Former TRS founder-editor shares his prison experience

Mr & Mrs Yang

On the points mentioned by Ms Han Hui Hui about her treatment at the State court lock up, I thought I might as well summarize my own experience in the following 5 points:

Strip Searching
I was only strip searched once at the State Court lock up in the basement during the evening before I was transported to Changi Prison. The officers were professional in explaining what is the purpose of the strip search to everyone and reemphasized that it is not their purpose to humiliate us but to ensure the safety of everyone in the cells. I was quite shy at first but got used to it over the following few months as we have to strip butt naked everyday before going down for yard. Anyway, because of this experience I finally overcome my fear of being naked with strangers at the Onsens in Japan.

Food
I was given a packet of mixed vegetable rice sometime around noon at the court lockup. The food was handed to me properly by the AETOS officers and it was a packet of lemon sauce fish fillet, sliced white cabbage and rice. I thought the food was pretty decent and the rice was cooked al-dente. In fact, it could even beat some of the sticky, glue-like rice served in some bad coffeeshop mixed vegetable rice stalls outside.

Male and Female segregation
All female inmates were locked up completely separately in another area and there are no male officers there. Even the transportation of male and female prisoners is done separately. During strip search, a giant curtain is drawn and I don’t think anyone could have seen me naked other than the officer conducting the strip search and a few other fellow inmates beside me. There is practically zero interaction between males and females in the lock-up and in prison, whether it be inmate-inmate or officer-inmate. Where there are officers of the opposite gender it is definitely not during strip searches.

Toilet
What Ms Han Hui Hui said about no toilet paper and tissue given during State Court lock up is totally true. I requested for toilet paper but the officer told me politely that they don’t actually provide tissue in lock up as this is only a temporary stay location and you will be transferred to Changi or be released on bail in a few hours time. He suggested that I wash myself with the water which comes out of a little hole in the wall beside the toilet bowl. That is the first time in my adult life when I shit then used water to wash… I have to admit, it felt pretty good and so much cleaner than wiping with toilet paper.

Officer Treatment of Inmates
All the officers I encountered at lock up seems to be professionally trained and know how to communicate effectively with inmates of all nationalities. I do admit, most of the AETOS officers I encountered were Malaysians with only the older officers being Singaporeans. But hey, don’t complain so much la, Malaysians is just like us Singaporeans yo, they look and sound exactly as us. I did actually encounter a young AETOS officer who made fun of the minorities in particular the Bangladeshi people who mostly overstayed their visa in Singapore. However, most of these negative teasing limits only to laughing at them for not being able to speak and understand english, calling foreigners as “aliens” and did not go any further into any other form of verbal abuse. Aiya, but c’mon la these officers don’t have diploma or degree in hospitality and tourism so you can’t actually set such a high standard for them anyway right? Many of these officers are very young and are no difference from our Singaporeans youngsters these days too.

However, I am actually quite impressed that not a single word of vulgarities was heard from the officers during my entire lock-up and prison experience despite some inmates constantly hurling vulgarities at the officers.

Hope my post can clear the air on some of her “allegations”.”

 

* Comment first appeared on his Facebook page.

 

 

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19 Responses to “Former TRS founder-editor shares his prison experience”

  • hhh:

    If everything is true, why not the govt release the CCTV footages. I honestly believe HHH would not go so low to frame because any lie will make things worst for her. From the answers by MHA vs her answers, already found many gaps and selective answers to her charges.

    As a former writer of TRS, you already experienced the double standards and which caused you and your wife to suffer and loss of your baby. I like to be fair, this guy is quite an idiot, he actually believes everyone is treated the same. He assumed HHH got the same treatment like him.

    Please use more brains.

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  • Purpose?:

    No compass, no bearings, directionally distorted by fear instilled obedience.

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  • Show Me:

    All boys got to bend over and show army officers their assholes.

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  • Yardstick of Standard:

    Since when MIW made your disclosure a yardstick of standard to diminish others. Obviously a instil fear tactics in play on HHH. Can’t you keep your mouth shut?

