The Saga of Liew Mun Leong

Liew Mun Leong

It is not surprising that the saga of Changi Airport Group Chairman Liew Mun Leong has attracted such prominent attraction not only in Singapore but maybe outside. This is no doubt one of the most iniquitious injustices that could be imposed on a defenceless Indonesian maid who had given eight years of conscientious service to the Liew family.

The process of the police investigations and the District Court judgement for the alleged theft by this unfortunate victim were so full of unimaginables and unconventionals that they boggle the common mind of the people completely.

It was by the grace of God (or Allah in this case) that the appeal was heard by such a courageus and perceptive High Court Judge as Justice Chan Seng Onn who minced no words in his highly critical judgement of the judicial proceedings of the district court and his unbridled contempt of the iniquitious conduct of Liew Mun Leong and his son Karl Liew in trumping up theft charges against the defenceless maid.

Justice Chan laid bare the inexcusable inadequacies of the police investigations under the direction of the Attorney-General Department and the unbelievable blunder of the District Judge in convicting the accused on the questionable evidence before her.

With her experience she should have been more alert to the misdirection led by the blinkered Deputy Public Prosecutors. She was not able to perceive the improper motive of Liew Mun Leong in victimising the maid as pointed out by Justice Chan. His son Karl was chastised by another Justice as being dishonest and deceitful.

The denunciation by Justice Chan has put the Attorney General’s Chambers and the government in an uncomplimentary light before the public. The AGC has indicated that he will study the judgement and will see what further action to take.

Needless to say that his first action should be to look into the improper motive of Liew Mun Leong and to see that justice is done to redeem the injustice he had engineered against the maid. The AG may balk because of the stature and reputation of Liew Mun Leong. He may cringe when confronted with Liew’s political connections.

It all depends on whether he has the conviction and sincerity to see that justice is done. It will give the wrong signal if nothing is done to people like Liew and others like him to commit injustice on innocent individuals.

In conclusion I think a word of praise and gratitude should be given to the wonderful defence counsel Anil Balchandani for his magnificent act in defending the maid pro bono in her time of adversity and made such a consummate success of it. Let’s hope that the maid Parti Liyani will be able to obtain adequate compensation from Liew Mun Leong for her suffering.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

 

* The author was the Director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) from 1971 to 1974. He was Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the 1960s, and had a distinguished career in the Singapore Special Branch in the 1950s.

 

 

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21 Responses to “The Saga of Liew Mun Leong”

  • “The AGC has indicated that he will study the judgement and will see what further action to take.”

    Mr Yoong should not be too optimistic and hopeful. AGC maybe will find the case to be “in public interest” and make an appeal to COA and then the case may be sent back for a re-trial by the court of 3 or maybe 5 high court judges?

    Gahment cannot lose one, very no face you know or not? Remember the bookie kenna released by the high court from Section 55 and then re-arrested again after a short holiday?

    This poor maid has another case pending before the court, something about illegal possession, liz one I think maybe sure convicted one. No matter how she must do time or else gahment and elites lose face wor.

    You say lar, gahment and elites how can lose face one? Some more now Temasick now also support Liew the good guy lay. You noe Temasick big big boss is who bo?

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  • Billy ma:

    Today Temasek came out in support of Liew.
    Even though it was thru the mouth of some big shots from Temasek but it is not difficult to understand that this guy is just a messager. He’s simply carrying water for somebody else.

    Temasek message seems to be that because a person who contributed in private & publicly must be given a pass even if he she committed criminal acts.

    It also implied that the judgement by the high Court is nothing but a personal view of the judge that is not concusive nor legal.

    So it’s not hard to question the characters of people in Temasek top people.
    And these same people are in charge of the $billions of taxpayers $$$$.
    Are you concern?

    What we have here are super rich supporting super rich with no right or wrong.
    And on top of that we see how the super power also protecting these super rich.

    So you gave it – what it is called the ‘super rich & super power’ tag team.

    Singaporeans are the biggest losers.
    So sad.

