Rich, powerful S’poreans finding it hard to be Yellow Ribbon Project ambassadors

Posted on 04 January 2013

This is because a lot of them have been spared jail time.

He can have everything, except to be a Yellow Ribbon Project ambassador.

It might appear that rich and powerful Singaporeans can have everything they fancy.

But what is eluding them these days is the opportunity to join the Yellow Ribbon Project as ambassadors.

As they can’t seem to find a way behind bars.

The Yellow Ribbon Project is an initiative to help people who have gone to prison to integrate back into society.

Another missed opportunity that was registered this week? 

Peter Khoo Chong Meng, former senior vice-president at SPH’s English and Malay Newspapers Division and head of its Editorial Projects Unit, did not receive any jail term after he was found guilty of accepting bribes of $196,500, and pocketing $23,095 in CapitaLand vouchers.

The 49-year-old was fined for two charges of corruption and one of criminal breach of trust.

Run-of-the-mill Singaporeans that New Nation spoke to, said this phenomenon is not new.

And they feel bad that the rich and powerful should be ostracised in such a manner.

Ping Fan Ren, a 33-year-old who earns a living as opposed to the rich and powerful who makes money, said: “Last year, Woffles Wu got a fine for getting an old man to take the blame for his speeding offence.”

“I think Woffles Wu damn poor thing. He can have everything. Except go to prison.”

Wu, a plastic surgeon with a history of appearing on television and in the newspapers for matters not always associated with plastic surgery, was charged with abetting an elderly man to take the blame for speeding offences that occurred in 2005 and 2006.

He received a fine after much public debate concerning his case about what is justice and stuff.

Moreover, in 2010, 30-year-old Cleopatra Wong Yuin Ping crashed her Lexus ES300 belonging to her father into a cyclist, thought she hit a tree branch and did not stop to check.

She was fined $2,400.

Another Singaporean, Lao Bai Xing, said: “The harder it is to be part of the Yellow Ribbon Project, the more exclusive it will be for the rich and powerful, I guess.”

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  • mel

    After so many years at SPH… Certainly he is privy to how the paper works.. Probably even a ardent supporter of how a supposed “journalistic” paper shld be run by the powers tat be. So let loyal sleeping dogs lie.. Why create a mad dog tat will probably bite back if cornered? Its all abt who u know…