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Man who took wallet loses appeal More than 4,000 parties have
executive claimed that he had left it in toilet voluntarily engaged in mediation
                             oNG daI LIN                                                                                 SINGAPORE — Twenty-six organisations            come up with their own pragmatic solu-
                            It is important for the public                              from industries such as transport, property     tions to resolve the dispute.”
SINGAPORE — As he dismissed the appeal                       to understand that when you                                 and media have signed the Singapore Medi-            The SMC has been providing mediation
of a Malaysian logistics executive found                                                                                 ation Charter, pledging to consider media-      training to organisations since 2002. Tan
                                                             find items that may appear to
guilty of wrongfully taking a wallet that                                                                                tion as a first resort in resolving disputes.   Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) was one of the
did not belong to him, Justice Steven Chong                  be lost, it may attract criminal                                The charter is an initiative by the         first organisations to attend the training.
emphasised the importance of the public                      liability.                                                  Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), which              Professor Philip Choo, chief executive
understanding the potential repercussions                                                                                hopes to encourage businesses to settle         officer of TTSH, said: “Most disputes arise
when coming across a lost item.                              Justice Steven Chong                                        disputes amicably rather than battling it       because we have got different opinions
     Justice Chong said he would write a                                                                                 out in court.                                   as to the outcome, cause or the nature
judgment for the case, as he felt “it is im-                     Wong, who had claimed trial to the                          Said Mr Loong Seng Onn, executive           of treatment that has been given. We’ve
portant for the public to understand that                    charge, insisted that he left the wallet, in-               director of the SMC, in a statement released    picked up the skills on how to commu-
when you find items that may appear to                       cluding the cash, in the toilet.                            yesterday: “Through SMC, more than 4,000        nicate, how to see issues from both sides,
be lost, it may attract criminal liability”.                     He also claimed that he did not hand                    parties have voluntarily engaged in media-      and how to come to an agreement on some
     Wong Seng Kwan, 41, was fined                           the wallet over to security staff because,                  tion and resolved their disputes in a private   common areas.”
S$2,000 in June this year for the offence.                   when he previously found a pouch in the                     manner thus avoiding the costs associated            Organisations that signed the char-
     He had visited the Marina Bay Sands                     Hong Kong airport, he was scolded by the                    with adjudicatory processes... one of the       ter include Comfort-DelGro, the National
casino on June 10, where video surveil-                      police for picking it up.                                   key advantages of mediation is that parties     Healthcare Group and TTSH.
lance caught him picking up a wallet lying                       Wong’s lawyer Deepak Natverlal, said                    have control of the outcome and they can        moNICa KotWaNI
on the floor.                                                yesterday that the amount of cash and
     The footage showed Wong entering                        casino chips that Wong had when he was
the toilet with the wallet and emerging a                    arrested could be accounted for based on                    ¢ NuS aNd peKING uNIverSIty to offer doubLe deGree
short while later empty-handed. Security                     his ATM withdrawal slips.                                   The national University of singapore’s          participating students with an asian per-
officers later detained him and the police                       But Deputy Public Prosecutor Sanjna                     (nUs) Lee Kuan Yew school of public policy      spective on public policy and governance
were called. The wallet was never found.                     Rai said the explanation was a “backward                    and China’s peking University’s school of       at the global, regional and local levels.
     The wallet belonged to Chinese na-                      calculation rather than a calculation that                  government announced yesterday that             participating students will be awarded two
tional Sun Yan Li, who had testified that                    comes out of honesty”.                                      they would collaborate to provide students      prestigious degrees in two years. Double
she was playing baccarat at 1am on June                          After listening to both sides, Jus-                     with a double degree programme that will        degree students will be exempted from
10, and had by her side her wallet, which                    tice Chong said he was “satisfied” that                     enable them to spend a year each studying       any additional application and admission
contained S$150, identification documents                    the conviction was safe and dismissed                       in China and singapore.                         fees beyond those paid to the institution in
and a credit card.                                           Wong’s appeal.                                                  This strategic alliance will provide        which they enrol for their first year of study.

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