Monday, April 20, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. Strawberries and Cream

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This was a joke the British spy George Blake told his niece about the Communists but equally applicable to Lee Kuan Yew. It should go like this:

At a PAP meeting in 1955, Lee Kuan Yew tells his audience "Comrades when the PAP come to power, life will be so good, everybody will have strawberries and cream". Everyone there applauded except one. A lone hand went up and she said, "But Sir I don't like strawberries and cream" to which Lee Kuan Yew replied "When we come to power, you will like strawberries and cream!"

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
Fremont California USA

Friday, April 17, 2015

Singapore Lee Kuan Yew family's lucrative extortion racket, defamation lawsuits.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Unlike Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, dictators around the world usually use violence and murder to stay in power.

Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini murdered millions to silence and destroy their opposition. The recently dead Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew didn't murder anyone, he had invented instead his singularly unique  ingenious highly efficient method to do the same without the mess and the blood, which is Defamation Lawsuits, something for which he has become world famous throughout the world.

And it turned out not only to be thoroughly effective in destroying his opponents, it has turned out to be a highly profitable business enterprise as well . In effect, it is a state operated extortion racket.

This was how it is done.

You first need a thoroughly disgraceful judiciary who willingly abandon their respected role of independent arbiters of the law, and instead become sort of prostitutes for money.

Their job is to shamelessly abuse their judicial office decked in judicial robes to hear trumped up charges against critics on charges of  impropriety against the Lee family and deliver outrageously inflated judgment awards, which will either immensely enrich the Lee family and destroy the poor defendant altogether.

If the defendant pays, the Lees get another windfall, if they don't they are bankrupted and destroyed. Either way the Lee family wins.

As for the defamation judgment awards, we are not talking about $5,000 or even $10,000.00 but $300,000 or more. And if the defendant is naïve enough to persist in speaking out, repeated lawsuits with repeated $300,000.00 or more.

Take the case of JB Jeyaretnam, now deceased. He was a highly vocal critic. He was sued so many times that he had already paid more than a $1 million to the Lees. And these law suits awards like all the others are so large they are laughable. But the Lees have no shame. When questioned by foreign journalists and world leaders, they say, it is the Asian way, whatever that is. According to him, in Asian way of thinking, their politicians should not be questioned in public, and if they do, they lose face and therefore the need to destroy them.

JB Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, Tang Laing Hong and a series of other victims are the ones who paid big. In Chee Soon Juan's case, when he was first sued, he sold his house and paid the Lees. After that since he did not have anymore money, the judgment awards were merely stacking up and had just become book entries while he was meanwhile bankrupted for not paying and effectively barred from formal politics. In his case too the total judgment awards amount to more than a million. The extortion racket only worked partially in his case, since he did not have a million dollars. But the other equally important purpose was served, he was politically disqualified from standing in elections.

Tang Liang Hong was the other prominent victim. A prominent millionaire lawyer, he had the temerity during the elections of 1997 to correctly reveal the fact that the Lee family was corrupt because they unfairly took advantage of their positions by receiving discounts for the purchase of condominiums for their entire family from the developers of Jade Mansions, a condominium developer. For this, the Lee family used the services of a thoroughly corrupt judge, Paneer Selvam, to order the seizure of several houses belonging to Tang and the money paid over to the Lees. Tang himself fled to Australia for his life where he lives in exile, bankrupted and impoverished, thanks to the Lees. As for the Lees, this law suit turned out to be highly lucrative in their extortion racket business. The takings turned out to be in excess of $5 million.

In my case, the extortion racket didn't work. In 1990, I was fined $8,000.00 for contempt of court merely for saying that the Subordinate Court judiciary selection process should be changed to make it more independent. Since I was at the time within the island, I paid it.

After they found me guilty of professional misconduct in 1991 merely for demanding an explanation from the Attorney General of Singapore about JB Jeyaretnam, I decided to leave the island. In 1992 after I was already in the US they sent me a bill for $130,000.00 which they claimed as their attorney costs in prosecuting the law disciplinary proceedings. Since I was already in the US, I did not pay.

Till now they have not done anything to attempt the recovery of the award. The lesson appears to be that they would only flex their muscles against any victim within the island. Once that victim leaves, they leave him alone obviously because you simply cannot bully someone who is not there to be bullied by your Kangaroo courts.

This extortion racket which the Lees use has so far tuned out to be the most effective method to silence dissent.

Firstly unlike actually murdering your dissenters, which would result in much greater political backlash in the international community, bankrupting and impoverishing them achieves the same purpose without the bad baggage that comes with murders and assassinations and it not only achieves the same purpose of destroying your opposition, it also enriches you in the millions.

