17 Jul By Popular Demand – Fake Story (Part 4)
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Written By Rameshon
Bsc (Hons) Degree in Physical Education, Loughborough University (1992-1994)
Masters in Education (University of Western Australia, 2005-2008)
Today, while I was giving a personal training session to a person, who came to see me, hoping to see himself run faster than 3hr 30min for the marathon race, to my surprise, the athlete told me that he found the fake story interesting and I told him that it has happened in real life and I was not conning. He told me that he was appalled to hear that this is happening in Singapore.
I told him about fake stories that came out in the papers, recently, and told him that since the law is vague in this area, and some people take advantage believing that they won’t go jail for their wrongdoing bearing false tales for the sake of profiteering.
Minister for Home Affairs and Law, Mr K. Shanmugam has brought to everyone’s attention that if we have fake stories from overseas about Singapore it can disadvantage our country, as outside elements may be trying to derail our economy and to destabilise our country. It will be taken to task if proven guilty, and it will be unlawful to do in the near future.
Having said that, as the athlete who came to me today had told me, on how people can do this kind of thing and can fabricate matters which does not exist, by clever planning, which involves a number of people, behind the scene. I felt that actually I wanted not to continue after part 3. After listening to him, I came back home and thought for a while and thought on doing part 4, which was a real incident involving a fake story.
Fake Story – Part 4
This incident happened in MacRitchie Reservoir. There was once when I was taking a group of runners and they were about to do some circuits. The athletes about 35 of them, girls and boys, secondary 1 to 4, were stretching on the zig-zag bridge, before the circuits.
While doing that, at a distance of about 30 metres away, I saw two gentlemen taking photos, with a lady. One of the guys kept taking photos of the lady again and again and they were gradually and progressively advancing towards our group. It looked as if the group was not bothered by us. Once the three people came to about 10metres, I told one of my assistant coaches to move to the photographing group not to take the athletes’ photo. Usually, so far the strangers have acceded to my request in the past when such an incident happened and they courteously moved somewhere to photograph.
To my surprise, however, the assistant coach told me that the guy did not want to accede my request not to take the photo. I was utterly shocked. I thought that the assistant coach was just joking and he was pulling my leg. So, I went towards the guy taking the photo and spoke in a polite manner. I said, “Hi! If you don’t mind, please take anywhere else but not directed at the kids”. ” We can go somewhere else so that their photo is not in if you really want to take the photo.” To this, the guy started to come to the forefront to challenge me. He told me, “If that is the case, you tell the principal of the school to train in school and not here and it is a public place and we have every right to take the photo.” “As far as I am concerned I will take so long they are here,” and he kept taking our students, without any of his own three people in the photo.
To this, I had to think fast as to what to do next and I told him, “I am accountable to the parents of these kids, and since you have taken photos of them, I shall take a photo of you so that if the parents ask me about you I have your photo.” To this, the big sized guy told me to go ahead, and I just took one clear cut photo of him. At first, he was all right with his photo being taken. I did not want to call the police as I was told that nowadays photographers have the right to take photos so long you are outside and that you are in the background. Hence, I did what I can to not go against any photography rules in Singapore.
However, the big-sized stranger, suddenly told me, “Why did you take my photo?” His male associate came near me to calm the guy but it was to no avail. The big-sized guy held my right shoulder, but not violently. Seeing this, the assistant coach of ours responded and called the police. Realising the mistake, the three went away from us to escape from police who were on their way. The three went forward for sightseeing.
When the police came, we told the story and they asked on how the big sized guy looked like. We showed him the photo taken by me. By that time, the three people came to our side after their few minutes of sightseeing. The police told the big sized guy that what he did was wrong and told us that I can pursue the case if I want to. Finally, the gang of three looked defeated. While the police took notes, the big sized guy’ male associate took photos, in front of us, and the police.
Our assistant coach, seeing this, rapidly moved forward to take the gang of three’s photo. To this, they got angry and shouted at the police to do something. I rationalised with the police and told that if they can take our photo, it should be all right to take theirs, and checked with the police.
The police told me that he does not understand one thing and it is ironic. They can take, but we can’t. Suddenly, like the balloon bursting the fake play of the three came to an end as, the lady of the gang of three stood up and said, “I am from Thailand, and I am not a Singaporean,” and she hurriedly left the place, as she felt implicated as her photo was taken by the assistant coach. She raised her voice and alerted to the police that she is not a local, as she has reported to the police earlier on. The big-sized guy called her to come back, as she hurriedly wanted to be out of the dramatised play that was planned for this incident. As the big sized guy was chasing the girl to the point that the three of them vanished. The police said that the three of them were wrong and they told me that it is up to me to pursue the case and bring it to the magistrate court. As the three were not seen anymore, I did not pursue the case. This happened quite some time, few years back, and in this episode, we did not retaliate. Only the big sized guy retaliated and it was wrong.
Rameshon has taught in Hwa Chong Institution, plus several schools, and Republic Polytechnic as well. He has won many accolades and he was awarded Merit Award for 1991 marathon performance in breaking the national record of Singapore, at that time. He has made 22 male athletes do the marathon in sub-3hrs. He has made 7 female runners do sub-4 hours for the marathon, as well. He was inducted to the ‘Roll of Honour’ by the then College of Physical Education, organised by Singapore Olympic Academy, in 1998, for breaking the National record repeatedly 4 times, till he did 2hr 24min 22sec).
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