Straits Time July 17, 2009
THE crime? Eating a sweet on board an MRT train.
The punishment? A $30 fine.
The offender 48-year-old housewife, Mdm Bibi Zaina Binti Mohamed attempts to justify her actions.
She said, 'I know it is not OK but I take it sometimes because I am giddy.'
Enforcement officer Roger Foo did not buy her explanation. 'If everyone were to say they have to take sweets because they are thirsty or giddy, where are we going to draw a line?' he rebukes.
I think that while getting enforcement officers to patrol the SMRT trains and its premises quite a good idea in nabbing offenders. There should obviously have been some form of guidelines for this officers!
I wonder in such a scenario where people with Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, need to take a sweet to regulate their blood sugar levels (when they have low sugar levels) should not be considered an offence. Bear in mind that low sugar levels will not only cause giddiness, it can also lead to dizziness or light-headedness,sleepiness,confusion, difficulty in speaking, anxiety and even weakness.
Obviously SMRT has not thought about the consequences about such enforcement. Sad to say, it is almost discriminatory to diabetic patients under such scenarios!