I’ve been in Singapore for an annual meeting the last couple of days. Got my Starbucks, went to the office tower, went up the escalator on autopilot and found a set of pass card entry barriers blocking the way to the lifts. So a staff member directed me to where I could exchange some sort of ID for a passcard. No questions asked. I could then proceed through the barriers and up to the office I wanted to go to. On the way out retrieve your ID in exchange for the passcard.
Now I can see absolutely no purpose being served by this whatsoever, except to employ a few people to exchange IDs for passcards. To me it just seems to be something designed to remind people that they should in some undefined sense be afraid of something. WHY?
There was no check of my bags, there was no record of where I was going within the building (it’s 50+ floors with probably 100+ companies), and frankly they would probably accept anything with my photo on it as ID (what they got was my HKID card). So they weren’t checking whether I was equipped to blow the place up, they weren’t keeping records of where visitors go for security purposes (they had no idea where I went within the building), and they weren’t checking my identity. And if I had blown the building up the records of who was in it at the time were apparently being stored onsite.
I feel there needs to be some sort of effort by rational people to push back against these totally nonsensical things that are being done in the name of “security”. But I’m really struggling to work out how to do it.