The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is relooking at legislation on attacking uniformed officers, wrote Minister of Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam in a Facebook post today. His remarks come after a man, Alvin Lim Fu Rong, 25, was jailed 10 weeks for attacking a female police officer, Corporal Ammy Shazwina Rizuan Ong.
Ammy and her partner had responded to a taxi driver's call who reported hostile passengers in his vehicle. CPL Ammy asked Lim for his particulars, but Lim grabbed her instead and slammed her to the ground before kicking her in the lower back so hard, she blacked out and collapsed.
K Shanmugam wrote:
"Lim’s abusive conduct was terrible on several levels. He attacked a lady. He attacked an officer in uniform, doing her duty.
He has been sentenced to 10 weeks jail for this. I have asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to relook at the legislation, to consider whether this is adequate. I have said to MHA that anyone who attacks a uniformed officer should learn a lesson, which he will never forget; and it should be enough of a deterrence to others.
CPL Ammy is not the only Home Team officer who has suffered physical and verbal abuse when on duty. Last year, 344 cases were reported - almost one case per day! In the first 8 months of this year alone, there were 328 cases of abuse of Home Team officers.
In our current heightened security climate, the men and women of the Home Team work tirelessly daily to protect Singapore. They need our full support and cooperation."