Pubdate: Sun, 09 Jun 2002
Source: Honolulu Advertiser (HI)
Copyright: 2002 The Honolulu Advertiser, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.
Author: James Gore


If Prime Minister Goh wants to reinvent Singapore, a good place to start 
would be with its judicial system.

A few years back, when President Clinton's plea for clemency in the caning 
of Michael Fay was refused, many Americans concluded that justice in 
Singapore was too harsh and too stupid, so forget about it.

It hasn't changed. They are still caning prisoners. A quick look at the 
Internet at various sites such as the MSN Singapore punishment site will 
give a graphic description, including photographs of caning.

One story on the Internet is about a Singapore college couple who were 
given random urine testing on a return trip from Malaysia. It was 
determined that they had smoked marijuana three weeks prior in Australia. 
The couple was sentenced to one year in prison. As the technology of drug 
testing improves, it may in the future be possible to prove a person smoked 
pot 25 or 30 years ago, and senior citizens may be spending the rest of 
their lives in a Singapore prison.

James Gore
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