|8 Sept 2008|
Attached is an interesting article by Dr.Huang Shoou Chyuan on a "prominent Singaporean"
speaking out against the government's archaic law on homosexuality. He urges more prominent Singaporeans to do likewise - speak their minds freely and "with balls" (unlike some vocal ex activists and prominent Singaporeans who seem to have lost their balls once they become ministers!)
In a way, the PAP has managed to make eunuchs out of these prominent Singaporeans the moment they dangle million-dollar salaries and power in front of them.
Ho Kwon Ping speaks out ! More prominent Singaporeans should follow lead
posted by nofearSingapore @ 11:09 AM
am glad that establishment-type leaders like Ho Kwon Ping are starting
to make their views heard publicly ( esply if these views do not agree
with the officially-sanctioned ones).
I hope that others like
Tommy Koh (whom I greatly admire and would like to be the next
President) will make public their alternative views about how Singapore
should be like moving forward.
There is hope yet as I saw Tommy
Koh’s comments agreeing with a recent article about how Malays are
feeling like least favorite children in Singapore with respect to
It is not enough that people like me speak up.
Officialdom will just roll-up their eyes and sigh, “ That mad doc
again? His bark is louder than his bite-Ignore him! “ . But if people
like Ho and Koh and others who have daily breakfasts and lunches with
the Lees write something in the papers, bureaucrats cannot ignore and
Good on you, Ho Kwon Ping.
By the way, I wrote on this same topic (Non-repeal of 377A: Remember Rosa Parks and Don't Give Up!)
and got flamed by homophobes and their merry (not gay) friends.
Dr.Huang Shoou Chyuan
PS: Ho Kwon Ping's take on the non-repeal of Section 377A belowThe Today Article:Stop making A mockery of rule of law: Let’s accept gays Why keep such an archaic statute when there’s no intention to prosecute? Monday • September 8, 2008HO KWON PING
is known to be economically liberal, but socially conservative. It is a
rules-governed society with clear parameters for behaviour, whether
political, economic, or social. And within the “OB markers”
(out-of-bounds markers) of these do’s and don’ts, it is a transparent
and fair social order, with no favouritism for anyone operating outside
This state of affairs governed the issue of
homosexuality in Singapore for many years. Not only was gay sex
illegal, but every manifestation was openly discouraged — some would
say suppressed — and discrimination against gays in the public domain
(the civil service, the military, the police, schools, and so on) was
commonly accepted. Indeed, because it was public policy to promote
heterosexual family life as the only norm, any other lifestyle was
considered deviant and handled accordingly. Repressive though it
certainly was to gays, it was at least very predictable.
official attitudes towards homosexuality in Singapore are quite
different. They are certainly ambivalent and ambiguous — some would
even say, schizophrenic. On the one hand, many gay Singaporeans are
feted and lauded for their creative contributions to Singapore, and
warmly accepted by even senior figures of the establishment. On the
other hand, gay sex remains a criminal activity, even after much public
debate on the issue, and any kind of activity which is seen to promote
a gay lifestyle remains off-limits.
To those who believe that
the non-persecution of gays is already something to be grateful for,
one could argue that allowing a black person to sit in the front of the
bus while legally forbidding it, is something to be grateful for. Or,
in an analogy closer to home for the supposedly homophobic
heartlanders, should a Chinese person be grateful if the edict
forbidding Chinese and dogs to enter parks in Shanghai in the ’20s were
relaxed in reality, but maintained in the law?
At another level,
my gay friends argue cogently that non-prosecution (or non-persecution,
for that matter) signals, at the most, simple tolerance of them, and
nothing more. There is a difference between being tolerated because
gays are seen to be at the leading edge of the “creative class” — which
Singapore is trying to develop as part of its new knowledge-based,
creativity-oriented economy — and being accepted because of the
recognition that fundamental human rights and the dignity of the
individual extends to gays as much as to anyone else.
somewhat schizophrenic decision to not prosecute an illegal activity
has ramifications beyond the gay community, and has disturbed some
sections of the larger community, which is not particularly interested
in gay issues.
