In Singapore, for a S$30 parking fine, you may be issued a warrant of arrest, find youself handcuffed like a common criminal and put into a holding cell, to apply for a bail costing as much as $1000 from a judge via CCTV (security arrangement for his/her self protection from common criminals), and then only finally released to pay your fine at LTA - only to discover that all the inconvenience was due to LTA having had your postal address wrongly recorded in the first place.
Warrant for arrests are also routinely issued for selling $1 tissue papers without a hawker licence from NEA, littering, missing the dateline in settling Town Council bills. The Singapore Police Force (SPF) must really enjoy these type of work as they didn't bother to collect the $25 fee for each warrant of arrest enforced on behalf of the prosecuting agencies, mainly statutory boards and town councils. That's $648,000 in total revenue for the 12 years between 1997 and 2009. Some minister obviously sleeping on the job since 1997.
The Auditor-General, in his latest report for May 2010, also found that the SPF, for inexplicable reasoning, did not impose $242,000 in liquidated damages on two contractors defaulting on $2.6 million worth of contracts. The contractors' names were not disclosed to protect the identities of the innocent/guilty parties.
While they are quick on the draw to collect from the little men, the SPF was decidedly slow to return what's due. Remember all that bailout money? As of August 2009, the AG found 46 cases of unrefunded cash bail, amounting ot $440,450. These refunds were outstanding for periods ranging from 41 days to 1,694 days (or 4 1/2 years), far exceeding the published timeline of 15 to 23 working days. Tardiness which could earn a warrant of arrest.
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said it was incompetency that allowed Mas Selamat to fly the coop. Guess they don't pay much attention to his critique nowadays.
Meanwhile Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng has commented on the Alan Shadrake case, at yesterday's MHA national day observation ceremony, even though the author's day in court is yet to come. Legal eagles please advise, is this sub-judice or a case of, if Shanmugan can get away with it, why not me?