STOMPer Justina was concerned when she read an article in The New Paper today about groomsmen who dressed up as SWAT police officers while accompanying a groom to pick up his bride at Bedok Reservoir Road.
Said the STOMPer:
"I was shocked to learn that people are allowed to wear like that. Is this legal?"
According to the report in The New Paper, the six 'armed' men were at Block 613B Bedok Reservoir Road, clad in combat outfits with vests that said SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics).
Their faces were covered with ski masks and sunglasses.
The men were not real SWAT officers, but groomsmen to Mr Ye Weike, 35, who was going to the home of his bride, Ms Wu Jiemin, 32, yesterday (Aug 10).
The groom had wanted to give a twist to the Chinese wedding tradition when he picked up his bride.
When STOMP spoke to the STOMPer, she expressed concern as to how the groomsmen managed to get real-looking weapons and uniforms that look like those worn by real police officers.
She wondered if these guns that look so real should be allowed in public in the first place.
"What if members of the public didn't know that it's all play? It might have caused unnecessary panic.
"As far I know, they only call SWAT officers when there are emergencies, involving terrorists for instance."