Friday, January 16, 2015

Its the all consuming fear in one party police state that holds Singaporeans back

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For any society to advance to its best one thing is fundamental. That something is self confidence within each citizen. It is the realization that you have rights, you have rights that will be protected, that no tin pot tyrant can push you around just because he doesn't like you.

It is the realization that you don't have to cringe and crawl just because you are before Lee Kuan Yew's son, your ruler, and there is nothing to worry about.

This is not the case in Singapore and that is the problem. Let me show you a picture from the island's state controlled press the Straits Times of Jan 17, 2015 titled "PM lee looking back at 10 years at the helm............... http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/pm-lee-looking-back-10-years-the-helm-and-ahead-new-te-0



In it he goes on blowing his trumpet as to how great and what achievements he has accomplished while half his Singaporeans are living from paycheck to paycheck and at least 30% are living at or below the poverty line in their state owned pigeon holes.

But that is not the point here. The point is to show how consumed with fear these Singaporeans are with this man and why such fear never generated any greatness.

I am well qualified to mention this Singaporean behavior as I live in the West and have done so many years. I can clearly see the Singaporean fear as opposed to the self confidence of Western citizens.

One clear sign of this fear can be seen in this stage managed press conference; clearly evident in the layout of the picture, chairs carefully laid out all in a row, carefully measured and equidistant from each other in a well measured arc.

This picture could well have even been taken in North Korea seated before Kim Jong Un the way it looks, but this is actually taken in Singapore. On these chairs specially invited screened for obedience  journalists are invited to ask questions previously approved for this event.

Each of these Singaporean style mouse like journalists quietly sit there and quietly ask the politically correct pre-approved questions. No question whatsoever of embarrassing the Emperor seated in front or your head will fly.

And in answer to these well rehearsed questions, the Emperor gives the necessary politically convenient answers which these ever suppliant journalists will  naturally pretend to agree whole heartedly with everything he says nodding their heads in unison in the prescribed manner making sure that the Emperor is pleased and hopefully the journalist will still have his job tomorrow.

You won't expect a single journalist to ask the obvious question, "Do you not agree that paying yourself $3.7 million in salary officially and even more secretly is downright corruption and don't you agree that you should rightfully now be in jail and not the Prime Ministers Office?"

Obviously in Lee Kuan Yew's son's Singapore you can't do that even if the question is what troubles every single citizen the most. On no, that won't do. If you did, you would either find yourself in the local mental hospital or more likely the jail for insulting the Emperor".

The reason why fear is such a powerful factor in Singapore is this. In America a journalist could have asked embarrassing questions of Obama and still be employed by any other news agency in the country. In tiny Singapore where Lee Kuan Yew and his son control everyone and everybody, the moment you fall from favor, you are as good as unemployed for life. The only avenue left for you is to emigrate. With such life threatening consequences, is there any doubt why people are so afraid?

Singaporeans cannot progress with this daily fear of the Emperor. Journalists are afraid to ask questions. Teachers are afraid to teach the importance of truth freedom and courage. Men are unwilling to excel in their work because what is rewarded is political support, not how good you are in what you do. Everyone has to be some sort of a Dr. Jekkl and Mr. Hyde, on the one hand say you love your country but in private hate every bit of it or on the one hand don't openly mention anything of the Emperors corruption but privately mock and ridicule him.

In Singapore there is really no incentive to become proficient in any field because one knows that success needs political connections and recognition by the Lees. Not how good you are.

Shameful nepotism is what runs across the entire upper echelon of this society. Lee Kuan Yew is the man who rules everyone, even though he is almost dead, his son is now the Emperor, the Sons' wife controls Temesek Wealth Fund, Lee's other son runs several state owned companies and rakes in the millions, his daughter a doctor similarly does the same, almost every single minister except the Tamil and Malay ones for obvious reasons are all related to Lee Kuan Yew by consanguinity or affinity. And every single one of them rakes in the millions and if you criticize any one of them the Kangaroo Courts will get you and bankrupt you.

This sort of a government completely lacks integrity and respect and it is a bad example to every citizen. What does it say? It says it is OK for Lee Kuan Yew and family to be corrupt while no one else is allowed to be corrupt. It says we will give high paying jobs to our family members only and if you dare to complain we will sue you. It says we have Kangaroo courts whose judges will do anything we want and if you dared to complain, you will be charged for contempt of court and thrown in jail.

