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Long Live The Conspiracy Theorist

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It’s now been made official that Parti Liyani, the Indonesian maid who had been acquitted of theft by her former employer, the former Chairman of Changi Airport, Mr. Liew Mun Leong, will not be getting any compensation for the pain that she had to endure. The high court has dismissed her claim against the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) for compensation. The full report can be found at: [LINK]

The Judge, Justice Chan Seng Onn, who had famously acquitted Ms. Liyani of theft last year, noted that she had failed to meet “the “high threshold” for proving that the prosecution was frivolous or vexatious.”

Justice Chan, argued that the public prospectors would have reviewed the evidence and found that there were significant grounds to bring the matter to court and could not be swayed by hindsight.

I am not a legal expert so I shall leave the technicalities of the findings to the better qualified. However, as a layman observing the course of justice, it would appear that the message is quite clear – Ms. Liyani was very lucky to get acquitted and the best thing she can do is to quit while she’s ahead. If last year’s acquittal was a victory for justice, who is the dismissal for compensation against the AGC a victory for?

Well, the most obvious answer is that this is probably a victory for conspiracy theorist. One can only ask, how it was that the very same judge who found that evidence against Ms. Liyani was so lacking that it had to thrown out but a year later, that very same judge now found that the prosecutors who brought the case must have found enough to justify sending it to court.

Another question that the conspiracy theorist will undoubtedly have a field day would be on the question of what went wrong. When Ms. Liyani was acquitted last year, our Minister of Home Affairs and Justice (In the Singapore Context, writing and enforcing the laws is somehow not a conflict of interest) made some comments about how “Something had gone wrong.” The cynics at that point asked “What exactly went wrong?” Was it the obvious “miscarriage of justice” or was it the fact that the wrong person won the court case? So, if Mr. Shanmugam was talking about the later, the question now is, did someone take Justice Chan out for a cup of coffee and had a quiet word with him about getting things right?

The set back in Ms. Liyani’s quest for justice has only given conspiracy theorist plenty to talk about. The government should make an effort to get some clarity in its communication if it is to prove that we really are a society ruled by laws.

 

ang 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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16 Responses to “Long Live The Conspiracy Theorist”

  • Temusik Patriot:

    CONspiracy??? My foot tangfastic,it is clear as a mountain spring …” Fear ” of demotion or like all civil servants be CONdioned CONply(spelling purposed) or B-canned…an Eagle back to sparrow

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  • Liew Mun Leong must be jailed:

    Straits Times: Why the prosecution against Parti Liyani was not ‘frivolous or vexatious’

    The real issue here is the crime committed by Liew Mun Leong and his family starting with illegal deployment of their domestic worker followed by their laughable attempt to frame her for stealing to force her to keep quiet about her illegal deployment. Liew Mun Leong is “well connected” so the police and prosecutor believe his claim and did not properly investigated it.

    The prosecution case may not be “frivolous or vexatious” but it was definitely “malicious” because it there would be no prosecution if they police and prosecutor did their jobs properly. It is that simple.

    Liew Mun Leong must be heavily fined AND jailed for starting this mess. His “connections” must not allow him to escape punishment. His resignation from his senior post with GLCs is not enough.

    LIEW MUN LEONG MUST BE JAILED.

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  • exacting technical steps:

    //noted that she had failed to meet “the “high threshold” for proving that the prosecution was frivolous or vexatious.”

    aiyoh. lower peasants need a “high threshold” to prove ??

    higher mortar balls need “lower threshold” to pro-see-cuke hor ? or else how she got a-quick-ted hor ???

    //I am not a legal expert so I shall leave the technicalities of the findings to the better qualified.//

    aiyoh. real life does not even move in exacting technical steps – each single step followed by another (e.g more so when it comes to “legal” technicalities which only the legal fraternity would understand and start to applaud their own understanding ???) ????

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  • I beg to differ:

    1. The prosecution throw in every item they found on Parti (at the airport) and in Parti’s bags (in the house, having been through unpacking and repacking by many people in her absence).

    2. The police did not investigate each item diligently. Did they really investigate the 100s of items carefully?

    3. Wouldn’t this imply “frivolous and vexatious” prosecution?

    Liew Mun Leong must be jailed: The prosecution case may not be “frivolous or vexatious” but it was definitely “malicious” because it there would be no prosecution if they police and prosecutor did their jobs properly. It is that simple.

