While bragging rights to the capture of Mas Selamat is being gently disputed by our fine ISD and Malaysia’s Special Branch, the one thing that’s sure is that readers of this blog got it dead wrong over the past year. Only 10% of voters thought he’d gone to Malaysia.
Reuters’ headline for the topic of the week goes below the belt: “Singapore says militant escaped without trousers” (via I.Z. Reloaded).
They’ve said that the dude’s a master of disguise, and the first suspicious character that came to mind was “Singa The Courtesy Lion”. The resemblance is uncanny.
So the report is out, and our apartment’s security guard intimated that there were some areas of Singapore where apartment security was stricter, and where security guards like him were instructed to always take down particulars of visitors and their vehicles and not let anyone who didn’t oblige with their particulars into the private compound. At all.
“I was instructed to take down all particulars and not let anyone who didn’t oblige with their particulars into the private compound. At all”, he said.
He also told me that visitors to our apartment block had complained about his conscientiousness, saying that he was harrassing them when all they wanted to do was to drive into the visitors’ lots and visit their friends.
He found it very difficult to do his job properly, he said. Some people just don’t care about security, he added.
If only all security guards, including the sleepy night guard, were like him. Not only is he a conscientious security guard, he’s also been our rental intelligence. One of the apartments in the development is going for $7,000 a month, he says.
“That’s really crazy”, I say. “And that’s why we have to move. Our income hasn’t increased by 120% in line with rentals”, I say.
We’re gonna miss him.