Heavy weapons at Huawei disorder worrying

 People being held back from the Huawei store at NEX shopping mall in Serangoon on July 26, 2019.
People being held back from the Huawei store at NEX shopping mall in Serangoon on July 26, 2019.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

I was surprised and concerned to see a photo of armed police officers at a Huawei shop during the unhappiness over the $54 promotion phone (Thousands see red as stores run out of Huawei's $54 promotion phones, July 27)

At first sight, I thought the police were responding to a terrorist attack or terrorist-related incident or armed robbery.

But they were sent in response to an agitated crowd of unhappy seniors.

I wonder if it was necessary for them to carry sub-machine guns?

Such firearms should have no place in crowd control, especially if, as in this case, the crowd was made up of law-abiding people, who were not armed, and merely agitated because they had waited for a long time.

I can understand the police carrying out their duties and I have the greatest respect for their professionalism but perhaps they may have chosen the wrong tools.

If firearms were used, one miscalculation could result in unnecessary injuries or even death; perhaps the Singapore Police Force could review their standard operating procedures on crowd control.

Lee Kwok Weng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'Heavy weapons at Huawei disorder worrying'. Print Edition | Subscribe