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新加坡民主党:在林俊辉死亡事件上,律政部长别责怪他人,只怨自个儿行动迟缓

编者按:本中文版本如与英文版有出入,均以英文版为最终解释权。特此说明。

 

网址:http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016/03/sdp-law-minister-should-not-blame-others-for-his-own-tardy-actions-in-benjamins-case/

民主党秘书长徐顺全博士就内政部长关于14岁青少年林俊辉死亡事件在国会的讲话发表声明全文如下:

内政部长在林俊辉死亡事件指责公民在线(TOC)和律师公会主席是相当令人感到遗憾的。

林俊辉在2016年1月26日自杀身亡事件,内政部长是否需要经过5个星期的时间才发表部长声明?

这与在2015年10月15日发生的一起4岁小孩子因为住家尚未安装窗口安全护栏网而意外坠楼事件相比,当时,三木根在他的个人脸书网页上对孩子的家属表示沉痛的哀悼和严厉斥责责承包商没有尽责完成工程的态度相比真是天渊之别。

为什么三木根部长没有迅速回应有关林俊辉的事件,特别是许多问题都涉及到内政部。

不幸的是三木根漠视了社会大众要求他就此事件发表部长声明而采取了缄默的态度。就是三木根部长采取这样的态度导致激怒的社会大众,以及由此造成了大众在揣测孩子跳楼自杀身亡前当天到底发生了什么事?

三木根先生说,为了顾及尊重和林俊辉家属,政府做出不对有关事件发表任何声明的决定。

三木根先生的这一说法是无法说服人的。众人皆知三木根先生是一个口快直言的人。当4岁小孩子从没有安装窗口安全护栏坠楼时他的反应是那么的迅速。与此同时,林俊辉的家属也发表了公开声明质问有关这起事件国家的应对措施。

就是由于这样的情况下,《公民在线》、律师公会,包括了民主党(见此网址:here)都分别发表声明强力要求政府发表部长声明。否则今天这起事件就不会引起广泛的关注。

在任何涉及公众利益的问题,公众不仅仅是要知道事情的真相,而且是有权利要获得及时的告知。在林俊辉事件上,事实就是政府采取了迟缓的反应态度,这是不能够被接受的。与其责怪他人,不如更多的责怪自己。

这不得不让我们回想起有关马士.萨拉曼逃狱事件。时任李显龙总理不顾有关事件已经引起大众高度关注下,在一段漫长的时间里采取了缄默的态度。在那个时候,作为政治领袖必须是义不容辞迅速地站出来给人每一个说法。

就目前林俊辉死亡这起事件而言,政府仍然需要就以下的问题给予答复的:

1. 是不是有必要动员5名警方人员带走一名青少年?

2. 涉嫌者,特别是当他是一个青少年是否允许在心理学者或其他相关人士在场的情况下陪同下进行审问?

3. 是否需要成立一个特别独立调查庭调查林俊辉在警察局所受到待遇?

三木根先生必须切记,

一条年轻的生命已经失去了!死者的家属失去了他们的至亲。他必须采取确保类似事件不会再重演,而不是把矛头指向他人!

SDP: Law Minister should not blame others for his own tardy actions in Benjamin’s case

Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) had issued a statement, penned by Dr Chee Soon Juan, Secretary-General of Singapore Democratic Party, on the Parliamentary speech made by Minister for Home Affairs and Law, Mr K Shanmugam in regards to the death of 14-year-old Benjamin Lim.

Below is the SDP’s statement in full

It is unfortunate that Minister for Law K Shanmugam has blamed The Online Citizen and the Law Society for the Benjamin Lim saga.

Benjamin committed suicide on 26 January 2016. Did it have to take five full weeks for the Minister to address the issue? Contrast this to another case where a 4-year-old boy had fallen through a grille-less open window to his death. This happened on 6 October 2015. On 15 October 2015, Mr Shanmugam published a post on his Facebook, commiserating with the boy’s family and lambasting the contractor for not doing his job.

Why could the Minister not have responded sooner in Benjamin’s case especially since it was his Ministry – the Ministry of Home Affairs – at which many questions were directed.

Unfortunately, Mr Shanmugam chose to remain silent despite widespread calls from the public for him to address the incident and it was his protracted silence that irked the public and fueled speculation over what happened that fateful day when the boy committed suicide.

Mr Shanmugam said that it was out of respect for the Lim family that the government did not make any statements. This does not make sense as Mr Shanmugam was very quick off the mark over the incident where the 4-year-old boy fell through the window. Besides, Benjamin’s family had issued a public statement questioning the state’s actions.
If not for TOC’s and the Law Society’s statements – the SDP had also issued a statement (here) – the pressure for the government to address the matter would not have been as intense.

In any matter that is of public interest, the people have every right not just to know about the facts of a case but to also have it in a timely matter. The fact that there was such a delay in the government’s response over the Benjamin Lim episode is unacceptable. To blame other parties for its tardiness is even more reprehensible.

One is reminded of the Mas Selamat escape in which Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong remained silent over the matter for an inappropriate amount of time despite intense public anger over the debacle. At such times, it is incumbent upon political leaders to step forward expeditiously and provide the public with answers.

In the present case, there are still questions that need to be answered:

• Was it absolutely necessary to dispatch 5 police officers to bring in a boy for questioning?

• Will suspects, especially if they are young persons, be allowed to be accompanied by counsel or other appropriate persons?

• Will an independent investigation be carried out into how Benjamin Lim was treated while under police custody?

Mr Shanmugam must remember that

the most important thing here is that a young life is gone and a family has lost a loved one. Steps, not finger-pointing, have to be taken to ensure that this never happens again.

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