A group of angry rioters, who turned a peaceful demonstration into a violent one, was quelled by riot police yesterday as tear gas and smoke screen filled the air in a bid to end the violence quickly.
Water cannons that were used to disperse the rioters only further fueled their rage as they pelted the police with homemade projectiles as the rioters turned into a mob of angry protesters bent on challenging the authorities.
This all took place at the Brunei Police Training Centre as part of a demonstration for visiting Singapore National Police Cadets.
This visit on the part of the Singapore National Police Cadets is as part of their exchange program where they were given the opportunity to learn how to work closely with the Royal Brunei Police Force.
The cadets of the Royal Brunei Police Force performed several training exercises on the Brunei Police Parade Field. This included a realistic riot scenario in full battle gear and equipment, including water cannons to showcase the capabilities of Brunei’s Riot Police Unit.
After the demonstration, the Singapore National Police Cadets were given the opportunity to inspect the Brunei riot police vehicles up close and to view riot gear used during actual riots.
The visit of the Singapore National Police Cadets to Brunei’s Police Training Centre marked the conclusion of the first Brunei-Singapore Educational Exchange Program between the Singapore National Police Cadets Corps and the Royal Brunei Police Cadets.
The mutual aim of the exercise is to further strengthen bilateral ties between Royal Brunei Police Force and the Singapore Police.
This, plus the appointment of Singapore’s Davinder Singh to the post of Chief Advisor to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the absolute ruler of Brunei, points to the coming merger of Singapore and Brunei.
The Sultan has bestowed the title of Dato Setia on Singh, who is the personal lawyer to Singapore’s de-facto ruler, Lee Kuan Yew.
With its frenetic importation of foreign labor to replace his own Singaporeans, Lee Kuan Yew needs the backing of Brunei, its vast wealth, and of the Royal Brunei Police Force. Many Singaporeans are unhappy at being displaced by the influx of cheap foreign labor.
Playing a major role in riot control are the highly trained and professional Ghurkas, who now patrol the streets of both Singapore and Brunei.
The Ghurkas are units of the current British Army that are composed of Nepalese soldiers and are renowned fighters responsible only to the respective rulers of Singapore and Brunei – Lee Kuan Yew, and the Sultan.