Woffles Wu was charged correctly: Lawyers

When prominent plastic surgeon Woffles Wu was fined for getting his employee to take the rap for speeding offences, it sparked an online furore.

A $1,000 fine is too light, some argued.

Others suggested he got off lightly because he's rich.

Still others asked why he wasn't charged with perverting the cause of justice, which carries a heavier sentence.

Dr Wu had asked his former employee, Mr Kuan Yit Wah, 82, to take the blame for two speeding offences in in 2005 and 2006.

He was fined $1,000 on June 12 for abetting an employeeto give false information to the police.

But the online chatter over Dr Wu's punishment appears to have sparked an unusual series of events.

Member of Parliament (Bishan-Toa Payoh) Hri Kumar Nair noted in his blog that others were jailed after being convicted of similar offences.

He hoped there would be an opportunity for the court to "explain its reasons".

Mr Nair, a lawyer, heads the Government Parliamentary Committees for Home Affairs and Law.

After that, Law Minister K. Shanmugam weighed in on the issue by dismissing speculation that Dr Wu was spared a jail sentence "because he's rich".

On June 17, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) issued a statement explaining its decision to charge Dr Wu under Section 81(3) of the Road Traffic Act rather than under the Penal Code, which provides for stiffer penalties.

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