And you were on that list? Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. After the fourth and final stroke, say Singapore officials, Fay shook hands with his caner and insisted on walking back to his cell unaided. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2. Chorba filled a post that had been vacant for 14 months, during much of which tension ran high between Washington and Singapore over the lashing given the American teen-ager for vandalizing cars. Theft and vandalism The Straits Times in 1993 ran stories about car vandalism in Singapore. Singapore: Times Books International, p. They had used the vandalism statute exclusively when it involved vandalism of public property, which is more highly valued in their society.
Facing 12 Lashes The flogging of Mr. Some of the coverage was factually incorrect: for instance, carried an interview with a person who claimed to have witnessed a public caning in Singapore, despite the fact that Singapore has never carried out canings in public. There was some evidence to the contrary. One person who was calling during this time was a professor at some college somewhere in the U. Fay, 18, was sentenced March 3 to six strokes of the cane, jail and a fine for spray-painting cars.
Reaction Based on English Common Law. The legal team was inside for more than an hour. During and after Michael Fay's conviction Singapore defended their standard punishment for such crimes. One day he was just a typical American kid finishing up high school, the next day he's locked up in a Singapore prison and the focus of world attention. Later on, Chin Tiong informed me that other residents in the vicinity had also complained of their cars being vandalised with spray paint. And Friday night, a first appearance for a cousin of O.
Shiu's parents are Singapore permanent residents who both work for Singapore Broadcasting Corp. Then one time he told us somebody had sent him a letter or an e-mail detailing in a very sadistic fashion what caning was like. I think you may have misunderstood me. Some commentaries treated the Michael Fay affair as a between and the differing view of human rights common in liberal western cultures. His father and American lawyer Theodore Simon say that Michael had to stand throughout a 45-minute meeting with American diplomat John Coe some 24 hours after his caning. After questioning Shiu, the police questioned several expatriate students from the Singapore American School, including Michael Fay, and later charged them with more than fifty counts of vandalism. If a point was to have been made about this, it has been made.
The sender was an American as far as I know who took it upon himself to tell Mr. But it was the Singapore case that brought out the differences between the legal philosophies that underpin many Asian countries and the U. This is Larry King Live. I told Amarjeet that it was highly unlikely that the two events were connected. Description of Caning He said he had first looked at the scars in a mirror only two days ago. In the city center and the condos, where the better-off 15% of the local population and foreigners live, cars were found with deep scratches and dents.
The boy's condition remains in question. Instead, President Bill Clinton got directly involved in this issue. Neither man was treated for injuries after the argument and no charges were filed. But I think he could have helped me a little bit, as well. The hood of Sin Cheng Tee's car, parked in front of his home on Ming Teck Park, was damaged by a brick. The day before, vandals had struck at a multi-story carpark along Cairnhill Road, spray-painting at least six cars. Later in 1994, Fay suffered burns to his hands and face after a butane incident.
But, something has to be done with their government. The Malaysian's case is still under investigation. Friday brought further legal troubles. The Embassy of Singapore to the United States said it received numerous calls from Americans strongly supporting Fay's punishment. Hong Kong did away with caning in 1990 and yet its crime rates are comparable to Singapore's. He has missed his whole year senior- his senior year in high school. Early on, Fay became the center of investigations.
But, if I wouldn't have signed it, they would have just started the torture again. Fay, Government leaders here have argued that Singapore's safe streets vindicate their harsh criminal laws and tough punishments. AbeBooks, the AbeBooks logo, AbeBooks. The extent of public opposition to the caning within the United States is unclear, as opinion polls produced by different news organizations contradicted each other. And so, they brought me up to the yard and they said, 'Take off all your clothes.
Although the appeal failed, then commuted Fay's caning from six to four strokes as a gesture of respect toward the then U. Like their Singaporean counterparts, they dress in casual designer outfits and hang around Orchard Road shopping centers. But neither side is spoiling for a fight. The next night someone sprayed a line of red paint right through the official seal of a judge's car that had been left out on the street. After much deliberation, the Cabinet concluded in April 1994 that it was not tenable and not credible to completely waive the punishment of caning. Chan was named to head Federal Express's regional operations.
The Straits Times , p. Not just pay for it, but maybe some community service, like they do in the States. They had never before caned anyone, Singaporean or Western, for behavior involving private property or automobiles. And judges have increased sentences on review. You cannot move your hands or your feet. Few others share Gargan's confidence.