Cartoonist Leslie Chew apologises; AGC won't proceed with contempt of court charges

The exterior of the Supreme Court. Cartoonist Leslie Chew Peng Ee, who was facing contempt of court charges for some comic strips, has apologised for scandalising the judiciary. -- ST FILE PHOTO: TERENCE TAN
The exterior of the Supreme Court. Cartoonist Leslie Chew Peng Ee, who was facing contempt of court charges for some comic strips, has apologised for scandalising the judiciary. -- ST FILE PHOTO: TERENCE TAN

Cartoonist Leslie Chew Peng Ee, who was facing contempt of court charges for some comic strips, has apologised for scandalising the judiciary.

In the apology, initiated by Mr Chew and released through his lawyers on Tuesday, he said: "I accept that (the) comic strips had misrepresented to the public that the Singapore Judiciary administers differential treatment to individuals based on their nationality, social status and political affiliation, and that there have been specific criminal cases in which decisions were made by the Singapore judiciary on the basis of the above factors rather than on the merits."

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) said that in the light of Mr Chew's apology and undertaking, as well as the fact that the offending comic strips have been taken down, it will not proceed with the contempt of court charges.

"All members of the public should note that the Attorney-General's Chambers will take firm action to protect the administration of justice in Singapore, and uphold the integrity of the Judiciary. Where appropriate, such action will include the commencement of proceedings for contempt," said a spokesman.

The case against Mr Chew was due to be heard in the High Court next Monday.