A 23-year-old Singaporean placed under a Restriction Order for intending to undertake violence in overseas armed conflicts. At face value, one will think it is another article about another brainwashed youth watching too much ISIS video.
Well, the mainstream and alternative media picked up this story and it spread like wildfire for 3 reasons, I believe. Wang Yuandongyi, the person of interest…
- came to Singapore from China as a child, completed his education as well as National Service here, and even obtained his Singapore citizenship in 2014.
- brought along SAF No. 4 and combat boots.
- wanted join a Kurdish militia group that is fighting against the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Wait…what! Fighting against ISIS! Really? So gung ho ah. So anyway, the first thing that came to mind was Rambo III. So when I saw a fellow keyboard warrior write “Rambo!” on the Facebook wall in response to the article, I knew this blog post was too good to pass up.
John James RAMBO is a man who needs no introduction. He is fictitious, of course. According to Wikipedia, he first appeared in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell, but later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series, played by Sylvester Stallone. I have to say, growing up, I love the Rambo trilogy. Oh, I forgot there was a part 4 as well, aptly titled Rambo. It was a romantic notion, a war veteran from the Vietnam War, Green Beret, Special Forces and recipient of the Medal of Honour. Sadly, to the political climate at that time, he finds it hard to understand why the US citizens were not appreciative of the veterans. Also, he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and can be violent due to the torture he has endured under the North Vietnamese.
Each of the Rambo movies was unique. Simply put it, the tagline for Rambo III was:
“The first was for himself. The second for his country. This time it’s to save his friend.”
The Rambo movies also left us with Ramboism. Here are some golden quips from the Green Beret.
So Wang Yuandongyi in his head probably think he is this.
Sorry to burst his bubble but he will probably end up like this…
or end up dead on arrival.
Frankly, I doubt he can handle the realities of war as portrayed in Tom Hanks “Saving Private Ryan”.
While I commend Wang Yuandongyi’s patriotism, the stark reality is probably this situation in a conversation with my editor.
TT: Boss! Writing an article on Wang Yuandongyi comparing him to Rambo.
Editor: Wah lau, he how old. Only 23 years. How he know Rambo? He must be playing too much call of duty already. But go ahead lah.
Anyway, for closure, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement on March 16 “He is the first ethnic Chinese placed under a Restriction Order for intending to undertake violence in overseas armed conflicts. As part of the rehabilitation programme, Wang will be given psychological counselling to steer him away from resorting to violence.”
Good luck with rehabilitating Rambo.
Mr Teh Terik
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