They stood up for a maid – They’ll stand up for us

Ms Parti Liyani

The case involving the former Chairman of the Changi Airport Group, Mr. Liew Mun Leong and his Indonesian maid has helped to spark off the old age debate on equality in Singapore. If you read enough of the online chatter, you will notice that there is common thread – Singapore is an increasingly unequal place and this small island is increasingly two societies – those with $50 million in the bank and the rest of us.

Many of us who have taken to the online space (myself included) are often filled with examples of how there seems to be one set of rules of the rich and well connected and another set of rules for eh rest of us. We say a lot but then resign ourselves to the fact that, well this is the way life is and you either learn to live with it or leave. It’s a case of thinking that this is the way things are and going to be, so what else can you do other than complain about it in cyberspace and the Powers that Be are happy to let us have our grumbles on cyberspace because it allows us to let off steam rather than get organized into anything in particular.

For many of us, the acquittal of Parti Liyani comes as a relief to many of us because it seems to be something like a big stop into the slide into decline that many of us believe our society is going through. This story of David beating Goliath gave us, the little people, a sense of hope that we have the chance to get our voice heard. If you ask enough Singaporeans, most of us will say that we don’t need to hear the side of the story of Mr. Liew and the rest of his friends because they are the ones writing the story for everyone else. It is, contrary to what Mr. Dilhan Pillay Sandrasegara, CEO of Temasek International, would tell you, it is the story of the likes of Ms. Parti Liyani that need to be heard. As Mr. Anil Balchandani, the lawyer for Ms. Parti Liyani argues, she is only one of many cases that goes unheard. Mr. Balchandani’s interview can be seen here.

We need to remember that the main point of this case was the fact that it involved a lot of pain and hard work from various parties. The reality of taking on the powerful is that its often a thankless and expensive task. As Mr. Balchandani says in the interview, plenty of foreign workers will plead guilty to accusations because in the cost-benefit analysis of things, it’s the easier option. Let’s remember, Parti Liyani, an Indonesian maid who never earned more than $600 a month, had to stay in Singapore for four years to fight those charges. Even if she didn’t pay a single cent towards her living expenses in Singapore, she was unable to earn money to send back home, which is the very reason why people work as maids or construction workers in a foreign country.

While one might argue that “well, nobody asked them to plead guilty,” we have to understand that most of us who read this post, have very rarely been in a position where we’ve been the significantly weaker party in a negotiation, particularly when it’s a negotiation where the lives of our loved ones is at stake. Like it or not, foreign workers and maids are the forgotten people of our society and we tend to dismiss the work of Organizations like HOME, ACMI and TWC2, because, well they are trying to give a voice to the people whom many of us don’t bother thinking of.

However, we can’t ignore the abuses against the downtrodden based on the fact that they’re not from around here. We need to care about abuses against them, because, well – if the system that is beholden to a rich and influential man like Liew Mun Leong can be used to against a maid, it can be used against us. The fact that Parti Liyani can win against Liew Mun Leong is hopeful because it says, we can win should we be able to win too, should we ever be in that situation.

Yet, we need to remember that there was hard work involved. While we do have laws to protect us on paper, getting the laws to work for us, is a painful process especially when you have the might of the State or someone like Mr. Liew against you. The cost of having a lawyer fight for you in the court system is prohibitively expensive. “Cheap” lawyers in Singapore cost around $500 an hour and lawyers don’t solve things in a single hour. Then there’s things like having to take time off just to deal with lawsuits.

Parti was lucky that her resolve to fight the charges against was supported by the likes of HOME and Mr. Balchandani, who worked tirelessly for her case without measuring the benefits to them. How many of people end up giving up because they don’t get the help.

Think of what happened in 2010, when Dr. Waffles Wu, had an elderly employee take the rap for him for a traffic offense. Sure, Dr. Wu did not go out of his way to get someone more vulnerable to take his place on the wrong end of the justice system. Dr. Wu was finned a grand (spare change to Dr. Wu) and had his license suspended for four months. Dr. Wu has said that he was investigated and feels bad for it [LINK].

However, for most members of the public, this incident was a case of the powerful working under a different set of laws from the rest of us. If you want Alex Au’s opinion on it, you’re going to get Alex’s apology [LINK].

So, what can we do? Perhaps, we just need to do the simple things like trying to support the good works of NGOs and Civil Society moments like HOME. We should also go out of our way to try and support small businesses like Mr. Balchandani’s. Why do we need to do this? The answer is simple, these are organisations that support us. The people who supported a maid, the lawyer that took a long case for maid free of charge against the full weight of the state, will be the people who stand up for us should we ever be at the wrong end of the system.

 

Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be.

 

 

 

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23 Responses to “They stood up for a maid – They’ll stand up for us”

  • oxygen:

    I CAN’T HELP IT but constantly reminded of this – it is my compelling apprehension that a large, maybe overwhelming section, of the public mind thinks that the Parti Liyani’s debacle is the result of the Briginshaw law’s devils at work.

