What went wrong?

Minister K. Shanmugam

One of the most interesting things about watching politics in Singapore is trying to decipher cryptic messages. This was first brought to my attention sometime in 2005 when the then President SR Nathan was contemplating his second run for office. He started out by announcing that he was old, in ill health and wanted to live out his days without the stress of being in the Istana. A few weeks later, he was asked the same question and he gave a cryptic reply of “Ask God,” and God promptly sent him back to the Istana for another six years. It was a former editor-in-chief of the Today newspaper, who recounted this incident to me and he said, “In Singapore, there’s only one God.”

Tonight, I was reminded that we’ve had another great cryptic line, which came from our law and home affairs minister (in Singapore there is no conflict of interest between the law maker and law enforcer) at the end of the Parti Liyani trial. Mr. K. Shanmugam said, “something has gone wrong.” The report can be read here.

While most of us (politicians being in the minority) saw that something was clearly wrong, the question was put to me – “Would he have said something has gone wrong if the appeal had failed and the maid went to jail?”

I’d like to think better of the minister, but I’d probably be wrong. Had Ms. Liyani been convicted, nobody would have made a sound. Sure, the internet would have been ablaze with tales of how screwed up life is for poor domestic workers but eventually things would have died down and people would have shrugged and moved on with their lives. Liew Mun Leong would still be contributing greatly to the country by collecting an outsized pay cheque and the majority of middle-class Singaporeans would probably the relived by the fact that the foreign domestic worker population understood their place in the scheme of things.

That didn’t happen. Liew Mun Leong’s friends have been busy rushing to remind us that he’s done a lot (without mentioning that he was paid a lot) for the country and the man in charge of the justice system (both upholding and enforcing it) has become very busy trying to find out what went wrong.

The question for many of us is what does the man in charge of making and enforcing laws believe what went wrong. My cynical friend said that the main thing that went wrong was the fact that a maid earning $600 a month refused to be brow beaten into knowing her place in the system and a judge found that she had facts as opposed to the multimillionaire former CEO who had reported her to the authorities.

I’d like to be more optimistic and believe that our minister in charge of the police and the courts is very keen as to how the police felt that it was OK for them not to take evidence into custody and allowed the Liew’s to use materials in the boxes where the “stolen” goods were supposed to be kept. I would like to think our minister running our justice system would be interested in how a district judge felt that an unreliable witness was as credible as a rock.

So, the question remains – what went wrong and what is that wrong that the Minister is keen to discover. I’d be grateful if someone would tell me that I’m right and my friend is wrong about the Minister’s focus on what went wrong.

 

Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be.

 

 

 

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41 Responses to “What went wrong?”

  • high-hand master:

    //in Singapore there is no conflict of interest between the law maker and law enforce//

    aiyoh. can be right also lar ?

    because there are many law makers and many law enforcers in sinkie land; and any one individual from one group (former) can be completely independent of another person from another group (latter) lar ??

    white monkey idiots are champion with words and language; and they can make your head spin and spin when one hears them speak ???

    when 4 = 5 and selected = elected, you know you are dealing with some top rated high-hand master (武林高手) ??

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  • Halimah Totally USELESS:

    Don’t have to do any soul searching and put up a show about trying to find out what went wrong.

    The biggest wrong is the Ownself Protect Ownself, and Cronysm and Nepotism breeding amongst the PAPIGS and their FamiLEES.

    That’s what went wrong.

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  • One country, two systems:

    What went wrong? It is very simple. Singapore is one country with two systems of justice. One for the members of PAP (Power And Privilege) and the other for “lesser” Singaporeans.

    What went wrong was a judge “did not get the memo” and acquitted the maid. As a result, the “shit hit the fan” and SHAMugam had to go on “damage limitation mode” by calling for an “investigation”.

    The big question is whether the “system” will continue to “protect” the Liew family even after it is clear they broke the law. Th alternative is to tthrow them “under the bus’. But the “system” still needs to protect the police and the judge who convicted the maid. This is more difficult. As difficult as justifying why free-rider and nasty Ivan Lim was allowed to run for Parliament during the law GE.

