Ladies and Gentlemen,
Almost every day when people call me, almost invariably to the man, they give me the best news I can ever ask, which is this. They say they have heard of me because they have read this blog Singapore Dissident, and the calls come in not only from Singapore but from throughout the World.
And achieving this was exactly my plan when I started Singapore Dissident in December 2006.
You see it is one thing for someone to write a blog anonymously as you see them all over the Internet critical of Singapore. It is quite another to be critical and state who you are for all to see. In this case, the reader can see that Gopalan Nair of Singapore Dissident means business. He is not taking what he says lightly, and he stands by every word he writes.
Since the inception of Singapore Dissident, the readership has continued to increase which includes governments, universities and human rights groups. This information gets disseminated to others which has a clear, even though unseen, effect on Singapore's image locally and abroad. For instance one intending visitor to Singapore may change his plans, a documentary in Germany may be made on Singapore's dark side and one parent in India may have decided against sending her son for study in the island.
At the beginning, I received numerous repeated pleas, all anonymous, to stop criticizing Lee's Singapore, no doubt from government agencies. There were even threats to kill me if I continued. Then there were obscenities hurled at me. All this appears to have stopped. I reckon they know that I will not be persuaded.
Writing this blog has taught me a great deal. As with anything worth doing, one has to persevere. The world has to be able to expect the next posting within a few days. And as with anything else, one has to like writing, which I do.
I have a lot of material, thanks to Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore jailing me and harassing me all these years, for a very nice book or even a couple of books which I have to do. But I keep distracted with work and making a living and my other interests. But as with anything, I have to keep this plan in view and do it when time permits.
I sometime wonder why Lee's Singapore is not doing anything else as a retaliation. In the past from 1980s till now I have been charged in court, subjected to disciplinary proceedings, charged and convicted and sent to jail and recently disbarred from practicing law in Singapore. He has even banned me from entering Singapore without permission, the country of my birth.
I hope they will find something else to punish me, because it is boring if they have finally decided to do nothing more. Since at present their main grouse against me now is this blog, have they considered contacting Google who own this blog, to ask that it be blocked from being read in Singapore. I understand China blocks Internet which it does not like. I guess Lee Kuan Yew wants it both ways. He wants to tell the world that Singapore is an open society, yet at the same time, he does not want any criticism. Well, the problem with him is that I am outside Singapore. Had I been within Singapore and wrote any of this, I would have been dead meat long time ago.
As with all bullies, Lee Kuan Yew will get you if he can. If he cannot, he just leaves you alone, and eats humble pie instead, as he does now.
Thank you my friends. What I owe you cannot be measured.
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