Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper Straits Times Online edition Jan 04, 2011 has the story "AGC to contest ex-detainees lawsuit". Lee Kuan Yew, present Singapore's dictator and it's Prime Minister in 1964 to 1973, had detained numerous people then under Singapore's Internal Security Act, a law which allows imprisonment for indefinite periods without trial merely on government accusation that they are threats to national security.
One such person jailed under this law was Michael Fernandez, now 77, from 1964 to 1973, a period of 9 years, who, the story says, has commenced lawsuit against the government for his illegal imprisonment, torture, completely ruining his life and career, and for loss of income for the 9 years.
The report states the government's intention to dispute the claim and yesterday, the same newspaper, reports their having filed an application to have his lawsuit struck out because it is frivolous. They claim justification for jailing him without trial because, allegedly, he was a Communist and therefore a threat to Singapore's national security.
A look at Singapore's history clearly shows the jailing of these people by Lee Kuan Yew was illegal. None of them were threats to national security, and if they ever were threats, it was only to Lee Kuan Yew's dictatorial power. And if indeed they were in fact threats, why did Lee not produce the evidence in an open trial instead of jailing them without ever giving them any opportunity to defend themselves.
Even the South African government during apartheid times, when hundreds of political opponents were jailed in Robbin Island, every single one of them was given a fair trial in open court. Mandela who was convicted at the Rivonia trial for treason, had a lawyer representing him in open court. In fact despite the severe repression the blacks suffered at the hands of their government, their courts were a million times fairer than the Kangaroo courts you have now in Singapore.
Operation Cold Store the infamous codename for Lee Kuan Yew's jailing these Singaporeans was a shameful blemish on Singapore's history and the decent thing they should do now is to admit the wrong, apologize to Mr. Fernandez for the terrible wrongs done to him and make amends as gentlemen would. That is what one would expect of a government worthy of it's name, a government which demands respect.
In refusing to admit these shameful injustices in the past, it only shows they have no shame, they are a government incapable of ever being fair and a government completely without class. In other words a government which, out of fear, is incapable of ever admitting it was wrong.
There are of course other nations in the world, respectable nations. Japan I believe has apologized for it's actions during the war, the Americans have apologized for their actions against the blacks, and the Australians to the injustice to their aboriginals, countries which continue to command the respect of the world and what we consider as nations with class, generosity, honest, integrity and magnanimity, while Singapore continues to be a pariah one party state whose existence depends entirely on claiming they can never do wrong.
And that is why, Singaporeans achievements can only be found in their state controlled propaganda press which they dish out daily in large servings. In reality they are sinking faster than the Titanic.
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