    SHAMugam will be doing a lot “verbal gymnastics” (a.k.a. “talking cock”) in Parliament when he makes his ministerial statement.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Anyone could walk into a police station to lodge a report, false or otherwise. It is the duty of the police to sieve out the false reports.

    Every allegation must be investigated and solid evidence presented to the court. Apparently this was not done!

    The question here is why? So what’s wrong here? The chain of event started from the police!

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote -”Second dentist in Medisave scam struck off dental register
    PUBLISHEDSEP 17, 2020, 5:00 AM SGT..

    Dentist Daniel Liew Yaoxiang, who is serving a jail term for his role in a Medisave scam, has been struck off the official dental register after a disciplinary inquiry by the Singapore Dental Council (SDC).

    He will not be able to practise after he is released from prison.

    The dentist professional watchdog said yesterday that it held a disciplinary inquiry on July 27 and Aug 12 against Liew, who previously practised at The Smile Division Dental Group.

    Liew, a former national swimmer, faced seven charges under the Dental Registration Act for having been convicted here of offences involving dishonesty.

    He had conspired to cheat the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board of monies from the CPF accounts of patients for treatments that were not performed.

    Liew pleaded guilty to all seven charges….

    The disciplinary committee noted that Liew’s conduct and convictions had brought dishonour to the dental profession.

    On Aug 12, it ordered that Liew be removed from the dental register and that he had to pay the costs and expenses of and incidental to the proceedings, including costs of counsel to the SDC.

    Liew’s removal from the Register of Dentists took effect yesterday….

    The SDC urged all dental professionals to be cognisant of the laws and regulations governing dental practices, and to comply with the provisions of the code of ethics of the profession as well as directives and guidelines issued by the Health Ministry.

    In May last year, Liew was sentenced to two years’ jail for scamming 13 patients of $388,700. Two others involved in the scam have also been jailed.

    Steven Ang Kiam Hau, the dentist who devised the scheme, was jailed for 21/2 years in August 2018 and struck off the dental register last September.

    Yeo Meow Koon, a clinic’s practice manager, was jailed for 48 weeks in June this year.

    The case of another alleged accomplice, dentist Cecil Goh Chin Chye, is still pending.”Unquote .

    Response :What went wromg ? Why the recent audit show NLB run by those evil women wing has more public funds problems ,and this is not the first time that NLB is faulted ,why the whole law controlled by Kasisviswanathan Shanmugam and Josephine Teo Li Min till now has failed to act to arrest all those evil NLB women wing that controlled the library and charged all those evil NLB women wing to jail ? Very fast,all public funds disappear and nobody knows .Pui .

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  • kampong boy:

    What when wrong:
    Police, prosecutor,judge apply double standard:

    1) For poor people: guilty until proven innocent and cannot be trusted
    2) For powerful people:innocent until proven guilty and always truthful

    The law minister is wondering how the system has become the above without him noticing it’s evolution ie what went wrong.

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  • uselesstankl:

    Singapore has the lowest coronavirus case fatality count globally, with just 27 deaths among the more than 57,000 people who have been infected with Covid-19 in the Southeast Asian island.

    xxxxx

    You believe this piece of shit ???

    No wonder LKY called Sinkues ” DAFT “

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on the Independent.sg website :Quote – “What about Ivan Lim?’ Netizens ask, after Shanmugam’s said acquitted maid’s case will be looked into….” Unquote. So what went wrong?

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  • Harder Truths:

    Nothing went wrong. Citizens know this is how the system in $G operates. In this case they just got caught out by something unexpected – an honest and fair judge plus a defence team that did everything right.

    Do not expect this ‘flaw’ in the system to change anything. It will soon be ‘fixed’ – same as any person accused in future.

    “The dogs bark but the caravan moves on”

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  • opposition dude:

    What went wrong is simple. The mata didn’t do that job properly for whatever reason(s) and the rich guy lied and tried to frame his maid.

