Alex Tan stirring anti-foreigner sentiments? Just because Joshua Robinson is a foreigner, he should be caned? FYI, there are many similar case involving Singaporeans that also have similar sentencing without caning!
TL;DR: I can understand the knee-jerk reaction to this case, but if you look at comparable cases, it can be seen why the sentence was “only” 4 years, without caning. Sadly it seems people lose their minds when they hear “foreigner”, “underage” and “child porn” mentioned in the same sentence.
We need to look at the case objectively, and the only way to do that is by referring to similar cases. And I must also say, we should be very disturbed if the petition had succeeded. The AGC is supposed to be seen to operate independently of political pressure, so you should be very concerned indeed if the law minister could order an increase in sentence willy-nilly, or if the AGC was seen to sway to public opinion (a balance must be struck though, the AGC’s actions need to be seen as just as well).
First, was his sentence really that light? Let’s look at some similar cases.