Saturday, October 08, 2005

11 years jail for shoplifting....!

Singapore has the finest legal system in the world. It is based on important principle enshrined in our pledge that all judgements are based on "JUSTICE and EQUALITY". Indeed, we can see the success of the system in the low crime rates. Singaporeans are so lucky to have such a fine legal system. Under Yong Pung How, the legal system is even better now than ever!

Take the case of 53 yr old Mdm Yong who was given a jail sentence of 11 years for shoplifting, it goes to show how much advancement our judicial system has made since the 1990s. In the 1990s, a crook by the name of Nick Leeson, stole $1.3 billion and was only given 6.5 years jail term by our legal system. See how much we have advanced..... Now we are able to jail Singaporeans for shoplifting wallets and bangles for 11 years. The shoplifters makes a mockery of other Singaporean's favorite pasttime of shopping by taking and not paying.....this is heinous indeed, it is such an evil crime and our enlightened courts knows it.

As for Nick Leeson, he was released after less than 5 years. He is now Commercial Manager of Galway United Football Club.

The sisters then went on an hour-long shoplifting spree and were later nabbed.
On Monday, Yong, 53, was jailed for 11 years.
Now, it will be a long time before her sons get another chance to plan a Mothers' Day dinner for her.
Waiting for mum is now second nature to them.
That's because the Mothers' Day incident on 8 May was not Yong's first brush with the law.
For 15 of the last 20 years, Changi Prison was like her second home.
The divorcee was in jail as far back as 1978, and has returned many times since then, because of various thefts.
This time, she had been freed from jail just three months before she stole again.
Yong's lawyer, Mr David Ng, told The New Paper: 'She went out with her sister as she was bored. Her sons thought she'd be back soon and were waiting for her to go out for dinner.'
Yong lives in a four-room flat in Hougang with her three sons, one in his 30s, another in his 20s and the youngest still in his teens. They declined to be interviewed.


Koexist said...

*Shake head*

The govt seems v proud that they have implemented measures to reduce the rate of minor crimes. But... violent crimes are on the rise! Wonder what the govt is doing abt it.

So many violent murders and bloody body parts...

Dave said...

In Changi jail upon death row
Breathe live corpses, unjust woe.
No darker space condemned to die,
Where Time, still barely etching by,
Weeps words amid the bleak sorrow.

Compassion's Dead, gone long ago.
They tried, went wrong; felt hatred grow,
Loved and are loved, they should not die,
In Changi jail.

A wake for them, who cannot show,
To you their failing hearts let go.
And on their eve when death is nigh,
Nary lose faith with those who die.
For know, down deep, injustice flows
In Changi jail.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to crime, there needs to be a balance between punishment and deterrent. I think it's great that Singapore has such low crime but, personally, I find the country far too repressive, and this is reflected by the behaviour of the people you see and interact with when visiting. I'm well travelled, and one thing I have come to learn is that there is no substitute for true liberty when measuring the happiness and lifestyles of friendlier, more welcoming and courteous populations.