Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew during his defamation trial against Dr. Chee Soon Juan from May 26 2008 to May 28, 2008 in Singapore said this in court. While I was seated in the Singapore court, at one point during his testimony, he had said, he managed to bring Singapore to what is is,(if indeed there is anything to be proud about),"by wits alone".
"By wits alone". Very true.
You see, he has managed to hoodwink the vast majority of the world into thinking that he has created a democracy. That he has created wealth and Singapore is a beacon to the rest of the world as a country that came from a poor fishing village to being a first world democracy. But this is not true. It is not a democracy. The people are not well off. And they are not happy.
But foreigners don't see this. What they see is clean streets, high rise buildings, good infra structure and people having some eduction and some having a little money. From this, they believe, through the clever propaganda put out that all is well. But sooner or later at least they find out the truth and change their views.
2 years ago, the International Bar Association held their annual conference in Singapore. They were not aware of the abuse of the law by Lee Kuan Yew and his political friends to keep themselves in power. They were not aware that there was no rule of law. But all that changed very quickly. After Singapore activists such as Dr. Chee Soon Juan got their message across to them of what Singapore really was, a totalitarian dictatorship with Lee Kuan Yew in the role of the dictator, it all changed overnight. Very soon they came out with a 72 page scathing attack against the Singapore legal system telling the world there was no rule of law at all in the country, that opposition politicians are destroyed in their courts by corrupt judges, one of them being Belinda Ang Saw Ean. And with the publication of this report went the hopes of the government in trying to make Singapore a legal hub for international arbitration. It not only threw a wrench into the spokes, the legal profession itself accelerated it's decline in numbers. There are now less than 2,500 lawyers in the entire country!
On June 1, 2009, the Singapore state controlled press has an article, "Singapore tops social capital". It reports Caux Round Table, an international monitor on countries had placed Singapore 14 among 200 countries, a high score, for qualities such as ethics and values of politicians, good business governance and human rights etc. Singapore it seems was placed above the USA and UK but lower than the Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand.
It is once again quite obvious that just like the International Bar Association who were not aware of the truth until they were told, the same with this organization. They obviously are not aware that Lee Kuan Yew and his friends pay themselves $3.7 million a year, that there is no accountability for the assets of the country, which means anyone can siphon off any amount any time, and with the courts being directly controlled by him, no one dares to question them about anything.
Obviously they are not aware of the courts hounding, and bankrupting the late JB Jeyaretnam, the bankrupting of various opposition leaders in Singapore through the courts and my imprisonment for 3 months for having criticized Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for delivering a politically motivated judgement.
It is quite obvious they are not aware of the entire media being state controlled and there is no opportunity for anyone to have any independent opinion about anything under pain of punishment in his courts.
None of this comports with the notions of ethics and good governance that this organization claims it based its judgement.
And if they tried to ask themselves this question, why is there not a single protest or peaceful demonstration or protest in the country at all; not for more than 4 decades! Are they all happy all the time or is there some other reason; fear perhaps. Just as in North Korea there have not been any signs of any unrest for a very long time. Just like North Korea, Singapore is one large cemetery, with silent people going about their work.
This organization should have placed Singapore right at the bottom of the list. Just like the International Bar Association, I think they too will find out the truth very soon.
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