If the Government does nothing, litigation could change societal norms very quickly, says Shanmugam
We should not assume that the Courts will never strike s 377A down just because the Government chooses to retain it, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said in Parliament. The CA has said that legal standards do still exist, and may be applied, to judge the legality or constitutionality of Section 377A. “Our […]
Spotlight on AHTC saga: in good faith and in bad faith
In the beginning, Singaporeans did not know that FMSS was owned by close affiliates of Workers’ Party (WP).Only WP and the Ministry of National Development (MND) knew these facts.But MND left them alone because, as then National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said, they allowed some latitude with regard to party affiliation because TCs are […]
WP MPs acted in bad faith, face damages after Court of Appeal found “gross negligence” in AHTC’s payment process.
Workers’ Party leaders involved in the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (“AHTC”) civil suit face damages involving $23 million after the Court of Appeal found gross negligence in the town council’s payment process. While the five-judge panel said that the WP MPs acted in good faith when they appointed FMSS as the Managing Agent, they maintained that […]
PM Lee: Opposition ‘missing in action’ when it comes to thorny issues like repeal of Section 377A
At the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) biennial conference on 6 November 2022, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is also Secretary-General of the PAP, called out the opposition for ‘lying low’ on thorny issues, and that it should take a clear stand for issues especially if it aims to win more seats in Parliament and […]
The long-running AHTC saga coming to a close
Today is the day (November 9, 2022) when the judgment is released. Although the Town Councillors and Employees involved may have acted in good faith, there was neither an adequate nor an independent safeguard in AHTC’s approval process for disbursing payments to FMSS and FMSI. The court found that the members and senior employees of […]
Law Society President Adrian Tan puts the nails on Branson’s reasons for not debating with Shanmugam
And so it was that Richard Branson chickened out and declined an invitation by MHA for a televised debate with Minister Shanmugam on the death penalty in Singapore. This led Law Society President Adrian Tan to ask him in a LinkedIn post: Were you just teasing us? Were you never really serious about this issue? […]
Studies show strong support for using the Death Penalty for the Most Serious Crimes.
Under Singapore’s laws, the death penalty is used as a punishment for the most serious crimes. To better understand Singapore residents’ views and perceptions on the death penalty, the Ministry of Home Affairs (“MHA”) commissioned and conducted the following three studies: Survey on Singapore Residents’ Attitudes towards the Death Penalty, conducted by the MHA Research […]