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What is your stance on the death penalty? Singapore is among other countries that continue to use the death penalty, but is it an appropriate way to punish convicts or should it be re-examined?

Sarawakian Michael Anak Garing is scheduled to hang at dawn this Friday. He was sentenced to death in 2015 and appealed unsuccessfully in 2017. 

Michael did not act alone but was the only one among the perpetrators who was given the death penalty. He had intended to rob his victim but landed a fatal blow on him. 

Michael will see the end of his life towards the end of this week. He turns 30 this year. 

"Just like any other executions anywhere else in the world, a new set of victims is created. Michael, a migrant worker from Sarawak who came to seek low waged work in Singapore in his 20s, has a family who loves him dearly.

So while we empathise with the family of Shanmuganathan for their loss, perhaps we should have more than a little think on whether we want the perpetrator's family to suffer the same."

While he deserved to be punished, it remains debatable if the death sentence is appropriate as a form of punishment. Is this "an eye for an eye" culture doing any good? Does capital punishment solve anything? If so, why are violent crimes still prevalent in the world today? If it does not present a solution, why keep it in the first place? 

Death penalty does not reduce crime rate or make the victim's family any happier. As society progresses, people have to ask themselves if the death penalty is reflective of how we want our society to be or if it should be rid of entirely. If we never change the way we perceive or do things, we cannot say for sure that our nation has actually progressed.

In the words of an anti-death penalty activist:

"The anti death penalty movement is not calling for convicted criminals to go scot free. Rather, we are calling for the re-examination and reform of the judicial system into one that is restorative rather than retributive."

Are we after all, so low? Is what we see now representative of us? Or can we afford to be a little better, a little higher?

 

 

Singapore is slowly becoming a country with faults. Besides train fault and lift faults, we now have tunnel ceiling faults. 

Just this morning, a Facebook user posted a video showing water leaking from the ceiling of the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) tunnel. Some motorists were seen stopping at the side to put on their waterproof jackets. Other cars drove past and got a free car wash. 

The Facebook user guessed that the water leakage resulted from a burst water pipe in the tunnel. Nothing has been confirmed yet but it is not a surprise even if it is true, as the MCE experienced a burst water pipe last year. 

What then, is causing it to burst again? More importantly, what is not done to prevent future leaks? Singaporeans can do without a free car wash, you know.

A viral video showing some SATS staff fighting at Changi Airport has been making the rounds since yesterday. In the video, two women are seen fighting and grabbing at each other while other SATS personnel tried to break up the fight. 

The staff who were involved in the fight have reportedly been suspended. According to SATS, the fight happened on Sunday evening. It did not provide answers about the cause of the fight but said that it is investigating the matter. 

"We have zero tolerance for any breach of conduct at the airside. Staff in question will be dealt with in accordance with regulations."

SATS is supposed to be responsible for everyone's in-flight meals but seems to fall short of being responsible for themselves. Stupid.

A woman cyclist nearly lost her life after she was hit from behind by a taxi along Braddell Road. The accident happened on March 10, and left the cyclist with a fractured skull.

The woman cyclist, Lynette Ngo was out cycling with her husband, who happened to be an Honorary President of the Singapore Cycling Federation, when the accident happened. The husband, Hing Siong Chen, on hearing the loud crash turned around and saw his wife lying motionless on the road, with blood trickling out from her ears, forming a pool around her head. Ngo was rushed to hospital, where she spent two days in the high dependency ward. She was found to have suffered a broken collarbone, five broken ribs, a collapsed lung, nerve damage in her right eye, as well as partial hearing loss on her right ear, apart from the fractured skull. 

The taxi driver, a 57 year old woman, have been arrested for causing grievous hurt by negligent act.

How much fuss will you make over a wheel? A young Singaporean who flew to USA via Singapore Airlines was left very disappointed after they refused to refund him for a damaged luggage wheel. 

He believed that the Singapore Airlines staff mishandled his luggage and caused the wheel to be damaged. He was even more frustrated when SQ failed to get back to him a month after sending them an email. 

"Two weeks of radio silence until I prompted them, and they rejected my claim based on the fact that THEY DONT COVER DAMAGE TO WHEELS? I don't get it - the wheel fell apart when it was under your care? Why am i, a paying customer responsible for damage by YOUR STAFF to MY luggage?"

In a fit of anger, he decided to post a series of rants on Twitter. He complained that he chose to take SQ over other airlines because he wanted to support a local brand, which was why he is so disappointed when they did not meet his expectations. He also regretted spending more thinking that it will be better but only to realise that their service sucked. 

When SQ finally replied that they could not do anything about his wheel, he kind of lost it. In another series of tweets, he rambled on about how they will never treat economy class passengers as well and are only concerned about making profits. 

At the end of his long ranting episode, he concluded that he will never take SQ again. 

Too bad to SQ for losing a customer but more importantly, you've probably never seen anyone who takes a wheel so seriously. My precious~

MRT train delays are back in vogue, after going several months of delay free MRT days. And for the first time since he was appointed Transport Minister, Khaw Boon Wan does not have to face the public and come up with more excuses on why the world class transport system and breaking down again.

Khaw is on several weeks MC for fracturing his arm after falling from his high perch. He would not have been pleased to read about the latest delays in his transport diaspora, but will relish for once having another Minister face the heat. Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan is temporary in charge of transport matters, but he will have been too busy negotiating with Malaysia on various issues to take note of the latest delay.

For Singaporeans, MRT delays are becoming a norm, and whole complaints will be heard far and wide, nothing will improve, and Singaporeans will face more delays in the nit too distant future.

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