SDP to Apply for POFMA Hearing to be Heard in Open Court

The POFMA case between the SDP and MOM will be heard in the High Court on Thursday, 16 Jan.

Unfortunately, the matter is scheduled to be heard in Chambers (6F) rather than open court. This means that the public and media will not be allowed to attend.

The SDP will, however, apply to the judge to have the case heard in open court. This will be the first thing we do when the session is convened on Thursday morning. If the judge allows our application, the case will, presumably, be transferred to and continued in Court 6F.

Given that the matter has drawn widespread and intense public interest, the SDP is of the view that the case be open to the public.

Not only has the matter of POFMA been strongly criticised by the opposition, civil society and the general public as an unfair weapon of the ruling party, the issue of foreign PMETs flooding Singapore is also a controversial policy that has gripped the attention of Singaporeans.

Given that these two issues will be hotly debated and decided by Singaporeans in the looming GE, the SDP will appeal to the judge to make the hearing open to the public.

As Lord Atkin once noted “Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion, and the surest of all guards against improbity.”

 

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33 Responses to “SDP to Apply for POFMA Hearing to be Heard in Open Court”

  • Homeless Cat:

    Let us have this in the open. There is nothing here that contravenes the Internal Secrets Act (or whatever).

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    As government is so sure of its case, it’s in their interest to have the public hear it?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Correct. It should be in open court but it won’t because it would be “inconsistent” with PAP “policy of opaqueness” (not open and transparent, just apply “spin” using MSM and “terrorize” those who do not believe into silence and conformity).

    That is why Singapore needs a regime change to make it a real democracy with real accountability.

    PAP is a “spent force”. LKY is dead and he is NEVER coming back.

    The PAP should be buried with LKY so Singaporeans can have a better future.

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  • Crooked PAP:

    I don’t think the military junta will allow the case to be heard in full review of the public. Expecting all the Organs of the State to be utilised to safeguard the unpopular POFMA and throw the case out of the window.

    The very reason SDP has challenged the Govt in the High Court, it is an embarrassment already. Now, global News agencies are watching on the probable outcome of this case.

    Singaporeans will want to see the impartiality of the Judiciary, not to be labelled as a Kangaroo Court.

    PAP is slowly and surely losing ground as the 70% Sheep population is also very unhappy on CECA, CPF, Ministers Salary, pro-FT policies and PMET jobs.

    Confident POFMA will backfire PAP for it’s unpopularity and injustice to Singaporeans.

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  • Bapak:

    It seems like SG is run by Secret Society.
    Job data – secret,
    Charge sheet – secret,
    Halfman-halfwoman’s salary – secret,
    Court hearing – also secret. Why? Why? Why?

    Perhaps, they know a lot of governments are closely watching them ready to make them the joke of the day on how to apply “inside is not within” theory!

    When government run things so secretly, is time to change government.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The Bastard put people BEHIND bars in a Blue Gate Prison and NOTHING is heard again

    The Hearing will be BEHIND closed doors as Evil is afraid the Light might make them FADE!!!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Malu things cannot be open lah. Just like how to show an Indian is a Malay!

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  • Be Prepared:

    Better do a trail run on all possible angle of arguments and surprises and don’t look blank in court including when being denied of open court hearing or limited to Pro se. Did you applied for the DTS?

    Your win is important as it will show to others the weakness of the PAP but nevertheless you have already Won many Singaporeans supports, regardless.

    It would be interesting to confirm the degrees of the rots.

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  • qualify in attending:

    //Unfortunately, the matter is scheduled to be heard in Chambers (6F) rather than open court. This means that the public and media will not be allowed to attend.//

    aiyoh, must be some really complex and chim engagement that is going to take place that the public & media are not be fit enough to understand for it to be in open cork lar ? the public & media need to have the kind of special talent good enough to decipher 4 = 5 and selected = elected to qualify in attending lar ????

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  • Robin:

    What the hell, is the issue about national security or what?

    We were not born yesterday.

    Things in Pinky’s dictatorship are becoming more and more ridiculous.

    All his yes men MPs dare not to open their mouth!!! Shame on them.

