Saturday, July 18, 2009

Can anyone please help Roger Foo?

Someone... please teach this SMRT staff how to draw a line..

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!


Anonymous said...

It is so easy to complain. Let's put ourselves in the shoes of this Roger Foo. Where would we draw the line?
Is "I'm giddy" the line? Or do we conduct a "walk the line" test, or ask for medical papers? And if we allow the consumption of the sweet, how do we handle the other witnessing passengers who will have a clear case of us not enforcing the rule, with possible complaints to our bosses, ministers and worse, the Forum Page. Or maybe the passengers will starting popping sweets too.
Where should we draw the line with giddiness if the passenger needs more than just a sweet? Maybe just a little bun next? How about a drink to go with that?
Do we want the same situation on the buses, with little cockroaches sharing the buses, because someone has previously taken the liberty to have his food on board?
Roger Foo is just doing his work in enforcing a rule which helps to keep the environment clean. Give him a break. If there are mitigating reasons to have the sweet, then explain that to the proper channel.

Anonymous said...

The food and drinks ban was first implemented so that the trains can be kept clean. It is easy to drop your food if you are having a burger or char kway tiow and a cup of coke. Moreover the train is an enclosed space, so the food ban will ensure passengers are not subjected to various food odors.

For a long time, everyone adhered to the rules. Any eating and drinking is restricted to sweets and plain water, and we only do so to quench our thirst or to stop that nagging cough.

That is until some kids with poor upbringing decide that they can do whatever they want including eating burger and fries on MRT trains, oblivious to the stares and annoyance of other passengers.

Instead of going after the real culprits, the mindless SMRT folks put a blanket ban on all items in your mouth and going down your throat. Going by their logic, why don't we ban swallowing of saliva too?

jerminho said...

im just waiting for someone to get hear stroke in the bloody bus. its damn dumb lah

massimo said...


this is what happens when stupid people get authority.

theres nothing to argue, roger foo was a retard, and he doesn't know how to work around the rules.

Anonymous said...

fuck this country. everyone knows how to say something but no one is doing anything. including me. -.-"

Anonymous said...

It's not complaining, it's voicing out a honest opinion.

If you have to theory-craft and not put the situation in context( like diabetics, old people and TOURIST ) you totally miss the whole point of the guy's post.

Don't end your sentence with "explain that to the proper channel" you just made it look like your helping someone make a defensive remark and protecting your own ass.

Paul said...

It is very simple.

The next patient with diabetes and low blood sugar who does not take a sweet because it is banned and collapses can sue whoever it is who is responsible for enforcing such rules.

Our courts will take the necessary action and ensure that the health and safety of all Singaporeans, diabetic or otherwise will not be held hostage to mindless enforcement of regulations.

fairplay said...

The hypothetical question "If everyone...." can justify ANY situation that an unreasonable person wishes to defend. To me when someone uses that statement he is confirmed to be an unreasonable or an ignorant person. Try to understand a situation like this: If you were to give 5 cents to help a person and your selfish spouse said "If every Singaporean needs 5 cents you will be broke" That spouse is correct IF EVERY Singaporean comes forward, but that would never happen and you have a choice whether to give or not. So beware of people who uses such hypothetical statement. Now imagine if Roger Foo is our diplomat, our country is doomed.

KH said...

I've taken so many sweets on a train before. How come They didn't catch me?