It is a society that does not instill any confidence in its people.

If you have to become a dog or a poodle licking the Emperor's boots fawning cringing and crawling  to succeed, anyone with any self confidence and self respect wouldn't want to take this nonsense.

In America, I know that if I put heart and soul to my work, I can excel in my legal profession. I need not be a chameleon and lick anyone's boots to succeed. In Singapore on the other hand I would have to be an absolute hypocrite to get anywhere. Even though I consider every single one of these Lees and their relatives in the palace a bunch of corrupt blood suckers, I would have to suppress the need to say it. In fact I would have to actually go to one of his political party organizations and pretend to be a die hard supporter of this police state government.

Such a life is demeaning and nauseating and any self respecting human being would want no part in it. The ones remaining in the island are these very sort, inferior people in mind and spirit, people who do not think much of themselves and are quite content to go along and say anything as long as it gives them a living. Such men never produced greatness and never will.

A Singaporean mechanic is far inferior to an American one, a Singaporean lawyer is far inferior to an American one and so on in ever single trade and profession. The reason is simple. The American is not afraid. He is free. The Singaporean like these journalists who ask pre-approved questions for pre-approved answers to make sure they still have their jobs tomorrow are not. And they are not capable of leaving for a free country.

It is appropriate here to mention Charlie Hebdo Editor's words "Without Freedom, I am dead." And the words of Fran├žois Hollande  the French President "We are a free people. Our ideals are bigger than us. We can never be defeated"

It is hard to describe because you have to experience it to know. You are much more confident happy and secure to be living in a free country. It uplifts your spirit to know that you are the master of your destiny and no one can stop you achieving it. You speak your mind without fear, you organize without fear, you advance in your chosen career without fear; no Kangaroo courts to mess with you and no Lee Kuan Yew or his son to push you around. This for me is Heaven and I will give anything for it. For you people in Singapore, all I can say is I am sorry for you. No one can help you unless you help yourself.

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, January 13, 2015

Video. "Singaporeans should stand up for freedom now"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please watch my video titled "Singaporeans should stand up for freedom now".

http://youtu.be/DEl0iA-WbUU

Please let me know if you like it.
Thanks very much

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, January 11, 2015

Singaporeans should publicy protest now. Lee and Son are very weak now, they will be brought to their knees

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The brave Singaporean young man Roy Ngerng is being sued by Lee Kuan Yew's son for criticism on how the state retirement fund was being managed.

The latest development in this shameful abuse of power is Lee's son demanding $50,000.00 from Ngerng in lawyers costs alone before his Kangaroo Courts. Please see Please see Ngerng's latest article here.  http://www.tremeritus.com/2015/01/12/roy-pm-takes-issue-with-9-more-of-my-articles/

Although there is an outpouring of support for Roy Ngerng as can be seen in the numerous comments of support for him in the article, I must also say that Singaporeans as a whole are a bunch of cowards who are unable to state their anger openly except for writing anonymously and hiding their identity behind a mask of fear.

Yes we all know that there are risks in openly protesting the dictatorship and the abuse of the rule of law but in life there are times when a man has to stand up and be counted, and now is no better a time than any other in the Singapore island run by Lee Kuan Yew and his son.

I want to remind Singaporeans one more time that you are living no better than slaves. Have you no pride at all, disgracefully living this way? And why do you do it? Is it because you have a job and you might lose it? Is it because they might charge you with criminal offenses and throw you in jail? Surely this is a price well worth paying for your freedom and self respect.

There is a litany of reasons why you shouldn't take this lying down any more. The Constitution is violated and every single right that you have under it is denied by this father and son government. No freedom of speech, expression, assembly, no freedom of the press, no rule of law with a bunch of Kangaroos as judges.

And now you have Roy Ngerng, being hounded by these dictators just because he had asked some pertinent questions, not only for himself as a citizen and tax payer but questions for an on behalf of  all of you. For Heaves sakes, what he did was for you, not for himself. Yet all you shameless cowards calling yourself Singaporeans can do is merely to write comments in his support while you hide behind the mask of anonymity, because you are afraid. If there is one Singaporean with any balls, it is Roy Ngerng, who lives among people like you, a society of cowards.

I am a Singapore citizen by birth, spent my childhood there and practiced law there for 10 years from 1979 to 1990. I realized then that Singapore was a dictatorship and I had to do something about it. I did. I joined the Workers party openly under JB Jeyaretnam. I did not hide behind anonymity like you miserable souls do. I came out in the open, proclaimed myself to be opposition and contested 2 elections. It wasn't that I was not aware that I may get into trouble, of course I did. But I did it anyway, because there are times in one's life to stand up and be counted.

For my troubles I was repeatedly harassed with attorney discipline charges, fined for contempt of court and suspended from practice for 2 years. But at least I could look myself in the mirror and be proud of my image. I was a man, not sheep and mice like you are, willingly living under a dictatorship because you are afraid.

Not wanting to be victimized anymore, and for myself and my children, I moved to the United States in 1991. I could have kept quiet after I came here but I refused. I wanted to let Lee Kuan Yew and his son know that I am not afraid of them and I will continue to attack their one party one man dictatorship through this blog. My name and identity appears prominently in each blog post. Come and get me if you want I tell them but they are nowhere to be seen.

In 2008 I flew to Singapore and while there I wrote a blog criticizing their Kangaroo Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for prostituting herself in her position as a judge in punishing Chee Soon Juan. It is not that I was unaware of the dangers in doing it, I was fully aware. But I did it anyway because it was the right thing to do. For my troubles I was sent to jail for 3 months and deliberately held back in Singapore for a total of 6 months during which time my US law practice almost collapsed. But at the end of it, I came out the winner and the father and son dictatorship lost all credibility throughout the world.

I may have insulted the average Singaporean now but I intend to do just that, because your silence in allowing this repression to continue is simply disgraceful. It is cowardice. You are not men, you are chicken, who will allow any tin pot dictator to willingly take advantage of you.

Remember the government is so weak now, they are more afraid of you than you are of them. They are at this point literally bankrupt in ever way possible. Their population is diminishing into extinction. No babies are born and the emigration rate is the highest in the world. To make do, they bring in hoards of Chinese nationals, Indians and others and give them instant citizenship in the hope that at least they will stay, but at the slightest instability they too will leave. And then you have a total collapse which the Lees are fully ware of. They are merely putting on a poker face and calling the bluff but in reality they know they are finished.

So now is the time to bring them down. Print T shirts with slogans such as Je Suis Roy Ngerng, hold up posters and placards at Raffles Place with the words "Down with the dictatorship", hold public protests in numbers and chant slogans against the government. Distribute anti government flyers in public places. Of course the government will go around arresting all of you, but in the process of doing it, it is they who will lose and you will win. They simply cannot afford the island wide publicity that it will generate. Remember you have the moral high ground. Under natural justice and international law, these laws that criminalize these just acts are illegal and not binding. These actions are the right of any citizen who is yearning to be free.

And finally remember, any such judicial action to imprison you will also give you a guarantee of asylum in any free democratic country in the world because punishing you for exercising your just rights as a human being is illegal under the law anywhere in the world. You have a safety valve.

Don't be cowards merely writing words of appreciation for Roy Ngerng hiding behind anonymity. You are a bunch of cowards. Stand up for once and be a man.

I can assure you that it will give you great happiness and reward you handsomely when you stand up on principle. It may not enrich you financially under the Lee Kuan Yew and Son regime but I can assure you it is rewarding for your soul, for your spirit. And when you bring down this dictatorship finally, you can look back with great satisfaction. And even if you fail, you can at least say, it was a fight well worth fighting.

I now live in California, USA. Previously I lived in Singapore, the land of my birth, and opposition politics. But when I see my face in the mirror now I have great satisfaction. I see the face of a man who dared to stand on principle. And I can see the faces of Lee Kuan Yew and Son, boiling with rage that Gopalan Nair continues to attack them openly, not under a mask like you cowards do, and simply refuses to let up. I can assure you it is a great feeling to have.

I have lived the life of a free man. No one in the world could take that away form me. Whereas you live like cowards under a tin pot tyrant, writing anonymous letters because you are afraid to be found out.

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

Je Suis Charlie. Singapore Dissident Gopalan Nair is Charlie.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I was overwhelmed with emotion to see the proud brave French with pens in their hands and their mouth proclaiming "Je Suis Charlie", I am Charlie, meaning I am with those brave men and women murdered at Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Yes. "Je Suis Charlie". I am Charlie. I, Gopalan Nair and Singapore Dissident stand with Charlie Hebdo, just as I stand against the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore dictatorship.  I proclaim the right to say what I want. Because, I say,  just as Charb who was the murdered editor of Charlie Hebdo said, without right to free speech, we are dead, I too tell the Singapore dictators Lee Kuan Yew and his Son, that without the right to free speech I too will die.

Therefore my message to Lee Kuan Yew, his son and the henchmen around him is this. I will continue to write what I want in these pages. Because that is my right and my ideal. I am Gopalan Nair. Just as Francios Hollande said to these murderers of Charlie Hebdo, I am a free person. My ideals are bigger than myself. And I will never stop writing what I feel in these pages.

Just like the brave Frenchmen, I have this message for Lee Kuan Yew, his son and his dictatorship. The pen is mightier than the sword. You can threaten me through your agents and your 5th column. But I will never surrender my right to say what I want. And I will continue criticizing your government in these pages for the world to see.

And eventually you will realize that the ideals of freedom are far stronger than your threats and intimidation. These pages will continue to write what I see is wrong with your government. Each article will continue to have my name and identity proudly written at the bottom.

Dictators only succeed when they manage to frighten their critics into submission. When their critics refuse to submit and stand up to them, they can do nothing. That is when they look silly.

This is my message to the Singapore dictatorship of Lee Kuan Yew, his son and family.

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, January 10, 2015

Singapore PAP dictatorship's greatest worry. Losing the elections

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All dictatorships with time become all powerful, above the law and beyond accountability. And that is when they begin to forget, what if they are no longer in power.

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew and Son's greatest worry has to be their nepotism and corruption on an industrial scale. In Singapore we are not talking about a few hundred dollars stolen by one minister or other. We are talking of official salaries of no less than $3.7 million a year, paid to bed ridden Lee Kuan Yew, his son appointed prime Minister and each and every Minister in government. Not just this outrageous amount but hidden bonuses as well each year amount to 6 to 7 months salary, government linked company dividends for directorships and who knows what else. The total amount of money each of these men takes is not clearly known but it is anybody's guess; $10 million, $20 million or hundreds a year for decades!

This is not a case of Mobutu of the Congo stealing some diamonds occasionally into his Swiss bank accounts. This is open corruption which they steal every each year for decades, all tax payers money. These are crooks of the highest order, the most corrupt government in the whole world.

And then we have nepotism on a grand scale. Almost each and every Minister except for the Tamil ones like K Shanmugam, for obvious reasons, are all related to Lee Kuan Yew extended family. You have Ho Ching, wife of Lee Kuan Yew's son who is appointed Temasek Holdings chief, a state wealth fund boss, although she knows nothing about business. In reality she does nothing, except staying at home and doing her hair and nails, for, I do not know how many millions. The ones who run it are of course paid managers.

The island's state controlled newspaper Straits times has the report "Opposition Singapore Democratic party launches campaign for next general elections" Jan 10, 2015 http://www.straitstimes.com/archive/saturday/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/opposition-singapore-democratic-party-launches-campaign. According to it, they are vigorously working towards the next general election.

Can you imagine what happens to any dictatorship, like Lee's Singapore, in such an event? Invariably the incoming government holds the outgoing dictators to account. Questions will be asked? Why did you steal $10 million each year of tax payers money? Where is the money? We want that money? And in third world countries, usually the incoming government just murders the outgoing dictators. Or they put them on trial to account for their actions. Will that ever happen to Lee Kuan Yew and his family and friends in their Peoples Action Party, the dictatorship that has ruled Singapore ever since independence, 1959?

And then you have the injustice in their Kangaroo Courts. Will the judges who sent JB Jeyaretnam into bankruptcy, to jail and eventually to his death accountable. Will they hold the shamelessly corrupt judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean who sent opposition politician Chee Soon Juan to bankruptcy and jail be put on trial herself and sent to jail for abusing the law?

Will judge Kan Ting Chiu who sent me to jail for 3 months in 2008 while in Singapore when I correctly stated in this blog that Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean "prostituted" herself as a judge when she found Chee Soon Juan guilty of defaming Lee Kuan Yew, be himself tried and sent to jail?