A few JB Jeyartenams and Tang Liang Hongs would be enough to secure your retirement in the French Rivera with several sea side mansions to your name for any ordinary man. For the Lees who already pay themselves several millions a year which they call a salary, this extortion racket payout is only the icing on the cake.

Why do the people of Singapore put up with this, only God knows. But as long as they do put up with it, these bullies would continue targeting their victims for millions whenever it suits them.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The problems of Lee Kuan Yew's son minus his father

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It was only a few days ago that his father died, but Lee Kuan Yew's son is already facing increasing dissent. Just after Lee Kuan Yew's death, even while a huge portion of Singaporeans both ignorant and both opportunistic were swooning over backwards in apparent grief, like when Kim Jong Il of North Korea died, or so it seems, out comes a 16 year old Amos Yee, who had chosen the opportune moment not only to insult him but tell him exactly what he was, nothing short of a horrible dictator.

You can see the video Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead here.

They have arrested the boy and in classic Nazi style mob mentality or rather stupidity, outraged Singaporeans want to have a piece of his head and one even asking that his penis be cut and shoved into his mouth, classic SS Nazi style reaction.

That was not all. On the Saturday of the same week, 2 protesters aged 24 and 25 demonstrated outside Lee Kuan Yew's son's palace holding up placards reading "Injustice" and "You cannot silence us". That's all that they did. They did not commit serial murder.

But in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore now run by his son, a very insecure and paranoid tiny island, even that is punishable by imprisonment.

The police in their Nazi style efficiency arrived within a minute in riot gear and truncheons as if they had just discovered Osama bin Laden, and ordered them to disperse. In an unusual show of courage in an island where the average man is silenced by fear, the 2 refused to budge and immediately were arrested and whisked away to be tortured. You can see the article here Asian Correspondent April 05, 2015

As of now no one knows what has happened to them.

One can expect even more protests looming in the horizon. And as these protests increase in frequency, Lee Kuan Yew's son would have no choice but to use increasingly harsh techniques to silence them only to face even more and more protests in response. The cycle of resistance and punishment I believe has only just begun.

I think it was Winston Churchill who said "Dictators ride to and for on tigers from which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry".

And that is exactly what the problem that Lee Kuan Yew's son faces today. His government is clearly illegal and unsustainable. Firstly there is rampant corruption on an industrial scale by him and his ministers and family. It is $3.7 million each exactly officially and much more secretly.

The CPF Retirement Funds which is flush with money are secret and no one knows the exact figure in them while these CPF funds are freely paid into the wealth funds Temesek and GIC without any accountability and in total secrecy.

Moreover these moneys are paid over to the island's wealth funds of Temesek Holdings run by the son's wife and GIC run by the son himself.

As both these fund accounts are secret no one knows exactly how many billions have been siphoned off by these crooks, comprising the son, his wife, several of their family members and his cronies and minions, not to mention the huge amounts siphoned off by his father over the 50 years in power.

As anyone who questions them over this will be sued before his Kangaroo Courts and bankrupted as the recent case of Roy Ngerng has shown, the very fact that he sues each time someone questions him raises serious suspicions over his silence. For only a thief would want to silence you, not an honest man.

Lee Kuan Yew's son the Prime Minister who was placed in the position by his father, whom most Singaporeans consider corrupt and have no respect for him whatsoever.

Moreover Singaporeans are clear they are living as slaves. The Singaporean today is a sophisticated educated citizen and thanks to the Internet and writings such as mine, is fully aware of his Constitutional rights and the fact that this government is unlawfully denying them their rights. You have the freedom of speech, expression assembly the right to a free press, the right to free and fair elections and the right to the rule of law all of which are denied him.

If he has not stood up against this regime, it is only because he is afraid of what Lee Kuan Yew and his minions in the police and the Kangaroo courts would do to him. But Lee Kuan Yew is now dead.

This explains why despite their anger toward the regime for making them slaves, fear has held them back while Lee Kuan Yew himself was alive the past 50 years of Singapore's history.

Now since the dictator is finally dead, to use young Amos Yee's words, the people have recovered some of their lost courage and you are beginning to see the ripples of open dissent simmering under the surface only waiting to erupt.

And erupt it has. We have seen Amos Yee and the 2 Istana protesters, not much for a start but I have no doubt it is the beginning.

With an increasingly sophisticated electorate, a well travelled electorate especially to Australia and New Zealand both free countries, they can see that these minions who work for Lee Kuan Yew's son are mere handpicked loyalists who willingly appear to serve only for the money, as they also each get $3.7 millions a year.

