Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Can't even establish the facts around Benjamin Lim's case.
So ST gave a timeline of what happened eh? Was it accurate? But I want to look at something else before returning to that.
In the recounting, analyses and explaining of what led to Benjamin killing himself (well nobody saw how it happened OK, we just thought it reasonable to assume he jumped from his bedroom window) there has been more heat than light. The complete facts were never definitively established and what is considered reasonable filled the gaps along with various assumptions and then on top of the whole pile add speculations.
If I take the ST timeline to be right, what had triggered Benjamin's tragic action could very well be he was denied the chance to attend the school camp. Of course to support this I would just be speculating that the camp meant the world to him, and to a 14-year old that very well might be true - the test of reasonableness.
But it is all conjecture isn't it?
The worst speculation is reserved for what happened in the police interrogation (note not interview). The session was never recorded either in audio or video. Police lost the chance to protect itself. But why should enough members of the public assume that police interrogation could be, if I may put this across quickly, "human rights denying" and using power to apply dreadful psychological pressure. Because many have friends who know friends telling stories what it was like to be interrogated by the Police. However we live with it because the overwhelming majority of us will not suffer such treatment, i.e., not my problem, I am good. The same reason why there is not much public outcry over the Hep C incident at SGH.
Establishing the facts when the process was never designed to capture them along the way is hard work time consuming and costly. So what started as reasonable guesses became facts after a while to create a consistent story with no gaps.
The above compares TOC against MHA. Five officers versus 3 officers according to the minister but the MSM also consistently reported 5 officers (e.g., below). Just one example of not getting the facts right. If I am kinder perhaps there were three officers and two busy bodies tagging along who seemed at that time not needed elsewhere.
ST claimed five plain clothes officers. So how many actually? Shanmugam said no more than three.
Now it is my word against yours, where are the facts when we need them? So the more powerful wins eh as Churchill warned that was how he would write history.
The Police for your own sake and the morale of your officers in the age of social media, record the interrogations. Record the facts and do not permit speculation. Nevertheless my experience with the Police have gotten worse as blogged about in an earlier post. They told me they would contact me about the neighborhood watch and I am still waiting. Their word is not so good.
Posted by PengYou at 9:14 PM