Property agent fined $27,000 for violating DNC rules

Kuan Chow Sheng, a 32-year old real estate agent from Huttons Asia, is the second person to be penalised under the Do Not Call (DNC) rules of the Personal Data Protection Act, according to media reports.

Kuan pleaded guilty to nine of 27 offences committed, while the other 18 charges were taken into consideration for sentencing.

Huttons Asia agent Kuan Chow Sheng

Using a SMS broadcasting software known as “BluOcean”, Kuan sent SMSes advertising two condominiums in Singapore as well as a London mixed development to numbers listed on the Do Not Call Registry between February and March this year. The messages were sent via nine telephone numbers.

Kuan was fined $3,000 per charge.

According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Jane Lim, imposing a low fine will undermine the effectiveness of the Do Not Call registry. She noted a deterrent sentence is needed since the real estate industry posted the highest number of complaints on violation of Do Not Call rules.

Appealing for a low fine, Lee Heng Eam, Kuan’s lawyer, said his client acted in a moment of folly and had trusted a person called James from a company that claims to provide a database in compliance with Do Not Call rules.

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