Saturday, January 5, 2013

Response to Mr Prime Minister's Demand

Dear Mr Prime Minister,

Having just written to you recently [Link], I am shocked by your latest action.

How can you as Prime Minister of Singapore demand through lawyer Davinder Singh an apology from blogger Alex Au for writing his piece on the disquiet generated by Teo Ho Pin and AIM (Action Information Management Pte Ltd) owned by PAP? It is so unbecoming of a Prime Minister.

Who the devil made you do it? Your 2013 New Year speech has already put you in a bad light, why on earth would you want to add insult to your own injury? I do not understand.

You were only 5-year-old when your dad said:

“Repression, Sir is a habit that grows. I am told it is like making love-it is always easier the second time! The first time there may be pangs of conscience, a sense of guilt. But once embarked on this course with constant repetition you get more and more brazen in the attack. 

All you have to do is to dissolve organizations and societies and banish and detain the key political workers in these societies. Then miraculously everything is tranquil on the surface. 

Then an intimidated press and the government-controlled radio together can regularly sing your praises, and slowly and steadily the people are made to forget the evil things that have already been done, or if these things are referred to again they’re conveniently distorted and distorted with impunity, because there will be no opposition to contradict.” 
Lee Kuan Yew as an opposition PAP member speaking to David Marshall, Singapore Legislative Assembly, Debates, 4 October, 1956 

It has been 57 years since. Though conditions may be right for some despot to rule like above, the times are changing. They are a-changin'!

It is a crying shame that after all the hype on "National Conversation" which you spoke so ardently of during 2012 National Day Rally, you now make a mockery of it. If you cannot accept honest feedback and criticisms from mindful Singaporeans who care, you will create much cynicism to the detriment not only to PAP but to Singapore as a whole!

On meeting my buddies this morning, one of them jokingly shouted at me, "You better take out that blog or I'll bloody sue your pants off. And you fooking well apologise to me in the same blog!" He was cheekily referring to your demand on Alex Au. His outburst lightened me up. I have realised that, unlike 1956, news travels fast. Very fast!

My friend's reaction to your demand on Alex Au, in my opinion, highlights the following:

  • Many other Singaporeans may feel the way he does
  • That only in Singapore, do we have a Prime Minister in PAP suing and demanding apology from a citizen. He is not even representing any political party!
  • That such scary threats to silence a vocal public is not healthy for the well-being of Singapore 
  • That it may create unresolved tension that could lead to less favourable conditions for Singapore

Mr Prime Minister, what are we to make of the National Conversation after this?

It is sad to know that you are not magnanimous enough to take the comments of concern citizens who are disgusted with policies that have impacted them negatively.

You have spoken so often of building an inclusive society. A gracious society. That you and PAP cares and listens. By your deafening silence on Teo Ho Pin, AIMgate and the indiscretion of Seah Kian Peng on telling traffic warden how to do his/her job, you have given the impression that you are just a fair weather Prime Minister. A PM who is silent on bad news but loud on successes, hoping that bad news will simply disappear if ignored long enough - "people are made to forget the evil things that have already been done". By your demand, are you trying to scare Singaporeans especially bloggers from writing anything that may be detrimental to PAP?

The act of

W.C. Fields

“If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.”

― W.C. Fields

is not working anymore.

Neither does threat! Singaporeans are not as daft as your dad thinks!

Truth be told, your 'act tough' on Alex Au is not helping you to engage Singaporeans. In fact, it may be the beginning of the death of Singapore. All the First World pride that you have spoken so often of Singapore has come to nought by your threat and demand on Alex Au.

You did a Cambridge double degree (in 1974, I think) while I am just a Cambridge School Certificate holder. Yes, only 'O' level going through life at the university of hard knocks not made easier by you - especially the way you messed me up with changes in CPF, more costly medical bills and all. Could it be that our difference in age (I'm older), level of education and status in life make us think and act differently?

You had your lymphoma, I had my massive heart attack.

According to HPB, only 3 out of 100 survived a heart attack outside a hospital. I'm one of the 3. Maybe, just maybe, the reason I did not die is because my job ain't done. I guess writing to you now could be part of my job before I'm fedtothefish.

Having been fellow travelers of dreaded diseases, I hope that you will take my writing kindly and not do an Alex Au on me.
Thank you for your attention and may you see the light.


At January 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is National Conversation the old fashioned way. Through an exchange of lawyer letters.

