Ladies and Gentlemen,
If Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore government and their Law Society are keen to cheer us up with some entrainment in these gloomy times with the world beset with wars and financial upheavals, they are succeeding very well indeed.
And after reading what I am about to say, if anyone had even any lingering doubts that the Singapore Legal System is rotten to the core, as stridently declared by the International Bar Association's 75 page report on Singapore, then that person cannot possibly have a straight face.
I have just received in my office in Fremont, California, USA, from the Law Society of Singapore, represented by Colin Ng and Partners, the firm who are prosecuting me, a huge box of papers, files and documents which presumably they are going to rely on to disbar me.
Since the issues in my case are very simple, such as, did I "insult" Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean, a Singapore judge in my blog and should that result in my disbarment; I fail to see how all that paper, several thousand pages perhaps, almost entirely irrelevant, should have anything to do with my case, but in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore anything is possible and why should I complain if that is what they do.
It is simply a huge waste, not only of the Singapore taxpayers money not to mention the harm done to the timber resources of the world in that wasted reams upon reams of paper.
It contains large chunks if not all of my testimony in the Singapore courts which went on for several long days in Singapore in 2008, with numerous witnesses and numerous copies of the blog posts in this blog. An utter waste of the Singapore tax payers time and money.
In addition to that box, I have also received by Courier Mail a letter from this law firm that a hearing has been fixed to be heard at the Disciplinary Conference Room Singapore on Friday April 30, 2010 at 11.00 am which I am required to attend.
Seperately, with reference to the same hearing date in Singapore on April 30, 2010 in Singapore, I had received a letter from the Disciplinary Committee of Singapore in my office in California, USA on April 19, 2010 via fax and Email, also stating that "the Disciplinary Tribunal has directed the parties (including me) to attend the hearing of the Summons application.....on April 30, 2010 at 11 am" in Singapore.
Now you will recall that on Nov 26, 2008, when I was deported from Singapore after having spent 2 months in jail there for having made some unflattering remarks about Lee Kuan Yew's judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean in this blog, I was deported from Singapore, prohibited from ever returning to Singapore unless I had the written permission of the Singapore government. In fact if I ever came to Singapore without permission, I stand to be arrested and sent to jail up to 2 years.
A deportation order was stamped in my American passport and a seperate similar order was handed to me prohibiting me from ever entering Singapore, before I left Singapore at the Immigration and Customs Authority office.
Can anyone with a head on his shoulders take the trouble to tell me how in Heavens can I come to Singapore from California USA on April 30th 2010 to appear at the Conference Room of the Disciplinary Tribunal in Singapore at 11 am, when I don't have any permission to do so, and what is worse, I will be arrested on sight if I ever landed there and thrown in jail!
You will recall from my earlier posts here, that I had written on numerous occasions not only to Lee Kuan Yew's immigration authorities but also to the Disciplinary Tribunal asking for permission to enter Singapore for my trial which is to be held from May 17, 2010 to May 21, 2010.
Except for an Email from Ng-Goh Siew Lee (Mrs) of the Singapore Immigration department dated Nov 13, 2009, acknowledging receipt of my letter, I have not received any permission to travel to Singapore at all!
Even though it remains the primary responsibility of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal, to arrange this so as to ensure that I can attend their hearings, they have told me not to bother them anymore and whatever I needed has to be directed to the Singapore Immigration authorities.
So as the matter now stands, I have been ordered to travel from California, USA to Singapore to appear before a Tribunal there on the 30th of April 2010 at 11am, even though they themselves have ordered me never to set foot in Singapore and if I did, sent to jail for 2 years!
And not just this. Up till April 19, 2010, I had never been informed by anyone of a hearing date of April 30, 2010. If they seriously expected me to appear at their hearing date in Singapore on April 30, 2010, should they not have informed me of this earlier, since I would have to purchase an airline ticket for travel before that date and a mere 10 days notice is surely not enough for someone to make arrangements to travel half way around the globe to Singapore! Which makes me think that perhaps they would prefer not to see me in Singapore at all!
Don't you think there is something wrong with this whole thing! How do you order someone to attend a hearing in Singapore while at the same time you refuse to give him permission to do it and what is more, you threaten to send him to jail if he ever came!
Is this what Lee Kuan Yew and his Tamil side kick, the Minister for Law K Shanmugam means as an example of their "best legal system in the world" and their "rule of law".
Is this a joke or do they really mean it?
We have had numerous examples of Singaporean "justice" to keep us entertained for some time.
Recently we have had the Kangaroo T Shirt case where Lee Kuan Yew's judge Judith Prakash sends 3 young men to jail merely for wearing T shirts engraved with pictures of kangaroos in judicial robes. Sending them to jail was bad enough but what was even worse was the fact that they were not within any courtroom at all!
Then we had my case when I was sent to jail for 2 months for criticizing Lee Kuan Yew's judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for abusing the law to please her master, Lee Kuan Yew.
Then we had Dr. Chee Soon Juan being sent to jail numerous times for "speaking" in public because in that island, you need a permit to engage in the God given right to speak publicly!
Only a few days ago we had the case of 3 men from the Singapore Democratic Party sent to jail for merely walking along the road, which they term "a procession" and which in Lee Kuan Yew's island, a permit again is required. Only in Singapore would someone need a government permit to walk along the street in groups!
Even earlier we had the case of the same judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean allowing Lee Kuan Yew to win a defamation suit agsisnt Dr. Chee Soon Juan when the trial itself was conducted in her private office under closed doors with the Defendant prevented from calling any witnesses and when he objected and walked out of her office in protest, the judge and Lee Kuan Yew's lawyer privately had a meeting of sorts (Singaporean trial) and awarded the case to her boss (Lee Kuan Yew) after a few minutes!
But none of these legal procedures, amusing as they are, in Lee Kuan Yew's "rule of law" island can beat what they are doing to me.
In my case, they are in effect ordering me to enter Singapore on April 30, 2010 to attend a court hearing there, when they had previously ordered me never to enter their country and I will be arrested and sent to jail if I did!
Can anyone tell me a more interesting legal system that what that island of Singapore has, which not even Alice in Wonderland can beat?
Not wanting to spend any additional time sending them separate Emails to ask them what sort of joke are they trying to pull here, let me send this Blog post as an Email to all the relevant members of Lee Kuan Yew's rather entertaining group of people:
1)Ng-Goh Siew (Mrs), Immigration and checkpoint authority: firstname.lastname@example.org
2)Angela Chopard, Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal: email@example.com
3)Yogeswari d/o N Vadivellu, Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal: firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Peter Low (aka Peter Cuthbert Low) of Colin Ng and Partners, Lee Kuan Yew's lawyer deployed to argue for the Singaporean Law Society to have me disbarred: email@example.com
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