Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper has in it's online edition of July 28, 2008this report "Views on arbitration act sought". It seems, Lee Kuan Yew's recently handpicked Singapore Minister for Law, K Shanmugam, has even more grandiose ideas. This time, he wants public feedback on internationalizing the Singapore Arbitration Act with a view to making Singapore an international arbitration center.
It is quite obvious he has run out any real ideas. Now it seems he goes through the motion of doing something or the other, just for the sake of pleasing his master, Lee Kuan Yew.
This is not the first time this man has come up with such high sounding ideas for an island such as this where there is no free press whatsoever; where there is no freedom of speech expression or assembly at all even though the Constitution guarantees it; where any critic of Lee Kuan Yew or his family members is always sued and sent to prison; where it is very clear by anyone with eyes or ears that this is another Burma or North Korea. Yet, ladies and gentlemen, believe it or not, this man persists in telling us that he intends to make it a world class arbitration center!
As a lawyer, being Minister for Law, does he not know that parties will avoid places perceived to lack the rule of law, to resolve disputes, since obviously they cannot trust the impartiality of the tribunal? Is he not aware that the International Bar Association put out a 72 page report lambasting Singapore for it's complete lack of judicial impartiality or the rule of law? Is he not aware that the same article of the respected Association reported the Singapore judiciary systematically abuses the rule of law and denies fundamental human rights to Lee Kuan Yew's critics? Is he not aware that that the same Association clearly stated the judges of Singapore, one example being Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean, permit themselves to be used by Lee Kuan Yew and his government to further their own interest and that of their master Lee Kuan Yew? Is he not aware that all human rights organizations including Amnesty International have equated Singapore with North Korea in areas of human rights and self determination of the people? In other words, is he not aware that Singapore citizens are just slaves of Lee Kuan Yew?
Yet this man, almost like clockwork, periodically comes up again and again claiming this small dictatorial island republic, devoid of human rights or human dignity is a world class arbitration center!
Someone should wake up this man from his reverie and remind him of the naked bitter truth. Which is this. For a start there are insufficient lawyers there. No one wants to be a lawyer and practice Lee Kuan Yew's law, that is, laws which pleases him and his interest. That is why there are no more than 3,000 lawyers in that island of 4.5 million people, in jam packed conditions living one on top of the other in skyscrapers. That is why the Singapore Law Society refuses to tell me how many lawyers there are out of embarrassment (see my earlier blog).
K Shanmugam, the Singapore Law Minister, whose head appears to have been misplaced, should not be spending taxpayers money and newsprint by coming up with total nonsense time and time again about his place claiming to make it into an international arbitration center. The perception of Singapore is so bad now that people elsewhere think that anyone found chewing gum anywhere in the island is instantly whipped by any policeman who has seen it! It is viewed as a clown show with clowns such as Lee Kuan Yew and this Minister.
There is a sentence in the report which is particularly insulting to the great and proud cities of Paris London, Geneva and Zurich. It claims International Chamber of Commerce has equated Singapore with these cities as a possible international arbitration center. I have my doubts when something completely false like this is printed in a state controlled newspaper like the Straits Times. Either the International Chamber of Commerce has got it completely wrong or Singapore's state controlled newspaper has put out a statement which is blatantly false.
It should be clear to anyone who knows Singapore's Alice in Wonderland legal system. It can never aspire to be like any of these great cities. For a start France, England or Switzerland does not own and control the press, they do not prohibit free speech and expression, they do not throw government critics in jail and they do not rig parliamentary elections like Singapore does. These are great cities in respected countries. Singapore on the other hand, is nothing but a small overcrowded island with a tin pot dictator strutting around like a prize rooster, paying himself and his family members millions of tax payers money, where everyone including all lawyers live in fear of this small time bully.
And it is one country where this handpicked Lee Kuan Yew's Law Minister K Shanmugam can continue to publish any amount of nonsense he wants in the state controlled press, simply because there is no one to question him. You will be put in jail if you did.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall!
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