Under AG Tan Boon Teik’s leadership, AGC officers drafted major pieces of legislation to implement the founding government’s top priorities from improving public housing to attracting foreign investments and strengthening Singapore’s infrastructure and defence capabilities. Two key criminal cases in the early years were the Sunny Ang case, which resulted in the first murder conviction based purely on circumstantial evidence, and the prosecution of the Gemini Chit Fund Corporation, which ran a tontine scheme that lost $50 million of its subscribers’ life savings. AGC supported the Government’s national-building work by advising on important land acquisitions to facilitate national development. In relation to this, two major pieces of legislation were drafted and enacted:
AGC led evidence in Committees of Inquiry (COIs) into major national tragedies:1972: Robinsons Fire1978: Explosion of the Greek tanker Spyros claimed 48 lives and injured nearly 100 people.1983: Collapse of the Hotel New World
AGC was involved in three high-profile criminal cases involving foreign accused persons:
In the wake of 9/11 attacks in the United States, AGC moved quickly to draft laws to strengthen Singapore’s laws against terrorism.