|extract from Hri Kumar's blog|
The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) gives the same impression by saying it will not be appealing against Wu's sentence of a $1,000 fine for abetting a Kuan Yit Wah, 83, in providing misleading information to the police for a speeding offence involving Wu's car in 2005, and again in November 2006. Kuan was not charged for the repeated offence, he's off the hook too.
Prior to amendment in 2008, the maximum penalty for speeding was 6 month's jail and a $1,000 fine. Sales executive Charlie Lim was slapped the full custodial sentencing of 6 months for a similar offence in 2008, and his partner-in-crime who took the rap, 54-year-old Benny Sng, was locked away for 6 weeks as "he had intentionally perverted the course of justice".
That Wu's case is ongoing is adduced from the police's own statement that the speeding offences are still being probed - for some strange reason, court documents did not state who the actual driver was ("Woffles Wu pays fine, but speeding probe is ongoing", ST 15 June 2012). Wu would not tell the press who was actually behind the wheels, admitting only that "I was fined for providing the name of someone who was not driving the car, and it was a silly thing I did." The silly thing he did was to tick the box that declares:
"I am the registered vehicle owner but not the driver of the said vehicle on the date, time and place of offence as stated in your letter. I hereby furnish the driver's particular(sic) as follows:"
You don't have to be an Equity Partner at Drew & Napier like Hri Kumar Nair to appreciate that it was Wu who started the ball rolling when he filled in the "Request for Driver's Particulars" per Road Traffic Act (Chapter 276) i.e. intentionally perverting the course of justice. For the AGC to frame a charge of Wu abetting Kuan in providing misleading information to the police instead of going after Wu for providing misleading information in the first place must be quite a creative exercise in convolution. Which kind of explains why it took 6 years to come to court. If the law had acted more swiftly like the way they went after the Sticker Lady, then it's easy to surmise they must have taken to heart Assoc Prof Shi's advice about what hallucinogenic drugs can achieve for creativity.
It looks like Singapore is fast becoming a cowboy town. When a photograph surfaces with police commissioner Ng Joo Hee receiving a $10,000 donation from the same IT business development director who serviced the SCDF chief Peter Lim, in 7 innovative ways and locations, creative juices go into overdrive. Now all we need is to read is that the AGC is also serviced by NCS Private Limited, or that Esther Goh was behind the wheel of the Woffles car. Don't be too quick to blame LSD for the whacky ideas, it could be the Newater from the tap.