Ladies and Gentlemen,
After Singapore blogger Roy Ngerng recently accused the Prime Minister of misappropriating state run retirement fund, CPF, clearly with sufficient justification as shown by mismatched interest rates and the total lack of transparency on where the missing money went, he was naturally sued for defamation for which Prime Minister has achieved international notoriety.
Not satisfied with having sued him despite an apology, he has gone on to fire the poor Ngerng from his job in a state run public hospital. Please see the report of the state controlled newspaper Straits Times of June 10, 2014. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/tan-tock-seng-hospital-terminates-blogger-roy-ngerngs-em
Although the hospital naturally says that he was fired for incompetence, we all know what the actual reason is, punishment for daring to criticize the Almighty Prime Minister as is seen from Singapore's shameful past with other political victims.
JB Jeyartnam was disbarred, Chee Soon Juan was fired from his professor position, and John Tan, the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Democratic Party was dismissed from his professorship at Cook University, Singapore, to name a few.
It always works like clockwork. First there is defamation action. Then the humongous damages. Then bankruptcy when you cannot pay. Then making you jobless. This is the shame of the Prime Minister's one party state.
Mr. Prime Minister of Singapore in doing so has not only disgraced himself but has also disgraced his country.
If you were not aware of the dirty business of the Singapore rulers, their principle tool to silence dissent, is the use of defamation lawsuits which, by the way, they always win, thanks to their Kangaroo court judges who double as PAP politicians.
Once Singapore rulers have set eyes on a victim to be destroyed, it is a forgone conclusion, not only of their victory but also the damages, usually several hundreds of thousands intended not so mush to enrich the plaintiffs, since they are already multi millionaires, but principally to destroy the victim and the consequent chilling signal to everyone else not to mess or else.
They are once again killing the chicken to frighten the monkeys.
I am sure the bookies are not going to take any bets on the outcome of the Prime Ministers lawsuit. If there is any betting, it can only be on the quantum; whether it is $200,000.00 or $300,000.00.
I am not sure what the Prime Minister thinks he gains by all this, but surely anyone with a head can see the damage he is doing to himself and the reputation of Singapore by his actions.
To sue a private citizen for criticizing him on a matter of pubic interest and controversy, the state run retirement funds is telling the world that there is no right to free speech whatsoever in an absolute dictatorship.
It shows him as a disgraceful and cowardly dictator and Singapore as nothing more than a banana republic with a Chinese feudal emperor.
If the Prime Minister's plan was to silence dissent through fear and terrorizing his people, if he has any brains, he should by now know that it simply is not working.
The people are being emboldened, despite the terror tactics of the Prime Minister.
Only a few days ago, there was not only a huge crowd of Singaporeans at a protest at Hong Lim Park, the only location allowed for protests, they were also holding up signs and placards in open defiance, directly attacking him and his government, such actions unheard of in the fear ridden island's past.
In fact we should thank this totally clueless Prime Minister for his actions.
Thanks to him, we can expect even more Singaporeans to oppose him, even more Singaporeans to add the flood of emigration to the West, even more citizens to bad mouth the government and their one party dictatorial rule and most importantly add to the increasing numbers of protests against their high handed authoritarian rule.
In this way, the ruling PAP party would soon find the island simply ungovernable and high time to say adios to the Prime Minister and his dynasty.
We are all indebted to blogger Roy Ngerng not only for standing up and facing the punishments thrown at him but for fearlessly daring to speak at the very protest held in his support even though he knows that it will only enrage the infallible Prime Minister even more to order his Kangaroo judges to add a few more zeros to the quantum of defamation damages.
The Singapore Prime Minister is not only a bully. He is also dumb.
And by the way, he is also a coward. He won't sue me because he has no confidence of winning in any court outside Singapore. He only does when he is sure to win. I live in Fremont California and not in Singapore. I am not an easy target.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525