The amendments in place, hopefully there will be additional remedies beyond rejecting the flaky goods and getting a refund. Retailers may first offer to repair or replace the defective good within a reasonable period of time (more reasonable than the time to call for a by-election) and without significant inconvenience to the buyer. If this is not possible, the consumer may either keep the item and get a partial refund, or return the item and get a full refund.
Although intended for apparel, electronics, furniture, and big-ticket items such as THX certified home theatre systems and cars, the appeal has some parties seeking similar remedial protection for procurement of pets. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), jointly with Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE), has written to assure the public that sufficient laws are in place to protect consumers if a pet does not conform to the sales contract descriptive at delivery. Under the AVA licensing conditions for pet retailers, all animals displayed for sale must be healthy. Sick, diseased or injured animals that have been treated must be certified fully recovered before being displayed for sale again. Just like the Lemon Law which requires retailers to ensure that goods match their description as marketed and promoted. CASE plans to educate the public about the new legislation.
What CASE probably won't address is what happens if lemons end up in parliament. The list is long but distinguished, almost as long as the Hotel 81 front desk register. No need to stoop down to the level of detail provided by the mainstream media, the initials LSS, VB, YI, VN, HK, BYK, TSL, LTY are on the tip of everybody's tongue. LTY is practically a permanent feature - just ask the recent lot of commuters who had to walk the LRT tracks to their final destination. "Clowns Elected Cannot Be Rejected" must be imprinted on every frustrated mind.