Funniest Singaporean law suit: Kangaroo T-shirt can put you behind bars
Honestly, how can a law suit dubbed “The Kangaroo T-Shirt case” ever be taken seriously? It’s about as funny as what the case is actually about.In May 2008 the High Court was determining how much a Singaporean
politician (Chee Soon Juan, Singapore Democratic Party leader) and his sister had to pay in damages. Before I explain more, you should know that Singapore has only one political party. Since it’s a small and wealthy nation, Singaporeans live quite comfortably and don’t bother too much about politics.
Except for these three men, who stood outside the High Court on the day of the hearing, wearing T-shirts with a Kangaroo in a judge outfit. ChannelNewsAsia explains that the term ‘Kangaroo court’ is used to indicate that there are irregularities and sham proceedings going on in court. Singapore has a history of judges favoring the government in law suits.
In response to the T-shirts, none other than the Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew sued the trio for defamation. What an excellent way to prove the government is not at all strongly involved in happenings around the judicial system…