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Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014

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Humour: Do we need a Manual of Obedience?

The New Paper | S M Ong | Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014

Not quite The Anarchist's Cookbook.

There's something oxymoronic about a Manual Of Disobedience.

It's like "Hey, you want to be disobedient? Fine. But you have to obey this manual about how to be disobedient."

Before violence broke out on Friday, this manual has been attributed as the reason the Occupy Central With Love and Peace (OCLP) demonstrators in Hong Kong have been called the "world's politest protesters".

Courtesy is apparently their way of life.

Who needs Singa the Courtesy Lion when they have the Manual Of Disobedience?

They reportedly pick up the litter after a hard day's night of being tear-gassed by the police, even making the effort to recycle.

Singaporeans reading this must be asking, "Really?"

Sure, the fine for littering in Hong Kong is HK$1,500 (S$250), but it's not like they have the Corrective Work Order.

Are they just trying to make us look bad?

For all our "clean and orderly" reputation, Singaporeans can't even clear our own trays after we eat. Maybe we need a Manual Of Obedience.

And Joseph Schooling should be forced to memorise it.

The 19-year-old Asian Games medal-winning swimmer got into a little trouble for allegedly returning to the Athletes' Village in Incheon, South Korea, very late with two other swimmers last month.

Who knows exactly what happened? No video has surfaced. They could be out heckling special-needs kids.

Hypothetical question: If Schooling had participated in the "Democracy Now! Singapore In Solidarity With HK" candlelight vigil at the Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park on Wednesday night, would he have been investigated by the police?

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