Monday, July 5, 2010

Another blow to Singapore's image.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Singapore's state controlled official newspaper's online edition of July 6, 2010 has the story "SDP's Chee, supporter fined". It tells of the case of Dr. Chee Soon Juan of the Singapore Democratic Party, Lee Kuan Yew's political nemesis, and Yap Keng Ho being once again fined $5,000.00 and $2,000.00 for making a political speech without a permit in 2006. If they don't pay the fine, which they will not, they will go to prison for 35 days and 14 days each.

It is indeed a tragic irony to say that I am glad they had the courage to do it again, be convicted again and for going to jail again. Tragic irony because, to take the example of Christ who gave his life to save his people, these 2 would be suffering jail once again to expose to the world the hypocrisy that Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is, on the one hand pretending as if they were a model democracy and on the other jailing their citizens for doing nothing wrong at all, but just speaking.

Just to remind those who may have forgotten, in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore, it is illegal to speak publicly unless you have a permit. And what is more, since 1959, throughout Lee Kuan Yew's grip on power in the island, not a single person has ever been given that ever illusive permit. You guessed it, it is a no win situation. You are simply not allowed to criticize Lee Kuan Yew in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore period, and if you did you go to jail.

I hope this shameful epizode is picked up by the world's news agencies, so that the tourism industry will be effected, since who would want to visit an island where it is illegal to criticize; foreign students will stop coming because how do you learn anything if you can't open your mouth; Singapore's legal system will be given a body blow because how do you trust a system which abuses the law; no one would want to become a lawyer unless you are a dishonest opportunist as the 3,000 or so lawyers there are; and I can go on but you know it as well as I.

Thanks very much Dr. Chee and Yap. I admire you guys. And I am sure Lee Kuan Yew is turning blue in the face with rage, not know what to do with the likes of you. Perhaps the 88 year old dictator with a pacemaker will get a heart attack afterall.

Gopalan Nair
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