Source: Yellow Ribbon Project website.

Teo Soh Lung: “Is the law inconsistent with the objective of the YRP?”

by Teo Soh Lung

The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run attracted some very good publicity this year. Thanks to two people who wore yellow t-shirts with the words “2ND CHANCES” MEANS NOT KILLING THEM.

Apparently, the duo were reported to the police and were investigated yesterday. They spent more than two hours at the Bedok Police Station.

While the duo may have flustered the organising committee who said “The duo’s actions at this year’s YRPR are a disservice to offenders, ex-offenders and their families whom the Yellow Ribbon Project seeks to help,” I hope they have also given them some food for thought.

“The Yellow Ribbon Project (YRP) seeks to engage the community in giving ex-offenders a second chance at life and to inspire a ripple effect of concerted community action to support ex-offenders and their families.”

In the case of offences which carry mandatory death sentences, the convicted offenders will not receive second chances. Should the committee spare some thought about the death penalty? Is the law inconsistent with the objective of the YRP? What about the families of those convicted to suffer death? Would they receive help from the Yellow Ribbon Project?

I hope the two persons who wore yellow t-shirts with the words “2ND CHANCES” MEANS NOT KILLING THEM have opened the minds of the committee and the public. They are heroes in our midst.

It is truly a great shame that the police are now investigating the two persons for allegedly committing offences under the Public Order Act. It is utterly absurd and a waste of taxpayers’ money. If the intention of the police is to create fear among members of the public, they should be reminded that the role of the police is to protect the people and not to terrorise them.

This was first published on Function 8’s Facebook page and reproduced with permission.