cannot even shoot our own mother/father land, while tourists can!
A Lost Tourist & His Cheap Plastic Camera Not Aloud!
my understanding is that during their opening hours, it is a public place. so, anyone can come in. but, they may impose prohibitions on the visitors, eg. no pets, etc. so, if complied. no issue. but, if one is barred from entering, entering would be trepass, which is a criminal offence. someone to confirm?
My view is that a public place should be distinguished from a privately-owned place with public access. A shopping mall is the latter. So long as it continues to be one with public access, you should be immune from a charge of trespass; but if theydon't like what you are doing, they can revoke this access and if you continue to stay, you become a trespasser. For a true public place, no private entity can stop you for trespass.
Also, they can only tell us to leave. They cannot request anything from us, like our photos to be deleted, etc.
Now I know the law...
Everyone please take note.
Back to the question on photographing our mother/father land, I think our 'garment' need to stand up to clarify what can be done, what cannot be done, etc, so that there's not discrepancy towards locals and foreigners. I thought we are all equal in front of the law right? Just because one is a foreigner, then he/she can take photos while locals can only stand there and watch? Absurd right?
haha....instead of printing out the copy of TNP article....bring vince123123 along....that will be useful in almost all situations......
on the side note, i really appreciate all the views of vince123123 on the legal matters
Actually, if you are facing a really stubborn and sticky person who you know you will sure encounter the next time you go to that place (ie its a continually present irritant); I don't mind joining in the fun Of course please make sure you are on the public road first hor, don't try be hero inside people's private places and then bring me to go fight a losing battle :P The best cases are those on public roads taking photos of shopfronts.
I appreciate your appreciation of my input