Absurd allegations; Alex Tan challenges PM Lee to sue him in Australia

The man behind Straits Times Review, Alex Tan, has refused to take down the article titled “Lee Hsien Loong Becomes 1MDB’s Key Investigation Target” which was published on his blog, the States Times Review.

The article links Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) corruption scandal and alleges that Singapore was complicity in laundering former Malaysian PM Najib Razak’s alleged ill-gotten gains despite demands by the authorities.

The offending article also alleges that Malaysia had signed several unfair agreements with Singapore in exchange for Singapore banks’ assistance in laundering the funds of Malaysian state fund 1MDB.

Facebook has refused Singapore’s request to remove the article posted after the critical alternative news website was blocked by Singapore authorities.

According to the Minister for Law and Home Affairs, the allegation with a “nasty, malicious twist” made by the Straits Times Review is that “…our Prime Minister and Singapore Government were corrupt, and complicit in money laundering on 1MDB. And that is why Singapore got favourable deals.”

The Minister says the allegation is absurd.

Well if it’s absurd then tell us why it’s absurd? The authorities should refute it with facts and not threats and bare allegations of absurdity.

The STR’s allegations have not been answered by fact but only by bare denials. Why absurd? Why are the allegations falsehoods? Just because you say so?

Either the fact that “Singapore Lee Hsien Loong Becomes 1MDB’s Key Investigation Target” is true or it’s not. Since it is alleged not to be the case, then yes it would be defamatory and the Prime Minister can sue Alex Tan and the STR as threatened.

Look everyone knows that there must have been a very good reason for Najib then PM of Malaysia to have agreed to sell to us the coveted KTM land. So either it’s because Najib did it for the right reasons or the wrong reasons.

However we can certainly ask questions as to why Najib entered into such unfavourable deals for Malaysia. Why did Najib agree after 50 years of Malaysian refusal to sell the KTM land to Singapore?

Unless and until there is a whistle blower who provides concrete evidence or clarity as to a sinister motive or other dirty dealing, you just cannot go around accusing Pinky of having his fingers in the cookie jar.

What one can also say is that IMDB monies flowed through Singapore and Singapore authorities should have done what was necessary at the point questions were raised by those such as Brown of the Sarawak Report.

They did not. They did eventually react a little – a little too late in my opinion. The question is why were they so coy for the longest time? Again, this has not been explained.

However to me the most important significance of this story is that it amply demonstrates that there is no need for a fake news law but rather on the contrary again reinforces the fact that our defamatory laws are adequate in dealing with such allegations and that there is otherwise no need for a fake news law to compel Facebook the messenger in such cases but a need for hard facts to refute the allegations.

Just refute what is fake and trust the people to know the difference between who is more right and who more wrong. 70% of these people are your fans anyway. They voted for you. Why are you afraid of them?

This is not a defence of STR at all. This is a stout defence of our right to freedom of expression.

It is facts we need – not laws to sort out such problems.

 

Khush Chopra

 

 

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39 Responses to “Absurd allegations; Alex Tan challenges PM Lee to sue him in Australia”

  • AngMo Tua Ki:

    Imagine you ask for a “favor” and someone refused, so its reason enough to enact LAWS to “LEEGARLY FORCE FOR A FAVOR”???????? What kind of crazy absurdity is that….????????????

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  • RDB:

    Coy is coy… period.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Is it not strange that pinky ran in a panic to Dr M for half an hour’s talk?

    Now it starts making sense to me what this may be about. Is anyone else getting the same feeling?

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    哈哈哈
    “ 无风不起浪 ”
    无风怎会起浪???哈哈哈

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  • Tom Lee:

