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Malaysian Victim Accuses Singapore Police of Refusing to Lodge Report over Alleged Theft

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“Sounds like home”, says Malaysian national Roshan Thiran.

The victim of an alleged theft offence at Vivocity says he desperately tried to lodge a police report after his items went missing but was rejected even after going to two police stations.

Said Roshan:

“My handphone was stolen and my wife’s wallet pickpocketed while in Singapore at VivoCity. Tried to go to Singapore Police Force to report crime but they refused to allow reporting insisting it was a lost not a theft. No wonder crime rates are down in Singapore. Looks like some things are the same in both Malaysia and Singapore. The grass may not be greener as we think it is… they also refused to issue a police report… sounds like home!

“Ended up in 2 different stations – Bukit merah and another one — both asked to go to another one and my wife finally spoke to an officer via video conf but he then said its a lost case and not a theft and suggest to go to another station — and then we gave up and decided best to report it back in Malaysia when we get back”

Roshan’s tale has led to a slew of comments from others about similar “bad experiences” with the Singapore police.

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After this incident, it appears that Roshan has lost faith in the good work of the police in Singapore:

“Just thought it is interesting how we hold Singapore on a pedestal as the model of greatness but there still is crime and there is still ASEAN type policing governing the country just like in Malaysia… I think they make it a hassle to get one [police report] so they “recommend” you do it back in Malaysia. This is what makes this a uniquely Singaporean experience.”

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