PAP MP Hri Kumar ‘surprised’ by $1,000 fine imposed on Woffles Wu for paying someone to take rap for speeding offence
Posted by temasektimes on June 16, 2012
PAP MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and lawyer Hri Kumar Nair has expressed his ‘surprise’ at the incredibly LIGHT sentence meted out on prominent plastic surgeon Woffles Wu (pic left) for paying somebody to take the rap for him for a speeding offence which shocked the entire nation, casting doubts on Singapore’s justice system.
While many others have been JAILED in the past for committing similar offences, Woffles Wu was only FINED $1,000 for abetting his employee 75 year old Kuah Yit Wah to take the rap for his speeding offence along Lornie Road not only once, but TWICE.
In stark contrast, a 51 year old sales executive Charlie Lim Chau Lee was jailed for six months for asking others to take the blame for his traffic offence in September 2010. (read more here)
Writing on his personal blog, Mr Hri Kumar wrote:
“I must admit I was surprised by the fine of $1,000 imposed on Woffles Woo for paying someone to take a speeding rap for him. Such offences are undoubtedly serious, as they seek to undermine the course of justice. Others who have committed similar offences have been jailed.”
Like many Singaporeans, Mr Hri Kumar was perturbed by the judge’s decision to fine Woffles Wu instead of sentencing him to jail:
“I do not know what the Judge took into account in making his decision, and I accept that no two cases are the same. However, I hope there will be an opportunity for the court to explain its reasons and how other cases where jail terms were imposed were distinguished. That will promote transparency and confidence in our legal system, and deal with allegations of unfair treatment, which have already appeared on the net.”
Despite the public outcry, the prosecution has not indicated if it would appeal against the decision which will surely set an unhealthy precedent for similar offences in the future.
Read rest of Mr Hri Kumar’s entry here