Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Singapore orders brutal beating (caning) of anti-government graffiti artist

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Despite the Lee Kuan Yew and Son government of Singapore's claims to first world city, in fact it's laws are the same, if not worse than Iran or North Korea.

Singapore's official state sanctioned punishment for government critics who write anti government graffiti, is beating them, which is officially called caning.

Singapore freely uses this barbaric punishment almost solely against government critics, aged 18 to 50, to beat them so hard, that they end up bloodied and suffer permanent injury, usually impotency as the beatings are inflicted at their naked buttocks with full force intending at each stroke of the cane to break the skin and to cause profuse bleeding.

The reason why the age limit for this punishment is 50, is that many in the past above 50 who were beaten died. To avoid such international embarrassment, they have limited it to those aged 50.

The intention of the government, although they won't admit is, is to permanently injure and disfigure the prisoner, both physically and mentally, so that he will never forget it for the rest of his life and also to literally take him out of society altogether so that he lives the rest of his life an invalid.


The latest victim is the man above. His name is Muhammad Quamarul Arifin Sa'adon, aged 23. His crime was to write anti government graffiti on a street pavement at Princep Link not far from downtown Singapore on August 5, 2014. It appears he wrote the words "We are one, we are legion, expect us" along a pavement. Please see state controlled Straits Times newspaper report of August 07, 2014 titled "23 year old man sentenced to 2 months in jail and caning for anti government graffiti" http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/courts-crime/story/former-national-serviceman-faces-jail-and-caning-anti-government-g

No civilized government engages in this sort of barbarity more suited to uncivilized savages of the jungle, by beating someone in the buttocks as a legal state sanctioned punishment until he bleeds and becomes unconscious, for any crime whatsoever, never mind anti-government graffiti.

Lee Kuan Yew and his Son, who run Singapore are so insecure and so afraid there will be a revolution, that he resorts to this sort of heinous barbarity of beatings to suppress any anti government sentiment against him.

The fault of this young man was not only that he wrote anti government graffiti, it is also that he is a Malay and not Chinese. The Malays although the original native citizens of Singapore before the Chinese and Indians even came to the island, are repressed, discriminated and treated as second class citizens by the majority Chinese. Had he been ethnic Chinese like Lee Kuan Yew and his son are, he would probably have been spared the beatings. But since he has not only dared to write anti government slogans and to make matters worse, he happens to be a Malay, meant that the Chinese judge in this case had to order the severest punishment possible. In this case it was not only 2 months jail but 3 beatings of the stick (caning).

In Singapore it is bad enough for an ethnic Chinese to criticize them, it is unthinkable for Malay to do it; even though a Malay is an equal citizen under the Constitution.

Any Singaporean will tell you that it is terrible to be beaten. The exercise is intended to cause the most pain possible and the most blood extracted.

After one stroke (one beating), this 23 year old man would probably become unconscious. There would have been a pool of blood on the floor with a prison warden on standby to mob up the blood and a doctor to make sure he is not dead or if unconscious, to awaken him with smelling salts.

Then the second stroke, resulting in even more blood on the floor. The beater deliberately strikes on the earlier wound of the first stroke, so as to cause the maximum pain and the maximum blood.

If this man is still conscious, he would be screaming in pain but he cannot escape, he is strapped to a trestle, naked. After the second beating, even more blood, mopped up, and then then third stroke.

I have been told after the beatings, he cannot lie on his back for several months. His buttocks are swollen like a huge balloon. He cannot go the toilet. The doctor puts iodine on his wounds to cause even more pain. Because the nerves of his genitals are near his buttocks, he usually becomes impotent after these beatings. The deep scars of the beatings remain for life and cannot be removed.

And all this pain and brutality is inflicted just because this 23 year old man in 21st Century Singapore wrote some anti government slogans! Did he have to deserve this pain and brutality? He did not kill anybody. He did not rape anyone. He did not rob anyone. And even if he did all of the above, he does not deserve to be punished like this.

Today more and more Singaporeans are angry that this government resorts to this brutality against it's own people. This government doing this sort of thing cannot last. The 90 year old dictator, Lee Kuan Yew under whose auspices such brutality is committed, is about to die after which Singaporeans are going to demand their rights. They are going to kick out these thugs who beat their own people and replace the island with a true democracy. It won't be long.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525
Email: nair.gopalan@yahoo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/singapore.dissident


Danny Koh said...

