Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew and his son, who brooke no critics, are beginning to look like the Singapore version of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Lee Kuan Yew, who is now 88, who all along thinks he is Superman and his son who tags along after his father two steps behind, are both beginning to tilt at windmills, to the amusement of the world.
Take his latest imbroglio with Alan Shadrake the British author. All he did was to write a book, and he wasn't asking for any trouble, but no, Lee Kuan Yew simply refuses to mind his own business, and this time, he has picked on the wrong guy at the wrong time.
If Lee Kuan Yew had only used his head, he would have left Shadrake alone, because Shadrake, a well known British author is liable to bite, and bite he did, and it is going to be deadly.
Singapore Don Quixote and his sidekick son, must have thought, very wrongly this time, that Shadrake was just another of his Singapore locals who he can bully anytime anywhere and in any manner he pleases; after all he owns the law courts, the judges, the newspapers, every single lawyer and anything that moves in his island. Wrong this time. Shadrake is English, he is not his slave as his helpless Singaporeans are and he is not going to take it sitting down.
We were told from reliable information earlier that Lee Kuan Yew's case against him in the Singapore High Court was expecting a verdict a few days ago but for some reason which we are not told, the verdict is to be postponed to the first week of November 2010.
I can tell you why they have moved the date. They have run out of ideas on how to deal with "the meddlesome priest", to borrow a phrase from Bekett. Lee Kuan Yew's handpicked Judge in this case Loh Sze Onn, Quentin, a stooge, just like all the others, has been ordered to hold the horses, while the Lee family think what to do next.
Shadrake so far has been behaving in a completely Unsingaporean manner.
He has been clearly told that his book is contemptuous of Lee's Singapore courts and their judges and therefore like an obedient Singaporean he should have gone on his knees, begged for mercy and undertaken never to criticize Lee Kuan Yew or his judges again; but instead of that he not only refuses to roll over and lie dead, he has in fact upped the ante, increased his criticism of Lee's courts by giving even more examples of corruption of his judges.
And mind you, this is despite the fact that Lee Kuan Yew has in addition to Shadrake's present problems, dangled 2 criminal defamation charges over his head like the Sword of Damocles in the belief that Shadrake would wise up and stop calling them hooligans anymore.
If history is anything to go by, with Shadrake's brazen taunting and mocking the very foundations of the state of Singapore upon which their reputation depends, sticking a finger publicly up the noses of the Lee Kuan Yew family and his recently appointed stooge of a judge, they should if they are worth their salt send Shadrake to prison for a long time and after his release charge him yet again for criminal defamation and send him back to jail for an even longer time.
But I think not this time. This time is going to be different. Singapore and it's tin pot tyrant Lee Kuan Yew are going to suffer the humiliation of a lifetime.
It's going to be Carpe Diem the other way around. Instead of Lee Kuan Yew seizing Shadrake by the neck, Shadrake is the one going to do it to Lee.
I expect Lee Kuan Yew will have to eat humble pie and let Shadrake go despite all the insults Lee and his courts have received at his hands.
And you know why, because every single criticism that Shadrake had said in his book is true, and we know it and the world knows it.
Lee Kuan Yew, his son and his obedient judge Loh Sze Onn would have to crawl very low with their tails between their legs and realise this time they got it wrong, very wrong.
Shadrake recently sent an open letter to the Australian press about his unjust confinement in Singapore. I am reproducing it with the permission of Amnesty International.
JUSTICE SINGAPORE STYLE
I AM BEING PROSECUTED AND FACING JAIL FOR EXPOSING JUDICIAL SCANDALS IN SINGAPORE – SCANDALS THIS PAP DICTATORSHIP DOESN’T WANT DECENT SINGAPOREAN CITIZENS TO KNOW ABOUT.
ONE PARTICULARLY HEINOUS SCANDAL CONCERNS GUIGA LYES LAROUSSI, A TUNISIAN, WHO WAS THE MAIN DRUG SUPPLIER TO SINGAPORE’S SO-CALLED HIGH SOCIETY DRUG CIRCLE IN 2004.
THIS DESTROYER OF LIVES WAS ALLOWED TO ESCAPE SINGAPORE AFTER FACING A MANDATORY DEATH PENALTY CHARGE. THE CHARGE WAS THEN ‘NEGOTIATED’ DOWN SO HE WOULD RECEIVE A JAIL SENTENCE OF BETWEEN 20 TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON INSTEAD.
