First they let a dangerous terrorist slip away during his toilet break, and Singaporeans were told we were complacent.
Then, they let a retiree get through the checkpoints with the wrong passport. Now we are told we are negligent.
Passport blunders leave S’poreans stranded
By Jessica Lim
SINGAPOREANS are a negligent lot when it comes to passports, travel agents told The Straits Times on Wednesday.
It is not common for travellers to make a mad dash to the airport with the wrong passport, some said, but added that,more often, they show up at the airport with expired passports or without the required visas.
Some forget their passports altogether.
Travel agencies contacted by The Straits Times say they make it a practice to call travellers before their flights with reminders to pack their passports and check that everything is in order.
Despite this, one in 10 will goof up every month….
Dr Teo Ho Pin, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Law and Home Affairs, also called on travellers to exercise some responsibility.
He said: ‘In the most recent case, it is a genuine mistake, but that is not an excuse. If you travel with the wrong documents, you’re breaking the rules.’
It seems this government and the press that they control are intent to shifting the spotlight to Singaporeans’ shortcomings whenever they make an embarrassing blunder.
In this case, the GPC chairman for Home Affairs, the ministry responsible for this blunder, has the nerve to lecture Singaporeans on exercising responsibility.
When will a real leader stand up and accept responsibility for these “appalling” mistakes?