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Killer litter: Impose tougher penalties

The Straits Times | Saturday, May 24, 2014

SINGAPORE - The report ("Elderly woman in killer litter case 'needs surgery' "; Monday) is very disturbing.

Despite the Government's efforts to prevent killer litter incidents by installing closed-circuit TV cameras, among other measures, we still hear of such cases from time to time.

No effort should be spared to track down the culprits.

It is timely for the Government to impose tougher penalties - including mandatory caning, a lengthy jail term and re-possession of the HDB flat - on culprits who are found to be of sound mind and whose offences resulted in injuries or fatalities.

In some cases, the culprits may face lighter penalties because of their young age. In our well-educated society, teenagers can already tell right from wrong.

Common sense should prevail, and outdated penalties drawn up decades ago may no longer be effective today.

This article was first published on May 22, 2014.
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