I think it would be simply impossible for the Lee government to ever allow this to happen. It would be too high a price to pay. They have too much to answer  for. It would very probably be arrest trial and imprisonment for each and every one of these dictators and their henchmen. Even if they fled the island, there is always the possibility of extradition trial and imprisonment.

In this dire scenario, it is most unlikely that they can ever lose their grip on power. They will hold on at any cost. If they knew they are losing, they would simply stuff the ballot boxes or call out the military. They are in a fix just like any other dictatorship which thinks they can do anything they want and get away with it. Eventually every single dictatorship realizes that it is not so easy. One day someone may come after you. Nothing is eternal. And at that time, things begin to get ugly.

The Lee government is now at the cross roads. Their position is today dangerously precarious. The educated Singapore population is far too small. The vast majority have already left for settlement abroad. Children are not being born in the island. It has the lowest fertility rate in the world, and the largest ageing population. All this is within a tiny population of just about a million locals and 4 million foreigners.

The economy is too fragile and volatile. It is almost entirely dependent on foreign money. If there is the slightest economic uncertainty, the first people to leave would be the foreigners many of who have been recently given citizenship to boost the numbers. With them, the money would flow out.

Lee Kuan Yew and son's PAP government survives almost entirely on this foreign investment remaining in the island. Once the money flows out, the Lee government will also collapse.

Moreover, one of the pillars of this fragile economy hopelessly dependent on foreign capital is the existence, precarious at the moment, of the 92 year old bedridden Lee Kuan Yew in poor health, the Singaporean dictator. When he dies, which is going to be soon, it will give a jolt to the stability of that fragile economy. That is when I suppose it will be time for Lee Kuan Yew's son and company along with their millions to take the first flight out.

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

Friday, January 9, 2015

Singapore lawyer Subhas Anandan deceased. Defender of the oppressed or willing accomplice to their Kangaroo Courts

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For several days now, Singapore's state controlled newspapers have been printing headlines on the death of a Singapore lawyer of Indian extraction, Subhas Anandan as if was he was the greatest legal mind the island has ever seen since Magna Carta. Here is the first article that appeared among a to series since the 7th of January 2014 which reads "Veteran Criminal Lawyer Subhas Anandan dies of heart failure aged 67"  http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/veteran-criminal-lawyer-subhas-anandan-dies-aged-67

Below is a picture of his presumably in contemplation.



Since the first day of news of his death, all Singapore newspapers, TV and media, all of them state controlled have been running on a daily basis, accolades, and praises , so many and so mighty that you would have thought Mahatma Gandhi was pipsqueak compared to him

What I am about to say about this man, unfortunately is not very much. I have known Subhas Anandan ever since 1981 after returning to Singapore from England to practice law. I practiced law in Singapore for 10 years during which time I had joined the opposition Workers Party and contested 2 national elections against Lee's Peoples Action Party in 1988 and 1991. I lost both times. As is the practice of Lee Kuan Yew, his son and their ruling party, anyone who openly like me, challenges them politically has to be destroyed.

As a result I was repeatedly persecuted with attorney discipline, contempt of court charges and repeated harassment. Not wanting to be a victim any longer I left Singapore permanently for the United States in December 1991.

In the early 1980s Subhas Anandan was a great supporter of the late JB Jeyaretnam, the leader of the Workers Party. He represented Jeyaretnam many times for trumped criminal charges laid on by Lee's PAP government. I had great admiration for Subhas Anandan then.

After a while, suddenly Subhas Anandan was no longer prepared to be Jeyaretnam's lawyer. Jeyaretnam had to defend himself. I never knew what the reason for the abrupt U turn but I can guess. I suppose he realized that being seen as the defender of Jeyaretnam, an arch enemy of Singapore's supreme leader is not going to advance his legal career. So out goes his once upon a time principles and in comes the rewards of licking Lee Kuan Yew's boots.

I am not sure how else he was a Lee Kuan Yew collaborator. There are rumors that he was the eyes and ears of Lee Kuan Yew among lawyers reporting on who is on this side and who is on the other. Francis Seow in one of his books refers to Subahs Anandan as a possible Lee Kuan Yew spy but admits he has no evidence.