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  • Realistically:

    The SDP should also argue for OPEN COURT hearing per LORD SHAW OF DUNFERMLINE (read by Lord Atkinson) in Scott v Scott [1913] AC 417 that:

    “It is needless to quote authority on this topic from legal, philosophical, or historical writers. It moves Bentham over and over again. “In the darkness of secrecy, sinister interest and evil in every shape have full swing. Only in proportion as publicity has place can any of the checks applicable to judicial injustice operate. Where there is no publicity there is no justice.” “Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion and the surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself while trying under trial.” “The security of securities is publicity.” (Found around 2/3 of judgment

    Link: https://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKHL/1913/2.html

    Scott v Scott is affirmed in the Singapore case of:

    Tan Chi Min v The Royal Bank of Scotland [2013] SGHC 154

    Link: https://www.supremecourt.gov.sg/docs/default-source/default-document-library/services/s939_11-tan-chi-min-v-the-rbs.pdf

    The SDP’s POFMA application MUST BE HELD IN OPEN COURT in the PUBLIC INTEREST.

    Good luck SDP!

    This is what I mean by being UNITED and working together in the public interest of JUSTICE and the RULE OF LAW.

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  • Realistically:

    What SDP must do is to print out the Scott v Scott judgment; highlight the relevant passage and give a copy to the judge, the opposing party (I think the AGC) with one copy for the SDP…………..the judge would have NO EXCUSE not to hold hearing in public.

    Also print out a copy with the relevant highlight of the Tan Chi Min case for the judge, AGC and for SDP.

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  • Gongkias will vote pap again:

    One ministers says, “I don’t think we have anything to hide”. How about repeating that statement again?

    So let us all hear the case in the open court?!

    Remember, “….to build a democratic society, based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.”

    Justice is about being fair. So let’s do it….. in the open court.

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  • Realistically:

    By the way, the case for open court hearings is made out by the JUDGE in the Tan Chi Min case, so just quote from that case…..no need to be too smart.

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  • arguments and surprises:

    //Better do a trail run on all possible angle of arguments and surprises and don’t look blank in court including when being denied of open court hearing or limited to Pro se. Did you applied for the DTS?//

    all possible angle of arguments and surprises ? then white idiots declare 4 = 5 and selected = elected, and everyone will look so blank ?

    aiyoh ? until now still a lot of people do not understand how the white monkey idiots work ? it is not how good or perfect your angle of arguments and surprises are in dealing with the white idiots ?

    it is how “”"GOOD”"” the ‘arguments and surprises’ of the white idiots are – e.g like 4 = 5 and selected = elected that make everyone look ‘blank’ and ‘speechless’ ?

    the white idiots can act and say things so ‘stupig’ (suddenly putting you in a backfoot beyond your expectation) that only an equivalent tok kok ‘stupig’ arguments can counter (which no good people with good sense will bring themselves to such AH BENG level) ?

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  • Abuse of Powers:

    Abuse of Powers knows no bounds……..from deadly to Pinkly! ………to lychin

    In chambers means the judge can say anything without pinkly listening, huh?

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  • Truth:

    pap, dont just anyhow implement ur law on people, show the world you can follow it properly first else you are shaming yourself.If you can’t follow your own law properly, dont go round using it on others, idiot.

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  • Blue Sotong:

    @arguments and surprises:
    People like you is as good as the living dead.

    Learn from Pritam Singh [vs CCC], regardless of the attack/replies, just put your witted bold and sound arguments forward and let People be the final judge come Election. Don’t be shocked and blanked and muted.

    Go there, deliver your pay-loads, come whatever the outcomes. The withdrawal of the POFMA order is inconsequential. The important is the numbers of voters you won over.

    arguments and surprises:
    //Better do a trail run on all possible angle of arguments and surprises and don’t look blank in court including when being denied of open court hearing or limited to Pro se. Did you applied for the DTS?//

    all possible angle of arguments and surprises ? then white idiots declare 4 = 5 and selected = elected, and everyone will look so blank ?

    aiyoh ? until now still a lot of people do not understand how the white monkey idiots work ? it is not how good or perfect your angle of arguments and surprises are in dealing with the white idiots ?

    it is how “””GOOD””” the ‘arguments and surprises’ of the white idiots are – e.g like 4 = 5 and selected = elected that make everyone look ‘blank’ and ‘speechless’ ?

    the white idiots can act and say things so ‘stupig’ (suddenly putting you in a backfoot beyond your expectation) that only an equivalent tok kok ‘stupig’ arguments can counter (which no good people with good sense will bring themselves to such AH BENG level) ?

