Ladies and Gentlemen,
I don't think there is another case anywhere in the world than this, where a country's Law Society claims a lawyer had misbehaved, commences proceedings against him with a loud fanfare and extensive publicity in their state controlled press, designed to humiliate and discredit him, but when that lawyer stands up to them, they instead cringe and is completely silenced. This is exactly what is happening in this case of Law Society of Singapore vs Gopalan Nair.
I have the following important questions for the Singapore Law Society in this case:
1. The main charge against me in these proceedings is for criticizing Singapore Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean in this blog dated May 29, 2008, for which I was tried and convicted in September 2008. If they felt that my writing the blog was unethical, why did they not commence disciplinary proceedings against me then?
Why did something that was not offensive then suddenly become actionable conduct several months later? Are they so inefficient or inept not to see unethical conduct for several months after it happens?
In fact after I returned to California in November of that year, they still did nothing, choosing to commence proceedings only after I withdrew the apology in this blog, given in the Singapore court and re-posting the 2 blog posts which I had deleted under orders of the court.
Was the reason for commencing proceedings some five months later, because I decided to break my undertaking to the Singapore court or was it a genuine claim of unethical conduct? Or was it because their ego was so hurt that it was a knee jerk reaction of lashing out at someone willing to snub his nose at them, something they have never experienced in their one party dictatorship, where fear alone rules the day?
2. The Singapore Law Society is facing the same problem above mentioned in every one of the charges against me. The dilemma they face is how to proceed when your cause has been shown to have no merit at all.
3. And why is the Singapore Disciplinary Committee not giving their verdict even though their Law Society have filed their final submissions in November of this year? What is causing this additional delay? As Singapore propaganda claims to have efficiency in legal administration, meaning speed, with cases decided almost at breakneck speed, why then in this case alone is justice going at snails pace?
4. There can only be the following reasons for their hesitation. For one, they have found a very difficult victim in Gopalan Nair. He has put every single fact about this abuse of the law in the Internet. For once, the cat is out of the bag, and they have now to justify to the world their actions, which they find difficult under any circumstance.
So instead of proceeding now, they hope to delay this even longer in the hope that this episode which appears to have taken an unexpected turn, occasioned by an unwilling victim, would dull and fade in the minds of Singaporeans and the world, and perhaps some long time later, when people no longer remember, they will then proceed and have me disbarred.
But the problem the Singapore government faces is the fact that I am not going to allow them to get away so easily. I am going to constantly remind the public of the abuse of the law in this case, and it is going to remain a thorn on the side of this one party dictatorship and their state controlled judiciary and their Law Society for as long as it takes.
Since the Singapore Law Society is an extension of the one party state government under whose orders they commence politically motivated disciplinary proceedings such as this to silence dissent, I would ask the reader to write to the following government officers and the Law Society President for a well deserved explanation:
Singaporean Attorney General Sundaresh Menon, Tel: (65) 63325950, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Singapore Minister of Law, K Shanmugam, Tel: (65) 63328810, Email: email@example.com
Singaporean Minister for Home Affairs, Wong Kan Seng, Tel: (65)64786000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Singapore Law Society President, Wong Meng Meng, Wong PartnershipLLP, 1 George Street, #20-01, Singapore 049145, Tel: (65)64168000, Email: email@example.com
These people who take advantage of a state controlled legal system to destroy Lee Kuan Yew's political opponents hate anyone challenging their actions.
I urge those within and outside of Singapore to stand up to these bullies. Please demand answers and hold them accountable.
The more they delay the greater their loss of credibility. As it is, despite several months since they have commenced this, they have become as quiet as a mouse. Thank you and a Happy New Year.
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