To many thoughtful citizens, Singapore has always
openly claimed that the Rule of Law, possibly even more than the formal
mechanisms of democracy, is a vital component of good governance. Yet,
to criminalise gay sex and, in the same breath, state that anyone
breaching this law will not be prosecuted, makes a mockery of the Rule
Minor though this violation of the principle may be, the
proponents of the concept that the Rule of Law is a sacrosanct pillar
of the Singapore ethos lament that the Government did not take the bold
step to simply decriminalise something which the rest of the developed
world has long decriminalised; which most Singaporeans (except,
perhaps, the most fervently fundamentalist Christians or Muslims) don’t
care that much about one way or the other; which the police, courts,
and legal community would welcome simply to remove an archaic,
Victorian-era statute; and finally, which the gay community would
embrace as an important signal that their right to privacy — a
fundamental human right — is considered to be more important than the
right of anti-gay groups to proselytise about morality.
hope that the decriminalisation of gay sex — a yawn to anyone except
the homophobic and the gays themselves — will eventually occur. In
reality, rather than in law, gays in Singapore today have never had it
so good, and should within a short time, become fully-accepted — not
just tolerated — members of an increasingly diverse, and therefore
vibrant, Singapore community.
But if we pat ourselves on the
back for being so “bold” as to accept casinos and Formula 1 events into
staid Singapore, why can’t the boldness extend to a simple act to
enable gays to realise their dream — indeed, their simple right — to be
normal Singaporeans like anyone else, no more and no less.
The writer is chairman ofSingapore Management University,executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and chairman of MediaCorp.
--- On Mon, 4/28/08, Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...> wrote:
From: Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...>
Subject: Is DPM Wong Kan Seng married to MM Lee Kuan Yew's neice (Suan Yew's daughter)? - Re: mrbrown says, "Mas Selamat's escape was not gahmen fault, it was yours and mine" - Re: Asia Sentinel (29Feb08) - JI fugitive Kastari's "Great Escape" just a red herring? - Re: Popular blogger Mr Wang calls for Wong Kan Seng's resignation over terrorist's "prison break" - Re: Singapore citizens not as free to move around as foreigners in their homeland! - ST (21 Nov 07) - No threat to security but cops
threatened to 'remove' duo
To: "Kuan Yew Lee" <lee_kuan_yew@...>
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Date: Monday, April 28, 2008, 10:10 PM
"Wong Kan Seng has the good fortune to be married to (Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's brother) Suan Yew’s daughter which practically makes them cousins-in-law and for all intents and purposes, relative to the royal family.
"..the only turning point in her (Ho Ching, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's wife) career was marrying LHL (in 1985) and her meteoric rise through the ranks 2 years after beginning in 1987."
29 April 2008
To: Lao Lee
refer to a blogger's post (attached below with link - http://tantalizine.com/?p=119
) in which it was claimed that Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng is married to your neice. Is this true? I will assume it is true unless rebutted otherwise.
In the same article, it mentioned about Temasek CEO Ho Ching's (PM Lee's wife) "meteoric rise" career-wise only after their marriage in 1985. Is she really that good as is made out to be?
It takes the weirdest articles to evoke a “What the Hell” response from me nowadays. It comes as no surprise that I probably developed this immunity to nonsense news after a steady diet of Straits Times reporting. I say
reporting, because we have no journalists. We have writers that report what the government tells them to. Which is fine, from a practical standpoint because our government pulls the strings. I’m not expecting Pulitzers for any of our local reporters so neither am I expecting mind blowing insights or
analysis from them either.
When I first started writing this article, the Mas Selamat incident was furthest from my mind, the subsequent actions of the parliament aside, it was the ineptness of our highly paid ministers that eventually conjured up a monster of ire from within the belly of this beast. I say beast because when I think about the Singaporean people, I am starting to see the hopeless and helpless impotence of a people who have just begun to scratch the surface. I do not nor have I ever begotten the self-praise and justifications that came with their pay hike. I thought it unconscionable for public servants but I did not disagree that great responsibility comes with great pay.
When BG George Yeo stated that American style democracy was too high a price to pay, I did not disagree, and it was articles like the one I posted above that have come to characterize the bloated free-for-all legal suit fest that
is the American
system. But let’s face it- America can afford it, the world’s only remaining superpower and fount of luxury can afford to be wanton in its excesses. Population of over 300 million, the US of A can afford to make mistakes, can promote a concept of free-for-all ideology, after all, you’re bound to hit a few brilliant gems of thought and schools of thinking that leads to great renewal, revival and change just by promoting said freedoms- this is statistical fact. Almost every major invention (product/service) of modern society happens to originate from this country.
