Singapore island which has no more than 2 million local citizens, publishes in their state controlled newspaper Straits Times the report "Attorney General's Chambers acts against Leslie Chew" dated July 25, 2013.
In line with their usual silly pastime of persecuting anyone who criticizes their government, their victims have included, British author Alan Shadrake, Chee Soon Juan an opposition politician and myself in 2008 for writing a blog they did not like, they have now targeted for punishment a cartoonist for a drawing in Facebook they did not like. According to them, the cartoon showed their judiciary, which has by now lost all credibility whatsoever, due to their own actions, in bad light.
Their Attorney General states in the report the need to punish this man because his judiciary is an essential pillar of public service and any attempt to malign it cannot go unpunished. It is rather difficult to follow his argument since if it has already lost all credibility whatsoever and have publicly shown themselves to be Kangaroo courts used to suppress dissent in the island, how they are going to instill confidence in this body by punishing this cartoon drawer is puzzling.
But one thing is sure, which is, this prosecution is going to make Lee Kuan Yew and his son who run the island look even more a bunch of clowns than they already are, being notorious the world over some bizarre rules, such as criminalizing chewing gum, beating people in their backsides as an official punishment and executing petty drug moles.
And the public lamenting they routinely do about the huge brain drain from the island, the non existent birth rate and the fast disappearing tiny population of just 2 million locals will only get worse, because even more local Singaporeans will leave the island in protest against punishing this poor innocent cartoonist as a means to defend Singapore's judiciary, an indefensible prospect.
It is like Adolf Hitler throwing anyone who criticized his courts in jail in order to protect the Nazi court's reputation. I think both Hitler and Lee Kuan Yew would first have to establish that their judiciary's had any integrity in the first place. Throwing this poor cartoonist in jail is not going convince him nor me, nor any other Singaporean with a head on his shoulders that the island's judges had any merit. In fact this action by them will just prove what everyone else have believed all along, that they are a bunch of Kangaroo judges in their Kangaroo courts.
I attach below the report from the state controlled Straits Times
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in exile
Fremont, California, USA
Tel: 510 491 4375
Attorney-General's Chambers acts against cartoonist Leslie Chew
Published on Jul 25, 2013
He is alleged to have committed contempt of court by scandalising the Judiciary of the Republic of Singapore. The AGC said in a statement issued Thursday: "The present legal proceedings are aimed at protecting the administration of justice in the Republic of Singapore and upholding the integrity of one of our key public institutions."
The case will be heard before the High Court on Aug 12.
Chew is the illustrator behind Demon-cratic Singapore, a Facebook page that was started in May 2011.