Samuel was feeling bored at home. He had been confined to his house since he
fractured his leg in a soccer match two weeks ago. His leg had been set in cast
and he could only walk with the aid of crutches.
Samuel picked up the cordless
phone by his bed and sat thinking. Who could he call then ? He knew that all his
friends were in school. He was about to replace the handset when a thought
occurred to him. He disconnected the telephone wire from the phone and pressed
the 'talk' button. He put the phone to his ear and listened. At first he could
only hear a static crackle. He kept changing channels to see if he could
eavesdrop on any conversation. he knew that it was sometimes possible to pick up
conversations of other users but they would not be able to hear him.
After some moments, he did pick up a conversation between two people. And
what a conversation it was ! Apparently it was a conversation between two
smugglers. They were planning to smuggle in cigarettes illegally into Singapore
from the Riau islands of Indonesia. Samuel listened carefully and took down the
details of the smuggling operation. Samuel carefully noted down the details as
the men spoke.
After he had the necessary details, Samuel plugged in the telephone wire
again and quickly dialed the police. He gave his particulars tot he police
operator and repeated what he had overheard. The operator thanked him and said
that the police would investigate the matter.
A few days later, a senior officer from the Singapore Checkpoints Authority
and a Superintendent of Police paid a visit to Samuel's house. the police had
apprehended the smugglers as they tried to smuggle in the illegal cigarettes an
the visiting officers thanked Samuel for his timely information.