Friday, May 15, 2015

It is impossible for Singaporeans to challege Lee's PAP

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In every single aspect of one's daily life in tiny Singapore, any display of even the slightest opposition to the establishment means punishment while open support automatically results in privileges.

There is simply no advantage in opposing the regime in Singapore, a Lee Kuan Yew creation, a classic fascist state.

Open critics are disadvantaged and marginalized regardless of their level of education, skills and abilities.

Chee Soon Juan the Secretary General of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party was fired from his job and has been jobless for years, a man who was previously a highly respected university professor with a PhD.

Had it not been his open defiance of the establishment, he would have been in a highly lucrative position where his education and skills are used accordingly. The list of marginalized highly educated Singaporeans goes on, all because they have decided to oppose this system.

Only recently, Roy Ngerng, a young man in his 20s openly accused lee Kuan Yew's son of dishonesty relating to the state retirement fund (CPF). He was immediately sued and fired from his job at a local hospital. He is now jobless and believed to be living off donations from well wishers.

John Tan was the chairman of Chee's political party. For that he was fired from his teaching post at Cook University's Singapore facility. I am not sure how he survives today.

This shameful practice of denying careers to those who are not sympathetic to the establishment, is not only the worst form of persecution, it also deprives Singapore of valuable talent which it badly needs given a small population base. Although you may think the government is shooting themselves in the foot through the loss of such talent, it appears the government doesn't care. To them, punishing their critics appears far more important than the island's interests.

The public punishment of government critics is not only to punish them, it is done more to warn other citizens not to go down their path, a plan which is clearly shown to be effective. Today most Singaporeans are not capable of thinking between right and wrong of the government's actions, while many chose instead not to think, as it offers no benefit.

Human beings being unique among God's creations, have the ability to think and reason, and thinking and forming judgments is a natural thing.

If you may not like the denial of free speech and expression as is the case in the island of Singapore, it would be natural for one to openly say so.

But in Singapore, to do what is natural to the human spirit is not only discouraged, it will result in great harm to you. .

Criticizing the prohibition of free speech, even though common sense tells you there is nothing wrong with it, is disallowed and a citizens therefore are required to deliberately hold themselves back from being a normal human being who speaks his mind and become someone who deliberately checks himself to conform to group- speak just to survive.

And this general acceptance of conformism being right changes the normal thought process. In Singapore the general consensus is that only fools would join the opposition. Clever guys will do the smart thing and join Lee's PAP.

But what is PAP anyway? It is a government that denies free speech expression, the rule of law and yet expects people to respect and obey Lee Kuan Yew's son even though in their own minds, these are a bunch of gangsters who have turned them into slaves.

But because they have got away with it for so long with impunity and since it is they who have the means to dish out the goodies, and any opposition to them results in eternal pain, people have slowly begun to really believe that this dictatorial government is actually good and those who oppose them surely are a bunch of fools.

And this philosophy has not only become the norm on the ground, it has also become the truth and the prevailing philosophy in that island.

In the end the Lee government has managed to turn the island into a bunch of zombies, who actually believe that Big Brother is right after all.

The question is, is such group thinking and conformism any good for Singaporeans  or their island.

The answer has to be clearly in the negative.

The ability to think independently with logic and common sense is a desirable and necessary quality for advancement in life and a career anywhere in the world, except in Singapore where it is not only discouraged, it is not necessary.

The Lee government appreciates people who can blindly just do their work without the need to think whether they live as slaves.

But the moment such a brainwashed individual leaves the protection of Lee's island, he is totally at a loss.

In western countries, one has to have the ability to think and question to survive in their competitive world, a quality which the Singaporean totally lacks.

Not only the adults in Singapore, but their children too end up as mindless brainwashed robots because this is what is appreciated in Lee's society; blind obedience.

And blind obedience is the clear path to success under Lee Kuan Yew's son.

Can a country like this progress in this competitive world? Hardly.

Countries that succeed always have societies that can think.

It is thinking societies that come up with new ideas. And new ideas mean innovation and experiment.

And innovation and experiment means progress, which the Lee government does not want because, new ideas means questioning the Lee government and questioning them means trouble for them, which they do not want.

Better to keep you a mindless fool rather than allow you to threaten their grip on power.

I have no respect for Lee Kuan Yew's son or his government.

He only manages to retain grip on power only though corruption by giving bribes in the millions to his minions to continue supporting him.

Like a thug he uses his police force to intimidate his citizens into obedience and uses his corrupt judges to subvert the law to destroy his opponents through defamation actions.

But his people are so afraid of him that they dare not question his abuse of power and simply submit.

In fact the entire society there have been so intimidated and brainwashed that they actually believe that being loyal to him is actually the right thing to do.

Singaporeans are either incapable or unwilling to challenge their government either because they actually believe that living as slaves is a good thing, while the rest of society are even unaware that they are in fact slaves.

Under these unfortunate circumstances and under the ongoing unremitting brainwashing regimen that the average Singapore is presently being put, Singaporeans have no hope of standing up to this regime.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A life in the West for Singapore's young rebel Amos Yee

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Amos Yee is a most unlikely Singaporean in Lee Kuan Yew's island society of mindless conformists.

Immediately after Singapore's strongman Lee Kuan Yew had died only recently, this 16 year old boy came up with a searing attack upon the man calling him names and expletives, a "horrible man" and so on.

He also exhibited enormous wisdom and street savvy far beyond his age criticizing Jesus Christ and calling Margaret Thatcher a dictator and so on.

