Changi Prison enthusiast Jolovan Wham heir apparent to million-dollar empire?Feb 27, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Civil rights activist and budding Changi Prison enthusiast Jolovan Wham is allegedly the son of jewelry trader Johnny Wham and Gina Wham, both of whom founded popular jewelry chain Goldheart in 1974.
According to local tabloid Singapore Ink and a 2018 post on Sammyboyforum, Jolovan Wham's dad is now runs a retail jewelry business Platim Jewelry located at Orchard Towers. In the same building, the father also ownes Jamboree Bar and Cafe, a high-end bar catering to the local expat community.
Wham is no stranger to civil disobedience in Singapore.
Wham was recently fined S$8,000 on Monday (Feb 15) for organising an illegal public assembly on an MRT train in 2017. He told the court he intends to pay $2,500 for the charge of refusing to sign the statement he gave to the police but will go to jail - for 22 days - in lieu of paying the fines.
In 2019, Wham was fined $3,200 for organising a public assembly without permit in 2016 and for refusing to sign a statement he gave to the police on the case. He appealed but lost, then chose jail - 16 days - instead of paying the fine.
In the same year, Wham was fined S$5,000 for contempt of court for publishing a Facebook post in 2018 alleging that Malaysia's judges were more independent than Singapore's in cases with political implications.
He appealed later but lost. Lee Hsien Yang, the brother of Singapore's current Prime Minister, had put up a S$20,000 security deposit for Wham's appeal but ultimately had it forfeited when the appeal was quashed in February this year.
Wham chose jail again - 7 days - instead of paying the fine.
With rising costs of living and the volatility of Singapore's economic landscape, not many have the privilege to protest and risk having a black mark on their record that may prevent them from having a stable career.
But that's not something for Wham to worry about apparently.
Op-ed by Ahmad & Lup Cheong