Fearing anti-molest signs and measures like women-only carriages will damage Singapore’s reputation in the eyes of tourists, the Singapore government refuse public calls to better protect women in crowded public transport. Speaking in Parliament today (1 Mar) Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin said that the number of molest cases on trains are too few to warrant any anti-molest measures.
“There was an average of 71 outrage of modesty cases on MRT and LRT trains over the last three years. There were 65 such cases in 2013, 79 in 2014 and 69 last year. These numbers have to be seen in the context of an increasing number of passenger trips on trains over the years.
There is no need at present to include warning signs in trains, and that there were no plans to introduce women-only carriages, as the number of molest cases on trains were very small, at 5 per cent of total outrage of modesty cases each year.
Our assessment is that the current level of crime prevention messages is sufficient and there is no need at present to include warning signs in trains.”
Like Japan, molest cases in Singapore’s public transport went unreported due to embarrassment of molest victims. Molest victims would often suffer in silence and choose not to go through the hassle of a police report as evidence and witnesses are mostly almost non-existent.