Like their Singaporean counterparts, they dress in casual designer outfits and hang around Orchard Road shopping centers. Drug trafficking, second offense of rape, and murder are all punishable by death. Singapore has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. After being freed from prison on Tuesday, he returned to his father's home in this suburb of Dayton. There was a lot of vandalism going on. The Straits Times , p. Charlton, who was born in the Bahamas and owns a construction company there, was in Singapore while his wife received medical care for pregnancy complications, Ravi said.
Rightly or wrongly, the affair was transformed from a seemingly simple case of a troubled teen into a philosophical argument about values and cultural clashes. He liked Singapore so much that in 1993, rather than return to the U. The Thai boy was released once his diplomatic status was determined. Jayakumar notes that many among Singapore's batch of pioneer diplomats did not have a readily available handbook to guide them but instead had to rely on learning their craft through 'on the job' training. Singapore: Times Books International, p. The Embassy of Singapore to the United States said it received numerous calls from Americans strongly supporting Fay's punishment.
The Hong Kong boy, as you know, is in there for six- I think six months now. Many Americans fed up with rising crime in their cities actually supported the tough punishment. In his childhood, Michael was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a fact that his lawyer would later claim made Fay not responsible for his actions. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet, p. The sender was an American as far as I know who took it upon himself to tell Mr.
One of the Malaysian boys had a burst eardrum out of the interrogations. The Singaporean government pointed out that Singaporeans who break the law faced the same punishments as Fay, and suggested that the United States should pay more attention to its domestic problems, such as American law and order, rather than telling other countries what to do. Does Fay deserve a caning? I have a court in my heart and my son is innocent. The boy's condition remains in question. Fay, the Government of Singapore may well have made him rich.
The cases of Fay and eight other expatriate teenagers arrested for vandalism stirred up an international row and roused a fierce debate about crime and punishment. Over the years, Singapore's foreign policy has been shaped by a series of watershed moments. Fay was visited in prison by his lawyers, who said afterward that he had accepted his fate. It seemed a fair and impartial application of punishment for breaking a clearly-stated law was applied. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required. Then one time he told us somebody had sent him a letter or an e-mail detailing in a very sadistic fashion what caning was like. It involves a strip of rattan dipped in water that flays the flesh.
Singapore: Times Books International, pp. Chan as she left Queenstown Remand Prison on May 17 following her first visit to her son since he was caned. Prosecutors said that because the reliability of testimony from Shiu and Fay was now in doubt, the three charges of vandalism and two counts of mischief against the 17-year-old student had to be dropped. Prison officers' families live in flats on the premises. The media coverage of the case continued for several years.
The Vandalism Act of 1966 was originally conceived as a legal weapon to combat the spread of mainly political graffiti common during the heady days of Singapore's struggle for independence. I found out on the day I was- about an hour, actually, before I was caned. Anyway, now the President of the United States had interjected himself into a situation which was from my narrow low-level perspective very non-presidential. They pay me to cane people. Schools advised parents to warn their children not to get into trouble. You could have gone- Singapore. The Straits Times , p.
Of course Singapore is not the only country to use corporal punishment. He and his family will return to the U. We have to preserve our fundamental sovereign right to enforce our laws without discrimination. I think many Americans who have expressed sympathy with it do not understand exactly what it involves, how it is going to be administered, and that he is going to bleed considerably and may have permanent scars. Singapore officials say such strict laws have helped them maintain a low crime level. Fay had faced a total of 53 charges, mainly vandalism. Trade negotiator Mickey Kantor indicated that the U.
But they might have just been telling me that. Have a look at or go to the explanatory page,. Only Fay, Freehill, Shiu, the two Malaysians and Kirchhoff were later charged. I assured him that he was not the sole victim and the acts of vandalism could not be related to the murder case he was hearing. Kamari Charlton, who was a reserve tight end from 1992-96, was arrested in May 1994 on felony rape and simple assault charges. Although the appeal failed, then commuted Fay's caning from six to four strokes as a gesture of respect toward the then U.
So, you know, this is not something that's new. After questioning Shiu, the police questioned several expatriate students from the Singapore American School, including Michael Fay, and later charged them with more than fifty counts of vandalism. It was just a really messy, miserable case. Do they not feel any shame for not having brought him up properly to respect other people's property? We do not preach our laws, though others who may hold different views how to control crime. Singapore: Times Books International, p. After the High Court dismissed his appeal, Fay petitioned the President for clemency.