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  • factotum:

    They can spend tens if not several hundred thousands of dollars to fight her claim for compensation for a miserly $10,000 and incur much court and legal costs (except pro bono for her if I’m not wrong) and time for all concerned, and the opportunity costs. Why need to talk about threshold for her and standii of the prosecutors? Just pay her an ex gratia amount out of human kindness!

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  • nathan chen:

    Looks like the Judge had taken upon himself to act as the Defence Counsel for the AGC. This was the same Judge who had acquitted the maid for theft. Prior to the dismissal of the Maid’s to seek compensation via the Court, there was an offer for a negotiated settlement for an unclosed sum for the Maid outside Court. The deal fell through, perhaps the unclosed amount offered was too embarrassing low on the advice of her legal Counsel to accept, so the Maid decided to fight on. The rule of the law is an exception and not the norm when you come up against the other side with a capital G. However, this lost cause once again reaffirmed the people what Singapore Justice System is all about. A piece of shit.

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  • left behind:

    Let’s face the truth, there is an unofficial caste system in Singapore. King, nobleman, businessman and peasant is the caste system in Singapore. Under LHL rule, it has become King, nobleman, businessman, foreigners and peasant. We rank below foreigners now. The older generation accept the injustices as part of their life and suffer silence. Now in the Aquarius age, we have wake up to the inequalities and injustices and the fight against inequalities and injustices has begin. They knew it and they are shutting us up in local press, social media and using law suit. But they cannot stop it because it is a trend internationally, many people and everywhere we are fighting back. As I said this is just the begin, the younger generation mostly have Facebook has become more outspoken and give their opinions. We will fight, our children will too and so will our grandchildren. They cannot stop the age of Aquarius. The fight of inequalities and injustices cannot be stop. We will not bow to power and accept this caste system of King, nobleman, businessman, foreigners and peasant. We are equal and deserve equal treatment.

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  • Tangli Buchikonya:

    Clueless when it comes to politics or how the world really works. To me, you’re too lazy to put in any effort to figure out what are facts and what are fictions, deliberately creating perplexity to flummox TRE readers.

    Don’t forget the Socratic method…aka a “rabbit hole” consisting of unending “WHYs.”

    Has worked for me through a lifetime of intellectual pursuits. A Cartesian method of doubting & questioning. True knowledge is inter-disciplinary layers of information in context; it is connecting all the dots & going deep, through each layer.

    Time to throw away the vapid, shallow testing through “multiple choice” & “true /false” exam setups. Please bring back writing full answers & well-nuanced essays. The world of knowledge is made up of grays, not just black & white.

    A society that worships answers but doesn’t know how to question is doomed to collapse.

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  • Long live she Milo president?:

    “We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace – business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me – and I welcome their hatred.”

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  • Harder Truths:

    Everyone knew this. Who can touch the communist regime? No matter what they do they will never be made to pay for their e**l.

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  • Err, something has gone wrong?:

    Judge Chan had once righteously acquitted lowly Parti of the charges brought down upon her by the big Temasek guy. That was seminal jurisprudence in standing up to authoritarianism, hugely approved by Singapore sheeples as far as I can tell. But of course, there were repercussions for the man of ethical conscience …. He presides over the court in an island where the judiciary, the executive, and the legislative branches of government are warped into an amorphous whole the likes of which no other “democracy” in the world has deemed it reasonable or justifiable to emulate: Ahgong may rise up any moment if something goes wrong with his amorphous Sinchiapor Incorporated state.

    * “If, of course, there is neither freedom nor any moral law based on freedom, but only a state in which everything that happens or can happen simply obeys the mechanical workings of nature, politics would mean the art of utilising nature for the government of men, and this would constitute the whole of what is ‘practical wisdom’; and the concept of Right would then be only an empty idea. But if we consider it absolutely necessary to couple the concept of Right with Politics, or even to make it a limiting condition of politics, it must be conceded that the two are compatible. And I can indeed imagine a moral politician, i.e. someone who conceives of the principles of Political Expediency in such a way that they can co-exist with Morality; but I cannot imagine a ‘political moralist’, i.e. one who fashions his morality to suit his own advantage as a statesman.”

    (Immanuel Kant, “Political Writings”)

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  • Haha, this is Sg:

    The police threw in the “evidence”, the public prosecutors didn’t, closed both eyes as justice should be, they just prosecuted.

    How to win against the authorities in Singapore?

    I beg to differ:
    1. The prosecution throw in every item they found on Parti (at the airport) and in Parti’s bags (in the house, having been through unpacking and repacking by many people in her absence).

