Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper's online edition of Nov 20, 2009 had this piece of propaganda "Opposition party man cleared."
According to the Singapore newspaper, Mohamed Jufrie Mahmood, who is a Central Committee Member of the Opposition Singapore Democratic Party, had gone to trial in Singapore's courts on a charge that he illegally employed a foreigner in his construction business. This particular offense not only carries a jail sentence, the offender can also be caned, Singapore's brutal law where the accused is officially beaten.
But not altogether surprisingly, he was acquitted and released. For someone not accustomed to Lee Kuan Yew's courts, it would seem strange why I should offer any opinion one way or another, since he was given a trial and found not guilty.
You see, when it comes to opposition politicians in Singapore, when they are charged with criminal offenses, it is not to decide the guilt or innocence of the accused person. It is for the purpose of teaching a political lesson to the accused. Whether or not the defendant actually committed the offense is completely irrelevant.
You see, in such cases the court is not a forum for legal trial. It is where political lessons are taught by Lee Kuan Yew. In some cases, there is severe punishment, like they did to me in sending me to jail for 3 months for criticizing a Singapore judge. In other cases, it could be a warning to stay away, which I suspect was in Jufrie's case.
Jufrie is a respected Malay leader among his community. He knows, as we all do, the racial segregation, prejudice and discrimination against the Singapore Malays, the true natives of Singapore, by the dominant Chinese race of which Lee Kuan Yew is one. The Malays are discriminated in jobs, housing and in many other ways. That is why today, the most menial and underpaid of jobs are reserved for the Malays of Singapore.
Jufrie knows this as well as I do. But until today, since the 1980s as a member of the Workers Party, another opposition party, he has understandably not dared to challenge Lee Kuan Yew head on issues such as race. Although he knows that talking and giving speeches have no real effect at all, he has not dared to organize the Malays or other Singaporeans in any peaceful demonstration for their just rights. He understandably fears Lee Kuan Yew will treat him shabbily if he did, to put it mildly.
I think Jufrie is not guilty at all of any crime. He may not even have known this particular foreigner who is alleged to have overstayed in Singapore. This whole thing, I reckon, has been stage manged as they always do, to teach opposition aspirants what terrible things they can do.
The foreigner was promptly arrested. He was probably told to say he worked for Jufrie. The confession that he very probably made had probably been written out for him by the police themselves. He was probably ordered to implicate Jufrie in return for leniency, which he did.
By why did they acquit Jufrie? Well it is like this. Jufrie has until very recently been non political, only having joined the Singapore Democratic Party recently. So, it was time to send Jufrie a message which is this:
"We can do anything to you anytime we want. This time we are going to let you off. Let this be a warning. Stay away from challenging us seriously. As long as you remain an SDP committee member and no more, that is fine. If you take more active steps and threaten us where it matters, we will impoverish you and finish you off. Think of your business and be a good boy. Be quiet".
On my part, I hope, Jufrie refuses to learn this lesson!
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