Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper, a mouthpiece of the Singaporean dictator Lee Kuan Yew, "Today", of April 08, 2010 has the story "Poison letters hit Senkang".
It tells of someone in Singapore writing a one page letter size leaflet headed "The truth that every citizen must know" which he distributed widely in mailboxes of residents in a Singaporean suburb Senkang.
In the first paragraph, titled "PAP is corrupted collectively" he talks about Lee Kuan Yew, his family and his friends in high places being corrupt by illegally siphoning off the state's assets and are therefore corrupt.
The second paragraph, "The PAP has betrayed the people of Singapore", refers to PAP, Lee Kuan Yew's political party, betraying the people by importing cheap labor from neighbouring impoverished countries, to keep wages low thereby disadvantaging locals and benefiting foreigners.
The third paragraph titled "A real case of our citizens being driven to suicide", he alludes to Chen Ru Guan, a father of 2 young children, a truly sad case where he kills himself by jumping onto a running train out of poverty.
The writer holds Lee Kuan Yew responsible for his death and warns of the danger of Lee and his friends absconding when the government collapses; reminding us that we should not let that happen and hold these criminals to account.
By the way, this danger of Lee and his friends running away is something I have also said here. I think it is a real possibility which should not be allowed to happen, that is, they should be arrested and prevented from leaving the island.
The writer's leaflet is similar to what I have been writing in these pages all along, which is, that Lee is corrupt and stealing our money right under our very noses and we should put a stop to this theft right now.
Singapore's constitution gives the right to speak freely under the freedom of speech clause; this writer is completely within his rights to write this, indeed we should commend him for exercising his civic duty as a citizen by showing an interest in how his island is run.
But as Lee Kuan Yew would want you to believe, all that freedom only applies in democracies.
Singapore's eternal dictator has no intention of ever allowing you to exercise these rights which are already yours by the way, because if you were to do it, Lee Kuan Yew, his son and his close friends will no longer be in power, as the very basis of their rule is illegal because it does not conform to the Constitution.
So he does what he has always done for the last 50 years in power; he threatens to send you to jail for a long long time, if you criticize him, as is shamefully written in this newspaper report; released obviously under his instructions.
The article itself is interesting reading by itself, a Singaporean version of Orwellion Doublespeak, not for the truth or the lack of it, but on the manipulative use of language to make a totally harmless act look sinister and evil.
Look at these examples. The title of the Singapore article is "Poison pen letters hit Senkang". A disinterested reader may ask why a leaflet critical of Lee Kuan Yew should be termed a "poison letter".
A check with Wikipedia dictionary does not have any word "Poison letter" although it has "poison pen letter" which means a letter which makes malicious or abusive accusations against another usually in anonymity.
In this case, Lee Kuan Yew and his propaganda machine, the Today paper, are trying to argue that the writer had made malicious accusations about Lee Kuan Yew's government.
But pray tell me, why should a citizen complaining about the actions of his government turn his criticism into being "malicious" and therefore a "poison letter"?
Why should it not be just plain criticism as in any other democracy in lawful compliance with Article 14 of the Singapore Constitution of freedom of speech and expression?
The first line of the Singapore government report (Today newspaper) points out that this "poison letter" (this phrase is repeatedly quoted so as to impress the reader of it's illegality) was written even before the date of the General Election, suggesting very conveniently that in Singapore, political criticism is only allowed during elections and therefore this writer's leaflet is premature!
Why? Why should criticism only be allowed during elections and not at other times.
We all thought, I hope, that the right to criticise is perennial, not seasonal!
Convenient distortion of language here again.
Gorge Orwell would have been thrilled!
And then it says "the police said that a report has been made and investigations are in progress"!
Why should this be a police case?
What crime has the writer of this criticism committed? Nothing.
But in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore, any sort of criticism, as long as it is directed at him is illegal and warrants a long prison sentence.
"Mediacorp (the umbrella organization owned by the Singaporean dictator Lee Kuan Yew) understands that this case falls under the Sedition Act where the offender could be fined up to $5,000.00 and/or given a maximum jail term of 3 years", states the article.
