Ladies and Gentlemen,
Have you ever seen the faces of Singaporean judges, when in a Singapore courtroom. They look so grim and serious, almost angry; it seems to me either they got out the wrong side of the bed that morning, their wives had not cooperated the night before or they are suffering from a serious bout of constipation.
True, it is necessary to put on an aura of authority but is it necessary to go this far? They are so stern and serious, it seems as if they are very angry with you for some reason, as if you are wasting their time for even being there.
Most of the time, have you noticed, they don't even look at you.
I am not sure, but I don't really think such a confrontational hostile stance taken by measly Singapore judges is really necessary for the administration of justice. It seems to me more than likely that these Lee Kuan Yew bootlickers are so insecure that the only way they can assume authority is to behave as if you are just plain dirt, undeserving to be even in his presence.
I used to remember a Judge in Fremont Superior Court, California which is not far from my office along Paseo Padre Parkway. He always started the day with a joke, such as, in Orlando Florida, they had just passed a law prohibiting anyone from staring at anyone else for more that 30 seconds, or something similarly silly. Or that in the city of Milan in Italy, they just made talking loudly illegal.
I have forgotten what were the jokes he said, but it is something along these lines, things really out of this world. And since he was the judge, everyone would temporarily be carried away into thinking it was true, only to realise a while later that it was a joke.
Frankly, instead of anyone disrespecting him for this, in fact everyone there not only respected him, but loved him. He was a good judge who had the courage to treat you, like an equal and when he had to punish he, he always had a long explanation as to why he had to do it. In fact after you were punished by him, you did not dislike him. Quite the contrary, you willingly accepted the punishment.
On the other hand have you noticed how it is in Singapore. The prosecutor reads out the facts of the case, there is a pause after that, after which the judge looks up and says "36 months jail, 5 strokes of the cane". It appears as if he had looked at some table of possible punishments, and said it. No reasons why, no pity, no comment, no observation, no nothing. Just a mechanical "36 months and 5 strokes", and "take him away". I have thought many times, why in Heavens do you need a Singapore human being to do this. Just have a machine there, feed in the necessary facts, and the sentence would be printed out the next minute.
I suppose these silly boot licking Lee Kuan Yew style judges in Singapore would never understand this.
Attorney at Law
39737 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite A1
Fremont, CA 94538, USA
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