By Ho Lian-Yi
THE trial of the former civilian staff member with the Singapore Police Force who was convicted for taking upskirt photos and spiking his colleagues' drinks with semen had many journalists licking their lips, no doubt.
But all that coverage did not answer the one question that surely lay on everyone's tongue: How on earth had his victims NOT detected anything when they drank the tainted beverages?
Or was former police officer Sim Keng Tee's acts tasteless in more ways than one?
But more than that, what really fascinates me is what drove Sim's voracious appetite for the perverse.
Or was his life simply so flavourless that once he had a whiff of excitement, he could not stop?
All I can say is: I am glad that most people don't have the stomach for such a thing.
You know what else Singaporeans have difficulty digesting?
Public displays of affection.
At a time of high international tension - Korea fighting Korea, WikiLeaks revealing that everything you thought about diplomats being bitchy gossip mongers were true, and Singapore drawing with the Philippines in the AFF Suzuki Cup - one of the things that really concerns scores of Singaporeans is a white man kissing an Asian woman on the train.
My evidence: One of the most viewed videos on Stomp, that ever-honest gauge of public sentiment, was one of a couple Frenching it up like they were on a gondola in Venice rather than on the train passing Kembangan or somewhere like that.
The person who uploaded the video was apparently disgusted by the behaviour, though not so disgusted that she was unable to secretly film it, then upload it on the Internet, so that instead of maybe a dozen people being exposed to the young couple's high jinks, nearly 50,000 people shared in her disgust.
One of the big complaints I read was basically "how dare this couple play tonsil hockey in front of children".
Certainly, SMRT would have its policies on curbing behaviour that constitutes nuisance or annoyance.