Facebook users flood her with condolences, but also back the police up

Clearly, it’s going to take Ms Nassida Nasir (pictured below) a long time to forgive the police.

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Last Sunday (31 May), police shot dead Nassida’s husband, Mohamed Taufik Bin Zahar, after he rebelled against police and rammed his red Subaru past security barricades set up outside Shangri-La Hotel.

Indignant, she took it to Facebook and insisted that police actions were unjustified because her husband (who drove without a license) escaped the police out of fear:


Facebook users didn’t hesitate to respond to Nassida’s public protest on the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Facebook page.

Within a few days, the post gathered 174 comments, most of which weren’t in Nassida’s favour.

Tough love

In short, Facebook users told the widow to suck it up. (But reasonably of course.)

They showered her with condolences but also firmly rebutted her emotional complaints.

Some tried to assure the distraught Nassida of the SPF’s professionalism:

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Others tried to wake up her idea by telling her the hard truth:

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But of course, there’s still the camp believing that rationalising a loved one’s unfortunate death is easier said than done:

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It’s not pleasant that such an issue is slightly polarising Singaporeans online. But since everyone has a different voice like we have different thumbprints, this isn’t the problem here.

Nassida speaks

The widow still seems to think that the police dealt with her husband unfairly, even after netizens tried giving her reason not to.

To The Straits Times, Nassida had this to say:

“I think what the police did was right but it’s not fair to me.”

Reasoning this out, Nassida revealed that she and her husband made plans to start life afresh with their two month old daughter after serving his one year sentence in jail for criminal intimidation.

All this was halted by the ‘joyride’ Nassida’s husband went on after an argument with her, leaving the widow alone in dealing with its aftermath.

“I didn’t get a chance to kiss him goodbye. My daughter won’t get to see him when she grows up.”

I’m expecting to see a Nassida Nasir crowdfund popping up online very, very soon. The poor dear.

That said, as valid as emotions can be in such situations, pointing fingers at the police is…. well (ironically), pointless.

After all, they’re just doing their job.

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With references from The Straits Times