EDITORIAL: Let’s all uphold the rule of law

IT’S important to remember that just because someone has a large following or is considered an influencer doesn’t mean they are above the law. This is a lesson we should always keep in mind, particularly in light of recent events involving popular comedian Mai TT.

Mai TT was acquitted by the High Court of theft charges on Monday and set free after spending 63 days behind bars. However, many people seem to be forgetting that she is still a convicted criminal and served those 63 days for domestic violence. In fact, Mai TT was sentenced to three months in prison in June after she absconded community service that was part of her 2015 sentence for domestic violence. 

She was given a three-month wholly suspended sentence then and ordered to perform 105 hours community service. She only did 19 hours.

While it’s understandable that people may be excited about her return to the spotlight, it’s important not to overlook the fact that she has a criminal record. Celebrating or supporting someone who has been convicted of a crime sends a dangerous message to society and can also be harmful to the victims of their actions.

In addition, it’s worth noting that being an influencer or having a large following should not be a justification for criminal behaviour. As members of society, we all have a responsibility to uphold the law and treat others with respect and dignity. This is particularly important for those in positions of influence, as they have a greater impact on the attitudes and behaviours of their followers.

Many people may argue that Mai TT has paid her debt to society and should be given a second chance. While it’s true that everyone deserves the opportunity to make amends and rebuild their lives, it’s important to remember that this does not erase the harm they may have caused. It’s important for us to hold individuals accountable for their actions and to ensure that justice is served.

It’s also worth considering the impact that Mai TT’s behaviour could have on her followers and the wider community. By celebrating someone who has been convicted of a crime, we are sending a message that such behaviour is acceptable. This can lead to a normalisation of criminal activity and an erosion of respect for the rule of law.

Furthermore, it’s important to recognise that just because someone has been acquitted of one charge does not necessarily mean that they are innocent of all wrongdoing. In Mai TT’s case, while she may have been cleared of theft charges, she still has a criminal record and has been convicted of domestic violence. This is a serious offence that can have lasting physical and emotional effects on the victim.

While we should always strive to give people the opportunity to make amends and move forward, it’s important not to overlook the harm that criminal behaviour can cause. Let’s all work together to uphold the rule of law, promote respect for others and create a safer, more just community for all.

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