7 people I admire in 2018

There were 7 people who sparked my admiration in 2018. With them, it seemed like a new dawn befell Singapore and the early sprouts of new hope for a new Singapore were born.

I shall name them one by one.

1. Leong Sze Hian

This guy rocks because he stood his ground, and refused to apologise on Lee Hsien Loong’s terms for what was a mere sharing of a link on facebook. With Lim Tean as his lawyer, he has vowed to fight for Singaporeans’ freedom of expression.

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2. Jolovan Wham 

Being the head of the organisation campaigning for all forms of civil and political rights in Singapore, this chap deserves a pat on the back for surviving so long, and persevering on despite all odds. Earlier in the year, he also had a 5-minute episode with the PAP’s Fake News Committee, in which he questioned the ridiculousness of the fact that he could not ask questions.

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3. Terry Xu

If there is anyone most deserving of an award for the spirit of perseverance in working and toiling away at something probably without profits for the good and justice of Singapore and Singaporeans’ access to quality news coverage that the mainstream media refuses to take up – The Online Citizen – it has to be Terry Xu.

His work with TOC has seen ups and downs, and with very limited resources and a thin manpower base, he has stubbornly insisted on continuing the work of online news publication, with careful reporting and high-standard journalism. No one should be able to doubt that.

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4. Lee Hsien Yang

This is one inconvenient and surprise hero that did so much this year. Following last year’s exposé together with sister Lee Wei Ling, of their brother (and the country’s dictator leader) Lee Hsien Loong’s dirty shit with regards to the Oxley Road house, this year saw Lee junior having breakfast with Tan Cheng Bock, donating to Leong Sze Hian’s countersuit against Lee Hsien Loong, and his continuous and relentless fight against the big brother in power by speaking up and speaking out.

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5. Tan Cheng Bock

He could very well have chosen to fully retire and enjoy the rest of his largely-establishment life by keeping his mouth shut and closing his eyes to the happenings in the country brought about by the very party he had been MP for more than 30 years. But no, conscientiousness saved this man from the slumber of apathy, and awakened him to take on the devil at the helm, making him vow to do whatever he can to save us.

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6. Tan Kin Lian

This man lost his deposit at the PE2011 4-corner match. Like Tan Cheng Bock, he was largely establishment, being NTUC Income’s head for over 20 years. Similarly an RI boy whose inner conscience got the better of him, he toils on to comment and fight the PAP’s rhetoric in his own way. Never mind if he lost the PE, lost his deposit, lost face when trolls and pappies and fake-neutrals attacked him, ridiculed him and chided him no end. This man stands by his sometimes-controversial opinion while respecting everyone else’s. Silly is the one who cannot see their own narrow-mindedness in front of this experienced man.

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7. Chee Soon Juan

Defender of democracy and practitioner of actual street demonstrations in draconian and watertightly-controlled dictatorship-Singapore. Another proponent of the never-ever-give-up spirit. He lost his job at NUS for fighting against the PAP, got chased out of NTU for trying to speak with the students, got featured in NTU’s student newspaper for the episode and hailed by the student reporters, only to have that news censored by the university, got handcuffed, thrown in police custody with two to three other party members (Protests of below 5 were still technically ‘legal’ back then, making his arrests controversial.) Bankrupted and tried, smeared as a liar, a cheat, called a useless unemployed. And yet, this guy still insists on fighting clean and not calling names. No wonder people cried for him during his comeback speech in 2015. “I went to the rally expecting comedy central, only to have my entire impression of this man totally overturned – now I am his fan. How did we demonise and bankrupt this bright and intelligent person who in my eyes, has the calibre to be Singapore’s Prime Minister?” wrote a lengthy facebook post.

Astute yet nimble in decisions, he chose to withdraw from the 4-corner contest for Punggol East SMC, and let WP win hands down against PAP’s ass doctor Koh Poh Koon (and unfortunately, also RP’s Kenneth Jeyaretnam and SDA’s Desmond Lim). Critical of the PAP yet also humble and willing to work slowly and progressively for change in Singapore, Chee also organised the Opposition gathering of 2018 to ‘learn from Malaysia’s party takeover’, inviting Tan Cheng Bock to lead a coalition/pact, among others.

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I challenge the pappies to attack the entire team, not just Mahathir

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I think Pappies and company in their narrow and silly propaganda, have conveniently targeted only Mahathir, when in actual fact it is a whole team that has changed overnight, and is now changing Malaysia from a one-party state into a true democracy.

The whole team including Chinese DAP Minister Lim Guan Eng, Malay party’s defence Minister Sabu, Indian and Christian AG, and more. Anwar – the ex-political prisoner – is also taking over in 2 years.

I dare and challenge the Pappies to attack the entire team behind Mahathir, now even including the King who has backed Mahathir and supported his decision of AG with strong words of unity.

Please, dun just attack Mahathir.