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  • LML INTRAPERSONAL Inteligence?:

    “If we were to abandon concern for what is true, what is false, and what remains indeterminate, then the world would be totally chaotic. Even those who deny the importance of truth, on the one hand, are quick to jump on anyone who is caught lying … I’d rather see the United States as a beacon of good work and good citizenship, rather than as #1 on some international educational measurement.
    On the basis of research in several disciplines, including the study of how human capacities are represented in the brain, I developed the idea that each of us has a number of relatively independent mental faculties, which can be termed our ‘multiple intelligences.’ Since we all have different cognitive profiles, educators should take those individual differences very seriously.”

    (Prof Howard Gardner, “Truth, beauty, and goodness reframed: Educating for the virtues in the 21st century.”)

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  • Toilet Reno:

    If you go around old HDB estates like in hougang, ubi and elsewhere, you will see many HDB HIP home improvement projects pasted on notice boards of flats showing the Consultant to HDB for such projects frequently involves Surbana. There is maybe other players but I have not seen much compared to SURBANA.

    HOW CUM renovation replace doors that are not fire proof?

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  • Remove Liew Mun Leong:

    Billy ma:
    Today Temasek came out in support of Liew.
    Even though it was thru the mouth of some big shots from Temasek but it is not difficult to understand that this guy is just a messager. He’s simply carrying water for somebody else.

    Temasek message seems to be that because a person who contributed in private & publicly must be given a pass even if he she committed criminal acts.

    It also implied that the judgement by the high Court is nothing but a personal view of the judge that is not concusive nor legal.

    So it’s not hard to question the characters of people in Temasek top people.
    And these same people are in charge of the $billions of taxpayers $$$$.
    Are you concern?

    What we have here are super rich supporting super rich with no right or wrong.
    And on top of that we see how the super power also protecting these super rich.

    So you gave it – what it is called the ‘super rich & super power’ tag team.

    Singaporeans are the biggest losers.
    So sad.

    Temasek acts based on instructions from its CE. Get my “drift”?

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  • Remove Liew Mun Leong:

    Billy ma:
    Today Temasek came out in support of Liew.
    Even though it was thru the mouth of some big shots from Temasek but it is not difficult to understand that this guy is just a messager. He’s simply carrying water for somebody else.

    Temasek message seems to be that because a person who contributed in private & publicly must be given a pass even if he she committed criminal acts.

    It also implied that the judgement by the high Court is nothing but a personal view of the judge that is not concusive nor legal.

    So it’s not hard to question the characters of people in Temasek top people.
    And these same people are in charge of the $billions of taxpayers $$$$.
    Are you concern?

    What we have here are super rich supporting super rich with no right or wrong.
    And on top of that we see how the super power also protecting these super rich.

    So you gave it – what it is called the ‘super rich & super power’ tag team.

    Singaporeans are the biggest losers.
    So sad.

    Temasek acts based on instructions from its CEO. Get my “drift”?

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  • Anonymous:

    How many here dying to see Karl Liew’s woman items, his wife fake luxurious items and his mother unadulterated cantonese?

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  • Upcoming LHL vs LSH:

    This is not precursor to the upcuming case right?

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  • lying pap S$m liars:

    Anonymous:
    How many here dying to see Karl Liew’s woman items, his wife fake luxurious items and his mother unadulterated cantonese?

    these three, including the kingpin liar liew mun leong, are all in jail if not for the pap S$m patronage system.

    now that pap clown wife temasick has come out to back liew mun leong, liew’s crime of lying to fix a lowly paid maid, liew lying to pap pOlice liew lying to pap cOurt jUdge, all become nothing important as far as pap clown wife temasick.

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  • PAP's d Problem:

    You say la, inside 200m of a polling station is NOT WITHIN, this was said also by a judge.
    So judge judge another judge, how?
    If Chan Sek Keong’s words are gold, so justice Chan’s words not gold meh.

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  • Sad situation:

    Sad situation.
    Could be a lapse of personal judgement.We are all human especially with weak spot for family members.
    Need to address the problem objectively.
    Should not be link to professional life.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    This is serious perverse of justice, and Mr Liew needs to resign from his position as he has become untenable. The PAP Government justice system need to punish such people who perverted justice thinking that they can get away with it. The Singapore PAP Government, in this case, can no longer coverup for their cronies and relation. Please stop blaming on a policeman who did not take the correct evidence. The case is this f$%king rich Ahole trying to frame the maid for a crime that she did not do. That is a crime in itself.