None of these running dogs as the Communists called the West's sympathizers in history of the Communist uprising has any respect among the population.

They sprout out from nowhere and are immediately published in the state controlled newspapers as Minister of this or that department and requiring the citizen to prostrate before him the very next minute.

Selecting ministers in this way may have been practiced by the Ming Emperor of Imperial China but surely the people of Singapore cannot be expected to listen to these characters. That is why all these Ministers including Lee Kuan Yew's son find themselves total misfits in a so called first world island trying to rule their sophisticated citizens. What happens as a result is that the people simply ignore them and all they do it to put out their edicts in the state controlled press on a daily basis which are of course totally ignored.

Then you have the police force whom Singaporeans consider no better than attack dogs carrying out the orders of Lee Kuan Yew's son. The people have no respect in these men who do their work entirely by spreading terror in the minds of the citizens.

You can see that this government of Lee Kuan Yew's son minus his father has simply lost it's credibility. His son is considered by all Singaporeans to be Prime Minister only by virtue of his sole qualification, being the son of his father. Otherwise they know with his limited qualities, he would be pushing some paper in some bank along Battery Road Singapore for a living.

The problem that this discredited government faces is not only from critics like us but from the very introduction of the Internet.

Today it is not possible for this government to hide the fact of any arrest, any transgression, any underhand tactics because the Internet with blogs like the Real Singapore and the Temesek Review armed with video cameras and citizen journalists would expose them the next minute.

As Chee Soon Juan, the arch critic of this government once told Goh Chock Tong a Lee loyalist "you can run but you cannot hide" Singaporeans can say the same to Lee Kuan Yew's son because they have the Internet.

In a few days we will see another incident of public protest, that is certain. And the their frequency will increase, that is also certain. And the arrests and punishments would also increase, that too is certain. And no tiny island has managed to survive by intimidating and terrorizing their equally tiny population.

Singaporeans can be sure that there is going to be a new beginning. And it is not coming through the elections as this avenue is already being considered for manipulation and rigged elections by this discredited administration. Change will come and it will be through pubic protests.

And if anyone is wondering why I can write this without being arrested, I am writing this from Fremont California USA and they are uncertain of success if they sued me here, minus the Kangaroo Courts.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan

Friday, April 10, 2015

The ideology of Singapore's PAP is based on fraud. It cannot last.

Laddies and Gentlemen,

It is actually surprising that Lee Kuan Yew's PAP government has actually lasted this long.

It's core beliefs are actually fraudulent. They don't make sense. I don't expect the son of Lee Kuan Yew whom his father appointed Prime Minister of the island to last very long.  This is why. Their ideology is simply nonsensical

Take the case of Ministerial salaries. The government would sue anyone who openly charges the Prime Minister and his entire Singapore government cabinet as the most despicable of corrupt politicians in the world.

In fact Lee Kuan Yew, recently deceased was the chief architect of the corruption because it was he who decided to pay himself and his entire family and cabinet any amount of money they wanted. And that amount is publicly known as $3.7 million a year each, which does not include the several months bonuses they pay themselves each year and other hidden payments.

To anyone with common sense, there is only one word for this sort of activity, which is, corruption. But they don't want you to say that openly. If you do, they will sue and destroy you. So everyone has to continue playing this game of hypocrisy, which is, pretend that they are not corrupted although you know they very well are.

Throughout the English speaking world, people expect to have fundamental human rights, such as free speech, expression and assembly. However even though the Singapore government guarantees these very rights in their  Constitution, which is the Supreme Law of the land, Lee Kuan Yew's PAP has decided that none of these guarantees applies to you.

In fact they want you to believe that the Constitution does not exist, and that you don't have any of these rights. But if you insist on these rights which are rightfully yours, you will be arrested and sent to prison. So Singaporeans are expected to ignore the fact that they don't have any rights, which they know they don't but they have to pretend as if they do.

Singapore courts are Kangaroo courts. The judges are put there and especially ordered to use or rather misuse the law as a tool to destroy Lee's political opponents.

So the late JB Jeyaretanm, Chee Soon Juan, myself and numerous other political opponents are brought before these Kangaroo Judges and punished with the widest of publicity given with headlines screaming across the state controlled press.

Although every single Singaporean knows that none of us are guilty of anything, the government wants you to believe that we are all the most horrendous of criminals, a destructive force and an enemy of the state.

