Monthly Archives: January 2009

Dr Chee Soon Juan’s message to President Obama


Everything Dr Chee says about the government is true. He did not exaggerate anything at all, in fact, the current government is far more corrupted and unjust than Dr Chee describes it in this video. Singaporeans, I urge you all to listen to this man and give him a chance. The government says that freedom is not possible in Singapore as it will cause chaos. But they are lying! As Benjamin Franklin once said: "Those who trade freedom for security do not deserve nor will they ever receive either".

It is not only Dr Chee who is against the government. There are other opposition leaders such as Mr Chiam See Tong and the late J.B.Jeyaratnam. Sure, they might have had their disagreements before, but presently they are united against the People’s Action Party. They all believe in the same thing, that a one-party ruling system is not possible. I tell you this, do not favour one opposition party and detest the other. They all have a common goal. If you agree with one, agree with the other as well.

There are only two sides in the politics of Singapore, the opposition and the PAP. Dr. Chee does not seek fame and fortune as many of you think. Why would someone pit himself against the government for fame or fortune? Only a fool would do that and get himself sued to bankruptcy over and over again. I tell you this, Dr Chee is no fool. He is wise and knowledgeable. When he protests, he is just like other peaceful protesters who feel it is their duty to stand up for their countrymen’s rights.

Before 1963, the blacks in America were discriminated because the whites believed that there would be chaos and disorder should they be treated fairly and equally. But in 1963, Martin Luther King Jr changed that by using Civil Disobedience. This is what all civil rights leaders practice for they feel it is their duty to do so. We all should support Dr. Chee as well as the rest of the opposition in this fight against the government.

The reason why I do not support a one-party ruling in Singapore is because if there is no one to check on the government, there will be corruption. Furthermore, the government has banned freedom, sues whoever criticizes them and always wins, because the Judiciary system is not fair to all. I tell you this, the Judiciary system in Singapore is in favour of the government, and can be as unfair as they want to be in court. I have heard Judges contradict themselves just to let the government win.

I dont think that the SDP should replace the PAP, of course. Like I said, I don’t believe in a one-party ruling in Singapore as the old saying goes: " Absolute power corrupts". There can be a mix of parties, as long as they are ready to lead together. Dr. Chee is addressing the entire the government as there is not just one particular issue that is wrong. There are many issues that can be improved. And the opposition has addressed them many times, but the government refuses to listen.

For those of you who are Christians, let me quote some verses from the bible about governments and politics. Taken from this website. "Proverbs 8:15, 16 of the Bible, the inspired Word of God, says that governments should use wisdom to rule and to make laws that are just. Proverbs 17:7 says rulers also should not lie. Proverbs 28:2-4 and 29:4 urges rulers to maintain order justly, to follow God’s moral code and to avoid oppressing the poor. Leviticus 19:15 says, “Do not pervert justice; do not show favoritism to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” There are many more, but that would make this post too long. Please visit the original website here. The current PAP government has went against most, if not all of them. For non-christians, I’m sure your religions have some opinions on how the government should rule the country, and I’m sure that the government has failed to follow them.


President Obama Inauguration

Today, as President Obama is inaugurated president of the United States, we Singaporeans are stuck with a government that prohibits public speech and peaceful assembly, completely controls the media, continues to detain its citizens without trial, and manipulates elections.

Lee Kuan Yew claims that if he did not do what he did, we would not be here today. He claims that there would be chaos if democracy should become a reality.

Before 1963, the white community were fearful that if black people were given freedom and equality, chaos and crime would escalate. Dr King sought to dispel such an untruth. White America looks back today and see how foolish they have been.

Singaporeans are told that given freedom of speech and assembly, chaos and turmoil would engulf our country. We know that this is untrue. Let us not wait another 50 years to find out how foolish we have been.

Today, I argued with my social studies teacher about the political system in Singapore. He gives the same reason Lee Kuan Yew gave that we would not be here if not for the PAP. He admits that there is no freedom in Singapore but states that with freedom, there will be chaos. This statement contradicts what he said earlier that Good Governance should have equality for all and that every citizen is given a right to send feedback. He also said that the Judiciary system should be separate from the government so as to prevent the abuse of power.

I cannot stand another moment of this. Change has to come to Singapore. 


Singapore to lift ban on party political films

SINGAPORE, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — The Singapore government will amend the current Films Act to allow for certain types of party political films in the country, local media reported on Friday.

According to Channelnewsasia’s report, the Singapore government agreed with the Advisory Council on the Impact of New Media Society that it should take a phased approach to liberalizing the Films Act, which means that political parties and their candidates will be able to use films for internet election advertising  during an election.

    Communications and the Arts Minister Lee Boon Yang said Friday morning that the government will move to amend the Films Act in the next month or two.

    Party political films will have to be factual and objective and not dramatize or present a distorted picture. The government will set up an independent advisory panel to determine whether films are party political films and if they can be aired, the report said.

    The controversial Section 33 of the Films Act makes it an offense to make, possess, distribute, reproduce or exhibit a "party political film" in Singapore. The penalty is a fine of up to100,000 Singapore dollars (about 67,500 U.S. dollars) or a jail term of up to 2 years.

taken from : http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-01/09/content_10630809.htm

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“ Party political films will have to be factual and objective and not dramatize or present a distorted picture. The government will set up an independent advisory panel to determine whether films are party political films and if they can be aired, the report said. “

Will the government really set up an “independent advisory panel”? I doubt it. After all, it is set up by the government. Just like the Judicial system, which favours the PAP in defamation cases. The problem with this is that the advisory panel will ban and allow films according to their own preference. That means any political film that criticizes or questions the integrity of the government will be banned, only those films which talk about, for example, what the PAP government has done or criticism of the opposition will be allowed.

The bottom line? There is no justice in Singapore politics.

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