Oct 27, 2005
Racist sentiments stemmed from baby brother's death:
GAN Huai Shi kept his deep-seated feelings towards Malays a secret, even from his parents and closest friends.
In his mitigation speech yesterday, Gan's lawyer Edmond Pereira told the court how shocked his parents and friends were when they found out what he had written.
'He never openly expressed his dislike for the Malays to anyone. In fact, the parents knew of his feelings towards the Malays only when he was questioned by the police,' he said.
To those who knew him, Gan was an introvert who spent most of his time in front of a computer.
Mr Pereira said the root of Gan's feelings lay in the death of his one-month-old brother 10 years ago.
On Aug 27, 1995, the baby boy began to suffer serious breathing difficulties and Gan accompanied his mother to take the baby to the hospital.
The first taxi they spotted was being boarded by a Malay couple. Gan's mother Koh Ah Luan pleaded with the couple to let them take the cab, but they refused.
They had to wait another 20 minutes for a taxi and by the time they reached the hospital, it was too late.
Mr Pereira said the incident left a 'very deep scar' on the youth.
'These ill feelings gradually grew with him over the years and unfortunately neither his parents nor his close friends knew about this,' he said.
Gan had since visited a psychologist and counsellors to 'resolve his many emotional issues'.
'It is extremely unlikely that he will offend again. He has learnt his lesson...and the Court's serious view of the matter will have a lasting and deep impression on this young man,' the lawyer said.
27 October 2005
Gan Huai Shi's Mitigation
More on Edmund Pereira's mitigation plea for his client:
Posted by Gilbert Koh aka Mr Wang at Thursday, October 27, 2005