Friday, April 5, 2013

Singapore's stand up comedian, the Prime Minister

Ladies and Gentlemen,

When people say that the Singaporean Prime Minister is where he is just because he is the son of his father, Lee Kuan Yew- in other words nepotism-they are proven right once again as shown by his recent altogether downright stupid behavior during his recent US visit before a selected group of American businessmen during dinner. This is not how a leader of any country with brains in his head would behave.

Please see the article "Singapore's Prime minister is funny" in the Foreign Affairs Magazine

The article reads:

On Tuesday, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long visited the United States and met with President Obama. That night, in a speech to U.S. businessmen, Lee told a few jokes about China.
AP reports:
He drew laughs - and some groans - with his quips, including one about China's environmental problems.
"Beijing residents joke that to get a free smoke all they have to do is open their windows!" Lee said.
He then alluded to thousands of pig carcasses recently fished from Chinese rivers.
"(In) Shanghai, if you want some pork soup, you just turn on the tap," he said.
His audience appeared doubtful if that was good taste, until he added, "That's their joke, not mine!"

It is completely unacceptable for a leader of a country to insult another country, let alone make jokes about them, indeed a superpower, which is seen here completely in bad taste.

To openly say that all Beijing residents need to do for a smoke is to open their windows! We all know that China is struggling under a pollution problem but to take advantage of their misery and makes jokes about it is to rub salt into the wounds. Any ordinary person would not do it to another let alone a leader of a country against the Chinese people.

China had a serious problem with pigs being slaughtered and left to float down their Yangtze River recently. It was a problem which the Chinese were trying to overcome, but again to make fun of them in their time of calamity is not just wrong, it is down right stupid for a so called statesman. Lee’s son was not acting as a statesman. He was a clown.

Other than the fact of his being a downright clown for a Prime Minister of a country, have you thought of what he does in Washington DC, the capital of a respected democracy, compared to what he does at home.

In Singapore, even the slightest criticism about him would inevitably result in a letter from his attorney threatening to sue you for defamation in his Kangaroo Courts. And when he does it, you simply have no chance in the world of getting off. Yet he feels free to go to another country, Washington DC and publicly defame the Peoples Republic of China, their people and their politicians knowing full well that no one will be suing him for what he had just said.

Is he not behaving as a cowardly small time thug and bully who dare to insult anyone he wants outside his Kangaroo Courts Island whereas inside it, he will threaten, jail and bankrupt anyone who does do the same to him.

When asked by Charlie Rose, an American TV host why he sues everyone for the slightest criticism, his answer was that he considers himself a Chinese leader, who under Chinese thinking, would lose his authority to rule if anyone criticized him unpunished. So I am going to Email this to his Prime Ministers Office in Singapore, and see if he would feel his authority to rule will be compromised since I have called him an idiotic clown in this article which will be read not only by thousands of people in Singapore island and elsewhere throughout the world?

Will he sue me?

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


Anonymous said...

A compliant judiciary comment by Dr Christopher Lingle on the country Singapore landed him in hot soup. Shouldn't the Communist Party of China sue Lee Hsien Loong for the innuendo that the CPC is incapable and incompetent?

Singapore's Authoritarian Capitalism

by Dr. Christopher Lingle

Dr. Lingle began research for this book during his fellowship at the National University of Singapore. Lingle's Singapore visit came to an abrupt halt after he wrote a response to a previously published editorial comment that appeared in the International Herald Tribune. In his article, Lingle inferred that some regimes in East Asia are able to thwart criticism by relying on a compliant judiciary. Within two weeks he had been interrogated repeatedly by police detectives - which prompted him to resign his position, flee the country and seek refuge in the USA with nothing more than his overnight bag and notebook computer. The Singapore government seized his property in Singapore and sentenced him to jail in absentia.

In March, 1996 Mr. Lee Kuan Yew's lawyer urged the High Court of Singapore to order Lingle to pay substantially more than $300,000 in damages for libelling the Senior Minister. Justice S. Rajendran handed down a $70,000 judgment against Lingle.

Dr. Lingle comments: "I am not surprised by the Singapore judge's ruling. I guess the courts didn't see the irony in the judgment against me. As far as I can see it, the judgement vindicates me and supports the criticism that Singapore's rulers use a compliant judiciary to bankrupt their critics .. whether they are the political opposition or news media or foreign nationals."

Dr. Lingle has held university professorships all over the globe including the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and America.

In his book, Dr. Lingle identifies Singapore's "authoritarian capitalism" as combining a selective degree of economic freedom and private property rights with strong-armed control over political life. According to him, political loyalty is the ultimate determinant of success rather than the efficient utilization of resources, and sycophantic business relations replace the growth-inducing actions of true entrepreneurs. Singapore's Authoritarian Capitalism questions the long-term survival of the People's Action Party (PAP) and its capacity to sustain Singapore's "miracle" growth record due to internal contradictions arising from the imposed institutional arrangements.

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Irene Puah Siew Hoon said...

The true joke is, of course, that Lee Hsien Long is himself of Chinese stock.

Anonymous said...

He is the clown prince of singapore.

Anonymous said...

This double headed idiotic clown would be doing the same to ridule the US when he visits the leaders of China. This is the most disgusting type of leader we have in Singapore who practically robs the people to pay himself the highest salary in the world which is not double but many folds more than that of the leaders of the biggest countries of the world.