Yesterday, another ofo bike incident occurred which shocked Singaporeans everywhere.
A video was uploaded online, showing a Singaporean boy throwing an ofo bike from the top of an HDB block.
Here’s a flashback in case you’re too engrossed with the #FamiLee drama
On 15 June, a video of a male carrying, then throwing an ofo bike from the top of an HDB block was uploaded on All Singapore Stuff Facebook page. In less than 5 hours, the post has garnered over 9,000 shares and 221,000 views.
The person taking the video was heard saying, “This is not my m*****f***ing fault, I swear to God.”
The incident is reported to have taken place at Blk 116B n Whampoa around midnight. Thankfully, no one was injured but ofo made a police report, saying that this is beyond vandalism. It’s a dangerous act which might kill someone.
Police arrested a 13-year-old male, allegedly responsible for the incident
Other than the bike-sharing firm, other reports were made to the police as well. It was reported on Channel News Asia that the Singapore Police Force has arrested a 13-year-old boy who is suspected to be responsible for the deed.
Yeah, a 13-year-old with dyed hair (in case you’ve forgotten, it’s the school holidays now).
The police added that they believe the teenager has engaged in a case of rash act.
Which seems pretty legit, because really, if you were thinking straight, you wouldn’t want your face to be shown on camera. Or even be filmed at all.
Either he didn’t watch Criminal Minds (not that I blame him after the latest Singapore episode), or he just wasn’t thinking when he did it.
The incident is still under investigation.
If convicted, he faces up to a six months jail term, a fine of S$2,500 or both. But because he’s a minor, the judge might consider the facts and circumstances of the case during the sentencing.
It is also not mentioned if the police will take action against the male who filmed the video.
But the interesting thing is, people called for caning
Other than what’s going on in the case, I went to take a look at netizens’ comments on the case.
And I noticed something interesting: there are people calling for him to be caned
They said he has to be taught a harsh lesson. It sets a precedent if the judge releases him with a slap on his wrist.
So, here’s my question, why call for rotan only when a kid does something serious. When it may be too late for him to turn around his life?
Why not use it before such things happen, to teach kids that the things they do have consequences before it’s too late for them?
Why call out the parents in Singapore for not disciplining their kids, yet call the police on the parents who caned their daughter? Granted, they shouldn’t have done it in public.
Perhaps it’s time that we, whether we have kids or not, rethink our discipline measures instead of just blaming it on schools. Agree?
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