MHA asked to relook legislation on assault on uniformed officers: Shanmugam

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam has asked the MHA to "relook at the legislation" surrounding the assault of uniformed officers.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam has asked the MHA to "relook at the legislation" surrounding the assault of uniformed officers. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - The Home Affairs Ministry (MHA) has been asked to "relook at the legislation" surrounding the assault of uniformed officers, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam in a Facebook post on Friday (Dec 16).

This follows the sentencing of a 25-year-old man on Tuesday, in which Albin Lim Fu Rong was jailed 10 weeks for causing hurt to a public servant in May.

The officer, Corporal Ammy Shazwina Rizuan Ong, 27, had been responding to a taxi driver who reported about his hostile passengers when she was grabbed and pushed to the ground.

As she tried to protect her firearm and other equipment, Lim kicked her lower back and then walked away.

She later fainted and collapsed on the ground.

"Lim's abusive conduct was terrible on several levels. He attacked a lady. He attacked an officer in uniform, doing her duty," said Mr Shanmugam.

He added of the jail sentence: "I have asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to relook at the legislation, to consider whether this is adequate.

"Anyone who attacks a uniformed officer should learn a lesson, which he will never forget; and it should be enough of a deterrence to others," he said.

In the first eight months of this year, there were 328 cases of abuse of Home Team officers.

This figure for last year was 344 cases - working out to almost one case per day.