Friday, March 14, 2008

Announcement. Singapore Dissident will not accept anymore comments from anonymous or fictitious readers.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Singapore Dissident will not accept anymore comments from readers unprepared to identify themselves. The author of Singapore Dissident, Gopalan Nair, is prepared to say who he is, state his full name and all contact particulars including phone number, fax and Email. Singapore Dissident believes that writing about Singapore politics is a serious matter, and not a joke, and not something you go about doing from behind a mask because you are afraid.

Stating ones political beliefs is a serious matter, something one should be proud to do. The aim is to spread the message to as large an audience as possible, pointing to the disastrous political situation in Singapore; so as to urge the public to rise, challenge and change the government for the better. This is not something one does while hiding one's identity. People who are so afraid should in fact not engage in politics of change. Such men and women are not suited for such honorable pursuits and should instead concentrate in going about their lives in submission to authority as they do now.

Therefore I urge any readers if they have at least the courage to read this blog; in fact in Singapore you would be surprised to know that many fear doing even that; to read it and spread the message to others if they so desire and upon condition that they have the courage to do it. The author would appreciate that.

However if you plan to write a comment to this blog, it will not be accepted for publication unless it carries with it, a true and complete name, a full address, an Email address and a contact telephone number where you can be reached. The author will verify your identity and your comment will be published with your correct name and address. If you are not agreeable to these terms, you will be wasting your time writing to this blog because it will not be published.

As you are aware, there are many blogs that will accept such anonymous and disguised postings. In fact many blogs do not even identify the author. Singapore Dissident is however is not such a blog.

We had in the past accepted anonymous postings but as we are evolving and re-thinking what we do all the time, the time has now come to put a stop to this sort of shameful behaviour. It is both cowardly and pathetic. Therefore my advice to the Singaporean population is this. If you are so afraid, then accept Lee Kuan Yew's rule. Don't waste everyone's time writing criticism while hiding out of fear at the same time.

Thank you.

Gopalan Nair
39737 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite A1
Fremont, CA 94538, USA
Tel: 510 657 6107
Fax: 510 657 6914

And if you like what I write, please tell your friends. This blog not only gives information, it dispels the government propaganda put out by this dictatorial regime.


Anonymous said...

Mr Nair, I have long since followed your blog with the utmost interest and I have to agree with you.

I do fear as much as the rest of the other blokes who could be equivalently critical of the PAP administration, yet they fear for their lives and livelihood. I can tell you now that this fear is perfectly human and normal but yet in the face of this circumstance, these criticisms became a mere bark with no bite.

Many of us failed to see its value and this much is certain. Hundreds of blogs concerning the politics of Singapore but yet not many reveal their identities. I even used a moniker "phew!" to conceal my name. I have removed it from my blog and now I am writing posts using only my real name.

I am proud to tell you that I have recant my fear and revealed myself. It is true that we need to dispel this fear in order to get our meanings across.

Thank you, Mr Nair for making me believe in myself. Do feel free to contact me.


Aidil Omar
Apt 731 Tampines Street 71
#07-137 S520731

Gopalan Nair said...

Dear Mr. Omar,
Thank you for your comment. If Singaporeans want to bring about change in Singapore, they at least need the courage to identify themselves. Anyway you look at it, the government of Singapore is illegitimate. Either you have a constitutional democracy or you have not. Singapore has a constitution which bestows the basic fundamental rights of human beings anywhere in the world. Yet, the Lee Administration blatantly runs the place as if it is nothing more than a personal possession of his family.

This cannot go on. Not before any self respecting citizen of Singapore.

I was delighted, overjoyed to see that more than 20 Singaporeans had defied the governments's illegal laws against freedom of assembly, which is their right under the constitution. This defiance was the peaceful protest without permits on World Consumer Rights Day March 15, 2008 in front of Parliment House.

I have been particularly gratified at the progreesively larger numbers attending such peaceful protests without permits. As You are aware, I had personally called for protestes not only from Singapore but also from Malaysia and Australia and other countries to show solidarity with the freedom fighters to join the protests. It is enouraging to note that my requests may have played some part in the larger numbers that protested on March 15.

Again thank you Mr. Omar. The simple answer is this. If you remain afraid, this government will continue to treat you like dust. Do not permit it.

Show your face.

And thank you.

Gopalan Nair
Fremont, California