You know that saying, “Two wrongs don’t make a right”?
Yes, newsflash, it’s not like math where double negative makes a positive.
Well, an Indian National certainly thought it does when he tried to bribe an officer after urinating in public.
The problem’s that his second wrong not only failed to negate the first wrong but amplified it.
What exactly happened?
Palaniappan Ramanathan had been urinating against an MRT track pillar at Jurong East MRT station on April 14. One can only speculate why he chose to urinate there instead of a toilet, as the reason wasn’t disclosed.
Officer Hairul Azrin Anual, an auxiliary police officer employed by Certis Cisco Security and attached to Jurong East Neighbourhood Police Centre, spotted the Indian National relieving himself and approached him alongside a teammate.
He proceeded to warn Ramanathan that it was an offence to urinate in a public place.
He then asked for his work permit.
Well, Ramanathan had other ideas. Instead of a work permit, a $10 note was taken out.
The excerpt below is an imagination of what they probably said.
“Eh, Apa Ini?” Hairul asked. “I ask you for your work permit you take out your money for what?”
“Sir, let me off. I was too lazy to walk to the nearest toilet so I thought the MRT pillar was a good place.”
“Please give chance, please.”
“I would love to but…sorry, bro.”
Alright, so it didn’t quite work out that way.
Well, anyway Mr Hairul turned down the bribe, warned Palaniappan that bribery is an offence in Singapore, and reported the issue to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
Palaniappan Ramanathan was charged in court on July 27 with one count of corruptly offering gratification to Officer Hairul.
According to CPIB’s statement, Palaniappan Ramanathan was eventually sentenced to four weeks’ jail on September 7.
If you didn’t know by now, bribery is an offence. A serious one.
Those found guilty of bribery could be jailed up to five years and/or fined up to $100,000.
And CPIB’s certainly not tolerable of such nonsensical actions. In its statement, it declared that it takes corrupt practices seriously and will spare no hesitation in condemning guilty parties.
You know what irks me more than that passerby auntie that blocks your way when you’re in a rush?
People committing totally unnecessary mistakes. Perhaps it’s because I’m a frequent patron of unneeded mistakes, but you know what they say: when you see a negative trait of yours reflected in another person, you dislike it even more.
In the first place, what was he doing urinating against a track pillar?
Alright, it might be urgent – the kind that causes a tsunami over his pants if held any longer. But that still doesn’t make him right. There’s a freaking mall just 5 minutes away, for crying out loud.
It would really be a sucker punch for Palaniappan if he didn’t have any ill intentions.
A 4-week jail sentence all because your ‘little boy’ chose the wrong time to go free flow?
What about you? Do you share the same thoughts as me? Or do you think he deserves it? Tell us in the comments!
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