Ladies and Gentlemen,
Under the Common Law doctrine of Stare Decisis, which Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore courts also follow, court decisions have a binding effect on subsequent cases based on the same facts.
For instance if Belinda Ang Saw Ean, (not Lee Kuan Yew's judge, although it could also be her) had been caught embezzling $10 million from the bank, in the case PP vs Belinda Ang Saw Ean; then any other case following on similar facts would also be similarly found guilty, based on this case as precedent.
This principle is not only good, it is also necessary, since we have certainty in the law with like cases dealt in similar manner.
But of course it is good only as long as you have honest judges who make honest judgements.
But, as in the case of Singapore where Lee Kuan Yew uses the law as a tool to silence dissent, the principle of Stare Decisis can have devastating effect on the law of the country.
You will recall in the past JB Jeyaretanm being sued, and repeatedly found liable for a series of defamation lawsuits brought about by Lee Kuan Yew.
Any lawyer can tell you that all these cases were all wrong, based not on a proper application of legal principles but a total abuse of it.
But under the principle of Stare Decisis, all these cases, which were all unacceptable misuse of the law, are all lawful binding decisions in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. Which means if anyone ever did what JB Jeyaretnam had said, even though perfectly legal, would be found similarly liable and punished.
Take the case of Dr. Chee Soon Juan's numerous defamation of character cases he had to face and the other peaceful protest cases, all of which were completely lawful and justified but where he was found guilty and liable in Singapore's courts resulting in his having to suffer repeated punishment and imprisonment.
Under this principle, all these cases too have become the law and anyone else doing anything that Chee did, even though perfectly liable would be similarly unjustly punished by citing Lee Kuan Yew vs Chee Soon Juan 2006 SLR 502 or which ever other law citation that might be.
Gopalan Nair, myself have been fined for contempt of court as far back as 1991 in Attorney General vs Gopalan Nair, merely because I suggested the changing of the manner of appointing judges in the Singapore Subordinate Courts; suspended from practicing law for 2 years in 1993 in the case Singapore Law Society vs Gopalan Nair, merely because I had made enquiries of the Attorney General of Singapore and now my recent conviction for writing a blog and disbarment in Singapore.
All these case were wrongly decided and the law was made an ass by Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore Kangaroo courts.
But all these wrong decisions have become binding precedents in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore island which means if anyone else did anything similar to what I did, they will suffer the same fate.
By abusing the law this way, Lee Kuan Yew is destroying the law in Singapore.
Instead of advancing the law, it continues to regress and weaken and ends up the laughing stock of the world, a law which one expects from a banana third world African dictatorship, not a first world country that Lee Kuan Yew calls it.
In this manner Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew throws the law to the swine, and wallows in the bog with them.
Is it any surprise therefore that the arbitration business in Singapore has hit rock bottom with international clients giving Singapore as wide a pass as they can, choosing other respectable countries for this such as Australia.
Even locals are not using the law as a means to settle disputes if they can avoid it since it is well known that government connected persons win and all others lose.
As for Lee Kuan Yew himslef he has never lost a case, and he is one man who not only knows that he has won, but how much money he will recover from his hapless victim even before stepping into the courtroom!
My recent disbarment in Singapore was an opportunity to give another example to the world of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore misusing the law to silence it's critics which has contributed in seriously worsening their reputation, or the lack of it. I take comfort in doing that.
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