Saturday, November 13, 2010

Police Crackdown Continues...


Photo: SPF
Straits Times online news
Nov 12, 2010
CRACKDOWN ON YOUTH GANGS
Police vow to act on gangs

POLICE on Friday warned youth offenders involved in violent crimes that they will not be treated lightly simply because of their age, and vowed to deal with all gang behavior 'firmly and decisively'.
They will not hesitate to use the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act if necessary, said a police statement in response to a recent spate of gang attacks and rioting, sparking calls from the public for stronger police action.
Police said they conduct regular enforcement rounds on the ground to flush out out gang activities. Once detected, the Secret Societies Branch would step in to investigate the extent of gang involvement by each member.
In the recent cases, a Republic a Republic Polytechnic student was fatally slashed in Downtown East on Oct 30. Five youths have been charged with the murder of Darren Ng, 19. Nineteen youths who turned up in court to support the fifth suspect also ended up being arrested on Wednesday.
On Monday evening, a 20-year-old youth was slashed by a group armed with parangs and choppers at Block 418, Fajar Road. The group is believed to have also attacked six teenage boys at Block 505, Jelapang Road. Twelve suspects have been arrested over the two attacks.
Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam told reporters at a news briefing on Friday that these attacks were not 'completely random'.
Following these incidents, police have picked up 40 suspects in an island-wide blitz and will continue to target gang-related activity in the coming weeks.
'Police will deal with all gang behaviour firmly and decisively,' said a police statement on Friday.
Police are also using preventing and proactive strategies to deal with street gangs, including giving talks to secondary school students and other rehabilitative programmes.


Unk Dicko's Comments:
The public's reaction has been noted and now acted upon.
This is a good sign.
But much more remains to be done if we want to remove this scourge from our peaceful homeland.
May I urge the police and other law agencies, our courts to show no sympathies to such internal terrorists. They knew what they were doing were brutal, evil and wrong. They had a CHOICE of whether to be a part of an armed gang going on a hunt for their enemies...or not to participate at all. THEY FREELY CHOSE to participate...in the end seriously injuring their poor victims and scarring them for life. In the case of Darren...he will never, ever be around again. Snuffing away the life of a human being is the ULTIMATE CRIME ( not justifiable hanging by the state...that is sanctioned by LAW ).
They need to be given the MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT possible AS A DETERRENT AND STRONG SIGNAL, REMINDER TO ALL THE OTHER SAMSENG KIAS....out there.

7 comments:

Cherry Charlie118 said...

One Size Does Not Fit All


There is actually no one right way to work with, train or teach an animal or human beings. Any approach that says all animals and humans can be trained using the exact same methods is simply not correct because animals and humans are individuals. Each has a distinct personality as different as one animal from another and as well as one human being from another.

Anonymous said...

Unk Dick, this sounds like a turf war to me as the attacks were not random. In fact, if the police dig deep enough, they will probably get the big fish. All these people involved in the slashings are the fighters, being mobilized to get weapons and fight for their territory.

I grew up with the scourge of these SS activities in my kampong in 5th/6th mile Serangoon. Remember Lowland Road? It was where the policeman was killed for trying to stop people letting firecrackers off. My father was very strict and did not allow my brother and me to become involved with these criminal elements. In fact, my father made it clear to these SS guys our family was out of bounds. My father was truly fearless. We attended schools away from the area. We attended church every Sunday and became known as the studious family with the strict father. When my brother became a NS officer in the 70s, many of his riflemen were from the area. Many ended up in jail, drug rehab centres. But many turned their lives around. I thought the problem was solved with development and prosperity for Singapore. However, I noticed the subtle changes in the late 90s. There seem to be a disillusioned generation developing. Not the poor of the 60s and 70s but kids who are not brought up properly. I suppose you can call it the latch key generation. Or the ones where the maids did everything. These become fertile recruits for these Secret Societies. A warped sense of brotherhood. These youngsters do not realize they become pawns in a criminal network, where the triad chief gets the rewards from his underlings. The police has to act really tough to check it. But like cancer, the authorities have to find the cause and treat it. If not, the cancer will spread. With the IRs in Singapore now, we have to be even more vigilant. I feel as passionate about this as you as I have seen how these SS destroy families and individuals.

Thimbuktu said...

Unk Dicko, your social blog was thoroughly researched and gleaned from your personal archived resources over six decades to share with us.

You mentioned about the tatto on suspected SS connection which police will detect their identity.

Nowadays, tatto has become a popular fashion trend. Youngsters with tatto are not necessarily associated with gangland activities.

I remember that a massive campaign to arrest everyone with tattoo on the order the former Chief Minister Lim Yew Hock. I was told that the Chief Minister was once attached on the stage of a public rally. When he was hit by this guy with tattoo on his body, every man with tattoo was arrested for gangland suspicion.

An anecdote to share the changes of social trend over the generations. Tattoo is no longer a label used on a person to identity a good or bad guy.

Cherry Charlie118 said...

"They will not hesitate to use the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act if necessary"


let's see who dares to flex their muscles.

Cherry Charlie118 said...
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unk Dicko said...

The post removed was a duplicate of the post above...an extra item. Not censoring in anyway.
If you comment, I'll publish as long as the comment is civilised in language, does not contain expletives, no personal attacks, no threats against anyone uttered.
Plus no CURSES.
If readers want know, in all these years, I have received only 1 comment which I did not post..as it contained CURSES. I have captured all the relevant info about that particular samseng kia...and if he repeats the act again, I'll act.
The other was by another "samseng kia" recently trying to provoke me and you the readers...daring us to join him in killing. Do not be unduly worried. I have captured all info about him and can act if necessary.
He signed of with J...... T......
So,if you can read this again, you'll know you have been forewarned.
Don't come in here to spread your macho-bravo when you know nothing about me.

unk Dicko said...

Thimbuktu,
You are right about tattoos also being accepted as fashion trends today...that's not a problem.
Many celebities also sport tattoos...that's fine.
Many tribes do that too as part of their ancient tribal culture.
Servicemen and sailors do that too.
All the above examples are fine, no problem.
BUT MANY TEENAGERS INVOLVED IN GANGS DELIBERATELY GET TATTOO DESIGNS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH GANGS AND SECRET SOCIETIES.
MOST OF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THESE.NEITHER ARE TEACHERS,PRINCIPALS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Don't blame anyone..it's not your job to spot them. But SSB officers know. I know.
I won't go into details about such tattoos.
Different gangs do it differently.
Not all are huge designs like dragons, snake, scorpion..
Some are just a few tiny dots placed strategically at forehead, ears, knuckles, fingers etc. It means different things and can show rank and role.
Gang Tattoos are therefore different from fashion types.
The gangster is openly advertising who he is and what org he belongs to...so WHY should the police not detain him for questioning?
So as I've said you are right...it depends on the tattoo and more important his behaviour that makes it more obvious.