Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew's son braces for island-wide protests while father struggles for dear life

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have always been surprised why the people of the tiny island of Singapore have put up with so much indignity to their person and their self respect and treated no better than slaves, by this dictatorial government of Lee Kuan Yew and now his son, and yet have done nothing to resist and demand their dignity; choosing instead to remain obedient and take the beating.

You have an island where Lee Kuan Yew, even in his death bed now, and his son whom he placed as Prime Minister and every other Minister, toady and bootlicker that run around them, pay themselves, (I think steal is a much better word) no less than $3.7 million a year.

An island where every single Minister and official is connected to the Lee Kuan Yew family either through affinity or consanguinity and nepotism is the word for official appointments.

Where the moment you open your mouth to complain, slapped with a defamation lawsuit and bankrupted before their Kangaroo Courts.

I ask myself, why do they put up with this.

Have they not a single ounce of courage in their veins?

Although there is an overwhelming outrage and anger albeit mostly incognito in the Internet and there are increasing instances of hacking of government computers lately, writing anti government graffiti on walls and outpourings of other forms of anti government sentiment, demonstrably it has not yet reached the extent of island wide street protests as you would have expected in Hong Kong or Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Even though the government has arrested and jailed every single one of these brave human rights activists, it has not stopped them.

In fact it has only increased the number of anti government human rights instances.

There is no doubt that there is growing anger that is simmering under the surface which is only waiting for a catalyst, a spark, to ignite the explosive.

And I think that spark for the island wide street protests is about to happen any time now, which is the death of our breathing cadaver, Lee Kuan Yew,  now lying in a coma under life support at Singapore General Hospital.

A pathetic sight indeed of a man, now helpless at the mercy of his minders, who once strutted around his Singapore island chicken coop, bullying everyone in sight and sending Chia Thye Poh, his critic, to 31 years in prison! A man ugly in life and now ugly in death.

If there is one reason alone why the people would rise in indignation is the theft of taxpayers money that this half dead coot, his son the prime Minister and every one of their Ministers politicians friends and toadies pay themselves.

I don't have  to remind you that each of them pay themselves, steal is the better word, officially, $3.7 million dollars a year which they conveniently call a salary. Very conveniently.

Even this is not enough. In addition they take about 7 months bonus every year and directorship fees that runs into even more millions.

This my friend is a total wholesale theft of the country's assets. This alone should be reason enough for public street protests the moment Lee Kuan Yew kicks the bucket. The theft is so large, it would have put what Robert Mugabe or Mobutu of the Congo stole small change.

Then you have other equally compelling reasons. What about the denial of every basic human right. No free speech expression or nothing. Just life as slaves. This should be another glaring reason.

Then what about the denial of the right of Hindu Tamils to practice their religion. On February 3, 2015, during the Hindu Thaipusam festival, 3 Indians were charged when they wanted to play religious drums, a requirement under Tamil Hinduism which was denied. The drums were confiscated and the 3 assaulted by Chinese and Malay policemen at a Hindu religious festival!

Additionally the wife of one of the Hindu religious observers was assaulted and pushed to the ground resulting in her suffering extensive injuries. It was either Chinese or Malay police officers who assaulted these Hindu Indians, obviously a racially motivated hate crime. Indians would I predict protest against this racial discrimination and police brutality and denial of their right to practice their religion.

Malays should be protesting against the racial discrimination against them by the Chinese where  they are denied jobs and even thrown out of their jobs which are then given to the Chinese.

Lee Kuan Yew and his son have publicly also stated that the Malays of Singapore are good for nothing, undisciplined, stupid and not as smart as the ethnic Chinese of which the Lee family belongs. The Malays would clearly be protesting now against this Chinese aggression.

All in all, there are numerous cases crying out for justice and island wide street protests. If Singaporeans have sat quietly by so far, they may not be doing nothing any longer. They will be moved to action.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Knowing the Chinese boomers, they still believe that LKY's decision of separation from Malaysia was a right choice and are still grateful to that decision. If Malaysia and Singapore united, Singapore would end up like the present Malaysia full of debt and racial prejudice among themselves.

That is why these Chinese still respect him. On the other hand, once he is dead, there is a big possibility that they will choose opposition since the son is an incompetent PM and they will want their CPF back. They know PAP's legacy is coming to the end.