2/22/2016

Benjamin Lim – Persona non grata?

The name Benjamin Lim is sounding so frightening that no politician deemed it a good thing to talk about it except for Wong Souk Yee of SDP. The politicians on both sides of the divide have been keeping mum for a very very long time. Perhaps it could be due to the Chinese New Year Celebration and it is not a nice thing to talk about Benjamin or anything inauspicious. Maybe after the festivities they would find the stomach to talk about this 14 year old boy that is no longer with us.

Often there were headlines in the media when a cat or a dog was wounded or killed and politicians, including ministers had been seen sharing their compassion for the poor things. Some have visited the injured animals to shower their love for the poor animals to the point that an animal lover was even elected to parliament. There was no report of any politician visiting the parents of Benjamin during their bereavement. Maybe they did not but reported.

Would Benjamin Lim be mentioned in the next parliament sitting? I was waiting for the legal fraternity to say something and finally in came. It was reported that Thio Shen Yi, President of the Law Society, wrote in the latest copy of the Law Society Gazette about the case of Benjamin Lim, lamenting that if the approach towards Benjamin could be ‘less intimidating’ would it make a difference, would Benjamin still be with his parents and enjoying the Chinese New Year, collecting his angpaos, and feasting himself, instead of the last cold bun he had on that dreadful day?

The concern of how Benjamin was handled must be very disturbing to the legal fraternity and it took great guts to have the issue in print in the Law Society Gazette.  Fellow lawyer Shashi Nathan was quoted in the media, ‘ This is a matter that has caesed some concern as to how young offenders may be treated by the police. The next step is to see how things will change going forward.’

Another lawyer Amolat Singh emphasized on the importance of this case appearing in the Law Gazette, ‘The fact that it’s the LawSoc President setting out his message will not be taken lightly or ignored.  It is sure to get the attention that it deserves. We can’t ignore that this has become a burning national issue.’

It may be a national issue but no politician is saying anything about it. Or are they waiting to create an impact by raising it in parliament? It is very brave for the LawSoc President to say something that everyone is avoiding it like a disease. Kudos to Thio Shen Yi.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rb // It may be a national issue but no politician is saying anything about it. //

Does it not epitomised what the politicians innately are, whether the Pimps And Prostitutes or Wonkers Party?

Anonymous said...

Unlike old guards like GKS, TCC, JBJ etc, nowadays they are too selfish, too self-serving and most importantly so hypocritical that a decent bean would not want to "touch" them even with a gazillion-foot pole?

Anonymous said...

And those beans need to hold their noses even if they are a gazillion-miles away?

Anonymous said...

That shows how "stinko" they are?

Anonymous said...

How they are being "perceived"?

Anonymous said...

"Rogue"?

Anonymous said...

And "Rotten " in their moral compass and soul?

Anonymous said...

Totally "immoral", "corrupted", "rogue", "bankrupt", "animal-like" in their conscience?

Anonymous said...

// It is very brave for the LawSoc President to say something that everyone is avoiding it like a disease. Kudos to Thio Shen Yi.//

Let’s call a spade a spade?

Anonymous said...

Thio Shen Yi is one of the few men ( and women ) in the legal fraternity who dared to speak out?

Anonymous said...

The rest all hum Chee?

Anonymous said...

Typical ( "useless and spineless " ) sinkies?

Anonymous said...

Kiasi?

Anonymous said...

Kiasu?

Anonymous said...

Kiabor?

Anonymous said...

Kiagarment?

Anonymous said...

Kiagui?

Anonymous said...

Wonkers pariahty counts no less than 6 legal expurt lor-ears .....?

Anonymous said...

Saliva Limp?

Anonymous said...

Mao Show Tong?

Anonymous said...

Pretend Sick?

Anonymous said...

4) Terrorence Tankuku?

jjgg said...

We need a coordinating ministry to link moe n home affairs..perhaps to send the police back to school!! Everytime something out of the ordinary happens the entire government kadang kabok..observe..Amos Yee..Little India and litter on either Parks ground or LTA ground..n the biggie...elected president ..imagine..changing the Constitution to stop one man...fight la!! Show us your cajones..if you can't fight this..where does it say you'll fight the invading forces with us. And ..stop sweeping dirt under the carpet..pretty soon your carpet will become a molehill..

Anonymous said...

Such happenings gives n eerie feelings...

Anonymous said...

2010 downtown east.12 youth involved in gang fight

1 died...pui! !guess who end up taking care of

em....

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

Actually FUCK THE GOVERNMENT and FUCK PARLIAMENT.

