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    Its the Spanish Inquisition replayed in Singapore...... http://forums.delphiforums.com/sammyboymod/messages/?msg=82582.1 From: chee siok chin View Contact
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      Its the Spanish Inquisition replayed in Singapore......


      From: "chee siok chin" View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
      Subject: Fwd: Alert : Blogger listed on Martyn See's phone called up by police over Sg Rebel
      To: chee_siok_chin@...

      Dear all,

      The S'pore govt is really suffering from -------phobia. What's the term for power-obsessed?

      I can't believe they're investigating ppl who have nothing to do with the film Martyn made (which by the way, is nothing illegal except when defined by this govt).

      Who's next? Me?

      Note: forwarded message attached.

      The police has intesified investigations against me by calling up blogger Jacob George whose number is listed on my mobile. The walls are closing in. Not only am I not able to speak freely on my own
      phone, the police is now closing in on individuals who are totally unconnected with the making of 'Singapore Rebel.'

      Martyn See

      News alert from omekanahuria.blogspot.com/

      A call from the police

      About 12.15pm yesterday, I received a call from an ASP Chan of the Singapore Police Force. He requested an interview with me with regards to the ongoing investigations into the documentary, Singapore
      Rebel, by Martyn See.

      I asked the ASP why he wanted to talk to me. He replied that he's talking to some of Martyn's friends and acquaintances as part of the investigations. He mentioned that I've been in contact with
      Martyn via SMS.

      When the ASP called, I asked him how he got my mobile number. He just replied "through our investigations". I asked him a few times but he gave the same reply. Not many people have my mobile number.
      Those who do would've told me if they had been approached for my number. Nobody did.

      We will probably meet next week.

      Like I've written so many times before, it's not as if the documentary was a training video for the JI terrorist group!!

      This unneccessary investigation is being taken to ridiculous levels.

      posted by Jacob @ 12:06 PM


      From: "dalomanchester3" <dalomanchester3@...>
      Date: Mon Aug 29, 2005 9:32 pm
      Subject: Complaint lodged against MediaCorp for showing dalomanchester3@...
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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.


      "The PAP used every tactic and strategy familiar to Communism to
      create an air of anxiety and despair among the people - then baited
      them into submission with promises of patronage and protection to
      those conforming."


      Asean News Network
      Thursday, August 04, 2005

      STRAITS TIMES SINGAPORE, Aug 4 1965 - 5 days before Separation
      Singapore's road to independence
      STRAITS TIMES, Aug 4 1965

      Examining the PAP concept of Malaysian Malaysia, Inche Senu
      said: "The PAP itself a shining example of what its Malaysian
      Malaysia stands for.

      "One can judge for oneself the troubles and tensions in Singapore
      ever since the PAP captured the State administration.

      "First there was a tirade against all opposition parties and leaders
      coupled, of course, with the mailed fist shown to professionals,
      social workers, trade unionists and others.

      "The PAP used every tactic and strategy familiar to Communism to
      create an air of anxiety and despair among the people - then baited
      them into submission with promises of patronage and protection to
      those conforming.

      "Every legislative and administrative organ in the State was twisted
      to suit the polemics of the party and its ruling clique".

      "Rivals and opponents were placted for a while with false promises of
      co-operation and ruthlessly weeded them out".

      "Now the PAP has isolated itself that it fears its own shadow.
      Probably memories of its past misdeeds - arrests, liquidation and
      elimination of opposition by any means - are haunting its leadership
      so much that it is now convulsed with fear of retribution.

      "Let me tell you this: If you are sincere about a Malaysian Malaysia,
      then do not betray the trust, however unknowingly placed in you, by
      the people of Singapore. Do not become heroes on someone else's

      Ten years ago, he said, there were some who had felt uneasy about
      independence. But instead of losing all to the Malays - as some then
      feared - Malaysians of all walks of life gained immensely through

      Inche Senu then referred to "threats" by Mr Lee Kuan Yew that if the
      Central Government did not yield to his interpretation of a Malaysian
      Malaysia, Britain, Australia and New Zealand may do some serious re-
      thinking about helping to defend Malaysia.

      "First of all," Inche Senu said,"Mr Lee must know that the defence of
      Malaysia is primarily the responsibility of Malaysians themselves".

      'Clarify' call
      "Our Commonwealth allies are here by invitation of the Malaysian
      Government for the specific purpose of assisting in our external

      "Do Mr Lee's threats mean that the purpose of our allies in helping
      to defend our integrity is merely to prop up Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the

      "I think they know better than to interfere in our internal affairs."

