Home News SG Economy It's the innocent who should fear the Protection of Justice (Administration) Act

It’s the innocent who should fear the Protection of Justice (Administration) Act




- Advertisement -

Historian Thum Pingtjin and lawyer Sui Yi Siong Sui debated the recently passed Protection of Justice (Administration) Act in a BBC programme earlier today. While Mr Sui, a Legal Associate at Harry Elias Partnership, argued in support of the Act, Mr Thum, a Research Associate at the Centre for Global History and coordinator of Project Southeast Asia at the University of Oxford, argued that its the innocent (not the guilty) who’d be most affected by the law.

Commenting on the discussion in his Facebook, Mr Thum said:

“My central point was that it is not the guilty who should fear the law, but the innocent. Changing the law to a seizable offence means that anyone who is innocent but charged with the offense can still potentially be arrested, have their homes searched, belongings seized, undergo a lengthy interrogation, and a lengthy expensive court trial. This is problematic especially in light of how in recent years the Attorney-General has more aggressively pursued potential contempt of court cases, as well as numerous amendments to laws which have given the government increased arbitrary power to curtail freedom of speech.”

- Advertisement -

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Kranji land ‘erroneous’ clearing: more supervision not always best solution, says Chan Chun Sing

Singapore – Processes should be streamlined and not more layers of supervision added in public service, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Friday (Feb 26) in response to the erroneous clearing of a large patch of woodland in...

National reserves: Whatever their strategic value, Singaporeans have right to know how they are managed

  The ruling People’s Action Party is weaponising knowledge of the exact amount of Singapore’s national reserves as a way of helping it stay in power. That’s unacceptable. It does not have such an in perpetuity right. One of the debates in...

Jolin Tsai’s perky butt got the internet abuzz

Taipei -- Mandopop diva Jolin Tsai isn't shy of flaunting her figure in all kinds of sexy and revealing outfits and her fans are just lapping it up. The 40-year-old singer uploaded a couple of photos from her trip to Yangmingshan...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg