Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen, I need your help on Singapore island.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I need your help in sending my articles in Singapore Dissident to as many of your friends news organizations, foreign governments, non profit agencies, democracy movements and anyone you think might be interested in what is happening in Singapore. The Singapore government is a fascist totalitarian one party dictatorship which denies its citizens their human rights and prevents any effort on the part of anyone to nurture and introduce democracy in the island of Singapore.

I started my blog Singapore Dissident in 2006. Ever since then the readership of this blog has grown and there is no doubt that it has been able to tell many who did not know what Singapore is, it's dark side which this government cleverly keeps hidden. Even so with Singapore Dissident and numerous other blogs, the arrests of democracy activists, opposition politicians, the world is slowly beginning to understand what the island really is; nothing but a classic fascist Leninist state.

There is no doubt that my arrests, disbarment from practicing law in Singapore, jailing and repeated harassment by this Singapore administration from 1984 till date has hurt this administration badly. From about 1984, since the abuse of the law to destroy the late JB Jeyaretnam and others including me, many educated professionals not wanting anything to do with this regime have left the island in disgust, primarily to Australia.

And each time they abuse the rights of any other democracy activist in the island, it drives away even more bright and intelligent people from the island. The brain drain continues to mount as they continue to unjustly jail and punish innocent citizens whose only fault was to speak up.

For every action there is a reaction, an axiom equally true in science as well as in life. As the Singapore government uses its muscle to silence legitimate dissent more people are repulsed and leave the island. What is left are people incapable of leaving for various reasons or those so stupid as not to know that they have a right to be free.

This Singaporean fascist government is already hurting. I am told that Scandinavian governments and people have been so offended by the actions of this regime that they refuse to have any investments in the island. Many western companies are now finding that their young sophisticated worldly local customers would prefer goods manufactured in democratic countries regardless of the pricing. Slowly but surely it is clear that that this regime is hurting, thanks to this blog as well as you for making the world know the truth.

There are so many educated Singaporeans who are leaving the island that their only alternative is to import Communist Chinese from the Peoples Republic of China to replace them, a poor choice since most of them do not speak any English.

The island's military is so starved of young men because almost everyone tries to avoid national service. The dearth of men is so severe, caused primarily by the rock bottom low birth rate, that it has now become a national security emergency. Their birth rate is so low that in a decade or less there won't be anymore real native Singaporeans left. The only ones left would be the recently arrived Communist Chinese who have been given instant citizenship.

The character and way of life of what was once Singapore is already dead. Today's Singapore is just a satellite city of Communist China but located some thousands of miles away in South East Asia. The character of Singapore island is perhaps that of Chengdu China, not real Singapore.

The handful of Indians and Malay Singaporeans now feel as if they are living in Communist China in Singapore, not in the Singapore island they once knew.

Singapore relies today on Communist China almost entirely, while the influence of the West continues to decline. Communist Chinese bank cheats, embezzlers and money launderers gamble at Singapore casinos, they buy luxury goods at high end stores in Orchard Road, they buy expensive condominiums in the island, they flaunt their wealth in Ferraris and Lamborghinis along the island's streets while all the locals can do is to gawk  at them with envy. Besides the Communist Chinese connection, the island has nothing else.

Except for Communist Chinese tourists, the island's tourist industry is as good as dead. After all what is there to see in that concrete jungle, except glass towers?

It appears there is little likelihood of a revolution for democracy in the island, because anyone who dares such an action will be as good as dead. That leaves the only other way to bring this administration to its knees is to expose to the world what sort of administration it really is. And I think we are succeeding in this regard, by all reckoning. And you the reader can help us in this endeavor by spreading this message around the world to educate even more on the dark side of this island and why we should resist and shun this fascist island.

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

Fear, distrust, helplessness and boredom the hallmarks of Singaporean society

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I was born in Singapore and spent a great part of my adult life in Singapore. I practiced law in Singapore. I was also deeply involved in Singapore society being part of Singaporean politics from the 1980s to 1990s in the opposition Singapore Workers Party, contested 2 general elections in 1984 and 1991. I could therefore confidently say that I understand Lee Kuan Yew's totalitarian island of Singapore.

The main problem with the island of Singapore is this. The Lee family first by Lee Kuan Yew Senior who has died and now by his son, whom the deceased father placed as Prime Minister want to ensure that they alone will rule that island forever. And in order to do so, every criticism, every obstacle, every opposition against them has to be rooted out and destroyed, for fear of being toppled.

As a result firstly, the legal system and the judiciary has to be completely purged of any opposition  whatsoever. Judges are carefully selected not for their legal ability, independence or competence at law, but by a total guarantee that they will always punish anyone who is seem to be against the rulers. For decades now, a long line of citizens who have shown the courage to stand up against them have been jailed fined and bankrupted. The first was JB Jeyaretnam a lawyer who stood against Lee at the elections. He was repeatedly fined in amounts clearly totaling over 1.5 million dollars, jailed and repeatedly bankrupted. He has since died. The same fate befell Chee Soon Juan except he is till alive. And then there was a string of bloggers, artists and even a cartoonist who have all suffered the same fate.

When this regime orders their Kangaroo judges to go after their opponents they do this with full publicity in the state controlled press. Lest you may think there is an independent press, beside the state controlled one, as well in the island, you are wrong. The entire press and media in the island is state controlled, period.

They give this periodic lynching of their opponents full publicity in the island principally because they want to teach a lesson to every other Singaporean not to be so stupid as these characters in standing up for the truth. And their purpose works very well. Today the island is virtually without anyone who dares to speak. Their purpose of intimidating the entire citizenry has been a total success.

It is a strange society rather like Alice in Wonderland. Characteristics such as heroism, courage and standing up to the truth and against tyrants are not considered virtues in Singapore island. They are looked upon as stupid and criminals. On the other hand praising their leaders as great men, even though you know they are corrupt are considered virtues worthy of high office!

And then you have the lawyers in the island, a totally intimidated lot. Although by their training they are aware that every single bit of the Constitution and human rights are simply ignored, they dare not do anything least their backsides too are on the line. They willingly accept the breaches of the law, go through the motions of being a lawyer and like a hypocrite, collect their fees and go quietly home.

It is true the island has a Constitution. It is also true that it is a worthless piece of paper good enough only perhaps in the toilet. There are provisions in it for freedom of speech expression assembly and the rule of law. But every one of these fundamental rights have been abrogated by the requirement of police permits which by the way are never given. So in effect Singaporeans  do not have any rights at all.

What is worst of all is the corruption by these rulers. Each of them pay themselves officially $3 million a year which they conveniently call a salary. Even Obama, the President of the United States does not get that much. As if such theft on such a grand scale is not enough, they pay themselves an equal amount in secret which they call yearly bonuses, directors fees and sometimes straight embezzlement. The people of Singapore island are well aware of this corruption by their leaders. Yet if you dared to utter one syllable about it, you are immediately sued and brought before the Kangaroo judges who are ordered to impose a penalty of perhaps a million dollars which they know you do not have. Once you are made a bankrupt, you are prevented from running a business, obtaining a passport or even getting a job. The only reason why I can write this in safety is because I live in California United States. To sue me, they would have to do it here before US Federal Courts. And I believe they  are not confident of the outcome if they did.

So what then happens to a man who grows up in such a society? Firstly he has no respect for the government, the entire political system and is overwhelmed with fear as to what will happen to him if he speaks his mind.

Such a society can only create a stupid society, because only a stupid people would live a life where it is better not to think too much and better to simply obey. As a result, Singapore's model citizen is a quiet individual, who passes his exams in school, finds a job, works hard to please his master, does everything his master wants in the hope to be promoted to a higher level, a better pay and better career. And so goes the hierarchy. In this higher position, if he has a superior above him, he will do the same with the hope of the same better prospects. Those below him will try to please him and in this manner the society goes on. Silence, total obedience and a complete lack of individual thinking are the hallmarks of a model citizen in Lee Kuan Yew's creation of Singapore island.

And while our model citizen quietly carries on in his lifelong pursuit of pleasing his master, in himself, he has no respect whatsoever  for his rulers and the entire system, which he considers no better than crooks and bullies. He knows that Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew's son of the Lee family is corrupt and so are all his cronies and minions. But he is helpless to do anything about it. He can't say anything either. So he suffers in silence.

He knows his judges are a bunch of Kangaroos who shamelessly do the bidding of their masters. He has no respect for them nor the entire legal system which he knows are as afraid of the rulers as he is. Yet he can do nothing about it and simply remains quiet. As far as possible he stays away from the courts.

He knows that he has no rights at all. He knows that the Constitution is just a piece of toilet paper. Yet there is nothing he can do and he suffers in silence.

Those who can manage to leave the country do. In fact as many as two thousand Singaporeans leave the island for settlement abroad each year and the numbers continue to climb. The reason for this is the fact that increasing numbers of Singaporeans are aware of how the people live in democratic countries. They are allowed to speak and they do not have to live in fear and this fact continues to draw thousands upon thousands abroad.

The question is, can such an island such as this where people have to live such miserable lives in fear succeed? I think not. One has to respect one's country to do one's best in it. One has to know that the state would not use unfair means to punish you. One has to have confidence in one's judges. One has to know that their rulers are not corrupt thieves. This is not the case in the island of Singapore.

A Californian, unlike the ordinary Singapore islander, has a sense of confidence about him. He respects his state institutions. He respects his judicial system and believes that he will get justice if his cause is right. He has freedom of speech and expression and knows that he will not be sued, arrested and bankrupted if he criticized the government. He also knows that his picture will not be sprawled across the daily newspapers on a daily basis simply because he was critical of his rulers. He knows that he will not be victimized by the entire state apparatus and everyone in the state just because he is seen as a critic. In this heathy society of free ideas and expression and respect, he has a reason to do his best and advance himself. He respects his country. He is judged by his ideas and his competence, not by his loyalty to the corrupt rulers. In the end, he knows that if he tries hard the sky is the limit, not because Lee Kuan Yew's son appreciates him.

Which is why I am certain that the island of Singapore has run out of ideas for any improvement. What is holding them back is the mentality of their own citizens. And other countries are catching up fast and they are being left behind. For instance, they have the Singapore port authority which they flaunt to be the busiest. It is no longer so today. Malaysian and Mainland Chinese ports have overtaken and Singapore would slide even further behind. In fact they are far more efficient than Singapore's.

Then they used to proclaim Singapore Airlines as number one. Today it is no longer so. It is now fourth and sliding further behind. It has really nothing to offer which others cannot. Once they used to insult Singapore women flight attendants by advertising the slogan "Fly the Singapore girl" as if they were sex objects to be "ridden". With all the complaints from around the world (not by the Singapore flight attendants themselves who are naturally helpless and intimidated) they have stopped insulting the feminine race. Today Emirates flight attendants are far more attractive and younger than any of these ethnic Chinese anorexic half starved Singapore women.

That is why the Singaporean workforce which has the lowest productivity in any workforce in the world will continue to slide downwards. They have no motivation except to be recognized by the rulers and rewarded for their loyalty. There is no incentive to excel in their work since excellence is not the yardstick for advancement but obedience to the regime. In such a society you will never get independent thinking nor confidence to do one's best because that itself may be dangerous and result in your imprisonment, being sued and bankruptcy. In Lee's society it is far better to keep your mouth shut and do as you are told in silence. You don't want to be another JB Jeyaretam or Chee Soon Juan or the long list of other citizens who thought they have a right to their own minds and had their pictures published in the state controlled press.

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

Friday, July 15, 2016

7 reasons why Thailand should not extradite Canadian bank robber to Singapore


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lee Kuan Yew's Singaporean dictatorship taking its toll on the island, its people and it's future

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The universal truth is this. People all over the world want to be free, and Singapore is no exception. This is inherent in human spirit. Human beings are not happy when told by their dictators that they cannot speak freely, cannot complain freely, cannot protest or cannot question authority. And the universal truth always is, when dictatorial governments try to control the lives of their people, they rebel, refuse to co-operate, refuse to respect their governments, refuse to give their best, and when possible, leave their countries.

This is what happened to me. I was born in Singapore. I was a Singapore citizen. I was deeply involved in local politics. I went to school there. I joined opposition political party. Contested general elections, was part of the local population, fraternized with them and tried to change their government with what I thought was a better way to live.

But then I realized that it is impossible to be free in the Singaporean dictatorship. They don't allow it. The laws prevent anyone from speaking openly, from challenging authority, from writing and publishing what I want, to protest in public. In other words, I cannot be free in Singapore. When I realized this, the question was, do I live the rest of my life unhappy under a dictatorship, which controls every aspect of your life, or do I leave for another country that allows me to be free?

There can be no doubt what the answer is. Without any question, it was better to leave and live somewhere else where you can be free. And that is exactly what I did. I packed up my bags and my belongings and headed for California United States, where I am now a citizen.

I think today's dictatorial government of Singapore somehow appears not to realize this. It is not the glitter, fancy airport, shopping malls and glass skyscrapers that attracts one to his country, but the ability to be free that does.

It is the dictatorship that drives native Singaporeans away from their country, suppresses the birth rate which is the lowest in the world, and greatly lowers the competitiveness, inventiveness, entrepreneurship and productivity of the state. And the constant fear of the dictatorial government under which they live results in widespread island wide medical diseases and poor health caused by the extreme stresses and tension in their daily lives.

It is inventiveness, innovation and productivity that spurs a country forward. These qualities create change. And change is essential for any society to advance. Otherwise they are stagnant. In Singapore it is impossible for anyone to feel safe with an independent mind. If your thinking comports with the state's ideology, then you are fine. But if you are seen to have ideas opposed, you are not allowed the light of day. Your ideas are not published in the state controlled monopoly media, you are harassed, kicked out of your job and no one will ever know or hear about you.

As examples of the government's modus operandi, take the case of Chee Soon Juan, JB Jeyaretnam and myself, Gopalan Nair. All of us had ideas contrary to that of the dictatorship. We stood for free speech, free expression, the right to peaceful assembly and opinion. So all of us had to be silenced, branded criminals and denied any chance to be heard. We were all permanently silenced within the island.

So what sort of people make up the island population today after 70% of them voted for this government in the recent elections? They obviously are people who appreciate the dictatorial form of government where people are denied free speech and expression and peaceful protesters are arrested and jailed.

But what about the rest of 30%? I reckon the entire 30% are no longer in Singapore and can be found in distant places such as Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. And I have no doubt that increasing numbers continue to leave because they don't wish to live in a dictatorship. So as more and more people leave, the knowledge that one's life can be far better in a democracy is spread to others, who in turn themselves leave. There can be no doubt that life in a democracy where you can think and speak the way you want without fear of arrest and imprisonment is far superior to life in any dictatorship such as Singapore. In the battle between democracies and dictatorships, democracies always win and dictatorships always lose.

As the best citizens are ones who can think freely, educated and are able to bring diverse opinions into the marketplace of ideas, it is usually these people who are in a position to leave. As a result dictatorships like Singapore lose the very citizens they need the most, their brightest. I have a college degree in law and able to bring diverse and independent ideas into society. Since Singapore dictatorship will not allow me to exercise my independent thought and contribute to society for change, I decided to pack up and leave, just as thousands of others like me leave. As a result of the island's determination to continue as a dictatorship, I have taken my skills, knowledge and experience to Fremont Northern California. Instead of serving the local community in Singapore where I was born, as a lawyer I now represent clients in my new community of choice in Northern California. Instead of Singapore, the place of my birth benefiting from my training, experience and knowledge, it is Northern California that benefits.

And while here in the US, I continue to expose the Singaporean dictatorship through this blog for the benefit of those who may think otherwise about the island. In this way I continue to play my part in damaging the dictatorship government of Singapore.

In the same way, Singaporean lawyers, doctors, scientists, teachers, biochemists and skilled people in every sphere pack up their bags and leave because they find it disagreeable to live a life under a dictatorship. As a result these Singaporean professionals serve their adopted communities in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada which benefit by their presence while the island of their birth the Singaporean dictatorship suffers a devastating loss.

Such a lack of skilled people on a permanent growing rate through mass emigration to the West cannot sustain this Singaporean dictatorship. The democracies of Australia New Zealand USA and Canada are the net beneficiaries of this movement of people from the dictatorship and Singapore continues the net loser. As a result Singapore continues to lose out on inventiveness, innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. Which is why it's productivity is among the lowest in the world today and no attempt by the government is able to raise it. So as long as this dictatorship  government of Singapore is unable to realize this truth, the island will continue to see it's progress fall and slip further backwards, while the net beneficiaries, the world's democracies will continue to enjoy a net gain in every respect.

Because people inherently yearn freedom. It is part of human spirit.

Finally Singapore today is a boring place totally lacking in vibrancy. People living in fear of the Singapore dictatorship government are incapable of being vibrant. For a vibrant society it needs to have courage. Instead of courage, what you have in Singapore is island wide fear. Fear of arrest, fear of defamation lawsuits, fear of being thrown out of your jobs and fear of bankruptcy in the dictatorship Singaporean government if they are displeased.

* If you like what I write, please spread the message of this blog, Singapore Dissident. The more people are made aware of this dictatorship, the more the cause of freedom and democracy is served. Thank you.

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Why do people like Singaporeans Teo Soh Lung and Roy Ngerng take this harassment lying down

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The latest incident of harassing anyone who criticizes the Singapore government is the case of Teo Soh Lung and Roy Ngerng. Please see Singapore state controlled newspaper article here

According to the story, they were not supposed to have suggested their choice of candidate before the recent by elections this year. According to Singapore laws there is such a thing as a "cooling off period" which is the day before the polls when it is illegal for anyone to support any particular political election candidate. I am not sure to what extent they wrote in Facebook their candidate of choice but even so, this appears to be a very minor incident.

But this dictatorship government in their high handed manner, bent on silencing any and all dissent, have made a mountain out of a molehill, repeatedly detained them at police stations for questioning, ransacked their houses and confiscated computers files and videos, demanded several other persons to submit to police interrogations on the guise that they are collecting evidence, and generally behaving like gangsters for one purpose alone, that is to terrify the entire island population into submission through fear which they have already done.

One would have thought that the last people in the world who would submit willingly to Singapore island republic's authoritarianism are people such as these. Teo Soh Lung is a lawyer and a democracy activist who served time in jail for challenging the island dictatorship. Roy Ngerng was a blogger who was sued by the island's dictator Lee Hsien Loong and has been ordered to pay several hundreds of thousands of dollars in monthly instalments. Both of them have shown themselves to be intelligent, politically aware and have tertiary qualifications.

With professional skills such as they have, there is no need to accept the repression thrown at them. They are, compared to other less educated and less qualified citizens, in a best position to say No. To say, I am not going to take this anymore. Take the case of Teo Soh Lung. Although I am not privy to her personal circumstances, from what I know of her, it shouldn't be too difficult for her to stand up and resist. She was a good lawyer, but the harassment she suffered resulted in her having to give up her law practice. In her present state, of having nothing much more to lose, it is an easier choice to make for her to fight the regime instead of meekly submitting.

In the case of Roy Ngerng, he too has a college degree and used to work for a Singaporean hospital. As a result of his criticism of the regime, he was thrown out of his job and now works privately. In his case too the state has been ruthless and vindictive. Why does his blood not boil and say I refuse to submit to this nonsense any more like Peter Finch in the award winning movie "Network".

The obvious actions that comes to mind is for them to publicly protest. Deliberately break Singapore's illegal laws that criminalize peaceful protests, invite them to arrest them and embarrass them in the world stage as a repressive one party totalitarian state that denies their citizens fundamental human rights. Revenge should be honorable in a case like this and they should be prepared to face whatever this illegitimate government would throw at them. In the end, if the government goes through and does arrest and punish them, the fallout in the democratic world would hurt them even more.

Alternatively, if they are not prepared to go through the trouble, then clear out, emigrate. Pack their bags and go to the West. There is no doubt every single western nation would give them asylum.

But I notice, very strange indeed, that they just stay back and take this nonsense from the government, lying down. And what are we supposed to do, blame this government and proclaim how bad they are. To take an extreme example, it is like a North Korean tortured by Kim Jong Un willingly taking the punishment but yet refuses to leave the country even though he can!

I don't think it is necessary to sympathize with Teo Soh Lung and Roy Ngerng. It is not as if they are helpless, they are clearly not. They are intelligent capable people. They can stand and fight but they choose not to. They can emigrate but they choose not to either. Instead they wish to stay behind in Stalin's Russia or Lee Hsien Loong's Singapore and take the bullying. They are grown adults with a head on their shoulders. If this is how they wish to live, who are we to say otherwise.

The worst thing in my mind is to give Lee Hsien Loong, the present Singaporean dictator the satisfaction that he can abuse you and get away with it scot free. And what is even worse, the knowledge that you are willing to let him.

When I was in Singapore, I too was being persecuted for fighting for freedom and human rights. I could either have stayed back and fought the regime, through peaceful protests and free speech. On the other hand I could have left. I did the latter.

My advice to them is to do one or the other. Either stand up and fight or leave. Don't just willingly hang around for them to push you around. You don't have to . And it is not necessary.

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Has Singaporean teenager free speech advocate, enfante terrible Amos Yee, signed his own death warrant

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There can be no question on the principle. Amos Yee has the right to speak his mind. That is the law and that is the Constitution. And no dictator such as Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew's son nor any other bigwig thug strutting around that tiny island of Singapore like a prize rooster bullying anyone in his way has any right to stop him.

I support Amos Yee on that principle. Having said that, is all the other stuff that he says really necessary. And for what purpose?

By all means, call Lee Hsien Loong any number of names you want. He deserves every single insult thrown at him, the corrupt multi millionaire rascal. But my question is this. Why insult Muslims and Christians? What purpose does that serve? You may disagree with some of the seemingly illogical verses in the Muslim Holy Book that Allah created the world and everything in just a few days, but there happens to be millions of Muslims around the world who really believe this. So why not let them be? In any case what satisfaction would you derive by insulting the Muslims or for that matter proving your point on the right of free speech, and be murdered in the process.

But have you really thought through the consequences of your action. It is a fact and quite obviously so that there are Muslims around the world including in Singapore who are very hurt by your actions. For some, according to their interpretation of their Book, to kill or maim and hurt someone who insults their religion is not only a right, it is their duty for which they are rewarded in Paradise upon death. So what is there to stop any Muslim in Geylang Singapore to beat you up or even kill you by the justification that a few years in jail or even execution is a small prize to pay for the Paradise eventually waiting for them.

Bing killed or maimed for standing on free speech principle doesn't make much sense to me.

I remember the British Prizewinning author Salman Rushdie. After he wrote the Satanic Verses, he went into hiding for fear of his life and the British police actually supplied around the clock bodyguards, at government expense, to protect him. Will Amos Yee have to go into hiding too and will Lee Hsien Loong, the Singapore dictator whom he continues to insult on a daily basis send bodyguards to protect him! I think it is very probably the reverse! After all the insults, I suppose he would celebrate when Amos Yee gets the polishing.

And to a great extent he has already made himself a prisoner in his own island. It is not Lee Hsien Loong that has done that to him. He quite literally dare not come out of his apartment, lest there is a Singapore Malay Muslim waiting with a dagger round the block to cut his throat. Although they have confiscated his passport, even with one he could hardly travel. For one thing, he should never go to Peshawar Pakistan, Baghdad Iraq or San'a Yemen, unless he intends to commit suicide. In fact he can hardly travel anywhere in the world, not even to the US. Here in California as well as any other part of the US there are many waiting for the opportunity to go to Paradise, with the help of Amos Yee.

One can of course stand on principle but one should of course also use common sense. And one should face reality. I can if I want exercise my right of free speech by standing in the middle of Baghdad Square Iraq and insult Allah. I should know what will happen next, no need to even thick twice. And to a large extent Amos Yee has done just that. Through the Internet, it is probable that the worst terrorists in Baghdad have already got wind of this teenager's escapades. Will they wait for him to go to Iraq to finish him off or are they sending someone right now to Singapore for this purpose?

And has Amos Yee considered his future life in Singapore  assuming he has one? Lee Hsien Loong and his bully government are a cowardly vindictive lot. They will make sure that he gets no help whatsoever even to survive. Let me tell you the obvious. It is good that he lives with his parents. If not the government housing authority HDB where 90% of the islanders are housed will not provide accommodation. He will have to live on the street in a tent! Second employment. No one will give him a job. Not the government nor any private employer. They are all afraid the government will punish them if they did. And then of course he can try to emigrate. It is certain he will obtain asylum in any third country. But besides worrying if someone will kill him, what sort of work can he get? He is reported to be a dropout without any trade. He knows how to make YouTube movies. He can go straight to Hollywood California and try his luck but what guarantee is there that he will succeed?

And another thing closer to home. He can't even go to Malaysia. It is a majority Muslim country and I have no doubt they are waiting patiently for him.

I am afraid this young man has rushed headlong into his free speech crusade without actually thinking through his actions.

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

Sunday, May 29, 2016

My legal advice to teenager Amos Yee, Singapore governments bete noire

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This 17 year old Singapore teenager, Amos Yee, has been all over the news in that dictatorial island for some time now. He is not a criminal in the normal sense of the word. Not by any means. He is not a thief, a burglar or a fraud. His only crime is to speak his mind. And that, the  Singapore government does not want. And this is something every dictatorship cannot accept, including Singapore.

A background. Last year Yee first came to the attention of Singaporean dictators when he posted a YouTube video which was not too flattering of Lee Kuan Yew, the father of the present dictator Lee Hsien long, Singapore's  first dictator . Besides calling him a tyrant and despot, he posted an Internet image of the dead dictator having sex with the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who many believe also to be authoritarian but by no means to the extent of the dead Lee.

Yee spent 50 days in a Singapore jail for that. They thought of course that Yee was sufficiently intimidated like the other timid Singaporeans, but this was one hard nut to crack, which they didn't realize at the time. Instead of submission and quietly going away, it appears the arrest has enraged and emboldened him even more. Instead of stopping he immediately upon his release published a barrage of attacks  even more hard hitting than before leaving the government in a quandary to which, for the first time in the island's entire dictatorial history, they have no answer! What to do with this determined 17 year old teenager who refuses to take no for an answer.

