Man accused of having sex with underage prostitute writes to Tan Kin Lian seeking assistance
Posted by temasektimes on April 21, 2012
One of the men charged with having commercial sex with a minor has written to ex-presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian requesting his assistance in the matter.
Up to 48 men have been charged this week for having commercial sex with her when she was 17 years old. They include 9 civil servants, a senior banker, a company director, a senior vice-president of a private company, lawyers, a senior police officer, the former principal of Pei Chun Public School Lee Lip Hong and prominent grassroots leader and high-ranking MOE official Chua Ren Cheng. Their ages range from between 21 to 48 years old.
In a letter written to Mr Tan and published on his blog, the accused man wrote he feels very depressed and seeks Mr Tan’s assistance to talk to the Prime Minister:
“I am writing to you to request your kind assistance to talk to our Prime Minister Lee in looking into recent commercial sex with minor. I am one of the person was charged and feel very depressed and stressed. Do you think we deserve to be shamed over in internet and newspaper. Our career and life has been ruined and we are not giving any second chance.”
He added that he was cheated by the pimp and prostitute and he would leave Singapore after the case is settled.
In reply, Mr Tan said he has forwarded his letter to TODAY and had blogged about the saga urging the police and public prosecutor to review the matter to find a better solution before more people and their families are harmed.
“In Singapore, a person is condemned by public opinion when they are charged in court, regardless of whether they are eventually convicted. We are destroying the reputation and careers of 44 people by taking this drastic action. Is this the type of outcome that is desirable for the future of Singapore?
I wish to repeat that I am not condoning the action of these 44 men and that action should be taken to protect our under-aged girls. But this is probably a bad case to act on. And it may be unjust to the people who are involved.”