"'I suggest you use a bicycle chain to tie yourself to a tree or you may lose yourself as well."
- Judge Saruwan making fun of the homeless person for losing his passport and IC.
,Here's a sad story about a Singaporean, Noor Mohammad Yassin Ismailm who didn't have a job and had to put up at East Coast Park. He was arrested by the rangers for setting up a tent without a license - see in Singapore you need a license for many things and if too many people become homeless and set up tent at East Coast they will probably implement a 'tent COE' to curb the problem. The judge fined him $800. Noor who was very skinny because he didn't have money for food couldn't pay the fine and had to go to jail for 4 days. At least his meals will the taken care of when he is in prison.
This is the cold hard justice you get in Singapore strict adherence to the law that does not factor in the fact that the circumstances that led this man break the law was outside his control.
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Jailed for living in illegal tent
By Sujin Thomas
HOMELESS and unemployed, Noor Mohammad Yassin Ismail pitched a canvas tent at East Coast Park in May, 2007, and lived there for almost a month - without a lease or licence to do so.He was discovered on June 26 of that year, after he was apprehended by park rangers.In court on Tuesday, Noor was asked to produce his Identity Card or passport but he said that he had lost both items. It prompted District Judge Mr Shaiffudin Saruwan to retort in jest: 'I suggest you use a bicycle chain to tie yourself to a tree or you may lose yourself as well.'Pleading for leniency, Noor, who is tanned and skinny, said that he seldom ate, only doing so if friends gave him food. He added that his mother is paralysed and looked after by a younger sibling, while an elder sister does not care about him.
He was fined $800 but could not afford to pay the fine so he was jailed four days instead. He could have been fined up to $2,000.