Other than these suspicions which may be no more than conspiracy theories, there can be no doubt of one fact. Although he knew that Lee Kuan Yew's courts were nothing more than Kangaroo Courts one of whose principal activity was punishing political opponents through abusing legal process, throughout his 40 odd years in practice he made no effort in trying to correct it. He simply went along.

In Singapore criminal defendants have no right to counsel until police investigations are completed. Another way of saying it is that criminal defendants are allowed counsel only after they have confessed under torture, beatings, threats and intimidation. You don't need to be a legal eagle to know that after the accused has confessed, a lawyer is of not much use thereafter.

Most if not all Subhas Anandan's clients had all confessed. If they didn't they wouldn't be charged in the first place. In fact nearly all his clients were hung if charged for murder. His job is not so much arguing that the state failed to follow the Constitution but instead principally to say a good word on behalf of his Client to the judge, since after all he is one lawyer definitely in the good books of Lee Kuan Yew and son who control everything including the courts. In Singapore courts, it pays to have Lee's friend on your side.

Subhas Anandan has, you could say, the PAP seal of approval. One example of his support for the dictatorship and one party state, is his having no objection to Singapore's lack of individual freedoms. He has nothing to say about critics of Lee being sued for defamation and bankrupted, he has no objection if free speech is denied, peaceful assembly is illegal and according to him, Singapore's courts are the best in the world and known for impartial justice, even though they are presided over by Kangaroos.

With unfailing support like that, Subhas Anandan becomes a PAP man all round. And one thing about Lee Kuan Yew and his son, as is the case with most dictators in the world, they never forget your loyalty and will reward you handsomely.

So the Lee government, in order to reward Subhas's loyalty uses their state controlled newspapers at their disposal to advertise and promote his legal practice. It is repeatedly advertised in their propaganda pages that Subhas Anandan is the best criminal lawyer in Singapore after the late David Marshall.

With free advertisement and publicity, thanks to his benefactor, naturally every single criminal went to him, not because he was any great lawyer, since there can be none in Singapore under the state controlled courts, but because it helps to have a lawyer who is on the side of the dictators with their seal of approval. So if you were a criminal and had lots of money, you went to Subhas because he could pull some backroom deal with the powers up there and get you off.

The late JB Jeyaretnam was a brilliant criminal lawyer. But the moment he stood against Lee Kuan Yew politically, his once lucrative law practice took a nose dive. He hardly had any cases thereafter. Clients did not go to Jeyaretnam once he became political opposition not because he was a bad lawyer, but because the client knows that in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore it is suicidal to be represented by a man like him. Your case is as good as lost even before you step into the courtroom.

For those who do not really understand the Singapore legal system, let me tell you this.

It is a disgraceful charade. You can look at it this way. What happens is not a trial and a test to see whether the state has complied with Constitutional requirements or that the man is guilty.

His guilt is usually decided even before he steps into the courtroom. The trial, if there is one (usually most defendants plead guilty) is usually just an opportunity for the defense to plead to the judge and the prosecutor to let his client off. If the judge feels for you, he may on occasion do so. Very often he does not. But if you had any connection with opposition politics, you stand no chance at all, regardless of the nature of your case.

Chee Soon Juan was an implacable critic of Lee Kuan Yew. He still is. He was charged numerous times for civil disobedience and repeatedly sent to jail. Invariably Chee defended himself, not because he did not want a lawyer but because no lawyer in the entire island, including Subhas Anandan refused to represent him. Subhas obviously did not want to ruin his career by defending a staunch Lee Kuan Yew critic.

He once was reported to have said, give me murderers, rapists and the worst possible criminal. But please no opposition politicians. What a disgraceful lawyer to say that.

According to Lee Kuan Yew's state controlled newspapers, the best criminal lawyer, is Subhas Anandan who has represented all manner of criminals. Subhas also has the seal of approval of the Lee Kuan Yew government. On the other side, the best civil lawyer according to Lee's state controlled newspapers is a man called Davinder Singh. He is the principle lawyer for both Lee Kuan Yew and his son to sue their political opponents for defamation of character and bankrupt them. 

So you can see what sort of a lawyer you have to be in order to be given a Lee Kuan Yew seal of approval. If a criminal lawyer, make no objection of Constitutional human rights violations and proclaim Singapore criminal justice system as the best in the world for getting confessions first and defense counsel later. If a civil lawyer, represent Lee Kuan Yew and son in the Kangaroo courts and make bankrupts of any political critic.

