Photo of Lucien Wong from Straits Times

Attorney General Lucien Wong flared up at public criticisms over recent sentencing at a legal event, declaring that the government will never listen to any disagreement because he is always “fair and right”. The Attorney General also misrepresented his argument, insinuating that those who did not express their disagreements are all supportive of the government’s ruling:

“The prosecution will not take short-term views or allow a vocal minority to influence its actions, and instead, hold fast to the rule of law to do what is fair and right. To maintain the trust of the public, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is making the effort to articulate its rationale to help the public understand its charging and sentencing decisions.”

The former private lawyer of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong referred to the murder case of an intellectual-disabled lady angrily slamming his critics for being loud:

“The AGC cannot take for granted the public confidence that it commands as an institution. Misinformation can now be propagated and proliferated easily, shifting the contest from who makes the most sense to who has the loudest voice. We do not intend to join the shouting game. The AGC recently explained why it did not pursue murder charges against Pua Hak Chuan and Tan Hui Zhen, who were responsible for her death. We are making the effort to share our institutional philosophy with a wider audience not because we hope everyone will agree with every decision that we make. Decisions that are taken in the wider public interest are not necessarily synonymous with decisions that are popularly accepted.”

AG Lucien Wong also told Singaporeans to have blind faith in the government and that whatever position AGC takes is always correct:

“AGC will move towards placing more weight on sentencing principles, rather than precedents, when coming to a position on the sentence it seeks in court. The public should rest assured that we will continue to refine our approach towards criminal justice, with the view to ensuring that no misconduct goes unpunished, that all misconduct is justly punished, and that all persons are equally treated before the law.”

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