    Makes you wonder just how many more cases like this one have had the wrong judgement passed doesn’t it?

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  • Tracey Ching:

    Aiyoh! After 55 years of suppression & repression, generations of Singaporeans including this writer are stupid, barest minimum of 61.2% of the electorate, which the truism states: SINGAPORE IS NOT A Genuine and Sincere Democracy!!! Go read the English classic, Animal Farm by George Orwell. Singapore is Animal Farm
    and Animal Farm is Singapore.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    What went wrong ? All those mask auto machine are empty some time with no mask inside .Singapore government should mass produce all those male underwear and put inside those mask auto machine to sell cheaply to residents and this make access to male underwear much easier.One box of five pieces sell at $5 per box instead of $14-$16 on the shoppong mall .However government is not making life cheaper and easier for people .What is government realky doing ? All those con people policies of cutting tax and increase tax at other area.

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  • Billy ma:

    It would not surprise many if Ah Sham conclude that it was the high Court judge who made the wrong judgement.

    As in past practice, a ministerial statement made in parliament is above every law.
    Remember lhl declared his is right & his siblings were wrong. Case closed.
    He declared he won.

    Expect the same to happen.

    After all, next GE is years away.
    PAP know that Singaporeans got short memory.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Billy ma:
    It would not surprise many if Ah Sham conclude that it was the high Court judge who made the wrong judgement.

    As in past practice, a ministerial statement made in parliament is above every law. Remember lhl declared his is right & his siblings were wrong. Case closed. He declared he won.

    Expect the same to happen.

    After all, next GE is years away.
    PAP know that Singaporeans got short memory.

    The minions of the despot will get around the Truth somehow. Wait and see the bullshit fly. This is the only thing they are good at.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on the Independent.sg :Quote -”Chee Soon Juan questions why Murali Pillai is “suddenly” cost-conscious when asked to build a simple footpath
    Dr Chee took Mr Pillai to task for citing cost as a factor when he remains silent about the high pay the ministers in his party earn and other expenses that could have been financed more frugally…….”Unquote .

    Response : There are many possible reasons maybe as follows :
    1) The idea come Dr Chee Soon Juan .If Pillai use it,who get the credit ? Obviously ,Pillai doesm’t want Dr Chee Soon Juan to get any credit from such implementation that may throw him out next GE.
    2) His town council don’t have the money to implement .So cannot built .
    3) Pillai doesn’t see it a necessity as it give him more work to do.
    4) His town council funds maybe needs to feed his evil town council women wing big fat salary
    .
    5)Dr Chee Soon Juan team embarrass him about his son case ,so of course not approved .

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  • oxygen:

    MINISTER K. SHANMUGAM must be TALKING POLITICS, NOT LAW when he asserted that “justice was served” on Parti Liyani after High Court Judge Chan Seng Onn reversed the decision of DC Judge Olivier Low.

    The OPPOSITE IS TRUE.

    Parti Liyani went through 4 hellish year of emotional trauma and wasted loss of time/opportunity irrecoverable and receives no compensation of any token, not even an apology from any or all the wrong-doing parties of a vexatious litigation.

    If Shanmugam did uttered that cryptic line (below), he must be living in a different planet from me.

    K. Shanmugam :in Singapore there is no conflict of interest between the law maker and law enforcer

    Haven’t he heard of the Shawcross Principle and Prosecutorial Independence applications.

    The acceptance of the Shawcross principle in Commonwealth countries was
    fortified at the Commonwealth Law Minister’s Conference held in Winnipeg,
    Canada in August 1977. Isn’t Singapore a part of the Commonwealth countries applying the same legal convention in common law application?

    Heraghty, Ben — “Defender of the Faith? The Role of the Attorney-General in Defending the High Court” [2002] MonashULawRw 10; (2002) 28(2) Monash University Law Review 206

    http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/MonashULawRw/2002/10.html

    If we are abiding of the Shawcross principle, HOW COULD LEE-jiapore explains these?

    high-hand master: when 4 = 5 and selected = elected, you know you are dealing with some top rated high-hand master (武林高手) ??