They can of course, break him, beat him, torture him, cause him permanent bodily injury, damage his mind or do any of a multitude of dirty tactics which dictatorships around the world do. Or they could even kill him. But none of this is going to do them any good. Amos Yee has already come to the attention of the world and any hardship or injury he suffers will draw the outrage of the entire world. After all he is only 17. But if you do nothing and release him, he would not only continue his criticism, he would escalate it.

I can venture to say that if there is one man (or rather child) who can successfully break the rule of Lee Kuan Yews' son's PAP, a dictatorship, it is none other that Amos Yee. I have been in communication with him and am providing him advice on his present case (although he has not requested any assistance) and will provide any assistance he requires or any unsolicited advice I can give him. I am a Barrister at Law, England and Wales and practiced criminal law in Singapore from 1981 to 1991 after which I left for the US due to persecution I suffered for my anti Singapore government activities. I obtained asylum in the US and have been actively practicing law in California USA. I have also been throughout a thorn on their side, and have no intention to let up. I am fully competent to advice Amos Yee.

I understand Yee's case come before Singapore's Kangaroo courts on 5/30/2016.

Presently Amos Yee is facing 6 charges for posting YouTube videos insulting Islam and 2 charges for failing to report to police stations in Singapore. I understand that he has had difficulty finding a lawyer prepared to represent him. The following is my advice to him

1. He should not seek a lawyer even if he can find one. Singapore lawyers are famously timid souls who have been successfully intimated by their government. They all fear representing government critics because of the vindictiveness of their government against them if they did. Lawyers who have represented political dissidents have all suffered harassment in one way or another, so much so that a former government connected criminal lawyer who has since died, Subhas Anandan, publicly admitted that he would be "prepared to represent even the most vile criminal. But please, not political dissidents". Moreover even if he manages to find one, they would be moderating their representation so much, not to displease the Singaporean judge that one would begin to wonder whether he is representing his client or the prosecution! Alone, without an attorney Yee could ask hard hitting questions without fear to cause maximum damage to the Singapore government.

2. His main argument should be that the Constitution protects his right to free speech. The Constitution does not condition that right or deny that right about religion or anything else.

3. Second he should argue that the laws enacted by the government preventing anyone from criticizing religion is unconstitutional. The Constitution is sacrosanct. No law that abridges that right to free speech is permitted. The Constitution can be amended provided 2 conditions exist. That the state is in imminent danger without the amendment and that 2/3 of Parliament votes in that favor. Of course Singapore has 2/3 majority in that rubber stamp parliament. But they cannot show that the state faces imminent danger. After all Yee's YouTube videos have not resulted in island wide riots. In fact the head of the Muslim mosques in Singapore has not even condemned Yee's criticism, he has in fact even forgiven him! So where is the harm to the state?

4. Yee should line up as many witnesses in court to support his argument that the defense of free speech is right and they were not offended by anything he has said.

5. Yee should also make reference to similar cases around the world, such as Charlie Hebdo in France and the numerous other free speech advocates in Western Europe. None of their governments have charged any of them nor even condemned them as the right to free speech is a cherished human right regardless of whether the Singapore dictator Lee Hsien Loong would agree or not.

6. And lastly Yee should drag and delay his trial for as long as he can. Conduct extensive cross examinations against the prosecution witnesses and stretch and delay the case as long as he can, several weeks, months or even years. The plan is to keep this trial in the public eye as well as the eye of the world for as long as he can. This will take up a lot of the court's time while every session in court will be published and scrutinized around the world as well as locally. You want to try to obtain as much publicity as possible to cause as much damage to this government's reputation as you can.

7. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a time to rally around Yee because his right to free speech impacts us all.

8. Yee is free to contact me if he wants throughout these proceedings and I will help all I can. Friends, there is no need to be intimidated by these multi millionaire corrupt thugs who pay themselves millions and run Singapore island. Stand up to them.

This blog will undoubtedly be read by the Singaporean dictator and his Singapore Attorney General who are bullying this teenager. Don't allow that.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
39737 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite A2
Fremont California 94538
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