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Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for daughte

Postby absolutwild » Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:50 am

SINGAPORE - A self-employed man who lied about where he lived to get his daughter enrolled in a prestigious primary school was sentenced to two weeks' jail on Tuesday.

The nature of the offence is hard to detect and even a maximum fine would not be sufficient for deterrence, said District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan.

The 35-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, is appealing against his sentence.

He pleaded guilty last month to giving false information to the school's principal on July 30, 2013.

A charge of lying to a police sergeant 10 days earlier to have the address on his identity card changed was taken into consideration.

The man indicated his address was within 1km to 2km of the school when he registered his daughter under Phase 2C of the Primary 1 registration exercise in 2013.

His identity card showed the address but the man actually lived in Balestier Road, which fell outside that radius.

The property at the address he provided belonged to his uncle's sister and had been rented out. His acts came to light when the Education Ministry visited the place.

The false information allowed his daughter to secure a place in the school. She was reportedly still enrolled there when he was charged on May 27 last year.

In his mitigation for a non-custodial sentence, defence lawyer Ramesh Tiwary said the man had a clean record and had never gotten into trouble with the law.

The man also intended to move into the address but was unable to do so because he was unable to contact the tenant, said Mr Tiwary.

For providing false information to a public servant, the man faced up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

In 2007, a lawyer was given 11 months' jail for forging and lying about his residential address in order to get his daughter into a reputable school in Bukit Timah.
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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby Nebbermind » Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:45 am

I wonder what is the actual charges

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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby slmkhoo » Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:56 am

Nebbermind wrote:I wonder what is the actual charges

Quote from the newspaper article: For providing false information to a public servant, the man faced up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby lee_yl » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:07 am

I wonder why such old news is being surfaced every couple of years. It is almost an open secret that parents resort to using "fake address" to register their kids for P1.

Such highly publicised cases are intended to deter parents from taking the risk but looking at the extremely LOW probably of being detected, I believe it instead emboldens some parents to take the risk.

Perhaps, MOE should enhance it's detection mechanism.

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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby finnfinn » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:11 am

Reading the comments in the ST facebook... many people still feel that the jail term is too harsh for the man... Which I totally do not think so!

Anyway... I know of a school that actually let a student stay even though the parents used their rented out apartment to secure a seat for the kid in that school. So unfair! Not allowed means not allowed whatever the reason! This unfairness has deprived another student who is more well-deserved for going the legitimate way a place in the school! :mad: :mad: :mad:
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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby limlim » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:22 am

finnfinn wrote:Reading the comments in the ST facebook... many people still feel that the jail term is too harsh for the man... Which I totally do not think so!


Indeed.

absolutwild wrote:The nature of the offence is hard to detect and even a maximum fine would not be sufficient for deterrence, said District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan.

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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby limlim » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:23 am

lee_yl wrote:
Perhaps, MOE should enhance it's detection mechanism.


Very simple, just enhance the framework for whisper blowing.

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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby Nebbermind » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:25 am

slmkhoo wrote:
Nebbermind wrote:I wonder what is the actual charges

Quote from the newspaper article: For providing false information to a public servant, the man faced up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.


Ah! Didn't read that far down. Thanks.

Well, the explains why there's a jail term.

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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby janet88 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:27 am

A jail term if imposed may help to prevent others from cheating. At least potential cheaters will be afraid of MOE doing spot checks. Living on the edge of fear is no joke...做亏心事,半夜敲门是很怕的.

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Re: Man gets two weeks' jail for lying about address for dau

Postby dimsum » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:43 am

2007 case, 11 mths in jail. This latest case, only 2 weeks. He should count himself lucky

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