Daily Lessons from Life 01 July 2018 - MP's professional life n public duties...
"Politics, the City Harvest Church saga and regaining the public’s trust: Senior Minister of State Edwin Tong goes On the Record
SINGAPORE: “I don’t make any apologies for that. I would do it again.”
That's what lawyer and newly appointed Senior Minister of State for Law and Health Edwin Tong says when asked about defending the founder of City Harvest Church (CHC) Kong Hee in a legal case that captured the public’s attention.
The marathon case, one of the longest-running trials in Singapore’s legal history, involved the misuse of S$50 million in church funds and lasted from May 2010 till early this year."
I agreed with Mr Edwin Tong that he should hv NO MORAL obligations to consider when defending his clients that pay GOOD fees! It is what lawyers do.
Did he n his team won BIG? U BET!! They delivered a big black eye to the prosecution n the government as tje Appeal Court Judges decided to set a NEW PRECEDENT n stick to the technicality of the written laws.
That the Appeal Judges voted 2:1 in favour of punishing higher mgt, executives n directors a LIGHTER MAX sentence defied commonsense but the laws is NOT abt commonsense. It is abt WHAT the Judges want to interpret the laws.
In this particular case, they decided to focus on technicality.
It is a good phenomenon as it means the judiciary branch is independent from the executive n the legislative branches of the laws IF NOT FOR THE FACT most commoners wished that the Appeal Judges had ruled in favour of the government! Unlike when the judges ruled for the government in Dr Tan CB's reserved EP case!
The unhappiness of the CHC case is really that after investing in so much time, efforts n public money, the guilty just get the lighter of the penalities. A very inefficient n effective use of taxpayer's money!!
It also say: if u hv the money, u hv a chance to get off light as there may be more loopholes in our laws to be contested n exploited!
I finished in 6hrs50mins in 2015 SCMS. Worst of the 8th attempts!
My 2016 Resolutions
1 Life Long Pursuit always: - at personal level, to be a good father, husband, son, friend and human being; - at work level, to be a professional; practising the 7e Way of leaders;
2 To continue the holistic healthy lifestyle of 'eating right and exercising regularly' so as to keep the weight at 70-71kg and off HBP medication;
3 To continue to find ways to promote the 7e Way of Leaders, to generate revenue from at least 3 sources, and to get article published in established publications;
4 To continue to contribute as Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) with the Probation Services Branch; as Senior Health Ambassador (SHA) for Health Promotion Board (HPB); and some other Volunteer opportunities.
5 To invest wiser and trade wisely to profit from an extremely challenging 2016;
6 To complete the 2016 SCMS on 04 December 2016 under 6.5hrs and raise at least S$5.9k for Singapore Cancer Society!;
7 To always has space for the Unexpected.
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2010 Tour of Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris/Lucerne/Cologne
Family Outside Versailles Palace, France
2009 Dec Tawian Holidays
Four of my Most Important People
2008 Dec HkgMacauHolidays
HawNgee, ZJ and Jun in JAWs!
Lu's Marathon on 7 Dec 2014
I did it 6hr19sec for the 7th time!
Lu's Marathon on 1 Dec 2013
I did it in 6.16. Worst than 2012 of 6.05 and > Target of 6hrs. Still, I will take it! :-)
Lu's Marathon on 2 Dec 2012
5th Time 6.06 > Goal of 6hrs
Lu's Marathon on 4 Dec 2011
I did it again in 5hrs53min05sec!
Lu's Marathon 05 Dec 2010
I completed my 3rd Marathon - 6hrs 24mins
Lu's Marathon 06 Dec 2009
I Did It AGAIN at 6hr20mins!!
Lu's Marathon 07 Dec 2008
I Dit It! 42.195km in 5hr 53Min 34Sec. My 1st Marathon at 51+ Years Old