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  • Considering Ethics:

    “Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will. The nations morals are like its teeth, the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them.”

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    We must ALWAYS be RIGHT ALL THE TIME no matter what.

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  • Crooked PAP:

    Dr Chee, Best wishes to you !

    Singaporeans are all behind you, including those sheep who have become pro-Opposition to POFMA.

    We want Josephine Teo to apologize and retract her statements.

    Down with POFMA !!

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  • Flickshit:

    If the law is so useful. Why not let the independent party to decide whether there is fake news or not. And t cannot be the Minister decide the ruling and protect themselves for telling lies and spread fake news themselves.

    Are we living in the animals world or stone age……??

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  • Asd:

    Let’s see if the main Stream media are reporter or repeater or are on tilt

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  • What is PAP hiding?:

    If miws r telling the truth & being absolutely transparent, why must insist on closed door hearing?
    So suspicious.
    No respect for those judges sitting in either.
    Must remember their salaries paid by whom?
    So whose side will they lean towards?

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  • Not a pretty pic:

    Nothing pretty happens behind closed doors..

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  • Truu:

    POFMA hearing should be transparent.
    It will be a lesson for all.
    Why not allow media n other interested parties to attend?
    Nothing to hide.

    Truth is truth like MILK-is-milk, mah?

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  • pap is the culprit:

    whether pofma or no pofma, we vote OPPO.

    pofma, we vote OPPO.

    no pofma, we vote against pap.

    heads, we vote OPPO. tails we vote against pap.

    so simple. nothing much to worry about.

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  • PAP definitely traitorous:

    Minister MOM Ms JTeo announced a seemingly bigger threat to employers shunning locals in their recruitment is effectively owing pap relentlessly persuing a worse enslaving Singaporeans in their policy, thus betraying their Oath sworn before CJ on their saviour of their faith, betraying the Constitution n Singaporeans! Why should there be a cap of monthly salary of $15000 n not regardlessly of the salary scale. This s not only humiliating Singaporeans but the NatioN of a complete lack of talent. That sort. Of attitude is the iconic behaviour of a trait** of the worst kind. Singaporeans ould by now more convinced of the grwoiNg traitorous ty of. pAP n should g et rid of theas sooN as poSsible before the aliens completely enslave the citizenry. Traitors should definitely be removed and put iN cold sjtorage eternally. The so called new regime is stupid besides being traitors to the nation. Singaporean Pmets should remember the threat issued by Chan CS in his Buttbook that HE Has NO PROBLEM to import aliens to replace them in response to the dkissatifaction of pap policy on employment. This is issjued after the 2014 new policy referred to by JTeo! Don’t u see, Singaporeans, PAP is taking the role of the pacifier n threateners. Besides LHY n LWL allegation looms truer with seconds. A compliant bureaucacy will always cover up n rule on laws in favour of the new regime n whatevier in it! Just see how LHL goes after ONC when just repeating what lhy lwl allegation when he .dfailed to challenged them in the Court of laws ahnd according to the concerted declaration of Late LKY, GCT n he himself, any allegation which is uncontested in a Court of Laws will be taken as self admission that it is true n the culprit should resign. There is no contest in a Court of Law n no resignation. in plain Words, the tripahrtite declaration is pure lies n bullshits. Facts remains the ONC case should be thrown out but is it?

    Singaporeans, for the sake of your children vote these traitors n entire PAP out before you are accomplices to enslaving all your children calling the alien trash as sirs n maims. Singapore is our land n we r the masters not pap n its alien idols. Kick them out before the real enslavement policy succedds n satisfy the escalating greeds at all cost including being traitors not only to the Nation but to their faith to whom they have sworn to serbe Singapore n Singaporeans’ interests n benefits. We have many talents, otherwise pap will not be what they r today. No bias on employing singaporeans at ANY salary n definitely NOT only less tan $15000, high executive position right up to CEO. We must have our own people up there. It is well known that if you have a polanpa on top it will always employ polanpa. Just equate polanpa to any alien national. Thonk!

