TL;DR – May all Singaporeans, new or otherwise, live together happily ever after.
Here’s a quick recap of the incident.
- Ramesh Erramalli, 44, was (not sure if he still is) a resident at Eight Riversuites condominium.
- Ramesh was caught on video verbally abusing security officer Steven Heng over visitor’s parking last October.
- According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ramesh is a Singaporean citizen who had obtained his citizenship under the Family Ties scheme. He is married to a Singapore-born citizen.
- For weeks on end after the video was uploaded, the Internet was abuzz over the viral video. Many called out Erramalli’s behaviour, some called on his company to fire him.
- There were also allegations over his educational qualifications which led to checks by the authorities. Subsequently, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) issued a joint statement last November that they found no evidence to substantiate those allegations.
- Ramesh eventually apologised to the security officer.
Update from the Singapore Police Force
Yes, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) released a media statement yesterday (17th January 2020) to give an update to the incident.
Here is the statement in full.
The Police have concluded investigations against Mr Erramalli Ramesh. In consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Police have administered a stern warning to Mr Erramalli for intentionally causing harassment to a security officer who was deployed at Eight Riversuites Condominium.
Mr Erramalli had also received harassing and threatening messages from unknown parties following the incident. Although Mr Erramalli had expressed his wish to Police not to pursue the matter, the Police had nevertheless initiated investigations into this, as a few of the messages threatened Mr Erramalli and his family with death and violence (even rape). In consultation with the AttorneyGeneral’s Chambers, the Police have administered a stern warning to two men, aged 41 and 47, for causing intentional harassment to Mr Erramalli. The Police have also administered a 12-month conditional warning to two other men, aged 19 and 56, who threatened Mr Erramalli and his family with death and violence.
And here’s hoping that all Singaporeans, new or otherwise, live together happily ever after.