Author Archives: Ariffin Sha

    About Ariffin Sha

    Ariffin Sha reads law at the Victoria University of Wellington. He speaks and writes on socio-political and legal issues in Singapore. He has been writing regularly for the The Online Citizen since 2014.
    “Singapore does not have a Constitution” said Malaysia’s new Attorney-General, Mr Tommy Thomas in 2009
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    In a speech froom 2009 which focused on where Malaysia’s constitutional lawyers seek inspiration and precedents from, the current Attorney-General (“AG”) of Malaysia and constitutional expert, Tommy Thomas highlighted the jurisdictions of India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In listing these jurisdictions, Read More

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    The Cruelty of Fate: The Case of Nagaenthran Dharmalingam
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    By Guo Rendi The case of Nagaenthran a/l K Dharmalingam v Public Prosecutor is, in many ways, extraordinary among all convicted drug couriers in Singapore. Nagaenthran has been on quite a long path challenging his current fate of being a death-row inmate and Read More

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    Salleh Marican on LGBTs, Islamaphobia and convening a CPIB investigation on PM Lee
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    Mr Salleh Marican, 68, has been interviewed many times since he first declared his intention to run in the upcoming Presidential Elections that will be held, if more than two candidates qualify on Nomination Day (13 September 2017), on 23 September 2017 but Read More

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    Criminal and Human Rights Lawyer Fined $6,000 for a Poem on Death Penalty that “Scandalised the Judicary”
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    By Ariffin Sha Mr Eugene Thuraisingam, a prominent criminal and human rights lawyer, was found guilty of contempt of court and fined $6,000 by Justice See Kee Oon in the High Court earlier today for a poem he penned. The poem, which concerned Read More

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    Singapore’s Apex Court: “Powerful Probability” of Miscarriage of Justice in Death Penalty Case
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    By Ariffin Sha In the latest twist to what has been, under all circumstances, a most unusual case, the Court of Appeal (‘the Court’) has held that its previous decision on case involving Nigerian national Ilechukwu must be reviewed. Chao Hick Tin J, Read More

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    No Innocent Explanation? – Death Row Inmate’s Lawyers use Evidence Adduced by the Prosecution to Seek Inmate’s Second Acquittal
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    By Ariffin Sha In a twist of Shakespearean proportions,  Mr Eugene Thuraisingam, the lawyer for death row inmate Ilechukwu, has used evidence produced by the Prosecution to argue for his client’s acquittal. The Defence counsel made the case that the results of a Read More

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    The Case Against Prabgaran’s Execution; Are we 100% sure that this man is guilty?
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    Prabagaran, a 29 year-old Malaysian, is set to be hung at dawn in less than 48 hours. With the exception of Kho Jabing, all executions in Singapore have always been carried out on Friday at dawn, and barring a miracle, Praba will suffer Read More

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    Former PM Goh Chok Tong contradicts the Govt on how to count reserved elections
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    Following Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s press conference last weekend, there has been heightened public discourse on the Government’s curious interpretation of the following words: “the most recent 5 consecutive terms of the Elected Presidency.” These words are from the latest amendments to our Read More

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    Animal rights and the Law – Public forum on 5 March
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    Why are cats not allowed in HDB Flats? Did the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) really had no option but to cull those ‘noisy’ chickens? Why does the AVA euthanize hundreds of Mongrels that come through its doors every year? Why can’t animal welfare Read More

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    Singapore’s Mongrels: The Underdogs among Dogs
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    Dogs are wonderful creatures. Man’s best friends have been, deservedly, showered with endless praise. From the story of Hachiko to the poem about how dog is god spelled backwards, we all know of their peerless loyalty and kinship. All too often, both dog Read More

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