Be your own hatchet man

The report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods is exceedingly disturbing. I am disappointed with the contents and angry with the unwarranted and vicious attack on Dr Thum Ping Tjin at page 57, paragraph 238. Dr Thum is accused of being a liar with these words: “He has clearly lied.”

The entire report reads like a boring academic paper with one exception. It lacks originality and genuine research. It is a regurgitation of information and opinions gleaned from papers submitted to the committee and the oral evidence taken from several academics and experts, both local and foreign during the eight-day hearing.

The government has wasted a massive amount of taxpayers’ money – flying in experts from all over the world when our local academics and experts could have done the same job with just a token of appreciation. How much did we spend on the experts – their flight fares, hotel bills, food and allowance?

In addition to wasting a vast amount of money bringing in foreign experts, the government has also wasted our money in having 10 parliamentarians including several ministers and a deputy speaker, reading voluminous submissions and taking oral evidence for eight days and more instead of doing real work for the country. If their intent is to impress the public with the hundreds of pages of words, I am not impressed.

What is utterly disgraceful, distasteful and unacceptable is the singling out of historian, Dr P J Thum for unjust and baseless criticisms.

The committee had invited submissions from members of the public and Dr Thum like so many others, had responded with a paper containing among other matters, his findings on Operation Coldstore which took place in February 1963. Over a hundred top echelon opposition leaders were arrested and many detained without trial for decades under that fake security exercise. Dr Thum’s research debunked the PAP story and the report now shows that the committee, especially the minister was incensed.

At the select committee hearing, Dr Thum was unfairly grilled for more than five hours by no less a person than the Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam. At the end of the debate, it was obvious that the minister had lost and was visibly unhappy. The report is an unfair means of putting down a person who has embarrassed the committee, especially the minister.

I do not know of any parliamentary committee in the first world where a privilege of immunity from prosecution given by the people is used to attack an innocent citizen. Incidentally, three members of the committee, namely Minister K Shanmugam, Seah Kian Peng and Edwin Tong are also members of the Committee of Privileges and should know better than abuse parliamentary privileges in this manner.

The committee in inserting paragraph 238 clearly shows that it has taken advantage of its privileged position to avenge the loss of face suffered at the hearing which was broadcast worldwide. No one had asked the government to televise the debate between the minister and Dr Thum. The government had embarrassed itself by its own action.

Dr Thum will not have the opportunity to rebut the committee’s report and will suffer the injustice of having his name sullied in our parliamentary records and history. The damage is irreparable.

Our first prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew once said:

“… I needed no hatchet man.

All those who have dealt with me know that I have never flinched from going into a dark street on a dark night and it happens to be a cul de sac. No outlet – either the gangster or I will come out alive.”

Minister Shanmugam should fight his own battle. He should not need assistance or cover from the other nine. If he is sure that his knowledge of history is sound and Dr Thum has got it all wrong and lied, he should repeat paragraph 238 outside parliament. If he does that, I am sure Dr Thum will sue him for defamation and Singaporeans will crowdfund his legal costs to defend his rights which are also our rights as citizens.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

 

 

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15 Responses to “Be your own hatchet man”

  • clown pap ownself ok's ownself:


    The government has wasted a massive amount of taxpayers’ money
    – flying in experts from all over the world when our local academics and experts could have done the same job with just a token of appreciation. How much did we spend on the experts – their flight fares, hotel bills, food and allowance?

    In addition to wasting a vast amount of money bringing in foreign experts, the government has also wasted our money in having 10 parliamentarians including several ministers and a deputy speaker, reading voluminous submissions and taking oral evidence for eight days and more instead of doing real work for the country…..

    Dr Thum is not pap clown brother. so no need abuse of parleement to ownself declare ownself ok. since plenty of sheep CPF money for abuse what’s the problem of writing a long expensive thesis to fix Dr Thum. after all, it is sheep’s money that is abused.

    are we impressed by clown pap actions? surely not. after 50+ years of fixing OPPOSITION, what is new from clown pap? nothing new.

    wait for the day when clown pap is minority in parliament and the same fixing is now turned on their own heads. clap clap clap. then they shall know they should not have done so when they had the majority in parleement.

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  • Bapak:

    In Singapore, if you take an examination and this question is asked “Did Dr Thum lie?”

    You answer NO, you fail. Now you know our scholars are just bookworm to satisfy what the authority like to see as ‘correct’ answer. No conscience and no substance type.

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  • Do not worry:

    “…No outlet – either the gangster or I will come out alive.”

    Did the gangster really die at the cul-de-sac? What do you think?