I am sure none of you believe this but if you want to advance in Lee's Singapore, you have to pretend to believe this of us. Under pain of punishment or denial of a career or livelihood, a Singaporean has to continue to publicly proclaim that JB Jeyaretnam and all the other political opponents are all bad and treasonous.

Freedom of the press is a desirable thing. We look up to the free media of the West and look down on repressive countries like the former Soviet Union that controlled all newspapers. To receive unfettered news rather than propaganda is obviously a desirable thing.

But Lee Kuan Yew's government has decided that propaganda is all that Singaporeans will get. All newspapers and media in the island are state controlled. And Singaporeans are told that according to Lee Kuan Yew, free and independent newspapers are bad and destructive to islands such as Singapore and therefor we should all agree with him and be content with state propaganda rather than real news.

It is as if Lee Kuan Yew is the repository of all wisdom and if Lee Kuan Yew says that propaganda is better than real news, who is there to argue with him.

This is a difficult thing to do since common sense tells you that free and independent news is better than propaganda but just because Lee Kuan Yew thinks otherwise, we should all wholeheartedly agree and proclaim in unison that state control is better than a free press. You can see this runs against logic but that is what Lee Kuan Yew wants you to think.

Take the case of Lee Kuan Yew's courts. Every single judge appointed is ordered to find political opponents guilty and destroy them. We can see this clearly in the history of Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew which has happened like clockwork.

Anyone with eyes and  a head on his shoulders can see the abuse of the law to put JB Jeyaretanm away. Yet according to Lee Kuan Yew, the Singapore  system of law is the best in the world, Singapore judges are all completely independent and anyone who even utters a single syllable to the contrary is charged with contempt of court and a uniquely Lee Kuan Yew charge of scandalizing the judiciary.

So if you want to live a peaceful life in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore, you better say under pain of punishment that the Singapore legal system is best, or else. You can see how difficult this is for anyone. How do they expect you to say something you know is not true. But unbelievable it may seem, that is exactly what the Lee Kuan Yew style Singapore wants you to do.

Ask any Malay or Indian, or those not part of the ethnic Chinese race of Singapore which includes Lee Kuan Yew family whether they have been discriminated and they would all say to the last man that they have suffered discrimination in all walks of life, in jobs, housing, low pay and career advancement.

But you are not allowed to say that even though you know this. If you do you will be charged with sedition or treason and put away for a long time. Never mind what you think, you have to say that there is no discrimination whatsoever in Singapore island, all races live happily and in harmonious bliss in the island and the ethnic Chinese are the most tolerant of others in the world especially towards Malays and Indians.

This is a hard one to do especially if you are a Malay who has been only recently discriminated and thrown out of his job that was given to an ethnic Chinese person, but regardless of how bad you feel, you have to say as you are told.

Singapore claims to have free and fair elections but everyone knows this is not true. During the last 50 years anyone who really held views opposed to the Lees were destroyed such as JB Jeyaretnam and Chee Soon Juan.

The persecution has been so systematic and certain that it has successfully sent a chill down every real opposition politician never to stand against the PAP.

Of course today, except for Chee Soon Juan's party, all the multitude of minuscule parties are all imposters. They are all PAP supporters who masquerade as opposition people. It is impossible to know whether the PAP themselves placed them there but that is in fact a real possibility.

Even though the elections are rigged which is fact well known by everyone, you are required to state openly that the elections are free and fair and if you do not, you will be charged for defamation and destroyed.

You can see why I say that the entire ideology of Lee Kuan Yew's PAP is based on a fraud and totally unsustainable. It is simply an odious offensive and repressive state but somehow Lee Kuan Yew deceased, and now his son and minions want you to accept the fact that somehow they are right and you are wrong in everything they say.

Therefor you either obey or you are destroyed. You are required by Lee Kuan Yew edict to become a fraud just like they are to survive. You have to openly continue to say one thing although you know it is another. Never mind what you think, they are always right, because Lee Kuan Yew can never be wrong.

It is like being Winston in Orwell's 1984. It is ironic that I read Orwell's 1984 in Singapore's Queenstown Prison in 2008 after being convicted for criticizing his Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean who I said had "prostituted" herself and her judicial office by sending Chee Soon Juan to jail and bankrupting him.

Winston knows that 2 and 2 are not 5. He knows that. In fact everyone in the country knows that. But Big Brother wants you to say that 2 and 2 is 5 and if you don't he punishes you. Just like in Singapore, you have to say that freedom is bad, democracy is bad, free speech is bad, judges are not Kangaroos, elections are free and fair and there is no racial discrimination in the island even though you know that none of this is true.

