Statement by Jolovan Wham on his latest alleged offence

The Singapore police force has deliberately mischaracterised the photo I took on December 13 in which I held a piece of A4 sized paper, urging the Singapore government to drop charges against Mr Terry Xu and Mr Daniel De Costa for the alleged offence of criminal defamation.

In both the Channel News Asia and Straits Times articles, the police said that I had written to them in November to apply for a permit to stage a protest outside the State Courts and that the permit was rejected. It was reported that I was fully aware that a permit was needed but I still went ahead with the said protest even though it is a prohibited area under the Public order Act.

However, the application that the police referred to was for an event I wanted to organise on human rights day (December 10) last year outside the State Courts. The current investigation is for a photo I had taken on December 13 and has nothing to do with the human rights day event I tried to obtain a permit for. For the police to mention my application of this event together with the photo I took on December 13 is misleading.

In their rejection email dated December 5 for the human rights day event, it was also not mentioned that the reason for not granting a permit for the State Courts protest was because it was a prohibited area.

The ‘event’ on December 13 was not a protest. My intention was to take a picture to post on social media to show my solidarity with the two men. If it was meant to be an outdoor protest, I would not have left immediately after the photo of me was taken.

The police also told the media that I have a ‘wilful disregard of Singapore’s laws’. What is more accurate is that the government shows a blatant disregard for the rights of citizens to assemble peacefully as guaranteed under our constitution.

Moreover, as the photograph clearly shows, I was the only person holding up the sign. To characterise my act as an assembly is to defile the English language for political ends. The Oxford dictionary defines an assembly as a ‘group of people gathered together for a common purpose’.

Singapore cannot call itself a developed nation and a democracy if it continues to criminalise peaceful acts where even a photo op is criminalised. The Public Order Act was enacted in 2009 for the purpose of preserving public order and the safety of individuals. It is mind boggling that investigations for this were initiated and my personal mobile phone was confiscated for an action which did not cause any harm.

 

Jolovan Wham

 

 

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19 Responses to “Statement by Jolovan Wham on his latest alleged offence”

  • Simple As That !:

    Laws are make by law makers. Pro people law makers make mostly pro the people law. Pro a Party people law makers make mostly pro the party law.

    A well balanced parliament make laws that balance all sides. A one sided parliament make laws to better suit the one side.

    so when you disregard the laws make by just one party, you are simply disregarding what that one party wants you to do or not to do

    Simple as that !

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  • N.Jungne:

    Got say Protected Area, no photograph or Selfie? No then say dunno leh

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  • Dan Dan:

    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees _ _ _

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  • RDB:

    Dictators must even crimenalise even or con the general public who knows not. Cowards always use the power in their hands at their disposal even when it is wrong to do so. Blame it also on the majority who keep returning them to power.

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  • Great Asia:

    亦步亦趋!

    Everything the Angmoh monkeys do, shallow Asian monkeys will follow!

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Great Asia:

    Bananas do not represent Chinese Singaporeans. Bananas also don’t represent the rest of the Singaporeans.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The TWO types of Law…LEEgal & Legal…until a Dynasty is Destroyed the LEEgal aspect of the Law will APPLY…Likewise, there are TWO types of Singaporeans The People and Sheeple

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    A “one person ASSEMBLY” is a meaningless term, like saying waterless water. That law is therefore nonsense, so inapplicable.

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  • Tatman:

    Better to show respect and support for Jolovan Wham than those LGBTs who had already abandoned him only to campaign for their own preferred lifestyle.

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  • HarderTruths:

    You are a good man Jolovan and you believe in the law.

    That is all well and good – except you are not living in a democracy but a facist state where right or wrong do not matter.

    The old man put his ‘friend’ in prison for 30+ years and got rid of all all the other old guard who really built up $G. His son can slap MP’s and put 16-year olds in prison just for saying things he did not like.

    You need to remember in this island there is no rule of law – only rule of who is in charge. When they want something done to someone they always find a way.

    You need to wise up. You are still young so don;t throw your life away.

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  • LIONS:

    Maybe,your photo op would be displayed at MAUSOLEUM if your photo depicts GOD Li KON You as Supreme?

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  • Just a kinky thought, if Jolovan had held a photo of the late God of No Mercy and upload it to the same socio-media account, would the police have investigated him too?

    Anyone willing to try? lol

    .

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  • phooto all over the world:

    Can everyone help spread the above photo showing a lone Jolovan Wham holding an A4 paper protesting outside the State Courts, all over the world to let the world know that the PAP government jailed him for doing just that?

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  • An Orwellian State:

    So what LHL said is true. Public resources are now used like a private force to fix opponents.

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  • thumbs up for Jolovan:

    ridiculous as F**k!
    how to respect & give this SGov our votes?
    think hard, people.

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  • PEOPLE CONSTITUTION RT=PAP OU:

    Arrogance of politicoan ted by citizens is stupidity. Going against the interests.n governing against the benefits of the electorates n their dependence is evil n god forbid as it is violating the oath the politicoan has sworn on the head of their professed God voa His Holy Book. Constitution is sacred n demands total respect and unreserved honoring of all citizens n more so of those elected to form the government to govern in strict accordance with the Constitution. Violating the Constitution is criminal n should be dealt with by the public institutions defined n guaranteed independrnce from the Power therebe. This implies bootlicking, , ballcarrying, fart worming n polanpaing by the chief operating officer n staff in these regulating institutions r criminal n severely dealth with. What LHY/LWL have alledged of bureaucratic compliance is really criminal acts
    Freedom, equality n justice r significant tenets of democracy n depriving a citizen of them is criminal. But all these r only addressed in SIN by the regulating public institutions depending on political affiliation or as LKY arrogantly n declared that any citizen not with hom or opposing his policy r his enemies n would be relentlessly prosecuted by hos humongous harem pf polanpas. Criminal acts are legalized!

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  • rukidding:

    Like I said,….”Crooked Leeders breeds crooked followers”

    “Crooked followers breeds crooked workers” !!

    Beginning to feel “unsafe” in this place,….more like a “Communist” cuntry ….At best,…like Burma, Cambodia, North Korea

    Regressing everyday,…but Leeders getting more and more “fat, bolder, abusive and arrogant” every each day !

    Blame ourselves,….we “stupidly” gave away our rights to them !

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  • Please lah !!:

    Singaporean Chinese are not China Chinese. Singaporean Chinese would rather be called “banana” than China Chinese.

    There are more true “banana”, those born in China but left China, all over the world. More than the entire population of SG. None want to ‘go home’ because they are doing very well as “banana”!

    Great Asia:
    Bananas do not represent Chinese Singaporeans. Bananas also don’t represent the rest of the Singaporeans.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Agree, Phooto all over the world.
    That is a Good idea.
    We are afterall, Lumpar One in everything. Usually, the not-so-nice aspects of life…

    phooto all over the world:
    Can everyone help spread the above photo showing a lone Jolovan Wham holding an A4 paper protesting outside the State Courts, all over the world to let the world know that the PAP government jailed him for doing just that?

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