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  • Respect Begets Respect!:

    Mrs Yang is well respected whereas Hui Hui can be quite loud and ‘aggressive’ at times.

    Many Singaporeans will agree with me!

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  • Bapak:

    If Dinesh was treated like this.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    If M and F sex are segregated as u said, how could u know or see what happened at the female side.?

    Unlikely male inmates would face the kind of problems as their female counterparts such as those observed by HHH.- breaching protocol n conduct, male officer passing by female strip searching area and officers on duty watching female inmate answering nature calls inside their cells on CCTV screens for their sadistic pleasure and mocking..

    Therefore, dont think the experiences and observations of a male and female inmates are good basis for comparisos. Even for same sex inmates, they can be different . Jus take your eg with AY.

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  • LIONS:

    there are no allegations from HHH,the hypocrites are just covering the truths,arent they?

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  • singapore cowboy:

    No toilet paper to wipe backside after ‘pang-sai’?

    maybe the PRISON OFFICERS UNDERPAID and waiting to collect 10 cts like the poor toilet ah sohs at shopping malls?

    come on lah,prisoners are also human-beings leh.
    what happens if they get infected n fall sick n spread diseases,who answerable ah?

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  • Ah Peng Kia:

    So you can guarantee plus chop HHH’s experience is similar to yours? What about Amos Yee’s, or Dinesh’s? Even two ex-presidents of Singapore are treated differently and experienced difference in funeral arrangements, dude!

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  • reminder to the 70%:

    Mayb when this fella got detained the aux police on duty that day were more well bred / trained, unlike the ‘dogs’ ms HHH witnessed…
    It takes all kinds to make this world which is getting worse n worser by the day!

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  • Brains maybe:

    release the CCTV footages ?

    Eager to see HHH’s fanny is it ?

    HHH brains may be , looks and figures errr i believe most will not agree right ?

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  • Concerned Housewife:

    Male and Female are born different. Women have menstruation, but not men. So, the hygiene tolerance level and requirement is different.

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  • Bapak:

    Life so good inside we should sell our flat and move in to retire. Why didn’t he?

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  • BARGAIN FOR FREEDOM?:

    Looks like this guy doesn’t have even a strand of the tenacity of political detainees (without trial) like Dr. Chia Thye Poh (22 years), Dr. Lim Hock Siew (20 years) and Dr Poh Soo Kai (17 years) who stood their ground to the very end, refusing to sign bargain “confessions” (for political “felony” they didn’t commit) on promise of release by the PAP.

    BTW, how did he know that, quote, “All female inmates were locked up completely separately in another area and there are no male officers there.”? Did he go there and checked?

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  • Trust only myself:

    hhh:
    If everything is true, why not the govt release the CCTV footages. I honestly believe HHH would not go so low to frame because any lie will make things worst for her. From the answers by MHA vs her answers, already found many gaps and selective answers to her charges.

    As a former writer of TRS, you already experienced the double standards and which caused you and your wife to suffer and loss of your baby. I like to be fair, this guy is quite an idiot, he actually believes everyone is treated the same. He assumed HHH got the same treatment like him.

    Please use more brains.

    His brain is not so good that’s why he went to prison………

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  • The Bull:

    The person of the comments is force to paint good for the gov.

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  • fvtgyhnuj:

    Mrs Yang treatment might slightly be better than HHH because she was pregnant during that time, if they were to do anything funny to her, she can complain and get them shit.

    If the prison really treats the political criminal well, then Mrs Yang will not be miscarriage also.

    Don’t expect prison to be a good place as you have broke their law, offended the gov and being label as the lowest form of life in the society.

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  • Greed Above Lives:

    Another great venture that will be good for ramen business and keep the regime happy.
    Why make enemies when one can reap riches with a few token words?

    There is no doubt that HHH is telling the truths, it’s in her blood.
    That itself will make her treatment in jail different from many others.

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