Another Update : Someone suggested in the comments that since MP Seng has met the man who asked him to exorcise ghosts, it has to be known to MP Seng that the man is mad and needs treatment....the man ought to be institutionalised because it is obvious he poses a danger to himself and his neighbors. I have to say this is against the principles of the PAP govt. Giving the insane free lodging, food and treatment will result in an entitlement mentality....everyone should work to support themselves for as long as they can breathe even those who are insane.
LATEST UPDATE : Attacker asked MP Seng to exorcise ghosts.
“The matter of what the reason is and whatever condition the person is in — that is no reason to commit such a crime against anyone, not just an MP. This is a very serious offence, when a person prepares and brings flammable material and goes and burns another person, regardless of whether the victim is an MP or not.” - Minister Wong K.S.
"But Sir, the law was changed so that people can be jailed for 20 years if they attack MP. If an ordinary person is attacked, the punishment is not the same" - Lucky Tan
MP Seng Han Thong was the unfortunate victim of a vicious attack by one of his constituents. This is the second time he has been attacked while performing his duty as an MP.
I would like to wish MP Seng Han Thong a speedy recovery. As I understand the attacker was not of sound mind and has been to IMH for treatment hence it is possible he was honestly unable to tell right from wrong and was not in full control of his own mind. I heard on the news the attacker who is already 70 years old can be jailed for life. From the news reports about his mental condition, he appears to be suffering from schizophrenia. Anyone with such a condition cannot possibly be responsible for his actions. The insanity defense can be applied - but this is not a normal crime ...it is a horrendous attack on an MP. So does the insanity defense apply regardless of whether the victim is an MP? Because the victim is an MP, a different punishment can be imposed on the attacker if he is found guilty. Burning an MP is not the same as burning an ordinary Singaporean...and that to many is a burning issue.