THEN ANOTHER MIRACLE HAPPENED: HE WAS ALLOWED BAIL IN THE SUM OF $280,000, GIVEN HIS PASSPORT BACK AND ALLOWED TO LEAVE SINGAPORE. THIS WAS DONE WITH THE HELP OF TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BECAUSE THEY FEARED HE WOULD EXPOSE BIGGER NAMES IF HE WERE TO BE SENT TO THE GALLOWS.
I EXPOSED THIS AND OTHER JUDICIAL SCANDALS IN MY BOOK BECAUSE I HATE INJUSTICE. WHILE THIS EVIL DRUG BARON – FRIEND OF THE RICH AND PRIVILEGED IN SINGAPORE – IS ENJOYING HIS LIFE OF LUXURY IN HIS MANSION ON HIS FAMILY ESTATE IN LE BARDO, TUNISIA, SINGAPORE IS PLANNING TO HANG MORE PITIFUL DRUG MULES - PERHAPS SOME WHO HELPED GUIGA GET RICH.
HOW IS IT THAT THIS EVIL DRUG TRADER MANAGED TO ESCAPE JUSTICE? I CANNOT GET MY PASSPORT BACK AND BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE SINGAPORE. THEY ARE DETERMINED TO PUNISH ME FIRST!
I AM FACING A SIX MONTHS PRISON SENTENCE FOR EXPOSING THIS AND MANY OTHER JUDICIAL SCANDALS IN SINGAPORE. THERE ARE TWO OTHER CHARGES HANGING OVER ME ARISING FROM MY BOOK ONE OF WHICH CARRIES A TWO YEAR PRISON SENTENCE. MY MEDICAL PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN HORRENDOUS TO MY WELL-BEING AND FINANCES. I ALMOST BLED TO DEATH IN THE STREET SIX WEEKS AGO FROM INTERNAL BLEEDING. HAD I NOT BEEN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL I WOULD HAVE COLLAPSED AND DIED WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING THE CAUSE UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE.
WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN WHAT THEY ARE NOW DOING TO ME? DID ANYONE NOTICE THAT GUIGA LYES BEN LAROUSSI HAD ESCAPED JUSTICE? DID THE STRAITS TIMES PUBLISH THIS SCANDAL? THEY DID NOT! WHY NOT? BECAUSE THE POWERS THAT BE IN SINGAPORE, WHO CONTROL THE MEDIA, DIDN’T WANT TO ANYONE TO KNOW.
BUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN A ROMANIAN DIPLOMAT RAN AWAY IN MARCH FOLLOWING A FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT? SCREAMING HEADLINES IN THE NEW PAPER AND STRAITS TIMES FOR HIM TO BE BROUGHT BACK AND TRIED!
GUIGA LAROUSSI, DESTROYER OF LIVES – INCLUDING HIS OWN SINGAPOREAN GIRLFRIEND MARIANA ABDULLAH - - HAS BEEN ON INTERPOL’S WANTED LIST FOR FIVE YEARS. THE HEAD OF INTERPOL IS YOUR VERY OWN FORMER POLICE CHIEF KHOO BOON HUI! NO ATTEMPT HAS BEEN MADE TO BRING HIM BACK. HIS LAWYER, SUBHAS ANANDAN, HAS SAID THAT HIS POWERFUL FAMILY WILL TELL THE TUNISIAN POLICE TO ‘GO FLY A KITE’ IF THEY ATTEMPT TO ARREST AND HAVE HIM EXTRADITED. THIS IS YET ANOTHER SCANDAL IN THIS SAGA. I WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TREATED HAD I BEEN A DRUG SYNDICATE BOSS.
AMAZINGLY, Law Minister and Second Home Affairs Minister, K. Shanmugam recently told TODAY that the death penalty for drug offences here is a “trade-off” the government must make to protect “thousands of lives” if drugs became freely available. He further explained that if Yong Vui Kong (now on death row with 36 others) escapes the death penalty, drug lords will see it as a sign that young traffickers will be spared and will then use more of them as drug mules. “You save one life here, but 10 other lives will be gone. What will your choice be?” he added.
MY CHOICE MR. SHANMUGAM? IF ANYONE HAS TO BE HANGED, START WITH DRUG BARONS LIKE GUIGA LYES BEN LAROUSSI!
I KNOW I WILL NOT GET FAIR JUSTICE. I WILL GET SINGAPORE JUSTICE!
A Prisoner of Singapore
October 28 2010
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