Lee Wei Ling: no confidence in brother who abuses power

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Lee Wei Ling, sister of Lee Hsien Loong, the current Prime Minister of Singapore, has issued a joint statement with her brother, LHL’s sibling, Lee Hsien Yang, to express ‘no confidence’ at LHL’s leadership and governance, fear and being monitored to the extent of wanting to leave the country to seek refuge, among other things.

They also pointed out an allegation of abuse of power by LHL:

“However, we believe that Hsien Loong and Ho Ching are motivated by a desire to inherit Lee Kuan Yew’s standing and reputation for themselves and their children. Whilst our father built this nation upon meritocracy, Hsien Loong, whilst purporting to espouse these values, has spoken of a “natural aristocracy”. Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, have opposed Lee Kuan Yew’s wish to demolish his house, even when Lee Kuan Yew was alive. Indeed, Hsien Loong and Ho Ching expressed plans to move with their family into the house as soon as possible after Lee Kuan Yew’s passing. This move would have strengthened Hsien Loong’s inherited mandate for himself and his family. Moreover, even if Hsien Loong did not live at 38 Oxley Road, the preservation of the house would enhance his political capital.

What has been distressing are the lengths to which Hsien Loong and Ho Ching have gone and are willing to go to get what they want. On Hsien Loong’s insistence, Lee Kuan Yew met with the Singapore Cabinet on 21 July 2011 to discuss the fate of his personal home. Wei Ling met Lee Kuan Yew on the steps of their home as he returned from that meeting. He was anguished and despondent and told Wei Ling “I should not have listened to Loong and gone to meet Cabinet.” He was pained that Hsien Loong, his own son, opposed his wishes in this manner.

Lee Kuan Yew believed that Hsien Loong and Ho Ching were behind what was represented to the family as a government initiative to preserve the house. In due course, Hsien Loong himself made his position clear to Lee Kuan Yew. On 3 October 2011, Lee Kuan Yew wrote: “Loong as PM has indicated that he will declare it a heritage site.”

Lee Kuan Yew specifically inserted into his will his wish for 38 Oxley Road to be demolished so as to make it difficult for Hsien Loong to misuse the Cabinet to preserve it. He also removed Hsien Loong as an executor and trustee of his will.

The wish, which was instructed to be made public as needed, was Lee Kuan Yew’s direct appeal to the people of Singapore. It was his only request of them on his passing.

At the reading of Lee Kuan Yew’s will, Hsien Loong was very angry that the will gave Wei Ling the right to remain living in the house and that it made clear Lee Kuan Yew’s wish for its demolition immediately upon her passing or relocation. Hsien Loong threatened us and demanded our silence on our father’s last wish. He wanted to assert in Parliament that Lee Kuan Yew had changed his mind, hoping to inherit the faith Singaporeans had in Lee Kuan Yew through the visible symbol of the house. We refused and fought to release our father’s wish to demolish the house as instructed. We succeeded in making Lee Kuan Yew’s wish public in Singapore only after the international press carried the news. Hsien Loong was therefore forced to state in Parliament that, as a son, he would like to see the wish carried out. He wanted to appear filial in public whilst acting to thwart our parents’ wishes in private. However, Hsien Loong and Ho Ching did not abandon their plans. Hsien Loong took steps to try to frustrate our publicising Lee Kuan Yew’s wish. We executed a Deed of Gift in 2015 with the National Heritage Board for the donation and public exhibition of significant items from our parents’ home, with a stipulation that Lee Kuan Yew’s wish for the demolition of 38 Oxley Road be displayed prominently at the exhibition.

However, after the gift’s acceptance we soon received letters with spurious objections from Hsien Loong’s then personal lawyer, Lucien Wong. Lucien Wong was made Singapore’s Attorney-General in January 2017. We were shocked to see that Hsien Loong had used his position as Prime Minister to obtain a copy of the Deed of Gift from Minister Lawrence Wong, which Hsien Loong then passed to his personal lawyer to advance his personal agenda. The exhibition only proceeded months later in a diminished format after considerable struggle on our part.”

View the entire public statement posted here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByodqaSLlpPIWHdRdFE2QlZYbzg/view

Shuqun ex-principal takes issue with The Middle Ground and MSM for bullying case coverage

In the New Year facebook post by Mr Chia, he referred to the “deliberate and irresponsible decisions made by the media”, particularly the mainstream media (controlled by the PAP) for reproducing from the exclusive interview done by online blog, The Middle Ground, itself started and owned by former SPH boot-licking journalist, Bertha Henson, which was extremely selective and biased in its reporting, that put the school authorities in bad light, neglecting to report on quick and successful follow-up actions, and remorse and reconciliation acts by the students involved.

His post in full:

Page changes stance and now says ‘Yes’ to an overpopulated Singapore?

