Ladies and Gentlemen,
It seems according to Singapore's "rule of law", Gopalan Nair simply cannot win. What the Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal is telling me is simply this, Heads they Win, Tails I lose. On April 19, 2010, for the first time, a few days ago, in my ongoing professional ethics prosecution to have me disbarred in the Singapore Legal System, which by the way is a forgone conclusion, they had written to me ordering me to attend a court hearing in Singapore on April 30, 2010 at 11 am.
Just as a reminder to those who may have forgotten, I live in Fremont California, USA, near San Francisco; not in Singapore.
Naturally anyone in their rights senses would have appreciated that if you expect a Defendant (that is myself) in a court case to fly in from another continent, half way around the world to another country, one would give him more than a mere 11 days to do it; because 11 days was all there is from April 19, 2010 to the hearing date in Singapore of April 30, 2010.
After all Gopalan Nair has a job or a business to attend to, leave of absence has to be arranged, and you have to make arrangements to fly for 18 hours to Singapore.
What is worse in this case, the Singapore government had banned me from entering Singapore without permission and surely if the Tribunal was serious about my attending their court case, they should arrange for this permission from the Singapore Immigration and Customs Authority.
I had in the past requested the Tribunal which has the conduct of these proceedings to arrange these matters including the obtaining of the necessary permission since it is their duty to ensure that I am given a fair opportunity to defend these proceedings. The Tribunal however have felt that all this is not at all their responsibility and have said plainly that if I needed anything from anyone, I should apply to them and not to the Tribunal. As far as they are concerned, they are not interested.
Since the Tribunal does not appear likely to change their idea of their responsibilities anytime soon, I gave notice to the Immigration and Customs Authority of Singapore by sending them a copy of my blog post dated April 20, 2010 "Law Society of Singapore vs. Gopalan Nair. Singapore's legal system the joke of the century", informing them that I needed their permission to enter Singapore on April 30, 2010 to appear in court. I had copied this Email to the Tribunal and the Solicitor for the Singapore Law Society as well to let them know.
I followed this up by an additional Email to them, on April 22, 2010, copied to the Disciplinary Tribunal and Colin Ng and Partners, the lawyers for the Singapore Law society, titled "Law Society of Singapore vs Gopalan Nair. Request for Adjournment of Summons Date of April 30, 2010 at 11 am in Singapore" a request that the April 30 date be postponed for 30 days since I wished to attend in Singapore for the hearing and the notice was far too short, a mere 11 days!
Today April 26, 2010, California time, I received an Email and a fax from the Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal the following:
"The Disciplinary Tribunal has considered your application for a 30 day adjournment of the hearing of the summons application dated April 15, 2010 (which by the way was received by me only on the 19th of April, 2010), which is fixed for hearing fro Friday April 30, 2010. The Disciplinary Tribunal is of the view that sufficient notice has been given and is therefore rejecting the application for an adjournment. (Parenthesis mine)
Separately kindly be reminded that if you wish to attend the Disciplinary Tribunal hearing, you are required to apply to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) directly for permission to re-enter Singapore."
Up till now, the Singapore Immigration and Customs Authority have refused to give me any permission to enter the island.
I hope ladies and gentlemen reading this, you appreciate the chicanery and plum pudding tomfoolery, that the Singapore authorities are trying to dish out here.
On the one hand, they give Gopalan Nair notice of 11 days of a court hearing in Singapore which he has to attend when he lives in Fremont, California, USA.
Second, even if Gopalan Nair wanted to fly to Singapore anyway, he cannot, simply because their colleagues at the Singapore Immigration and Customs Authority refuse to give him permission to enter the island and will arrest him and send him to jail if he did.
I am not sure what you call this game that Singapore is trying to play, Catch 22, or Around the Mulberry Bush, but you know what I mean. One simply cannot win when Lee Kuan Yew is after you, never mind how stupid they make themselves appear in the process.
Its like telling me, come here if you dare but we will get you if you do. I am sorry to tell Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore that I don't want to play this game, which I know I am going to lose. Unless you give me the necessary permissions and the necessary guarantees, I am not going to come to Singapore to play your game. If you want to play, play yourself.
Singapore can still correct their errors if they want by giving me the necessary permission and guarantees of safe passage; postpone the hearing date to a reasonable time ahead so that I can realistically make arrangements to travel to Singapore and by doing this, they would be seen as showing at least some modicum of fairness. Please keep in mind, I am still wanting to attend the hearing.
If you do not do what anyone reading this would see as a necessity, the Singapore Legal System and their government would only be confirming again for the umpteenth time that they are just a corrupt organization abusing the law to silence their political opponents.
And in the end, whatever judgement you come out with at the end of this Tribunal hearing of Singapore Law Society vs Gopalan Nair, would be worth no better than a piece of trash.
From the rather bizarre way that the Singapore Legal Administration goes about things, I am quite sure they would not be giving me any permission to enter Singapore and neither would they be prepared to give me sufficient time to attend the court hearing.
Which serves my purposes very well indeed since it would show the world yet again that this is a corrupt administration; the International Bar Association was right when they said it's judges are corrupt and the rule of law is absent; the world will look even poorly on Singapore's legal system; there will be less use of the Singapore courts and arbitration by international litigants; even more Singapore lawyers would resign from the law in disgust; the legal population will shrink to less than the present minuscule 3,000 and even less young people would want to enter a profession that stands thoroughly disgraced.
So let me tell the Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal that if they thought they got me in a fix, no it is the other way round I am afraid. It is in fact Gopalan Nair telling the Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal, Heads Gopalan Nair wins, Tails Singapore Law Society (Lee Kuan Yew) loses.
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