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August 4, 2010

Holy shit a suggested blog topic.

I need five posts. Yay.

1. Is justice only about the law? Can you think of examples of modern controversies over how justice is percieved? Do you agree with our judicial system?

Guess what? Cliched answer time. No, justice is not only about the law. Yes, I do agree with our judicial system. Yes, I can think of examples of modern controversies over how justice is perceived and strangely enough, all of them are related to Singapore. As I come to a rousing conclusion the verdict is that our judicial system is completely fair and unbiased and is,  in all senses of the word, perfect.

In all seriousness, though, I do not agree with our judicial system. For one, capital punishment still exists in Singapore and so does corporal punishment and I am against both of them. (Though it should be noted that I am not the radical pacifist that is vehemently against them and calls them “barbaric”, no – I am mostly apathetic but lean to the disagree side). So, no. I also don’t like the fact that the jury consists of government officials and “specialist judges”. According to the United States Department of State (though they have a sore spot for us, so whatever) Singapore’s “judicial officials, especially the Supreme Court, have close ties to the ruling party and its leaders”. So, not the most impartial judicial system, though I suppose every system that requires judgement cannot be totally impartial either.

There was this modern controversy I read in a book about medical malpractice in Malaysia. It was interesting. Case goes, a woman goes to a doctor to have this surgery that has a chance of failing. Surgeon assures woman it’s all right, but operation came out a failure. Woman sues doctor for not informing her properly of the risks. The Malaysian courts awarded the woman compensation under failure to inform the patient of the inherent risks of a procedure (medical negligence). This case is really stupid in my opinion because a) the courts awarded the woman compensation on the grounds that she was not adequately informed, b) the operation was necessary for survival, c) the risk of the failure of the operation would be constant regardless of her foreknowledge of said risks; and lastly d) if it was due to the lack of skill on the surgeon’s part then that is not a criminal offense unless it was due to negligence on the surgeon’s part. An accident on the part of the surgeon is not liable to be prosecuted.

I’m just going to talk about the Michael Fay incident because I feel that this post doesn’t meet my quality standards as of yet (read: word count). There was a big controversy over the Michael Fay incident and I completely agree with the stance of the Singapore government. No, seriously. (Though, as I mentioned, I do not agree with judicial caning). It is important here to distinct the stance of the Singapore government and the actions carried out by the Singapore government. Being opposed to corporal punishment I do not agree with caning but I do agree with the stance the Singapore government took. Admittedly the Singapore government didn’t have to play so hardball (I mean, even Clinton stepped in) but a variation on this stance would be the fairest and most unbiased stance a judicial system can achieve. Justice is blind – she cares not for the stances of other people, and weighs the arguments with an even hand. Michael Fay did commit a crime under Singapore law and should be punished as such. (Once again, I reiterate the point that I do not agree with the specific punishment conducted).

I’ve got nothing else to say. Bye.

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  1. August 5, 2010 1:12 am


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