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What every S’porean should read, not juz anti-PAP “subversives”

In Uncategorized on 12/10/2016 at 5:48 am

Ms Teo Soh Lung has republished on FB her piece on what to do if the police come calling to ask you to attend an interview. Piece is below.

While most who get called up for interview will not suffer what she and other “subversives” allege, it’s a useful guide to the procedure to expect at police interviews, and to your rights.

She has one good practical suggestions if one unlike me is KS

Never attend an interview alone. Always bring a friend or two. Your friend cannot be in the interview room but he can wait at the reception. If this is not possible, inform reliable friends to keep track of your attendance at the police station. Give them the particulars of police station and telephone number. If possible, the name of the officer in charge. Your friends should call the police station or officer regularly for updates.

And always do these

Wear comfortable warm clothings and shoes … You can request the officer to turn up the air-conditioner if you cannot bear the cold.

You are entitled to request for hot drinks and snacks if you are hungry. If your interview takes hours, you are also entitled to request for lunch and dinner.

Take toilet breaks.

Bring paper and pen to record the questions and answers.

[I got offered paper and pen by the police.]

Request for a copy of your signed statement if you sign any statement.

[And if the police refuse],

you can refuse to sign the statement. There is no rule to say that statements given to the police must be signed.

I can speak from personal experience. I was investigated by the CAD in the pre- internet era (circa 1995) and I didn’t receive a midnight knock, wasn’t put into ice cold rooms and interviews didn’t go on for hours.

The CAD were trying to establish if there was evidence that I had commited a crime, any crime. Fair enough as there was a third party complaint by SGX, Though, today where everything is virtual, I’d be really annoyed that my PC will be seized as a matter of routine. I use a dumphone and my laptop and “pad” are idle so that’s OK by me.

For the record, the CAD officially dropped the investigation. Ftr also, I told them what I was  alleged to have done was not illegal.

Ms Teo’s piece:

Just in case more people are being hauled up to the police station, here are some quick points to note. Seasoned activists, please feel free to comment!
Every activist is prone to being summoned to the police station, usually to answer questions relating to the commission of an alleged offence. It is pretty routine and there is nothing to fear. Sometimes the police goes on a fishing trip hoping to catch someone through the statements collected from various people. Sometimes it is pure harassment.
An activist must be prepared for interviews at police stations. These are not to be taken lightly. There are a few basic things that he/she has to remember when summoned to answer about the commission of an alleged offence.
Letters to attend at police station
Letters from the police to attend an interview need not be physically delivered. They can be posted through ordinary snail mail. But often, the police have a lot of time in their hands and they may take a drive to your house. But this must never be midnight or early hours of the morning. If they do that, it is harassment and an abuse of police power.
Never open doors at midnight. Call the police and your friends. If they continue to bang loudly, telephone your friends for help. They should video the police outside your door. Have a Apps group so that one message goes out to the entire group.
It is possible to request for interviews to be conducted at a police station in your neighbourhood or near your home. If the appointment is not suitable, you can request for a change.
Interviews
Never attend an interview alone. Always bring a friend or two. Your friend cannot be in the interview room but he can wait at the reception. If this is not possible, inform reliable friends to keep track of your attendance at the police station. Give them the particulars of police station and telephone number. If possible, the name of the officer in charge. Your friends should call the police station or officer regularly for updates.
1. Keep your friends informed of developments, whether through telephone calls, facebook or messages.
2. Wear comfortable warm clothings and shoes. If your interview is at the Cantonment Police HQ, it is very cold. You can request the officer to turn up the air-conditioner if you cannot bear the cold.
3. You are entitled to request for hot drinks and snacks if you are hungry. If your interview takes hours, you are also entitled to request for lunch and dinner.
4. Take toilet breaks.
5. Bring paper and pen to record the questions and answers. As most of you know, Han Hui Hui had her notebook (the paper notebook not the computer) taken away after the interview. The police has no power to retain your properties as you have not committed any offence.
6. Request for a copy of your signed statement if you sign any statement. Often, the police will refuse to give this to you. In that case, you can refuse to sign the statement. There is no rule to say that statements given to the police must be signed.
7. Han Hui Hui was questioned from 2 to 10 pm. Eight hours is a long time and a bad reflection of the standard of our police force. I suspect that there was no pressure from outside to compel the police to finish their work earlier. If friends and family members telephone the police or attend at the police station earlier, this long interview may have been avoided.
8. Keep your answers short and never volunteer statements. If you have no knowledge, say so.
This is just a brief note.

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