Ladies and Gentlemen,
Enough is enough. For 50 years Lee Kuan Yew, the present Prime Minister's father had been bullying his Singaporean islanders by conveniently claiming it is necessary for nation building. And with that excuse which lasted no less than 50 years, he systematically turned the island into a mini version of Nazi Germany, denying freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of peaceful protest, imposing state control over the entire island's media and newspapers and turning it's judiciary into Kangaroos.
And while the convenient excuse of nation building was going on, he managed to be so corrupt as to his immense wealth look as if Bill Gates was just a pauper. He and his family was so corrupt, they had amassed more money than Saddam Hussein, Qaddafi and Mobutu of the diamond rich Congo all put together. Believe it or not, his salary was nothing short of $3.7 million a year and this is not counting even more millions he steals secretly. Not just him but his entire family including his sons, his daughter and all his relatives, both close and extended partake in the ongoing theft.
Realizing naturally that anyone with a head on his shoulders would probably complain at such blatant criminal corruption, he conveniently makes laws that make it completely illegal to criticize him or any of his family members and anyone who does is brought before his Kangaroo judges and instantly put away.
Since he was looking very silly and going on record as the dictator who ruled over his island nation even longer than Fidel Castro, so as not to embarrass himself in the world any further, he conveniently stepped down in 1990 and put a figurehead errand boy of his called Goh Chock Tong to pretend as Prime Minister till 2004 after which he appointed his son Lee Hsien Loong, whom he wanted to appoint to the post all along anyway, in 2004.
But even though he technically stepped down entirely for show, his minion Goh and his son were running around doing exactly what he did, which is, bullying anyone who disagrees. The most recent candidates for punishment are Roy Ngerng who criticized Lee's son for mismanagement of the state retirement funds. He is being sued for defamation, Lee's preferred tool for punishment. Amos Yee is the latest victim. He is 17 years old teenager. He made a video recently and posted it on line in which he called Lee Kuan Yew a horrible person and the target of many expletives which need not be mentioned. You see the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TZPdM3xn24
Lee Kuan Yew's son is deluding himself if he things he could continue behaving like a thug, the way his father did, going around beating up anyone who criticized. Singaporeans today are not the same as they were 50 years ago. Anyone who is educated today and has the bare minimum of common sense even for a Singaporean can realize that you simply cannot go around jailing and suing people just because they said something you did not like. It just doesn't make sense. And if it does not make sense to me, it does not make sense to most normal human beings.
And Lee Kuan Yew's law that says you cannot peacefully protest anywhere in the island except at a small secluded corner of downtown Singapore called Hong Lim Park, a patch of grass no more than 100 feet square, does not make sense to anyone, not even to a Singaporean. It does not make sense to an Australian, Englishman or even to an Hottentot in the Kalahari, South West Africa. So why should someone obey such a ridiculous law anywhere in the world, including Singapore.
You can put thieves, robbers, rapists and fraudsters in jail. Completely understandable. But you cannot put a man in jail who just peacefully holds a placard in downtown Singapore with the words "Down with the idiot son Lee Hsien Loong". And if he jails you for this, it is he who is looking bad, not you.
If you feel Lee Kuan Yew's son is simply a clueless person placed there by his father, like I do, you should protest now. He is so weakened now as is seen by the demonstrably overwhelming opposition to his rule in the Internet, it is quite clear he will not be able to arrest anyone for these clearly nonsensical laws and get away with it. After all how many is he going to arrest and jail, 20, 30 40, 50 all for peacefully protesting? If he was silly enough to actually arrest anyone for peaceful protest, the opposition against him would only become greater.
The days of Lee Kuan Yew's son bullying anyone are simply over. The sooner he realizes it the better.
Singaporeans should now come out and protest these unjust repressions such as suing Roy Ngerng or arresting Amos Yee. You should do the following:
1. Make T Shirts with slogans "Release Amos Yee" and "Stop suing Roy Ngerng" and other similar anti-Lee T shirts.
2. Organize peaceful protests either alone or in groups, not just in Speakers Corner but throughout the island demanding the release of 17 year old Amos Yee. I expect the government to deploy their thugs as agent provocateurs to provoke you into violence but remain calm and not fall for that trick. As there are more and more peaceful protests in the island, the dictatorship will be forced to release Amos Yee and stop persecuting Roy Ngerng.
3. Protesters should continue to demand democracy and the end of the dictatorship.
Remember, the Lee Kuan Yew dictatorship run by his son, simply will not give you democracy because you asked for it. Democracy in Singapore means this dictatorship can no longer continue to be corrupted as they are and take $3.7 million a year each, and they are never going to allow that. The only way you can achieve democracy is to force them to submit and the only way to do that is through street protests and civil disobedience.
If you want to see a freer and more democratic Singapore and not the dictatorship that has been going on for the last 50 years, you have to do something and do it now. And that something is street protests. Doing nothing and waiting for the next general elections would simply mean seeing the same old ways for another 50 years. Elections will not give you democracy, street protests will.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525