The actions of 18-year-old Daryl Lim — who was on Monday sentenced to 10 days of detention and 150 hours of community service for assaulting foreign workers with his friends — are “unacceptable” and “sickening”, said Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam.

“To think that a young man who has benefited from the system can act with such cruelty, without compassion, without empathy, and without any kind of consideration,” he said on the sidelines of the 7th Meeting of Singapore Honorary-Consuls General.

It was previously reported that Daryl, an Institute of Technical Education student, and his friends had decided to practise their martial arts skills by assaulting foreign workers last September and October.

The Attorney-General’s Chambers said yesterday (April 21) that it will appeal against Daryl’s sentence. Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lai had sought a stint for Daryl at the Reformative Training Centre, which would have run at least 18 months.

“For these (workers) who have come here helping us build our infrastructure, instead of being grateful to them and recognising that they’re doing a hard job, … we go and attack them,” said Mr Shanmugam today. “It’s bullying somebody who’s vulnerable. It’s sickening conduct, the kind of conduct that you would not approve if somebody did it to animals.”

In a Facebook post published on the same issue today, Mr Shanmugam said that he hoped that people who think and act like Daryl are a minority here.

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