Ladies and Gentlemen,
My tribute to Kenneth Jeyaretnam
Gopalan Nair Attorneys at Law
39737 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite A1
Fremont, California 94538
April 09, 2009 By Air Mail
The Reform Party
18A, Smith Street
I congratulate you for your courageous decision in joining the Reform Party. You have chosen the honorable path by this action. There is no doubt this momentous decision that you made was not for any personal gain but to do the right thing for the people of Singapore. Singapore today is a one party totalitarian dictatorship which is a far cry from what it was meant to be in 1963 when it broke from colonial rule.
I have personally known your father throughout the 1980s when I was his colleague in the Worker's Party. He was an honest man, passionately committed to democracy in Singapore. Sadly he did not live long enough to see the fruits of his struggle.
With this vindictive government in Singapore, I have no doubt that this is the beginning of your troubles. I am sure you too are fully aware of it. If you stood by your principles to fight for Singaporeans rights, to use Churchill's words, you have nothing to hope for but "blood toil tears and sweat". This is how, this small minded government goes about it's business to stay in power. At least this is how it must be in the immediate future. But I am sure, in the end, if you have the courage to stand your ground, without faltering, without wavering and without baulking; in the end you will be vindicated. I have no doubt in my mind of it.
The memory of your illustrious father lives with you and walks with you. That memory alone which is vivid in the minds of all Singaporeans will cause many to join you and the political opposition. Your attraction is also your admirable qualifications as an economist.
You are walking the righteous path. You have my admiration and respect. I have no doubt that you will succeed. I wish you success.