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  • fair is fair - 2 yrs + 2 mths:

    pap system for their own clan members are these -

    1, pap goh cock tong pap tony tan pap clown level – INSIDE 200m is not within 200m.

    2, pap liew mun leong level – it is an honest mistake since he honestly believed his maid stole from him and so told pap judge pap prosecutor pap police of the theft and so since it is an honest mistake there is nothing to it let’s move on.

    in summary,

    INSIDE 200m is not within 200m is for pap highest level.

    it is an HONEST mistake let’s move on is for pap levels below the highest level.

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  • Ali's verbose rehash exercise:

    (RE: Singapore is an increasingly unequal place and this small island is increasingly two societies – those with $50 million in the bank and the rest of us.)

    Pappy’s devious rhetoric to justify the entire Pappycrony pantheon whose bank accounts are stuffed with anything from 1 to 49 million Singapore dollars…. heeheehee

    You sneaky little wits piggybacking upon general public conscience to ride out the storm ah?

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  • TumasikPatriot:

    Good writing Tangfastic and I take back my earlier bickering of your early Contributions but that does NOT absolve your early articles I found shitty…Stay the Course Cheers!!! and have a Tiger on me but pay for it, I am a cheapskate

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  • xoxo:

    Frankly,if NTUC has half the *determination* n PURPOSE of HOME’s mission to assist migrant workers to right the wrongs done to them , MANY displaced sg-PMETs would not have to suffer IMPOVERISHMENT that arise from A STRONGLY ANTI-CITIZEN FT POLICY that yas deliberately been PUT INTO PRACTICE in the most UNFAIR MANNER so much so that public outcry led to the govt instituting THE FCF to ensure FAIR OPPORTINITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT of SINKINGPOOREANS?

    THE FCF IS CONDIRMATION OF THE UNFAIRNESS BROUGHT ABOUR BY TOTAL LACK OF DUE DILIGENCE BY MOM AND OTHER LABOUR AGENCIES such as NTUC,IS IT NOT?

    THE RAPID DISPLACEMENT OF GOOD SGS AT WORKPLACES OVER LAST 15/20 YEARS IS SIMPLY A CONSEQUENCE OD UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES CONDONED BY MOM N NTUC.

    IT IS A NATIONAL ILL!

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  • Realistically:

    @ Tang Li

    >>Many of us who have taken to the online space (myself included) are often filled with examples of how there seems to be one set of rules of the rich and well connected and another set of rules for eh rest of us.<<

    With respect, I don't think you quite get the CORE ISSUE of the bankruptcy of the justice system in SINKaPOOR especially in the context of the emperor without clothes public pronouncement of how he would think of ways to 'FIX" his critics – surely when he was not limiting himself to so-called oppos in Parliament if they got too many?

    The siblings of the emperor without clothes CANNOT be considered NOT RICH………….and yet they have to contend with the "ABUSE OF POWER" of making use of the judicial system (Law Society DT tribunal the findings of which Dr Lee Wei Ling described as a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE) and now in the CA upon appeal; a case which is nothing short of political persecution using the judiciary…………..For those who have problems understanding what a Will is might want to do more research especially in the light of the UK's legal system effort to clarify what a Will is and especially the legal issues involved in vitiating a Will.

    Why do sinkies think that Li Shengwu decided not to further participate in the farce of a judiciary proceedings against him when the High Court judge accepted the prosecution's application to strike out what I would think were the crucial parts of his defence and or to prevent its publication or access by interested observers. This is equivalent to the instant Liyani's case where DJ Olivia Low refused to allow Liyani's Counsel's evidence of the maid's compliant to MOM regarding her being made to do housework at Liew Mun Leong son's house and the latter's office, in contravention to MOM regulations and for a paltry and derisory pay of 20 CENTS per hour.

    Sinkies must NOT get distracted from the CORE ISSUE………in the context of the emperor without clothes public pronouncement of how to "FIX" his critics, although he had actually talked about how to "FIX" if too many oppos got into Parliaemnt. ………….it is about the BANKRUPTCY of the emperor without clothes regime and his use of the judiciary.

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  • Baba Siâu:

    Ali's verbose rehash exercise:
    (RE: Singapore is an increasingly unequal place and this small island is increasingly two societies – those with $50 million in the bank and the rest of us.)

    Pappy’s devious rhetoric to justify the entire Pappycrony pantheon whose bank accounts are stuffed with anything from 1 to 49 million Singapore dollars…. heeheehee

    You sneaky little wits piggybacking upon general public conscience to ride out the storm ah?

    Tang Li got the “Bezos”" look. Seen his pics here. My experience in physiognomy tells me around he is “a few hundred Ks” only. Thanks to him, I am the one that’s “piggybacking” Hehehe…

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  • TumasikPatriot:

    Realistically:
    @ Tang Li

    >>Many of us who have taken to the online space (myself included) are often filled with examples of how there seems to be one set of rules of the rich and well connected and another set of rules for eh rest of us.<<

    With respect, I don’t think you quite get the CORE ISSUE of the bankruptcy of the justice system in SINKaPOOR especially in the context of the emperor without clothes public pronouncement of how he would think of ways to ‘FIX” his critics – surely when he was not limiting himself to so-called oppos in Parliament if they got too many?

