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    More double standards in law enforcement by Singapore s PAP Govt http://www.singaporedemocrat.org/articleyappolicereport.html Complaint lodged against
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      More double standards in law enforcement by Singapore's PAP Govt


      Complaint lodged against MediaCorp for showing
      political films
      30 Aug 05

      Internet activist Mr Yap Keng Ho has lodged a police
      report to complain against the production and/or
      screening of political films regarding PAP leaders.

      Mr Yap made the report at the Tampines Neighbourhood
      Police Centre today, citing that two films, Success
      Story which portrayed Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Up Close
      which featured five PAP ministers including Mr Lee
      Hsien Loong, were screened on Channel News Asia in
      2002 and 2005 respectively.

      The complaint comes at a time when the police are
      investigating Mr Martyn See for making a film about Dr
      Chee Soon Juan, which the Media Development Authority
      has said is “political” in nature and therefore a
      violation of the Films Act.

      Mr Yap said in his report that the screening of the
      political documentaries of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the PAP
      ministers likewise contravened the Films Act and has
      asked the police to investigate the matter.

      The Government will of course say that it is all right
      for films to be made and screened about Government
      officials but not opposition leaders. It is the same
      kind of explanation that the Attorney-General gave
      when it ruled that PAP ministers had not done anything
      wrong when they illegally entered polling stations
      during the 1997 general elections.

      These are stark examples of the abuse of power and the
      misuse of laws to protect the PAP’s power. In other
      words, there is no rule of law in Singapore.

      The PAP has once again thumbed its nose at
      Singaporeans, thinking that the people are too afraid
      to do anything.

      Singapore filmmaker surrenders tapes, camera to police
      30 Aug 05

      A Singaporean film maker who could be jailed for
      making a documentary on an opposition politician has
      surrendered his video camera and tapes to police

      Martyn See told AFP the equipment and six existing
      tapes of "Singapore Rebel," a documentary about Chee
      Soon Juan, secretary-general of the Singapore
      Democratic Party, were handed over on Monday evening.

      He was told to surrender the tapes, including two
      master copies, and the digital video camera after
      police questioned him a second time last week about
      the documentary.

      "I have no idea when they will return or even if they
      will return at all," See said. "They just said they
      need the camera and tapes to investigate my case which
      was violating the Films Act."

      Singapore's Films Act bans political advertising using
      films or videos, as well as movies directed towards
      any political end such as promoting political parties.

      A police spokesman told AFP the investigation was
      still ongoing.

      See's "Singapore Rebel" has been classified by local
      censors as having violated the act because of its
      political content, an accusation that the filmmaker

      If convicted, See could be jailed for up to two years
      or fined up to 100,000 Singapore dollars (60,000 US).

      He said the documentary was made to further his own
      understanding about the plight of opposition
      politicians in Singapore.

      While banned at home, his documentary has been
      screened at two human rights festivals in the United
      States and New Zealand.

      Affluent Singapore has often been criticised by human
      rights groups for maintaining strict political
      controls despite its rapid modernisation since
      becoming a republic 40 years ago this month.

      Singapore has been ruled by the People's Action Party
      of founding father Lee Kuan Yew since independence.
      His son Lee Hsien Loong promised to loosen political
      restrictions after taking over as prime minister a
      year ago from Goh Chok Tong.

      Chee, the most vocal opposition politician in
      Singapore, is facing bankruptcy after the High Court
      ordered him to pay 500,000 Singapore dollars (300,000
      US) for defaming Goh and the elder Lee.
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