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  • Halimah Totally USEESS:

    This Liew character and the AG shared the same bed in Capital Land’s Board.
    So how not to ownself protect ownself ???
    As it is the Cronies in Temasick are already in damage control and singing high praises of this disgraceful Elite.
    And Sham the Sham is saying he’ll be looking into the investigating process of the SPF, not at the misdeeds of the Liew FamiLEE.
    So there you have it, and with the Shit Times justifying the Liew”s practise of making the maid working at his son’s office and home, by reporting about the numerous cases of maids being asked to work outside their place of residence.
    Pui Pui.

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  • uselesstankl:

    BARBARIANS IN ALL FORMS IN PAP GOV…

    GLC, STAT BOARDS,

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  • Great Asia:

    Singapore is a feudal system of feudal lord Lee Kuan Yew.

    I have told you, right?

    Very lucky for her, because in this feudal system of Lee Kuan Yew 99% of time the small people will lose the case.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • xoxo:

    this is the kind of lawyer sg lacks!!!
    MOST OF THE LAWYERS TALK BIG BUT SCREW THEIR CLIENTS WITH HIGH FEES AND POOR PERFORMANCE.

    KUDOS TO ANIL,KEEP IT UP AND GOING,SIR.

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  • TumasikPatriot:

    Finally the Hand of God has TOUCHED a Righteous Judge NOT beholden to Materialistic Greed & Power!!!

    Right??? Mr Yoong???…

    Unlike The Evils of a man who created an ILLUSION for Greed and Materialism….forgoing Love & Care to an extend Killing innocents in their Mother’s Womb and Destroying Father’s who were willing to STAND for their Children’s Future & Happiness

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  • If you all have read the “you know who I know or not?”, then you will have no difficulty understanding why the poor maid was guilty already from the moment the police report was made.

    From what I can vaguely remember:

    1. MOM’s boss sexpert Jo husband was the subordinate of Liew before his resignation.
    2. AG Lucien was Liew’s colleague at Capita:Land.
    3. DPP’s who prosecuted the poor maid, her father was a colleague of Liew.

    Ref: https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/3684536/

    I am not suggesting that there were any wrongdoings on their part, but the pressure on the police IO and DPP must have been so great that they were biased to the maid from the onset and had to convict her regardless of the glaring irregularities in the statements and evidence.

    As for the district judge who convicted the maid, I am surprised that she absolutely missed the glaring obvious irregularities that were spotted by justice Chan. She couldn’t be an understudy judge, could she?

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  • Harder Truths:

    TRE Techie: As for the district judge who convicted the maid, I am surprised that she absolutely missed the glaring obvious irregularities that were spotted by justice Chan. She couldn’t be an understudy judge, could she?

    This one is looking for promotion in the regime ranks.

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  • Sad situation:

    Sad situation…
    Truth will prevail….
    Hope the guilty will get their due punishment.

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  • Lapse of Judgement?:

    Sad situation:
    Sad situation.
    Could be a lapse of personal judgement.We are all human especially with weak spot for family members.
    Need to address the problem objectively.
    Should not be link to professional life.

    He has a good 3 years (2016-2019) to redeem.

    But did he?

    He must have known his wife’s and children’s character very well. He should have smelled a rat at least during the trial, smell on his side, given his intelligence, and analytical skills, I presume, as a trained engineer.

    I can give him the benefit of the doubt, he really thought the 2 bags were his, not out of malice (to harm Parti) but out of the fact that his wife, his son, daughter all claimed they lost many things, and the police and DPP reinforced his belief.

    The accused got 26 months of incarceration in a foreign land! Luckily she has the pro bono lawyer Anil who did not abandon her, and the distinguished Justice Chan, and the NGO, HOME folks and the person who put up her bail.

    Mr Liew preached integrity amongst other virtues and held senior posts as Chairman and Director in some of the most highly regarded pubic institutions representing their and Singapore values.

    I am not telling his friends to abandon him altogether.

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