My name is Gopalan Nair. I used to practice law in Singapore but according to them I am a very bad lawyer. I was disbarred in Singapore. I obviously did not have the seal of approval of Lee Kuan Yew and Son, I objected to Singapore's human rights violations, I called their courts Kangaroo, which they are, and I repeatedly criticized their one party state from within Singapore and now from the safety of Fremont California, USA. They don't like me at all, and when I die, they are not going to proclaim eulogies and accolades in their state controlled newspapers for me on a daily basis or at all. In fact if the PAP government is still running, I would not have even existed at all!

In fact I hope they don't say anything good about me, because if they did, it is in fact clear evidence that I have become another Subhas Anandan who has forgot where he put his spine, his principles, his honor or his conscience. I rather continue to be a bad lawyer in the Singapore books anytime, thanks very much.

In 2008 when I was in Singapore during my fateful trip which resulted in my being arrested for writing a blog critical of the disgusting judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean, I met Subhas while walking along the Subordinate Courts to attend my trial for disorderly behavior, one of the many trumped politically motivated charges against me. Although I had no intention to meet him he came up to me to shake my hand. Out of courtesy I did. Perhaps he felt it could somehow reduce the guilt he carries by shaking my hand, a Lee Kuan Yew victim, being punished for criticizing him.

Subahs Anandan may have medically died of a heart attack. But the real reason why he died was because his soul was broken. His spirit was broken. Looking in the mirror at his age, he must have been reminded of a wasted life. He never had the courage to stand up to the truth, because the truth in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore was just too hard. The truth meant, less success at the bar and having to face repeated persecution and harassment at the hands of Lee.

JB Jeyaretnam was not only the best criminal lawyer, he was also a real leader with some real spine and character. At least he could have looked his face in the mirror and said I have stood by my honor. Subhas Anandan on the other hand was a man of expediency, who made his career under Lee Kuan Yew, licking his masters boots. 

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Singapore island's submissive obedient population under the Lee family's island dictatorship.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In spite of the island government's claim, tiny Singapore island is a one party dictatorship presently run by the former dictator Lee Kuan Yew who handed over power to his son.

Although there is a Constitution in the books not dissimilar to any other constitution of any other democracy, it is totally ignored.

Lee Kuan Yew who is allegedly 92 senile and does not do any work pays himself $3.7 million a year in official salary and so does his son, the Prime Minister and every other minister in Cabinet.

In effect these salaries each are 5 times officially that of President Obama. If you added the money they take in hidden bonuses and perks it will amount to much more.

This is clearly corruption on an industrial scale.

But Singaporeans have no objection.

Except for the Internet where some complain anonymously, there are no mass protests against this, and these people continue stealing the money without any opposition.

There is no free press.

All newspapers are state owned and print state propaganda each day.

So are the TV Stations and all media outlets.

It is illegal for an independent news service to operate in Singapore without government permission.

The Constitutional requirements of the right of free speech expression and assembly are all prohibited.

They live as they do in North Korea liable to be arrested if they did any one of this.

The courts are Kangaroo Courts as in North Korea where the judges are required to dish out sentences to punish political opponents and reward government supporters.

In spite of flagrant denials of rights of the individual, surprisingly there is no opposition against this in the Singapore island peopled predominantly by ethnic Chinese, the favored race of Lee Kuan Yew and his son who are themselves Chinese.

Lee Sr. had repeatedly in the past said that Chinese are far superior race than the local Malays or ethnic Indians because the Chinese are hardworking and everyone else is lazy and dummies.

It may appear strange why a society of relatively high educational standards and affluence should put up with such nonsense, but having been born and a citizen of the island by birth and a victim of their repression, I can suggest several reasons.

Although the Chinese race are not entirely a submissive and supine lot (look at the Chinese revolutionaries in China of 1949 and the recent Hong Kong democracy protesters) the Singapore version of Chinese are.

The Singaporean Chinese derives from Southern coastal China stock, comprised mainly of small mum and dad corner shop tradesmen who had no interest in politics.

For them the only thing important was to make money and ideas such as democracy was irrelevant.

It made no difference if Lee Kuan Yew paid himself $3.7 million or $70 million as long as they were left alone to make some money.

