Are foreigners making S’pore unsafe?

First, there are the Kallang slashers: all seven of them from Sarawak working here as cleaners and odd job labourers. They went out on a violent robbing spree last week end.

That ended with one victim dead and three others seriously injured, including Jarius Ang, a 19-year old former Raffles Junior College student and captain of the school’s canoeing team.

Jarius is lucky to be alive, despite being left unattended to for seven hours till he was found — with half his left hand, along with four fingers hacked off, and deep cuts to his neck, face and abdomen. A part of his scalp had also been sliced open.

Sure, he is still alive and not paralysed, as the knife that went into his neck missed his spinal cord by 0.1cm. But his ambitions and plans for the future have been destroyed by the senseless ferocity of his attackers.

He did very well in his A-level exams and has a place in NTU to do Mechanical Engineering. His dream is to be a pilot.  With his severe injuries, he is unlikely to be able to fly. He may not even be fit enough to complete his National Service!

And only a few days before the slash happy Sarawakians, a gang of six men wearing ski masks and wielding knives ambushed two couriers and robbed them of RM500,000.

The robbery took place at about 2am. The victims, two Malaysians, had intended to spend the night at an 11th floor flat in Dorset Raod before delivering the money to moneychangers later that morning.

The robbers apparently got wind of the cache and struck.

Only five of the alleged robbers — all Bangladeshis with valid work permits and aged from 28 to 32 — have been caught and charged. A sixth is still at large as is the seventh  member in the Sarawak gang.

As if to prove that foreigners with a criminal bent aren’t confined to guest workers in the working class, a Swiss business consultant has been charged in court today with breaking into an MRT depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train, for which he could be jailed and caned, just like the Sarawakians and the Bangladeshis, if they are found guilty.

The Swiss, Oliver Fricker, 32, is alleged to have committed trespass and vandalism in mid-May, and a district judge who described him as a flight risk set bail at $100,000. His passport is also impounded.

Since he can’t raise the bail set, he has been remanded, like the others, whose offences are non-bailable. And like the other cases, another alleged criminal in the MRT case is also still at large, having entered Singapore on a tourist visa and then left.

Prosecutors in the train vandalism case, arguing for the high bail amount, said Fricker had been due to leave for Switzerland two days after his arrest.

The break-in, believed to have taken place before dawn on May 17, was not immediately detected and the train plied its route in full view of commuters, one of whom filmed it and posted a clip on video-sharing site Youtube.

The train has been scrubbed clean but the clip can still be viewed at

After this rash of crimes “allegedly” committed by a cross section of foreigners working in Singapore in the spate of a few days, local born Singaporeans could be forgiven for thinking that our country is no longer as safe and secure as we once believed it was.

Terrible if this plus factor for calling Singapore home has indeed gone with the wind. 😦


8 thoughts on “Are foreigners making S’pore unsafe?

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  3. Maybe it’s just coincidental that the recent spate of crimes involved foreigners and that we only notice them because they stand out from the rest of the crimes committed by locals that go unnoticed, creating some sort of selection bias in the media. It is not to the benefit of foreign workers to misbehave here, since they were committed to leave their homes and families behind to come here to work. If anything it would be our immigrant bias and ostracising them that would trigger such events if any.

  4. Yes, I’m sure many pple will agree with you tt there’s something homogenous about all three groups of accused, even the Swiss: nationals fm another country being discriminated against by Singaporeans… muhhaahha!

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