News on Peter Low
  • 25 . 12 . 2014
    无准证办展卖会 – 工人党市镇会被罚800元

    游润恬 报道 yewlt 今年农历新年前一连22天在后港地铁站外无准证举办临时展卖会的阿裕尼—后港—榜鹅东市镇理事会,昨天被国家法院判罚款800元。然而市镇会有意入禀高庭,透过更高层次的法律途径,厘清市镇会办展卖会时征求基层及商联会同意的必要性。 国家法院法官杨启英赞同控方提出应严惩市镇会的立场。他说:“罚款额少会发出错误的信息,让今后有意举办临时展卖会的人以为,可以选择不理会管理机构或罔顾机构屡次发出的警告。” 这项条例初犯者最高罚款是1000元。 由工人党管理的阿裕尼—后港—榜鹅东市镇会(Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council,简称AHPETC)是本地首个因办展卖会被罚款的市镇会。 今年1月9日至30日,它举办了一场售卖年花、盆栽、新年装饰及小吃等的“2014年社区花市与年货市场”,在接到环境局的传票后拒绝缴付500元的罚款销案,被控上国家法院后否认有罪,今年10月完成了三天的审讯。 代表市镇会的辩方律师刘比得、陈励正和刘映俐在求情陈词中说,市镇会有守法的意愿,并且有“大体上遵守”(substantially complied)国家环境局为申请办展卖会准证定下的条件。之所以没有满足其中两项条件——寻求该区公民咨询委员会主席和商联会的支持,是因为认为以上两条件不合理,以及不属于环境局的职权范围。 环境局主控官陈俊杰反驳说,申请准证时符合的条件是否合理,不由申请者单方面决定,毕竟申请者不是发准证的管理机构。 刘比得昨天在庭上求情时也指出,国会制定环境公共卫生法令第35条款是为了避免食品卫生、交通阻塞、噪音和虫鼠等问题,但没有证据显示市镇会今年1月办的展卖会带来了任何这方面的问题。此外,“展销会也没有造成类似武吉巴督鼠患的问题。” 陈俊杰反驳说,市镇会的说辞一再显示它没有意识到罪行的严重性,也没有一丝悔意,反而继续指责环境局不合理,企图扰乱视听以便为本身的不合理行为狡辩 也是AHPETC主席的工人党主席林瑞莲昨天在庭外受访时说:“我们尊重法庭的裁决,也付了罚款,但我们对结果并不满意。” 她重申:“我们打这场官司的初衷不是要给政府机构添麻烦,而是这个问题牵涉到公共利益。政府机构应如何执行国家赋予它的职权,执行职权时又是否秉持公正和公平的态度?” 市镇会或通过高庭追究 除了上诉之外,市镇会的另一选项是提出司法检讨。林瑞莲表明,市镇会将在下来几天与律师商量,并可能通过高庭进一步追究。 她说:“今天是圣诞节前夕,但后港中心的活动中心是空荡荡的,我们无法在那里办对居民和附近商店有益的活动。这也影响了市镇会用以支付运作的收入来源。” 她指出,市镇会的收入来源除了来自居民和商店缴付的杂费和政府资金之外,也包括向临时摊主收取租金。 Click here

  • 24 . 12 . 2014
    AHPETC Fined S$800 for Holding Chinese New Year Fair without Permit

    Channel News Asia: Mr Low also argued that the town council showed substantial compliance of NEA’s demands, and when the town council highlighted to NEA that some of the requirements were unreasonable, the agency “maintained silence as to why it imposed unreasonable conditions”. These conditions include getting support from the area’s Citizens’ Consultative Committee for the running of the fair.

  • 24 . 12 . 2014
    Workers’ Party AHPETC fined for running CNY Fair without Permit

    Straits Times Article: The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPTEC) paid the fine but intends to pursue the matter at the High Court, chairman Sylvia Lim told reporters after the hearing.

  • 24 . 12 . 2014
    Workers’ Party AHPETC fined for running CNY Fair without Permit

    Straits Times: The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPTEC) paid the fine but intends to pursue the matter at the High Court, chairman Sylvia Lim told reporters after the hearing.

  • 24 . 12 . 2014
    AHPETC Fined S$800 for Holding Chinese New Year Fair without Permit

    Channel News Asia: Mr Low also argued that the town council showed substantial compliance of NEA’s demands, and when the town council highlighted to NEA that some of the requirements were unreasonable, the agency “maintained silence as to why it imposed unreasonable conditions”. These conditions include getting support from the area’s Citizens’ Consultative Committee for the running of the fair.

  • 24 . 12 . 2014
    Workers’ Party AHPETC fined for running CNY Fair without Permit

    Straits Times Article: The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPTEC) paid the fine but intends to pursue the matter at the High Court, chairman Sylvia Lim told reporters after the hearing.

  • 02 . 12 . 2014
    Little India Riot: Construction Worker Jailed 12 Months for Assaulting Cop

    Channel News Asia: “defence lawyer Raj Mannar argued that his client’s actions were not premeditated and had caused no damage to property or life.”

  • 28 . 11 . 2014
    Court’s ruling on Workers’ Party-run Chinese New Year Fair

    Straits Times Article: AHPETC’s lawyers Peter Low and Terence Tan pointed to Section 18 of the Town Councils Act, which says a town council is to “control, manage, maintain and improve the common property of residential and commercial property in the housing estates”.

  • 28 . 11 . 2014
    Court’s ruling on Workers’ Party-run Chinese New Year Fair

    Straits Times Article: AHPETC’s lawyers Peter Low and Terence Tan pointed to Section 18 of the Town Councils Act, which says a town council is to “control, manage, maintain and improve the common property of residential and commercial property in the housing estates”.

  • 25 . 11 . 2014
    Verdict on Friday for Workers’ Party Town Council Trial over Chinese New Year Event

    Straits Times Article: The town council has maintained that its event in Hougang Central, held from Jan 9 to Jan 30, was a “community event” or a “mini-fair” held on a common area that it was managing, and so did not require a permit.