During the second session, the delegates put their heads together to collate possible solutions. This was spearheaded by the delegate representing the Ministry of Law who stated that to solve the issue, there needed to be investigation,the arresting of suspects and collaboration with NGOs and censorship. The delegate representing the Ministry Of Education also took the chance to promote the use of education by stating that the principals could address students and encourage racial harmony so as to foster social cohesion and to stop the spread of hurtful and racist thoughts.
Directed towards the silent majority of NGOs, the delegate of the Hindu Hub pointed out the need to stay united and encouraged the NGOs to speak first as they are ‘the first contact’ with their people and ‘it is evident that the government cannot walk the talk’. Surprisingly, there was no further rebuttal from the government themselves as they seem to be more concerned about solutions to the crisis at hand.
Afterwhich the council showcased their crisis directive which consisted of 5 main points mainly regarding the actions they should take, cutting of funds to terror organisation, issuance of advisories to education ministries, usage of existing ASEAN declaration on Joint Action to Counter Terrorism and the power of the SPF under the ISA to detain any suspicious individuals under the law.
To which, the delegate of Tharman Shanmugaratnam agreed to and promoted avidly because it pushed the council ‘in the direction of solving the issue’. However, the crisis was frowned upon by the delegate of the Swiss Club who pointed out that the policy makers ‘do not even have legal understanding’ of this ‘disastrous directive’. So how could the delegates agree blindly to a directive that isn’t even clear to the policymakers themselves?
Just as the general discussion was about to continue, there was a video of the attacks on the Muslims in Kampong Glam which showcased bloodied bodies and a state of fear and chaos. It was now evident to the delegates that the council’s lack of action had resulted in a heightened level of unrest among the citizens. It served as a wake-up call to the council to quickly produce a council directive before it spiralled into a riot. This brought about immediate action from delegates as they clustered together with one common goal in mind: how to stop a riot?
After numerous unmoderated caucuses and fruitful discussion amongst all delegates, it was heartening to see a solid directive made up which incorporated military intervention and the Martial Law to stop the occurrence of a riot. Although the journey to solving the crisis was not an easy one and there were many points of conflict, the delegates have managed to put aside their differences for the greater good.