SDP Files Case Against MOM in High Court to Fight for What Little Democratic Space We Have Left in S’pore

The SDP has filed an Originating Summons against Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo in the High Court.

The legal action follows the rejection by Ms Teo of the SDP’s application for her to cancel the Correction Directions she issued under POFMA for three of our posts.

The court has set 16 January 2020, Thursday, for the hearing starting at 10 am. The SDP will not be engaging counsel but will, instead, argue the matter ourselves.

The SDP had set out its case in a detailed submission to the Minister, including statistical analyses of the MOM’s own data, explaining why she is wrong to issue the orders.

We also indicated that MOM had cited different sets of data as well as accused us of making statement that we did not make in order to support its case.

Ms Teo arrogantly dismissed our application saying that it “does not provide sufficient grounds for the cancellation of the CDs” and refused, or was unable, to back-up her allegations in her rejection of the our submissions.

We are therefore left with no choice but to pursue the matter in the High Court. We look forward to Ms Teo explaining her decision on the witness stand.

Another important reason for the SDP’s legal action is that Ms Teo’s order is an abuse of the law.

If her POFMA order succeeds, then the last holdout where important national issues are openly and robustly debated on the Internet in Singapore would be irreparably closed.

The employment of Ministerial decree to accuse the opposition of stating falsehoods when the statements are in fact true cannot be condoned.

In a political debate, the application of facts and logical reason to persuade the public must not be sacrificed for the whims and opinions of Ministers.

By her action, Ms Teo has plunged a dagger into the heart Singapore’s political system already plagued by anti-democratic rules that keep the PAP entrenched in power.

The PAP must not be allowed to be the accuser, prosecutor and judge on any political matter, let alone one like the foreign-worker issue which has been the source of much frustration and anger among Singaporeans.

If the ruling party gets away with using POFMA in such a slipshod and partisan manner, then every critic will be at its mercy.

The SDP would rather focus on the coming election campaign. But we have deliberated the matter at length and we undertake this legal action because, as difficult as it may be, we must stand up for our fellow Singaporeans and fight for what little space we have left in Singapore to uphold our democratic freedoms.

While the court of public opinion is on our side, we must nevertheless attempt to also succeed in the court of law.

This is not just the fight of the SDP but of every opposition party, every organisation and, indeed, every Singaporean who values our Pledge “to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality.”

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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12 Responses to “SDP Files Case Against MOM in High Court to Fight for What Little Democratic Space We Have Left in S’pore”

  • Harder Truths:

    Although the SPD will not win in court – we all know why – this will start the ball rolling as more worms come out of the closet. Like AIM. Also will show people how one-sided the system is.

    Overall – a win-win either way.

    Very smart move just before the election period.

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  • Asd:

    Minister use own $$ to go court ?

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  • pap joe tiu is so cock:

    Harder Truths:
    Although the SPD will not win in court – we all know why – this will start the ball rolling as more worms come out of the closet. Like AIM. Also will show people how one-sided the system is.

    Overall – a win-win either way.

    Very smart move just before the election period.

    not so fast, bro.

    true. this kan**roo clan may all BS 70% sheep.

    but. there is this wider INTERNET world.

    kan**roo clan may win this battle. but shall lose the INTERNET war.

    as soon as kan**roo opens mouth to say the obvious, spread the BS everywhere in the world with firm commentary that it is kan**roo.

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  • Intimidation and coercion:

    Marginal managers of CD… putting facts before taxpayers is similar to replying to parliamentary question . Fearing to give facts means hiding crucial data . She is funded by taxpayers monies and if u are dissatisfied with her arrogance – vote her out next . Power to the taxpayer who funded all these parliamentarian . Asking for corrections mean she have to put out facts (the correct ones) .

    The arrogance is shown with her saying …(I am a woman) you don’t need a lot of space for sex . See my legs are long and u lift them ip to have sex .. so u don’t need alot of space .. ( I know I am woman) KNN . This sort of arrogance is pervasive throughout the nominated ranking pigs .. time for activism to turn our creative city around

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  • First world parliamentarian:

    To say please correct .. in same breathe say after Yu correct I will give tu the facts .. just to say Yu correct without telling public what is the correct facts is saying “believe me .. I know better but there is no need to tell Yu” welcome to first world parliamentarian

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  • Justice must prevail:

    SDP, Singaporeans are finally seeing some positive light on the notorious POFMA that has been unjust, which suppresses democratic freedom in our country.

    We are now beginning to realise what JB Jeyaretnam was fighting for all the years till his death. As a democratic country, we the citizens of Singapore have lost the basic right to question the Govt which we had voted in. Of course, many Singaporeans were coerced into voting for PAP as they painted a very bleak picture of the Opposition candidates via Character-Assignation tactics.

    It’s a pity that the 70% sheep population has only just started to wake up to reality.

    Singaporeans have many questions on Govt’s nonsenses and we NEED answers on CECA, CPF, Mrs Pinky’s salary, Jobs..etc

    SDP please go all the way out. Singaporeans are behind you. Josephine Teo’s arrogance needs to be fixed. Next target should be CCS.

    SDP is fighting to build a democratic society for all Singaporeans, based on Justice and Equality.
    The World also wants to know if our Legal System is impartial on this case.

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  • Tell Sgreans Ugly Truth:

    Must make sure as many singaporeans kmow about this as possible.

    Unless my guess is correct that most of them are not so smart, brainwashed, then they should be able to see through the papaya.

    Clearly, they are abusing their authorities.

    Citizens are bigger than civil servants.
    We are their masters. This is something most of us have forgotten.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Good for you SDP…time to put this Idiotic B in her place and sent her packing…Hastlavista!!! as she once said in a conference… stoopid silly woman trying to impress when she is an IDIOT!!!

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  • speak for us:

    Will Khush Chopra, anti-POFMA public speaker, social commentator on TR, be presenting his opinion on the stand, and be prepared to be rigorously cross-examined by the best SCs MOM can afford to hire? To have spoken at a seminar and at Hong LIm Park is mere civic participation, please, Khush Chopra, don’t pass up this chance to speak truth to power.

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  • Our National Pledge:

    We, the citizens of Singapore,
    pledge ourselves as one united people,
    regardless of race, language or religion,
    to build a democratic society
    based on justice and equality
    so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
    and progress for our nation.

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  • Money no buy prostate:

    speak for us:
    Will Khush Chopra, anti-POFMA public speaker, social commentator on TR, be presenting his opinion on the stand, and be prepared to be rigorously cross-examined by the best SCs MOM can afford to hire? To have spoken at a seminar and at Hong LIm Park is mere civic participation, please, Khush Chopra, don’t pass up this chance to speak truth to power.

    Although Khush appear very timid when speaking, he is surprisingly one of the bravest in singapore since most of us dare not even do what he did.

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  • George:

    Khaw BW and Tan CJ are part of a regime that does not care for what little democratic space we have in Singapore, vote for opposition and VOTE THEM OUT !

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