So blogger Roy Ngerng was hauled up by the police over investigations into alleged electoral breaches. In case you missed it, he wrote a 1334 words long essay that recounted his ordeal. You can read it here.
We tried to summarise Roy’s long post by drawing out the key themes.
- Roy seemed to suggest that the police were overzealous
“Got home only just. Spent nearly 8 hours being interrogated and held by the police today. Have not had a proper meal yet.
Was at the police station at 10am. Left close to 6pm.
When I thought I was done, several police officers surrounded me. I was to be brought home. They were going to “raid” my home, I was told.
My phone was taken away from me.
When I wanted to speak to Jeanette – the lawyer who was representing Soh Lung, they refused to let me. And dragged me away.
My mom was at home when the police came. She was in shock. I have never seen my mom so traumatised before.
I do not remember how long the police were there. Two activist friends came to check on me. The police would not let them into my home.
I felt raped. I felt raped when the police surrounded me to raid my home. I felt raped when they did not let me speak to my friends. I felt raped when the police searched all my devices and accounts in front of me. I felt like I was stripped and searched.”
- Roy doesn’t trust the police
“But it is in times like this, that I wonder if the police still remembers why they joined the police force for – to bully and intimidate or to protect people like me?
One policeman brought me two bars of cake. I thanked him but I did not eat them. He asked me why.
I said I do not trust this place. I do not trust what they would put in the food they give. They gave me two mineral water bottles. I did not dare to drink them. I did not trust the place, I said.
I told them – I have learnt not to trust because of what the PAP has done to me.
The police said – but we are nonpartisan.
Yeah, but the PAP makes use of you sometimes, I said. (PAP is the ruling party in government for the past 60 or so in Singapore, for those of you who do not know).
I asked the police – is your conscience pricked?
- Roy didn’t think that he did anything wrong
“The Election Department reported that I posted articles on the day before election – which to let my foreign friends know, is illegal in Singapore.
But personal views are allowed. Still, I am being investigated for posting my personal views.
I stood up for justice and I lost my job. What did you lose?
It is very tiring. You fought so hard for equality. And who cares?
Is this the kind of state we are in now – where we have to fear the very law and people who are supposed to protect us?
I wonder why I am doing all this. I am fighting for justice but it is tiring carrying the burden on my shoulders, alone.
When I stood my ground and faced the fire, I realise only I was there.
We want justice and equality for this country but we let just one person fight for it.”
Were the police indeed overzealous? Or was Roy unrealistic for expecting good treatment from the police?
A martyr, or serious Messiah complex?
Don’t think this is the last we will hear from Roy…. From his past antics, he will only relish the attention being in the spotlight and milk out the drama further (remember his court session for defaming PM Lee in 2015?).
His FB post is just be the start of a long whiny, grouchy battle with the ‘government’ (again).
This time round, instead of Han Hui Hui, he will have Kristen Han in his corner (i.e more coherent thoughts).