Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state owned and controlled propaganda newspaper, the Straits Times online edition of June 06, 2010 has this story "Swiss national charged". It is the story of a Swiss man, Oliver Fricker, 32, who had cut through wire mesh fences in a train depot in Singapore and tagged graffiti on a train in the words "McKoy Banos".
He has been arrested by the police in the one party city state, run by Lee Kuan Yew and his son.
The offense of tagging graffiti, in Singapore called "vandalism" carries not only a jail sentence under it's draconian laws, but also "beating",(a form of legal punishment in Singapore called "caning") where the victim is stripped naked, strapped to a trestle and brutally beaten on his buttocks until they bleed and is turned into a soggy mess of flesh and blood.
The resulting severe scarring of the body results in permanent disfigurement, which is untreatable even with surgery.
As many as half the population of Singapore have been subjected to this hideous form of brutality but Singapore has so far resisted any calls to do away with it, on the grounds that it prevents crime. A similar argument is advanced by the Saudi Arabian government to justify the chopping off of limbs and the beheading of criminals.
This brutality of beating prisoners was a punishment introduced by the British colonial rulers of Singapore in the early 20th century, the purpose principally being to discourage the writing of slogans on walls calling for Independence, for example "Down with the British".
Although both unacceptable and immoral, still such barbarity was commonplace in the earlier days of civilization where men were burnt on the stake for sacrilege and apostasy.
But Singapore's retaining such brutality as official punishment and at the same time claiming it to be a modern first world country shows the shameless blatant hypocrisy of the dictator of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew and his one party government.
Oliver Ficker who is a Swiss business consultant and a Singapore resident, I am sure, was and is fully aware of the consequences of his actions, which is that if arrested he not only stands to be imprisoned, but also stands to be brutally beaten.
But yet he did it. And that is why he deserves our heartfelt thanks admiration and respect for his courage and his admirable sense of civic duty for his actions in exposing to the world the unjust brutal laws of this tin pot dictatorship.
Oliver Fricker, despite knowing the harsh punishment that awaits him, was telling this Singaporean tyrant Lee Kuan Yew that he was going ahead and writing what he wanted on the train thereby challenging the Singapore authorities to arrest him and beat him.
If Singapore did in fact jail him and beat him, this would become overnight international news of a Swiss national being beaten in Singapore for merely writing graffiti.
In no other country in the world, except perhaps North Korea or Burma would a man be beaten and jailed merely for tagging graffiti.
By jailing and beating him, Fricker would be doing the cause of freedom in Singapore a truly great service by once again showing the world what brutality and injustice lies beneath the veneer of respectability that this government tries to show the rest of the world.
It would turn out highly embarrassing for Singapore to be depicted once again as an intolerant one party fascist state that only manages to remain in power by brutalizing its people.
Remember, in the past, Michael Fay, an American was beaten in such manner also for tagging.
On the other hand, if Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew decides to let Frick escape the beating, the observer can clearly see that they are feeling the heat of their stupidity and are now seen as backing off.
Whether or not Lee Kuan Yew's government instructs his judges to order the beating (in Singapore the judiciary is not independent and is required to carry out the government's orders) or to let him go, Fricker wins either way. If he is beaten, he will be able to tell the world of the brutality and the lack of rule of law. If he is let off, it is a victory not only for Fricker but the cause of freedom in Singapore, by forcing them to admit that they were wrong.
I am sure Fricker on his part really prefers that he is beaten, since that would cause much more damage to this fascist Lee Kuan Yew government.
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