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Chin Lee’s wife gets two traffic tickets

Published: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Former national security minister Howard Chin Lee yesterday issued a statement claiming a voice note describing an incident involving his wife was “inaccurate” and “unprofessional.”

His action came after the voice-note from a woman believed to be a police officer “vented” about a situation involving Chin Lee’s wife went viral yesterday.

The woman claiming to be an officer said while conducting a road traffic exercise on the Western Main Road in Westmoorings, she stopped a white BMW driven by a woman she realised later on was Chin Lee’s wife.

Chin Lee’s wife was driving with an expired driver’s permit and expired insurance at the time. The officer also claimed Chin Lee’s wife was speeding.

Eventually, the officer said she told Chin Lee’s wife they needed to go to the police station to deal with the matters.

“She is on the phone and she is vex, she finds I should not ask her to go to the station,” the woman stated on the voice-note.

The officer claimed when she arrived at the police station a second BMW drove up to her.

Chin Lee exited the vehicle and asked the officer if she knew who he was.

The officer claimed Chin Lee’s wife said the situation was not a “big deal.”

“So rules is only for poor people, I should stop giving tickets to rich people driving BMWs, right?” the woman claiming to be an officer stated in the voice-note.

But in an apparent response to response to the voice-note, which was also shared on What’sApp, Chin Lee yesterday issued a statement addressing the situation.

He confirmed his wife was issued tickets for not having insurance and for speeding.

“I wish to state that given the former portfolios I held, I have always and will always support and respect the police in the execution of what are increasingly difficult duties to keep the country and particularly the roads safe,” he said.

Chin Lee said his visit to the police station was simply to produce the original insurance certificate for his wife, as she could only produce a soft copy.

Chin Lee said he was disappointed by the officer taking to social media.

“However, before I conclude I must express some disappointment that after the tickets were issued, someone purporting to be the very officer takes to social media to issue an inaccurate account of the exchange on social media,” he stated.

“That is an action that strikes me as unprofessional, especially given the tickets issued by the very officer are now before the courts.”

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