AGC: Law of contempt needed to protect ‘public confidence’ in administration of justice in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on July 18, 2012
Two weeks ago, the AGC issued a media statement to explain the charges leveled against plastic surgeon Woffles Wu for abetting somebody to take the rap for him for two speeding offences.
The fiasco sparked a massive outcry among Singaporeans, among whom is blogger Alex Au who wrote two articles insinuating that Woffles Wu was ‘favorably’ treated under the law, prompting AGC to send a letter to him threatening to charge him for contempt of court unless he retracts his article and apologizes which he eventually did so.
Now, AGC is explaining its decision to use the law of contempt to send Alex Au the warning.
According to AGC, “it is contempt to say that the court was biased if there is no objective rational basis to do so, as Mr Au did”. adding that “the law of contempt exists to protect public confidence in the administration of justice.”
“Accusations of bias diminish it in the eyes of the citizens, lower it and ultimately damage the nation. Such accusations can occur frequently, with the judges not being able to respond. That is why confidence in the administration of justice needs to be protected from such allegations,” it said.
Despite Alex Au’s apology, many netizens remain unconvinced and felt he had no choice but to do so as it is impossible to challenge the ‘system’ in Singapore.