A member of the public submitted an online video he uploaded to lodge a complain with the Singapore Traffic Police only to receive a message reverting a request for a VCD hardcopy.
“Due to IT and security policy, we are not able to access to the internet to view the footage. Kindly transfer the video footage of the incident into a VCD and sent (sic) it to Investigation Branch, Traffic Police, 10 Ubi Avenue 3, Singapore 408865 or hand over the VCD in an envelope to the report room officer at the traffic police station with the report number written on the envelope. Thank you.”
A screenshot of the conversation was uploaded to Facebook and the Singapore Police received hundreds of criticisms with some calling it “third world”. After the backlash, the Singapore Police then backtracked on its words saying they “assure all members of the public that they can continue to send in their video footages via file sharing websites.”
Just last month, the Singapore government announced that it will ban the internet for all civil servants as a “cyber security measure” in a bid to keep out hackers. The Singapore government called the move “a world’s first” and a progression of their “Smart Nation” initiative.