Ladies and Gentlemen,
In Singapore, unlike anywhere else, judges always retire in secrecy. Their whereabouts are not usually revealed and nothing further is heard of them thereafter.
Some manage to go abroad but no one knows where exactly they are or what they do. Some remain in Singapore to live out the remaining years of their lives but in almost total secrecy.
Take TS Sinnathuray, Lee Kuan Yew's handpicked right hand man, responsible for an entire disgraceful career of using the law to silence, bankrupt and imprison his master's (Lee Kuan Yew's) political opponents.
Recall he was the judge to repeatedly bankrupt and fine the late JB Jeyaretanm to please Lee Kuan Yew. He appeared to have no conscience at all.
It was he that fined me $8,000.00 in 1991 for a statements I made at an election rally in the Bukit Merah elections of that year, totally harmless statements, such as the need for reform in the system of appointing Subordinate Court judges.
Numerous foreign newspapers were fined hundreds of thousands of dollars merely for having made unflattering remarks about Lee Kuan Yew.
Recently Singapore's state controlled newspapers reported him being awarded a medal for good work as a judge. Other than that, nothing more has been heard of him. Noone knows even where he exactly lives in Singapore.
GP Selvam, a Tamil, was another such man. In about 1993, while I was in the US, 3 Singapore judges, one of whom was this man, had ordered be suspended from practicing law there for 2 years merely for questioning the then Attorney General of Singapore, Tan Boon Tiek on certain developments about the late JB Jeyaretnam.
Today he runs a law practice in Singapore in partnership with his wife also a Tamil, his daughter and her Tamil lawyer husband. Apparently he does well out of government contracts given to him by Lee's government, no doubt the reward for all the years of dirty work faithfully carried out to silence and put away Lee's critics.
He too lives a quiet obscure life. Nothing much is heard about him.
The pattern for Lee Kuan Yew seems to be to use such men and women with neither principles nor a conscience, who do his dirty work misusing the law to destroy his political opponents.
Once that is done, he literally puts them out to grass, like an old workhorse who has done his bidding and now put out to grass the remaining years of their pathetic lives.
One reason why nothing much is said about men such as TS Sinnathuray is perhaps also for their own good. After all, if Sinnathuray is seen often in public, would not another Singaporean disgusted by his evil manifestation, may even throw a brick at him, or even worse.
If you live in shame, you have to do it in secret. There is no other way out for them. One may even feel sorry for them. It is bad enough for people like TS Sinnathuray to have to struggle with their conscience. What is worse is to have to hide from their fellow citizens the rest of their lives.
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