Photo of K Shanmugam from CNA

Coming out from his hole after months of silence, Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam commented that the rising crime rate is not a concern in Singapore. The foul-mouthed millionaire Minister told state media Straits Times he does not care about the rise in internet scam crimes and blamed Singaporeans for not being more careful instead:

“The increase in crime for the first half of this year is not cause for concern, but it is a call for people to be more careful, particularly when transacting online… Consumers should be careful with their money on the Internet.”

According to the latest crime statistics released last week, internet scams jumped by 233.3% while loan scams increased by 92.6% in just half a year in 2018.

Minister K Shanmugam said that his police force is unable to stop the crimes because the perpetrators are based overseas. The PAP Minister then started advertising for e-payment company Carousell:

“If you look at the statistics, the rise is mainly due to Internet scams… and it’s not easy to deal with because often they’re borderless and in a different jurisdiction. The main thing we can do is to educate our people and to try and make the payment methods a little bit more secure, particularly on the platforms… There are a fair number of people out there trying to cheat you of your money, and many of them can be from outside Singapore… For online scams, there is little that legislation can do if the perpetrators are based overseas… Carousell launched a new payment system called CarouPay in June to help tackle scams by holding funds in escrow in the event of a dispute. We’ve got to push for that sort of thing.”

On molest cases, which jumped 21.5%, the S$1.1 million-a-year minister said he will launch “education efforts and campaigns to prevent molest”.