6-month suspension for dental surgeon jailed for molestation

Dental surgeon Hoo Swee Tiang, who was jailed six weeks last year for molesting a woman on an MRT train, will be suspended for six months and has to work for two years under the supervision of two dentists before he can practise on his own again.
Dental surgeon Hoo Swee Tiang, who was jailed six weeks last year for molesting a woman on an MRT train, will be suspended for six months and has to work for two years under the supervision of two dentists before he can practise on his own again.

A dental surgeon who was jailed for molesting a woman will be suspended for six months, the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) said in a statement yesterday.

At the end of the suspension, Dr Hoo Swee Tiang, 34, will work for two years under conditional registration which requires him to be supervised by two dentists approved by the SDC.

In July 2016, the dental surgeon, then 32, was sentenced to six weeks' jail after he was convicted of molesting a bank teller by touching her inner thighs while they were on an MRT train.

His appeal against the court's decision was dismissed in March last year, and he started serving his sentence about six weeks later on May 11.

The SDC held a disciplinary committee inquiry against Dr Hoo on May 8 this year.

It argued that Dr Hoo's conviction implied a defect of character which makes him unfit for his profession under the Dental Registration Act.

Dr Hoo contested the charge, but the disciplinary committee disagreed and held that a conviction for an offence of outrage of modesty is a character defect which renders him unfit to practise.

 

He will be able to apply for full registration - under which a dentist is allowed to practise independently - only after completing the two-year conditional registration, subject to SDC's approval.

While he is under conditional registration, his principal supervisor is required to submit a report to the SDC every six months.

The SDC also ordered Dr Hoo to be censured in writing, give an undertaking to abstain from such conduct in the future and pay the cost of the hearing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline '6-month suspension for dental surgeon jailed for molestation'. Print Edition | Subscribe