S'pore superhero: Genuine do-gooder or oddball?

S'pore superhero: Genuine do-gooder or oddball?
Justice - Singapore's own masked crusader.

SINGAPORE - He is on the warpath.

To fight apathy and inspire graciousness, that is.

While other cities might have vigilante superheroes who sometimes resort to violence to combat social ills, Justice - as Singapore's own masked crusader wants to be known as - is practising a soft form of persuasion.

He simply sets a good example for others to follow.

The reason is that travelling in a mask poses security concerns.

Justice, whose true identity we agreed to keep secret, made his first public appearance on Aug 19, when he boarded a train at Choa Chu Kang station.

On the train towards Woodlands, he urged commuters to give up their seats to those who needed them more.

He appeared in a post on citizen journalism website Stomp on that same day.

Behind the mask is a 21-year-old Singaporean, an only child who lives in Choa Chu Kang.

He first had the notion of a "vigilante for good deeds" while on board a train in March. A pregnant lady had boarded the train, but no one offered their seat to her.

"Not even this guy in a suit, sitting in the reserved seat," says Justice, who has a day job as an adult educator.

He was also inspired by the Rain City Superhero Movement in Seattle, a US anti-crime citizen patrol group whose members wear costumes.

So he set out to create a symbol of graciousness, which he hopes Singaporeans will take to.

He rejects firmly any suggestion that he's part of a marketing stunt.

Or that he's mad.





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