    2. The police did not investigate each item diligently. Did they really investigate the 100s of items carefully?

    3. Wouldn’t this imply “frivolous and vexatious” prosecution?

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  • Truthers:

    @ Tang Li
    It seems your “Long Live The Conspiracy Theorist” got trashed below by titans. Don’t play play here because you ain’t David yet.

    Tangli Buchikonya:
    Clueless when it comes to politics or how the world really works. To me, you’re too lazy to put in any effort to figure out what are facts and what are fictions, deliberately creating perplexity to flummox TRE readers.

    Don’t forget the Socratic method…aka a “rabbit hole” consisting of unending “WHYs.”

    Has worked for me through a lifetime of intellectual pursuits. A Cartesian method of doubting & questioning. True knowledge is inter-disciplinary layers of information in context; it is connecting all the dots & going deep, through each layer.

    Time to throw away the vapid, shallow testing through “multiple choice” & “true /false” exam setups. Please bring back writing full answers & well-nuanced essays. The world of knowledge is made up of grays, not just black & white.

    A society that worships answers but doesn’t know how to question is doomed to collapse.

    Err, something has gone wrong?: udge Chan had once righteously acquitted lowly Parti of the charges brought down upon her by the big Temasek guy. That was seminal jurisprudence in standing up to authoritarianism, hugely approved by Singapore sheeples as far as I can tell. But of course, there were repercussions for the man of ethical conscience …. He presides over the court in an island where the judiciary, the executive, and the legislative branches of government are warped into an amorphous whole the likes of which no other “democracy” in the world has deemed it reasonable or justifiable to emulate: Ahgong may rise up any moment if something goes wrong with his amorphous Sinchiapor Incorporated state.

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  • Driver leaning on?:

    Police to investigate why the bus driver of a public transport refuses to stop for a Chinaman .. he think the bus Abd the company belong to him suka use the bus to show his political leaning .. isn’t this same as bullying .. bus company tk sack the driver so he can go home Abd faced his own kampung politics .. the public transport system is a-political ..

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  • Realistically:

    @ Tang Li

    >>Well, the most obvious answer is that this is probably a victory for conspiracy theorist. <<

    Let me start by stating my name: Bin Hee Heng and I post on TOC under my shorten western version of my name as Heng Bin.

    I have stated many times that the justice system in SINKaPOOR is BROKEN……….there is NO CONSPIRACY theorist.

    In so far as the acquittal of Parti Liyani by Justice Chan was concerned, the prosecution had failed to establish the "dishonesty" motive as stated in the relevant section of the Penal Code………..I can't remember the details.

    Anyway, the legal opinion of the UK's pre-eminent lawyer on Administrative Law and professional misconduct cases Mr Timothy Dutton CBE QC leaves no doubt whatsoever that the decision of the 3 Judges Court presided by Chief Justice Menon himself, that the judgment to suspend Lww Suet Fern from legal practice for 15 months "… is legally unsound and falls into serious error. … since the findings of misconduct are untenable no sanction should have been imposed". This is as good as saying that Lee Suet Fern instead of getting justice was dealt with TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE.

    Any wonder that Law & Home Affairs Minister Mr K.Shanmugam refused to call for a COMMISSION of Inquiry into the Singapore justice system even as he said in his Parliament Speech on 21 March 2018 that if the "quality of the judiciary suffers, the COUNTRY SUFFERS"?

    My personal experiences, the last being the judgment with neutral judgment Bin Hee Heng v Ho Siew Lan (Acting as Executrix and Trustee of Gillian Ho Siu Ngin) [2020] SGCA 4 is a total disgrace and travesty of justice against the core fundamental jurisprudence principles AND the judges violation of their fidelity to the Supreme Law of SINKaPOOR, which is the Constitution Of the Republic of Singapore, You might like to look up the First Schedule (Form 6) of the Constitution which I reproduce herewith:

    6. Oath of Office of Chief Justice, Supreme Court Judge, Judicial Commissioner or Senior Judge
    [Act 38 of 2019 wef 02/01/2021]
    I, ………………………………………………………………………………………., having been appointed to the office of ……………………………………………………………., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully discharge my judicial duties, and I will do right to all manner of people after the laws and usages of the Republic of Singapore without fear or favour, affection or ill-will to the best of my ability, and will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore.

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  • Tangli Buchikonya:

    Quite possibly the best phrase I have read so far in 2021:

    Realistically:
    I have stated many times that the justice system in SINKaPOOR is BROKEN……….there is NO CONSPIRACY theorist.

    Note to Tang Li:
    Never leap to a malignant conspiracy to explain something that can be explained by incompetence and self-protection first.

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