Singapore Police like to silence the media to make themselves look good.
Singapore police should uphold the law LESS by dirty tactics, unnecessary threats and coercion and MORE by gaining the public's trust.
I would like to know why, in excess of 2.5years after the tragic death of Miss Ee and even after the court had sentenced Tan Hui Zhen and husband Pua, Miss Ee's collegues were still warned by police "not to share any details".
Are there any other guilty parties not investigated/ charged by the police, do the police like to silence the press so that they can take their OWN SWEET TIME to investigate cases, are the police AFRAID that their own investigative skills pale in comparison to the internet or news media?
Unless the police have good reason to temporarily ban witnesses from talking to the press or have a court order banning the revelation of names for instance when a father rapes his own child which may have repercussions to the child in school/later life, I don't think the police have any business shutting witnesses up or censoring the news just so that they can solve criminal cases earlier or before coffeeshop uncles know more.
In this case, the crime was obvious and the suspects came clean, so why was there any need to silence witnesses or the media.
A more productive and efficient police force is achieved by better attention to witnesses and trust by witnesses that information surrendered would serve a good cause. Witness silencing only serves to sweep the issue of crime and injustice underground and like lipstick on a pig, only serves to silence news media and DECEIVE the public that the police are doing the right job.
The Singapore Police force should stop such cloak and dagger operations because silencing the media does not help them do a better job nor aid the cause of justice when their dirty bag of tricks are revealed.
High time the anti-competition commission of Singapore investigate the SPF for the anti-competitive and media silencing dirty tricks they use to look good.
Eight months of beatings that ended in death.
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From top: Miss Annie Ee first met Tan Hui Zhen when they were teenagers and they rekindled their friendship in 2013. Estranged from her family, Miss Ee moved into Tan and husband Pua Hak Chuan's four-room Woodlands flat in late 2013. Investigators ou
Investigators outside the Woodlands flat where Miss Ee's body was found. An autopsy report revealed she had 12 fractured ribs, seven fractured vertebrae, a ruptured stomach and a body crowded with blisters and bruises.ST PHOTO: NG WUI KUEK
PUBLISHED: DEC 3, 2017,
The abuse, which increased in intensity, made it difficult for her to walk, stand and breathe
Tan Tam Mei
She could barely breathe because of her fractured ribs and was unable to stay awake as she was weak from daily beatings and open wounds, but Miss Annie Ee knew she was in for more punishment.
The weapon - a roll of shrink wrap weighing 1kg that her abusers knew she feared - was placed next to the woman she called "jie jie" (meaning older sister in Chinese).
Her "jie jie", Tan Hui Zhen, and husband Pua Hak Chuan, whom she called "jie fu" (meaning brother-in-law in Chinese), had returned that evening to find Miss Ee, 26, lying in her own urine.
They accused her of urinating on the floor to get attention. While she lay slumped in a chair from exhaustion, the couple decided to punish her for her "bad attitude".
It would be the last round of beatings Miss Ee, who was intellectually disabled, would suffer before dying in her sleep hours later in the early morning of Apr il 13, 2015.
She was hit repeatedly by the shrink wrap and fell to the floor, but even the sight of her on the ground inching towards her room did not stop her abusers. Pua continued to hit her legs, abdomen and buttocks, which already had open wounds and blisters.
SIGNS OF INJURY
Once, she said she had been beaten by a colleague, so I told her to tell her manager or call the police. The other times, she said she fell, but I did wonder how it was possible that she could fall so often.
RETIREE XU WEI JIAN, on asking Miss Ee about the bruises she had around her eyes.
Pua then picked up a plastic dustbin and smashed it down on Miss Ee with such force the bin cracked.
Earlier that day, she had tried to commit suicide by cutting her wrists, having felt "useless" when she could not carry out Tan's instructions.
She was found dead in bed the next day.
Miss Ee first met Tan when they were teenagers and they rekindled their friendship in 2013.
Estranged from her family, Miss Ee moved into Tan and Pua's four-room Woodlands flat in late 2013 and was given housework to do.
Over the eight months of abuse - from August 2014 until her death - Miss Ee started showing up for her waitressing job with bruises on her body, arms, face and neck.
