Is "harass" a fair word? Judge for yourself. How would you like it if you go jogging with your friends, and you find that undercover cops are following you, and filming you on camera?
And then the police officers ask for your NRIC, and they insist that you were committing a crime under the Miscellaneous Offences Act. And when you ask the police what exactly you're doing wrong, they say that they don't know.
Well, let me tell you what the "crime" was. These 40 people were gay. That is all.
They were not having sex. They were not in the nude. They were not even waving flags or making public speeches. They were at the Singapore River because they wanted to go jogging.
However, because they were gay, jogging suddenly became a crime.
So, to Kelvin Yeo, the police officer apparently in charge of this exercise, I want to ask a few questions.
How do you feel about yourself now? Don't you get bored? Don't you feel stupid? Don't you ever wonder whether you could have a more meaningful job than this?
When you joined the Singapore Police Force, weren't you aspiring to contribute to the security and safety of the nation? By nabbing robbers, murderers, rapists and other dangerous people?
How did you allow yourself to be reduced to this? Harrassing peaceful, harmless joggers on a nice, sunny Saturday morning. Where are you going to do your next stakeout on gay people?
Starbucks? NTUC supermarkets? Bus interchanges? Will it become a crime for a gay person to take the MRT train?
The shame of it. To think that you, a civil servant, are getting paid by taxpayers' money, to waste your time like this.