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  • PAP definitely has CB:

    Not open court, not surprising by the uncontested hence allegations r facts as put forward by late LKY,s daughter n younger son of compliant bureaucrats. As chinese wise sage warned Any things done in the dark r not wholesome but evil. Those involved in such activities areso named as the generation of rats. But be assured the coming year is the year of the rats n anyone demeaning them n do evil will be punished accoutding to the geomacidts. Rats steal becos of basic necessities of sustenance but nthry have evolved to come out from the dark n be pets. But to called greedy human not able to live like what humans do n hAve no human values in them be called generation of rats is not only tnsults to the rat recognized as one the the twelve divine animals but also insult the heavenly Gods. So the year of rats is the time for them to seek justice for such human insults. Remember how the Chinese refer greedy evil shits in human form with no human vales as not comparable to pigs n dogs. The so called new punks n punks consists of such creature nondescripts with zero human values including integrity, responsibility, honesty that differentiate the human species from all living things. Their greeds n evils to satisfy their greeds pit them beneath all living nom parasitic species.

    Compliant bureaucrats dares not face the public in delivering justice, a big joke. Is cowardice a distinguishing code of compliant bureaucrats! Late LKY struggled hard to gain recognition abroad but within a tyrant extremo for no tyrant would demean his people for being daft unlike LKY, brain yet brainless for doing in stupidity. Nevertheless his fame will be trashed by his deciple who only learn his shits n not his wits sine excessive arrogance n huge ego which r his shits that the new regime learn. In short the new regimes are egocentic, greedy n traitorous to feed their greeds, which r the contageous disease legacy he left to them. This completely messed up his name n foreign reputation. Perhaps he really have foresight that the new regime he left behind is of such damnation that he has fear in leaving any structural memorial of himself lest the future generations of Singaporeans would treat him like Chin Quai, the Traitorous Chinese Primier of the Song dynasty even till today!

    Vote these political scums out n you will see the CB or harem of rambling to find new hosts n will be the best condemning witnesses on the evils of the PAP NR! We may retrieve our CPF from these greeds. Like Trump, his tax returns n bank past statements will tell all!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Typical. If it makes them look bad – hide it.

    How can something affecting all $G citizens be hidden like this? Everything o controlled by them.

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  • Bad Boy:

    ” It seems like SG is run by Secret Society. ”

    Thats chinese culture.

    【君不密则失臣,臣不密则失身,几事不密则害成】or

    君不密则失臣,臣不密则失身,机事不密则害成。是以君子慎密而不出也。

    And yet there another saying

    君子坦蕩蕩 or 光明正大 …

    Which is one big bs !

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  • Bapak:

    There is one more secret I forget to mention.

    Who is the Accuse going around filming women taking shower? – SECRET!

    Victims don’t mind but SG law said: “Gag order is to protect the victims wor!” Do out judges know they are protecting the Accuse too?

    Bapak:
    It seems like SG is run by Secret Society.
    Job data – secret,
    Charge sheet – secret,
    Halfman-halfwoman’s salary – secret,
    Court hearing – also secret. Why? Why? Why?

    Perhaps, they know a lot of governments are closely watching them ready to make them the joke of the day on how to apply “inside is not within” theory!

    When government run things so secretly, is time to change government.

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  • Realistically:

    Ranting and whining on and on and on and on and on and on …until the cows come home, would NOT solve anything. This has gone on for years and years and years……….about a the court being likened to the Australian marsupials.

    I have offered people here the FACTS & THE LAWS pertaining to the (more than) injustices………giving people MY case numbers.

    What those who keep rambling and KPKB about the judges and civil service being “compliant” should better do is to organise a rally at HLP with tens of thousands attending………a UNITED EFFORT by all supposed oppos and those who want the RULE OF LAW against the scums.

    As I said, Lim Tean, in his appeal for Leong Sze Hian against the High Court decision to strike out his counter-claim talked about using Govt machinery………but when asked specifically by the CJ whether govt machinery included the judiciary, Lim Tean backed off…………..

    I said I would have taken the witness stand and give the FACTS & THE LAW of judges breaching their oath of office pursuant to the First Schedule (Form 6) of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore and the concomitant breach of Article 12 (1) read with Articles 2 and 4 of the Constitution ……..once and for all, for the public to know the integrity or otherwise of the judiciary………….toking cok for the sake of toking cok is a total waste of time.

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