    Like the saying goes: “Tell the truth and shame the devil”.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    The Birds surrounding the 1MDB Scandal either have not yet been caught (Jho Low) or already caught but yet to sing their song (ex-Goldman Sach executives, Tim Leissner [arrested in the US] & Roger Ng [DOJ seeking to extradite him]). But Jho Low must be tired of hiding as it was indicated that he is seeking to cut a deal with the US Department of Justice.
    Link: http://www.sarawakreport.org/2018/09/jho-low-has-offered-a-deal-to-the-doj-exclusive/
    Frankly, it’s still early days yet in the retrial of 1MDB Scandal because there were several parties still conducting their investigation eg. the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigating the money trial against Goldman Sach; the Swiss Authorities investigating Falcon Bank which was one of the money laundering banks; the M’sian investigative side under PN authority still uncovering the cover-ups under ex-PM Najib.
    http://www.sarawakreport.org/2018/11/the-boys-in-blue-catch-up-with-the-masters-of-the-universe-comment/
    Sarawak Report wrote very good investigative pieces regarding the Greater Scandal of 1MDB has yet to be uncovered. Read the link below:
    Link: http://www.sarawakreport.org/2018/10/why-the-1mdb-scandal-is-set-to-get-bigger-still/
    Even the inflated deal involving the Chinese had been digged up & exposed Najib’s corruption:
    Link: http://www.sarawakreport.org/2018/10/how-najib-nearly-sold-out-malaysia-to-china/
    The jigsaw puzzle of 1MDB have yet to be assemble to form a true picture. Yet the most telling is FaceBook’s blunt refusal to remove Alex Tan’s article on their website on S’pore’s orders. It’s a sign that Global companies at last are standing up to S’pore govt’s bullying tactics. No more Bloomberg, Financial Times, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Economist, Asian Wall Street Journal, Time and Asia Week — all of whom had been at the losing end of expensive legal defamation actions by Singapore’s rulers.
    Link: https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/in-singapore-the-economics-of-defamation.html

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  • Dr M in SG, official visit:

    Dr M will be in SG on 12th &13th nov.
    Im sure he’s read about this already.
    Love to know whats on this wiley old fox’s mind about this matter.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    甘林老母吔鸡拜
    你最好向人民交代清楚
    妖秀仔
    甘林母吔鸡拜

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Harder Truths:
    Is it not strange that pinky ran in a panic to Dr M for half an hour’s talk?

    Now it starts making sense to me what this may be about. Is anyone else getting the same feeling?

    He tried to Nego with Tun, but Tun being Tun like Trump being Trump…

    No DEAL lah!!! unless maybe water price go up from 3sen to 60sen and crooked Bridge is DONE…and after Jlow it will be PLee and the JINX!!! Rosnah pardner le!!!

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  • Bapak:

    If he wont get burnt here, he will be burnt in hell. Either way, eventually he will be burnt. Is the matter of time.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019:

    Khush Chopra:
    This is a stout defence of our right to freedom of expression.

    Please lah, freedom comes with responsibility.

    Freedom of expression does not mean you anyhow go about shooting off your big mouth without supported evidence.

    https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/eleanor_roosevelt_166988

    Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

    Opposition supporters better grow up fast before our great 4G PAP Leader import more foreigners to replace you and your children.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019

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  • Hooan Woo Lee:

    But does he have the courage to sue in Australia?

    The gov can claim Alex lied.
    But without going thru a trial, Alex cannot be sentenced as having lied.

    Else a rogue gov can do the same to its opponents without granting citizena a fair trial. This means not based on RULE OF LAW.

    NAJIB WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY BY THE AG HE APPOINTED. NOW LEH?

    MALAYSIA PROVES THE FLAW IN AUTHORITARIAN RULE.

    ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY HAS HELD TRUE THROUGHOUT HUMAN CIVILISATION.

    But the people never learns and never has the courage to fight for power until they suffer extremely.

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  • TUCK WAN:

    This is serious matter that will effect Singapore and PM Lee. If PM Lee sued Roy then and now when now Singapore’s Reputation is involved suing STR is not a option buy a must. If not why ?

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  • Another Amos?:

    Is Alex trying to “do an Amos” in Australia? Amosis Yee wound up in US Court when he sought asylum. He won TWICE humiliating LHL, PAP, and Singapore.

    Will LHL sue Alex in Australia and risk losing in a court overseas again? Let us see.

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  • rukidding:

    I have always found the railway corridor story very “puzzling” indeed !

    DrM and old fiack has been on “logged head” over this issue for “donkey years”…and this was “suddenly,..so easily resolved”???

    Rumours spreading next door that Dr M will soon “relook” and “investigate” into this deal.

    Lets face the facts and reality,….Dr M is known to be a very “persistent” person…and he is “all out” to “dig out” Botak’s past “mis deeds” as well as his “accomplice” ( if any )

    Lets put it this way,…nobody is accusing anybody for now,….and according to sources…its just a “routine” re-check.

