Don't Be Empty! (An Interview with David Saul Marshall)

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A very wise and intelligent young man of Singapore by the name of Dharmendra Yadav has shared with us his 5 May 1994 interview with David Saul Marshall

(born March 12, 1908, Singapore – died December 12, 1995, Singapore) Marshall was the leader of the Singapore Labour Front who became the first Chief Minister of Singapore in 1955.

These are parts from the interview that I agree the most:

"There isn’t this joy of living which youth expects and youth needs – to learn the joy of living. How do you teach it?"

"I’d like them to also understand that justice is a meld of law and humanity. Law and humanity; decency in concepts; if we administer law by the soulless logic of the computer, we aren’t on our road to progress."

"For me, the punishment must not fit the crime, the punishment must fit the criminal and the punishment must fit the needs of society."

"If you ever become a criminal lawyer, never look down upon your client. He may be a murderer or he may be a thief; he is a fellow human being. You must try and respect your client no matter what he has done. It is very important in your own self-respect in your work, and to help who is helpless in seeking help."

"Look, at the age of 86, I can say in all earnestness, the thing that matters most in bringing human satisfaction is human relations. To be able to care for your fellow human beings, to be able to give! Never mind about receiving."

Are you curious about the whole thing? Read here. Send your love to Dharmendra Yadav. He has done a great job publishing it online.

Comments

Marshall

I have had the honour of meeting Mr Marshall in 1992 when he was Singapore Ambassador to France. He was an inspiring man, and generous too, paying a group of more than 30 NUS students a trip on the Bateau Mouche :-).

i love your story i am so

i love your story i am so happy to see him but i don't get a chance to see him i am very sad

Law

"For me, the punishment must not fit the crime, the punishment must fit the criminal and the punishment must fit the needs of society."

This is a jewel of advice if exercises in our judicial system. David Marshall's departure is a great loss to Singapore as a patriot, a statesman, and a lawyer.

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