Friday, October 22, 2010

Singapore, a dictatorship under seige

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is facing attacks under several fronts, and beginning to feel the heat.

Firstly you have the Internet openly criticizing it, for its lack of human rights, its lack of a Free press, its lacking rule of law, its immigration polices that discriminates it's own people and the list goes on, an overwhelming negative atmosphere where they find their state controlled media impossible to rebut.

Then you have Alan Shadrake coming out of the blue calling Lee and his one party state nothing more than a fiefdom in his book Once a Jolly Hangman which is flying off the shelves like a machine gun. In just a few months already over 6000 copies has been sold and what is worse, Shadrake has threatened to sell it worldwide. Imagine what it would do to Singapore's image, already seriously compromised with 50 years of repression.

Then you have Dr. Chee Soon Juan writing his blog Singapore Democrat criticizing Lee Kuan Yew left right and center over which Dr. Chee remains unmolested. On top of that they keep sending him to jail repeatedly at the rate of once a month for his peaceful protests, but he simply refuses to quit, and instead coming for more. Gandhi Ambalam another democracy activist and the party's Chairman has recently written a blog challenging the Lee Kuan Yew dictatorship to keep sending him to prison for which he remains ready and willing.

And then you have the Singapore lawyer M Ravi, who not only had the temerity to cross examine both Lee Kuan Yew and his son in court in the Lee Kuan Yew vs Dr. Chee Soon Juan and others, defamation case in 2008, he has represented Alan Shadrake himself and openly told the judge among other insults that the judge has been a mere "rubber stamp" for the government's contempt cases. Up till now, M Ravi remains a free man.

Only a few months ago we had Oliver Fricker who decided to paint graffiti on a Singapore train, I am sure obviously knowing the harsh penalties for the same and yet doing it. The Singapore court ordered him to be caned (tortured) which attracted the outcry of the free world for such barbarism for a seemingly minor offence.

Yong, a teenager when he committed the murder is now in Singapore death row waiting to be executed while the world once again looks in shock at Singapore for it's insatiable desire for killing and brutality of teenagers.

Only yesterday, another American Kamari Kenyada Charlton has been arrested for overstaying his visit in Singapore and even for this, Singapore is planning to use violence on him by caning, which they are threatening to do, which drew the remark of the US Department of State telling the Singaporean dictator that this is not "an acceptable form of punishment"; simply egg on Singapore's face.

And as for me, they are working hard on papers to have me disbarred from the Singapore Bar because I had criticized one of Lee Kuan Yew's judges Belinda Ang Saw Ean in this blog in 2008.

It look like poor Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is embattled and under siege from several fronts. It would be interesting to see how he handles this one, or is it finally on the way down. The island continues to be internationally the object of contempt and ridicule.

How long can this go on.

Gopalan Nair
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mycroft said...

Temperature's rising. Reporters Without Borders today launched an international petition calling for the acquittal of British author and journalist Alan Shadrake:

Shadrake has been forced to stay on in Singapore since July in very difficult circumstances. His passport has been confiscated and his health has deteriorated badly since his arrest in July. He has serious heart problems and recently suffered an internal haemorrhage.

The British journalist is also virtually without resources and suffering serious financial problems.

It's also likely that Amnesty will soon be joining in the condemnation of the little Police State that thinks it can buy its way out of trouble.

Anonymous said...

Mr Nair, how does one get voted for the nobel peace prize nomination? I have a few people in mind.