Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper the Straits Times of Feb 22, 2012 reports "Temasek Review Emeritus apologizes to PM Lee". It follows from my last post of yesterday. Lee Kuan Yew's son, who was appointed Prime Minister by his father had threatened to sue this blogger if he did not take down a post which had accused him of cronyism for appointing his wife to run a Singapore wealth fund comprising the citizen's savings.
According to this story, within 24 hours, this blogger did whatever Lee's son wanted. He promptly took the blog post down and apologized.
It says "In Wednesday's apology, TRE noted that the letter had clarified the process of Madam Ho's (Lee's daughter in law) appointment, saying "In light of the information made available to TRE, we would like to offer our sincere apology to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong".
There can be no doubt the Singapore government headed by Lee Kuan Yew and his son is run on cronyism, nepotism and blatant corruption. The Prime Minister himself was appointed by his father Lee Kuan Yew who has been ruling the island since 1959 without interruption. Fidel Castro of Cuba I believe is the only other leader who has a similar record.
And the son has appointed his wife, this woman Ho Ching, to run the island’s largest government wealth fund.
If this is not cronyism, nepotism and corruption, I want to know what it is.
Of course in any other country in the world, this blogger would have stood up to these bullies and defended his claim and would in all likelihood have won. But then you are not talking about any other country. This is Singapore where the judges willingly and routinely double as politicians to abuse the law to silence critics. In fact in the entire history of Singapore these 2 bullies who run the island and everything else, have never lost a case against anyone.
With this sort of a record, this blogger would be committing hara-kiri if he stood up against these bullies. He would become the latest in the line of bankrupts who were naive enough to defend themselves. I am sure anyone in Nazi Germany would have done the same and apologized had he received a lawyer’s letter from Adolf Hitler's lawyers. If not, either the concentration camp or the firing squad.
The consequence of all this is not a belief that father and son don't practice nepotism. It is an affirmation that they not only practice nepotism, cronyism and corruption, they are cowardly bullies as well.
The winners in this are not Lee Kuan Yew and son. It is this blogger who had no choice but to surrender in a totalitarian state which bullies it's citizens to stay in power.
But this blog of mine is being read daily in Singapore. And I suppose both father and son read it as well. If you are wondering why they don’t come after me, it is this.
Singapore Dissident is hosted by American Internet organization. To block it would mean their persuading them to co-operate which they are unlikely to do, because it would mean an open admission that they censor the web.
Therefore being left with no choice, they do nothing. As for suing me in California, they know it is going to be difficult. This place has the rule of law and bullies have no advantage. So as you would expect of any coward, the father and son team stand idly by, but not so in the case of this blogger because he, unlike me, is helpless in Lee Kuan Yew's island.
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