Ladies and Gentlemen,
You must not forget to keep a list of all the king's men. Lee Kuan Yew is 85 and trying hard to stay alive a little longer. He is desperate. But he cannot escape death who is just one step behind. Each time he looks back, the spectre of death is a step closer.
And just as all other dictators throughout history, he has made the same mistake of placing bureaucrats; men who have just passed their exams and done their sums to positions of authority. His ministers and politicians have no leadership skills, their only qualification being able to blindly obey authority. And history has shown that when the dictator dies there is nothing left to replace the vacuum. These weak men and women are incapable of wielding authority. And neither will the people be willing to obey them.
With his death these men and women will have no authority to rule. The people will no longer be prepared to accept their dictates. There will be unrest and confusion.
And you can imagine what will happen. The first thing these men do will be to flee the country with whatever they have before it is too late. And in a small island like Singapore, it is enough if a single person in authority flees. Then it will trigger a flood. And that will ruin the country.
Eighty five year old Lee Kuan Yew knows this. He worries what will happen with his impending death. He worries for his son, whom he appointed the Prime Minister, whether he can govern as he does now. I have no doubt that history will repeat itself. There has to be change once Big Brother leaves.
And talking about Orwell's Big Brother in his book 1984, the situation in it was different. There Big Brother is eternal. He will never die. No one knows even whether Big Brother is human. No one has seen him. He exists as an idea. In such a situation, an oligarchy can go on forever because people fear Big Brother who is ever present as an idea, and his dictates, or rather the dictates of the oligarchy can rule forever. If only Lee Kuan Yew could have devised a system where he exists as an idea, ever present and eternal, he and his cronies could rule forever. But sadly for him, George Orwell's book is fiction. Lee cannot do it in real life. We know who he is. We also know that he is the strongman of Singapore. We also know that he must die. We also know that he rules through fear. And we also know that when he dies the fear will be lifted from the people's hearts and when that happens, it will be the end.
That is why I say you have to make a list. And that is why every Singaporean must keep a list of those in authority who have abused their power to hurt innocent people to please the strongman and advance their careers.
Davinder Singh, counsel for Lee Kuan Yew for all his defamation actions against his critics is high on the list. He has used his profession to knowingly destroy Lee Kuan Yew's critics when he knows it was wrong. He does it to advance his career and for money. Singh in any American jurisdiction would have been disbarred long ago. Almost all American jurisdictions code of ethics for lawyers makes it malpractice for a lawyer to knowingly further a cause which he knows to be without merit. Every case in the long series of defamation cases that he conducted was totally without merit or legal basis. I am of course talking of the series of cases which he won, with the connivance of Singapore judges to bankrupt and impoverish JB Jeyaretnam, Dr. Chee Soon Juan and Tang Liang Hong. Every one of those cases showed various defences to the claims. Any politician is liable to be criticised in a free society and every one of those cases involved legitimate criticism which was covered by the defences of justification, fair comment and qualified privilege. But despite that Singh wins each time and each time he knows that he has destroyed an innocent man. He must be held to account.
We can expect Singh to take the first plane out with Lee's death. He must be stopped and held to account.
Take Belinda Ang whom I had criticized and which landed me in jail. She is a corrupt judge misusing the law to please Lee Kuan Yew. I have narrated a few egregious instances of her actions in this blog. You can get further details in Dr. Chee Soon Juan's blog and also hear the audio transcripts in it. You will walk away with disgust hearing it. She and Singh made sure that Dr. Chee was not given any meaningful opportunity to do anything or say anything at all. I am sure she too is worrying now. I am sure her plans will also be to flee to safety. She has to be stopped. She has to be forced to account for her actions. She must be on the list.
And the same goes for Jeffrey Chan, the solicitor general of Lee Kuan Yew who was commissioned to prosecute Lee's critics and send them to jail. You will recall his actions in court when 4 young men and women took their case to court to demand justice, after protesting at the CPF building, when he asked for court costs against them, which the complaint judge willingly agreed resulting in the 4 being made bankrupt.
And you will recall his prosecution in the kangaroo T shirt case where he was demanding long imprisonment terms against the 3 men for just exercising their right of free speech. The men were sent to jail and ordered to pay court costs in excess of $5,000.00, which will cause intolerable financial hardship on them, when he knew they were only doing what they were entitled to do. That is to criticize.
In my case, when I was charged for contempt of court, he was demanding a long prison term if I did not do what he wanted; that is to apologize. And he demanded that I pay $5,000.00 in court costs. I have not paid it but that is not the point. The point of it all was to send a message through the state controlled press that others should beware of criticizing Singapore judges, because if they do, they will be sent to jail and made to pay $5,000.00 fine. He has to on the list. I have no doubt that he too worries what will befall him with the death of Lee Kuan Yew. Will he be held to account? Will the people demand that he himself be put on trial and punished for his actions?
Judith Prakash was the judge that convicted the Kangaroo T shirt trio with that unjust punishment. I am sure she too is turning in her sleep thinking about what will happen to her when the Big Boy goes. I won't be surprised if she is already planning to move to Australia. She too has to be on the list. Very high on the list.
The same goes for judge Kan Ting Chu, and every other judge in Singapore. He must be held to account. So too with retired judge Mohideen Haja Rubin. So must ASP Abdul Razak Zakaria, Lee's chosen policeman to arrest and prosecute innocent people merely for criticizing Lee Kuan Yew and his judges. It is not enough for him to say that he was merely following orders. There are just orders and unjust ones. And when you enforce an unjust order knowingly, you are held to account. Having received superior orders is not a defence to hurt ordinary people. Oh yes, he is on the list. In his case, I doubt if he can run anywhere, so among the worriers, he has to worry the most.
Everyone who has deliberately hurt others to further their careers and for money, serving as Lee's agents have to answer for their actions. Justice demands it.
I hear that Lee Kuan Yew was recently in hospital and fitted with a pacemaker. His heart has begun to beat irregularly. I also understand that he travels around with a squad of doctors to treat him in an emergency. These are signs of desperation. The man is desperately trying to keep alive because he knows how bad it will be for his son when he goes. And at this time, the people of Singapore have to keep a lookout for their fellow men and women, the king's men, who have deliberately hurt them for profit.
Singaporeans are a gentle people. I don't think they will shoot them as was the case in countries such as Iran or Russia, after the overthrow of the Shah and the capture of the Tzar. No, there is no need for violence. Singaporeans should treat them according to law. A just and fair law; not the law that these men and women of Lee Kuan Yew used against them. We will have to see what happens and it will happen very soon.
But please, don't forget to make that list.
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