Friday, October 19, 2007

Singapore. The Workers Party and the Singapore Democratic Alliance should stop claiming to be opposition political parties.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Workers Party with Loh Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and the Singapore Democratic Alliance Chiam See Thong should stop wasting their time and Singaporeans time in claiming to work for democratic rights of Singaporeans. They are doing nothing for the cause of democracy in Singapore.

Look at what they do. They go to Parliament and make some speeches about this or that. The government promptly refutes their allegations. Then they go home and nothing more. In the meantime, the government carries on with a total disregard of the citizens rights; while these so called opposition politicians wait for the next parliamentary session to make further speeches upon speeches, ad nauseum. And as these opposition politicians make their speeches, Lee Kuan Yew continues to do whatever he wants whenever he wants; with total disregard of the citizen's rights.

These opposition politicians are doing nothing. They should be told to go home, and stay there.

The following are the startling glaring grievances. Citizens need permits for each of these activities following, and permits will always be denied if it furthers the opposition cause. In other words, they have no rights.

1. The people have no right to free speech
2. They have no right to assembly
3. They have no right to organize into societies
4. They have no right to print and publish newspapers
5. They have no equal recourse to justice. Political opponents cases will be lost.
6. Political opponents will not be able to find a lawyer to represent them.
7. They cannot criticize the ruling party. If they do, they will be sued for defamation of character and bankrupted.

The Workers Party is aware of the repression that goes on. Yet they do nothing, save making speeches upon speeches which are just ignored by the Lee Kuan Yew Administration.

It is not enough for the The Workers Party and the SDA merely to make speeches when they know the government just ignores them.

They should realize that they are elected to fight for citizen's rights. And if these rights are denied, they must do whatever is necessary; including peaceful street protests, boycotts, civil unrest and any other necessary means to force the dictatorial Lee regime to submit to the truth. They have to be forced, through whatever means, short of violence, to give the people their rights, which the government denies them.

These wasted opposition politicians of the WP and the SDA should be honest and tell their people that they are unable to deliver. Merely warming their seats and collecting their salaries is dishonest.

The people already know that the Lee Administration does not permit free and fair elections. They illegally deprive real and capable politicians to stand for elections for the opposition; by threats of defamation suits and other forms of punishment resulting in the eternal lack of suitable opposition candidates to stand in elections.

Therefore both you, I and they, know that it is impossible in these circumstances, for the opposition to defeat the tyrant Lee Kuan Yew through the ballot box.

In these circumstances, if the people really want to enjoy their fundamental rights to live as free people, the only way forward is to force the government to submit to the demands of the people.

Today, only the SDP with Dr. Chee Soon Juan and his colleagues are doing what should be done. They are using whatever lawful means they can; short of resorting to violence, to compel this authoritarian government to admit that they are bound by the constitution after all. That whether they like it or not, the interests of the people are paramount; not theirs with their $3 million salary each.

I have the respect and admiration of all the Workers Party supporters as well as those in the SDA. It is Loh Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim and Chiam See Thong that I have quarrels with.

I ask that each member of these 2 opposition parties demand of them that they are required to do something tangible for the people. Otherwise they should step aside and allow more honest leaders to take the reigns. Second, I tell party members that they do not need the approval of these ineffective leaders to do what they want. They should go ahead and strike, protest, boycott and carry out other forms of civil disobedience until their demands are met; with or without the approval of these inept and ineffective leaders. And this can be done not only by opposition party members but by everyone in Singapore who cherishes to live as free men.

Of course, if you feel it necessary, you can also leave and join the SDP and stand with Dr. Chee and his friends in their courageous and honorable road that they take in their fight for freedom.

From Northern California, I watch with admiration the work of these martyrs for freedom. The wheel of democracy is turning. It may take some time but it is steadily moving in the right direction.

The destination has been charted. True course has been converted to magnetic giving magnetic course. Magnetic course has been corrected for the cross wind component giving magnetic heading. Compass deviation has been corrected giving compass heading. All navigation instruments working correct.The aircraft is spot on course. Nothing can go wrong now.

If the destination is Freedom City Airport, you can almost here the Captain say,

"Freedom City Tower, Antonov 12, 3754 Niner Victor, 15 miles south west of field over Kong Kong, with information Charlie. Inbound for Landing".

The human nature inherently seeks freedom. This is because humans have the ability to think. Between freedom and bondage, the force of nature always results in the success of the former. This is the law of nature. Lee Kuan Yew should realize this.

Gopalan Nair
39737 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite A1
Fremont, CA 94538, USA
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Anonymous said...

"including peaceful street protests, boycotts, civil unrest and any other necessary means"

These "necessary means" have all been tried before - in the 1960s and 1970s. They have failed.

"it is impossible in these circumstances, for the opposition to defeat the tyrant Lee Kuan Yew through the ballot box".

Chiam See Tong succeeded. Low Thia Kiang too. Lim how Doong of Bukit Gombak too. And so did Cheo Chai Chen of Nee Soon South. What's the common denomination among these people? They are moderates!

History has shown clearly which way works with Singaporeans and which way doesn't.


Gopalan Nair said...

Perhaps with some help form the PAP?

Gopalan Nair said...

By the way, you left out Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam. Was it intentional?