24 Feb '13, 8am

Book: Authoritarian Rule of Law, by Jothie Rajah

Book: Authoritarian Rule of Law, by Jothie Rajah

The example of the Vandalism Act also illustrates how the PAP government tries to maintain the fiction that there is rule of law in Singapore. The Act was passed by going through the formal motions of Westminster parliamentary democracy, but parliament at that time consisted only of PAP members. Several Barisan Sosialis MPs were detained under the Internal Security Act and the rest were boycotting parliament in protest. Furthermore, the alarmist, ideological assertions of the PAP as to the seriousness of vandalism, e.g. how such behaviour would frighten away investors and destroy any chance of prosperity, not only dominated the discursive space but were swallowed wholesale by the courts. In the case of fifteen-year-old (yes! fifteen) Ang Chin Sang, sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and three strokes of the cane, Rajah writes:

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