7th April 2004, 10:26 AM
7th April 2004, 10:37 AM
I saw the signs too, and I was trying to think what signals the garmen is trying to do.
It does make the whole place less safe nowadays, as if there are good leads on potential attacks already...
take taxis lor....
7th April 2004, 10:41 AM
so u prefer nothing to be done at all?
in a sense, when i leave my house for holidays, my lights and radio will be on. I will tell the newspaper delivery to cease for the duration of my absence and ask neighbours not to call on my household. all because i wan to do all i can to prevent my house from broken into.
isn't that wayang too?
7th April 2004, 10:46 AM
by "wayanging", you do keep people on their toes.
i mean, the threat is really quite real round the world nowadays. Generally peaceful cities such as Madrid and Istanbul hit by terrorism really shocked me, ahving visited them just not too long ago.
It does pay to be more kiasu in this way, rather than dismissing the whole threat as wish-wash and sweeping under the carpet..
7th April 2004, 10:47 AM
hmm.. let me rephrase this a bit...
of course i know the threat exist.i mean it did take 700 of our BEST TRAINED military personnels to catch 3 CIVILIANS on THE military island of singapore. haha. but that's another gripe for another day.
am glad as hell with the increase in police patrols and EVEN the airport spot checks(less chance of smuggling in pirated stuff. haha. but it's a small price to pay for security i guess...).
i am referring to the "cosmetic" aspect. like the below mentioned announcements which I THINK do not serve any purpose except to show pple we are doing something
7th April 2004, 10:58 AM
Well, so if it is REALLY wayang, so what? Is it going to hurt anybody? Being precautious is better than not doing anything at all.
700 people on Tekong...send so many people complain, send too little people also complain...what's too many or too little?
7th April 2004, 11:08 AM
if it is wayang, what then do you suggest is best to do ?
Originally Posted by Jet1
7th April 2004, 11:14 AM
7th April 2004, 11:20 AM
I do agree with you to certain extend.
Originally Posted by shorty
But there are wannabes extremist threats that cannot be underestimated.
If things were to happen and no "wayang" was done, again, I believe people would start pointing fingers again for no pro-active action taken.
Last edited by jym; 7th April 2004 at 11:35 AM.
7th April 2004, 11:39 AM
actually i think the threat REALLY exist, and more so than what most pple think... which is why all this "wayanging" is there in the first place. to ease the minds of the people. my main gripe in this is that "wayanging" provides a false sense of security for pple. we know that airport checks and patrols work (when they are doing their work anyway).
but to do very public things like the announcement and broadcasting an island (tekong) wide search for potential dangerous elements in a bid to showcase the efficiency and prowess of of our defensive force just seem wrong to me. they are more like PR attempts rather than really targetting the main threat. maybe it is to ease the average singaporean's mind that we are safe (taking our mind off the idea that we ARE one tiny island surrounded by...). maybe it's an attempt to lure back the tourist dollars (taking THEIR mind off the idea that we ARE one tiny island surrounded by...). i wouldn't know... i am not the policy maker. what do u guys think?
7th April 2004, 12:26 PM
Well, as far we can see, the terrorist still needs land network to work. And europe is a great gateway to those "big allies" of US. While in america congtinents, to easy to run up and down. So if that is the case, then sing is safe from that.
While taiwan sxpose themselves so much that they also took aprt in anti-terrosim effort, they seem to be more concern of their local politic and nobody cares about these global terrorism. Still nothing happen or shadowing them.
7th April 2004, 04:38 PM
I'm currently living in the UK and I can assure you that we have the same sort of things here (regular security announcements in the tube, no dustbins to be found anywhere in sensitive areas like airports and tube stations, etc), and it's definitely not wayang. I can't count the number of times the trains are delayed and stations closed because some idiot conveniently forgot to bring along his luggage. The threat here is quite real, and people take it seriously. I would hope Singaporeans take it seriously too, JI has already singled out Singapore as a target. I wouldn't want another Madrid or Bali to happen. It's really time to scrape the bo-chup attitude.