Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singaporeans have been following an unusual strange case in their courts, since it is not very often for an ordinary citizen, to challenge the all powerful government of the Lee ruling family let alone a "part time cleaner".
Nearly 3 months ago, an opposition Member of Parliament (I use the word opposition in a rather loose Singaporean sense, meaning that he is in fact too afraid to challenge the government on anything real) for the constituency of Hougang was expelled after his infidelity was reveled, which required the government to hold by- elections.
To force the government, as they appeared to be delaying, a citizen of that ward, Vellama Marie Muthu,aged 42, who happens to be a "part time cleaner" in the government housing agency, took an action in court asking for an order that they hold by-elections in Hougang without further delay.
Other than the the uniqueness of any legal action against Singapore's all powerful Lee family which no one has won, let alone by a humble citizen which has no chance at all, what is interesting is the way it's state controlled newspapers describe the plaintiff.
PART TIME CLEANER
In every single report in these state controlled newspapers one phrase keeps recurring, the words "part time cleaner" to describe the Plaintiff.
This repetition of her social standing in society speaks reams of what Singapore has become today, an elitist class conscious society where "part time cleaners" should not be going around doing things like this. What these reports are doing is stating exactly what their government thinks of citizens of humbler circumstances such as this woman Vellama Marie Muthu.
These Lee ruling family newspapers are trying to say that the very fact that a part time cleaner should be suing the government at all is a surprise by itself. It would be slightly different had Vellama been a multi millionaire banker, when Lee's judges would perhaps have looked at the whole thing a little differently, but not here coming from a "part time cleaner"!
It is unheard of for anyone to sue the government let alone "part time cleaners". She probably earns $1,000 or less, which is an almost non existent minute decimal of what Lee Kuan Yew or his son earns of $4.7 million a year, 5 times the salary of the President of the United States.
In fact, you would know this if you knew Singapore. What the Lee ruling family is trying to say through their newspapers is that this part time cleaner woman shouldn't be wasting her time going around suing the government. She should know better. Such things are for rich people, not "part time cleaners".
She should consider herself lucky that she even has a job. What she should be doing is to realize her very poorly situation. She is not a notch above the lowest of the low. She should be lucky to be alive. Women like her should not have megalomaniacal ideas.
By this repeated references to "part time cleaner" suing the government, they are trying to tell her that they are going to teach her a lesson she will never forget. The judge on the orders of the Lee family will promptly throw the case out, she would be ordered to pay costs of $50,000 if not more. And not having the money she would be bankrupted and last but not least she would be thrown out of even that measly job.
Lee's Singapore government is going to kill her like they kill the proverbial Chinese chicken so as to frighten all the Singaporean monkeys, I mean citizens.
There was never in Singapore's history anyone who had the courage to sue Lee Kuan Yew's government and there never will be; that is, someone who has done it and lived to tell the tale.
Who does she think she is, this "part time cleaner" in Lee family's Singapore, Margaret Thather?
This is how Singapore's Lee ruling family and their government thinks of their ordinary citizens. Millionaires, are treated a little better.
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