A*STAR scholar, Swede charged with appearing nude in public
By Zul Othman, TODAY Posted: 10 April 2009 0630 hrs [Link]
SINGAPORE: She is a PhD scholar with A*STAR, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, who is studying at the Karolinksa Institute in Sweden, and he, a Swedish student on an exchange programme. The young couple who caused a stir when they walked down Holland Village in the buff on January 24, were charged in court on Thursday with appearing nude in public. Jan Philip, a 21-year-old Swede, and 24-year-old Eng Kai Er, a Singaporean, remained silent when they appeared before District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan. It is not known why it took so long before the duo was hauled before the judge. However, their long-awaited court date went by quickly after their lawyer, Mr William Chan, asked for an adjournment to write in to the Attorney-General's Chambers......
I have to applaud A*Star for selecting people who will challenge the status quo....but I think this A*Star scholar has chosen the wrong law to challenge. She is too far ahead of her time ...but it shows that sending scholars to Sweden really has a big cultural impact on them and this case is sufficiently spectacular to remove all doubts of the usefulness of sending scholars overseas to assimilate foreign culture. In Sweden nudity in public is a lot more acceptable.The law she should have challenged is the one that disallows people walking around naked in their own house in Singapore[Link]. She would have received plenty of sympathy if she had broken that law instead and was hauled to court.
Do I think she should be jail? Hell no. Jail in Singapore is for people who speak in public without a permit[Link] but if you walk around naked in public without a permit, you should be okay.