The organisation and people who should be giving detailed expalnations, answering the probing and difficult questions and offering the mea culpas if needed be...

...are The Police. C'mon SPF, this is like your Ferguson Moment, ok, not as serious, but still.

The People who trust you to defend and protect them, and pay you for it, need you to explain yourselves.

SPF, be wise. Do it ASAP, or face a crisis of confidence, and a probable sullying of your respected reputation.

Anonymous said...

Can you lessen the shame and embarrassment for the kid in Sin society?
A former MP had a fondness of bare form images of himself was ridiculed to nether land. PAP controlled media relishes In soft porn immoral stories which is well consumed by locals. Lawyers are sexy creatures I heard but they too had to wear black in public.

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

@1137:

I think your thinking is a bit muddled. When it comes to acts of sex and amorousness, the key principle is CONSENT. Physical molestation and rape are NOT consensual.

Taking nude selfies, consuming porn and dressing sexily are all individual acts, autonomously chosen. Should they be public? That depends on the situation, and the environment you are in. When you show up for work, it's probably not a good idea to flash your sexy attributes too openly. If you are a public figure, you'd probably best keep your private photos affairs private.

If you are the amorous type don't you worry. Singapore presents many opportunities for you to indulge yourself in compliance with the law, or discreetly that your salacious peccadilloes won't disrupt other peoples' sensitivities.

Anonymous said...

just sneaking into girls toilet out of curiosity will get your stories splashed all over national papers what more molest girls in heartland lifts? no matter how you lessen the impact of the catch...the story will take flight because he is a STUDENT

Anonymous said...

matilAh..u r too eager to shoot the load, as usual, without reading carefully

Anonymous said...

Silent Pigs (sung to the tune Silent Nights)
=================================================
Silent Pigs. HoLee Pigs.
All is calm, all is right.
Round yon Emperor, Mother and Son.
HoLee Emperor, so silent and calm,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Anonymous said...

church of Sin. try talking trash in church

Anonymous said...

The boy is wearing a "code of conduct". A lot of things are not acceptable..understand?

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

@ 221:

>> matilAh..u r too eager to shoot the load, as usual, without reading carefully <<

Ok, so be a good sport and point out my error.

Anonymous said...

Remember Amos? Graphic image? Hello? He got fucked for what? Indecency? What is public what is private? Go ask your parish

Anonymous said...

Graphic image depicted fucking Politicians ..how did it turn out to be porn depends on WHO is looking at it isn't it?

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

Oh Ok. There was something I missed: The hullabaloo here is over some jerk-off lawyer's opinion. Any cunt can make an opinion. By now there are thousands of opinions nicely memorialised for your pleasure online, forever. And of course there's the unrecorded opinion of "kopitiam chatter" of the voluble chattering classes (aka "cunts with opinions")

So for me, disregard this learned fool.

I want to hear from the COPS. Proper explanation, with Q & A.

Everyone else---govt, parliament, law society---FUCK OFF. You get your turn later...after the cops have explained it thoroughly.

Anonymous said...

5) Thereniece Tankuku?

Anonymous said...

The authorities are not going there....the boy has been killed

Anonymous said...

6) 和听炉?

Anonymous said...

But not a single muffle?

Anonymous said...

Cops are puppets...now go and bow to your strongman

Anonymous said...

You guys are sick. The boy killed himself and society is talking about "how to be nice" LOL

Anonymous said...

Benjamin case reveals the hypocrisy of society from the TOP to the bottom sinkies.

Anonymous said...

Other than Singapore Police Force, Ministry Of Home Affairs, the Ministry Of Education too have to clarify to the Public.
Best is for THEM TO PUBLICIZE THE PROTOCOLS THAT ARE CURRENT AT TGE TIME OF TGE INCIDENT.

Let the Public have their Rights to participate in MATTERS THAT AFFECT EVERYONE.

Anonymous said...

To those who feel inclined to believe this senior-counsel-president-of-Law-Society is anything of a hero, let me add this.

Where was this senior counsel president when Chairman of Workers Party Sylvia Lim brought up this very same point in Parliament, long before this case occurs? When Sylvia Lim, a fellow lawyer, brought up this legal problem at the highest level, he kept quiet. Only now when a boy died, he spoke up. It takes the death of a young boy to make him speak up. He had previously kept a cowardly silence. You want to call him a hero?

I am writing from memory, did not check the facts. If I'm mistaken, please correct me. But if my facts are correct, then every time you mention the words of this senior counsel, you should also add that Sylvia Lim said the same thing first, and this senior counsel did nothing to support it. If the Law Society had given its Legal opinion at that time, then the boy would not have died.