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On May 1 Labour Day this year, this Facebook page called “Say ‘No” to an overpopulated Singapore” made an announcement, which it had a few days ago said two times that it would make, that it “no longer holds such stance”, ie. it “is no longer against the 2013 Population White Paper and its main objectives” and, as it adds, “not against the fundamentals of our government’s population and immigration policies”, before going on to give a write-up about how our country needs immigration, blah blah.

It would be very interesting to note if this page now is no longer against “an overpopulated Singapore”?

Some commenters have asked the page to change its name, or even close itself down, so as not to mislead readers of its “no longer true stance“. Some have called them “turncoats“, while others were quick to say “unlike and unfollow“. But there were also those (probably IBs) who said: “You have waken up. Good for you. You finally see it.

What prompted the page to abruptly change its stance? And not just change, but to make a calculated, timed, pre-announced, announcement on Labour Day, a relatively active day in civil activism (although there is close to none in Singapore)?

A scroll down the page reveals that the page had taken sympathy with Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death earlier on in March.

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Going so far as to post a black screen on the day of his death:

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Could this be a reason for the stance change? After all, we know how this “one” solo event had probably magically shifted many hearts and won back a lot of sympathy and support for the ruling party away from the alternative ones.

Were the admins of the page but easily-swayed Singaporeans who vouched for Mr Lee right after his death, and shifted entirely towards the ruling government and its policies, disregarding all else that they previously held strongly against? Or were they just closet white supporters at heart who realised their true right-wing/left-wing inclinations after the grand master’s death?

Or was the page just an IB page (not surprising too)? After all, there was a previous unhappy incident with the very organisers of the real “White Population Paper protest” at Hong Lim Park. We will not know.

What we do want to ask is: how many more such easily-swayed fellows are there hiding behind the computer screens? Such seemingly extreme, but when truth comes to fold, switch sides to the benefit of the PAP, mocksters behind the fake pages.

Whatever it is, good one, PAP! You managed to get us with this one. And with many others, we really don’t know how many votes you managed to con over.

But worst of luck the next time round!

PS: To end off, a National Day greeting from the very same page:

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On Lee and the communist connection

I refer to TOC’s question as posted here: https://www.facebook.com/theonlinecitizen/photos/a.310010691382.184332.14440041382/10153012507941383/?type=1&theater.

1) Lee was right that he is no communist. But he made use of the “pro-communists” to gain power, and then evicted them. After which, he arrested and locked them up before they could win back power from the PAP.

2) China today is also not communist. It is a state corporatist, or fascist regime, just like the PAP’s. That means capitalism + state power, or state-controlled capitalism, state-owned capitalism, whereby the govt makes tons of money, virtually monopolising the economy, and yet does not conduct a welfare society.

3) The Communist Party of Malaya may have been a violent, terrorist organisation, but Lee told us that the alternative was his “democracy”. Where is the “democracy” now? Could a Soviet republic that later gives way to some citizen autonomy even be more democratic than the Singapore Lee managed?

4) So, technically, Lee did not lie. And he did not contradict himself when allying the Chinese. But he did always ally with dictators, be it the Chiang regime of Taiwan before Taiwan democratized, or now the “Communist” regime of China that refuses to democratize.

5) What we need to understand is, while Lee did help us fend off the “violent” communists, he also made sure he had no opponents to counter his rule, itself a violently maintained and violently fought one. While he banished the communists, he did not act less than the communists themselves.

6) What is important and worth supporting, is not whether one is communist or not. What is more important is whether one is dictatorial, and if one allowed freedom and democracy, and on that count, Lee failed miserably.

7) So say all you want about helping to fend off the “Old Communists”. But what about the “alleged communists” – the “communist sympathisers” of the 1963 Operation Coldstore who were but members of the Opposition Barisan Socialis, and worse, the “Marxist conspirators” of the 1987 Operation Spectrum who were but members of the Catholic Church? Those were perfectly and completely peaceful and legal parties and people, who were “wrongfully” (in our perspective) (and even, illegally) detained and made to lose power, so that there was to be no Opposition at all to the PAP’s totalitarian and authoritarian rule.

8) So if we now look around the world, there are communist parties in the most capitalist of countries, like Japan, the United States and India. Not to mention France and Germany, etc. These are legal parties, working within democratic frameworks.

9) So it is really not about “communist” or “non-communist”, but about “fascist” or “non-fascist”, about “democratic” or “autocratic”, “open and free” or “authoritarian and repressive”.

10) Singaporeans should know the answer.

First posted on my fb profile page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/albert-tay/on-lee-and-the-communist-connection/741218175970870?pnref=story

Sun Yat-sen’s speech on dictatorship and the family regime

《走向共和》最后一集被大陆中共CCTV删掉的孙中山演讲

Scene in the CCTV TV serial, For the Sake of a Republic, which dealt on how Sun Yat-Sen painstakingly wanted to establish a republic in China, in the midst of all the in-fighting and corruption with the government, with people even trying to overthrow the democratic throne and become Emperor.

While you watch the interesting speech, you should turn on captions (CC) for English subtitles.