Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Singapore Lee Kuan Yew's monopoly on corruption

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Singapore's state controlled newspaper has the continuing story of 2 men in Lee's government being investigated for corruption. Straits Times online edition of Jan 25, 2012, carries this story under the title "CPIB probe: Ministry and Home Team will cooperate fully, says MHA". It is about Peter Lim Sin Pang, the chief of Singapore Civil Defence Force and Ng Boon Gay, the Director of Singapore's Narcotics department being investigated for corruption.

All very nice to read. I suppose another feather on Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew's cap as a fighter against corruption.

But then who is the most corrupt individual in Singapore? You will be surprised to know that it is none other than Lee Kuan Yew himself. First of all, he pays himself officially $3.7 million a year and treble that amount secretly as his salary. What do you call that then? I call this corruption of the worst kind. Even if the aforesaid Lim and Ng stole some money, surely it cannot amount to the several millions that Lee himself steals on a yearly basis without fail. And secondly at least they had the decency to do it secretly. In Lee's case, he not only steals, but does it before his people's very eyes.

Do you recall the Jade Mansions scandal some years ago, when he, his late wife, and every one of his children got huge discounts to purchase Jade condominiums at specially discounted prices which the public never got. When Tang Liang Hong, an opposition politician had the temerity to mention this fact at the 1997 elections, Lee not only sued him in his courts where victory is certain, he had to pay several million dollars in court awarded damages, bankrupted and forced into exile. Today poor Tang, who was once a millionaire himself ekes out a living in Melbourne Australia.

What is disgusting about the entire Lee family is this. They not only are thieves, they take offense when you call them so.

The one other dictator that comes to mind to the disgraceful extent of Lee's baseness is the former Iranian king Reza Shah Pahlevi who ruled from 1925 to 1941, a carbon copy of the Singaporean tin pot tyrant. In his case, it is often said that one good thing he did was to root out corruption entirely in Iran except for one person, himself. Under his harsh rule, with draconian laws, anyone found pilfering even the slightest amount faced harsh sentences and even execution. But then anything that was worth anything in Iran belonged to himself with a few crumbs thrown to his sycophants. The way he managed to govern was with harsh laws and fear.

And by the way have you ever wondered why noone else dares to write this in Singapore? You guessed right. He would be sued, arrested, bankrupted and jailed which is why he dares not write. In my case, I write from Fremont (San Francisco) California, which makes it a little difficult for him to successfully sue because California unlike Lee's Singapore has the rule of law.

It would be correct to say, Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore's Reza Shah Pahlevi.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
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Gandi said...

That sob LKY.

Hangman in waiting said...

Yes sob LKY.
He says he does not believe in the after life.
Rightly so because no dictator would want to know what is in store for him in the after life.
He would want to believe that life begins and ends here and he can therefore do what he wants with no repercussion. Hence he does not want to leave politics because he knows that if he left politics there is no guarantee that he will not be arrested. I just hope that I see him hung by his b...s before his time is up.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Gopalan.

I will appreciate if you can give your comments.

Gopalan Nair said...

To Anonymous who wrote "

I will appreciate if you can give your comments.

No I will not give you my comments. The issue in Singapore is the fact that it is a dictorship, without freedom of speech or the rule of law to mention only 2 of the disgraces of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. Whether this Workers party man had an extra marital affair is a side show of a side show. It is unimportant and not worthy of wasting any time on comments. It appears you are not aware of what I am talking about.

T.J said...

We read quite some time ago when one of the senior ministers stated the ministers' and heads of dept's million $ plus salaries were worth every cent as that is the only way to stop those in power from being corrupted. Now we have the outing of these two after being hidden for over a month from the public. How many more are involved, will we ever know? What a damned farce and a bloody intentional poke in the eye for all overburdened overtaxed overworked Singaporeans. Please keep up the great work Mr Nair.

Anonymous said...

We can only wish Singapore can be freed from LKY iron fist soon because he is of ripe old age. I bet Singaporeans with higherly educated minds, exposed to true democracy through internet, will come to realize the "clean corruption" of PAP is of the past. They can't live this lie forever. Senior minister, minister mentor, what is next? great grandfather minister ?? It's time to end this cycle of PAP rule, even Tang dynasty had to come and end.

Anonymous said...

Shut your crap, save ur breathe for your motherland india!

Gopalan Nair said...

To Anonymous who said

"Shut your crap, save ur breathe for your motherland india!"

You got the country wrong. I was born in Singapore.