Ladies and Gentlemen,
Although JB Jeyaretnam did not live to see the fruits of his struggle, his actions were not in vain. His greatest achievement was to expose this Singapore dictatorship to the people. With Lee Kuan Yew's non stop persecution of Jeyaretnam and Jeyaretnam in turn refusing to give in to the tyrant; he was able to tell not only Singaporeans but the world that Singapore is indeed a dictatorship. That it has no rule of law. That it's judges are instruments for political repression against opponents. This revelation, which Lee Kuan Yew managed to keep under wraps for years through a clever public relations campaign; finally emerged from underneath the woodwork. Jeyaretnam finally managed to tell the world what Singapore really was. A dictatorship no less, run by a petty minded tin pot tyrant, strutting about in his small island, and terrorizing everyone! A government that has lost the respect of the people finds itself in many unexpected way, handicapped.
For instance, when respect for a government is lost, it becomes difficult to find capable people to join them. Capable people leave the country to reside elsewhere. Countries who consider human rights as important, refuse to invest in it. This leaves them to bring in lesser qualified workers from abroad to replace those who left. These foreign human imports not only are lesser qualified, they also lack any loyalty, resulting in the end in the country turning into a revolving door; foreigners leaving only to be replaced by other lesser qualified foreigners. All this weakens Lee Kuan Yew's plan for perpetual dictatorial rule over his people.
Everyone in the past and now, who stand up to this tyranny manages to weaken it. You have heard of the "Marxist Conspirators" 22 young men and women who were arrested by Lee Kuan Yew and jailed for doing social and religious work to help the poor and unfortunate. Lee Kuan Yew falsely brands them "Marxists" when none of them had anything to do with Marxism. He found them a threat to his rule. So he arrests them using his willing police force, and puts them away, labelling them any name he wants. Although the 22 arrested have no doubt suffered by this, Lee Kuan Yew has suffered much more. Singaporeans and the world have seen yet again, how Lee Kuan Yew manages to stay in power; by abusing the law, the law courts and the police force to put away his opponents. The brave actions of the 22 has weakened Lee Kuan Yew and his government; by the people's awareness of the repression.
On March 15, 2008 19 young Singaporeans peacefully stood outside Parliament House with placards and banners to protest against unbearable food prices. All of them have been arrested and have been put on trial. They will all be sent to prison, no doubt. But if these young men and women are inconvenienced, Lee Kuan Yew and his dictatorship suffer many times more. Everyone in Singapore and abroad are told yet again that this is a small minded government that only manages to stay in power by punishing criticism.
Dr. Chee Soon Juan has repeatedly been jailed, sent to prison and bankrupted. Even now, he is on trial for this peaceful protest. No doubt he has suffered but the harm that Lee Kuan Yew suffers is unimaginable. Dr. Chee's punishment has resulted in many foreign governments shunning Singapore; it has resulted in the International Bar Association writing a scathing attack against the lack of rule of law and it continues to cause a flood of talented Singaporeans leaving the small island state. Lee Kuan Yew continues to be seriously weakened by Dr. Chee Soon Juan. And the more he punishes Dr. Chee for no rime or reason, the more Singapore becomes known as a ruthless one party Leninist state.
What Singaporeans should realize is this. This government has lost all credibility both inside and outside Singapore. Larger countries might be able to withstand this but a small island like Singapore cannot. I believe that every single person in that island has lost any respect for the institutions of government. And the credit for this is proudly taken by all of us. We take the punishment when the government unjustly punishes us. But at the same time, we manage to weaken both the dictator and his government. And if we continue the onslaught, in very little time, there will come a point beyond the threshold of tolerance. And that is when this tyranny will come to an end. It is not as difficult as you may think.
So I ask Singaporeans to do whatever you can. In May last year, I did my small contribution to the cause of freedom by being arrested for criticizing Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for her bias in the defamation lawsuit brought on by Lee Kuan Yew against Dr. Chee, by being sent to jail for 3 months. Although I was punished, I managed to hurt the credibility of Lee Kuan Yew and his government by exposing his abuse of the law. My action has also managed to expose Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean as a political judge who uses her position to silence dissent. Her reputation has been completely and permanently destroyed, no matter how many times Lee Kuan Yew will sing praises for her in his state controlled newspapers.
No matter how insignificant or small your actions, it all adds up. It helps in toppling this dictatorship. So distribute leaflets, write blogs, take part in peaceful protests, write to your government, write to foreign governments, write to your friends, do anything you can. Your individual actions combine to become a powerful force, which will bring about change.
Please don't stop.
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