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The Stanchart robber is finally back in Singapore

He was sentenced to five years' jail along with six strokes of the cane, but his caning was remitted by the President.

I express my views as a concerned citizen and a lay person.

The Stanchart robber is finally back in Singapore and the Singapore government has agreed to the British government’s demand that he will be spared from caning.

I understand that if we refuse to the British’s demand to spare him the cane, David Roach (DR) will not be returned to the Singapore government.

I ask myself if I were the Singapore negotiator negotiating with the British side for DR’s return, would I agree totally to the British’s demand or would I totally reject it or would I agree to their demand of no caning but….

I am unsure if his 5 years jail sentence is an enhanced sentence.

I remember that the American boy, Michael Fay, despite then President Clinton interceded in 1994 still got 4 strokes of the cane and 4 months imprisonment for vandalism. DR was a Bank Robber in case anybody forgets.

The late Lee Kuan Yew was still around when we caned Michael Fay. I have learned a long time ago that people will give face to you if you have a strong leadership or backing and people, likewise, will give you a damn if you have a weak leadership.

Thailand’s refusal to return him to Singapore after his release from thai prison is so telling. Need I say more?

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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9 Responses to “The Stanchart robber is finally back in Singapore”

  • Simon ar Simon

    1. Thailand got no extradiction treaty with Sinkieppore, how can they hand DR over to Sinkieland, nothing to do with face, okay? Standard protocol is to deport him back to Canada.

    As for your other question:

    “On the advice of Singapore’s Cabinet, the remittance was granted by President Halimah Yacob using her powers under Article 22P(1) of the Constitution. MHA noted that the Singapore government has “thus fulfilled the assurance given to the UK government” and that no alternative punishment would be imposed on Roach in lieu of the remitted caning sentence.”

    Don’t say 5 years not long sentence hor, in total, he spent almost more than 5 years being remanded both in UK and SInkieland, now must add another 5, that means 10 years liao lor, sibei heavy for his case.

    Besides, this case only the filty-rich insurance company lost SGD$20,000, and the Thai authorities got SGD$20,000 richer nia.

    I like your articles but why everything also cry father cry mother when it is, IMHO, of no relevance to peasants like us?

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  • In front want face:

    TRE Techie: I like your articles but why everything also cry father cry mother when it is, IMHO, of no relevance to peasants like us?

    yep, but who knows, maybe kowtow to Brits behind the scene to show sheeples they’re relevant?

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  • Just do it:

    Let’s observe the law.

    If the law book says caning just do it,!

    Otherwise you are ceding our nationality………
    .. our Independence Day is coming on 21 August 2021………….let’s change the 9 to this date…………so that we can have a new birthday!

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  • Billy ma:

    I think the caning part is OK since its used as a bargaining chip.

    But I don’t remember anybody telling everybody why & how this guy can manage to escape the next day.

    If he ran off within hours after bagging the money, then maybe it’s understandable.
    But ‘the day after’?

    Somebody is not on top of his job for sure.
    If he did, there’s no need to go round begging people to catch the guy & having to negotiate his return.

    Wonder.

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  • Wood lookers:

    They must be looking into the wood, just like Mas Selamat.

    Billy ma:
    I think the caning part is OK since its used as a bargaining chip.

    But I don’t remember anybody telling everybody why & how this guy can manage to escape the next day.

    If he ran off within hours after bagging the money, then maybe it’s understandable.
    But ‘the day after’?

    Somebody is not on top of his job for sure.
    If he did, there’s no need to go round begging people to catch the guy & having to negotiate his return.

    Wonder.

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  • opposition dude:

    The difference between Fay and Cockroach that Simon Lim has missed out on is that Fay was arrested WHILST still in Singapore, he never had the chance to escape unlike Roach.

    So when you catch the culprit on your shores you have the upper hand. We gave face to Clinton by reducing the number of strokes but we still sent out a clear message that ang mohs who break the law can and WILL still be caned.

    Now that we have promised Canada that Roach will not be caned this then sets a precedent for future criminals who are non Singaporeans that if you are able to flee the island after your crime the PAP will have to promise that you won’t be caned or else you won’t be extradited.

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  • Pioneer:

    Hence, can our own citizens in troubles bargain with the Party Against People to drop the rotans given ? If a foreigner committed of a serious crime here allowed, y not our citizens ? Y bully our citizens and kowtow to the foreign countries ? Where is our sovereignty as an independent nation ? The white monkeys always say “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAWS”. Hence, I think it is as good as no laws.

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  • Useless Son:

    To put it simply. Many old SGs were proud to be called Singaporeans, under LKY’s times. Not now, under his useless son.

    Pioneer:
    Hence, can our own citizens in troubles bargain with the Party Against People to drop the rotans given ? If a foreigner committed of a serious crime here allowed, y not our citizens ? Y bully our citizens and kowtow to the foreign countries ? Where is our sovereignty as an independent nation ? The white monkeys always say “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAWS”. Hence, I think it is as good as no laws.

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  • Montecristo.:

    When put in the above context, the freaking Sinkie govenmnt looks utterly stupid and F spineless.

    Shame ,Shame and bloody Shame.

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