Ladies and Gentlemen,
There are some in the world who would do any amount of evil, for career and profit. There are degrees of evil inflicted on the innocent. In the worst cases such as that of Adolf Eichmann, Hitler's right hand man to polish off the Jews, it was executing 6million of them in gas chambers. Then we have other forms of harm such as the Singaporean kind.
Singapore state controlled newspaper Straits Times online edition of March 11, 2012 has the story "Former Attorney General Tan Boon Teik dies at 83". He was the Attorney General of Singapore in Lee Kuan Yew's dictatorship from 1967 to 1992, nearly 30 years, during which time, he used his office to systematically arrest and imprison innocent Singaporeans who were targeted by his master Lee Kuan Yew as political threats.
Many law abiding citizens who opposed Lee's government were routinely branded as communists and imprisoned under the Internal Security Act, beaten, tortured, and finally released to society when they were destroyed both in person and spirit. Other methods were suing them for defamation of character using malleable judges or fines and imprisonment through contempt of court cases. Under him, as it is today, the principle use of the law above anything else is to keep the Lee ruling family in power. Rule of law was entirely irrelevant.
His sole purpose was to please Lee Kuan Yew, the Prime Minister and his boss from whom he took his orders. This he did with clockwork efficiency.
His victims were too many to list. In my case, he was responsible for charging me for contempt of court merely because I had suggested at an election rally in 1991 in Bukit Merah Singapore as a Workers party parliamentary candidate that the procedure for appointing Subordinate courts judges should be changed for an impression of fairness. For this I was ordered to pay $8,000 in fines and $13,000.00 in costs. Up till now I have not paid the costs.
Again at this time, he initiated Singapore Law Society disciplinary proceedings against me after which I was suspended for 2 years all for writing a letter asking him to explain his reasons (which made no sense) for refusing the late JB Jeyaretnam a pardon after his exoneration by the English House of Lords.
It was these proceedings which finally made me to leave Singapore permanently because I felt I could do much more for the cause of Singapore's freedom from outside than from within the island.
What damage done to me was only a fraction of others like JB Jeyaretnam who suffered great hardship through his banality of evil.
Unlike Eichmann who was eventually brought to justice, Tan Boon Teik escaped by dying. His name will live in infamy among the annals of those cruel and callous men who profited through the Devil. Singapore's former Attorney General Tan Boon Teik is one such man.
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