After tomorrow, Singaporeans will be busy attending rallies or keeping themselves up to date with the parties that will be contesting in their constituencies.
As last seen at the rallies in 2006, Singaporeans find that this is an event not to be missed.
This is perhaps the only opportunity Singaporeans will have with regards to say on how they want their country to be run – at least with how past GEs has proved – that your Member of Parliament aren’t that interested to listen or fight for your cause should it not be beneficial or be deemed to put them in a tight spot.
Nevertheless, one thing that everyone can look forward to at the rallies will be the presence of Police Officers.
Love Them or Hate Them.
You call 999 when you’re in trouble but end up scolding them for arriving later than the time you had expected them to be.
You hate them because they work for the government, PAP.
Police Officers have perhaps, the most delicate job of managing people from different backgrounds and I proudly say this because I have seen how they manage this craft. At times, I feel Police Officers are the best people to run for parliament too.
Junior Officers, especially face this daunting task on a day to day basis to help people solve disputes or to make those arrests which help keep your neighbourhood safe to live in.
This General Election, Police Officers could be another target board for Singaporeans who are unhappy with the government, PAP and thus, I urge Singaporeans to restraint from resorting to verbal abuse of Police Officers simply because like you, they are Singaporeans.
However, due to the professionalism and the law that they uphold, they have to ensure that they are impartial in carrying out their duties especially so in this delicate period of the General Election where supporters of two different parties may clash and result in potential damage to life and property.
Let it be known also that Police Officers, like all Singaporeans may not be supportive of certain parties and will have to vote as well. They are not exempt from voting and thus, should be treated with dignity and respect.
And as with all events, you can bet that you will be around Plainclothes and Uniformed Police Officers.
Identifying Uniformed Police Officers is an easy task and so is identifying the Plainclothes, who’s job, most probably will be to intercept potential trouble makers with the most minimal distraction.
SO, how do you identify them?
- They aren’t looking or listening intently to what’s going on at the rally
- Stands and walks with hands at the back or crossed with the eyes looking from side to side
- Walks alone or in pairs
But whatever it is, plainclothes or uniformed, please do treat the Police Officers well because one thing for sure, I’m sure they don’t want to have to arrest anyone for being a Public Nuisance.
On a side note, do join this group on FaceBook to help keep a watch over Singapore, playing your part as Singaporeans.
‘Citizen Watch’ is a long term project. Beyond the elections, we will continue to monitor politicians, government and public service to ensure that they abide by the law. Time for Citizens to police the state, and protect the people.
Citizen Watch: Watchful Citizens, Protecting Singaporeans. (Click on link below)
Be a part of protecting Singaporeans from law breakers. Upload your police reports and earn yourself a ‘Citizen Watch’ iron on (t-shirt not provided).