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Court of Appeal says that Singapore Parliament is sleeping on the job.

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  1. bic_cherry

    bic_cherry Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Court of Appeal says that Singapore Parliament is sleeping on the job.
    Parliamentarians (MPs) main role is to write good legislature (laws) to facilitate progress of society. But many MPs are mere PAP mouthpieces and sock puppets, concerned only with the well being of their minister masters on whose coat-tails they had entered parliament on: thus the outdated penal code legislature (much of which was merely a cut and paste job in 1965 when Singapore simply copied the Indian penal code almost wholesale, and still remaining much unchanged till now) because PAP MPs all focus on the minister's welfare and treat the people like fodder.

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    City Harvest case: Prosecution’s bid to reinstate longer jail terms rejected by Apex court

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    (Clockwise from top left): Tan Ye Peng, Kong Hee, John Lam, Chew Eng Han, Sharon Tan and Serina Wee. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)

    By Vanessa Paige Chelvan
    01 Feb 2018 09:59AM (Updated: 01 Feb 2018 11:17AM)

    SINGAPORE: The Court of Appeal has on Thursday (Feb 1) found in favour of City Harvest Church’s Kong Hee and five others, rejecting the prosecution’s bid to reinstate the original convictions and sentences of the six church leaders.

    This means Kong, his former deputy Tan Ye Peng and senior members Chew Eng Han, John Lam, Serina Wee and Sharon Tan will continue to serve reduced jail terms of seven months to three and a half years, slashed from between 21 months and eight years.

    Former finance manager Sharon Tan, 41, has completed her seven-month sentence and is now a free woman. Former fund manager Chew, 57, will begin serving his sentence of three years and four months on Feb 22.

    “A HARD CASE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE BAD LAW”: APEX COURT

    On Thursday, the Court of Appeal moved to uphold the High Court’s decision to convict the City Harvest six of less serious criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges.

    Though Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang acknowledged the “lacuna,” or gap, in the law brought to light in this case, he said the five-judge Court of Appeal would not “paper over” it.

    “A hard case should not be allowed to make bad law,” Judge Phang said. “The shaping of a remedy should be left to Parliament,” he added, noting that “the separation of powers … is the bedrock of our Constitution”.

    In a procedure known as a Criminal Reference, the prosecution had argued at a hearing last year that the original convictions of the City Harvest six ought to have been upheld.

    The six were found guilty in 2015 of taking S$50 million from the church’s coffers to secretly bankroll the music career of Kong’s wife, singer Sun Ho.

    They were convicted of the most serious form of CBT under section 409 of the Penal Code, reserved for public servants, bankers, merchants or agents and carrying a jail term of up to 20 years or life.

    All six appealed. In a shock split decision in April last year, the High Court overturned the convictions, and opted instead to convict the six of the least serious form of CBT, which carries up to seven years’ jail.

    The High Court’s split 2-1 decision hinged on the definition of the word “agent”. Kong and the others did not act as “professional agents,” so do not fall under the ambit of section 409, the court had said.

    Though the High Court conceded their judgement was “intuitively unsatisfactory,” “we cannot ignore the wording of the law,” it said.

    The apex court affirmed this decision on Thursday, ruling that the text of section 409 only encompasses “professional agents” engaged in commercial activities. Directors and societies and charities do not fall under the scope of section 409, Judge Phang said.

    These are the consequences of “dated legislation,” the court said, urging Parliament to conduct a “wide-ranging policy review” that he said is long-overdue.

    Still, it should be remembered that the six are not going away unpunished, Judge Phang added.

    In August last year, Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar Nair had argued that if allowed to stand, the High Court’s “absurd” decision would mean that “high-ranking directors … are subject to less severe punishment than low-ranking employees”.

    The Senior Counsel urged the apex court to come to other “possible, reasonable” interpretations of the law to remedy the situation.

    Lawyers for the six had argued this gap in the law should be filled by legislation, as it is the job of Parliament – not the Court of Appeal – to construct laws.

    Source: CNA/mn
    Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/new...cution-s-bid-to-reinstate-longer-jail-9915310

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    PAP mouthpiece and coat tails MP doing the job of a thug/ goon protecting the personal interests of ministers that they were selected for and deployed to do:
    "If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communication and Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discuss policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister's ideas and proposals. Hence, a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity."
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  4. tanwahtiu

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    When u pray to God and ask God for help HE will answer your prayer:

    1. HE will never say No to you.

    2. HE has better plans for you?

    Just keep praying....
     
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    tanwahtiu Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Ahhhh.. a coin has 2 sides....

    If the judge pray to God too and ask for help to solve this God House case, what can God do:

    1. HE will not say NO to him.

    2.HE has better plans for him..


    Bald shinny head can pray to God too....

    1. HE will not say NO to bald shinny head.

    2. HE has better plans for bald shinny head...

    So at this point of time bald shinny head can only wait...

    Akan datang

    等我来也

    Lppl case...
     
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    many pairs of eyes in the parliament but how many actually open big big and watch, or just watch and keep mouth shut. rules and law is just a guide, you need the human eyes to constantly keep watch and pick-out the wrong doing and abnormal before it happen. If only prosecute after happen than we don't need to keep the salary of more than 1-million per person to be in the parliament. The one-million should be the bonus for those whom can prevent disasters from happening.
     

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