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"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

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Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

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Prevent bullying now!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Glenn Knight's Big Blunder in Koon Swan's case

"The admission by former top Singapore public prosecutor that he wrongly prosecuted businessman and former MCA president Tan Koon Swan in the Pan El Industries case in 1985 made top news in all the major Chinese papers yesterday.

Glenn Knight said he felt extremely pained for putting Tan behind bars on discovering his mistake years later, and he had since apologised to Tan.

Tan was slapped with 15 charges of fraud, cheating, stock market manipulation and abetment of criminal breach of trust (CBT) in the collapse of Pan El. He was sentenced to 18 months jail and fined S$500,000 (RM1.2 million) upon conviction in 1986.

The case and its outcome not only changed the fate of Tan and MCA but also greatly impacted on the Malaysian Chinese community and political scene. Tan quit as MCA president following his conviction..."


Looking back, it must have been one of the biggest blunders made by a public prosecutor, and which had one of the greatest impacts on a public figure, his family, party and supporters. It was because of the case in Singapore that Tan committed CBT in  Multi-Purpose Holdings Bhd in Malaysia because he was under the impression that restitution of S$20 million would mitigate his offences in Singapore and avoid a custodial sentence. Some even suggested that he was under the impression that being President of MCA would help, and there were some who suggested that Dr. Mahathir refused to lend a hand politically because he was afraid of Tan's charisma as President of MCA! If we were to compare what Tun did to his potential successor, Anwar, who also excels in being charismatic, it lends credence to the seemingly ludicrous suggestion.

But there were major differences:

Singapore public prosecutor was acting on his own in a no-nonsense country which was more concerned over its credibility as an international financial centre, and he had since admitted his mistake and apologised to Tan.

In Malaysia, most people believe the AG and other institutions were merely taking orders from the dictator. Apology? Never in their lifetimes, probably because the word is not in their vocabulary, or so well hidden and unused that it could not be  recalled or found easily. Conscience? God knows how they feel about it.

Update at 4.22 pm:
Koon Swan was a victim of Umno's "blackhand" - Jui Meng

Update on Sept 15 1.34 am:
Singapore A-G notes flaws in book by Tan Koon Swan's prosecutor

1 comment:

Mat keluang said...

I know this case vary well.The collape of Pan El had nothing to do with Koon Swan.

He blame x MCA President Lee Soon Choon,Khoo Kay Peng and Pwter Tham.

Glenn Knight is like our XAolicitor General,Zainal Abidin.He apologise to Anwar.He said he was directed by PUtra Jaya to charge Anwar on his sodomy2.