Airplanes were not invented by Lee Kuan Yew, the sun does not rise because of Lee Kuan Yew or the PAP but it is as if they want you to believe that. In Singapore it is not important what you believe, but what the government wants you to believe.

This is why I have gotten  into a great deal of trouble in Singapore island. I simply refused to believe what they want you to believe. And therefor I am branded a criminal, a bad lawyer and an enemy of the state. Well fine. Call me whatever you want. I am happy the way I am and the right to say that 2 and 2 is 4 and Lee Kuan Yew did not invent the airplane after all.

In 2008 when I was in Singapore, I was charged in the island for allegedly knocking on a police car, which turned out to be untrue and they charged me instead for disorderly behavior, I told James Leong, the judge in court that I believed the court is politically motivated.

When the prosecutor rose and said I should not say that, never mind what I thought, I am not allowed to say that. I told him this is not possible because I am not prepared to say something which I know to be untrue. Although the court took no action at the time I was subsequently charged with contempt of court. On the whole I enjoyed the entire experience. It was actually quite fun.

I cannot see a future for Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore if this is their ideology they are trying to sell, because it simply does not make sense. They will find it increasingly difficult to enforce such a thinking upon any society, even Singaporeans. What they are demanding is for all of us to be theatrical performers of sorts, which is not a pleasant way of life. This is why I say it simply cannot last. It is impossible to demand of an entire society that they should all agree to be some sort of chameleons and say one thing while they believe in another.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
a Singaporean in exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Singapore Lee Kuan Yew's biggest failure, a dumb submissive society

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dictators around the world have always managed to build fine cities. Hitler, Mussolini, Franco all did. They also managed to get the trains run on time. Lee Kuan Yew was no different. The skyline of the island which in the 1960s had no tall buildings at all, is today full of skyscrapers which foreigners to the island gawk at with awe and amazement and drool with envy. I don't think anyone can deny that.

But what about the society he has created, the Singaporeans. Have they any ideas about anything?

He has managed to create a society where the only thing that is important is to be part of the government sponsored ideology. I will not get into trouble if I said Lee Kuan Yew was the greatest. But I would if I said he was a fool. The island ideology for the past 50 years has been as follows. The island needs Lee Kuan Yew and his PAP because only they have the best qualified citizens and the ability to rule.

Second, they are always right and any attempt to argue otherwise will result in your being branded an enemy of the state, a destructive force and a target for persecution and victimization.

So their view point is something on these lines. The PAP are very good politicians and leaders. They are not corruptible even though they pay themselves $3.7 million a year in salaries each.

Newspapers should not be free since a free press always disseminates lies and distortions. Therefore the government controlling the entire media is a good thing because they alone are responsible and tell the truth. Which is why a free press cannot be trusted and therefore the government is justified in controlling the press.

People like the late JB Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, myself and a string of others are all bad people. They are destructive people unlike the constructive ones in Lee Kuan Yew's PAP. They deserve to be sued for defamation of character, jailed and destroyed. Their names have to be obliterated from history. Today the memory of JB Jeyaretnam is slowly fading. Tomorrow they won't know who he was.

The successful Singaporean is one who knows what is good for him. In another word's to quote Lee Kuan Yew's often quoted refrain, "you should know which side the bread is buttered". Men such as JB Jeyaretnam and myself are all a bunch of fools because we don't know which side the bread is buttered and we get ourselves into all kinds of trouble.

It is highly profitable and leads to a stable and successful career if you join the Lee Kuan Yew bandwagon.

Let me tell you what a good Singaporean in the Lee Kuan Yew's sense is. He is one who does well in his exams. He joins all the PAP grassroots organizations such as the Peoples Association and Residents committees.

He always says the correct things at all times, which is PAP is a good government, they bring stability and prosperity and joining and supporting them is profitable not only for yourself and your entire family for life.

It is not necessary in Singapore to have independent ideas about anything. in fact the less you think the better. Being politically stupid has it's benefits.

It is sufficient if you remember just one thing alone, which is to support the PAP, praise and applaud them whenever you can and stay away from crime or immoral behavior. As long as you follow this rule, life will not only will be smooth sailing, it will also be highly profitable.

People like me and JB Jeyaretnam have a different philosophy. We believe that society advances best if people have their freedom of thought.

On the balance between extent of government interference through laws in peoples lives and their right to their independence, the principle should lean in favor of individual liberty. 

If you don't harm your neighbor, you should be free to promote and espouse your views publicly without being molested. It is in this way through a conflict of ideas that society progresses. I do not believe that Lee Kuan Yew has all the answers. I believe that the man next door, Joe Blokes may have some ideas too, even better than Lee Kuan Yew.

