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林鼎因涉嫌挪用客户资金及跟踪前雇员被捕

Oct 02, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

反对党政客兼律师林鼎已被警方逮捕,目前正在接受商业事务部的调查。

10月2日,林鼎的律师同事M Ravi在Facebook上发布了他被捕的消息。

Ravi写道,林鼎在和梁实轩一起准备他的案子,这时民政部官员“闯进”办公室逮捕了林鼎。

据Ravi说,当林鼎被戴上手铐时他抗议逮捕是出于“政治动机”。Ravi补充说,林鼎本人已指示他担任其律师。

林鼎代表梁实轩处理李显龙总理对梁实轩提起的诽谤诉讼。

李显龙总理定于10月6日至9日在高等法院出庭受审。

警方拒绝接受政治动机调查的指控

警方在一份声明中证实,林鼎因涉嫌违反《刑法》第409条的刑事失信罪而被捕。

他还因涉嫌违反《防止骚扰法令》第7(1)条的非法跟踪罪而接受调查。

警方还表示,9月28日,林鼎拒绝在警察营地接受强制面谈。

以下是警方的完整声明:

林鼎先生于2020年10月2日因涉嫌违反《刑法》第409条规定的刑事失信罪被捕。他还因涉嫌违反《防止骚扰法令》第7(1)条非法跟踪罪而接受调查。

关于刑事失信罪行,林鼎先生前客户(林鼎先生曾在一场机动车伤害诉讼中为其辩护)的律师向警方提交了一份报告。这位前客户指控林鼎挪用了法院判给他的一笔赔偿金。

关于非法跟踪罪行,林鼎先生的前雇员向警方提交了一份报告,声称她在林鼎先生的律师事务所工作时曾受其骚扰。这名雇员还让警方看了她和林鼎先生之间的短信。

警方于2020年9月23日联系了林鼎先生,并根据《刑事诉讼法》第21(1)条向其发出了书面通知,要求他于2020年9月28日在警察营地接受一次强制面谈,以协助对两项涉嫌罪行的调查。林鼎先生还被告知,他可以按其意愿重新安排面谈时间。然而,林鼎先生在2020年9月27日通过其律师回复,他无意接受警方的任何面谈。他还毫无根据地指控对其调查是出于政治动机。

如果警方披露的初步证据表明了进一步调查的基础依据,警方有责任调查其所做的报告。被要求接受警方面谈的人员必须遵守。

由于林鼎先生没有配合参加警方面谈,并明确表示他无意遵从通知,警方别无选择,只有逮捕林鼎先生以进行调查。如果林鼎先生当初遵照警方的通知来面谈的话,就没有必要对其进行逮捕。

警方拒绝接受林鼎先生关于调查是出于政治动机的指控。控告林鼎先生的受害者已向警方提交报告,指控其对他们犯下了严重的罪行,警方有责任调查这些指控。

顶图来源:M Ravi的Facebook。


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This commentator thinks MCI ad should not have featured poor Malays

May 12, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
A Hari Raya advertisement by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) was 'cancelled' by certain netizens online for depicting lower income Malays according to reality.

"Message for Syawal", a two-and-a-half-minute video published last month (Apr 30) captures moments in the life of a low-income Malay family living in a rental flat.

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Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"

The video, which is peppered with Malay proverbs, shows the family moving out of their rental flat to a new home several years later where they celebrate Hari Raya.

The father of the family works as a mover while the mother is a housewife.

Their young son, Syawal, skips school to earn extra income for his family before a teacher flags his absence from school to his parents.

The mother in the video later decides to return to work to alleviate her family’s financial difficulties while the father gets a new job.


Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"



Why some netizens are outraged

The video sparked backlash online, with some viewers saying that it contained stereotypes about the Malay community.

The stereotypes:
  • The father works as a mover - commonly perceived to be a low-income job
  • The mother is jobless
  • The son plays truant
  • The family lives in a rental flat for low-income earners

Commentator implied that poor Malays shouldn't be portrayed in public to prevent stereotypes


Pictured: Screenshot from Homeground Asia video

A video commentary by The Homeground Asia went further by criticizing how the video propagates the narrative that Malays are poor and lazy, and that the ministry should have created a video that is more relatable to both the less fortunate and the more affluent Malays.

Adi Rahman, one of the interviewees in the video went further by making sweeping assumptions that the ministry lacked cultural intelligence and did not consult the community on the narrative.

Ironically, in talking about inclusivity, Adi implied that the realities of poor Malays should not be shown in public.

For example, his rationale suggested that the video contained characters (the mover, jobless mother and the son who skips school) that contribute to the problem of other races seeing the Malays in a stereotypical and reductive light.

In other words, show the good stuff but not the reality.

Adi even accused the ministry for not consulting the Malays in the vetting of the video narrative.

His accusations were without merit, however, when the Ministry said in a statement (Apr 30) that Malay-Muslim viewers - presumably a focus group - had seen the video prior to its release, and perceived the story to be heart-warming, although some expressed reservations.


Pictured: Adi Rahman - one of the commentators in Homeground Asia video



Stereotyping or masking reality?

The ministry said last month (Apr 30) the video was meant to show "a family’s journey of resilience in facing challenging circumstances and how mutual support and encouragement could nurture the process”.

Other netizens felt it was an overreaction and that low-income families shouldn't be dehumanized in a way that they are removed from the conversation. They felt that the video was a call-to-action for those from the underprivileged to strive for a better life through hard work and seeking help that's already available.

The only missed opportunity in the MCI video was perhaps the suggestion that Malays in low income families living in a rental flat could not celebrate Hari Raya unless they get a flat on their own.

But of course, like Homeground Asia, that is also a sweeping assumption.