Ladies and Gentlemen,
As Singaporeans are aware, Roy Ngerng, a 33 year old blogger in Singapore has been sued by the Prime Minister for defamation of character and has become his latest victim in his routine practice of suing their citizens in the court to silence any criticism. Ngerng has written in his blog Heart Truths, the discrepancy in the figures relating to state run retirement fund CPF which indicated strong suspicion that the Prime Minister is guilty of embezzlement.
As I have said in my earlier blog post, it is immaterial whether Ngerng's allegations were true or false. So long as Ngerng's writings were sincere and reasonably based on the evidence and there is no improper motive on his part, he shouldn't be sued by the Prime Minister. This was so in this case.
Recently a growing number of young Singaporeans have taken to writing anti government graffiti on walls and blogs. Although any form of anti government protest is justified as an exercise of your human right of free expression, it is still an offense to deface public property. A far better course of action is for Singaporeans to engage in peaceful public protest. Although it may be an offense under Singapore dictatorship's laws to stifle dissent, this action is justifiable both under the generally accepted understanding of law worldwide, natural justice and the moral conscience of the people. After all, you are not harming anyone by your actions which would be seen as those of a true patriot heroically standing up for his country.
No doubt you would be arrested and punished but in the eyes of the people of Singapore, you would be truly a hero.
I suggest that you protest in front of the CPF building (state run retirement fund) at Robinson Road , not at Hong Lim Park where they expect you to do it. The requirement of allowing protests only at Hong Lim Park is ludicrous and deliberately intended to dilute your inalienable right to peaceful protest under the Constitution.
Singaporeans should protest, if it is peaceful, throughout the island, anywhere they want and ignore these conveniently passed laws and rules to deliberately stifle dissent.
This way you would be truly showing your support to Ngerng and letting him know that he is not alone and you can stand up to these bullies.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525