Update: There were more SOC vehicles than I thought. I think there were about 8 instead of 6, but that’s all the intelligence that I have now. =P However, from the looks of it, I doubt Mas had been captured yet.

For a title like that, won’t I be sorry to our readers if there aren’t any photos to show? At least 3 SOC vehicles were spotted at the bus stop in front of SCGS with another 3 more making a turn from Bukit Timah Road into Dunearn Road at the cross junction of Stevens Road/Bukit Timah Road. This reminded me of the time when someone staged an anti-Odex protest using figurines and were under surveillance by the cops. Surprisingly, there were 4 SOC vehicles, or affectionately known as Ang Chias, where they were. Either the SOC were expecting a big crowd then, or this incident is just a "notch" above the anti-Odex incident. Still, I believe in our SOC. 🙂

A little backtrack on what happened earlier today. Mas Selamat Kastari, the leader of the Singapore terrorist network – Jemaah Islamiyah, has escaped from the detention center where he was placed, on Wednesday afternoon, 27th February 2008. A massive manhunt is currently in progress to track him down.

Anyway, it seems like the SOC are making their rounds around the Bukit Timah area, particular near Malcolm Park, which is near SCGS. That probably explains the SOC vehicles outside the school. Thankfully it’s still school term, else the school could jolly well be having some holiday camps in school and no one knows what bad things may happen should Mas resort to desperate measures.

Unfortunately, it’s night time and cameras don’t do well in night light, so here’s just a photo 2 photos of the SOC vehicles making their turns at Stevens Road/Bukit Timah Road. It’s been quite a while since I last saw so many Ang Chias…

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… which may actually be a good thing (not to see them often, that is). =)



Reader's Comments

  1. DK | February 28th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    How did they let a man who walks with a limp escape?

  2. Fugitive | February 28th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Bloody Ang Chias now got real job for them to do.

    Much more exciting than harassing small kids with toys.

  3. _sahirs | February 28th, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Fugitive, plagiarizing from yesterday.sg :

    Walking through nearly 200 years of the Police Force’s history left me convinced that our reputation for safety is not a hollow name. Neither was it established overnight. The sweat and tears that go on behind the scenes are enormous, in order to achieve the trust and admiration of fellow citizens today.

    As I look beyond the shorts that our police force donned in the past, I discover lion-hearted courage that surfaces especially in times of need, helping a young nation like ours stand firm amidst tension and terror.

    So stop ridiculing your police force. You have no idea where Singapore would be without them.

    -s

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  5. _runningman | February 28th, 2008 at 9:52 am

    The past is as it is, history. The efforts of MIBs in early years of Singapore were commendable. In this day and age, our MIBs seem to forget who they are supposed to serve and protect.

    Sometimes back, there was this policeman who said something like this, “PAP is the government“, in the open court.

  6. Vandalin | February 28th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    hmm one wonders… why exactly should they be patrolling Bukit Timah ah? Heartlands people a little more in danger right?

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  8. Solo Bear | February 28th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I am very suspicious about the whole thing. Was it in the script that he escapes from detention? Here is my opinion.

    http://wherebearsroamfree.blogspot.com/2008/02/great-escape-or-great-decoy.html

  9. SS Lee | February 28th, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    to: _sahirs
    You are misguided. Look now what they do most often? ‘Shooting’ with Video Cams? Blocking 1 skinny lady from approaching Shangrila Hotel? People get brutally bushwacked on Orchard road and nothing was done (civil matter) – I thought I saw something like that in the press? You call that real police work? And now this? A man with a LIMP can escape while under detention?
    Can it be imaginable that a man with a LIMP and asked to go to the toilet can esacape(latest that I hear)? A Shame I say. Get real.

  10. Fugitive | February 28th, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    _sahirs

    last time when mata wear shorts they can run faster mah.

    SS Lee
    Ants crawled up your backside ar. _sahir is mocking police la.

  11. _theperfectme_ | February 28th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    latest newz!! the JI leader escaped when he was supposed to visit his family members.. he claimed to have a urgent needed to use the bathroom. and as any usual action movie, he escape from the toilet and 5 minutes later, they found that he wasn’t in the toilet animore.. lol. some kinda real-life action movie is this mann..

  12. _theperfect me_ | February 28th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    to my opinion.. i shall come to the point.(by the way my school is near malcolm park and you shall guess which school i come from). as i was in school, thousands of police were guarding my school, even inside the school!! and if he escaped from the detention centre by the toilet, and the fact that he is a LIMP??? he can jump out of the window and no one knows?? and HE IS A LIMP??!! and the fact that the residents and people were only told 4 hours later.. how can we find him?? 4 hours is alot of time.. and this may have a possibility that there was a inside job in this.. he has no money?? so he has to walk because he can’t take a taxi!! but he is limping?? and even if he did take a taxi the driver would hae known because he is wearing the uniform?? so he coul not have walked so far away because lemme say it again, he is a LIMP!! so in my opinion, i think he is hiding somewhere in malcom park where all the bushes and trees are.because he cannot walk far so thats that.

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  14. zeezzen | February 28th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I can’t believe such things happen in Singapore! Usually I only watched it in drama. I guess many of us will be questioning Singapore’s security already. Seriously, if someone in detention can escape, what’s security? So now you will see how your tax is being used by the government ha? Feeding useless people who can let a criminal escaped? Or unknowingly let people like dave teo secretly armed and escaped from camp? What rubbish is Singapore security forces doing?!?!?!

  15. onlooker | February 29th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Why is the person in charge not making statements?
    where is the accountability?
    and why happen just after budget surplus was announced????
    Why?
    And We pay them so much salary when they couldn’t even do their job properly.
    Focus on the budget and ask for refund for poor service quality.
    Can we complain to case for poor public servant service?

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  17. Think beyond Mas Selamat | March 1st, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Why are there so many comments about this escape and none about the blatant abuse of power of the ISA. Instead of being used against people like this guy,

    it was used in the past against Francis Seow, catholic “do gooders” church workers, JBJ etc. How can we trust PAP not to abuse their power??

  18. sentry | March 2nd, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Hi; fellow Singaporeans,
    please be more understanding in regard to the Policemen and Armed Forces personnels deployed in the hunt for Mas Selamat.

    I grudgingly completed my National Service in the Army in 1972 and will not make Army a career in my life. The reason is that no one is allowed initiatives in the Armed Forces, therefore it is not a place for one who treasures reasonability and usefulness. However, I must say that many are also in the professions because of survival, a job to get them an income. Obviously there are also people who find the profession interesting and or challenging, but by and large, it is the income that matters.

    Knowing that only the highest commanders are in authority to issue orders, those other ranks under them are but order takers, so there is very little that most of them can do. No initiative, no countering except play foolish and act blur, all in the name of survival.

    I think many of our uniformed personnels are not always in agreements to the instructions and orders they are ordered to do. But because of the Uniform Disciplines, Chain of Commands and other inflexibilities, they just simply have to follow instructions. Please be more understanding. BUT IF THEY EVER TURN THEIR ARMS AGAINST THE PEOPLE, THEY SHOUD BE MINDFUL OF THEIR ACTS FOR THAT WILL AND SHALL BE AN ACT OF SIN.

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