Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper the Straits Times in its online edition of March 23, 2009 has the article "More Powers to Police". It says Wong Kan Seng, the Minister for Home Affairs of Singapore has tabled a motion in Parliament to enact a law called the Public Order Act. It will make any protest however small and however peaceful illegal unless one obtains a permit from the government. But Lee Kuan Yew's oligarchy has never granted even a single permit in the country's entire history, unless of course the protest is to praise Lee and his government. What this means of course is there is no hope for anyone to protest publicly about anything. And not only that, the law will also make the filming of police brutality, which always occurs in the rare instances of protests.
One can see why this government is resorting to such a universal grip on power. They are afraid. Singapore economy is doing badly. People are being thrown out of jobs with no support from the government. With no one to turn to in this concrete jungle, Lee Kuan Yew fears there may be protests when the people have no other recourse. He realizes that more and more people are beginning to hate, yes hate, this government, when the ministers pay themselves the highest salaries in the world, when the poor can hardly manage to feed their children. And protests in a situation like this makes the position of this government extremely tenuous.
Many activists have been successful in exposing police brutality and the misuse of police powers by filming the arrests and posting the pictures of the police officers on the Internet. Pictures of DSP Hasssan who arrested Dr. Chee Soon Juan for peacefully protesting at the World Bank meeting, pictures of ASP Abdul Razak Zakaria who arrested me and those who wore T shirts with kangaroo pictures; these men have been identified and exposed. These officers must have begun to have the jitters as to what will happen to them if there was a change in government? Will they be held to account? So the law to keep their identities secret in the dirty work they do.
This law not only makes protesting illegal, the police are given wide powers to do anything they want. Literally anything. They can question you on mere suspicion regardless of whether there was any basis for it, they can prevent you going about your business on the pretext that you were going to a protest meeting, they can tap your phones, they can search you for no rime or reason.
Singapore today is a one party state with Lee Kuan Yew in absolute control. It's media is owned and controlled by the state. Even though the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression, you have no such rights. The judiciary is corrupt and beholden to Lee Kuan Yew and his government. And finally this. Whereas previously you were allowed to peacefully protest if you were not more than four, now even if you wanted to stand alone holding up a placard, you will be running foul of the law.
And that is why I say it is a complete concentration camp with one exception. You could not have escaped from Auswitch or Dachau. But you can from Singapore if you want. This is the only difference between Hitler's concentration camps and Singapore.
Just as a guard at Auswitch can ask you to move along, Singapore police can do the same. The guards at Auswitch can pass any law they want; Lee Kuan Yew can do the same. In Auswitch you are allowed only to read Hitler's propaganda; same in Singapore where you get to read only the state controlled news papers. In Auswitch, the guards can punish you in any way they want; same in Singapore with Lee Kuan Yew's judges, such as Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean, who are dying to do anything for him. In Auswitch you may be able to get by and live out your life, by keeping your mouth shut and dutifully obeying your orders; same in Singapore, you can live a quiet life by being an obedient dog.
Lee Kuan Yew has got it all wrong this time. This sort of control is not going to work. People are escaping from the island, or rather they are emigrating in droves, yes droves. They are going to Australia and other democracies not wanting to live in a concentration camp. Children are not being born in sufficient numbers and without the relentless import of foreign migrants from the neighbouring impoverished countries, Singaporean population would have shrunk.
No educated man or woman in his right mind would want to tolerate this. This law has finally broken the camel's back. I do not believe that Singaporeans will take this nonsense anymore from this 86 year old tyrant.
Any human has a tolerance threshold beyond which he will not endure. I believe, that threshold has been reached with this law. I expect things to begin to change with the people taking the law into their own hands since they cannot get any justice from this government.
Singapore may have modern skyscrapers and manicured lawns. But these things does not in any way make Singapore anything other than a true concentration camp with the prison guards (Singapore police) free to do anything they want to you. Your only choice is to obey anything you are told to do. I am not sure, even with Singaporeans being the most tolerant and obedient people on this planet would be willing to accept a life such as this.
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