Singapore's state controlled newspaper the Straits Times of Oct 29, 2013 reports, "Singapore's first female Supreme Court judge to retire" Please see http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/singapores-first-female-supreme-court-judge-retire-20131029
It is reported Judge Lai Siu Chiu who claims that the experience "enjoyable enriching and immensely satisfying" who is 65 will retire immediately and continue to engage in law. The state controlled paper doesn't say much more than that.
There are several things fishy about this case.
Is she really retiring or is she abandoning a sinking ship, the SS Singapore with helmsman 90 year old Lee Kuan Yew? Let me explain. To put it plainly, this woman has blood on her hands. In 2006 she had the honor of sending an innocent man to prison for contempt of court, which in Singapore parlance means any statement critical of Lee Kuan Yew, his family or his courts. It is not really necessary to waste one's time reading the nonsense in these cases but to say this.
Chee Soon Juan a staunch government critic had been bankrupted after failing to pay libel damages on trumped up charges to Lee Kuan Yew and his sidekick Goh Choc Tong of half a million dollars! At his bankruptcy hearing later, he correctly read out a statement calling these judges a bunch of Kangaroos (my words, not his) and what is going on is no better than Alice in Wonderland (my words, not his).
As a result the poor man had not only been bankrupted for not having $500,000.00, he was also to face contempt charges for pointing out that these judges were nothing but stooges (my words, not his). The contempt charges came before this woman whose main duty it appears is to put away critics of her paymaster Lee Kuan Yew.
Naturally she said that Chee's criticism of Singaporean judges was the "the worst case that had come before her court for scandalizing the judiciary" and as expected, at the bat of an eye, she ordered him to jail for seven days if he did not pay a further $6,000.00! Please see http://www.singapore-window.org/sw06/060317dj.htm
You see, it is not expected for Singapore judges to retire as although there is this retirement age, Lee Kuan Yew and his government can extend their tenure for as long as they want. Almost every judge in the past has remained till their eighties and even nineties. And especially since she confesses to love her dirty work, wanting to carry one with it even after retirement, why the need to retire? Moreover it is common knowledge that the Singapore bar is struggling with shrinking numbers, for having a reputation for attracting ass lickers ( I mean Lee Kuan Yew's) crooks and opportunists to make millions doing their master's bidding.
No, it is not a case of her retiring. I think she can read the writing on the wall. Lee Kuan Yew is 90 and going to die after which there may be a day of reckoning of all these Kangaroo judges who spent a career in doing dirty work for lee Kuan Yew by bankrupting and jailing the late JB Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and dozens of other government opponents who were doing no more than exercising fair criticism expected in any democracy.
I think she is afraid of what will happen to her and rightly so. Will she have to explain what she did to Chee Soon Juan? Will she have to explain a great many other instances of abuse of her office to please her master? Perhaps it is wiser to clear out now before it is too late? Perhaps even better to emigrate to some other country and hope the long arm of the law will not come looking.
I think this woman is the first among Lee Kuan Yew's stooges who will now try to leave. I expect to see many more resignations from the top in the government as 90 year old Lee Kuan Yew's passing becomes more and more imminent. Her face appears below.
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