    The AGC stood silent.

    But when LSW “spoke” privately in email about the relationship between Govt/Judiciary – disputable if one wants to disagree with him and in freedom of thoughts – the AGC tenaciously prosecuted him to legal conclusion.

    In the layman minds, the AG in LEE-jiapore is a POLITICAL APPOINTEE, much lesser of consideration for his outstanding or lack of it, of his/her legal expertise.

    In practical terms, there are two archetypes of AG in the world: the “advocate” and the “neutral”

    When AG the law minister, but an appointee of the law minister, immediately he/she will disregard the Shawcross principle for this own survival.

    Why?

    Very simple.

    ” he or she intended to abide by the Shawcross principle of independent aloofness in a political controversy, would probably not last long enough in the position to articulate that principle.The Shawcross principle is irrelevant if an Attorney-General is dismissed before exercising the principle when it matters.”

    The “advocate” AG – will take “advice” (read instructions) from cabinet members – to make decisions that serves political outcome, not law in all political controversies.

    Shawcross is dead corpse.

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  • oxygen:

    Here is a recent example of Shawcross principle application in Canada.

    The SNC Lavalin Controversy: The Shawcross Principle and Prosecutorial Independence

    https://www.law.utoronto.ca/blog/faculty/snc-lavalin-controversy-shawcross-principle-and-prosecutorial-independence

    GOOD READ.

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  • oxygen:

    AND BECAUSE OF INHERENT CONFLICTS INEVITABLE and lack of check and balances (when the AG is both the Gpvt law adviser/law architect and prosecutorial role), there must be a separate Office of Public Prosecution (OPP).

    OPP shall have regard to the Shawcross principle of engaging in prosecution solely on public interest, correctness of law application, taking advice (but NOT instruction) from political interests and be accountable for all failed litigation outcome including angry public reactions such as this Parti Liyani, public moral and trust in the integrity of state institutions including police investigative function.

    In other words, the OPP is both the BRIDGE AND REACH to society which it applies the enacted law without fear or favor.

    AND ALL THE POLITICIANS whatever side of the political divide CAN ALL SHUT UP BEFORE AND AFTER THE FACT of judicial judgment.

    Law application – particularly criminal law prosecution – DO NOT NEED POLITICAL WAKE AND FUNERAL after something has gone badly wrong. The burden of public accountability must fall solely on the OPP.

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  • On Moral Decadence:

    “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”

    - Saint Augustine

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote -”Businessman Goh Jin Hian could face legal action for breaches of director’s duties at troubled commodity firm
    Dr Goh Jin Hian has not been accused of fraudulent conduct.
    Dr Goh Jin Hian has not been accused of fraudulent conduct.PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
    PUBLISHED1 HOUR AGO
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    Grace LeongBusiness Correspondent
    SINGAPORE – Doctor-businessman Goh Jin Hian could face legal action for breaches of his director’s duties at a firm that has lost its operating licence and has been placed under judicial management amid financial stress.

    The Straits Times understands that Dr Goh, who is the son of Emeritus Senior Minister and former prime minister Goh Chok Tong, has not been accused of fraudulent conduct……”Unquote .

    Response : What went wrong ? Another firm under judicial management .Seem like a lot of rotten company manage by rotten people .

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  • Ironside:

    There is another case that went wrong.

    Not too long ago, a prisoner was given an extra 3 strokes of the rotan than what was handed down by the court.

    Can you recall ? Familiar ?

    This smart nation has low RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY.

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  • SiJiânc:

    There was a line in the film “Absence of Malice” when Paul Newman, the target of a critical newspaper article, told Sally Field, the journalist, that the story she’d written about him was, indeed, “accurate–but it wasn’t true.”

    I found it a great example of the way language can spin, pro and con, depending on the way the minister goes about it. “What went wrong”?

