Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's Nov 24, 2006 online edition of the state controlled newspaper Straits Times has the shameful story "Newest member of the PSC".
It tells us that Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore government has yet again showered even more prizes over Mr. Philip Jeyaretanm, the son of the late opposition leader JB Jeyaretnam who was hounded and persecuted for more than 30 years by the very same government, all for standing up for his people.
In the recent past, he was made the president of the Singapore Law Society, which we all know is an arm of Lee Kuan Yew's government. Now he is given further honors. He has now been made a member of Singapore's prestigious Public Service Commission.
Frankly this man is not worth writing much about. Simply put, he is a man lacking the slightest of loyalty and integrity that one would expect a son for his father. What is even more disgusting in this case, is the fact that he is a lawyer, and he knows the law, and how it was abused to destroy his father.
He knew all along the litany of prosecutions and defamation actions by this Lee Kuan Yew government against his father had not the slightest of merit. He knew all along that ever rule in the book was being broken and bent to harass, intimidate and destroy his father. He knew that the Constitution protected his father but yet was blatantly violated. He knew all along that his father was the punching bag of Lee Kuan Yew's shameful excesses.
Yet he did nothing. Nothing at all to defend him. Not a word.
Yet this man, not only refuses to raise even a whimper in defense of his father. He goes one disgraceful step further. He willingly collaborates with them. And permits them to cleverly use him.
They use him by giving him honors and accolades, such as "Cambridge educated lawyer" "son of the late opposition leader JB Jeyaretnam", implying they are fair minded towards the opposition, which in fact they never were. With him they are able to argue that they are not out to destroy the opposition, as many accuse them of, which he is permitting them to do it with his collaboration.
We all want to succeed in life, but surely we want to do it with bit of honor and self respect. His willing collaboration with the very same people who destroyed his father shows one thing to us. He is obviously not a man capable of succeeding in life by his own merits. He can only succeed by licking boots, regardless of whether the boots were the very ones which trampled on his father.
He is a disgrace, to the word "son", a disgrace to his profession and a disgrace to the respected University of Cambridge.
We need not say more about him.
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