      "Whoever is trying to implicate others in our local affairs is in
      fact betraying our national interests and may be considered by the
      people as a stooge of foreign powers."

      #Article posted by Wolfgang Holzem / Erwan Shah @ 12:20 PM


      Comments: Mellanie Hewlitt
      Singapore Review
      28 May 2005

      No climate of fear in city-state, says Home minister Wong Kan Seng.
      Some how I don't really trust him....would you? I suppose we should
      give the man an Oscar as he managed to make the statement with a
      straight face, which is no small feat.

      But hey, Singaporeans are all living in the Singapore Matrix....
      "Cypher: (Talking to Agent Smith) I know this steak doesn't exist. I
      know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain
      that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, do you know what I
      realized? Ignorance is bliss."

      Singapore, May 27, 2005

      Singapore defended its media laws on Friday and balked at the
      suggestion that its citizens live in a climate of fear.

      Singapore's home affairs minister Wong Kan Seng said in a newspaper
      interview that citizens in the city-state have spoken up at public
      forums without reprisals and commentaries critical of government
      policies have also appeared in newspapers.

      "What is the consequence of saying something that is challenged? Is
      the consequence being locked up in jail, disappearing in the middle
      of the night and you don't come back?" Wong was quoted as saying in
      Singapore's Straits Times.

      The answer to Mr Wong's question is a resounding "YES"
      See: http://singabloodypore.blogspot.com/2005/03/report-film-about-

      Detention without trial

      In September, the government released two detainees held without
      trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and placed them under
      orders restricting freedom of movement. It also extended for a
      further two years the detention orders of 17 other men. In total, 36
      men accused of plotting to carry out bomb attacks continued to be
      held without charge or trial under the ISA. The authorities said that
      many of the men, who were arrested in 2001, 2002 and 2004, were
      members or supporters of an Islamist group, Jemaah Islamiyah. The ISA
      violates the right to a fair and public trial and the right to be
      presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law. Amnesty
      International Report 2004 (http://web.amnesty.org/report2005/sgp-

      "Get real. Come on, we live in the real world in Singapore."
      Yes Mr Wong, we live in a "real" make believe world created by the
      Singapore Matrix;

      In an annual report released on Wednesday, rights group Amnesty
      International slammed Singapore's human rights record, saying that
      control on political expression in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-
      state remained tight despite Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's
      repeated calls for more openness.

      The US State Department, in its 2004 report on Singapore, sharply
      criticised the country for using libel suits to intimidate opposition
      politicians, saying the threat of libel has stifled political opinion
      and disadvantaged opposition. (See:

      Early this month, a 23-year-old Singapore student in the United
      States shut down his personal Web site after a government agency
      threatened a libel suit for comments he made on the blog.

      Wong, who will assume the post of deputy prime minister later this
      year, also defended a law which bans political videos, saying that
      the law is applied in an even-handed manner and not designed to
      stifle political debate.

      "Political videos, by their very nature, will be political, will be
      biased and, therefore, will not be able to allow the listener or the
      viewer to see a whole range of arguments," Wong said, adding that
      proposals for films about the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) were
      also shot down.

      Under provisions introduced to the Films Act in 1998, anyone involved
      in the production or distribution of "party political films" -
      defined as films containing partisan references or commentaries on
      government policies - can be punished with fines of up to S$100,000
      ($60,860) or a maximum jail term of 2 years.

      The law came under fire this month after local filmmaker Martyn See
      was summoned for police questioning over a documentary he made
      featuring prominent opposition leader Chee Soon Juan.
      See: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sg_Review/message/1710

      Wong was also asked about whether the law applied to TV stations
      airing programmes about PAP ministers, following a recent series of
      one-hour programmes on state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia that
      featured government ministers.

      "That is not a political video. That's a broadcaster and a content
      provider doing a job. It is done in other places. The minister is
      explaining himself, his policies and how he wants Singapore to move
      ahead," Wong said.

      International free-press advocates have repeatedly criticised
      Singapore for its tight media control.
      (see: http://singabloodypore.blogspot.com/2004/11/singapore-slams-

      The government bans non-commercial private ownership of satellite
      dishes, and publications need permits to circulate. Films and TV
      shows are routinely censored for sex and violence.

      The government says a high degree of control over public debate and
      the media is needed to maintain law and order.

      "Someone once said, 'My right to swing my arm must end where your
      nose begins'. That is the limit of free action; that is the
      boundary," Wong said.

      Singapore has been ruled by the People's Action Party since
      independence in 1965. Its 84-member Parliament has only two
      opposition members.

      See: http://singabloodypore.blogspot.com/2004/05/singapore-model-


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