Regardless of everything else he said, it is his criticism of Lee Kuan Yew which got him into trouble in Stalinist Singapore. Please see the island's state controlled newspaper Straits Times report here http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/teen-blogger-amos-yees-two-day-trial-begins-20150507

I think he would be wasting his time living in a boring sterile society such as Singapore where it is simply impossible for anyone with a mind of his own to survive.

And Yee has a mind of his own in a society where everyone else is either dumb or afraid of his rulers, not much different from Kim Jong Un's North Korea.

Amos Yee would be accepted as a refugee in any Western country as he satisfies the United Nations definition of the term.

He should travel to a country outside Singapore such as Malaysia and appear at any embassy/ consulate of a foreign country which he prefers. There he should ask for refugee status.

He clearly qualifies since he is being punished for expressing his right of free speech and opinion.

The reasons given by the government of Singapore such as his violating the racial balance of the island or posting a obscene drawing are simply nonsense.

If he were to ask for refugee status, no Western embassy of Consulate would deny him that request and return him to the Singapore authorities.

I would also suggest that before he takes that step, to alert, if possible various international human rights agencies and newspapers which would make any foreign embassy wanting to deny his request think many times over, since it will certainly have serious repercussions on their reputation for democracy.

Once in the West, he could continue his education and perhaps even pursue his dream of becoming a famous move star.

This would certainly not happen in Singapore and Yee should seriously consider getting out than rotting in that sterile one party mindless society that Lee Kuan Yew has very successfully cultivated.

If he happens to enter the United States as a visitor and then plans to apply for asylum status, I would be only too happy to represent him.

My office contact:

Gopalan Nair Attorneys at Law
39737 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite A2
Fremont, California 94538, USA
Tel: 510 657 6107
Fax: 510 657 6914
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com

I would point out to the reader that the numbers of young Singaporeans coming to the US and applying for asylum is already on the rise. I am already representing a number of them but attorney client privilege does not permit me to disclose their identities at present. There is no doubt in my mind that the very stupid policy of Lee Kuan Yew's son after his father's death to continue suppressing and repressing Singaporeans is certainly seen to be counter productive. His belief that the only way to rule is like that of his father is nonsensical, something he does not appear to understand.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Now playing: Singapore's Amos Yee live theatrical lawyer show before a Kangaroo Court

Ladies and Gentlemen,

You have all heard  in unique Singapore now, a very interesting event is happening.

I could almost say: "Now Playing in Singapore Court, a theatrical legal comedy "The Amos Yee Case" starring Amos Yee himself and a cast of brilliant actors".

It is cruel tragic irony in a way to say this, as Amos Yee is in real life indeed a budding actor who has starred in movies himself.

In this latest case of make believe, a 16 year old boy, Amos Yee, has been arrested, put in chains and imprisoned all because he made a video in which among other things, generously using expletives, he very accurately called the recently deceased Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore a "horrible man" and a "dictator" "who would sue anyone who crosses him" (right again).

In addition he drew a cartoon of the deceased Lee having sex with the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whom Amos Yee obviously believed was a dictator like the dead Lee and he also criticized Jesus Christ whom he believed also to be a dictator.

But anyone who knows Singapore knows exactly why they have come down so hard on this very courageous 16 year old in repressive Singapore.

I say "very courageous" because you don't need much courage to make a video like this in Australia and call the Prime Minister Tony Abbott a "horrible man". In fact no one would bother to even pay any attention.

But you need supreme courage to call Kim Jong Un in North Korea or Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore anything unpleasant. In fact you have to be suicidal.

They have come down hard on him only because he insulted Lee Kuan Yew in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore.

Amos Yee might as well as been in North Korea and insulted Kim Jong Un!

You might also wonder why the Lee Kuan Yew son's government is so intolerant of criticism that they have to go to this extent against a 16 year old boy who simply made a video.

The reason is that they have a serious problem.

They have a system of government which is foundationally unsound.

And if people are allowed to openly criticize them, as they do in other free democracies, they would be overthrown.

As a result the only way they can hope to remain in control is to continue to inflict fear in the minds of the citizens without which they know they will be toppled.

The fundamental faults of this regime are as follows.

It is based on a fraud.

For instance, the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression but in reality this is denied.

Second, the ministers are the most corrupt government in the world because they pay themselves millions of tax payers money which they justify by calling it salaries.

Although the Constitution mandates a free press, the state controls the entire island media.

There is open and public racial discrimination by the ethnic Chinese against the Malays and Indians.

Their fear is that if the people are allowed to speak and make videos criticizing their rulers on these and other injustices and abuses, they would no longer retain control.

Which is why they have to punish Amos Yee because they have to prevent others following in his footsteps at any cost.

You may disagree with him or even agree with him but that is your right.

In the same vein Amos Yee obviously believes in what he put in his video, which is also his right.

And you would also agree with me that if he did any or all of this in any democratic country, throughout the whole of Western Europe, United States or Australia, no one would have even batted an eyelid.

But not in Singapore. Read here of his arrest in the state controlled Straits Times report "Teen blogger pleads not guilty to both charges at start of 2 day trial" http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/teen-blogger-amos-yees-two-day-trial-begins-20150507

If you know what Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is, (now run by his son) is, you would know that all the hype and the courtroom trial is nothing more than a Punch and Judy show with Lee Kuan Yew's
judge sitting up there as Chief Kangaroo, looking down at these lawyers in black robes going through the motions of legalese, at the end of which the Chief Kangaroo will naturally come down with the time honored well known, as expected by all decision, GUILTY.

