Despite the Lee Kuan Yew and Son government of Singapore's claims to first world city, in fact it's laws are the same, if not worse than Iran or North Korea.
Singapore's official state sanctioned punishment for government critics who write anti government graffiti, is beating them, which is officially called caning.
Singapore freely uses this barbaric punishment almost solely against government critics, aged 18 to 50, to beat them so hard, that they end up bloodied and suffer permanent injury, usually impotency as the beatings are inflicted at their naked buttocks with full force intending at each stroke of the cane to break the skin and to cause profuse bleeding.
The reason why the age limit for this punishment is 50, is that many in the past above 50 who were beaten died. To avoid such international embarrassment, they have limited it to those aged 50.
The intention of the government, although they won't admit is, is to permanently injure and disfigure the prisoner, both physically and mentally, so that he will never forget it for the rest of his life and also to literally take him out of society altogether so that he lives the rest of his life an invalid.
The latest victim is the man above. His name is Muhammad Quamarul Arifin Sa'adon, aged 23. His crime was to write anti government graffiti on a street pavement at Princep Link not far from downtown Singapore on August 5, 2014. It appears he wrote the words "We are one, we are legion, expect us" along a pavement. Please see state controlled Straits Times newspaper report of August 07, 2014 titled "23 year old man sentenced to 2 months in jail and caning for anti government graffiti" http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/former-national-serviceman-faces-jail-and-caning-anti-government-g
No civilized government engages in this sort of barbarity more suited to uncivilized savages of the jungle, by beating someone in the buttocks as a legal state sanctioned punishment until he bleeds and becomes unconscious, for any crime whatsoever, never mind anti-government graffiti.
Lee Kuan Yew and his Son, who run Singapore are so insecure and so afraid there will be a revolution, that he resorts to this sort of heinous barbarity of beatings to suppress any anti government sentiment against him.
The fault of this young man was not only that he wrote anti government graffiti, it is also that he is a Malay and not Chinese. The Malays although the original native citizens of Singapore before the Chinese and Indians even came to the island, are repressed, discriminated and treated as second class citizens by the majority Chinese. Had he been ethnic Chinese like Lee Kuan Yew and his son are, he would probably have been spared the beatings. But since he has not only dared to write anti government slogans and to make matters worse, he happens to be a Malay, meant that the Chinese judge in this case had to order the severest punishment possible. In this case it was not only 2 months jail but 3 beatings of the stick (caning).
In Singapore it is bad enough for an ethnic Chinese to criticize them, it is unthinkable for Malay to do it; even though a Malay is an equal citizen under the Constitution.
Any Singaporean will tell you that it is terrible to be beaten. The exercise is intended to cause the most pain possible and the most blood extracted.
After one stroke (one beating), this 23 year old man would probably become unconscious. There would have been a pool of blood on the floor with a prison warden on standby to mob up the blood and a doctor to make sure he is not dead or if unconscious, to awaken him with smelling salts.
Then the second stroke, resulting in even more blood on the floor. The beater deliberately strikes on the earlier wound of the first stroke, so as to cause the maximum pain and the maximum blood.
If this man is still conscious, he would be screaming in pain but he cannot escape, he is strapped to a trestle, naked. After the second beating, even more blood, mopped up, and then then third stroke.
I have been told after the beatings, he cannot lie on his back for several months. His buttocks are swollen like a huge balloon. He cannot go the toilet. The doctor puts iodine on his wounds to cause even more pain. Because the nerves of his genitals are near his buttocks, he usually becomes impotent after these beatings. The deep scars of the beatings remain for life and cannot be removed.
And all this pain and brutality is inflicted just because this 23 year old man in 21st Century Singapore wrote some anti government slogans! Did he have to deserve this pain and brutality? He did not kill anybody. He did not rape anyone. He did not rob anyone. And even if he did all of the above, he does not deserve to be punished like this.
Today more and more Singaporeans are angry that this government resorts to this brutality against it's own people. This government doing this sort of thing cannot last. The 90 year old dictator, Lee Kuan Yew under whose auspices such brutality is committed, is about to die after which Singaporeans are going to demand their rights. They are going to kick out these thugs who beat their own people and replace the island with a true democracy. It won't be long.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525