Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore has indeed a unique "rule of law". From Lee Kuan Yew's Minister for Law to his Attorney General and the lowest ranking judge, you can hear the same song repeated ad nauseam about Singapore's admirable "rule of law".
But it is certainly not what we generally understand it to mean. It an "Alice in Wonderland type rule of law", one which has a very lenient regimen for Lee Kuan Yew and his friends, Singapore's doctors in high places, lawyers, rich businessmen, high ranking civil servants and such like.
It is a demonstrably harsher regimen for ordinary folks, truck drivers, bus conductors and security guards.
Singapore's state controlled press the Straits Times online edition of Jan 20, 2010 has the story "Doc's jail term cut to a fine".
A shocking background. Singapore's official newspaper the Straits Times on Oct 22, 2009 had reported the following "Sometime after 1.30 am her (Dr. Lim Kay Hian's) stationary car, with engine running, headlights turned on and hazard lights off, was spotted on the third lane of the Pan island Expressway in the direction of Tuas, near the Clementi Avenue 56 exit". When checked on by a policeman she smelt of alcohol and was arrested. She is a doctor, a senior consultant radiologist at KK Woman's and Children's Hospital.
Ordinarily anyone else who had been responsible such a serious life endangering act due to alcohol would have been sent off to jail for no less than 2 years. It was a deliberate life threatening act, a stationary car in the fast lane of an expressway!
And had it been a person in a position of authority, any other court would have added on a few more years because greater responsibility is expected from them.
In this case, it was bad enough that this woman was only sentenced to 2 weeks jail in October 2009, a thoroughly inadequate sentence.
But even that was not enough for the Singapore style "rule of law", where if you are the elite and privileged, you can do almost anything you want and get way with it. And that is exactly what happened here yesterday.
The same newspaper's online edition reports on Jan 20, 2010 "Doc's jail term cut to fine". The doctor naturally appealed, resulting in even the 2 weeks jail term, thoroughly inadequate as it was, is set aside. The Appeals Court decides she does not have to go to jail at all, reducing it to a mere fine of $5,000.00. Although she was banned for driving for 4 years as well, this would not cause her any real inconvenience in Singapore, a city flush with the ubiquitous ever present cheap taxis.
Coming to think of it, if you are not a Lee Kuan Yew critic like Dr. Chee Soon Juan, Singapore is indeed a very pleasant place to be in. You can do almost whatever you want and get away with it each time; get drunk and drive automobiles, kill motorcyclists while driving and talking on cell phones, get drunk and beat up taxi drivers whenever you want. Go have a party in Singapore, if you are lucky either to be rich and powerful or if you are a foreign businessman. (All these injustices can be gleaned in Singapore's official newspaper the Straits Times, some of which I have reported in this blog).
By the way it is interesting that I predicted this doctor's getting away with this crime with clockwork accuracy. See my blog post "Will Singapore's corrupt legal system send drunk driver Dr. Irene Lim Kay Hian to jail? I think not" of Wed October 21, 2009.
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