I am not sure if you had read Alice in Wonderland and the trial of the rabbit who stole the tart. When the King suggested that the evidence should be called, the Queen who was so bored that she said they should deliver the sentence right away and not waste time with the such things as evidence!

Singapore trials whenever they catch a critic of the dictators are what you call a "telephone trial" and what you will get is "telephone justice".

What I meant to say was, it is not the judge presiding over these Kangaroo trials who has any say on its outcome, it is Lee Kuan Yew's son and his government.

In Singapore island, Amos Yee has the dubious advantage which others do not have except perhaps in North Korea; he knows he is already guilty before he even steps into the courtroom!

In a case like this, the government decides what the punishment will be, taking into account all other considerations, which are what is the necessary punishment to deter Amos Yee and others from ever criticizing their rulers.

On the other hand they would also have to take into account, the effect and the consequence of any punishment on the island's citizen's who live in fear.

Is it safe to deliver a very harsh sentence?

Would any harsh sentence tend to push the people to the limit and cause a revolt instead, etc etc.

What is the best punishment for him which would continue to keep the citizens living in fear but not too harsh as to put them off completely?

You see, any politically motivated trial such as this is a political decision, not a legal one. The question is, what is good for Lee Kuan Yew's son; not what is good for the law.

And once Lee Kuan Yew's son decides the punishment he or one of his minions would "telephone" the judge as to what the punishment should be which the Chief Kangaroo judge would accordingly deliver in court, while looking as solemn and serious as possible, to make the spectators believe that it is indeed he, who has decided and no one else.

You see, a job like this for the Kangaroo Judge is not as easy as you think.

For one, you have to make sure you hold yourself back from laughing out loud out at the nonsense of the whole exercise.

You need to have at least some theatrical ability to continue looking solemn and serious throughout the whole trial of a few days, while going through the motions of legal questions and objections, all with solemn seriousness, all to look as if you are in fact in an actual court.

You don't have to be Charles Laughton in the courtroom drama "Witness for the Prosecution" but you still need some theatrical acumen without which you simply cannot sit through the whole thing, in effect, entirely a theatrical performance.

But in fact it is no different from going to Opera House in Sydney and watching "Phantom of the Opera". The only sad thing with this case is that poor Amos Yee is the sacrificial lamb to please the Singaporean rulers.

Beside the Chief Kangaroo judge actor presiding, the lawyers who are involved in this performance are either ignorant fools or thoroughly unscrupulous characters.

In the same state controlled newspaper Straits Times, this report "Court to decide on teen blogger Amos Yee's case on May 12"  it states, various arguments were put forward by the lawyers such as, the cartoon Lee having sex was not obscene, that he didn't hurt the feeling of Christians etc etc. See http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/trial-teen-blogger-amos-yee-resume-friday-afternoon-20150508

I am sure as so- called lawyers in that island, they are fully aware that their legal arguments have no effect whatsoever on the decision of the Chief Kangaroo who is now waiting for his orders from Lee Kuan Yew's Son on the punishment.

Or perhaps the punishment may even already have been decided.

Yet they go disgracefully through the motion of play acting as lawyers as they would in a theatrical performance, a disgraceful thing to do for someone who has decided to enter a noble profession such as this.

Let me tell any reader who may not know what Singapore really is.

It is a dictatorship.

It has no rule of law.

It is no better than North Korea.

Just as in North Korea you get punished and destroyed if you criticized Kim Jong Un, so it is in Singapore if you criticize Lee Kuan Yew's son or his government.

In North Korea they shoot you.

In Singapore they either arrest you and throw you in jail or they sue you for defamation.

After they have finished with you in Singapore, you face retribution for life.

Your life is ruined, you will have no career, and you are as good as dead.

In Singapore the citizens have a pack mentality, a lynch mob. As a known target of the state, poor young Amos Yee has no hope in the island after he is released from prison. He is, as they would call someone in India, an untouchable.

In Singapore, as the dead Lee has himself repeatedly said, you have to know which side the bread is buttered.

And it is buttered on the side of the praises and accolades of Lee Kuan Yew's son and his "world class government".

Just as Kim Jong Un would say of North Korea, Singapore is the best country in the world.

Once again, if anyone is wondering why I am able to write this and get away with it, it is because I live in California USA. Lee Kuan Yew's son has no jurisdiction here. This blog is hosted in the United States. To prevent it being seen in Singapore would require them to demand the US Internet provider to stop displaying it in Singapore. And that is a hard thing to do without hurting their own reputation even further.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Amos Yee vs Singapore. Checkmate.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Everyone both within and without Singapore has heard of Amos Yee , a 16 year old unlikely teenager who did the unthinkable in the dictatorship started by Lee Kuan Yew in 1959.

Yee made a YouTube video just after the dictator died only recently in which he called him exactly what he is, a rat, to put it rather mildly.

Singapore is a repressive one party one man dictatorship island of Lee Kuan Yew, who first imposed the dictatorship in 1959 and which continues till today but now run by his son, in the Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Un style, first Lee Kuan Yew, now his son, in perpetuity.

What Yee, this 16 year old unlikely teenager did in the authoritarian intolerant tiny society was  unthinkable.

He made a YouTube video just after the dictator died only recently in which he called him exactly what he is, a rat, to put it mildly, as the video is much worse.

In any other country making a video cursing and swearing at a Prime Minister is nothing unusual at all, it happens everyday, it is just a normal democratic process.

But not in Singapore run by Lee Kuan Yew's son.

He and his minions in power are terrified of any opposition and understandably so.