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  • Forming legal insights:

    Following the example set by American scholarship, legal scholarship in Europe has produced more and more multidimensional academic work relating to a wide array of topics that traditionally belong to the field of law over the last few decades. In these empirically-orientated legal studies, ‘extralegal knowledge’, i.e. empirical insights stemming from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and economics, are combined with existing legal insights based on traditional legal argumentation techniques, and then transformed into ‘novel’ legal knowledge to further different sorts of public policy aims. One of many intriguing, and as yet unresolved questions underlying these kinds of studies in Empirical Legal Scholarship is whether it is in fact possible – and if so, how, why and when – to leap from such extralegal empirical insights to normative legal conclusions.

    To put it somewhat differently: given that Facts in themselves cannot generate Values or Normative Claims, how and when can any decision maker step over from, for example, empirical psychological facts to legal normative value judgments as one is required to do from a legal end, for instance as a judge, or from a policy making perspective? If psychological research tells us – to give an example – that warning signs are only followed by those people who have been given the warning if the costs of complying with that warning are low, could a judge then conclude that a legal duty to warn should be rejected, as being superfluous, in all other circumstances? What are the conditions under which it would be safe to say that one could formulate a normative claim based on certain empirical facts?

    http://blog.ucall.nl/index.php/2016/06/the-great-divide-facts-versus-values/

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  • ozzie judges on whose payroll?:

    Another Amos?:

    Will LHL sue Alex in Australia and risk losing in a court overseas again? Let us see.

    Are the Australian judges at the mercy of the powers that be? You may know the answer if you can answer that question.

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  • LIONS:

    No laundering,just helping Bro Najib to park his ill-gotten $$$!
    Why you all so kaypoh?
    Najib my BBF! YOU jealou$?

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  • Freedom Of Expression?:

    @PAP Guarantee Win

    What Freedom Of Expression are u talking about and the responsibility that comes with it ?

    How come Pinky can talk about opening Hotel window and breathing the polluted air in Beijing instead of buying cigarettes and opening the tap in Shanghai to get free pork soup in Shanghai instead of going to the restaurants ?

    Freedom comes with responsibility. As a leader of a country Pinky should not be making these comments as it is unbecoming, rude and insulting to China.

    What is your reply ?

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  • Anither0:

    Tharman,younger than lee ass loong got to step dowm but lee ah loong remains in CEC?
    THARMAN should be SG N PM N Lee Ass Loong,useless as he is,should be the one stepping down.

    What 4G?
    All YES-BOYS N YES-GIRLS MOSTLY!

    LET THARMAN TAKE OVER,WOULD BE BETTER FOR SG.

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  • 1. Why did not the clown ask IMDA to shut down thecoverage and SCMP but focuses on STR?

    2. High comm in Malaysia or Australia can commence legal proceedings against STR and Thecoverage.

    The clown is smart, he cannot win outside Singapore with independent court that will look for the truth and not take side!

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  • Merobok:

    Are there any evidence to show that LHL is complexity in Najibs case? Now, everything is in a muddle and foggy but when Najib’s case comes out in court, will he spill the beans to safeguard himself?

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  • Why suffered in silence:

    You wonder why it took a while for the gamen to react when funds from 1MDB flew into our banks.Didnt we have a stringent money laundering detection banking system.Even when public deposit a hundred thousand ,bank has to verify.In this case the sum involved is Hugh shouldn’t red flag be raised spontaneously and not reactive?

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  • don't listen to instigators:

    rukidding:
    I have always found the railway corridor story very “puzzling” indeed !

    DrM and old fiack has been on “logged head” over this issue for “donkey years”…and this was “suddenly,..so easily resolved”???

    Rumours spreading next door that Dr M will soon “relook” and “investigate” into this deal.

    Lets face the facts and reality,….Dr M is known to be a very “persistent” person…and he is “all out” to “dig out” Botak’s past “mis deeds” as well as his “accomplice” ( if any )

    Lets put it this way,…nobody is accusing anybody for now,….and according to sources…its just a “routine” re-check.

    will a thief say loudly in public, I am a thief?

    surely not.

    Dr Mahatir at one of the election rallies talked about najib kaki in agc. apandi. Dr Mahatir found it amazing this najib kaki can read all the reports in a few days and declare najib nothing wrong.

    when a thief has agc bank negara cpib police all under his thumb, the only way for the thief to be caught is when there is regime change. otherwise, the apandi types, when there is S$m there is apandi types, declare always and loudly, there is nothing wrong with thief.