You want a real National Conversation?
Vote in more Opposition MPs into parliament.
Anything said in parliament is protected by parliamentary privileges. Cannot be sued. See Wikipedia link below.

The parliament is the rightful place for a National Conversation. Vote in more Opposition MPs to ask questions and to protect our Singapore assets.

At January 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM , Anonymous Alex +1 said...

Many are in support of Alex.

He or others may sue all they want.
The questions remain and most of all, the intent behind all this

Thanks for voicing out, Fish.

At January 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Lee Cheok Yew said...

Always enjoyed your posts. Sometimes I laugh so much I thought I would get a heart attack myself!

At January 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too far down the hole of darkness for sun to reach.

This poor wretches of being.

At January 5, 2013 at 8:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fish, LHL's "disease" is incurable. He will meet his day hopefully by 2016. In the meantime, rest well and live longer to see the light brighter than the last watershed election. There is still hope, Singaporeans are not a fool that could be easily blinded by a few legal letters here and there. Hard truth never dies.

At January 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the old habit of sweeping problems and mistakes under the carpet. The result of all that is going to have serious consequences, when all the dirt and shit comes out when someone 'has' to turn over the dirty carpet one fine day.

Or are they thinking that that fine day will never come with all the measures in place for eventualities. I am not too sure. As they always say, God works in mysterious ways.

At January 5, 2013 at 10:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading Datuk Fish's open letter to PM! Brilliant cuz he quoted his father LKY as leader of opp in 1954! Well done Fish. We love you Fish. Pls take care of your heart. We need you to speak up. Wish good healthy and a healthy heart for the new year!

At January 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fish, we support Alex and we hope that big bully's days are numbered... We know it is mean to have that kind of 'hope' but is good that he vanish but as for you, please take good care, we love to have you around.

At January 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

feed me to the fish,

thank you for telling the PM how we felt. thank you.

feed you to this fish.

At January 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is pure dictatorship. If the PM wants you to down your site, you have to. If the PM wants you to apologise, you have to. where is the basic human right?

At January 6, 2013 at 12:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good PM will say that he will investigate and ensure that people involved will be punished accordingly if they have acted irresponsibly. A bad PM will go around suing people if they did not do what he wants. Do people still want to vote for someone like this?

At January 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is he going after Alex Au instead of making the whole AIM episode transparent? Is he so afraid of airing dirty laundry in public? Perhaps Alex Au's criticism was on target all along.

At January 6, 2013 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Fish,
"it may be the beginning of the death of Singapore"
Nooooooo....... It is the beginning of the death of PAP !
The People of Singapore will rise-in-arms to recover the power usurped by his father.
Take care of your Health.

At January 6, 2013 at 11:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole world is laughing at our leaders, calling citizens to be gracious, yet they are the most ungracious lot you can find in this world.

That, undenialbly is one reason why the PAP can remain in power for so long. I just wonder without all the suing, boundary changes, upgrading carrots, vote buying tactics and veiled threats, where would they be today?

At January 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Much respect to you for this response, Sir. May you always be blessed in good health.

At January 7, 2013 at 12:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir, your post avoids discussing whether corruption occurred in the AIM saga.

Are you also sufficiently intimated?

At January 7, 2013 at 7:09 AM , Anonymous Dontfeedthefishyet said...

Dear Fish,
I have a feeling that PM is sending a msg of "Do what I told you to do, but don't do what I do".
"Shut up if have nothing good to say about me"
Please take care of your heart, we need you around.

At January 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the TT Durai Saga, we, the people know that by acceding to the take down request, apologizing, or even if he were to be sued, and loses in Court, merely means that he cannot proves what he said. But it does not necessarily mean that what he said are wrong.

At January 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

By issuing that threat to silence Alex, is our PM is not simply demonstrating to us that he doesn't even have the slightest human decency to be a Man, a real Gentleman, let alone talk about graciousness ?

Simply said, if someone tells me to be gracious & yet himself is not, that is what a real hypocrite will do.

At January 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Fish

Kudos for the write up on LKY"S comments from way back. It speaks volumes.

Good Health to you always, strong and brave heart Fish!

You just keep on getting at the pulse of the way things are screwed up. Enjoy reading what you write.

At January 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Chris Pan said...

PAP style is to sue and cover up the issue. TO sue is scare and scare is to sue because the court in on their side.

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