Kovan murders: Confidence may be hit, but public says police force will recover

Kovan murders: Confidence may be hit, but public says police force will recover

SINGAPORE - While public confidence in the police may take a hit following the arrest of officer Iskandar Rahmat for last week's Kovan murders, Singaporeans interviewed by The Sunday Times expect the force to recover from the setback.

"This will be quite a shock to the public and this will affect the public's confidence in the police," said Member of Parliament Edwin Tong, deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law.

But he added: "At the same time, we should be mindful that there are at least 10,000 other police officers out there. We shouldn't tar them with the same brush."

The committee's chairman, Mr Hri Kumar Nair, felt there should not be any loss of confidence in the police because there was no "systemic or other failure" within the force.

"To make a connection between a suspect who happens to be a police officer and the failure of the system is really an illogical leap," he said.

Former policemen interviewed found it unthinkable that a serving officer had been arrested for the gruesome double murder.

Security Association of Singapore president T. Mogan, a retired narcotics officer, said that if guilty, Iskandar was clearly a bad hat who would have tarnished the police force. "There are black sheep in all professions," he said.

Retired detective Lionel de Souza would be unforgiving if the officer was guilty. "It may be his personal problems, but I don't see any excuse for murder, especially once you're a member of law enforcement," he said.

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