Dr Mumbo

Toothpicks in a bus seat: Crime of the decade in Singapore?

Another year, another National Day and another reason to be grateful for residing in Singapore – or so a recent news story would indicate.

While the spectacular Bayfront celebrations did effectively evoke Singapore’s unique history, its economic prosperity and its soaring Majulah spirit, nothing reminded Dr Mumbo of the joys of living here quite like this headline:

According to Channel NewsAsia, Singaporean police have been quite preoccupied lately investigating toothpicks found in a bus seat. A 60-year-old man was said to have been arrested for the heinous act. Stop laughing at the back, this amounts to the crime of the decade here in the Garden City where the crime rate is so low it’s easy to forget that criminals even exist.

And while some may think twice about pressing their derrieres into bus seats without looking in the future, Dr Mumbo took solace in the idea that this is about as bad as it gets in terms of the Singapore crime scene – the odd bicycle theft aside.

Dr Mumbo might be more of an MRT commuter generally, but he also takes comfort in the knowledge that his buttocks are now safer from a toothpick prod than they were before when boarding the 197 bus.


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