Singapore Catch 22: Cabby who threatened Minister to face trial

Correct me if I'm wrong. Then again, don't. I strongly believe the case of the cabby who threatened Minister to face trial is Singapore's very own Catch 22 situation.

See, the cabby has pleaded guilty.

However the guilty plea was rejected by the court because the cabby said that he had not intended to cause alarm to the minister.

So now, the cabby must face trial to prove himself that he is guilty (which isn't it actually the whole point of giving a guilty plea in the first place?!).

A waste of taxpayers' money, if you ask me. Surely the court would have other more deserving cases to handle...

Sigh.

A district court yesterday rejected the guilty plea of a relief cabby who allegedly threatened MP for East Coast GRC Lee Yi Shyan on March 1.

In his mitigation, 52-year-old Teo Kian Seng said that he had not intended to cause alarm to Mr Lee, who is also the Minister of State for Trade and Industry as well as Manpower.

However, for his guilty plea to be accepted, Teo had to admit that he had intended to cause alarm to Mr Lee. As such, District Judge Low Wee Ping said that Teo will have to be face trial.

Teo met Mr Lee during a meet-the-people session at Block 409, Bedok North Ave 2 to discuss a summons his mother had received over clutter outside their flat.

Teo then allegedly threatened Mr Lee by referring to the case of MP for Yio Chu Kang, Mr Seng Han Thong who was set on fire by a man at a community event last January.

Teo allegedly said that he hoped that "history will not repeat itself."

From Today, "Cabby who threatened Minister to face trial".

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