But this where the rub is. In Lee Kuan Yew's philosophy, he is a man who can do no wrong, a man who is the repository of all wisdom in the world, and by extension his PAP, and you would be wise to understand that. So once you are prepared to accept this, life becomes very comfortable from the word go.

 Common sense will tell you this is nonsense. Even the Chinese noodle seller at Toa Payoh food stall may have some great ideas too. But in Singapore the noodle seller has no voice. He is nothing. Lee Kuan Yew is everything. And now his son is everything. And his party is everything.

It is a society of mob rule. The entire society has to think one way and accept the supremacy of our Great leader who has passed away and now our Gracious Leader, his son, who is as kind gracious and wise as his illustrious father. And if I do not agree to think and behave the way they want me to, I must be sued for defamation, charged for contempt of court, defamed in the state controlled press and victimized for life.

Let me tell the Singapore authorities this. I don't want to think the way Lee Kuan Yew's son and company thinks. I don't want to join their party. I think they are a bunch of megalomaniacs  and bullies who say my way or the highway. And just like me thousands of others who refuse to think and live the way the PAP wants simply don't fit in. We just pack up and leave for societies where we can think and act the way we want.

And who are those left behind? The ministers civil servants and minions of Lee Kuan Yew's son who run around saying and doing the right things and joining the necessary grassroots organizations for the benefits it provides.

And what sort of a society has Lee Kuan Yew created. It is a society made up of a submissive insecure people who do not have the courage to say and do what they want for fear that they may not survive. So to survive, in Lee's island, they force themselves to parrot the government line.

I am not insecure. I do not have to toe this line to succeed. I can think they way I want. I can succeed without them. And that is why I am labelled a destructive force and an enemy of the state. I am not a model citizen.

Sometimes it becomes even embarrassing to be a standard Singaporean. For instance it is hard to justify paying Lee Kuan Yew's son $3.7 million a year and not call it corruption. It is hard to argue that free independent newspapers mean that the news will inevitably be falsified.

It is hard to argue that Lee government will always come up with the correct news and no one else which justifies state control. It is hard to argue that the late JB Jeyaretnam and Chee Soon Juan had defamed the Lees by what they have said. It is hard to argue that the Singapore's courts has the best legal system in the world and the most independent judges and not just Kangaroos.

It is hard to argue that the Malays and Indians are not discriminated against in jobs, in housing and in every which way.

It is hard and embarrassing to argue that 2 plus 2 is 5 and not 4.

But in order to succeed in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore you have to say just that, even though you may look very silly doing it.

There is a young woman called Tin Pei Ling who didn't have anything in her head going by the video of her before the last elections. I don't have to wonder about her answers to the questions above.

If she was asked about the independence of the judiciary, her answer would be of course it is independent.

Of course the state control of newspapers is good. Of course Jeyaretnam is bad. Of course Lee Kuan Yew is the wisest kindest and most brilliant man who ever lived. And I am sure she would go on even more. And that is why she is appointed Member of Parliament with a stable secure well paid career and life, thanks to the Lee Kuan Yew family.

You can see that in order to support the PAP for your success, you don't have to do much thinking. All you have to do is to keep quiet and show your support for the Lee administration, no matter whether you really agree with it or not. In fact the less knowledge you have the better. All you need is to have the skills required in your trade. You don't have to read John Stuart Mills "Liberty". In Lee's Singapore, you would have wasted your time reading it. No one knows it and what is worse, no one cares.

Unfortunately in Singapore a great many people have accepted this mindless ignorance and conformism as qualities for career advancement.

You have literally created a society of trained Labradors who will jump at your command because you get a bone if you do.

In Singaporean ideology, a great man is not an independent thinker, in fact he is a man who has the least ideas of his own, and necessary only to be able to parrot the establishment line every time he is called upon.

Teo Chee Hean Lee's Deputy Prime Minister is a model citizen. He has unbounded admiration for Lee Kuan Yew because he founded and created Singapore, never mind Sir Stamford Raffles of the East India Company a hundred years earlier. In fact you can see his eyes water when he speaks of the greatness of Lee Kuan Yew, the greatest man that ever lived. By the way, Teo Chee Hean is also paid $3.7 million dollars a year.

On the one hand Lee Kuan Yew created this glittering island of glass and skyscrapers. But in that island he created a society of dumb mindless, clueless conformists. Because conformism according to the Lee Kuan Yew doctrine is the way to succeed.

