Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper, Straits Times in it's online edition of April 18, 2009 has this story "Editor's jail fine reduced. 1 1/2 year jail term for dangerous driving reduced upon appeal".
This is another instance of the common everyday occurrence in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore's courts where he uses the law any way he wants at his pleasure. In Singapore, it is one law for Lee Kuan Yew's minions and supporters and quite another for the ordinary Singaporean. And then there is another third category for Lee Kuan Yew's political dissidents where the law will be abused to severely punish any criticism.
Miss Lim Hong Eng is the Executive Editor of a Singapore newspaper the Shin Min Daily News, a state owned and controlled newspaper just as all the other newspapers there. You could say correctly that her job is to write the propaganda that Lee Kuan Yew's government wants her to write. Miss Lim was driving a car some time earlier and was not paying attention which resulted in her knocking down a motorcyclist and killing his pillion rider. The evidence was that she was not paying attention while driving. The offence being very serious, normally an offender having caused serious injury and death would have been sent to jail for at least 5 years. That is, if the offender was an ordinary Singaporean.
But you see, Miss Lim was hardly an ordinary Singaporean. She happens to be the editor of a Singapore newspaper which Lee Kuan Yew's government relies upon to disseminate his propaganda in the island. The Singapore press as you know has been judged 154th down the list of countries for lacking press freedom, by Reporters Without Borders, the international monitor for press freedom in the world. As Lee Kuan Yew relies on her to do his dirty work as a fiction writer (another way to describe Singapore State controlled news), it would not suit him for her to be incarcerated. The lower court judge who had tried her case apparently did not get the full message. He did what he thought he should do to please Lee Kuan Yew by only sentencing this woman who had not paid attention while driving and killed another human being to 1 1/2 years jail and $12,000.00 fine. Although this sentence was thoroughly inadequate and unfair to others who would have normally been sent to jail for 6 years, still Miss Lim was being punished with a jail sentence, for her reckless behaviour resulting in a woman's death.
But Lee Kuan Yew will have nothing of this. He is telling us that in his courts, his minions and sycophants such as Miss Lim will be treated preferentially over ordinary mortals. He is trying to tell us that his propaganda editor will not be sent to jail no matter what she does, regardless of whether she kills one or 10 human beings while driving recklessly. He is trying to tell us that his agents and collaborators such as Miss Lim can drive any way they want and knock down as many as she pleases. He is trying to tell us that Miss Lim being who she is, his propaganda editor, is beyond the law!
Therefore, Miss Lim is promptly advised by Lee Kuan Yew government to appeal, which she does. The hand picked appeal judge for this purpose is Judge Choo Han Teck. He is given the instruction not to send Miss Lim to jail at all and to have the fine reduced to a paltry figure instead of the $12,000.00. This judge, as expected of him obeys Lee Kuan yew's orders. He reduces the jail sentence to 1 day. The few hours that Miss Lim had to spend with Lee Kuan Yew's police is treated as 1 day having been served. Which means she will not have to spend any time in jail. Further, as ordered Judge Choo Han Teck, reduces the fine from $12,000.00 to just $2,000.00.
In the meantime, the motorcyclist who was driving is now in hospital permanently crippled and in intensive care. His pillion rider died upon impact and has since been buried. You might want to know that the permanently crippled rider and his deceased pillion were low income Malays, with little education and little money. They had neither affluence or influence with Lee Kuan Yew or his People's Action Party. Miss Lim by the way is a Chinese woman and an integral part of the Lee Kuan Yew machinery.
This is Singapore justice. You would be pardoned if you burst out laughing if told that Singapore was aspiring to be an international legal center for international disputes. Singapore leaders have, believe it or not, claimed that Singapore is a shining beacon in the region for the rule of law!
By the way, you would also want to know that Judge Choo had expressly ordered that this case should not be relied as a precedent for future cases. This means of course that if another politically unconnected Malay were to drive and kill a couple of people, they cannot expect to receive a days jail and $2,000.00 fine, like Miss Lim, the executive editor of a Singapore newspaper!
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