    Power of language. Juxtaposed with the well-crafted rhetoric that is all too pervasive during in our present socio-political paradigm, we have the authors of poetry, memoirs, and novels who employ words and bring them to an art form.

    Yes, power is language, and language is power. Our test, our goal is to use it well. That is why many of the words used by politicians, have no more meaning than the sound of barking dogs.

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  • Realistically:

    Attention Please

    Law Minister Shanmugam is facetious to have asked “what went wrong” in the context of his PARLIAMENT STATEMENT made on 21 March 2018 with the main excerpts which I have posted before, as follow:

    Quote:

    “20. When the quality of the Judiciary suffers, the rule of law suffers. When the rule of law suffers, the Country suffers.

    21. The Government regards a strong and trusted Judiciary as the bedrock of the rule of law.

    22. That is worth defending vigorously, and we will continue to do so through our laws and policies.” UNQUOTE.

    Those who have tried to discredit me following my several comments about the quality or lack thereof of the judiciary especially in respect of their prima facie breaches of their oath of office per the Constitution and concomitant breaches of statutory law rendering their travesty of justice as crimes, clearly wanted to distract sinkies from the CORE issue of jurisprudence in regards to prima facie, the crystal clear example of District Judge Olivia Low’s unjustified conviction of Parti Liyani, which is ONE OF several examples of the travesties of justice not only in the case of JBJ’s conviction of a crime he did NOT commit; Woffles Wu being let off for getting his driver to get the rap for driving offence after being charged in court; the clear travesty of justice for the parents of the teenager killed by a severely corroded lamp post; Assistant Professor Li Shengwu’s Defence filing being struck off which part being also sealed even though there is no conceivable possibility that it was on national security grounds, being the only reason for sealing; the Parti Liyani’s case, and others.

    Unless Law Minister Shanmugam’s “what went wrong” refers to the unexpected decision by Justice Chan Seng Onn to acquit Liyani based on the factual matrix of the case and on the law contrary to the prima facie travesty of justice which had been intended and should have been inflicted on Liyani, probably on the basis that Liyani would not have the means to obtain “good lawyers” to argue her appeal.

    To be cont’d

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  • Realistically:

    That Law Minister’s “what went wrong” in the Liyani’s case is probably the 2nd scenario, can be seen by the following events as to Justice Chan’s judgment:

    1. The appeal was first heard on 1 November 2019; then 17 February 2020 and finally 11 August 2020 before written judgment was given on 4 September 2020 AFTER the GE. One has to remember that it is the REGISTRAR of the Supreme Court who fixed the hearing dates, and NOT the judge.
    2. After the judgment was released with the implicit indictment of District Jduge Olivia Low’s unjustified conviction for the prima facie wilfully wrong ruling refusing to admit Liyani’s reports complaining of her being forced to clean Liew Mun Leong son’s house and office paying her a derisory 20 CENTS per hour, and leading to Justice Chan’s finding of “improper motive” for the prosecution of Liyani; and the fraudulent conduct of the DPP in misleading the courts into believing that the DVD player was NOT spoilt, even though it could not play a fresh DVD disc, Dilhan Pillay, the CEO of Temasek Holdings International had asked people to wait for Liew Mun Leong to give his version of the events which was clearly farcical given that Liew should have and indeed had given his version of the events in his affidavit, evidence in chief, under examination by the DPP and cross-examination by Liyani’s Counsel………..Given the FACT that Dilhan Pillay is also a lawyer of considerable experience, it must be obvious that the PAPie establishment was trying to prevent the truth from being revealed to the public.
    3. The FACT that Liew Mun Leong subsequently resigned from all his appointments in the government companies showed that Liew Mun Leong is made to take ALL the blame for “what went wrong” rather than have attention focussed on the prima facie travesty of justice under DJ Olivia Low with her (and the DPPs) concomitant contravention of section 16 of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act and plausibly also of the Penal Code.
    4. It is my belief that the Chua Mui Hoon’s piece in the 158th ranked mouthpiece was an attempt, in my opinion, to DISTRACT t from the prima facie wilful breaches of the judge’s oath of office under the Constitution/State Court Act and should bring into question the independence or otherwise of the judiciary, which should be the CORE element of jurisprudence. Unfortunately people like Teo Soh Lung who is a lawyer, maybe not in practice; and also others who also pounced on the opportunity to showcase their misplaced expertise in law.