    With regard to embarrassment do not to worry. A Singapore teenager Amos Yee embarrassed the Singapore Government (and PAP) big-time by winning in US Court TWICE and getting asylum. Even LKY would be proud.

    Also, no need to worry. Ashes cannot come back to life. Knuckledusters are useless.

    PAP is now in a “cul-de-sac” on the HDB lease saga. It is in very deep shit with voters who have most of their retirement (CPF) money tied up in their depreciating HDB flat. At the end of the 99-year lease, no more flat and no more CPF money. Everything is gone. Voters will likely give PAP a payback by doing a hatchet job on the party. It can then be buried with LKY so Singaporeans can move on and move forward.

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  • HarderTruths:

    We all know what happened. The whole world knows what happened.
    You can see that the pappies will never admit any wrongdoing.

    All those who continually ask for the pappies to change are wasting their life.

    As long as they are in power nothing will change. That will be for a very long time. Much longer than the few decades most $G – born have. Perhaps one day the new citizens who are even now replacing $G born will rise up. F

    For now there is no point pretending things are going to change and the 30% need to try to survive however best we can.

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  • Normal Dog:

    Discrediting Dr Thum oxford position at the time of representation has no direct relevancy to his work on Operation coldstore. We all know of this tactic of theirs to abuse and discredit their opponents. But the point is, whether we choose to believe irrelevance matters or not in entirely another thing.

    Just strip all them of their titles and they live like normal street side dogs, literally speaking.

    Dr Thum should continue to post a current video smiling. That will make them even more mad, isn’t it.

    No I no longer believe in the PayPay after the shameless undemoncratic stunt of Milo, abusing the power given to them, clearly demonstrated, if you will to ask me. Now, that is not the gartament that I want. No difference from hooligans, isn’t it?

    I heard many going to take the power back and strip them bare bare.

    Dr Thum should one on one with sharkmucum in Singapore One championship. My bet is on Dr Thum to wack the shits out of him. A video on Dr Thum training for the match would be good.

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  • EXTERNAL Forces:

    Only in Singapore are laws passed where citizens accept everything for over half a century.

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  • oxygen:

    Burying Dr Thum professionally is futile, the truths regarding Operation Coldstore will continue to rule from its BURIAL graveyard – no matter what and like it or not.

    Operation Coldstore will NOT be given this name tag in officialdom archive historical record if it is NOT A MAN-MADE EVENT of an “OPERATION” FABRICATED AND BORN OUT OF CHICANERY instead of natural occurrence.

    Why did Operation Coldstore came about will forever haunt the history of LEE-jiapore and that ghost is haunting the nation in that SELECT COMMITTEE HEARING – REMEMBER THIS.

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  • Whatever:

    They can say whatever they want just like deciding who to promote and who to cold store or kick out. It’s the law of our country universe going on for ages in most sectors, what’s new. The real talent is only a word of lip service, the over-rated is boosted over and over again just like TV commercials.

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  • Join WP or People's voices:

    Dr Thum has no order choice, but has been forced to the corner to join the politic to clear this name from the People, would that be in order?

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  • Dr Thum Open Vault:

    Dr Thum can open up all the national records if he goes into the parliament.
    He can dig into the records and grill back all he ever wanted.

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  • Thinkforothers:

    I love the way wright out (Teo Soh Lung) is just simply nailed to the point, I totally love it.

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  • LIONS:

    Another SG BASHING from *ARITOCRAPIG$*?!

    SMALL-minded people simply love to nitpick.
    They waste taxpayer resources.

    Shame!

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  • TruthBeTold:

    Oxfart should just give Thum his “misrepsented credentials” or at least qualify an equivalent so as to lend credit to his work or for the same come back at the establishment for a low blow.

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  • oxygen:

    STANDARDS OF POLITICAL GOVERNANCE HAS DROPPED TO GUTTER LEVEL – politicians are behaving like bad school kids in the schoolyards of name calling, bullying and shameless denial of bad THUGGISH behavior – WORST THAN SQUABBLING AND FIGHTING SCHOOL KIDS in the school tuckshop.

    Voters, WAKE UP NOW, bring out the FAT CANE and use it STERNLY in the next general election – IF YOU DON’T WANT THIS COUNTRY TO ROT from this deaying rot.

    Social norms and public behavior have degenerated a lot in LEE-jiapore – THE NATION IS FAST FALLING APART not just economically but also standards of acceptable public behavior, some voters are learning this traits from the political apex – that hypocrisy and thuggery is all acceptable because of self-interest and they can resort to this bad behavior but peasants can’t.

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  • B. R. Ambedkar Babasaheb says:

    “History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them… A great man is different from an eminent one in that he is ready to be the servant of the society.”

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