“According to a tip-off we received from a resident living in Bedok Reservoir Road, another body was found in Bedok Reservoir, the ‘suicide hub’ of Singapore this morning”
Another dead body found in the early hours yesterday at the infamous Bedok Reservoir! Since Nov last year, there are more than seven reported cases of death by drowning in the reservoir. It has become a watery grave for the depressed due to many reasons – the main reason is financial reason, not jilted by lover or failing school exams.
From my working experience, there used to be many such depressed persons jumping onto railway tracks before on-coming trains. When HHPSDs were installed in phases from last year till beginning of this year, we managed to ‘solve’ the problem. No more ‘one-under’ cases at our elevated tracks.
Is it also by mere conincidence that our two huge money making world class casinos – some call them ‘integrated resorts’, have also been in full operation since last year which led to much untold misery due to compulsive gambling? – the root cause of all evils and despair!
It’s no rocket science to understand why our infamous scenic reservoir is chosen by so many pathetic souls as the final destination of rest if only we just put the two together. Lost tons of life savings in casino, can’t jump on MRT railway track, so just head straight to scenic Bedok Reservoir to rest in peace! After all, there were many before them and there will many after them! The wheel of karma is turning relentlessly after the establishment of our filthy money making gambling resorts. It’s a manifestation of that evil implantation. Langgar!
Do we just sit by and watch more wretch souls heading to that watery grave? Or do we need our magnanimous former foreign minister George Yeo to initiate another Inter-Religious Organisation, community leaders and residents congregation for another blessing of our beautiful reservoir? Maybe, we need another one after all to appease those restless souls during this 7th month Ghost Festival.
No matter how much prayers or blessings will not reverse this
popular infamous watery grave! A better interim measure is to fence up the 4.3km perimeter of the reservoir. When I say ‘interim’ measure, I’m also acknowledging that we are only tackling the symptoms and not the root cause of such unflattering phenomenon. The Chinese saying “治标，但不能治本” is proven throughout the ages. Let’s see where they would head next if Bedok Reservoir is plugged!
“LTA says that since 2006, 92 people have fallen onto the tracks, whether by accident or otherwise. The 1.5-metre barriers are high enough to deter attempted suicides.”
Yahoo! Newsroom – Sun, Nov 6, 2011
“Sixth body found in Bedok Reservoir – Yahoo! News Singapore
Another dead body has been found at Bedok Reservoir.
It is the sixth one found in as many months at that same location.
The Straits Times reported that police received a call at 9:15am Saturday morning, informing them of a dead body floating beside a wooden platform near the Berlin Wall panels at the now infamous reservoir.
A police spokesman said that the corpse belonged to a 48-year-old Chinese man, who paramedics pronounced dead at 9:45am after arriving at the scene.
The body was discovered before members of the Inter-Religious Organisation, community leaders and residents gathered at a floating platform nearby for a blessing of the reservoir, initiated by former foreign minister George Yeo.
Police have classified the death as unnatural and are investigating.
Suicide counsellors urged authorities to take quick action in addressing this apparent trend in deaths at the resevoir.
Psychiatrist Nelson Lee told the same paper, “It’s quite alarming. People are concerned about whether it is going to become a trend.”
He suggested that the public should be better-educated on spotting signs of depression in loved ones, and for society to be more accepting of people suffering from mental health issues.
Lee added that signs should be installed with helpline numbers around the reservoir to dissuade others from taking their lives, a step the PUB said it’s considering.
However, resident Tan Tong Foo, 58, an air-con technician, doubts this would help. “If people want to commit suicide, the signs may not stop them. Maybe brighter lights can be installed around the reservoir instead.”
The most recent suicide incident happened almost two weeks ago when a woman in her 50s was found floating in the reservoir waters.”