Facebook post by Aydan Aiman said that he’s disappointed on how the AETOS management manage this incident.
This photo was allegedly taken by an ICA officer but the AETOS office is now being questioned as to why the photo was taken despite strict codes of no photography within Woodlands Checkpoint
Read what he said below:
Please read and share to encourage AETOS into commending instead of condemning their brave officer.
A monitor lizard got lost and in the midst of chaos, it got stuck onto the fairings of a motorcycle (motorcycle body which is closest to the front wheel). The monitor lizard had its head and one of the front legs stuck onto the very motorcycle in the photo. While everyone moved away from it and pest control was informed, officer Amelia Lee braved the situation and personally dislodged the monitor lizard on her own.
The photo was taken by an ICA officer and officer Amelia is now being questioned for having the photo taken despite strict codes of no photography within Woodlands Checkpoint. How could a noble act of saving a life be shadowed by the law and where is the case-by-case exception in this? Officer Amelia did not only save the monitor lizard, but also saved the rider and owner of the affected motorcycle, whom was desperately in need of help.
Moreover, while officer Amelia had the intention of releasing it back into the wild, she was forced to put it into a trash bag and had to hand it over to the cleaner to be disposed off far away from scene.
My point here is, officer Amelia rescued the monitor lizard when no one else could and now she’s getting into trouble for having a photo of her taken, despite it not being taken using her own phone. While officer Amelia had personally offered to release it back into the wild, her superiors instructed her to hand it over in a trash bag to the cleaner and was then told to get back to her job. I personally believe that no matter the duration or distance, no live animals should ever be kept in a trash bag.
Is this what is becoming of Singapore these days? Are we really just robots, forced to mind our own business and are discouraged from helping those in need? Are animals really disregarded in Singapore? Why are noble and well-intentioned human beings getting punished for their benevolent acts?
Honestly, I am beyond proud of her actions because i would’ve done the exact same thing. Yet, I am truly disgusted at the amount of ‘trouble’ she has gotten herself into.