A robust credible respectable government is not afraid of any criticism because they know that their government is a lawful credible government with transparency and the rule of law.

Criticize if you want but the people have their own judgment and appreciation and the government can rebut what you say in a free society.

In Australia, you can make as many YouTube videos you want criticizing Tony Abbot and no one is going to be arrest you for it.

Why, because Australia is a proud respectable democracy, and they are not going to be toppled just because you made a video.

Not so in Singapore which has a major problem.

It is a banana republic.

A pariah state where the people have no freedom of speech, expression or assembly or the rule of law.

The judges are mere Kangaroos for the state.

There is blatant nepotism and corruption among the Ministers as they siphon off tax payer's money to the tune of millions of dollars which they call conveniently a salary.

The government is predominately ethnic Chinese, in a supposedly multi racial island, which shamelessly practices nepotism on a industrial scale where they give their Chinese family members and relatives cushy jobs and millions in corruption and kick backs while employing a handful of Tamils in high positions as show pieces to give the impression of impartiality.

Since every Singaporean knows the corruption and the slavish lives they live under a dictatorship, in any argument the citizen, if allowed to speak will win hands down because he is right in calling this government a corrupt dictatorship without any rule of law.

It is precisely because they have no leg to stand on if challenged in open debate by any citizen, that they feel it necessary to use extra-legal means to muzzle any critic at any cost, because the moment he is allowed to speak, there goes the credibility or the lack of it among these dictators.

So as young Amos has to silenced at any cost, the moment he put out the video, he was immediately arrested and charged firstly with insulting Christians, because he criticized Jesus Christ, insulting the dead Lee Kuan Yew by drawing a cartoon of him having sex with the deceased former English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and insulting the deceased Lee Kuan Yew himself by calling him a "horrible person". You can see the video here in the report in the New Yorker.

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-arrest-of-a-teen-aged-youtube-star

Any lawyer can tell you that this Lee Kuan Yew dictatorship is clearly misusing the law, as they do whenever they want, by using the criminal law against Yee for what he did.

The principle of modern jurisprudence in criminal law allows the state to interfere in a citizen's private actions only when the rights of others are affected.

Otherwise, a citizen has a right to be free from arrest and molestation by the state. If not, you end up a police state, which Singapore presently is.

By putting up this video, Yee has not harmed anyone else. No Christian has been harmed, his cartoon of Lee Kuan Yew having sex with Margaret Thatcher has not harmed anyone else, least of all Margaret Thatcher who has long since died, and as there is no law against insulting a dead person, since Lee Kuan Yew is already dead, he cannot possibly suffer any harm as a result.

Of course you know why they have to arrest Yee.

It is because what he said is entirely true. And even if it is not true, he has a right to say it if he wants and it is none of Lee Kuan Yew's son's business to be arresting him

And if more and more people are allowed to repeat this truth, Lee's son who is now running the dictatorship is going to find it impossible to keep his increasingly discerning citizens in line.

So he does the only thing he knows, arrest anyone who criticizes, in the hope that other like minded persons who are thinking of doing the same are dissuaded and silenced.

But in this game of chess of Yee versus the Lee dictatorship, Yee is the winner hands down.

Regardless of what Singapore law says of his actions, what really matters is the law of natural justice.

What matters is common sense.

What matters is where does the moral high ground lie? It clearly lies with Amos Yee.

In the court of public opinion, the clear winner is Amos Yee who has managed to stand up like the proverbial David against this repressive corrupt regime of the Lees, the Singaporean Goliath.

And having roundly defeated this corrupt regime just by having the courage to stand up to them in the first place, Yee has now upped  the ante.

In court recently as a condition of granting bail, the judge in the court of Lee's Alice in Wonderland, had underestimated the resolve of this young opponent.

The judge went too far and had demanded that Yee, who is now in jail pending his trial,  not post anymore blogs as a condition for his release.

Such a demand of a citizen is clearly illegal under any jurisdiction except perhaps in North Korea.

This really crossed the line.

No court in the world can simply demand that a citizen be prohibited to write and publish anything at all.

He clearly misjudged his young 16 year old opponent by thinking that like all meek and submissive Singaporeans who submit every single time, he would too.

But then there is always the exception.

This is where Yee has called out checkmate to this dictatorship.

If Yee insists that he will not budge on this demand, what is the judge going to do?

If he keeps Yee in jail until the trial, unless the trial is tomorrow, Yee is going to be imprisoned without having been found guilty by any court of law, something totally unacceptable in the civilized world.

Furthermore not to prolong the unjust detention of Yee, any trial that occurs so suddenly is itself vitiated in law because Yee was not given sufficient time to prepare his case.

I hope that Yee will continue to stand his ground despite the hardship and say no to any demand that he be muzzled from writing and publishing what he wants.

The Lee regime in Singapore has already been defeated by Yee merely standing up to this dictatorship.

The shame on the regime will be all the more greater when Yee stands his ground and refuses to submit to this nonsensical demand. His victory will be all the more sweeter.

I post here the state controlled Straits Times report on the standoff between them regarding the demand that Yee make no other public reports or blogs. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/amos-yee-wants-bail-conditions-reviewed-he-claims-they-amount-gag

If anyone is wondering why I am able to write this and not be arrested, it is because I live in the United States. Lee's Kangaroo courts do not work here.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident

Monday, May 4, 2015

The failure of the Singapore dictatorship. It simply doesn't fly in this modern Internet age

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The economic and social situation in tiny Singapore today is not looking good at all for it's authoritarian rulers.