Broderick Lloyd Laswell, an overweight prisoner is suing the state authorities for his weight loss in prison. A reasonable person would say, “What did he expect? He was in jail for murder, he wasn’t living in a holiday camp.” But America says, “Let the onus be on the legal system, let 2 adversaries debate the merits and allow a system of his peers to
decide on what’s fair.” In
Singapore, we would say, “Bastard deserved to suffer for his crime. We’re throwing the legal suit out.” The American system places the weight of accountability on the defendant and the prosecution. Our system is cut and dried- let one man decide what’s right and wrong.
The American system clearly defines what the price of crime is- We take away your freedom in return as payment for your crime, no more, no less. For practical purposes- As long as Broderick is in jail, he’s already paying for his crime, his weight should in all fairness remain constant till the day of his release. In Singapore, we’re so ingrained to the belief that payment for your crime means that you forgo all rights and privileges accorded to you as a human being, it is this system that has made our red dot a “paradise” in the eyes of many. This is a case of “the grass is greener”. Those without look within and see the beauty, but those within look
deeper and begin to see the fractures
of an extremist ideology.
Extremist ideology and the country that is Singapore Inc aren’t really dissimilar precepts. In Singapore, there are no free lunches, ours is supposedly a shining beacon of meritocracy and efficiency. Unlike the bloated American system, ours is a country where anyone with the Singaporean dream of 4As and a government scholarship can achieve the proverbial good life. This is where the differences start to appear, unlike proto-typical rags to riches stories, the Singapore PSC scholar can expect an
iron golden rice bowl once he attains parliamentarian nirvana within the ruling party- there he will progress unshaken and unstirred through the ranks, untested by any “real world” challenges that will decimate and destroy the careless, before he finally reaches state minister hood. A true rags to riches personality can find his equally glorious flight to the peaks of
success brutally crushed upon
making a poor business decision for that is the cycle that is the ebb and flow, no the RULE of the corporate jungle- the fittest survive. Ours is one where we run the nation like a business but devil be damned with the peons that work within the machinery. However, fact of the matter is, it is the leaders that take the blame of the biggest failures. Witness these men:
O’Neal was born in 1951 in the tiny rural farming community of Wedowee, Alabama
, the son of a farmer. O’Neal lived with his father, mother, sister, and two brothers. O’Neal’s father showed great initiative and by the time he was ready to go to school his father had established himself at
General Motors and had moved into the middle class. And this other
The son of a plasterer and a housewife, Prince started his career as an
attorney with U.S. Steel Corp
In 1979, he joined Commercial Credit Company, a predecessor to Citigroup that Sandy Weill took over in 1986.
promoted in 1996
to Executive Vice President of the firm, which by this point was known as the Travelers Group
, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Citigroup.
, shortly following the 1998 merger of Travelers and Citigroup, Prince was named Chief Administrative Officer
of the newly created firm, Citigroup.
He was subsequently promoted to Chief Operating Officer
, to CEO and Chairman of Citi Markets and Banking in 2002
, and finally to CEO and Chairman.
Go google them. Go wikipedia them. They fought, they worked hard. They achieved. But as in the real world, they fell when they made poor decisions. That’s life. That’s ACCOUNTABILITY. C’est la vie.
But let’s look at this lady:
Ms Ho is Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings.
She began her career as an engineer with the Ministry of Defence.
In 1987, she joined the Singapore Technologies group as Deputy Director of Engineering, and
became its President and Chief Executive Officer before retiring in 2001. She later joined Temasek Holdings in May 2002.
Forgive me but IT LOOKS (I say looks cos I don’t know this for a fact. It’s an inference- insert legal disclaimers here) like the only
turning point in her career was marrying LHL and her meteoric rise through the ranks 2 years after beginning in 1987. Unlike the men presented before her, she will NEVER experience falls from grace. She is immune. She is a demi-god. Whether it’s Shincorp saga and the lost of billions of our people’s blood money. She will continue. Like this man, she will endure:
Yes, it’s also true the maxim, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, it’s never been more true here. Lee Suan Yew, brother of Lee Kuan Yew, and Wong Kan Seng has the good fortune to be married to Suan Yew’s daughter which practically makes them cousins-in-law and for all intents and purposes, relative to the royal family.
BUT this entry isn’t about nepotism.
