Knife Accidents: Singaporeans With A Vengeance

In recent years, knives have been used for the wrong reasons. A 20-year-old man, Muhammad Sajid Saleem, will plead guilty for attacking a man, Mr Praveen, with two knives about 23.5cm long. His accomplice is a 19-year-old friend.

Both of them attacked and slashed the victim at Blk 175 Boon Lay Drive. Luckily, the victim managed to block the knife from cutting into his head.

Some time back, there were two more similar incidents in Singapore. A man named slashed his sister’s ex-husband on the thigh and limbs. They allegedly had disputes over small things like their plants. The victim was taken to Changi General Hospital with injuries while the attacker was jailed for 12 weeks.

Then on 26th October, an elderly man was attacked by a 31-year-old with a chopper along New Upper Changi Road. The accused ran away but was finally caught after the police tracked him from CCTV footage.

It is worrying to read about the number of violent accidents and especially when people are using easily accessible tools like knives. The situation also raises concerns over mental health.

The police has said that they will not tolerate these actions but how can Singapore prevent more of these incidents? Is the current punishment enough? How to we address their mental health concerns? There are many questions and it seems like the authorities still have a lot of work to do.

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