Saturday, October 10, 2009

Do Not Mess Around With God's Words

I read the Singapore Recalcitrant [Link] and I salute the writer for his fortitude in calling a spade, a spade. I guess when shit hits the fan and one's integrity is humiliated, one has to put money and life where the mouth is! Under such condition, Kiasi (fear of death), Kiasu (fear of loss) and Kia-cheng-hu (fear of government) can take a hike.

Reproduced in full:

An Unconscionable Injustice

Occasionally, there can happen to an unsuspecting person an underbelly attack on his reputation from not entirely unexpected quarter.

Quite frankly, I am baffled by the motive of the ebullient authors of the overhyped political book "Men in White" in giving me unflattering mention in it. Whilst it is purported to give an objective history of the PAP struggle I wonder what have I got to do with the intra-party struggle. Anyway, in page 441 of the book the ambitious authors made the following unverified disparaging statement about me under the sub heading "Another Foreign Hand" : "But in 1971, after a police raid on his (Francis Seow's) woman friend's apartment, he used his influence and friendship with the then director of the Corrupt Practices Investigations Bureau, Yoong Siew Wah, to have the four officers who had conducted the raid sacked. The attorney-general Tan Boon Teik intervened to reinstate the four officers. Seow was allowed to resign rather than have his actions investigated because of his track record in the Legal Service. Yoong was also asked to quit."

On 28-9-09 I wrote to the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Press Holdings drawing his attention to this disparaging statement about me and requesting that a correction be made in his newspaper. I explained that the CPIB was duty-bound to investigate all formal complaints. Mr. Francis Seow made a formal complaint and CPIB carried out investigations of the four detectives. The investigation papers were sent to the Deputy Commissioner of Police who made the decision to dismiss the detectives. There was a prima facie case against the detectives. There was no question that I was asked to quit. I was appointed Director of Internal Security Department following my CPIB stint.

My letter was passed to Mr. Richard Lim, one of the three authors of the book. Mr. Lim replied on 1 October that the material for the disparaging statement was taken from a speech made by the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Select Committee Hearing of the Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill which was published in the Straits Times on 10 October 1986 of which a copy was attached.

It did not come as a surprise to me as the then PM Lee Kuan Yew was like a god to some people and the accuracy of his denigration of a person's reputation was invariably taken at its face value. That he made the disparaging statement about me in the heat of the moment without regard to its accuracy in his heated exchange with a cool-headed eloquent Francis Seow at the Select Committee Hearing could not be ruled out. He is not unknown to have behaved erratically with venom in his speech when highly agitated. He was obviously so infuriated by Mr. Francis Seow's biting taunts that it escaped his normally lucid mind that I was not boarded out but appointed Director ISD after my CPIB stint. It was subsequently pointed out to him but humility is not his forte and he has not been known as one to apologise for his mistakes. Mr. Richard Lim, one of the authors, has assured me that he would add a line after the sentence that I was also asked to quit to indicate that I was actually appointed Director ISD after my CPIB stint in his next and future editions of the book in order to be fair to me.

It was reported that the then attorney-general Mr. Tan Boon Teik intervened to have the four detectives reinstated. Very gallant of him. He must have read the CPIB file on the investigations and could not have missed that the dismissal of the four detectives was made by the Deputy Commissioner of Police. How the then PM Lee Kuan Yew was given the impression that I had the four detectives unlawfully dismissed is something I would like to get to the bottom of.

Mr. Francis Seow was the solicitor-general at the time when I was director CPIB. He had overall supervision of CPIB investigation files sent to his department for final direction. That I should have had a cordial relation with Mr. Francis Seow was natural in human relationship development. For the then PM Lee Kuan Yew or for that matter the attorney-general Mr. Tan Booin Teik to give a sinister connotation to such a relationship seemed to raise doubt as to the soundness of the detractors' mind. Why should the affinity between Mr. Francis Seow and me be seen as something unwholesome?

The most decent thing for the Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to do now is to undo the harm he has caused me and to restore my reputation. But will he?

The most striking sentence from Yoong Siew Wah is:

"The most decent thing for the Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to do now is to undo the harm he has caused me and to restore my reputation. But will he?"

Times, they are a-changing!

Who would imagine the ex-CPIB Chief & ISD Director, 'Singapore Recalcitrant' would blog in such a manner?

Could he be affected by:

"If I lose my wealth, I lose nothing;
if I lose my health, I lose something;
if I lose my integrity, I lose everything!"

It warms my damaged heart (and many Singaporeans with good hearts) to note that more and more people are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the worship of an arrogant human god. More and more are waking up to the fact that one needs not forgo truth and integrity just to be in the good book of the mighty. As much as we do not wish to rock the boat, the future of our children and our children's children will be negatively impacted if we continue to keep quiet about the irregularities and injustices that are hurting us now.

It does not benefit me one bit to see skeletons oozing out of the cabinet but it may enlighten the elites, the rich and powerful, that humility (not walking all over other lesser mortals) is a better option than practicing hubris.

Is this the beginning of the end?

With what has happened lately, I'm won't be surprised. Examples:
  • Upturn the Downturn [Link]
  • All Things Being Equal [Link] and [Link]
  • PAP Getting Credit For HDB Upgrade In Opposition Wards [Link]
  • I Don't Want To Be Your Platoon Commander [Link]

Is the publication of the book "Men In White" meant to upturn the downturn of the fortunes of the men in white? Is it meant to help the MIW gain more votes in the coming election? With this expose, I don't think so.

Singaporeans Boleh!



At October 11, 2009 at 4:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the reason why the element of fear is so powerful in Singapore's political landscape. People are afraid to be seen having connections with opposition or those who disagree with God of No Mercy.

Some people are great by putting down others by underhand means. Some people are great by overcoming others by fair and gentlemenly means.

Judge for yourself.

Thank you Fish for putting up this gem of a piece.

At October 12, 2009 at 2:07 AM , Anonymous ($)-($) moneyface said...

Hi Fish, for the men-in-white to lose their integrity means to lose nothing but
to lose their wealth means to lose everything.

To anonymous @ 4.11pm,
Actually the God of No Mercy is also the God of Wealth, after all he controls the country's wealth.

Notice how this God bestows wealth on those who worship him and on the otherhand bankrupts those who go against him.

At October 13, 2009 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone assasinates him, it would be a patriotic act.

At October 14, 2009 at 9:28 AM , Anonymous not god to me said...

Ex CPIB Chief and Director of ISD found out the hard way that his "God" who put him there, can just as easily take him out. The same fate will apply for the rest of the stooges put in place at strategic institutions.

It is absolutely perverse when one looks at our puppet president, kangaroo justice, spineless PM, 81 parliament stooges, worthless paper generals/admirals, etc,etc.

However one thing for sure, this God has a grave waiting for him and those who have yet to worship him, can make up for it by pissing on his grave.

At November 11, 2009 at 9:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
If someone assasinates him, it would be a patriotic act.

October 13, 2009 10:38 PM

I second the motion...

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