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  • Realistically:

    Incidentally some clowns have resorted to the low-life tactic of asking whether I had voted for the PAP and also if I had spoken out about the travesty of justice inflicted on the late JBJ. On the former, I would just point out what I have raised before, which is so what as how I had voted in earlier GEs would not have affected the main issues of foreigners replacing sinkies; nor the cost of living; that the sinkie’s HDB would be worth ZERO at the end of the lease period………..pointing to the FACT that those who voted for the wayang party in Hougang; Aljunied GRC and so-called oppos in general in other constituencies are also affected by the same issues ie those voting so-called oppos are NOT immune from the issues affecting those who voted for the PAPies.

    As for whether I or others had highlighted the JBJ’s travesty of justice, those low-life charlatans and s*ake oil salesmen, should also asked themselves why Low Thia Khiang and those in the wayang party who had replaced JBJ and his supporters in the then Workers’ Party had not shown any support for JBJ…………..and yet continue to be returned/voted into Parliament. Do these low life people, including from the PAPies believe in what Law Minister Shanmugam had said in his address in Parliament on 21 March 2018 as I had quoted above as to why there should be an independent judiciary when in fact, the judges had wilfully breached the Constitution and committed other crimes in order to act in accordance or consistent with the emperor without clothes public pronouncement of how to “FIX” his critics/opponents?

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  • Harder Truths:

    Tracey Ching:
    Aiyoh! After 55 years of suppression & repression, generations of Singaporeans including this writer are stupid, barest minimum of 61.2% of the electorate, which the truism states: SINGAPORE IS NOT A Genuine and Sincere Democracy!!! Go read the English classic, Animal Farm by George Orwell. Singapore is Animal Farm
    and Animal Farm is Singapore.

    Animal Farm is better than $G. In that classic the pigs took over. Pigs are smart. In $G we are not so lucky after the British left.

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  • Tremendous:

    Law chief will wayang his way. Obvious.
    4 years of investigations still not enough. Still say he needs more
    investigations. Equivalent to asking villagers to call him wtf, and
    wtf doesn’t mean ‘wow, that’s fantastic!’

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  • BlindedMisled:

    No understanding of the bigger scheme of things so they, the intellectual class, conceived their own schemes surrounding managing people, hierarchies and cities with work/labour or jobs in the equation of unrighteous mammon where the elites or handful of leaders enjoy maximum benefits,protection, wealth and most importantly… power.

    Which is all wrong. But who cares right of you are among the elites of society controlling their own…schemes.

    Subsequently, in their own scheme they corrupted justice and inflicted great suffering on countless ordinary/innocent lives, equally clueless and not without guile, all over the world.

    Who were given to understand the greater scheme(which will save all)? Even that you have know understanding.

    You can’t save nations(yours included) or the world. Only one man can. And he is not even a man or a god(as typically understood) – talking about being crytic.

    Things can only get worse till you repent. There is no sign of repentance. They all think they are right or their selfish and self centered schemes are right.

    Good luck.

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  • Aiyo:

    Singapore just told the world that it’s ok to make a false police report here as long as you’re a member of the elite.

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  • TumasikPatriot:

    What went WRONG??? nothing leh!!! only an Idiot making an IDIOTIC statement

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  • Ahpoh:

    Pouring beer and liquor into drain also something not right.

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  • SiJiânc:

    Words and language are very powerful. As a species,we’re much more likely to believe a good storyteller over actual evidence.

    Narrative is the Petri dish of the humanities. The minister, creates the organisms, the nutrients and the conditions, then fools the reader into believing the development that ensues and the conclusions that follow.

