Online vice: Howard Shaw stripped of Public Service Medal

Green activist Howard Shaw - who was jailed last October for having sex with an underage prostitute - has been stripped of his Public Service Medal.

The information was published on the Government's electronic gazette yesterday.

"The President has, with effect from May 31, 2013, forfeited the Public Service Medal awarded to Howard Shaw Chai Li," the notice said.

Yesterday, Mr Shaw told The Straits Times by telephone that he had no comments on his medal being forfeited. The 42-year-old was awarded it in 2011 for his work in the environment sector. That year, he stepped down as executive director of the Singapore Environment Council and joined investment holding company Halcyon Group as its senior vice- president, corporate social responsibility.

Mr Shaw said no one had contacted him about the loss of the medal, and that he was back at work at the company.

The medal, which is among those given out every National Day, recognises commendable public service or achievements in the arts, sports, business, the labour movement and other areas.

Mr Shaw was released from prison on Nov 30 last year, after spending eight weeks behind bars for having paid sex with an underage prostitute.

The grandson of the late cinema mogul Runme Shaw was the most recognisable face among 51 men charged with having sex with the same teenager in the high-profile online vice-ring case.

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