Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew and Son and million dollar ministers should be sued and charged like TT Durai.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Now when one begins to think about it, are not the similarities between the activities of TT Durai/ NKF and those of Lee Kuan Yew and their family, striking, except that those of Lee Kuan Yew and company, more brazen?

TT Durai is alleged to have paid himself $2 million, money belonging to the public charity NKF, whose money is the people's. Lee Kuan Yew, his son and the Ministers and the President each pay themselves millions of dollars each year, and not just that, without any requirement for accounting, which makes Durai's actions less serious, since at least he was required to account for them.

But in either case, clearly serious breach of trust and if intentional and deliberate, which is clearly evident in Lee's case, the criminal offense of embezzlement.

By now, most of those who follow Singapore affairs already know a few things. Like Lee Kuan Yew is now holding the titular position of Senior Minister without any real work to do, a position which he created himself for himself for a salary which he decided as $1.5 million a year. You also know that he can decide almost anything or do anything, since Singapore is in essence a one party state. Being a generous human being, generous that is, only to his close family members and handpicked lieutenants, he pays them each the same amount. And since he does not want anyone meddling in what he does, never mind the fact that all that money belongs to the public, he has not permitted any accounting or bookkeeping for the money he and his family and friends take.

Therefore should we not ask why Lee Kuan Yew and his family and friends are not investigated for possible breach of trust or criminal wrongdoing, since TT Durai is subjected to it? Especially since Lee and Company's actions appear both egregious and intentional, much more than TT Durai's?

Lee reminds us of other dictators who stole their people's wealth. Men such as Marcos and the Shah of Iran. It is about time the people of Singapore made Lee and family account for their actions.

Gopalan Nair
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Fremont, CA 94538, USA
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