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Hot case and hot property

In Money, News Reports, Politics, Sports on January 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

Trying trysts
I’m having a hard time trying to make sense of the sex-for-grades case. Which way does this go: She gave sex so she can get good grades? Or: If she gave him sex, he will give her good grades ? Or: She loves him and never thought anything about grades? Or: He wasn’t averse to having something on the side but grades didn’t cross his mind?
I think we know more about MontBlanc pens (and he says he uses Shaeffer), monogrammed tailored shirts and his red sofa (who has a picture?) which is where both trysts occurred.

The media needs to give a better guide on what the case is about – the criminal one. We all know teacher-student sex is wrong; married man-other woman sex is wrong. The criminal part is again on that famous word “corrupt intent’’.
Anyway, it was fun to read about the exchange between law teacher and ex-law student (and nobody’s found out where she works???) I was especially amused by her use of “undue prejudice’’ instead of favour or disfavour in her statement to CPIB. I don’t think I would ever use such a phrase but now I will bear it in mind….
What’s interesting is that like the Ng Boon Gay case, it sheds light on CPIB’s practices. A key one appears to be: You not afraid the whole world will know about you? – that was in response to Darinne Koh’s request about a lawyer. I believe a similar statement/comment/promise was made to Cecilia Sue in the Ng Boon Gay case too.

Hot property
Not women, but those places were people want to buy to live in or invest in. So we have PRs screaming unfair that they have to pay more stamp duty etc. It’s a further differentiation in the status of a PR and citizen. I am tempted to say that PRs should lump it. They still have their own home to go to while the rest of us have to actually live here. But then again, that would make me sound real xenophobic.

For me, the most important thing is whether property prices will fall as a result. (I also want to buy something lah.) And how creative developers can get in making the price right. They’ve shown themselves to be extremely entrepreneurial in the past. An ST Forum page letter writer already alluded to this today – give rebates, absorb stamp duty etc. Then the G would have to jump in again. Very hard to rein in private enterprise…

As for those gigantic ECs, seems like Mr Khaw Boon Wan thinks that capping the size would put paid to all the high-priced skysuites. That, and restricting the development of public areas to add to the unit’s size. Then there is the dual key concept for multi-generational families to live next to each other, except that some owners are renting it out. Now they definitely must be multi-generational families.

Actually, I didn’t realise it was so easy for EC owners to rent out their places. They don’t have to abide by HDB rules on staying on a certain period before renting it out? I would love to know how many people are profiting this way – and also how does the G even know about this? Taxes on rental income? Check against registered addresses?

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In the dock

In Money, News Reports, Politics, Society on September 26, 2012 at 12:28 am

The case of the philandering professor
So Tey Tsun Hang’s case has been postponed to mid-December because the courts agreed that he needed time to prepare. Good for Tey. Seems to me he does need the stuff he asked for, like the transcripts of the students he was said to have “upgraded’’. And those medical reports on the day of his CPIB interrogation. Seems that the former district judge didn’t realise he had to apply to the district judge for the kind of information he wanted. Guess he will get it right this time. This case is too juicy for words. Who are the four other ex-students (including a man) besides the one in the case cited? And what about those allegations that he confessed under duress, in his hospital garb, while on psychoactive drugs and in a “mentally altered state’’? Doesn’t look good for the CPIB’s interrogation techniques. I mean, I know an interrogation isn’t supposed to be comfortable…but….?

The case of the woman in love
In love – or not? That’s what Cecilia Sue seemed to have told investigators of the CNB director’s case. But she also contradicted herself as well when she said Ng Boon Gay had helped her secure a contract. The whole case is puzzling with the prosecutor acknowledging that Ng didn’t interfere in the procurement process. So it seems a case of sexual harassment? That he forced her into having sex or she was “compelled’’to do so because she was afraid of pissing off this very important man? And she was compelled to do so only four times despite a relationship that stretched back to 2009? I tend to agree with defence lawyer Tan Chee Meng description of the prosecution taking a blunderbuss approach. How is Ng supposed to prove his innocence like this? Divorce his wife and marry the woman?

The case of the two other women
So the prosecution is proceeding with one charge and one woman first against the SCDF chief. I read ST and had to be wondering why the other two women who have been publicly named weren’t getting hauled up too. ST reported that the charges against them had been “stood down’’ – not withdrawn. I wish journalists would realised not all readers would understand what this phrase means and why this happened. Today reported that it was probably because they wanted to get the clearest cut charge out of the way first so things won’t get complicated. Then the other women would be grilled too. Phew! For a moment there, I thought everyone has done those women a big injustice – I mean they’ve been named and all that….

