Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tey Tsun Hang the NUS professor in sex-for-grades scandal to teach at Hong Kong University's Faculty of Law?

Yes. I did have a thought to drop an email to Hong Kong University's Faculty of Law to seek their comment and clarification whether the now-suspended-from-NUS Tey Tsun Hang is indeed having a teaching assignment for 1 academic year starting this September.

I mean how difficult it is to visit the relevant 'Contact Us' page?!

Then again, why should I? Yay, laziness prevails! That, and a little bit of logic. It will be too stupid for the professor Tey Tsun Hang to lie blatantly in public that he has such a contract.

Of course with the recent hoo-ha involving the allegation of sex-for-grades involving his then-student, Darinne Ko Wen Hui, one is right to wonder whether Hong Kong University's Faculty of Law will have a second thought about engaging Tey Tsun Hang to teach there.

I mean, besides the uncertainty whether he is guilty or not, there's this fact that Tey's passport has been impounded and therefore, his inability to travel.

Don't get me wrong, I completely agree to the justification of one's passport to be held to prevent him/her to escape the long arm of the law. Yes, do recall how annoying it is to read tales of the fleeing foreigners like "Robert Stephen Dahlberg and Robert James Springall - The cowardly, but GREAT escape... ".

On a separate note, Tey Tsun Hang was actually once quoted, "the onus on the male adult to exercise restraint, discipline and self-control". He said that when he's a District Judge in this case, "NSman jailed for sex with girl, 13" first published by Straits Times, 15 October 2002 (Republished in Corpun - World Corporal Punishment Research). While the daring Darinne is for sure not 13, his quote above may somewhat ring the relevance as the professor as the male adult--in fact, any professor--should be able to exercise restraint, discipline and self-control. What a sour taste of irony, huh, Tey? Hur hur.

For closing, here's the YouTube clip of "Professor Tey Tsun Hang at Subordinate Courts, Jul 27". Noted how shaky the clip is, many opined that this may be so because the person who took the video was trying hard to stiffle his/her laughter. Oh well, who knows?! We all pray for a worthy trial -- a trial that allows the truth to come to light...and a trial which results to a maximum fine of S$100,000 and a jail term of as long as five years for each of the six corruption charges!

A worthy trial is "a trial that allows me to vindicate myself". Nice one.

Later in the afternoon, Tey asked for permission to leave the country on 30 August for one academic year starting from September to teach at Hong Kong University's faculty of law.

The district judge that heard Tey's application, however, called it “premature” and fixed a date for further mention to 23 August, the same date as the pre-trial conference for the charges against Tey.

According to Tey’s lawyer Peter Low, who spoke to reporters after the afternoon court session, Tey has already “committed to the (Hong Kong University’s law) faculty and students”.
Partially quoted from Yahoo! News, "NUS law professor faces corruption charges".

From the same article above, it's also mentioned that on Friday, an NUS spokesperson said that the university has started an investigation into the case and suspended Tey from active duty:

"The University takes a very serious view of breaches of its regulations. NUS has a Code of Conduct to which its staff must adhere. In the event of breaches, appropriate action will be taken including dismissal for serious violations of the Code of Conduct."

(However nothing's mentioned yet about NUS' take on the former student, Darinne Ko Wen Hui.)

Bail for the professor involved in sex-for-grades case was set yesterday at $100,000.

When Tey Tsun Hang's lawyer Peter Low initially heard the bail amount in the morning mention, he argued in court that it was excessive.

Stating that bail should be set at $20,000 instead, Mr Loh said Tey was not a flight risk as he had been a law professor for some time and his child was here.

The prosecution objected, pointing out that Tey was a Malaysian without roots here. The judge set the case to be re-heard later that afternoon.

Tey faces six counts of corruptly obtaining gratification in 2010 from student Darinne Ko Wen Hu. He allegedly received sex on two occasions and gifts such a Montblanc pen worth $740, two tailor-made shirts worth $236.20, and an iPod worth $160.

The professor at the law faculty at the National University of Singapore (NUS) spoke to the media outside the courtroom after the morning mention.

Reading from a handwritten statement he said: "The charges and allegations against me are very serious. At stake is my liberty, integrity and livelihood."

"My reputation has been tarnished and my family suffers as a result.

"I am known to speak up, amongst other things, on the Singapore legal system. I write in good faith and with no ill intent.

"In similar vein, I shall fearlessly defend myself against the charges, and vigorously. I have no illusion about the arduous journey ahead of me.

"I pray for a worthy trial - a trial that allows the truth to come to light, a trial that allows me to vindicate myself."

At the afternoon mention, Tey's lawyer said he would no longer argue about the bail amount and it was set at $100,000.

Tey, who is married with a teenage daughter, had earlier sent an email to friends and journalists saying he would be appearing in court.

He said he stands by his academic principles and that he has always pursued his academic writing in good faith, with no ill intent.

He also described the $100,000 bail as a phenomenal sum.

Tey had been practising in a top law firm for several years after having graduated from King's College London and St Hugh's College, Oxford. He was an assistant professor at NUS' law faculty before joining the legal service as a Justice's Law Clerk, said The Straits Times.

He was later appointed a district judge of the Subordinate Courts and became a state counsel with the Attorney-General's Chambers' legislation division before switching to a teaching career in the 1990s.

He was described by NUS law students as intelligent and they were often entertained by his jokes and ability to liven up classes.
From Edvantage, "Bail for law professor in sex-for-grades case set at $100k".

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