Kelvin Gan Boon Wah is guilty for being an idiot...

Yes, that's his only crime. How on earth could this Kelvin Gan Boon Wah think to display a funeral banner issued by a secret society at his own mother's wake.

'Tekka Righteous Brothers' is for sure one secret society with a good intention (they want to show respect!) but without a consideration how the banner will give a trouble. Sigh.

A man was convicted on Wednesday of displaying a funeral banner issued by a secret society at his mother's wake.

Kelvin Gan Boon Wah, 34, an office boy, pleaded guilty to displaying the banner with the words in Chinese meaning 'Tekka Righteous Brothers' at the void deck of Block 91 Henderson Road on April 6 2011.

The court heard that the banner was seized by a police officer at the wake.

A triad expert of the Secret Societies Branch said in his report that the five Chinese characters on the banner referred to members of a secret society. He also said it was the practice of the fraternity to hang such banners at funeral wakes of gang members or relatives of gang members as a sign of respect from the gang.

From Straits Times, "Man hung gang-related banner at mum's wake".

A 34-year-old man pleaded guilty in a district court today to displaying a secret society funeral banner during his mother's wake.

Kelvin Gan Boon Wah, an office boy, admitted doing this at the void deck of Block 91 Henderson Road on Apr 6.

A police officer from the Secret Societies Branch checked on the wake that day and saw the banner with the words, 'Tekka Righteous Brothers', on it.

It was seized and sent to the Branch's triad expert who said the words referred to members of a secret society operating in the Tekka area at Little India.

The expert added it was a practice in the secret society fraternity for such banners to be hung at wakes of gang members or their loved ones as a sign of respect.

The stocky bespectacled Gan, who has visible tattoos on his neck and on the back of his hands, appeared in court dressed in a white long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

Court documents said he is a secret society member.

But Gan disputed this saying he had left the gang four years ago.

He told District Judge Christopher Goh he was depressed and could not get over his mother's death.

Gan, who was unrepresented, also said in his mitigation plea that he was currently attending a computer course to improve himself.

Judge Goh asked the prosecution to confirm Gan was no longer a secret society member.

The case has been adjourned to Oct 17.

Gan can be jailed up to two years, fined a maximum of S$5,000 or both for displaying the banner.

From Today, "Man admits to displaying secret society banner at mother's wake".


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