    “Words” by the Bee Gees

    “It’s only words and words are all I have
    To take your heart away”

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    What went wrong .? TR Emeritis website is now hanging my backspace keyboard key ? So,I cannot bavkspace for my backspace key is hang . WHY ? TR Emeritus webdite corrupted software ?

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  • Psp:

    I think he will run Sylvia down first, then make a song n dance of the police n the judge!

    Just like how he whack psp to try and pin them for lying? Only thing the smart psp refused to follow his line of questioning?

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  • Time To Step Down:

    A Singapore Parable about the blind man and his beloved elephant:

    Corrupt minds will never admit to any conflict of interests.

    Even if the elephant is in the same room, sleeping with him in the same bed every night, a corrupted mind will tell his eyes to pretend that they are blind and cannot see the huge elephant.

    So, like the five blind men who tried to describe the huge elephant by touch, he touches his huge elephant every night a describes it to himself as five different things each night. So by now, he could have described his beloved huge elephant as a million different things. And therefore, he has become so confused as to which is which, except he does not know that it is really a huge elephant in his room, in his bed with him every night.

    Now, put that modern day Singapore parable aside.

    Let’s address the question of what went wrong.

    Me think what went wrong to the Honourable Minister is his tired mind. He has been holding the double ministerial posts for donkey years already. He has been w6too hard. Over-worked, so to speak. Just imagine, some other easy-going ministries have two or more ministers but he one superman helms two ministries. Both require plenty of brain-works and close attentive scrutiny of piles and piles of endless legal documents. So, after on those two jobs simultaneously for so many years, he must have become very exhausted, tired and bogged down. He needs a rest seriously. But he couldn’t say, no to the Big Boss because the pay
    is exceedingly good.

    That’s what went wrong. Pay is too good. That’s why cannot hack already , also must go on. The show must go on and on. Until drop dead, like LKY. Or until told to step down and out, like GCT.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on ST:Quote-”Lorry driver in viral Pasir Ris incident who was wrongly kept in jail for 2 extra days gets compensation..
    Jean Iau
    SINGAPORE – The man who was kept behind bars for two extra days because of an administrative error in the State Courts said he had tried to distract himself to avoid thinking about the extra hours he was spending in jail….

    On some nights of the fish farmer’s seven week imprisonment term, he said he was kept awake by the incessant whirr of the ventilator fan and the sound his cellmates made as they showered.

    But between Aug 22 and 23, it was the fact that he should have been a free man that weighed heavily on the 59-year-old’s mind.

    “During the day, I could distract myself by talking to other people but at night, when no one else was awake, I kept thinking about it,” said Mr Teo in Mandarin..

    He declined to say more, noting the confidentiality agreement he had signed earlier this week for an undisclosed sum in compensation from the Government.

    Married with two adult children, Mr Teo was sentenced on Jan 14 to seven weeks’ jail and a fine of $500 for causing hurt by a rash act, and of failing to make a police report within a day of an accident.

    The incident happened just before noon on Dec 22, 2018, in Pasir Ris.

    In a video that was widely circulated, cyclist Eric Cheung Hoyu is seen hitting the left side mirror of Mr Teo’s lorry before the truck suddenly swerves to the left towards Mr Cheung.

    Teo Seng Tiong (left) was convicted of causing hurt to Mr Eric Cheung Hoyu by performing a rash act..

    He was told if he was unable to pay the fine, he would have to serve another three days behind bars.

    After appealing unsuccessfully with the High Court, Mr Teo paid the fine and began serving his jail term on July 20.

    While the High Court notified the State Courts that the fine had been paid, the State Courts officer in charge of the case failed to update the State Courts’ case management system to reflect this, said the State Courts on Sept 2.

    The error was discovered only when Mr Teo’s lawyer, Mr Tan Hee Joek, sent a receipt of the payment for the fine to the Singapore Prison Service.

    Mr Teo was released on Aug 24 morning, two days after he should have been released, with a third of the three days’ jail in lieu of the fine remitted..