But will this way of thinking lead to a better society? Will Tin Pei Ling if called upon for once to think independently, have any ideas of her own? I don't think so, because the entire island is made up of Tin Pei Lings who know only what they are supposed to know. It is a society that has very little real wisdom. It is a society of craftsmen and professionals who know only their trade and nothing more.

It is uncomfortable for anyone who is not like Tin Pei Ling to enjoy life in such an island. Because I refuse to think the way you do, I must be punished, sidelined and neutralized. If I want success, I have to be another Tin Pei Ling.

Lee Kuan Yew may have created a glittering city of skyscrapers. But in it he has successfully created a society which can only think the way he wants, because thinking any other way is prohibited. This sort of society has no hope of success because it is downright unpleasant for human beings with the ability to think to live the way Tin Pei Ling does.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525

Monday, April 6, 2015

In Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore, dogs are not allowed to bark

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Two dogs swimming in the waters between Singapore and Borneo, but in opposite directions. The dog headed towards Borneo asks the other one why he's swimming to Singapore. The answer: "Ah, the shopping, the housing, the air-conditioning, the health care, the schools. But why are you going to Borneo?" The dog swimming away from Singapore answers: "Oh, I just want to bark."

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Peaceful protestors arrested in Singapore after authoritarian Lee Kuan Yew's death

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For recently dead Lee Kuan Yew's authoritarian government now under the sole grip of his son minus his father, the unthinkable may have happened.

2 young Singaporean protestors between the ages of 24 and 25 have been arrested for peacefully protesting outside Singapore's Istana, ( Lee Kuan Yew's son's palace) holding signs reading "Injustice" and "You can't silence the people".

According to the Hong Kong newspaper, Asian Correspondent, of April 05, 2015, "Police arrested 2 men aged between 24 and 25 on Saturday afternoon (April 4) as they held up placards outside the Istana in a peaceful protest against the government. They were apparently protesting the government's repression of free speech. The placards read "Injustice" and "You can't silence the people". Please see article here See pictures below.

Had this been told to foreigners not accustomed to Lee Kuan Yew's Alice in Wonderland island, they may be wondering what was all the fuss about anyway? After all they were only peaceful protesters and they never hurt anyone. There wasn't any mass murder. Why arrest them, or even report it?

But we are not talking about any other country. We are talking about Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore were all Constitutional rights have been abrogated. There is no longer freedom of speech, no freedom of expression, no right to peaceful protests, no independent newspapers and no rule of law. It is another North Korea.

In addition, Lee Kuan Yew's son, like his father is one of the most corrupt political leaders in the world. They pay themselves, all their relatives both near and distant $3.7 million a year each and much more besides and if anyone called them corrupt, they would sue in their Kangaroo courts and bankrupt them. They are the most highly paid political leaders in the world running their tiny island which gets even tinier at high tide or flood.

Under these circumstances, naturally, given the right to peacefully protest, with more than enough cloth to protest about, every single Singaporean would protest and the Lees, their relatives and cronies would certainly be overthrown the next day.

And this is the main reason why they can never allow protests, one thing they are literally terrified about, because if they do, they would be history.

For selfish self preservation reasons, the Lees have disallowed all forms of protests anywhere in the island.

The only place this is allowed in the island is a small patch of grass which they conveniently call Speakers Corner at a secluded part of downtown Singapore.

To demand that all protests regardless of their nature be held at this one tiny spot of grass is not only illegal, it also insults your intelligence.

For instance, what good is protesting for freedom at Speakers Corner where no one can see or hear you and where it makes no sense to hold it.

Naturally you would want to hold it at the Istana, or Parliament House or downtown Raffles Place during busy lunch hour where you can be seen and heard. But this is exactly what they don't want you to do.

These 2 young men who have protested in front of the Istana are very courageous men in the Singaporean sense.

Most Singaporeans are innately afraid to the bone and their courage so far has extended only to complaining anonymously on the Internet where they cannot be identified, to avoid being in any trouble.

These 2 young men have shown that they are by no means the average subjugated  Singaporean. They have shown they have some ball. And a great deal of ball.

They have not only defied the government by not holding the protest at Speakers Corner where the government wants you to do, they have also protested knowing they are deliberately and knowingly breaking Lee Kuan Yew's protest laws.

These 2 young men are clearly telling Lee Kuan Yew's son that they are not afraid of him, that he is simply a thug, that his laws against peaceful protests are simply illegal, that they are going to openly defy and disobey him and telling him in no uncertain terms to come and get them if he wants.

Unfortunately for Lee Kuan Yew's son, in recent times, these so far isolated incidents of protest are becoming increasingly more frequent. And this latest protest could not have come at a more unfortunate moment for him.

