The Benjamin Lim Case: I guess nobody wins.

On 26 January 2016, 14-year-old Benjamin Lim was found dead at the foot of a block of flats in Yishun. He was questioned by the police over an allegation involving the outrage of modesty of a young female. The government largely maintained its silence despite a public uproar over how the deceased might have been treated whilst under police custody. More than a month later, his case was discussed by Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam in parliament. A netizen who goes by the moniker Mr Black speaks up in defense of the government's manner of handling things thus far, and implores the public to give the authorities space and time to conduct the necessary investigations and inquiries.

"I think the government was quite even-handed in wanting legal process to take its course. but the court of public opinion prematurely tilted their hands. if there weren't such heated debate and misinformation being sowed on the net, they would have stayed their hand.

Maybe their Public Relations skills weren't so good, hence the screw-up.

Here we are talking about 2 victims - an 11 year old gal and 14 year old boy. these are the real issues.

Sometimes I'd wish they would show us the video that could conclusively demonstrate it was Benjamin who touched the gal in the lift; this might turn the tide of public opinion from sympathy for Benjamin to one of revulsion, but I guess the police can't do that.

I guess nobody wins.

There is already tremendous pressure on the parents - I can't imagine what might be going through Benjamin's mother's mind - as to how she handled this. How she might even be blaming herself. So playing political football in this heat of debate is not serving any greater good or going to bring Benjamin back from the dead.

Let the courts and police do their jobs and after the dust settle, we can always have a less partial discussion as to how to deal with juveniles."


The Czar (Site Founder)

Dated 3 March 2016


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