Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore Democratic Party's website Singapore Democrat, Jan 17, 2011 has the story "Verdict on Chee's free speech appeal this Thursday". It says, this Thursday, Jan 20th 2011, the High Court will decide on Dr. Chee's appeal against his conviction on 5 charges of speaking in public without a permit, an action clearly lawful under the Constitution of Singapore but unlawful because Lee Kuan Yew fears any criticism in his dictatorship. If convicted Dr. Chee will go to jail for 20 weeks, or 5 months.
The timing of the court's decision is interesting because the general elections are expected to be held any minute now. I fear Lee Kuan Yew's plan is to lock Dr. Chee away during the span of the elections so that he cannot help his party in the campaign. This will not only be an illegal law and and illegal punishment, it is also intended to humiliate and belittle him as well.
If indeed the Singapore government under Lee Kuan Yew went ahead with this plan, this would be ultimate unbearable humiliation which they should not under any circumstances take, lying down. Come on, there is a limit to one's tolerance. Jailing Dr. Chee is bad enough, but timing it in such a way as to prevent him from campaigning in the elections is just too much, it is simply evil.
Although there would understandably be a great temptation for Dr. Chee to pay the fine this time and stay out of jail, the conniving mind of Lee Kuan Yew, who has all the cards at his disposal thinks he has Dr. Chee cornered. Once again, heads Lee wins and tails Dr. Chee loses.
On the one hand if Dr. Chee pays the fine and stays out of jail, Lee would call him a fraud, as he has always claimed never to give in on the principle that a man has the right to free speech, and paying a fine is a tacit admission of guilt, a Gandhian policy which he claims to espouse. On the other hand, if he does go to jail, Dr. Chee is prevented from helping his party at the hustings, a serious disadvantage.
I would urge Dr. Chee to stand on principle once again, and not give in, even though the temptation to do otherwise this time is really great. I would also urge the members of the Singapore Democratic Party to now see that merely taking this lying down would cast the biggest blemish on their reputation, ever. No political party worth its salt should be expected to meekly accept such injustice and continue to play by Lee Kuan Yew's rules, designed to make you lose anyway.
The time has come for real action. Gandhi Ambalam, John Tan and the other office bearers should now plan for real peaceful protests and civil disobedience en masse if Dr. Chee goes to jail. Organize protests throughout the island against this misuse of the law, of imprisoning a law abiding citizen.
There is nothing to lose at all. As I see it, there is no way in Heaven that the Singapore Democratic Party will win a single seat because Singapore's Hitler, Lee Kuan Yew, has decided against it.
Singapore's reputation for human rights is already rock bottom in the free world. Any action against the protesters by Lee will only harm the fascist regime more. Think of it this way, after having taken so much of punishment from Lee, what more can he do to you anyway.
SDP, please don't take this humiliation laying down. This time, act. Winning or losing does not really matter. What matters would be the message that you send these bullies that there is always a limit to repression.
Who is it that said when the kettle boils, it begins to roar? Or that even a mouse when pushed to a corner will roar like a lion? I don't, know whether anyone said it before but if they did they were right. There is a good lesson here and I hope Dr. Chee and his SDP will take it.
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