Only a few months ago Roy Ngerng was sued for defamation when he questioned Lee Kuan Yew's son as to where the state retirement funds are going, as monies were missing. Not knowing what to do with young Roy Ngerng, the government is keeping postponing the case but they know it is not going to go away, and they will have to deal with it. They have stirred a hornets nest. Roy has garnered such universal state wide support that any attempt to come down hard on him may even trigger a rebellion. Roy Ngernag has unwittingly turned into a hot potato for the clueless Lee Kuan Yew's son.

As if that was not bad enough, last week a 16 year old boy called Amos Yee posted an expletive laden video calling recently deceased Lee Kuan Yew "a horrible person" and no better that the dictator Josef Stalin with a drawing of him having sex with another equally horrible woman Margaret Thatcher, the iron lady of England.

Having no other choice and pushed to a corner, the poor clueless son of Lee Kuan Yew has had him arrested too but once again Yee has managed to cultivate not only island wide support but also international support with cries of foul getting louder all over the world. He has, for Lee Kuan Yew's son, become an even more of a hot potato and they are at a loss what to do with him as well.

If all this was not bad enough for the Lee dictatorship, now this. 2 protesters outside the Istana demanding their freedom in open defiance to Lee's laws.

The way I look at it, the game is lost for the government of  Lee Kuan Yew's descendants. They are in a fix. They are in a quandary. They are in a bog, a quagmire from which they don't know how to get out.

If they come down hard on Roy Ngerng, Amos Yee and these 2 latest protesters and send them to prison, it would only cause more outrage among the young Singaporeans who are now increasing demanding their freedom and cannot be stopped.

On the other hand, if they simply ignored them, the public will think they have gone soft and will protest even more. The government has no favorable option because either way they lose and freedom wins.

I have all along written in this blog that with Lee Kuan Yew's demise, this administration, the way it is run, simply cannot survive. You simply cannot suppress the aspirations of an educated young population the way they do. If their answer to this is force and even more force, it will result in the collapse of the economy and the island. There will be instability and an immediate economic collapse.

As for this government, they simply are not in a position to allow democracy, because they have too many skeletons in their cupboard. Democracy would result in demands for the audit of Lee Kuan Yew's accounts, his son's accounts, that of his wife and every other relative of his and their conies, all paid millions, which is going to reveal corruption on a massive scale.

Other than the politicians we have the corruption of the judges, the abuse of the law and the preferential treatment of PAP supporters. These descendants of Lee Kuan Yew simply cannot allow protests which leaves them the only option of repression and more repression followed by a cycle of more and more democratic demands.

I congratulate these 2 young men who have protested. I urge even more young men and women who love Singapore to come out and break these unjust laws. Remember, this is the only honorable thing to do. And also you become famous overnight the moment you get arrested the way Roy Ngerng and Amos Yee have become. Remember there are laws and there are unjust laws. Unjust laws need not be obeyed and any attempt to punish you would bring disgrace not to you but to this government not only locally and internationally. As for you, you become heroes.

Citizens of Singapore should consider each law and ask the question whether the law is just or rational. Peaceful protestors holding a placard anywhere are not harming anyone, they are not obstructing anyone and they are no threat to security. And any law making such actions illegal are themselves illegal. Any Singaporean judge who simply punishes you by saying this is illegal under the law is an ass, not a judge. He is in fact a Kangaroo judge.

I am overjoyed of the news of these 2 brave protesters. Once again my congratulations. I would ask you not to plead guilty in court and demand a trial in which you should proudly argue that these laws under which you are arrested are simply illegal. If the government goes ahead to punish you, the Internet in Singapore and worldwide would give you even more support and encourage even more protesters to appear.

I think this protest has opened the proverbial floodgates and is the precursor to even more and more public peaceful protests throughout the island. I think what these 2 young men did is right. Don't accommodate this government by protesting at Speakers Corner. Defy them by protesting at the Istana, Parliament House, Raffles Place, Orchard Road and busy areas where your protests will be given the widest publicity, seen and heard. Let's see if the government is going to jail all of you.

These protests would undoubtedly cause a little instability to the island, but this is a price worth paying because it will lead to a more democratic, stable and enduring political system. What you are doing is good for Singapore island, even though it is not good for the Lee Kuan Yew family.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean In Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525

Protestor holds a placard outside the Istana. The placard reads: "INJUSTICE". Pic: TRS.

Second protestor holds a placard outside the Istana: "YOU CAN'T SILENCE THE PEOPLE". Pic: TRS.

Two protestors outside Istana. Threat to public order? Pic: TRS.