Ladies and Gentlemen,
3 days ago, Strauss Kahn, the IMF chief, one of top European leaders was, as you know, arrested on the complaint of a mere chamber maid at Sofitel Hotel New York, a human being on the lowest rung of the hierarchy of jobs anyone can imagine, a chamber maid.
Such a happening would have naturally been unthinkable in any third world country. Simply put a poor humble chambermaid in a hotel does not go around accusing the head of the IMF of anything, let alone rape!
And if indeed this had happened anywhere else, the chambermaid would have been promptly rushed off to the nearest mental hospital to have her head examined, thereafter taken to court herself and charged with making a false report and fired on the spot.
And that is why one cannot avoid looking at America and admiring it's legal system. Truly this is the rule of law.
But you might have guessed from the title of this post that I am going to compare the American legal system to that of Singapore.
I can promise you this, that if Strauss Kahn had wanted to have some fun with hotel chamber maids, he should have gone to Singapore, where he could have done he wanted with an infinite number of hotel chamber maids, and walk off none the worse for it.
Under Singapore's legal system, which by the way is more accurately described as Lee's legal system, men like Strauss Kahn could have have as much fun as they want with chamber maids, taxi drivers, bus boys and doormen, got drunk, beat up taxi drivers, molested any number of women he wanted and still got away. The reason, in Singapore's legal system, it is not what you do that matters, but who you are.
In Singapore the law is taken in the context of Singapore's economic and political interests. Had Strauss Kahn done what he did in Singapore, the reasoning would have gone like this.
Strauss Kahn is important to Singapore's interests, being the head of the IMF. Sending him to jail would affect Singapore's political and economic interests. On the other hand the simple chamber maid who is a nobody can do nothing if she was ignored. Result, the Hell with the stupid chamber maid. We will protect Strauss Kahn.
I am not making this up as you would know. 2 years ago, an editor of the Chinese daily newspaper was driving while on the phone, ran a red light and killed a motorcycle pillion and seriously injured the rider resulting in paralysis. Verdict, a small fine and a few years disqualification. Had that been done by any other ordinary person, he would have gone to jail for 10 years.
Last year the sister of Singapore actor Lim Kay Tong, a doctor at the KK Hospital was found dead drunk in her car in the middle lane of Pan Island Expressway in the night, with all her lights switched off, sleeping! When police came to arrest her, she was reeking of alcohol. She too got off lightly as expected, with a fine and a light disqualification. Reason, she is after all a senior doctor in the Hospital.
Foreign Caucasian company managers, CEOs and bankers routinely grope, fight and do all kinds of nasty things at Boat Quay after drinking and merrymaking. None of them are arrested. Some have beat up taxi drivers, driven drunk and all sorts of other frolics. None of them have been ever been punished with more than a slap on the wrist if at all.
It is really one law for ordinary Singapore citizens, whom Lee Kuan Yew has accurately called his digits and another for the celebrities.
And are you surprised that I keep writing in this blog about Singapore's corrupt judges and their similarly discredited legal system?
And that is why I can say with pride that I live in the USA, a country with the rule of law and that is why you Singaporeans live in a country where the law is entirely up to what Lee Kuan Yew makes up as he goes along.
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