This incident has been reported at various news sources:
Outburst at MP's office (Straits Times Online - May 7, 2009 by By Sujin Thomas)
Low IQ teen arrested for “violence” at MPS office after meeting PAP MP Cynthia Phua (Wayang Party - May 6, 2009 by admin)
Boy arrested for slamming chair at MP Office! (Diary of A Singaporean Mind - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 by blogger)
I am very upset by this incident. I do not think this boy (still one year away from serving NS) is being treated fairly. Why was the first response from the "grassroots leaders" to call the police? Was he threatening anyone directly? His family was obviously in distress. Why was the first reaction not to try to calm him down, get him seated down and told that physical violence will not help him solve his family's problems? Are we (staff at "Meet-The-People" sessions, no less!) really so incapable of handling people as individuals?
Something else does not add up. If he were "restrained" while the police was contacted by the staff at the MP's office (as reported on the Straits Times), then what led to his eventual release and then arrest at his home? Why does the blog entry say Miss Cynthia Phua (the MP) asked "pointed" questions and the ST article had no mention of that?
The most troubling quote came from Minister Lim Hwee Hwa (source: Diary of A Singaporean Mind):
There is a clear line between being frustrated or disappointed and being violent. The thrown chair could have killed somebody.
Sure, he could have injured someone with that chair. Kill? Maybe in freak cases. Kill or injure when he did not seem to be directing the attack at any particular person but a glass door? Please ...
Why are our ministers, MPs and hell, our "grassroots leaders" so damn out-of-touch with the real world?
Enough anger ... I had asked if something could be done to help the poor boy ... free legal aid, financial help, anything ... I felt distant and helpless, unable to provide any immediate aid/relief for their suffering. Then I see that the police has declined to reveal any details about the boy to the public. So now I am just frustrated ... frustrated as hell.
EDIT: As pointed out by commenter Vox Leo, the grassroots leaders are mostly volunteers. Please read my reply in the comments section, but I do feel I ought to express some regret sounding so harsh regarding what I consider their professionalism (implied) in the matter.