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  • good dog pap.guarantee:

    @PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019:
    November 11, 2018 at 9:25 pm (Quote)
    Khush Chopra:
    This is a stout defence of our right to freedom of expression.

    Please lah, freedom comes with responsibility.

    Freedom of expression does not mean you anyhow go about shooting off your big mouth without supported evidence……

    Response:

    yeah you have a point…BUT your god lhl still a corrupted asshole. Do not cover fire with paper. You will be rich soon. S$1.00 = M$5.00 very soon with your plp, maybe S$1.00 = M$10.00 Keep sucking his dic* and lick his ass with shit your dream may come true.

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  • opposition dude:

    The FACT that Singapore was involved in 1MDB’s money laundering is enough for us all, there won’t be much coming from the authorities to investigate this matter because they know they are all guilty anyway.

    But when it comes to the opposition running their town council boy oh boy do you see just how much info was revealed to the public in order to give us all the impression of just how vile and unscruplous WP is.

    So the moral of the story is “If they make a mistake it’s a small thing but when the opposition makes a mistake it’s the end of the world”

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  • Bad Boy:

    @ http://www.sarawakreport.org/2018/09/jho-low-has-offered-a-deal-to-the-doj-exclusive/

    Well, everybody seems to miss one point or perhaps deliberate or naively ignore.

    China or her hands in it. The report says it all .

    Guess that saying not our land one inch China also dont want is overturned. An pretty good example for a Boldface lie perhaps ???

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  • NotMuchTimeLeft:

    So malu if these allegations turn out to be true.
    At least this young man Alex, has already grown balls of steel..which is more than i can say of the 70% sgs still following the piped piper ,( of Hamelin -as in the famous fairy tale)..who will only lead them to their dooms.

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  • Bapak:

    Here we compare Malaysians and Singaporeans. Malaysians do not have the same comfortable lives like SG have. They end up more hardy, more alert politically and react faster.

    SG, too comfortable, ends up bo-chiap, kia-si, kia-su, kia-bor, kia-chenghu, kia-own-shadow never mind, go overseas yayapapaya, jumped queue must be served first. At home, everything bo-pian, timid like a mouse.

    On security matter, this is a joke. Mat Salamat is one good example. All CID, SCDF, SPF, SAF personnel looking into the wood. Wonder who was the Commander who gave such instruction. Meanwhile, Mat limped to the roadside, waved down a taxi & went home, and later swam across the Causeway. Where were the Marines Police with all the high-tech devices installed like night vision, slightest irregular wave movement? What a joke? Should Mat Salamat writes a book on his escape, I will surely buy. Tall Order? Don’t waste money.

    And who tangkap him? Malaysia police. No need CCTV all over the country. KNN, here with CCTVs all over the country also cannot find him.

    You think we go for war can win or not? GUARANTEE SURE LOSE!!

    don't listen to instigators: will a thief say loudly in public, I am a thief?

    surely not.

    Dr Mahatir at one of the election rallies talked about najib kaki in agc. apandi. Dr Mahatir found it amazing this najib kaki can read all the reports in a few days and declare najib nothing wrong.

    when a thief has agc bank negara cpib police all under his thumb, the only way for the thief to be caught is when there is regime change. otherwise, the apandi types, when there is S$m there is apandi types, declare always and loudly, there is nothing wrong with thief.

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  • Maybe Mahathir Knows Best....:

    Since he will be here for the Asean Summit and will be confered a doctorate on 13 Nov 18, why don’t someone poses him the question?

    Knowing Mahathir, he will be glad to give a perfect answer!

    Anyone?

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  • Python 5:

    Bapak: You think we go for war can win or not? GUARANTEE SURE LOSE!!

    go to war??

    ages ago, LKY threathen msia if they cut off our water supply, we will do a Blitzkrieg on them.

    knn, look at the SAF today.. maid must carry the full pack.
    Armored vehicles kena detained in HK.
    multiple accidents and deaths in SAF.

    want to go to war… the enemy all sure die.
    Die laughing.

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  • Currying favour with Dr M:

    Theyre wining and dining Dr M all the way.
    Hosting a breakfast and luncheon banquet in his honour by PM & HC ,President HY..
    After that confered on him an honorary Doctorate of law , Later even had an orchid named after DR M & his wife.
    If all this isnt buttering up to the wiley old fox, i dunno what is!