The economy, competitiveness and everything else is sliding backwards and downwards.

Not a good sign at all.

Yesterday there was the report in Straits Times state controlled newspaper titled "Unemployment rate dips slightly while employment growth slows" See http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/unemployment-rate-dips-slightly-first-quarter-while-empl .

According to the report the number of jobs created has been steadily declining.

The myth touted of the island by the propaganda department of being a popular job destination is now roundly shattered.

As for the constant refrain by the state controlled propaganda newspapers of the island being the safest spot in the world is also now found to be humbug.

Other than the daily robberies and snatch thefts reported in that island, on May 1, 2015 the same state controlled paper has the story "49 year old man arrested for allegedly assaulting Amos Yee" See https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8081742307252789733#editor/target=post;postID=7159093399419360351

Amos Yee as you already know is that 16 year old courageous boy who has more balls than the entire Singaporean population put together was arrested after he made a video entitled "Lee Kuan Yew is finally dead" in which he called the dead dictator a "horrible man" among other things. 

I agree and so does anyone with a head with grey matter on his shoulders.

A sycophant among the thousands and thousands you find in that island, who thought he could score points with the dead Lee's son, the present Prime Minister, confronted Yee along the entrance to the court and assaulted him in broad daylight.

These sort of assaults are becoming a daily commonplace way of life in Lee's so-called safest island in the world. There goes the title "the safest island in the world".

That same source of state controlled news reported yesterday "Tough times at Far East Plaza" See http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/tough-times-far-east-plaza-20150502.

Far East Plaza is a very popular shopping complex along the premier shopping street in Singapore Orchard Road and only yesterday even suggesting that business has slowed there would have been simply unthinkable.

But it has happened.

Half the retail shops have closed and the other half is struggling to survive and would probably also close.

This can only mean one thing.

Singaporeans simply cannot afford to purchase anything and the foreign tourists who are it's mainstay are no longer coming.

The glitz and shine of the island advertised has faded.

You can imagine of course if this is happening to the island's most popular shopping complex in the iconic Orchard Road, what is happening to the other lesser stores that pepper the entire island!

Yes you are right. It is a case of closing shutters and calling it a day.

If all this is not bad enough, you can hear even more bad news even from the horse's mouth.

On April 29, 2015, one of the few Tamils (Indians) in Singapore who has been accepted by the majority ethnic Chinese government of the island, the Deputy Prime Minister has admitted that  productivity is so low, it cannot expect any growth in the future.

See article in the state controlled Straits Times of April 29, 2015 "Global Growth will not be enough to drive Singapore economy: DPM Tharman" See http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/global-growth-will-not-be-enough-drive-singapores-economy

Besides this, it is equally bad in every other sector.

Earlier reports on the property sector has news of the record fall in both local HDB (government owned housing comprising 99% of the island's property market) flat prices as well as the luxury property market.

It has been reported that luxury condominiums in Sentosa are lying almost idle and many being sold for as little as 10% of their purchase price.

The rest are lying empty.

It seems Sentosa Cove is now a ghost town.

Looking at all these signs, only one story appears, the island is declining in every way possible, and very successfully going from first world to third.

At the same time we hear that it's brain drain has hit the roof with record applications for settlement to Australia New Zealand Canada and the United States.

For a tiny population of locals comprising no more than 2 million (the rest being foreigners), it simply means that locals are becoming virtually extinct.

At the same time, despite every possible measure taken to encourage childbirth among the preferred Chinese race, the same race as the ruling government and the Lees in power, couples have reduced their childbirth so much that the island holds the dubious world record for the lowest childbirth/fertility rate.

It means a couple are not replacing even themselves when they die.

And to these existential, literally life and death problems the government has finally confessed to have no solution at all, is getting worse by the day.

Anyone with eyes and a head can see where this island created by the man who was "too clever by half" Lee Kuan Yew, as he was described by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia Tenku Abdul Rahman, is heading; to the bog.

And anyone with even the most rudimentary thought process still intact can see why.

Singapore is not today a bunch of illiterate coolies as was the case in the 1950s.

Unfortunately for the Lees who would obviously like to continue in power in perpetuity, the sad fact is that many have had an education.

And among those who has had a bit of that is myself, Gopalan Nair.

And like Gopalan Nair, who decided it best to leave the island of HG Wells Doctor Moreau, there are many there who have had an education too. And as a added bonus, an ability to think as well.

So if you can read and if you can think what do you think Singapore island is?

It is a dictatorship where previously Lee Kuan Yew and after his death now his son, who strut around like prize rooster behaving as if the island belongs to him and he can do just about anything he wants to anybody.

As he doesn't want anyone to criticize him, he arrests and sues anyone he wants for defamation of character in his Kangaroo courts.

He abolishes all constitutional guarantees  rights including freedom of speech and expression.

He controls the entire press and only allows propaganda.

He uses fear to subjugate his island.

People who criticize him are fired from their jobs and thrust on to the street.

The only ones who can possible live with their souls intact are the ignorant noodle seller at Toa Payoh food stalls who is content if he as 3 meals a day, a television at home and his children can go to state controlled schools to be indoctrinated in state propaganda.

But Gopalan Nair is not that ethnic Chinese noodle seller and so are many other Singaporeans. So what does anyone who can think do?

He either openly confronts the regime or he simply packs up and leaves the island altogether.

This is why hundreds of thousands of Gopalan Nairs, even the ethnic Chinese version of Gopalan Nairs have simply left the island and others are in the process of leaving.

If for some reason the parents cannot leave, they send their children to the Western schools after which they never come back.