Culturally speaking, I’m Chinese. I’m
familiar with the monarchy and dynastic concepts of hereditary power. My place within Singapore society is really that of a loyal peasant, subject to my lordship’s whims and fancies for he rules with the mandate of
66.6% heaven. I’m fine with inherited greatness or even greatness by association, sure it grates on my nerves for I was not that lucky but neither do I make distinctions between being blessed with talent or blessed with an abundance of the right connections- both of which are Wills of God/Destiny/Fate.
My beef is with reasonable accountability or lack thereof. In dynastic china, the imperial court was guilty of a lot of gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, name one of the seven sins, and it was practiced there. But for all their excesses- there was SOME accountability- generals “fell on their swords” for failures, incompetent ministers got removed, the openly
corrupt were executed.
The polar opposite of the American Way isn’t North Korea. At least North Korea generates it’s own revenues through illegal drug trafficking and sales of nuclear technology (debatable) while it’s people live and work under harsh conditions, they’re under no illusions of a benevolent dictator, neither are there foreigners competing for the same jobs as they are. For all intents and purposes- citizen’s problems are self-contained and a result of systemic failure. The polar opposite of the American Way is Singapore. Singapore, jewel of East Asia, richest power of the south. The Singaporean dynasty enjoys the best pay with none of the responsibilities. Credit is claimed where non are due and blame is dispensed like the bolts from mighty Zeus.
The people plead not for the mad-house circus that is the American way, nor are we asking for the avarices of European decadence, but what we are looking for is REASONABLE
ACCOUNTABILITY. Yes, the price of
American Democracy and accountability can be high, our little island can ill afford such flagrance. But I’m hoping that somewhere in between can we meet. Somewhere between the extremes that is West represented by the USA and the best the East has to offer represented by Singapore. We have accomplished plenty, but the way things are, we are about to be undone. America with all it’s might can survive great scandals and great depressions. Singapore is really just a row boat adrift in the sea of geo-politics and international economics, since when does boat decide how the tides turn? Especially when the captain and crew are unaccountable for decisions made in this here treacherous waters that are the world?
Where is the reasonable accountability?
Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...> wrote:
"But MM Lee disagreed that the Government deserved to be blamed" -
Straits Times, 5 April 2008, "Those who think nothing can go wrong are being complacent"
To: Lee Kuan Yew
10 April 2008
Hey Senile Old Man Kuan Yew (Harry),
Stop talking NONSENSE! So, we the citizens, the ordinary folks (who expect a competent government, the ministers and civil servants) are being complacent, and not the incompetent Wong Kan Seng (is he a relative of yours or your wife through marriage?), the Home Affairs Minister nor the Whitley Detention Camp warden?
Stop insulting our intelligence!
While you might have done a lot of great for Singapore in its early
years while you were Prime Minister (not individually, mind
you, but as a team with the likes of Goh Keng Swee, Hon Sui Sen, Rajaretnam and Dr Toh Chin Chye as your right and left hand men), your continued presence in the cabinet and spouting of nonsensical statements like "the government did not deserve to be blamed for Mas Selamat's escape" etc..are clear indications your days are numbered.
You will end up like Mao Ze Dong - revered during early years of nationhood but condemned
and cursed towards and after death.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Mas Selamat's escape was not gahmen fault, it was yours and mine
We am sorry that our complacency has allowed Mas Selamat to escape.
By thinking "that the Government will take care of all security matters", we the citizens of this country have allowed ourselves to become complacent, and thusly, contributed to his escape.
Sure the minders of Mas Selamat were to be blamed too, as MM Lee said, because they were "complacent in handling a wily detainee" and were "negligent". But it was really our belief that the Gahmen will take care of all security matters, that led to his escape,
more than anything else.
We should have been guarding him ourselves, instead of relying just on the ISD or the Ghurkas or any Gahmen forces. Instead, we went about our lives, thinking, "Hey, guarding that guy is not my job what! Why should I care? Gahmen sure can one!"
We abdicated this responsibility to security agencies. That was our tragic mistake.
If the Gahmen is to be blamed, it is only that you, oh Gahmen, have been so "overly successful" that we, the people, have become too comfortable. We ended up with a "dependency mentality" that makes us "blame the civil service and Government" if any of our needs are not met.
Believing the Government had everything under control was complacent of us.
Believing nothing could go wrong was also complacent of us.
And wanting accountability and transparency when things did go wrong, that was most complacent and unreasonable of all.
