A DEED OF TRUST

№ 4 Bishopsgate, Singapore. My car pulled up to the gates of this old colonial house located near Grange Road, I recalled that during the Japanese Occupation, these were the living quarters of Rev. John Hayter, priest-in-charge of St Hilda’s Church. Today, it serves as the office of the Diocese of Singapore.

Rev. Hayter wrote in his book, Priest in Prison, that he would cycle between Bishopsgate and St Hilda’s Church in Katong, as that was the only means of transportation at that time, besides walking.

How many kilometres were there between Bishopsgate and Katong? How…


For the last 18 months, we have been battling an invisible enemy without respite.

In stealth, the enemy travels across borders incognito, hiding in plain sight, stealing a ride into our very midst.

The troops it marshals for its destructive aims are none other than us ourselves. It recruits anyone regardless of passport, age or occupation — and whether vaccinated or unvaccinated — to be its unwittingly secret agents, its unwilling accomplices and its involuntary soldiers.

The invisible enemy defies capture. Instead, it forces us to take captive our innocents, to serve as prisoners-of-war in its stead. To ringfence the…


2.00pm, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 — Seven or eight police officers swarmed into the diminutive 67-year-old’s home. Ignoring her request to take off their shoes before entering, they roamed around her place for more than an hour, taking videos and photographs as they wanted. The troupe left with her computer CPU, laptop and handphone.

The invasion of Teo Soh Lung’s home and the seizure of her personal effects were made on the heels of a police report filed against her by the Election Department (ELD) for making four Facebook posts on Cooling-Off Day of the Bukit Batok By-Election (BBBE) that…


When all legal avenues have been exhausted, the last resort for a criminal sentenced to death, is to apply for Presidential clemency.

When Singapore gained independence in 1965, the avenue of clemency was embedded into the Singapore Constitution[1]. Although clemency is usually discussed in the context of capital cases, it is in fact available to any offender for any offence. The Singapore Constitution provides that any offender convicted of any offence in Singapore can apply to the President for a pardon, reprieve or respite, of the execution of any sentence pronounced on such offender. The President may “on the advice…


The death penalty has been a part of crime and punishment in Singapore from day one. Although there is a host of crimes under Singapore law which attracts the death penalty, Singapore has by and large executed persons convicted of murder and, since the enactment of the Misuse of Drug Act in 1975, drug-trafficking.

Back in 2004, Singapore was put in the spotlight by a scathing paper, “Singapore — The death penalty: a hidden toll of executions” published by Amnesty International criticising Singapore’s use of the death penalty. In particular, the paper chastised Singapore for its high rate of execution…

Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss

A lawyer practising in Singapore for more than 30 years.

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