Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is reported by Reuters on April 13, 2009 "Singapore says new law will prevent meeting disruption", Singapore Public Order Act became law in that one party dictatorship.
As it is, Singaporeans do not have any civil rights. 5 or more people require a police permit to assemble. A permit is needed to speak in public. All newspapers are government owned and controlled. No permits have ever been issued to anyone if the intent was to criticize the government. 82 out of the 84 members in Parliament belong to Lee Kuan Yew's party. The 2 remaining opposition politicians have been thoroughly neutralized, fearing arrest if they truly criticized government policies. In any case Lee Kuan Yew's government ignores completely them, making criticism in that rubber stamp Parliament a waste of time.
And of course, Lee Kuan Yew uses the law courts as a weapon to eliminate his opponents by jailing them and bankrupting them by abusing the law. Singapore today cannot claim by any measure that it has the rule of law.
Not satisfied with this total control over then people that it already has; Singapore being now effectively a police state run by a dictatorship; the screws have been tightened yet again. Since the people have been thoroughly silenced now, I wonder why the need to silence them even further.
While previously only 5 or more people needed a permit to assemble, with this law, even a lone peaceful protester will be arrested and sent to jail if he did not have a permit. And by the way, no one in the entire history of Singapore has ever got one!
The people are now in a thoroughly hopeless situation. You cannot get redress in Parliament since there is no one to speak for you. You cannot get it published in newspapers since they are state owned and controlled. You cannot win in court since all the judges are government lackeys. You cannot print and publish your grievances since you need a permit, which you will not get. You cannot even blog about it openly as Vivian Balakrishnan, Lee Kuan Yew's minister has threatened to send bloggers to jail, as I was!
And now finally, even though the Constitution guarantees free speech and expression, you cannot peacefully protest or assemble in public under this law.
If you were not a complete slave before, now you are. You are completely at the mercy of this Lee Kuan Yew dictatorship. You can either live in Singapore with your mouth shut uncomplaining and obedient like a dog, or you can speak and get yourself into trouble.
It is not just I who can see this. Growing numbers are unwilling to live this shameful way and they leave; they emigrate. Singapore is losing increasing numbers of highly skilled people. To replace them, increasing numbers of Chinese from Communist China are given citizenship.
Communist Chinese imports are a completely different breed. They have no history and no tradition or experience in democracy. To them all that matters is more affluence. These people find Singapore excellent. They have a better standard of living than in China and that is all that matters. But for local Singaporeans such a life is not enough. Unlike Chinese from China, we inherited British traditions which treated civil liberties as the most important quality for any nation. Local Singaporeans regardless of their ethnicity will not and cannot accept living in bondage under Lee Kuan Yew much longer.
With increasing education, there has to emerge Singaporeans who will dare to question these unjust laws. And in this regard, Singapore Democratic Party should take the lead in organizing peaceful non violent protests throughout the island urging citizens to stand up to this injustice. Singapore activists should not be looking for what is expedient or even what will please the people. Singapore activists should instead do what is right. And the right thing to do now is to stand up to this despotic regime.
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