Ladies and Gentlemen,
Englishmen can be proud of their country. Proud of their great traditions of rule of law, freedom of speech, expression and human rights. So can the Americans, the Frenchmen and all the free peoples of the world. One is always judged by the country he belongs. And to say I am an Englishman is a proud thing indeed.
In the case of Singapore, it is difficult for anyone to say he is proud of his country. True there are skyscrapers and modern roads. But other than these concrete structures, what is Singapore.
It is a place where one man, Lee Kuan Yew has been running it as if it was his own personal possession since 1959. He has outlawed freedom of speech and expression, he has outlawed chewing gum, he has taken over the newspapers and Media and replaced it with propaganda, he practices racial discrimination against his Malay and Indian citizens, he has taken over the law courts and used it to crush his opponents. He has turned it into a dictatorship.
He has placed his son as the Prime Minister who continues the dictatorship while he watches. Corrupt shameless sycophants and opportunists, loyal to him for the millions they receive, are used to arrest and punish his critics. He basically runs the island on propaganda through his state controlled media to proclaim imaginary achievements to hoodwink locals and foreigners alike into thinking it is a great nation.
He allows foreign businessmen and labor to come in and take the jobs from the locals and unfairly compete with local businesses to increase the GDP. He gives scholarships to foreigners to study in local schools while denying locals the same benefit. He makes locals serve national service for 2 years and bind them to another 10 years of compulsory reserve duties thereby obstructing them from leaving Singapore. Foreigners in Singapore not only have the businesses but the jobs too since foreign companies generally do not employ locals.
You hear of great sporting achievements but which are all false. The newspapers keep repeating stories of Singapore table tennis players having won world champions, when in truth they are not Singaporeans at all but citizens of Communist China. They are paid millions to represent Singapore at the games. Once they got their money and won the medals, they usually go straight back to China after throwing the medals at Singaporeans faces. There are no Singaporean sportsmen. They are all purchased from Communist China.
Singapore always pays Chinese sportsmen from Communist China to represent them instead of say, African sportsmen. They do this for a disgraceful reason entirely to hoodwink foreigners, since they would not know that these sportsmen are not Singaporeans at all since they both look alike (Singapore Chinese are also Chinese), whereas they would instantly know that an African looking Kenyan running the mile at record time is not a Singaporean.
Recently there was a claim that a Singapore sailboat "Uniquely Singapore" was sailing around the world. In actual fact except for 2 Singapore passengers, the skipper and the entire crew were foreigners, I believe English and Australian. Singaporeans are incapable of any great sailing achievement.
Then there was a claim that some Singaporean women were going to climb Everest. Except for that piece of news, we were never told whether they did in fact climb or was it another hoax.
You can see that Singapore newspapers are a total fraud. It is covered daily with insignificant nonsense such as someone who wants to sell his dog for a million dollars and a midwife who makes a lot of money presumably because she has government connections. Besides this trivia, you have daily lectures and unsolicited advice from their Lee Kuan Yew handpicked ministers that we should be more polite, we should be more courteous, we should wash our hands more often and we should unite instead of divide. In other words you are treated worse than a bunch of schoolchildren.
As for the Lee ruling family and their handpicked government, they do whatever they want. Firstly they pay themselves literally millions of dollars in salaries which is nothing but corruption. But if you were to protest this, they sue you using their corrupt judges.
The elections are a joke because the media only gives scant skewed coverage to the opposition. Anyone openly connected to the opposition and seen to be disloyal to the Lee ruling family are subject to dismissals from jobs and denied promotion while compliance and obedience always result in opportunities and advancement.
Except for a handful of people, the entire population of the island have been turned literally into sheep merely complying with whatever the Lee ruling family decides because confronting them means trouble from many directions. The entire island has been turned into a yes-man society, the only safe way to live.
The few handful of critics who have stood up against them in the interests of Singapore have all been branded criminals and punished, such as the late JB Jeyaretnam and today's Chee Soon Juan. Since 1984 I too was repeatedly persecuted through lawyer disciplinary proceedings (I was a lawyer in Singapore and am one today in California), suffered suspension from practice in Singapore, repeatedly charged with contempt of court and jailed and recently disbarred from practicing law in Singapore. According to Lee Kuan Yew and his friends and family, I too am a criminal for not having the good sense to support and praise him.
This subvertion of the entire island for Lee's personal benefit and reducing it to an island dictatorship run by a bunch of thugs lead by Lee Kuan Yew results today in their suffering punishing setbacks. For one, increasing numbers of citizens are leaving their shores forcing them to bring in large numbers of immigrants from Communist China. Lawyers are leaving the profession en masse. Today there are no more than 3,000 lawyers for a population of 5 million. Similarly all other professional classes are also leaving. Rate of childbirth is almost non existent. Young people are refusing to marry and the older people who are mostly native born are dying off in large numbers.
Singapore a place where you simply cannot live as a free man because you are always required to submit to the Lee ruling family and their corrupt minions, where you are fed daily with a whole load of propaganda from the state controlled press, and where foreigners have a better deal than local natives, and where you are arrested sued and persecuted if you complained. Surely such a place cannot be one that anyone with any pride can be proud of.
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
Actively practicing law in California and in good standing at the California Bar.
Member in good standing as a lawyer in England and Wales (Barrister).
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