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  • Anon:

    @Forming legal insights:

    The predicament is a result of believing in the first instance that ‘facts’ are independent, objective and hence ‘value-free’. The word fact derives from two Latin roots ‘factum’ and ‘facere’ both of which is etymologically linked to the word ‘fabrication’. The word ‘factioning’ also comes to mind as does. ‘fiction’. Facts are fabrications inextricably associated with values and assumptions. There is no value-free social science.

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  • DOOMERANG:

    FACEBOOK IS SCREWING SINKINKUS……

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  • Kirby J:

    How long can you surpress your opponents? You can’t keep suing them whenever they say something unfavourable about you.

    Stop being a vexatious litigant! After all it’s the taxpayers money that’s wasted to fund your suit.

    You’re nothing but a serial litigator, more interested in hurting your opponent rather than getting justice. That explains the backlog of cases.

    Stop abusing the court process and admit your weaknesses and faults.

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  • C T Tan:

    As what’s his father said “if someone said you are a accused and if you don’t sue then you must be”.

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  • A pic paints a thousand words:

    After reading about this “alleged scandal” Dr M must be thinking ‘its pay back time’!
    Saw on tv news last nite, how HC was clutching Mrs Mahathirs hand in hers and at one point even was arm in arm with Mrs M’s.
    Hahaha! What hypocrisy.
    All the time Dr M had on his cynical smile..must be directed to the ‘who else’!

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  • Who pay SIN or MY or SINnMY:

    Malaysia0-SIN fast rail link was delayed but who really pay the compensation for the dalay to the Contracted Builders. Singapore alone or Singapore and Malaysia.. PAP Govt has the obligation to let Singaporeans know what is really the content of the Agreement on the delay. Is imbercile a match for the old fox? Chinese has a well tested cliche Cannot look after family how can look after the nation, cannot look after the nation how can it deal with international affairs?
    PAP has spent $25 millions just to entertain two jokers? How much PAP has spent including compansation of delay of rail link construction n to get Mahathir to be unusually friendly? PAP silence is snother shady deal in the dark. Sporeans has tasted the Keppel Corp international corruption real news.
    ST reported Heng the man who didnt have the faith to talk abt his medical cost himself n has to be thru his ministry spokeman. Is the sum he pay really what a first class ward patient n heart syrgery patient of the citizenry paid. Why wasn’t the bill be posted in his Facebook to substantiate what really he has paid? The $8 claim by Kjhaw was not refuted by the govt invl LHL should be also true? Now two real news are so drastically different? Singaporeans wonder whether there is multilevel of justice also within PAP ranks n files?Now he is named by ST as one of the teo final choice of successor to Lee nepotic regime? Presumably the final choice will be who would bre a trustworthy seat warmer? Chan chun Sings has been threatening Singaporeans that he has no problem to import foreigners to replace singaporean pmets and has insultued the poor fraction of the citizenry by his arrogant flaunting of his wealth in the place n price of the food he eats. zthe wet market food vendor was without evidence from the food control officers that they serve unclean food n unclean environment n that they overcharge the food. How can Singaporeans have faith in such a snob n, trait*r as their political leader. under normal democracy, he will be expoelled from the cabinet but evidently pap is so self centred that it cannot attract any more men of substance including integrity, sensibility n dedication to the nation n not loyal to party any ore. Even tjhe siblings r casting doubtd on the leadership their father left behind, how can the ordinary citizens have any trust in pap anymore?

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  • Bad Boy:

    @ Chinese has a well tested cliche Cannot look after family how can look after the nation, cannot look after the nation how can it deal with international affairs?

    This statement and this statement alone not true . Queen Elizabeth not marry bring england up.

    Chinese history wise. Qin emperor’s mother probably 深宮怨婦 or nymphomaniac need to find a fake eunuch to satisfy her sexual desire. In the end got 2 bast**d sons which Qin emperor personally lift up and smash them to their death. Later on the Qin emperor ( although become a laughing stock to the other 6 countries ) still defeated and conquered all the 6 countries.

    Another example 項羽 in his life only love a woman but still defeated by 劉邦 a gangster or a frivolous guy who start drooling whenever he see any beauties.

    Countless examples in Chinese history plus other world history.

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