The beatings and their increased intensity over time, with some sessions lasting up to two hours, meant she had difficulty walking, standing and breathing. She also became incontinent.
The couple made Miss Ee surrender her salary of $1,200, from which she was given a weekly allowance of $50. This was later cut to $30.
When The Sunday Times visited Miss Ee's former workplaces, ex-colleagues declined to comment and said they had been told by the police not to share any details.
However, court documents revealed they had noticed that Miss Ee would hide her injuries by applying a thick layer of concealer, letting her hair down and wearing a cap. She would keep mum when questioned, but on one occasion, had told an assistant manager "my family", when asked about the injuries.
An autopsy report revealed the extent of abuse she suffered: 12 fractured ribs, seven fractured vertebrae, a ruptured stomach and a body crowded with blisters and bruises. The report also said she died of acute fat embolism. She had been beaten so severely that fatty tissue below the skin had separated from the muscle and entered her bloodstream, interfering with blood getting oxygen in the lungs and leading to progressive cardiac and respiratory failure.
On Friday, Tan, 33, was sentenced to 16½ years' jail, and Pua, 38, was given 14 years' jail and 14 strokes of the cane.
They were initially charged with murder, but the counts were amended after police completed investigations and on the basis of forensic pathologist reports.
Tan suffered from depression and borderline personality disorder. Justice Hoo Sheau Peng said she gave this little weight but took into account as a mitigating factor that the couple had come clean in revealing what they had done.
The pair had pleaded guilty on Monday to various charges for the extensive torture of Miss Ee.
A person said to be Miss Ee's younger sister, who did not want to be named, told Channel NewsAsia that her family was concerned that Miss Ee's simple nature could lead to her being "bullied or cheated".
She said Miss Ee felt that the family did not give her the freedom to make her own friends. Miss Ee later moved out to live with Tan and Pua. Her younger sister said Tan had exerted "total control" over Miss Ee.
Miss Ee was said to be the eldest among her brothers and sisters.
Her sibling said her family "will never be able to forgive (the couple) for what they did, especially Tan".
Neighbours The Sunday Times spoke to said the trio did not interact much with others, but the sound of mahjong games could be heard from the third-floor unit at Woodlands Avenue 9.
"I don't remember any shouts or screaming. We were all surprised to find out that such severe abuse was happening right under our nose," said a neighbour who wanted to be known only as Miss Lee, 35, a secretary.
As Miss Ee usually left the flat early around 9am, neighbours did not see her often, said retiree Xu Wei Jian, 70.
They would greet each other as she walked past Mr Xu's flat. He had on at least two occasions asked her why she often had bruises around her eyes.
"Once, she said she had been beaten by a colleague, so I told her to tell her manager or call the police. The other times, she said she fell, but I did wonder how it was possible that she could fall so often," said Mr Xu in Mandarin.
When asked if he regretted not alerting anyone to Miss Ee's injuries, he said: "There's no use regretting, she's gone now. I never expected that the injuries could come from the people she lived with."
•Additional reporting by Selina Lum
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 03, 2017, with the headline 'Eight months of beatings that ended in death'.
Today 6:23 PMwallstreetraider wrote Let God deals with them ...
Only He can judge ...
We can only complain to God until He decides to take action ...
Our job is never stop complaining ...
Remember what Jesus tell them when they asked Him is it right to save a man during sabbath day ...
Even Jesus called them hypocrites and fu.ck them upside down ...
And they thought Jesus was an ordinary man ....
Romans 2: 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.);... God created the conscience in man to convict or acquit them.
For all the corrupted public servants who bully others, cheat etc and do a bad job just like the misconduct of the police who abuse their authority and try to censor/silence the press to make their own jobs easier/ themselves appear good will probably get premature heart disease and cancers because they will self discover in later life that they did a lousy job by taking short changing justice by cheating the freedom of information / press system.
More than just a high salary is needed to achieve the satisfaction of doing a really good job. Thus, many PAP politicians and Singaporean civil servants with bad attitudes, laziness, cutting corners will suffer premature cancers and heart ailments from the stress of self sabotage by serving their own self interest and doing a lousy, short-sighted job.
I think that Miss Ee's family's feelings should be taken into consideration.
Last but not least, please respect the deceased.