Mother of ‘Willy Sum’ relates how they were ‘ambushed’ by the police

Ms Judy Tan, the mother of “Willy Sum” (not his real name) has written to TR Emeritus (TRE) relating how she and her son was ambushed by the police after Willy Sum was accused of “criminal defamation” by the The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA, which made a police report.

Willy Sum had written an article titled “The take away from Seah Kian Ping’s [sic] Facebook post”, which was published on The Online Citizen on 4th September.

As the contents of her email is hard to paraphrase (to retain its intended meaning), TRE is reproducing her entire email in verbatim below.

The authorities are alleging that my son and Mr Xu are conspirators to publish the article in question and we having been in constant contact with Mr Xu is simply ridiculous. We do not possess his cell phone number!

If I am not wrong, this is one of the rare time in Singapore’s history that Criminal Defamation had been invoked to deal with two civilians. They were not used previously on The Late Hon. J B Jeyaratnam and Dr Chee Soon Juan.

My son and I were surrounded by police around 2.30pm yesterday at the void deck, which caused a mini commotion among our neighbours sitting below and attracted curious onlookers. We were told to cancel our Grab booking and disallowed to go anywhere.

We were then escorted up by the officers who conveyed to us their intention of seizing our electronics regardless of ownership of the items, armed with court warrants.

In the flat, my son was being queried extensively on his association with a childhood friend, his activist activities and a confirmation of what police had gathered about my son from relatives and friends. My younger siblings contacts and addresses were also taken to facilitate further investigations. I remain disturbed at such excessive surveillance on two very ordinary civilians while criminal investigations on the abandoned “Masarati” case at Senette Estate, cheating by IOC and Cuffz holdings amongst other pressing cases remains inconclusive.

We were treated as though we are big time criminals with absolutely no rights! I wonder why it is legal for the authorities to keep tabs on us while illegal for us to do the same to them?

The IO then brought my son to the staircase landing where they had a “private conversation” and I can second guess where that was leading to. After 2 hours, police proceeded to impound the items and informed us of “consequences” should they uncover anything incriminating from the devices. My son asked for assurances that passwords or other personal info not be divulged to other parties but police were unable to provide the confirmation.

State-approved media later spun the story out of context in the evening, implying that people can lose faith in the PAP following this publication when no one has even step forward to claim so! The only barometer to gauge this will be conclusion of the next General Elections.

I vividly recalled Ms Sylvia Lim’s speeches on the 38 Oxley Rd saga and the amendment to the Presidential Election, to halt “tampering” with the Constitution and “safeguard” the Public Institutions before it is too late! Is that considered defamatory as well?

I am only a low wage admin worker drawing a meagre salary and took 11 months to painstakingly save up $680 to plan a small scale celebration for my birthday next Friday. This has presently been destroyed yesterday once police disallowed us to leave the Country and UOB refusing to refund the money paid.

I understand State strategy to be draining the financial resources of litigants until they are crushed into pleading guilty!

My son has since taken ill from this undue episode with gastronomic condition and massive migraine! He will be requesting a later date for statement taking as he is not in the right frame to do a recording at the moment.

I feel very distressed and vulnerable going through this alone as my religious community is based overseas and have no one to turn to after my husband died 7 years back. Does not help with no safeguards in the law to guarantee my son and I will not be arrested when we step out of the house for breakfast tomorrow morning?

Meanwhile, TRE understands that “Willy Sum” has been questioned by the police on Monday (26th Nov) and has not been arrested.

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Responses to “Mother of ‘Willy Sum’ relates how they were ‘ambushed’ by the police”

  • LIONS:

    Is this our country anymore?
    Do we look like First World,civilised n free?

    Only sgs like Wily n his mum can tell the truth…

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  • LIONS:

    Talk about upholding truths n jystice.
    What about LEE SHENG-WU.
    WORLD CHAMPION ORATOR,POTENTIAL LEADERSHIP MATERIAL,THINKS N SPEAKS BETTER THAN CHAN KEE CHIU,I DARE SAY,and still?
    Kena chased away.

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  • But:

    But …. Taiwan ….maybe mistaken as run road plus no extradition treaty ?

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  • migrate:

    Please consider migrating to a good country. Even with minimum wage, you will save back your $680 quickly.

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  • Bapak:

    It has been like this all along bro. Just that there were no social media, FB & TRE then. Tan Wah Piow, Francis Seow & lately Toh Soh Lan had got thru that kind of treatments & no one came to help. This IS the Singapore and will ALWAYS be under PAP. Vote to change.

    LIONS:
    Is this our country anymore?
    Do we look like First World,civilised n free?

