Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It is an honor to be deported from Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. His latest victim, Australian Anglican priest and author, James Minchin.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Among a long list of illustrious names who were deported from Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore Island where he brooks no criticism, the latest victim was the Australian Anglican priest and author of a book on Singapore, "No Man is an Island", James Minchin, who was on Wednesday last, Nov 14, 2012, turned back at Singapore airport and deported.

His crime, stating in 2011, that "in Singapore the rule of law was bypassed and corrupted". He has also "questioned the integrity and independence of the (Singapore’s) judiciary"

Last year another author, this time British, Alan Shadrake had written a book Once a Jolly Hangman in which he had said that Lee Kuan Yew who runs Singapore with his son, selectively apply the law to execute drug mules who have no government connections. He was sent to prison for 6 weeks, fined and deported to the UK.

A few months ago, Robert Amsterdam, a Canadian human rights lawyer who had represented Chee Soon Juan, a Singapore opposition politician was also deported at Changi Airport. His crime was calling the Singaporean legal system and judiciary corrupt and publishing it internationally.

In 2008, when I wrote a blog accusing Singapore Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean of prostituting her judicial office to destroy and bankrupt Chee Soon Juan to please Lee Kuan Yew, I was prosecuted and sent to a Singapore jail for 3 months. After that I too was deported at Changi airport to San Francisco, even though I am a Singaporean by birth although a naturalized American citizen.

Besides the above discerning and respected individuals making this charge, we also know that for decades now, JB Jeyaretnam who has since died has been repeatedly prosecuted, bankrupted and jailed for nothing more than ordinary criticism of Lee Kuan Yew's use of his judges to destroy political opponents.

We also know that Chee Soon Juan himself, among a long list of other Singaporeans through the decades, has been repeatedly jailed, fined and bankrupted (he was lately released from bankruptcy) again for nothing but normal legitimate criticism.

And anyone with eyes can see that Lee's government is a dictatorship where their principle tool is their compliant and corrupt judges who are used to silence dissent and destroy political opponents.

Yet Lee Kuan Yew wants the world to believe that we are all wrong and he is right, and Singapore’s judges have impartiality and integrity. It is like telling us that pigs can fly and that anyone who disagrees is wrong and must be punished and deported.

Isn't Lee Kuan Yew stupid to think anyone would be frightened by his bullying? In fact I consider myself honored for being deported from Singapore which makes me in the company of such illustrious people as James Minchin. Thank you very much, I am honored. Thank you for deporting me from Singapore.

Gopalan Nair
A Singaporean by birth in exile
Attorney at Law
Fremont, California, USA
Tel: 510 491 4375

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