Worse, once they graduate, they bring their parents to the West.

They encourage their siblings and relatives to move to the West.

Like a huge vacuum suction pump, the West attracts every single educated Singaporean who is able to leave, while only those who are ignorant and dumb like that ethnic Chinese needle seller, who have no reason to leave because they know no better, or those without skills remain behind.

You can imagine those departing are a huge segment of the tiny island population , since there are not many human beings to begin with in that island anyway.

In order to replace these talented Singaporeans, the Lees have no other choice but to replace them with immigrants.

What sort of immigrants to Singapore are they? You guessed it, the worst lot.

They all come from countries that are poverty stricken who always had huge outflow of emigrants, mainly China and India.

All these people who want to get out are trying to reach the affluent countries of the West, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the first place.

If given a choice, none of these people would want to come to Singapore if they can avoid it.

But because their qualifications are second rate and unsuitable for the West, they come to Singapore as their second choice since almost anywhere is better than Communist China or India.

So the first rate educated qualified Singaporeans like Gopalan Nair leave and in their place you get some ethnic Chinese who could never imagine being accepted by the United States.

The effect of this is to drastically reduce the quality of the Singaporean workforce, with poorly qualified, second rate immigrants because if you asked any one of these immigrants to Singapore if they would rather go to Australia, they would jump at the opportunity.

And as the Lees in government continue to become more and more repressive which will soon be not too dissimilar to North Korea, no one who has a choice would want to live there and submit himself to such nonsense.

With the drop in quality of its citizens, so does productivity, competitiveness and the slide towards the bog of failed states is accelerated.

I am sure Lee's son who is now in power and the island's new dictator to replace his father knows this. But like all dictators, he is riding a tiger. He knows he cannot dismount because the tiger would devour him.

And by the way, the only reason why I can write this without being arrested is because I live in the West.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident

Monday, April 27, 2015

Freedom House 2005 report: "Citizens of Singapore cannot change their government democratically "

Ladies and Gentlemen,

According to the internationally respected human rights monitor, "Freedom House" in their 2005 report, "Citizens of Singapore cannot change their government democratically". Nothing can be further from the truth. And the sooner the citizens realize this the better.

The recently deceased Lee Kuan Yew and his family who run the island of Singapore through their Peoples Action Party since 1959 continuously without break have no intention whatsoever of ever relinquishing power. This is a fact. No matter what, it is they who will rule or none at all. It is like the Chinese Communist Party which rules Communist China in perpetuity.

Recently in 2011, Singapore islanders in some quarters have begun to hope that the Lees may be overthrown after all since they only got 60% of the votes. But you should also remember, if you are aware of it, so do the Lees. And they have taken measures and will take even more measures to make sure that there will be no change at all from status quo.

Reading the Internet which is awash with anti Lee PAP euphoria may give false hope to many seeking change. But if it is hope, it is just forlorn hope.

The Lees are masters in manipulation.

Just as the deceased Lee Kuan Yew thought he was too good for anyone else, which prompted the late Tunku to correctly describing him as "too clever by half", Lee's son  is now busy trying to work out how best to have elections but in reality don't have them. In other words go though the process and the trappings of elections but the Lees win anyway.

In fact, it may be that the Lee family are themselves encouraging this anti Lee bandwagon in the Internet to give the impression of democracy.

While they behind the scenes, collaborate with the Workers Party and indeed encourage you to vote for them when in fact they would instead actually be working for the Lees.

At the same time, you create an atmosphere of fear so much so that every other single self proclaimed opposition politician has self censored himself so much so that they are in fact no different from the ruling party.

One such case is the NSP which calls itself opposition, while the state controlled press are very happy to give them publicity and leaves them entirely alone, free from defamation lawsuits and harassment, while they on their part other than making some lame claims of democracy do nothing more. For instance, they have no qualms about Lee family's industrial scale corruption, the total lack of human rights, no press freedom and no rule of law. In effect they are only a weaker form of the PAP itself; nothing more.

At the next election, Lee Kuan Yew's Peoples Action Party will win again. They have no intention of losing. They have already laid the groundwork through the island wide blanket of fear that is well entrenched in the Singaporean psyche. With this well cultivated fear, half the battle is already won for them, as the vast majority of the average Singaporean has been effectively put off from any political activity, let alone anti PAP activity.

With the groundwork already abundantly laid, the PAP will go around terrorizing every single citizen to vote for them.

Remember the island is one of the most if not the most surveilled  of tiny island's in the world. The government monitors every single citizen, their movements and their thoughts and actions every single minute of the day using their wide state security apparatus and all they have to do is to ratchet up the pressure with even more threats and intimidation.

And one additional possible plan may be for the PAP, realizing that many may favor the opposition, for themselves to encourage people to vote for the Workers Party. After all, since they have already co-opted them, a vote of the Workers Party is a vote for the PAP.

And so I come to my point. The only way that Singaporeans can overthrow this dictatorship is through peaceful protests, demonstrations on the street and peaceful civil disobedience. Singaporeans must realize that democracy is not just voting every 5 years and doing nothing in between. Democracy requires the government to be accountable every minute of the 5 years and if they are dictatorial, to stop them through people power if necessary.

With Lee Kuan Yew, someone who was a leader of the island throughout it's short history no one can doubt his authority or credibility even though one may disagree vehemently with his methods. But his son, who is now the Prime Minister is simply nothing, his only qualification being his father's son. He is weak and is no position to resist any sustained period of peaceful protests and demonstrations.

