Photo of Paradise Group brothers from The Straits Times Wong Kwai Chow

Despite stealing more than S$640,000 worth of gas by tempering gas meters and being found guilty of 29 charges of fraud, the CEO and COO of Paradise Group, brothers Edlwin Chua and Edlan Chua, is not jailed even a single day.

This sentence is seen as “ultra-lenient” because the penalty for altering and tampering with a gas meter is a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail term of up to a year, while the dishonest use of gas could be punished with a fine of up to $50,000 and up to five years in jail.

The company were yesterday (Jun 24) sentenced to pay only a S$530,000 fine on top of the S$636,438.12 cost of gas illegally used. This is the second judgment passed in Singapore court that has been largely criticised by members of the public as non-deterrent, following another high profile employment infringement case where a director was not a jailed despite having being found guilty of 20 charges for falseful declarations on employee salaries.

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