The other reason is the changing demography of the island today.

The original native population of the island, of which I mean those who were born there and whose parents had come to the island in the 1920s or 30s or even before is fast shrinking to extinction.

Of the 3 million or so some years ago, there are no more than perhaps 1.5 million today or less and due to the lowest fertility rate in the world and massive on-going brain drain to the West, will disappear entirely in just one generation.

These native Singaporeans have been brainwashed and intimidated so much so that they have a mortal fear of opposing the regime.

Over the years anyone in open opposition to their regime has been repeatedly punished, fined imprisoned and bankrupted and their faces shown in headlines in the state controlled press.

Examples of these victims are JB Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, Tang Liang Hong and myself.

These locals have been effectively taught the message and chiseled into their minds that any opposition to the dictators is suicidal and a path to destruction and penury.

So, unless you want to suffer the fate of JB Jeyaretnem, local Singapore citizens simply refuse to protest these injustices, not because they are not aware of it, but because they are afraid as to what will happen to them if they did.

To compensate for the local population going extinct, they bring in plane loads of ethnic Chinese from wherever they are found.

In fact as along as your were Chinese and had some qualifications, it did not matter if you were from the outer boundaries of the Kalahari, Botswana, you are still welcome.

The immigrants to the island are principally from Communist China, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Communist China because they can earn a few more dollars in Singapore, Malaysians for the same as well as to escape from a dominating Islamic country and Indonesia for the same reasons.

And all these people are given full citizenship and entitled to vote as if they were like any native born citizens.

Although they take the citizenship, the vast majority of them have no real interest in that small island, except to make some money.

They too like the intimidated brainwashed citizens care two hoots if Lee paid himself whatever amount he wanted.

And neither are they bothered about such things as individual rights, after all, they are there to make a buck.

As far as the Malays and Indian citizens of Singapore, they have become simply irrelevant, their numbers being so reduced to a mere handful thanks to Lee's Chinese superiority theory.

And then there is one additional factor, the privileges of membership in Lee's party.

The Peoples Action Party has several umbrella organizations on the ground and it is well known that joining and serving in them would cause them to advance your career, increase your salary and protect you and your family.

There are also privileges such as periodic holidays and holiday camps paid for by the tax payer.

Therefore the majority of Singaporeans volunteer at these organizations for the benefits it provide and it is simply stupid not to in Lee's Singapore.

The reader can see the picture by now. It really serves no purpose to be so stupid as to challenge this government. It is simply suicidal.

As Hitler said, Eine Reich Eine Volk Eine Furher, so do the Singapore Lees say, "One Country, One People, One Lee Kuan Yew or His Son".

The political leadership loves such a society as it guarantees their grip on power.

But for the future of the island such a sheepish society is doomed to failure.

Any society to progress in this day and age needs patriotic citizens who care not only about themselves but about their society.

The people of France protest over the increasing unemployment, increasing immigration and the European Union's demands at austerity.

In Greece there are protests over many such things too.

In England people are protesting over the increasing immigration from Eastern Europe and are threatening to withdraw from the European Union.

They do this because they love their country and their society.

But in Singapore Lee pays himself 5 times the salary of Obama, there is no rule of law, there are no rights, there is no constitution and the people live under dictate.

But yet there are no protests at all.

There is the silence of the cemetery, except activity in the Peoples Association, a branch of Lee's Peoples Action Party.

One can only conclude that the entire island population cares two hoots about their island, and concerned at only going to work and going home to watch state approved TV programs.

A robotic opinion-less, mindless society of conformists such as this would not necessarily mean that the island will collapse instantly.

But it is on the path to collapse.

This sort of a society always needs a leader to tell them what to do, build houses for them, give them jobs and tell them how to behave.

Since they are unable to think independently, they cannot do any of this by themselves.

It appears Lee Kuan Yew, the island's supreme leader since 1959 just as Fidel Castro, is 92 and bedridden.

He is going to die soon.

His son is now telling his people what to do.

It appears the son's children on the other hand are abroad and refuse to return and want no part to play in the charade.

They have to appoint someone else to take his place to tell Singaporeans how to behave, where to live, what to do and what not to do in return for  a quiet uneventful life.

I am not sure in this world of competition, Singapore can survive this way.

There are not enough thinking heads.

How long is something I cannot say.

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