The question that Singaporeans should ask is this. Do you want democracy or not. If your answer is yes, then you have to do something about it now. Elections whenever it happens will not change anything. In any case, you don't have any leaders to lead you, as anyone capable has been sufficiently put off or bankrupted and destroyed. Many have left the country. What you have today is mostly ignorance or as Devan Nair called them "department store dummies".

The island is going to the dogs. Like a hulk of a sunken vessel at sea, it is slowly rusting away. You have a choice to act or not to. Elections would continue to come and go, but they would only guarantee one thing, the perpetual hegemony of Lee Kuan Yew's Peoples Action Party dictatorship. If that is what you want, then do nothing. Otherwise act now. The 2005 Freedom House report is spot on. "Citizens of Singapore cannot change their government democratically ". You have to remember that.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew's Fascist island city state. A scary resemblance to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany

Updated April 26, 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Since Lee Kuan Yew came to power in 1959, he had with a singular determination decided to dismantle every single  democratic institutions put in place by the British and impose instead a total fascist dictatorship based on his personal view of how the island should be run, of course with him as the permanent leader.

As far as he was concerned, he knew better than anyone else. These cumbersome, fractious incessant democratic debates is not going to get his island anywhere, he thought, and according to him, only through one party rule or rather one man rule, that is he himself, can he bring any progress to his island. To that end he began his work with a single minded purpose.

Any student of history will see the uncanny resemblance to another of history's dictators, Adolf Hitler. When he came to power in 1933, he too had similar ideas. He thought these arguments in the Reichstag is doing no good. He knew much better than any Reichstag and to that end he like Lee Kuan Yew began dismantling the civil society and instead turn Germany into a one party one man fascist dictatorship with himself the supreme leader or Fuhrer, a loose translation meaning leader.

Singapore today is a nightmarish carbon copy of what Hitler created.

In Singapore today, there are no free newspapers. All news media is directly state controlled by law. News is censored and the state decides what is permitted to print and what is not. Reporters without Borders, an international monitor on worldwide press freedom places Singapore 150th down the list, next to Somalia and North Korea, just as in Nazi Germany where under Goebbels his propaganda minister, the news was completely hijacked. Hitler murdered journalists who tried to write independent news. Lee Kuan Yew didn't murder them. He jailed them and threw them out of their jobs. Some he exiled.

In Singapore today there are no free trade unions. Hitler murdered trade unionists he did not like. Lee instead, removed them from their posts and deprived them of jobs. He created a new organization called NTUC under which all unionized workers would come under. NTUC itself became a branch of the government, and directly under a government minister. Effectively there was no longer free trade unions in Singapore. Hitler in Germany did exactly the same. The purpose of both Hitler and Lee Kuan Yew was to make working conditions more attractive to employers. The rights of workers was not part of the equation.

The German Constitution before 1933, when Hitler came to power guaranteed citizens rights such as free speech and expression. Hitler removed these rights and any criticism of him or the Nazi party by anyone would result in severe punishment or even death. The Constitution was abolished and replaced by Adolf Hitler's ideas on how to live in Germany. Lee Kuan Yew has done exactly that. The Constitution of Singapore today is a dead letter. Every single fundamental human right provision is abrogated. No right to free speech, anymore. You need a government permit. Same permit requirement to assemble, same permit requirement for peaceful protest. Hitler totally subjugated his people through fear. So has Lee Kuan Yew.

Hitler's slogan was "Eine Reich Eine Volk Eine Fuhrer" or "One Country, One People, One Leader". The plan which was completely accomplished was to make a unified German people, thinking in one way according to Hitler, acting on one way according to Hitler and without any dissension or debate whatsoever. This is classic Fascism which was practiced by Hitler and before him Mussolini of Italy.

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew had a far easier job brainwashing and subjugating his people than Adolf Hitler. Hitler had to subjugate an entire country of Germany. Lee Kuan Yew on the other hand had only one city to deal with. Lee's case with Singapore was as if, Hitler had only to deal with the city of Berlin. How much more easier and effective the suppression and repression will be on just one city. Lee's brainwashing and intimidation of a mere island has been so successful, he has effectively turned the entire island city state into a lynch mob. The brain washing is so complete that anyone with contrary ideas undergoes the serious risk of a lynching by Lee's brainwashed fanatic loyalists in that tiny dreaded island.

Lee Kuan Yew has created exactly this today in Singapore. For anyone to succeed or even lead a normal life, you have to accept Lee Kuan Yew's idea of government. Hitler encouraged people joining the Nazi Party, Hitler Youth, the SS and other grassroots organizations to show support for the Nazi party which the vast number of Germans did. In Germany under Hitler, it was absolutely essential to be a member of the Nazi party to get a job or even survive. It is the same today in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. For a successful career, you have to join either the Peoples Action Party or any of the numerous grassroots organizations such as the Peoples Association to get a good and secure job. Without this requirement, your survival in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is uncertain.

Hitler used to shoot his opponents. Lee Kuan Yew doesn't do that. Instead he uses his judges to destroy his opponents through defamation actions. To accomplish this, he recruits lawyers without any scruples willing to prostitute their judicial office to subvert the law as a tool to destroy political opponents.

Lee Kuan Yew's favorite tool, for which he has now become infamous and the butt of jokes around the world is his ingenious defamation lawsuits. His judges turn the law on its head by calling any normal legal criticism defamation, to be followed with astronomical damages awards running into hundreds of thousand of dollars.

