Minister: Unjustified attacks against police are a huge disservice
Unjustified attacks made against the police should be rebutted, as these do a huge disservice to the officers in blue who put their lives at risk to keep Singapore safe, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday.
"In many countries, unjustified attacks on police have eventually led to the weakening of law enforcement," he wrote in a Facebook post.
"We do not intend to let that happen in Singapore. And I believe that the vast majority of Singaporeans support our approach to maintaining law and order," he said.
In another post, Mr Shanmugam addressed online criticism of police tactics used during recent raids on illegal brothels near Rowell Road.
Speed and surprise are key elements during raids, and the police "cannot be expected to knock on the door and wait for a response", Mr Shanmugam said.
"What do we expect - the gangsters (who might be present) will open the door, and politely admit to their actions? And even if gangsters are not present, we expect the women involved to be cooperative?"
He explained that the police wear masks during such operations to hide their identities, as the syndicates behind these illegal brothels would retaliate, if they could.
He said he had been quite puzzled by the criticism directed at the police, and "the deeply flawed, misplaced sympathies" for those in the vice trade.
Sharing more details of the case in his post, he said there had been complaints about sex workers in the area, with a syndicate seemingly in operation.
During the raid last Friday, more than 20 people - all foreigners - were arrested, including a 16-year-old male sex worker. One suspect injured himself trying to escape.
Many of them were transgender sex workers, he said, adding that the police are concerned about human trafficking as well.
While operations were ongoing, the police noticed a woman filming a video, he added. She made a post online accusing the police of "wasting taxpayer money, terrorising women".
It has since been taken down.
Mr Shanmugam said: "Would she prefer that police didn't do anything? (Would she) like the sex workers to continue soliciting for customers along the roads and bringing them into HDB estates among our families and children?
"What about the exploitation of underage youngsters?"