A slap on the wrist, and a slap on the face of our justice system?

2 traffic offences.

2 separate dates – 2005 & 2006.

2 instances of getting someone else to take the rap.

2 instances of providing false information to the police.

Cases only came to light in 2012.

Fined S$1,000.

No jail time. [He could have been jailed up to 6 months, in addition to the fine.]

It took 6 years for this judgement and sentence to be meted out.

Besides the ridiculously and manifestly inadequate fine, and the inexplicable long period to bring Wu to justice, I wonder what prompted the police to look up the case. If the police had discovered it back in 2005/2006, then the police needs to explain why it took such a long time to resolve it.

If they had only come to know about it recently, then the police needs to explain why or what made it look into this case.

There are rumours and claims that it was because of a persistent whistle-blower who made the case known to the police – back in 2009. If that were true, more questions need to be asked – for example, why did it take so long to charge Wu?

And seriously, S$1,000 fine for such a serious offence? That’s not even a slap on the wrist for Wu. It’s more like a slap on the face of our justice system.

How else would you describe it when someone deliberately attempts to pervert the course of justice – not once, but twice, and then gets away with just a S$1,000 fine?

And then you see this and the markedly different sentence meted out by the courts:

And to show how serious an offence it is to get others to be the fall guy:

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9 thoughts on “A slap on the wrist, and a slap on the face of our justice system?

  1. It gets my blood boil when I read the verdict.
    Yet it come as no surprise, because I remember watching a tv program on CNA where they interviewed him and featured his children etc..and you wonder why is he getting a special tv slot for what he’s doing? Then you realize his case was up for trial in a months’ time. Looks like soft advertisement/plea can work and justice can be bought. Shambles!

  2. Until recently, I thought that our courts are just and fair, in all matters with the only exception being political matters. I am sad to see that this is no longer true and it seems that the rich and powerful can, and do, get away with it.

    Its not just the courts but also the police force too, ie. the authorities. Its as if the authorities tried very very very hard to avoid having to press charges in this case, but did so only because the whistleblower was too persistent. Its the flip side opposite of how the authorities find the slightest excuse to press charges against opposition political figures, whether it be an inaccurate claim on a taxi fare, or whether or not there is a verbal lie when submitting papers to run for elections. Its sad to see what the country has become.

  3. My guess is, you don’t send BIG income producers to jail, he will likely lose his licence to practice which means less income tax & CPF. Of course, I could be way off base with this outrageous guess, so what do you think, DPM Teo, am I talking cock???

  4. Heh is it any more clearer how the rich get a free pass? $1,000 is probably an hour’s work for him.
    I guess anyone out there who asks someone else to take the rap for their speeding can now expect the same treatment. Isn’t this precedent?

  5. For using his wife’s IC for admission to the casino, Xu Zhao He was fined $3,000. And that is a self-imposed casino ban. Thank goodness the two-month prison sentence was quashed. Now, for cheating the system and getting another person to admit to the offence, Woffles was fined $1,000. Where is the sense of justice and fair play?

  6. Haha what the hell is the AG doing, appealing against Vellamma and like but sleeping on such lenient judgement

  7. I think Alan Shadrake mentioned something about justice for the elite and privileged. And the elite and privileged made sure he got something good to remember for what he had written.

  8. Did you even read the second article? I am not saying that what Wu got was deserving of his crime, however the person in the second article was charged for an entirely different thing from Wu.

  9. Dear Derek,

    Yes, the second article is about an entirely different offence. The point is that asking someone else to take the rap is a serious offence – in any case. That’s the point I’m making.

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