We are so sorry
we let your efficiency and successful running of our country lull us into a false sense of security. We now know that when things go right, it is because the Gahmen is good. And when things go wrong, it is our complacency and our fault.
We endeavour to be less complacent in future so that another detainee won't escape. Let us know if you want any of us to guard any new terror detainees you may have.
Let's start with the Boy Scouts and other uniformed groups and work our way through the list of citizens that need to volunteer.
We want to be on our toes all the time, and not trust the Gahmen so much anymore.
The (ex) Complacent Citizens of Singapore.
negligent, says MM
His message: Those who think nothing can go wrong are being complacent
By Sue-Ann Chia & Goh Chin Lian
FUGITIVE Mas Selamat Kastari was 'an escape artist' who had evaded arrest many times, and Singapore's security officers knew this, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said yesterday.
Yet, the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist leader was able to lull his minders at the Whitley Road Detention Centre into believing that they had him under control, before he gave them the slip.
'When you are complacent in handling a wily detainee, then you have been negligent,' Mr Lee told The Straits Times in an e-mail interview.
He responded to questions on the issue of complacency for today's Insight feature which takes off from his earlier comments on Mas Selamat's disappearance.
He said last month that the break-out was a 'very
severe lesson in complacency'.
Selamat, 47, who had planned to crash a plane into Changi Airport, escaped from Internal Security Department custody on Feb 27. He is still on the run.
The Government has promised a full account of how he escaped, after a three-member panel completes its investigations.
In answering questions posed by The Straits Times, Mr Lee addressed the issue of complacency among citizens, saying: 'Anyone who believes nothing can or will go wrong in Singapore is living in a make-believe world.'
He said Singaporeans are being complacent when they believe that the Government will take care of all security matters.
MPs and political observers interviewed for the Insight feature said decades of peace and prosperity could have caused some Singaporeans to believe the Government had everything under control and nothing could go wrong.
How did complacency creep in? Some observers like former MP Augustine Tan blamed
lack of understanding of the Government's workings.
Others felt the Government was partly to blame.
People's Action Party MP Lim Wee Kiak called complacency a 'side-effect' of an overly successful Government and civil service.
'This has bred a dependency mentality in our population who will blame the civil service and Government if any of their needs are not met,' he noted.
But MM Lee disagreed that the Government deserved to be blamed. He said: 'Complacency sets in when a people have not suffered any shock or setback for a long time.'
Hence, his warnings against complacency over the years, 'because most people believe that bad things will happen to others, not to themselves'.
Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 11:14 PM in Musings
Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...> wrote:
"So although Mas’s escape may be simply a matter of incompetence, the history of arrests, releases, confessions, renderings and imprisonment without trial in Guantanamo as well as Singapore, inevitably raises doubts about whether the story so far is the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
Asia Sentinel (29Feb08) - The Lion
City mounts a massive manhunt for an unlikely prison escapee
3 Mar 2008
To: Wong Kan Seng - Home Affairs
Minister & DPM
So, Singapore citizens and people all over the over may have been given the merry-go-round because the whole truth may not have been what the Singapore government and the local press paint it out to be - as speculated in the above quote (article attached).
Forummers have also asked if Mas might have died in the detention centre and the "Great Escape" story was just a red herring
By the way, may
I suggest that the salaries of the police officers, prison officers, Police Commissioner all the way up to the Ministers in the Home Affairs Ministry (including the Minister of State, Senior Minister of State and the Minister) be increased lest excuses be given that such salary increases are justified in order to "retain and attract" talents in the ministry. Maybe those officers on duty that day (and many more island-wide) were lowly-paid and "bored" national service men (NSmen and NSFs), hence the incompetencies in the Home Team these days.
29 Feb 2008
To: Wong Kan Seng - Home Affairs Minister & DPM
Now we know why one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world, a handicap with a limp to boot, managed to escape from a maximum security prison in "secure" and Orwellian "Big Brother" Singapore - the police were probably keeping their eyes zeroed in on our very own "undesirable" citizens!
This will certainly put "Prison Break" to shame! Martin See - your next project?
By the way, is the following comment found in a popular forum true? Please correct if untrue. Thanks
|Coffee Shop Talk - Lee Hsien Loong is WKS cousin|| |
| ||168332.4 in reply to 168332.1 |
Wrong. They are cousins-in-law.
Lee Hsien Loong is WKS wife cousin.