The case of the “biased’’ doctors
This was in The Sunday Times. It’s about how the courts ticked off the Singapore Medical Council for “picking on’’ (my words) one aesthetic doctor even though guidelines on aesthetic medicine hadn’t even been issued. What about the rest of the doctors who practise beauty medicine then? The interesting thing is that the charges against the doctor was brought to the SMC’s attention by the Ministry of Health. Sort of begs the question why MOH accused her, and only her, of practising non-evidence based medicine in November 2007, before those guidelines were introduced the following year. And the SMC sat in judgement only LAST YEAR. By the way, wasn’t the SMC supposed to have changed its disciplinary processes in the meantime? By getting a lawyer on board the panel or something? Didn’t work?

People in the news

In News Reports, Politics, Society on July 30, 2012 at 2:59 am

I didn’t read the papers over the weekend. And my life went on! Not good. Shows I can do without. But in the interest of this blog, and to hew to my view that a citizen must be engaged in this country’s conversation, I dutifully went through the copies….and found:

a. Gosh! Ram Tiwary got acquitted!

I have an interest in this Sydney double murder case because I was the ST news editor at that time and followed it real closely. It’s simply too dramatic a case. A couple of young Singapore men bludgeoned, knifed to death in their home – supposedly by their flat mate. Lives cut short, even as they were pursuing that Singaporean dream of getting a degree. I read all the statements, twists and turns, what the judges said. I noted every contradictory statement that Tiwary made. The wheels of justice grind very slowly in Sydney…after eight years, he’s acquitted by a court of appeal. After two previous juries pronounced him guilty.

I don’t suppose that means he is CLEARED of a crime, that is, it was definitely NOT him who did the deed? His lawyer says it’s due to lack of evidence, which means it is NOT clear that it was he who done them in. That is, he COULD have done it, but no one can prove it. Or maybe the acquittal was due a technicality as in his  earlier trial, where the judge was said to have wrongly advised the jurors. Or maybe the jury system isn’t working – can’t assess the evidence – so a panel of wise men had to deliberate….

Speculation is premature I suppose. But the implications for Tiwary and the families of the men are enormous, as Ben Nadarajan said on Saturday. Tiwary is getting a passport to return home. I wonder how he feels. Clearly, for the affected families, there is no closure for their grief. I can’t wait for the grounds of decision which led to his acquittal. Hopefully the wheels of justice in Sydney will turn a little faster.

b, Hmm….Desmond Kuek might be new SMRT head.

The third military man so far to head what is now commonly described as the “beleaguered” transport operator. Saw Phaik Hwa’s term now looks like an aberration. A woman. Spiky hair. Retailer’s instinct. Now man. Straight-backed. With experience in, I suppose, organisation and logistics. Looked like what the doctor ordered – go back and take the same old medicine. An image change as well although I’m sure the ex-CDF chief is eminently qualified for the thankless job of re-working the place. I like talking to military men. In my former  life, I’ve had to deal with them a bit. Usually straight-talking, no nonsense but in a language that only men in the military are familiar wth. I recall one encounter with Kuek when he was still CDF chief. He thanked me for a Page 1 story on some change to SAF. He liked it, he said. I said, Thank you, but I didn’t like the story at all. And we didn’t write the story for you..The surprise on his face! And those in uniforms  around him! Maybe I seemed ungracious and should have just said, You’re welcome. Maybe no one talks back  to the CDF? Anyway, he was interested enough to ask me why and I had a ball of a time telling him his people should speak in English instead of in army. And that half the population didn’tdo national service. He listened and I hope he will continue to do so. Heading the SMRT is more than a logistics exercise, it’s about dealing with people. The commuters. Whom we all know are an exacting bunch!

c. I mean…what is Tey Tsun Hang up to?

So an academic got caught receiving favours, including a Mont Blanc pen and two tailored shirts (sheesh, she took his measurements?) Ok, he was charged with getting sex as well – apparently in exchange for giving the girl favorable grades. Which makes you wonder – did those favours REALLY result in her getting a second  upper law degree? She really didn’t earn it? Or did they just have consensual sex, a two-night stand under the influence?  I suppose it’s like the CNB guy who will go on trial because he had sex with someone who is involved in a business transaction with an agency. Did the women get what they want or said to have wanted? Will someone re-look her academic credentials?  After all, the NUS moved the rest of his students when the case came up to other law lecturers….

Beyond that, it’s intriguing howTey keeps referring to his academic writings. One particularly was named – on the supine, suppliant profession and its practice (being deliberately vague here because of contempt of court rules). Many people have read that to mean that he thinks the charges are to punish him for his academic work. That’s muddying the waters a bit. Does he think the whole thing came up because “people” were digging for dirt as some  kind  of  payback for his academic work? That his work is so water-tight that “people” couldn’t catch him out for that and so went on another tack? It’s like getting Al Capone for tax evasion, or getting someone  for possessing porno at home? Except that people like me wouldn’t know about his academic work until this case came up….so it has backfired on the “people”….Stupid “people”. Sex and politics is such a heady mix…

d. And there goes…..M Ravi

Bipolar or eccentric. Publicity seeker or crank. Tree hugger. Singer. Dancer. Don’t know. But he’s certainly entertaining.