Guards Gone Wild
Loh Teck Yong
Self-published (2018)/ 200 pp.
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Security guards often find themselves between a rock and a hard place. They are sometimes viewed as lazy or ineffective given that most guards one sees are either rotund or getting on in their years. For those who carry out their duties assiduously, they are seen as party-poopers.
Their situation is not helped by the powers that be thinking that the security industry can be improved byslapping individual guards with fines and jail time, thus perpetuating the idea that the problem lies in the individual.
Cue Guards Gone Wild by Loh Teck Yong.
Either by coincidence or telepathy, Loh seemed to have anticipated this change in the security industry by writing about his experiences as a security guard which spanned decades.
Mirroring the cheekiness of the title, Loh’s writing is exuberant…
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Emotions are running high after a video clip of a fisherman striking a crocodile to death surfaced on the internet. The fishermen involved in the incident have been critcised by social media users for exhibiting cruel behaviour towards an animal.
Apparently, a saltwater crocodile had gotten entangled with a fishing net and a group of fishermen took it upon themselves to kill the animal. Social media users are lambasting the fishermen while suggesting that they could have gotten the relevant wildlife authorities to handle the crocodile in a more humane manner.
However, in my opinion, the fishermen were facing two problems that prevented them from acting in a manner that would have pleased all animal lovers watching the scene from the safety of their bedrooms.
First of all, I don’t think the fishermen actually had the time to hang around and wait for the wildlife authorities to arrive at the scene and release the crocodile back into the wild. If you actually watch the video clip, you will see that the net was rolled up like a string and it was just the crocodile’s snout that was entangled in it. Its whole body was free to struggle and trash about. I think it could have gotten free given some time and effort.
Most importantly, the net wasn’t secured to any structure. It was just two men holding on to the net. The situation was not in the fishermen’s favour.
The second problem the fishermen faced was that the saltwater crocodile has a strong tendency to treat humans as prey. It’s not a dog. They didn’t really have the option to just give it food to gain its trust and then stroke its scales to calm it down. You do that to a crocodile, a saltwater crocodile known for aggressive tendencies towards humans, you could lose more than just a hand.
Also, when I watched the video, what I saw was one fisherman striking the crocodile on the head with a hammer. The fisherman actually aimed properly and took care to give the crocodile the least amount of suffering. I saw no element of torture.
Last but not least, I think fishermen do have the duty to eliminate dangerous predators from within their fishing territories. For their own sake and for the sake of their communities.
So, animal abuse or self-defense?
Loh Teck Yong
* The above image was copied from this Yahoo! News article.
Let’s start off on the right foot…
Don’t get me wrong. I am a Jeet Kune Do practitioner myself and I truly believe that it is one of the most scientific fighting systems on Earth. It’s right up there with Krav Maga and Systema and all the other stuff that Special Force soldiers love.
And I am a free speech advocate. I don’t even want vile books like Mein Kampf to get banned because I know if you start with Mein Kampf, it won’t end with Mein Kampf. And before you know it, we find ourselves living in a dystopian society where public libraries have to be protected by militia units.
So why do I want to ban the Tao of Jeet Kune Do? Because reality has been a harsh teacher and, as it turns out, between the propagation of Bruce Lee’s quotes from the book and the advancement of his school of martial art, one must give way to the other.
Because of the language barrier…
Wait, that’s not quite right. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do was written in the English language and English has been taught as the first language in Singaporean schools for decades. So what language barrier am I talking about?
An English teacher of my acquaintance had this to say about our standard of English. Singaporeans are competent enough to read complex technical manuals written in the English language, but many of us tend to fall short when we try to read between the lines or grasp ethereal concepts.
Well, it’s not surprising when you consider the fact that our government has been raising engineers rather than poets in our schools.
And the thing to note about the Tao of Jeet Kune Do is that it’s not a technical manual. It’s stuffed full of abstract concepts. In the book, Bruce Lee talked about being formless and the Void and using no way as way and being like the reflection of the moon and all the esoteric stuff that would be right at home inside a philosophy textbook.
So if you interpret them literally, the same way you would interpret the information in your car maintenance manual, you end up like…
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Why is it called Yin Yang Carrot Cake? Because I ordered 2 portions. One white and one dark. The dark version was flavoured with soy sauce. And then I separated them into 2 halves on my plate.
It’s my hope for the year 2019. I am hoping for a harmonious new year.
Loh Teck Yong