Originally posted by LifeIsWonderful:
if you ask me, i rather see these measures in place than having a real disaster happen, i don't think singapore is ready for such a disaster. these measures serve not really to us, it's also for the people who wanna do "something", think twice about it. some have been caught before they could act, with these measures in place, i think it might not remove 100% certainty of catching terrorists, but it would increase the percentage, which i think is worth it.
I agree on the part that some form of measures must be done to educate the general public on counter-terrorism but there must be a limit to it. I personally don't want to see the same video or some new train bombing video on the overhead display 1 year down the road from now or keep hearing the "If you find suspicious package, please call 999" on the PA system in 4 languages.
I find the removal of dustbins in MRT stations especially inconvenient not only to commuters but also to cleaners that has to clean after errant litterbugs because there is no dustbins. You can remove one possibility but you can't possibily remove the remaining possibility of other 1001 ways of terrorism.
When there is a train disaster(touchwood), to know how to react and the ability and willingness to react is another. I agree with you that most Singaporeans including me are not ready for disasters such as train bombing but there is no 100% way to curb this form of terrorism except maybe to enforce security checks to check bags of every commuter BEFORE boarding the train which is not practical as you can imagine the delay that will be caused during morning/evening rush hours and weekends in MRT stations like City hall and Orchard. Even the recent installation of CCTV on trains will only aid in identifying the bomb suspect AFTER the bombing itself and not preventing it to happen.
So my point is implementing half-hatched measures that will not solve the root of the problem and in turn translate into higher costs for commuters is just as good as doing nothing about it. I find all these measures are only cosmetic and doing for the sake of doing something.
The question in this case is: Is doing something better than doing nothing at all?