Jan 7, 2009

Singaporean Cops are not Malaysian Cops

A MCA leader initially fined S$15,000 (RM36, 000) for offering a bribe to a Singaporean traffic policeman was yesterday sentenced to jail for six weeks following an appeal by the prosecution. Justice Rajah added that the jail term meted out to Lim Teck Choon, 56, took into account mitigating factors raised by his lawyer. He would otherwise have been jailed two to three months. Read here-MCA man jailed for offering bribe to Singapore cop

A traffic police officer caught Lim making an illegal U-turn on Woodlands Road and driving against the flow of traffic for 50m. While waiting for a vehicle to take Lim back to the police station, Sergeant Pah Wenxiang tried to defuse the tense situation by starting a conversation.

Lim told the police officer that he owned a few plantations in Malaysia and knew high-ranking officials. During the conversation, he abruptly asked Pah in Mandarin: “Why want to do this? Be enemy? You should let me go. We can be friends. Next time you come to Malaysia, I will take care of you. Still got good things.” He also made a gesture that the officer took as an offer of money.

When the sergeant told him it was an offence to bribe a police officer, Lim backed off on his offer. Lim initially contested the charge of offering a bribe, but pleaded guilty on the second day of trial and was fined S$15,000. He was also fined S$2,500 and banned from driving for six months for dangerous driving. Lim's lawyer asked for the sentence to start on Feb 1 so that Lim can spend time with his family for Chinese New Year. Rajah agreed and granted bail of S$30,000.

Lim, who has business interests on both sides of the Causeway, is a member of the MCA and the party's deputy chairman in the town of Kampong Jawa in Johor. A philanthropist, he regularly donates money to temples and an orphanage; in 1988, he donated a building for a school.

What a shame for Malaysian? The corrupted cops and corrupting peoples are a lot in Malaysia. But the same thing does not happen in Singapore, Singaporean are much more ethical when carrying their responsibilities. The MCA leader had a misperception against the policemen; he thought that the Singaporean have the same attitude as Malaysian. He may used to bribe Malaysian police several times and Malaysian police did not take any legal action against him. So he tried it in Singapore hope that same thing would happen thus he can runaway without face proper fine.

Funny Malaysian!


Anonymous said...

Lovely article. How I wish Malaysian cops can be more like Singapore cops. Bravo to the S'porean police officer who did not give a damn to bribe.

Anonymous said...

Donating to temples, etc.?!!! He most probably think that God can also be bribed and that he will be absolved of all sins. Typical of many politicians of all races in Malaysia. How shallow their religious beliefs.