Under Section 3(a) of the Singapore Sedition Act,
3. —(1) A seditious tendency is a tendency —
(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the Government;
Therefore according to Lee Kuan Yew, his son and his relatives and friends in the government, merely criticizing him would amount to bringing hatred or contempt to the government, therefore qualifying for a 3 year prison sentence.
But anyone with any common sense will tell you that cannot be because the Constitution specifically permits criticism of the government as expected in any democracy.
And by the way, this Act has no place in today's Singapore as it is an archaic colonial law enacted by the British rulers of the old, who would throw anyone in prison or beat him if he uttered any disaffection to the Crown.
But Lee Kuan Yew is not the British Crown, and today is not 1920, but 2010. Lee Kuan Yew is a crook stealing his people's money and he should not be allowed to get away with a law such as this.
And then it refers to KC Ong, the poor Singaporean 40 year old woman who went into a fit and and ran off to warn Lee Kuan Yew's government offices, his police officers and the newspapers about this "crime" which she discovered in that harmless leaflet.
She says "the comments made were subjective, and they cannot represent the voice of the masses". I did not know that any criticism of the government must "represent the voice of the masses" and otherwise they are proscribed!
And then this woman, a classic production of Lee Kuan Yew's 50 years of living in fear, says "it is not an appropriate way of airing one's disaffection" as if there are other lawful ways to do it, and writing a leaflet and stuffing it in mailboxes is not!
Threatening Singapore citizens with long jail terms for criticizing their government is the normal way that dictatorships all over the world including Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore govern.
I am not any smarter than any Singaporean or any less, but I can tell you this.
Not just me alone but thousands of Singaporeans can see through this nonsense in Lee Kuan Yew's newspaper article as nothing but another shameful action to drumbeat fear in his people to silence them.
And if the Singaporeans can see this too, it is sad they do nothing about it but hold their peace and let the dictator get his way.
Those Singaporeans who can see the shameless abuse of this government and remain silent are themselves a shameful lot. They should be ashamed, their children should similarly ashamed to have such parents willingly live under such a bully.
As for the writer of this leaflet, I say Bravo. I hope the writings in this blog had something to do to push him to write and distribute. To him and to others with some humanity and compassion, and not just courage, I say, well done.
1. Continue writing these leaflets and distributing them into mailboxes.
2. Distribute them in street corners in full view of the public and the police.
3. Hold up placards and leaflets calling for a stop to the theft of Singaporeans' assets by Lee Kuan Yew and his family and minions.
4. Demand a stop to second class citizenship for Singaporeans and first class for foreigners.
5. Demand jobs for Singaporeans first before anyone else.
6. Demand a stop to police harassment and bullying.
7. Demand a stop to corruption in the Singapore judiciary.
Finally I wish to show gratitude for the writer of this leaflet by this.
If you are arrested and charged in Lee Kuan Yew's courts, you would be hurting him much more than your suffering because, your case would be headline news around the world.
The world will look upon your arrest as another instance of the abuse of the law and a confirmation that Singapore is nothing more than a dictatorship pure and simple.
By your arrest you would be furthering the cause not only for yourself, but of future generations of Singaporeans clamouring for freedom and making sure that this dictatorial government finds itself one foot closer to it's grave.
Well done Sir. If ever there is a need for you to come to the USA, I will represent your asylum case free of charge.
Your case would almost certainly be a success as you would have been punished by reason of your political beliefs by this intolerant regime.
Singapore already has a bad human rights record and that fact alone puts you far ahead in your case.
Remember, you have me on your side. Good show.
As for this blog, Singapore Dissident, under the Singapore definition of the Sedition Act, this blog is thoroughly seditious to the core, Dr. Chee Soon Juan is completely seditious too and happily seditious people are showing a healthy increase in numbers in Lee Kuan Yew's island.
So let us all say something particularly seditious to Lee Kuan Yew. Hey Harry Lee Kuan Yew, you are a crook and a thief and a liar. How about that!
By the way, the reader will see my reference invariably to Lee Kuan Yew and not to his government.
Anyone who knows Singapore knows why of course; because Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore and Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew.
Remember my recent hoax of "Lee Kuan Yew's massive heart attack"? The island nearly almost came to a standstill!
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