Ladies and Gentlemen,
Merely 2 days after Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew's handpicked Law Minister had threatened a blogger with a defamation lawsuit for revealing his adulterous affairs, now his son, the Prime Minister has done the same, also over a blog.
Singapore state controlled newspaper the Straits Times of Feb 20, 2012 has the story "PM Lee sends lawyer's letter to editors of TR Emeritus (a blog)". This time it is over an article which pointed out that his father appointing him Prime Minister and he in turn appointing his wife chief of the nation's wealth fund Temasek is nothing short of "cronyism" and nepotism.
His lawyer, Davinder Singh who has never lost a case, because the judges there are nothing but Kangaroos, has demanded not only that the post be taken down, he has to also post an apology failing which, he has threatened to sue and we know what this means in the Singaporean sense.
He will win regardless of any law and the poor blogger will become Singapore's latest bankrupt.
Sometimes I wonder what goes on in the minds of this father and son Singapore leadership when they repeatedly resort to these defamation lawsuits for which they hold 2 world records, one for the largest number of them, and secondly for not having lost a single one. Why do they do it in this day and age?
Look at the facts. Lee Kuan Yew placed his son as the prime minister. His son then appoints his wife Ho Ching as the wealth fund chief which holds Singaporeans compulsory savings. If this is not nepotism, then what is it? Is Lee Kuan Yew trying to say that in the entire island, noone else has the qualities for a prime minister other than his son? And is the son trying to say that there was no other person qualified to run the wealth fund other than his wife?
Their defamation actions against their helpless citizens can be compared to this. It is like someone committing theft before your very eyes but prohibits you from saying it under pain of a lawsuit which they are guaranteed to win.
And the other thing these bullies should consider is this. This is the Internet Age. If they can sue helpless Singaporeans in their defamation regimen, will they sue someone like me writing from abroad? I guess not. But then if the purpose of these defamation actions are to stop writings critical of them being read in Singapore, is he not aware that this blog is also being read in Singapore which by the way happens to be far more critical than those timid souls who do it there with extreme caution?
By their refusal to sue me or others outside Singapore, they in fact confirm their weakness in any of these cases, which everyone can see with their open eyes.
Several organizations and observers of Singapore have repeatedly pointed out that this continued practice of suing anyone who criticised and impoverishing them through a compliant judiciary has extreme negative consequences. For one foreign governments and people would avoid having business dealings with the island because of the perception of a corrupt and unreliable judiciary which favors the ruling party.
Educated and capable people able to leave the country would do so, outraged at their blatant abuse of powers. And there would be many other far reaching consequences that would not be in Singapore's benefit.
And last but not least, you can destroy the thinker but can you destroy the thought. Just as Martin Luther King had said, you can destroy the dreamer but cannot destroy the dream. In fact it would have been far better if this man did nothing. By threatening to sue, we now know that cronyism and nepotism were the reasons for his appointment and that of his wife.
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