Monday, June 30, 2008

Upbeat and ready to continue speaking up for Singapore

Sunday, 29 June 2008
Source: Singapore Democrats

Far from being downcast the 18 activists who have been charged with taking part in an assembly and procession without a permit showed they were made of sterner stuff.

The group met on Friday to discuss events surrounding the charge and their attendance at the Subordinate Courts on 11 Jul at 9 am. Their upbeat mood suggested that they were keen and ready to continue speaking up for Singaporeans in the Tak Boleh Tahan! campaign.

The activists are charged for conducting a protest outside Parliament House on 15 Mar 08 against the plethora of hikes introduced by the PAP Government such as the GST, transport fares, education fees, ERP rates, gas and electricity tariffs, medical costs and so on.

These increases have exacerbated the already dire economic situation of many Singaporeans. The working poor have been the hardest hit.

The activists were determined to rally support from the people to fight back the Government's punitive measures. One of those charged, Jaslyn Go, told everyone that "public support is our best weapon against them. Let's stand united against them."

Chee Soon Juan duly noted that Jaslyn showed the kind of leadership that Singapore needed.

Lawyer Chia Ti Lik jumped in: "Sometimes, I think the women folk outdo us in such things. The ladies in our midst who do so much to inspire us with their tower of strength."

Ti Lik was, of course, referring to Jaslyn, Chee Siok Chin, and Suraya Binte Akbar who had played leading roles in the campaign for political reform in Singapore. This is despite the fact that some of them are mothers of young children.

Pointing to the PAP's strategy in dealing with the reform campaign, Chong Kai Xiong noted that when provoked, it seems that Lee Kuan Yew will make nasty and irrational moves at the expense of his regime.

Agreeing, Ti Lik added that pro-democracy advocates needed to be bold and daring at this time: "This is a test of our wit and courage at this point of time."

Underscoring Ti Lik's point, Sylvester Lim said: "They just sent me the love letter. My wife told them she was expecting it and they were surprised that we were not intimidated."

"Let them know that intimidation doesn't work on us any more," Sylvester continued, "because we are no longer afraid and it is our right to speak out as citizens."

"I am ready to go to jail for this cause," Jeffrey George weighed in. "Everyone must remember that what we did was not wrong and we did not do it for our own gain."

Indeed the protest was to speak up for Singaporeans affected by the price hikes initiated by the Government. This has driven thousands of Singaporeans into desperation, many unable to even afford meals. The level of homelessness in Singapore is unprecedented.

But unlike in other democratic societies, citizens here have no avenue to protest against government action and exploitative policies.

Muhammad Jufri had one concern though: "We just need to make arrangements so that we don't go to prison together. Someone needs to take care of our children. But I'm proud of what I did."

Jufri is, or course, referring to his wife and mother of three young children, Suraya, who has also been charged. She also indicated that she was at peace with what she was doing. "The policeman who handed me the letter seemed nervous," she told the group, "his hands were trembling."

The group reiterated their views that they tak boleh tahan the high cost of living. The youngest of the group, 20-year-old Shafi'ie made only one short comment: "I have no problem." Everyone applauded.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead


Robert HO nric S0197974D said...

1. I think you have all noticed and sized up the Wave of the Moment, a wave you have all bravely chosen to surf. Seize the moment.

2. LIE KY LHL PAP are in disarray, in retreat, in denial of this Wave of the Moment. They still cling on desperately to what they know, what they are used to, the routine and mundane procedures and processes they have relied on for half a century, that have worked so far. Not realising all has changed, forever changed.

3. Today, after my Iconoclassing Pt 2, the entire ideology on which LIE KY based and justified his misrule is shattered, totally and utterly shattered. Suddenly, like the stupid Emperor who trusted his tailor, LIE KY struts naked, all his shameful, ugly warts and worse, exposed for all the world to gape at. Quite some Reality Show this. Quite some publicity stunt.

4. LIE KY is dead. Even uncertain. Doubts fill his mind, muddy his confidence, unfirm his poise and demeanour. He knows that everywhere he goes, on this islet or the wide world, he will be laughed at, sniggered at, amused at. For being so stupid as to continue a >1 1/2 decades of stupidities into ruinous defeat, abject defeat. For not stopping when he was ahead, and he was ahead until the last few years. Criminals who stop after 1 or a few crimes usually get off scot-free. Criminals who keep repeating the same crimes always get screwed sooner or later. Lesson to all would-be criminals. There is some natural law in this. Not LIE laws. He is too stupid to understand a law like this.

5. LIE KY is dead. Defeated. Demolished. Destroyed like he destroyed so many of us, boasting at each one. Defeated in the only way he could be defeated. TRUTH. All of us, chipping away at his self-built pedestal so high. Then, I lit a bomb that blew away not only his pedestal, but also his legs and his balls. So now, he has nowhere to stand. Not only no pedestal, but also no legs. Or balls.

6. This is the LIE KY you face now. No pedestal, no legs, no balls. Suddenly, we see him with our own eyes, not those of his media. And we see a decrepit old man, almost wishing for death to end his shame and embarrassment. He still can, in his death throes, hurt us all. Given his character and personality, very likely. But these are the death throes exactly like that of so many men he has hanged for minor offences, still hanging. With his eyes bulged out, almost out of their sockets, his faeces and urine spurted out soiling his all-white clothes and sham uniform of the PAP, ha3.

7. When the Fear ends, Life begins. For all of us.