Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singaporeans in truth have no rights to speak of. Their Constitution has been repeatedly amended to take away their right to free speech, free expression or assembly all of whom now need a government permit, which will be denied if anyone applied to speak against them. You have a judiciary which has routinely been used as a political tool against government critics, as a result of which it has been totally discredited.
You have a Prime Minister who was not freely and fairly elected but was placed there by his father who has the puppet strings. No one respects the son and just ignores him as if he wasn't even there.
As for the father who is 89, he continues to orchestrate the the government from behind the scenes as if the island was the personal property of his family.
And unlike in the past when news did not spread as quickly as they do now with the Internet, it is no longer possible to keep these government excesses under wraps. The result of all this is a Singaporean public which is totally detached and unconcerned with how the island is run, as if they were all there temporarily to make a living and then leave the island.
The massive numbers of recent immigrants, the majority of whom have been given citizenship not only do not care about what goes on, they do not know anything about Singapore either.
If the Lee ruling family still manages to govern Singapore they are not managing it because the people support them but because they are afraid of Lee's police force and the courts which he controls. It is simply an island which is governed through fear, not voluntary intelligent support.
Which is why cracks are increasingly appearing in the cohesion among the people resulting in dislike even hatred among the citizens. Look at what is happening. The state Controlled newspaper the Straits Times of April 05, 2012 has the story "PM Lee flags two worrying trends in Singapore", http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_785443.html.
It talks of the "growing divide" between native citizens and new immigrants, mainly from Communist China. With the ever increasing Communist Chinese population component in Singapore which has nothing either socially or historically in common with the locals, there are going to be more and more violent clashes between them, which is already happening, resulting in society disintegrating.
Not too long ago, you had a Communist Chinese immigrant family who complained about their Singaporean Indian neighbours cooking curry because they didn't like its smell. As a result the Indian family were coerced into voluntarily not cooking it when these Communist Chinese neighbours were in, a strange concession for someone giving up the right to cook a dish in their own home.
After this incident, to the credit of Singaporean Chinese (as opposed to these Communist China imports) who have always lived in harmony with their Indian neighbours, many in fact went out of their way to support their Indian friends and told these Communist Chinese to just get out of the country altogether if they didn't like it.
On April 2, 2012, there was an article in this state controlled press headed "Intellectual Property office of Singapore gets new subsidiary" http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_784520.html,
the story talks of this government office setting up a subsidiary called IP Academy by which they hope to become a hub for the practice of Intellectual property law.
I think this is once again just fat hopes. It will not succeed. Any law jurisdiction hoping to prosper has to be first of all respected. With Singapore's judiciary and it's legal system totally discredited for being seen as a tool to silence dissent though abusing the law, the international community has lost all faith in it. Judges like Belinda Ang Saw Ean are in fact doubling as PAP politicians, not judges, when they bankrupt a critic Chee Soon Juan with astronomical court awards merely for voicing criticism agaisnt the government.
Since Intellectual Property law just as any other law does not exist in a vacuum but is interrelated with other areas of law including the Constitution, since the Lee ruling family have completely deprived Singaporeans of any constitutional rights, the impartially of the courts can no longer be expected. Such a jurisdiction, like that of North Korea or Communist China has no hope of becoming any hub for any legal discipline.
What the Lee ruling family should understand is this. The moment you think of abusing the rule of law for your own political ends, that is when you get hurt from all sides. The people have no respect for you, there is not going to be any dedication and you are simply not going to get the real support of your people. They may keep quiet and simply go along but such obedience is extracted out of fear, not out of any support from your people. And a society like this only descends further into abyss of shame and disrespect.
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)
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