Useful lesson

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 May, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 May, 1994, 12:00am

I READ with interest the quote in the South China Morning Post, on May 6, by Theodore Simon, the American lawyer for Michael Fay: ''It's a tyrannical dictatorship that has tortured an innocent young man for no other reason than to promote their political self-interest.'' Quite untrue! First off, Singapore is not a ''tyrannical dictatorship''. It's a far cry from North Korea or even China.

Second, Fay was not ''innocent'', but found guilty in a highly respected court of law fashioned after the British system.

His complaint was the punishment didn't fit the crime. ''Tortured?'' If his father had punished him when he was younger he probably would not have been punished by the Singapore Government.

Caning Fay definitely was not to promote Singapore's political self interests, but to promote law and order. Americans would do well to learn a lesson and I speak as an American citizen: They are not above the laws of other sovereign nations! DAVID HOMER Kowloon