By now you've heard the news. Mas Selamat is on the loose
The terrorist had previously hatched plots to attack Changi Airport, the US Embassy, the American Club and the Singapore American School. He had been held under detention, at the Whitley Detention Centre.
On Wednesday afternoon, he escaped when the guard(s) permitted him to use the toilet.This man walks with a limp in his left leg.
Call the police immediately
if you see him.
I urge all bloggers out there to immediately post Mas Selamat's face on their blogs. So that as many people in Singapore as possible will know, and be reminded of what Mas Selamat's face looks like.
It is a very disappointing day for me, to realise how inept and useless the Singapore government has become. To think that we pay the world's highest ministerial salaries to our political leaders. Wong Kan Seng is paid two million dollars per year and he cannot even keep an arrested man under proper lock and key. A terrorist
has escaped, for goodness sakes.
I think Wong Kan Seng should resign. Terrorism knows no borders, and Wong Kan Seng's mistake potentially endangers the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people - not just in Singapore, but in other countries as well. All over the world, elected politicians have been pressed to resign, for much less serious matters
Okay, that was just some wishful thinking on my part. We know how Singapore works, don't we? It's just another "honest mistake" by our beloved ministers. Lee Kuan Yew will twist and pull Wong Kan Seng's ears in private, I'm sure. But publicly, at least, Wong Kan Seng will ultimately walk away scot-free.
Don't forget - the PAP's good image is at stake. So how could it possibly turn out otherwise? Wong Kan Seng is Deputy Prime Minister, after all. Soon the national spin machine will kick into overdrive to generate a convincing story for the public ....
... as to why our ministers are really still world-class, and deserve their world-class salaries, and the Mas
Selamat matter was all just a very honest mistake, and the important
thing is that we learn from our mistakes, and not repeat them, (at least not until the next time we make a new honest mistake), and till then, the people of Singapore must be socially cohesive, and be strong, and support their government, as one nation.
You know, the usual crap.
Mas Selamat has managed to run away. But in the end, it will be Wong Kan Seng who makes the really Great Escape.
"What is even more disconcerting is that other people along that stretch of road were not being stopped at all,..." - Leow Zi Xiang - Straits Times, 21 November
2007, "No threat to security but cops threatened to 'remove' duo"
To: Home Affairs
Minister Wong Kan Seng
cc: Senior Minister of State Ho Peng Kee
cc: PM Lee Hsian Loong
21 Nov 2007
I attach a letter appearing in today's Straits Times, 'No threat to security but cops threatened to 'remove' duo".
From the name, the letter writer appears to be a Singaporean Chinese.
My question therefore is, "Why are locals, or more specifically, local Chinese, being targeted and discriminated?
Would the police have done the same to a Caucasian, or more specifically, a Caucasian foreigner? I believe not.
Then why are citizens not having the freedom to move around freely when compared to foreigners?
I sincerely hope you will not give the often-heard excuse of the police being "over-zealous"
|Nov 21, 2007|
No threat to security but cops threatened to 'remove' duo
MONDAY afternoon, my friend and I were walking along Orchard Road when we were stopped by a few policemen just after Orchard Towers who enquired as to our destination.|
We were just strolling along and complied readily when they asked for our particulars. They explained that the area was a 'protected area' due to the Asean Summit taking place at the Shangri-La Hotel and that they had a duty to check everyone in the area.
I thought it was odd that there were many people along that stretch of road but we were the only ones stopped, so I asked for the reason. Officer Alvin Lee explained that the rest would be stopped farther down as there were 'many checkpoints'.
We continued on our way and were stopped again about 30m further down by another group of policemen who insisted that we turn back. When I asked why we were being singled out for special attention, my query was met with 'This is a protected area' and 'This is your last warning,
leave now or we
will remove you' from someone who refused to identity himself beyond saying he was 'Patrick Lim from the police'. All the while, another policeman was videotaping me and yet another was scribbling something furiously.
Surely, I had a right to know why my freedom of movement was being proscribed. It is alarming that all I got in response were subtle threats and pure assertions of authority, without proper explanation. What is even more disconcerting is that other people along that stretch of road were not being stopped at all,
despite what Assistant Superintendent Lee said.
My friend and I were in no way 'compromising security'. The policemen were doing their job but what are the guidelines to their exercise of authority? Can they simply 'remove' anybody they please?
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