Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I will start my 1st prison term on Aug 11

Aug 10 2010

Dear friends, fellow artists and activists from Singapore and the world over, I will be in prison for 2 weeks starting from tomorrow, August 11.

I've been arrested and put in lock-up for single days a few times, but this will be my first actual prison term. Here is a BBC article which mentions my views on it near the end, but with incorrect dates: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10849942

We will resume correspondence upon my release. Take care and keep the faith.

Seelan Palay

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Singapore "hates Anwar Ibrahim", vows to back Najib in Malaysia

By FMT Staff, 4 August 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent blogger Tulang Besi has claimed that a well-connected friend from Singapore revealed that the island state has a new policy, which is to ensure that Anwar Ibrahim does not come into power.

According to the pro-PAS blogger, who operates the popular Malaysia Waves blog, Singapore's PAP government would throw its weight behind Barisan Nasional and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

The policy stated that Singapore would do its best to ensure that Najib remains in office following the next general election and the neighbouring state had devised certain measures for this.

Tulang Besi said this was because Singapore "hated" Anwar as the opposition leader was considered an "Islamist" who would strengthen Islam here and in Southeast Asia.

"A clear example of Anwar's Islamic leanings is his strong support for (the Palestinian liberation outfit) Hamas, while the Singapore government openly backed the killings in Gaza," he added.

The blogger also noted that Anwar's revelation on the link between Najib's administration and public relations firm Apco Worldwide had angered the Americans and Jews.

"When the Americans and Jews get angry, Singapore also gets angry," he said.

The Apco Worldwide issue made international news when Anwar accused Najib of having copied the firm's One Israel concept for his 1Malaysia concept.

His scathing attacks had led certain quarters, including Jewish organisations, to label Anwar as anti-Semitic, which the latter denied.

Singapore's ties with Malaysia had taken a positive turn after former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad stepped down in 2003.

Under the reins of Mahathir's successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, bilateral relationship flourished, with a vexed Mahathir accusing the new administration of pandering to its neighbour's whims and fancies.

Khairy an agent?

Meanwhile, Tulang Besi also recalled how the Singapore intelligence had predicted the fall of the PAS government in Terengganu during the 2004 general election.

Local analysts, however, had believed that the east coast state would remain in the Islamic party's stable.

The blogger said he was informed then that the Singapore intelligence was certain that BN would reclaim Terrenganu and had purportedly submitted the report to Abdullah soon after he took office.

"I am surprised how Singapore could obtain such accurate and classified information. So it is no surprise that Mahathir had accused Abdullah's government of being controlled by Singapore.

"PAS' defeat is important to Singapore because it means the defeat of Islam. Singapore prefers Umno because Umno can be relied on to stop the spread of Islam...." he said.

Tulang Besi claimed that Singapore's new policy also explained why Abdullah's son-in-law and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had launched a series of vitriolic salvos on Anwar.

"Many in Umno have accused Khairy of being a Singapore agent. I don't know if there is any truth to this, but Khairy's actions are in line with Singapore's new policy," he said.

On the same note, Tulang Besi said he could not verify the information obtained from his friend but noted that ties between Malaysia and Singapore had grown closer and Najib appeared to share a strong rapport with his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

No one cares about the Youth Olympic Games except the Government

1 August 2010

Really? The residents are celebrating it? I haven't heard a single friend or family member mention it even once.

An interesting piece on the YOG by Alex Au: Alienation scores gold at Youth Olympic Games

As I type this, an official is going around my block hanging Singapore flags outside of peoples' flats because no one bothered to do it themselves. Pride has to be instilled (or installed) you see.