This is what I found on Singapore caning 'laws':

Entering or remaining in Singapore without a valid pass - minimum strokes 3 maximum strokes 24

Illegal overstayers for a period exceeding 90 days - minimum strokes 3 maximum strokes 24

Engaged in business of conveying into Singapore of prohibited immigrant - minimum strokes 3 maximum strokes 24

Knowingly employing more than 5 illegal immigrants - minimum strokes 3 maximum strokes 24

Anonymous said...

Until the USA abolish capital punishment completely, you do not have any moral grounds to criticize our penal system.

Gopalan Nair said...

To Anonymous who said

"Until the USA abolish capital punishment completely, you do not have any moral grounds to criticize our penal system."

The USA does not brutally beat and permanently maim anti government graffiti artists.

Wes said...

I think the most ridiculous thing here is that the previous anonymous commenter actually has such support for the barbaric laws here (I am a Singaporean, although I hope to change that as soon as I finish the two years' slavery known as conscription). It just serves as a prime instance to demonstrate how brainwashed certain foolish supporters of the ruling party, the People's Action Party (the name itself a joke) can be. It reminds me of a diminutive North Korea, and it is frightful to think that one day it might escalate even further. Thinking of the veiled oppression and the legal Communism that is practiced so blatantly under the pseudonym of "Democracy" makes me yearn even deeper to leave the piece of flotsam known as "Singapore".

Anonymous said...

Mr Gopalan Nair, the date of the incident you stated was November 5, 2014 in the paragraph below the picture of Mr Muhammad Quamarul Arifin Sa'adon. It is August 14, 2014 today. Please correct your error. Thank you, and keep up hammering LKY and his lackeys.

Gopalan Nair said...

Corrected. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until the USA abolish capital punishment completely, you do not have any moral grounds to criticize our penal system.

Wed Aug 13, 12:18:00 AM PDT

Typical Confucian shithead. Father LKY says caning is good, so little followers must defend system.

Why don't you tell us why you think this type of punishment is barbaric ( or not). Or are you just a typical product of LKY's education system who is incapable of forming an independent thought.
Confucian idiot!

Anonymous said...

PAP = Party Against People.
nuff said!

Anonymous said...

It's time for Singapore to review caning laws. There is enough other punishment in the laws besides caning to act as a deterrent ... just like in any other country. To continue to insist that caning is necessary for Singapore is to continue to admit that somehow Singaporeans are more recalcitrant, tougher, stubborn, brutal etc. than others in the world. Of course, this is not true as any Singaporean will tell you. If anything, Singaporeans tend to be more docile, quiet, compliant and law abiding than many others. Don't you agree?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said
If anything, Singaporeans tend to be more docile, quiet, compliant and law abiding than many others. Don't you agree?
What a well reasoned argument.

Unlike those from the Confucian idiot who attacks USA's capital punishment.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous who said

"Until the USA abolish capital punishment completely, you do not have any moral grounds to criticize our penal system."
Why should you base your standards on the US? So should we follow the gun laws in the US as well. Give our 9 year olds shooting lessons with an Uzi so they can shoot their instructor dead? Have you no mind or opinions of your own other than blindly follow the US? As a Singaporean living in the UK it is embarrassing to have to explain to my peers here why Singapore still has such barbaric practices such as caning. First world country eh? Yet they flog and cane people for graffitti?? It is like stoning women in Saudi Arabia. Backward to say the least. Despite all the glitsy, modern skyscraper, there are some things in Singapore that still belong to the dark ages.

nirvan44 said...

@Gopalan Nair:

Worth perusing:

< temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/malay-family-warned-by-hdb-officers-to-tone-down-noise-after-complaints-by-prc-nationals >

eugene nirvan anthony

Australian Passport #: N2157646 said...


Interesting – it is sure noteworthy on the train of thoughts which drives one to comment.

By the way, if so inclined, you may like to check this out:

[ temasektimes.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/malay-family-warned-by-hdb-officers-to-tone-down-noise-after-complaints-by-prc-nationals ]

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