'She was fit'


Dr Tan said in his defence dated Feb 17 that when Ms Lian Huizuan, 27, was admitted to Changi Women's Prison, she had asthma, hepatitis C, colic and depression.

He said her asthma was controlled well with inhalers and because she was hepatitis C positive, her liver was investigated at regular intervals with liver function tests.

Her colic was managed every time she complained of abdominal pains and he added that she was referred to him as a minor psychiatric case to receive regular psychiatric treatments for depression.

However, the psychiatrist said she was never at any stage a mentally disturbed person when he treated her. He stated that the medication he had ordered was medically approved.

Dr Tan also denied he had been negligent when treating her.

This included allegations he was negligent in prescribing medicine unsuitable for her as well as failing to carry out the necessary tests to detect she was suffering from side effects of his prescribed medicine.


Dr Chawla said in her defence dated Feb 17 that to the best of her knowledge, Ms Lian was fit for drill as her medical problems were well-managed.

But she denied she was tasked to ascertain if the inmates were physically fit for drill exercises.

She added that it was also the duty of the prison officers or staff to ascertain the inmates' fitness and bring it to her notice.

Dr Chawla said there was no reason to stop Ms Lian's drill on medical grounds and no recommendations were made by the prison staff, who would know the condition of each inmate.

The doctor said she "would have certified (her) unfit for drill in any event if her asthma was poorly controlled or (she) was having abdominal pain".

She said no prison officer or staff member took Ms Lian to her on or before March 2, 2011, to be examined whether she was fit to take part in the drill exercise.

Dr Chawla and Dr Tan are represented by the same team of lawyers from Myintsoe and Selvaraj: Dr Myint Soe, Mr S. Selvaraj and Mr Charles Lin.


Raffles said in its defence dated Feb 20 that unlike Dr Chawla, Dr Tan was not its employee.

Instead, it said that he is a specialist in psychiatry with his own private practice.

Represented by law firm Rodyk and Davidson, the medical group added that Ms Lian was seen by the two doctors on multiple occasions before her death. But there were no medical or psychiatric grounds to change her status fitness for drills.

It also said that she had been jailed at least twice on theft charges, and had been sent to drug supervision and treatment centres at least six times since 1998.

Raffles added that Ms Lian had been on psychiatric drugs since 1997 and had a history of substance abuse.

It said that it had provided an appropriate system of medical consultation for the inmates at CWP and did not cause any injury, loss and damages suffered by Ms Lian Huizuan.