CNBC Reporter Proved Singapore Is Safe And Proved He Doesn’t Know How To Order From A Hawker Centre

The Little Red Dot have long been listed as one of safest countries in the world — so many times that it no longer comes as a surprise to Singaporeans.

However, for other countries, our low crime rate is still very much an unattainable goal.

This prompted a CNBC reporter to put our crime statistic to the test by conducting a social experiment at Lau Pa Sat.

But by the end of the video, we are witnesses to an entirely different crime.

Using his phone, laptop and wallet to chope a seat

We are all familiar with the use of tissue paper to reserve a seat at the hawker centre.

As part of the social experiment, Mr Uptin Saiidi – the CNCB reporter in question – decided to use items worth stealing to chope his seat, in an attempt to show that the country is crime-free.


He decides to leave his MacBook, iPhone, and wallet to chope his seat. Clearly because tissue paper is far too mainstream.

He then proceeded to a fried kwey teow stall to order – wait for it – chicken rice.

Explaining Singapore’s low crime rate using unguarded closed shops

Well, never mind then.

As Uptin waits for his chicken rice from a fried kway teow stall, the video moves to talk about other oddities that exist on our island as a result of our low crime rate.

Mr Saiidi waltzes up to a closed Starbucks joint, only to realise the only sign that suggests they are closed, is a white rope that blocks the entrance.

Just look at his frown of disbelief.


While Singaporeans are unsurprising at such a method of closing shop, doing the same in foreign countries is a warm welcome for thieves and criminals alike.

But, such security should not be taken for granted.

Low crime rate a result of strict laws and thousands of CCTV cameras

That’s because there’s an entirely other reason for our apparent laxness.

Singapore’s security is reported – by CNBC – to be a result of strict law enforcement and tens of thousands security cameras.


I’m happy that such measures mean I can wander around at any time safely.

However, this CNBC report attributes Singapore’s low rate of crime to strict precautionary measures rather than Singaporeans own moral conscience not to commit crimes.

Singapore is safe, but that’s not because Singaporeans are morally righteous. What a bittersweet thought.

Biggest crime so far is getting fried rice in the end

But the real crime was what came next.

Mr Saiidi was served fried rice.


That’s right.

The man went to a char kway teow stall, ordered chicken rice, and got fried rice. And he seemed perfectly okay with that.



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