    Only sgs like Wily n his mum can tell the truth…

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  • PAP don't be too Proud:

    I want to ask the garment, do you need such brute force ambush onto your own citizen for such defamation case causing so much loses onto them and frighten the parents unnecessarily?. The matter is small enough that until now there are no charges against them. You see, We are not talking about murderers or rapist or drugs here. Why so intolerant of your fellow Singaporeans.?

    Singapore should compensate them for all the losses if end up there are no cases against them.

    I also want to tell the PAP not to be too proud of themselves and remind them that their reign expired in 2011.

    I am hoping that any new garment will teach these people how to behave like human and fellow Singaporean and return them 100 folds of what they deserve.

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  • Against oppression:

    We have seen a lot of these in movies. The rich bullies the poor. The powerful oppress the weak. Tyrants abuses their power. Send their militia men or hunchmen to intimidate citizens over the slightest things or those who don’t toll their line. I can already imagine what Judy TAN and his Son has gone thro. Obviously the process is to instill fear so that Willy Sum and others will behave accordingly. We are supposed to be developed but we are actually still living in ancient times oppressed by those in power. We must reject such oppression.

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  • save singapore:

    Big bullies!!!

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  • HarderTruths:

    Willy Sum should have known what was going to happen – look to Amos Yee for guidance. Some people still think we have rule of law. If you past anything on Facebook under your own name you are begging for them to come take you away.

    I keep telling the 70% this is a police state and always has been one. They keep telling me I am wrong. I guess the 70% need to find out the hard way.

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  • Who is Seah Kian Peng?:

    Is he a MP?

    Causing Singaporeans alot of distress lately!

    Can we vote him out at the next GE?

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  • 逼上梁山 總兵頭【林 沖】:

    Wanna join me, guys? Need a hundred and seven of you.

    Look me up on top of “108”!
    (Not Shibuya 108 lah, but Mount Liang 108, okay? Local branch would be 108 Lim Tua Tow Road – go google.)

    Throw out the Oxxxlee hakkanin, vote in the Hougang tiochius!
    Long live Mount Liang 108!!!

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  • WakeupSG:

    There are many rights that could be considered essential in a democratic state.

    Five major citizens’ rights are freedom of speech, the right to a fair and public trial, the right to due process, the right to vote freely, and the right to worship freely. Governments that do not ensure one or more of these rights are not usually considered democratic.

    Based on the above considerations, SG IS AN UNDEMOCRATIC NATION!

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  • Cut them:

    People must curtail PAP Arrogance!

    By at least HALF to send a real message to them.

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  • Double standards:

    The world should stop awarding our country anymore accolades.
    No more ‘Best’this or that in the world!
    Even the awards won locally are sometimes questionable.

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  • WakeupSG:

    The SPF obviously is ignorant wrt citizens’ constitutional rights to freedom of expression that does not threaten national security!

    https://singaporelegaladvice.com/law-articles/right-to-freedom-of-speech-and-expression-singapore

    Singapore has faced criticism from around the world over its censorship laws. This has resulted in discussions on whether the right to freedom of speech and expression even exists in Singapore.

    Does the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression Exist in Singapore?
    The right to freedom of speech and expression in Singapore is actually constitutionally guaranteed in Article 14 of the Singapore Constitution.

    Only Singapore citizens are granted this right. In addition, the Singapore Parliament is entitled to restrict the right in 2 situations:

    1. Where the restrictions are designed to:
    ●Protect the privileges of Parliament
    ●Provide against any contempt of court, defamation or incitement to any offence.

    2. Where Parliament considers that doing so is necessary or expedient in the interest of:
    ●Singapore’s security
    ●Friendly relations with other countries
    ●Public order
    ●Morality

    For example, section 298 of the Penal Code makes it an offence to utter a word within hearing distance of a person, with the deliberate intention to wound that person’s religious or racial feelings. This restriction can be said to be in the interest of public order, due to the need to maintain racial and religious harmony in Singapore.

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  • rukidding:

    More like North Korea ?

    No wonder”that small boy” was so eager to “sponsor” the meeting here ??

    Same, same “mindset” ???

    Anyway,…no worries lah !

    My “crystal ball” says that there will be “chaos” soon …a “chaos” that is for the “better” and not the “worst” !

    Stay “Tuned”

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  • Game over:

    This is how they harassed people.

    Only like Malaysia change of govt will change how they act..

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  • Voting onlybway:

    only way is to bote them out

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  • taken for granted:

    Sporeans have been taken for granted to the absurbed extent that they can be derogated n bullied. Its tome to vote them out to show that citizens offer of mandate to govern is only in their best interest n benefits n not to be teatened to. be booted out by their foteign trash import

    . It is Sporeans perogative to boot ttors notffore s to bully the citizenry. CrappOut.

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  • AnT:

    Just after they treat ordinary citizens like dirt, they expect them to unite to protect their massive assets.

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