As anyone can see, the propose of these law suits are not to compensate the victim, since no one has been defamed in the first place anyway. The main poison is the damages award. If you ask someone to pay several hundred thousand of dollars, they usually don't have it. They are immediately thereafter bankrupted and by the law disqualified from politics. In Singapore Lee Kuan Yew's defamation actions serve the purpose of destroying troublesome politicians far better than murdering them; you don't have the blood and gore and you don't render yourself liable to arrest and brought before the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Just like the newspapers in Nazi Germany, Lee Kuan Yew's state controlled newspapers serves several purposes. One, it publishes the faces of his political victims. In that manner, it serves as a warning to anyone else not to have the audacity or temerity to do what he did, or else. It is extremely efficient in dampening anyone else who may have other ideas.

The second purpose is self censorship by which I mean the entire island takes a cue from the revelation. Anyone whose picture has appeared in the state controlled press as a government critic will not get a job anywhere in the island. No government department will employ him nor will any private employer. By chance if some ignorant employer gives him a job, Lee Kuan Yew state security apparatus will send out their agents to order his dismissal.

Let me give a few well known examples. Chee Soon Juan was a critic of Lee Kuan Yew and a professor at the university. He was subjected to the same signature weapon of Lee Kuan Yew, the defamation action and immediately terminated from his professor job. John Tan is the president of the Singapore Democratic Party, Chee's party. He was convicted in 2008 of wearing a T Shirt with the image of a kangaroo in Judicial robes. Immediately after his conviction, he was dismissed from Cook University in Singapore where he had a job as professor. Recently Roy Ngerng has been in the news for questioning the bona fides of Lee Kuan Yew's handling of state retirement funds. The son has sued him for defamation and he was immediately thrown out of his job in a hospital.

Gandhi Ambalam was the Chairman of Chee's political party. He had a good job as a journalist. He was thrown out of his job and has ended up permanently unemployed.

What is Lee Kuan Yew and now his son trying to achieve by doing this? The answer must be simple. Either you join me or else. It is my way or the highway.

It would be incorrect to say that this single minded style of government didn't have any benefits, it did. When Germany was defeated after the First War in 1918, its economy was in shambles. After Hitler came to power, he managed to turn the country around and make it the most successful European country, a spectacular achievement no doubt. The people had jobs, more money and better lives. It wasn't true that there were no detractors, there was. But when faced between starvation and bread, the Germans naturally chose bread. In Singapore you have the same situation. This dictatorship of Lee Kuan Yew without a doubt brought tremendous benefits to a great many Singaporeans. There was more jobs and a better standard of living. In both countries there were the detractors, but they were both afraid of the consequences if they spoke. In Germany you may be shot, in Lee's Singapore you may be bankrupted.

But will it last? Nazi Germany was defeated not through natural causes but by defeat in the Second World War. How would it end in Singapore, I really don't know.

But I know this much. Democracy is a far more lasting and durable system. Despite its hiccups and distractions, the free flow of ideas minus the dreaded defamation actions, creates a more confident society, free of their shackles, to debate question and throw up new ideas. Where the laws are administered not by kangaroo judges but by free and independent judges. Where the Constitution is reclaimed and brought back to life where men know that they are ruled by laws, not by some puny tin pot dictator like Lee Kuan Yew's son. These are attributes which would give respect to the island republic, it would attract truly talented thinking people, not just the bootlickers and sycophants that hang around Lee Kuan Yew's son waiting for the crumbs. Such a country would be one where I would be proud to return to, where I would willingly raise my children in.

But this Lee Kuan Yew dictatorship which runs on the basis of I know better than you system, is chasing out any self confident successful educated thinking citizen out of the island, and instead fleeing for settlement in the West. In their place, hordes of Chinese nationals are brought with very little idea of their rights and very happy to live they way they lived under the Chinese Communist Party. The Indians who are brought are no better, by and large second rate whose only reason to come is because they are unable to emigrate to their first choice destination, the United States.

I am not sure whether there is indeed going to be a revolution in Lee's Singapore, but what I am certain is it is on a steady descent from a First Class  towards a Third Class Third World country. Why I say this? Well firstly, no one with any qualities and intelligence would want to willingly live in a dictatorship just for the money. If you have people willing to put up with this nonsense, it is only the third rate poor quality immigrant. With a poorer quality stock of people, surely you cannot expect any realistic progress.

With the continuation of the dictatorship the present existing problems already hurting the island will exacerbate. The already high brain drain will climb even higher. The island will be emptied of its thinking citizens and replaced by what the former President Devan Nair called "department store dummies".

And the lack in confidence among its citizens for this dictatorship would mean the already abysmally low birth rate to drop even further.

In the end, you would have a tiny island totally bereft of its own thinking citizens and like a total blood transfusion, completely replaced by third rate poor quality immigrants, because any good quality immigrant would have preferred to go the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Surely poorly qualified simple minded "department store dummy" immigrants cannot help any island, let alone a tiny island such as this.

Completely ridding itself of educated thinking individuals with some self respect and replacing it with third rate Chinese nationals who would prefer to go the West if they could, is bad enough for any larger country but it could be crippling for a tiny island like this. I am not sure the place will withstand any instability, let alone a complete blood transfusion style of replacing native Singaporeans for outsiders. A very dangerous scenario.

Finally you may wonder why I can write this very critical piece of writing and still remain un-bankrupted or not locked up. Well the reason is I am now in Fremont California and beyond the reach of his Kangaroo courts. So there nothing much he can  to me. Like a coward, he would only pounce on those helpless souls who are physically within his island, and whom he is free to abuse at will.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident