Singapore Police (II)
Hi Art, December Issue, 2010
I did not know where they came from and even did not hear their footsteps. Friendly and gently, the two policemen asked me to show my passport, but it happened that I did not take it with me. Then I told them that there was another monitor system at the entrance on the first floor, so I could not go through the passage without the password of the gate, not to say standing here. However, all of the explanation was in vain, and the only outcome was that they turned to speak Chinese, instead of official English, to me. Hence I had to go back to my residence fetching the passport. During the whole thing, they kept smiling to me, with several salutes at the parting. Within several months, the same thing repeated again and again: the police had been brought by me for 4 times, all in midnight, and for twice I saw the two policemen I had met before. However, although they were acquainted with me, they pretended we were completely strangers, and the process above was repeated again and again. For the last time even the manager of Singapore Tyler Print Research Institute was called in. Then I told staffs of the institute that I planned to sew the passport in my trousers, so that I could use it at any time without bothering them; otherwise it appeared that I did not come for visiting the studio but for examining the response ability of their police.
In Singapore, parents do not frighten their children using police. They never say such words as ‘If you kept crying I will call the policeman to teach you a lesson’, because the police here are so affable, neat and civilized that even children are not afraid of them.
Singapore police have promised that they will respond to calling on 999 within 10 seconds and reach the spot within 15 minutes; for letters, including emails, from the public, they have to make their replies in 5 workdays and announce the progress of the case in 7 workdays; the public should not be made wait over 15 minutes in the police station for their affairs.
Singapore police are trained in an advanced way. They have various training facilities such as online training system, CREATE information website, learning test center personal learning center and simulated police stations.
Singapore is a state with an adequate legal system, in which laws must be actually observed, law enforcement must be strict, and punishment is severe and unequivocal. For instance, for drunk-driving, the driver will be fined 1000 to 5000 Singapore Dollars or at most 6 months’ imprisonment; the repeated offense will incur a fine of 3000 to 10000 Singapore Dollars, or at most 1 years’ imprisonment, and the revocation of the driver’s license. A jay walker will be fined 500 Singapore Dollars and 1000 Singapore Dollars or 3 months’ imprisonment if he is charged; the repeated offense will incur a fine of 2000 Singapore Dollars or 6 months’ imprisonment. As to spitting on the ground, for the first time, the offender will face a fine of 1000 Singapore Dollars, 2000 for the second time and above 5000 for the third time. For cigarette disposal, people who have infringed the relative law will be fined 200 Singapore Dollars; and those who throw about bulky wastes have to be reformed through labor for 12 hours.
Covering 687.2 square kilometers and with a population of 4.84 million, Singapore has 8000 regular police officers, 1200 police officials, 3700 national service personnel, 24000 candidates as well as 1200 volunteers. All the regular officers are graduated from Police Academy. The police here, who rank first in the world, are dedicated, agreeable, industrious, ambitious, honest, earnest in public duties and efficient. Singapore is also the state with the lowest crime in the world.
Having finished my work lasting 4 months, I returned to China with my luggage. At the Capital Airport, the Frontier Inspection Officer, a man in his 30s or 40s, examined my passport with a frozen face and looked me up and down with his triangle eyes. At last he asked me coldly, ‘What have you done abroad?’
At once I felt I had really come back to my own hometown from abroad.
Friday, November 12th, 2010