Ladies and Gentlemen,
The recent top news in Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew's island which he governs under his grip is the impending beating (caning, according to the Singapore lexicon) of a Swiss man, Oliver Fricker for drawing graffiti on a Singapore train.
In Singapore, which is a one party state, run by Lee Kuan Yew who has held power since 1959 and recently with his son, who he has not too long ago appointed Prime Minister; among other weird laws such as criminalizing the import of chewing gum, requires anyone guilty of drawing graffiti on private or public property to be beaten, literally beaten with a stick (the term for it in Singapore is caning), a unimaginably brutal form of punishment, that leaves the victim permanently crippled, scarred and deformed for life.
One would be surprised that such form of brutality, more befitting the most primitive and cruel spots in the world; to hear that of all places in the world, it is practiced in Singapore, a country which derived it's laws originally from England.
But Singapore as we all know is really not a democracy at all. It is a country run by one man, Lee Kuan Yew, with a Parliament totally and entirely loyal to him, enabling him to do anything he wants, and in this case, he wants to beat people as a form of punishment, and no one can challenge him in his island.
And not surprisingly in Lee Kuan Yew's island, Singapore's top criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan, top because he is seen as someone whom Lee Kuan Yew approves; has weighed in on the issue of beating criminals accused of drawing graffiti.
This is what he said in an interview on TV recently in Singapore which was broadcast around the world in all the world's languages. You can see it here: http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/ns_asia/2010-06-21/205654100056.html. (New Tang Dynasty Television)
"Our country will have to be ........... We have to do what is good for our country and the system says that we need hanging as a punishment, we need caning as a punishment, so it does not matter what UN says, but we have to do, what we have to do to protect our own society".
The funny thing about this statement is that he makes no attempt to explain why, it is necessary to beat people to protect society, or why is Singapore so unique that it's society can be protected only by beating their citizens. Neither does he explain why all the other countries in the world can protect their citizens without resorting to such barbarity except for Singapore.
Had it been a layman who had said this, it could be disregarded for ignorance, but this statement is not coming from a layman; it is coming from the government titled, foremost criminal lawyer in Singapore.
Anyone who does not know Singapore would perhaps be surprised at the total ignorance in criminal jurisprudence in a man held out as Singapore's top criminal lawyer.
No it is not ignorance at all that makes Subhas Anandan say these ridiculous remarks, it is self preservation; it is the need to stay within the good books of Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew; because as long as this man utters such quintessentially politically correct Singaporean statements for the public consumption, he ingratiates himself further to his master, who will continue to shower favors and the rewards that is crucial for his success in Singapore.
The Attorney's nice words pleases Lee Kuan Yew, which would support the government's decision in ordering it's courts to beat the victim Oliver Fricker. After all, Lee Kuan Yew's government can say that even Singapore's top criminal lawyer wants Oliver Fricker to be beaten. Very convenient.
But the loser in the end is in fact Singapore, not Oliver Fricker. The video of this Singapore lawyer defending this brutality and mocking the United Nations message on the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, has been translated into every known language in the world, and is being watched today in London, Paris, Rome and Montreal and everywhere else. Thanks to Subhas Anandan, the world is reminded one more time of the lack of rule of law in that island, simply a tin pot dictatorship.
And I suppose this will result in even less tourism, fewer foreign students, fewer businesses and more emigration from the island.
Singapore, thanks to Lee Kuan Yew's lawyer Subhas Anadan, would drop a few more rungs in the freedom indices of international organizations around the world. But then, Subhas Anandan does not care one bit what anyone else thinks. Perhaps Singapore is best suited for the likes of Subhas Anandan and his family, who cherish their life among fellow citizens who have either died from hanging or brutally beaten.
It may not be the sort of country for other normal everyday people who are disgusted at the thought of beating people as a form of punishment.
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