    “Everyone, whether I know them or not, has been asking me how much I got.”Unquote.

    Response :Since he served 7 weeks jail, why so stupid to pay $500 for 2-3days of jail? Might as well don’t pay $500 fine and serve another 2-3days jail more only. Sure or not,state Court failed to update the system? Who knows whether both the High Court and State Court officers eat up the $500 fine money and so never update the system and kept the fine money for themselves, possible? The High Court officer collect the fine money $500 cannot on the spot update the system meh? Why must pass to state court to update that the High Court collected the fine already?Fishy, right?

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  • KT:

    A well-composed article which provides a deep analysis on the conflicts of interests in the laws and home affair ministry. If he knew what went wrong earlier, there shouldn’t be any wrong earlier, and Ms Parti Liyani would not have been sentenced to jail in the first place. They should have properly checks and accountability at every levels in the administration. The rich and powerful are the products of the Papayas.

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  • Pap guaranteed lose:

    What went wrong? He really does not know?

    In a top down system, you know your place in the system. You mind your business, I mind mine so bonuses we all get.

    In this system you don’t try to be a hero. Look the other way, don’t rock the boat. If you try to be too clever, but it turns out to be wrong your bosses will be upset for wasting their time. Your bonus gone!

    That’s what is wrong!

    All this talk about a whole Govt approach, no wrong door policy is just BS as this case and many others prove.

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  • Pap guaranteed lose:

    Auditor General unearthed many cases of things that went wrong. How come not spotted by all the officers and their heads of departments?

    It proves my point that in a TOP down Govt everyone minds their own business.

    But they can easily spot what’s wrong with the opposition.

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  • David vs Goliath:

    to the author, u want to know ? very simple. Shanmugam is trying to find out what went wrong when a nobody maid unexpectedly wins a battle against a goliath and that was unexpected to him . he is trying to find why things didnt work in the “normal” way.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on the Indeoendent.sg :Quote -”…..Ms Parti, 46, appealed against conviction and was successfully represented by Mr Anil Balchandani of Red Lion Circle Advocates and Solicitors. He had submitted that she had been framed by her employers in order to prevent her from filing a complaint of illegal deployment.
    High Court Judge Chan Seng Onn, in his ruling to acquit Ms Parti, pointed out the problematic nature in which the case was investigated.

    Speaking on the matter, Mr Shanmugam said, “The (High Court) judge’s comments, we take them very seriously. Something has gone wrong in the chain of events. We have to look at that, and deal with what went wrong.

    We have to find out what happened, why it happened and then deal with it. And be accountable. That’s the best way to build trust in public, in the system. To come out in public and say what steps we have taken once the reviews are done.”

    In the light of the Law minister saying the matter would be looked into, some netizens have brought up the issue of Ivan Lim, asking what has happened in his case, which authorities also said they would investigate.
    Ivan Lim had been announced as one of the ruling People’s Action Party’s (PAP) candidates for July’s General Election but withdrew his name from contesting after allegations concerning his past conduct circulated online, especially from the time when Mr Lim, a General Manager for Specialised Vessels of Keppel Offshore & Marine, was in National Service.

    At that time, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said that the party would look into the allegations against Mr Lim after the GE. ”We’ll come back to the issues concerning Ivan Lim after the elections because we don’t want to leave them unresolved. But we really have to move on now and focus on the issues.”
    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also weighed in on the matter, saying, “After the elections, the party will investigate the veracity of the allegations against Ivan and we will come to a view on the matter.”
    Facebook: Ruben Goh
    A meme has been circulating online that contains a quote from Mr Shanmugam, saying, “Gov’t will deal with what went wrong with case of acquitted maid,” followed by “Gov’t also said it will investigate this case after the elections,” with a photo of Ivan Lim speaking at a media conference.

    At the bottom of the meme it says, “But not a single word till now.”…”Unquote .

    Response : So Ivan case closed shop ? So what went wrong ? Ministers words believable ?

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