Ladies and Gentlemen,
Since May of 2008, to say there has been a lot excitement in Gopalan Nair's clashes with Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore, has to be an understatement. And it continues non stop up till now, and there appears no end in sight. And what is even better, is the fact of it all being told to the world in this blog.
Which begs the question, has it been worthwhile for Singapore? I think not. Singapore's determination to continue pursuing me in this manner damages their reputation, if they had any; not mine.
In 2008 they arrested me and sent me to jail for 2 months in Singapore for criticizing judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean where the criticism was justly deserved. My arrest in May of that year, and my refusal to plead guilty which they thought I would, meant the case instead of being just a day, dragged on for 4 full months, which meant the international community being clearly shown the extent of the abuse of the law. Singapore's reputation suffered very badly as a result.
Had they just arrested me and packed me off at the airport, the damage to them would not have been so bad. Similarly if they had had just ignored me as if nothing happened, noone would have known. But no, they were determined to have me punished. But it turned out in the end, very little punishment for Gopalan Nair, much worse for Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. It appears they completely misjudged me. What did they think I was, another of those Lee Kuan Yew's digits who would freeze with fear merely at the name Lee Kuan Yew?
Immediately after I returned to the US, as I had planned, I withdrew all apologies given to their judges and repeated what I thought of them; simply a bunch of thugs. Instead of just accepting the fact that there is nothing they could do, since I am in the US, they put my picture in their state controlled press and accused me of all sorts of wrongdoing, which by the way allowed me to counter their accusations with my blog, word for word. In the end anyone reading what they say and what I say can only come to one conclusion, that Singapore is a repressive society that uses the law to silence and punish those who criticize. Here again, they lose, I win.
And then I write a false blog to test the reaction of what would happen if Lee Kuan Yew, the man who owns Singapore and everyone in it, dies. True enough the island was shaken, stock market falling and people worrying whether to leave the island with their belongings.
Again out came the condemnation from their state controlled press, and numerous state controlled blogs accusing me of dishonesty. Well any independent reader with an independent mind cannot possibly see any harm in my action. It is what we call freedom of speech. In the end, the result was the same as expected. They did themselves in.
And then the disciplinary proceedings to have me disbarred in their legal system. In doing this they deliberately use their cunning and subterfuge with all sorts of sharp practices designed to deny me any opportunity of defending myself.
This they do by such silly childishness like, not giving me sufficient notice, not allowing me to enter Singapore, not providing my court transcripts and similar unsavoury practices. What does that show to an independent reader; nothing but a government afraid to face the world or face me in a fair tribunal.
By exposing their tomfoolery in this blog, the world can judge for themselves what nefarious activity goes on in that island. Again their loss, not mine.
Very soon, Singapore would publish their forgone conclusion; my disbarment in Singapore. And with it, whether they like it or not, they will have to provide reasons, which, by the way, will give me another cherished opportunity to tear it to shreds and once more expose the depths to which they descend.
It seems, they have no intention of stopping these dirty tricks. And let me tell them if they did not know, that Singapore Dissident is not prepared to accept it quietly either.
As I heard Amrytha Sen, the Nobel Laureate once say in Santa Clara, California, where he spoke, "if they want trouble, I am quite prepared for it". Trouble, you see, is not necessarily a bad thing always.
I will continue writing on the developments on my disbarment case. When that is over, these pages will continue exposing the shameful truth that lurks behind the glittering walls of the Singapore skyscrapers that skirt the shoreline; poverty, fear, repression and abuse of the law.
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