This thread contains some examples of the many broken laws in Singapore that need to be fixed.
On a side note, in a Straits Times 16 Feb 2012 titled "Judges do justice, not politics", Chief Justice proudly announced that "judges here do not let political considerations influence their decisions" in response to critics who charge that judges here make decisions that tends to favoured the Government. We shall hold him to that statement. Personally Askmelah is not convinced.
Matthew Chua - Does Singapore still have justice or not? (source)
I read with horror on the report that a public figure, albeit a TV personnel, was given 15 months’ probation for clashing with a cab driver.
It was a big pay day for Quan Yifeng’s lawyer and psychiatrist as their successful, virtually insanity plea managed to “con” the judge into offering probation. Mind you, this mentally distressed person was all this while still appearing on TV! So, one of the questions is, why is Mediacorp forcing us to watch a program hosted or guest-starred by a lunatic?
But more importantly, to audiences all over Singapore, did we see a distraught or even slightly mentally unstable Quan on any of the shows that were aired? The answer is a simple NO! So good job, District Judge Low Wee Ping!
Many years ago, I followed the OJ Simpson murder trial in the States. Back then, I proudly told all my friends that such craziness in the court’s decision will never, ever happen in Singapore. Oops, boy did I get it wrong! Quan is but one of the many increasing number of cases that demonstrate our prosecutions’ inability to process or punish the truly guilty!
Some weeks back, there was this lady who crashed her Mercedes into 4 stationary cars! How come you may ask? Because she was totally wasted! Despite her drunken state, she was still able to offer $20,000 bribe to cops to let her off easy. She too hired some big shot lawyers and got a psychiatric report. Her sentence? Jail for 8 weeks. Her sentence is really a joke because she could have killed someone while driving!!
All these examples have clearly shown that the rich and powerful are making a mockery out of our judicial system. They can hire fancy lawyers or psychiatrists and all go for the insanity plea. But, what about those people on the streets like you and me? Sometimes, we can’t even fork out the money to get proper legal advice or counseling, less employ them to fight out long court battles.
I ask myself why is the lady justice blindfolded? It is suppose to show that the same justice is meted out regardless of whether you are rich or poor. But, sorry to sad, the blindfold on our little city-state’s judicial system has been removed and it now only serves to protect the rich!
To me, the thing is simple. To keep crime rate low, we have to harshly punish those who do dare to test our justice system. The more lenient the court sentences, the bolder the criminals become. Whether you are rich or poor, should never be part of this equation.
Maybe it’s time to look at the judges and prosecutors who have dropped the ball and let all of Singapore down! I say let’s revamp our judicial system before we all lose faith with it.