Saturday, January 12, 2008

A comment about my codemnation of Hri Kumar and other Singapore senior counsels and my response.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A comment has been received from an anonymous commenter "Also a lawyer" about my condemnation of the Senior Counsel award to Hri Kumar and others. This comment was sent to another recent post of mine in this blog headed

Saturday, January 12, 2008 A letter from a Malaysian in Germany.

I have cut and pasted it again here as a new post. My response to it follows.

"Also a lawyer said..."
My close friend, SC Michael Hwang, the current President of the Law Society, has read your "blasphemy" about Hri Kumar and others.I believe the society leaders will discuss your slanderous accusations in their next council meeting this month and decide on the appropriate course of action. You will know soon whether any action will be taken. If nothing is heard by end of this month, you can assume that they have decided to ignore your slander like as if they have never heard of it. Cheers!
January 12, 2008 4:51 PM

My response to it is as follows:

Saturday, January 12, 2008
Gopalan Nair said...

To "Also a lawyer",
First I notice you refuse to identify yourself. Why? Are you afraid of me or you afraid of Lee Kuan Yew?

Second, if you say that the Council is going to wait until the end of the month to discuss this; then you are obviously not taking it seriously! From now until the end of the month, thousands more would have read my account of the pathetic Hri Kumar and your legal profession in Singapore.

Instead, should you not immediately take out an injunction to compel me to remove my blog post forthwith? So that no more harm is done, if you think I have done harm?

As for your friend Mr. Michael Hwang, I know him personally. He was my pupil master in Allen And Gledhill when I returned from England. I regret it very much. Had I known that he was just as any other typical cowardly lawyer in Singapore, afraid to uphold the law because of fear for what Lee Kuan Yew will do to him, I would never have accepted him as a pupil master. JB Jeyaretnam would have made a great pupil master.

Michael Hwang is not a lawyer in the real sense of the word. If he was, he would have stood up to the erosion of the rule of law by the Lee Kuan Yew Administration in Singapore; by protesting the use of the courts by Lee Kuan Yew to eliminate political opponents. By remaining silent while Lee Kuan Yew misuses the law to bankrupt his political opponents, your friend Michael Hwang also stands condemned as a thoroughly dishonest, and unprincipled lawyer.

When your council decides to discuss this finally at the end of the month, you can add my condemnation of your friend Michael Hwang to the list in your agenda as to what to do.

By the way, something that is defamatory in print is libel, not slander. I think Michael Hwang can explain this to you.

You may try to pretend that you have never heard of what I wrote; you can pretend as much as you want. It is not going to help you. The fact remains the public, and especially the legal profession in Singapore has read it. That is the purpose and intent of my writing.

And you can expect more to come.


Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
Fremont, California
January 12, 2008 7:12 PM

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