Times are really changing. Even boring old Singapore is seeing exciting things white powder scares, unattended bag incidents, exploding cars, and now death (?) threats.

According to reports, someone was angry about the closure of the Sungei Road thieves market, and sent ‘threatening letters’ to VIPs like PM Lee and DPM Tharman. What made the whole thing even creepier is the inclusion of Chinese hell notes (the ‘money’ you burn for dead people).

The letter was signed off by a ‘Koh Eng Khoon (Friend)’. FYI, Koh Eng Khoon is the name of the president of the Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods (First picture-  him giving an interview and second picture, middle), and he has been lobbying hard to preserve the market.

Of course, whether he wrote the letter or not is still up in the air. Maybe someone pranked him. Maybe a friend felt strongly for his cause and sent the letter on his behalf. Or maybe Mr Koh actually did write the letter.


Nobody knows. Which is why a police report was filed.

And we should let the police properly investigate the matter – and this includes searching a suspect’s home, collecting evidence etc that could prove his guilt or innocence.

I was surprised to see a number of articles, letters in FB feed that essentially criticised the police for doing their job. They felt that the police were intimidating, aggressive and intrusive toward the 76-year-old Mr Koh, whom they believed was innocent.

First, we don’t know if he is innocent. Which is why the police should investigate. Let them do their job, please.

Second, if Mr Koh is guilty, then it was a terrible thing for him to do. Let’s be clear here: I’m not advocating a tit-for-tat.

But it is absurd to accuse police of using various investigative tactics against someone who may have sent multiple death threats to others.

If someone in your family received a threatening handwritten letter accompanied by HELL NOTES, would you not be upset, angry and afraid too?

I know I would, and I’m not even the pantang sort. I would want a proper investigation. What more for a case where the PM and DPM of Singapore are targeted.

Lastly, are these people being armchair critics? What they know is what Mr Koh said. We don’t know if Mr Koh has an agenda, maybe he hatched this elaborate plan to get support for his cause (who knows, these days the world is very complicated…)

But my point here is, it is hearsay, and it is subjective. Also, what is considered aggressive and intimidating could be very well be part of normal investigative procedure. Case in point: when the police invite you to ‘lim kopi’, they aren’t actually interested in feeding your coffee-drinking habit.

You and I are neither police nor trained interrogators, so let’s leave this to the professionals. It is the police’s duty to investigate, and the truth will be out eventually. If Mr Koh is innocent, he will walk free. If not, he will be dealt with according to the law.

Let us not speculate or make irresponsible and baseless insinuations that do not help the situation at all.