Ladies and Gentlemen,
AFP and several other news services have reported the Singapore dictator Lee Kuan Yew who has ruled the island since 1959 and is 92 years old having said in a book that he recently wrote that he wants to die quickly in the event of his becoming comatose and a vegetable. Please see Yahoo News with the AFP report http://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapores-lee-says-wants-quick-death-112100482.html
In the article which reads Singapore's Lee wants a quick death, it states Lee has visibly weakened since then and revealed in the book that despite daily exercise and a disciplined lifestyle, "with every passing day I am physically less energetic and less active."
I am not a vindictive man but I have to say that those who have suffered terribly at his hands, persecuted, jailed and tortured for his selfish reasons to maintain his grip on power may perhaps not have as much sympathy or be gracious for what he is going through.
Indeed they may cherish the fact that he is now literally suffering, with according to him "aches and pains" which he has to endure, not knowing for how long.
In the sad state that he now is, this is what I will say to him.
Remember Lim Chin Siong, once his colleague in politics whom had arrested, and tortured for many years, forcing him into exile in England, reduced to selling flowers in London's Covent Garden with his wife, impoverished and subsequently returned to Singapore and left to die. Did he torture, imprison and destroy Lim Chin Siong for the sake of Singapore or did he do this crime to retain his control over Singapore.
Remember Chia Thye Poh, another of Lee's victims whom he accused of being a Communist and jailed him for no less than 31 years. After his release, Chia has been living an obscure life in Singapore having lost everything including his entire youth spent in jail.
I met Chia once around 1988 before I left Singapore in 1991. He was then required to live in Pulau Blakang Mati, now called Sentosa island, an amusement resort for tourists and Singaporeans. He was given a small former colonial house along the street where thousands of tourists and visitors pass. Did Lee Kuan Yew imprison Chia for the good of Singapore or was it to secure himself in power. Why was it necessary to demand that Chia live in an tourist entertainment island deliberately located at a spot for the entrainment and curiosity of tourists?
Was it necessary for him to use his Kangaroo Courts to bankrupt and impoverish a once very wealthy Singapore lawyer and politician Tang Liang Hong just because he had questioned Lee about some dubious property purchases which indicated corruption and bribes having been paid. Tang was forced to escape to Melbourne where he now lives. Did Lee do this for the sake of Singapore or was it for himself.
Lee is reported to have said in his book that he neither believes in God and neither does he deny God. In the past he always maintained that he did not believe in God. Why the sudden reservation about God, and a qualified statement which is neither here nor there. I can tell you why. He realizes that he is at the throes of death. He is at the door of Hades. And then he remembers all the terrible things he did in his life, to keep his power and to enrich himself and his family. What if there was a God. Will he have to burn in Hell till eternity? So as the cunning fox that he is, he conveniently now tailors his views so that if God is hearing perhaps he may still have the slightest of chances of redemption.
I think the same sort of feelings was felt by the other corrupt dictators of the world, General Pinochet of Chile and Mobuto of the Congo. They too tortured and jailed their opponents to enrich themselves. I suspect that they too at the throes of death did look back with pain at the terrible things they did. They too must have gone through a long and painful death and they too must have questioned their actions and must have felt a terrible pain reliving the pain they caused others.
Feodor Dostoevsky had written a wonderful book Crime and Punishment. It is the story of a man who kills another but justifies his actions because it would do society good. Eventually his guilt and conscience consumes him and every minute of the day he is tortured in his mind by the crime he committed. Dostoevsky argues that much worse than any Hell after life, Conscience is a far worse living Hell and those who do evil suffer much more in life than they can ever possibly suffer after death. Just like Lee Kuan Yew today, the character in Crime and Punishment also yearns for death to be relieved from his tormentor, his Conscience.
In Lee Kuan Yew's case Dostoevsky is proved right. Lee's conscience is torturing him and tearing him apart in his old age. He would rather die than be reminded every minute in his mind as to what he did to Lim Chin Siong, Chia Thye Poh, Tang Liang Hong, Toh Soh Lung and countless others whom he tortured and destroyed in the name of Singapore.
Even though I am not a vindictive man, I cannot help but wish that he live many more years, while he gets weaker and weaker by the day, while he pains over every bone in his body, while his memory takes him back all those years when the tortured, jailed and destroyed perfectly innocent people to ensure that he alone remain on the throne in his island.
A quick death would be too good for him and will not do justice to his victims, many in Singapore, some abroad and one in Fremont, California USA
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California, USA