With Mas Selamat’s escape from Whitley Road Detention Center (WRDC) fresh in the local news, it was disclosed that a number of foreign gurkhas were employed there. It is unknown why Singaporeans were unsuitable for these jobs. According to Minister Wong Kan Seng, the main job of these gurkhas is to “punish detainees, beat them periodically, torture them, and strip them down and cane them”. He added that there was “little oversight” at WRDC. This prompted many an angry letter to Singapore Donkey from readers.
S. Tan wrote, “We have enough foreign talents here already. We need to send the gurkhas back to Nepal and replace them with locals.”
L. Chan wrote, “I want a job that has a manager giving me ‘little oversight’ just like the minister said.”
M. Lee wrote, “I want to cane people.”
S. Lee wrote, “I want to cane people too.”
S. M. Goh wrote, “I think it’s time to mend fences and move on.”
M. M. Lee wrote, “I think we should mend the window first.”