    The siblings of the emperor without clothes CANNOT be considered NOT RICH………….and yet they have to contend with the “ABUSE OF POWER” of making use of the judicial system (Law Society DT tribunal the findings of which Dr Lee Wei Ling described as a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE) and now in the CA upon appeal; a case which is nothing short of political persecution using the judiciary…………..For those who have problems understanding what a Will is might want to do more research especially in the light of the UK’s legal system effort to clarify what a Will is and especially the legal issues involved in vitiating a Will.

    Why do sinkies think that Li Shengwu decided not to further participate in the farce of a judiciary proceedings against him when the High Court judge accepted the prosecution’s application to strike out what I would think were the crucial parts of his defence and or to prevent its publication or access by interested observers. This is equivalent to the instant Liyani’s case where DJ Olivia Low refused to allow Liyani’s Counsel’s evidence of the maid’s compliant to MOM regarding her being made to do housework at Liew Mun Leong son’s house and the latter’s office, in contravention to MOM regulations and for a paltry and derisory pay of 20 CENTS per hour.

    Sinkies must NOT get distracted from the CORE ISSUE………in the context of the emperor without clothes public pronouncement of how to “FIX” his critics, although he had actually talked about how to “FIX” if too many oppos got into Parliaemnt. ………….it is about the BANKRUPTCY of the emperor without clothes regime and his use of the judiciary.

    The DAY when the Privy Council overturn JBJ’s CONviction as a Miscarriage of Justice and The CON remove the Council as the Last Post…whatever “CORE ISSUE” there is will be flush in the TOILET!!!

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  • Dear Realistically:

    Realistically:
    @ Tang Li

    >>Many of us who have taken to the online space (myself included) are often filled with examples of how there seems to be one set of rules of the rich and well connected and another set of rules for eh rest of us.<<

    With respect, I don’t think you quite get the CORE ISSUE of the bankruptcy of the justice system in SINKaPOOR especially in the context of the emperor without clothes public pronouncement of how he would think of ways to ‘FIX” his critics – surely when he was not limiting himself to so-called oppos in Parliament if they got too many?

    The siblings of the emperor without clothes CANNOT be considered NOT RICH………….and yet they have to contend with the “ABUSE OF POWER” of making use of the judicial system (Law Society DT tribunal the findings of which Dr Lee Wei Ling described as a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE) ……

    Why do sinkies think that Li Shengwu decided not to further participate in the farce of a judiciary proceedings against him when the High Court judge accepted the prosecution’s application to strike out ….. , in contravention to MOM regulations and for a paltry and derisory pay of 20 CENTS per hour.

    Sinkies must NOT get distracted from the CORE ISSUE………in the context of the emperor without clothes public pronouncement of how to “FIX” his critics, although he had actually talked about how to “FIX” if too many oppos got into Parliaemnt. ………….it is about the BANKRUPTCY of the emperor without clothes regime and his use of the judiciary.

    We do have to take the words “rich and well connected” literally. Rich is relative – Woffles Wu is rich, Khoo Teck Puat family is even richer.
    Well-connected is also relative – Lee Hsien Yang is well-connected, Durai was also well-connected (to the wife of Sg PM then).
    When Durai sued a “nobody”, he won.
    When he sued SPH, he lost. SPH is PAP mouthpiece, sorry the government’s as LKY alluded to.
    Lee Hsien Loong is also well-connected, he is also POWER – in your words, he is “emperor”.
    I think you disagree with Tang Li’s on this clause trying to show your superiority in intellectual and knowledge … or inferiority complex in real life … or maybe wealth or lack of wealth …
    Read each word, clause, sentence, paragraph in its context as what you often emphasize and use the word “context”.
    You do not have to disagree to bring out your points, you could simply add on your comments on emperor with no clothes …
    If you insist everyone to only debate around your so called CORE ISSUE, then sad to say, there may be only one and only one narrative – CORE ISSUE. Sorry, I am unable to see other narratives if we debate only your CORE ISSUE. Please enlighten me.

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  • Hi Realistically:

    May I suggest you write an article on the core issue you repeatedly emphasize.
    Hopefully everyone will agree with you and there will be no more articles on this LML/Parti matter.
    I will second you to ask TREMERITUS to “pofma” any article that does not revolve round your core issue.

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  • One observation:

    Dear Realistically: We do have to take the words “rich and well connected” literally. Rich is relative – Woffles Wu is rich, Khoo Teck Puat family is even richer.
    Well-connected is also relative – Lee Hsien Yang is well-connected, Durai was also well-connected (to the wife of Sg PM then).
    When Durai sued a “nobody”, he won.
    When he sued SPH, he lost. SPH is PAP mouthpiece, sorry the government’s as LKY alluded to.
    Lee Hsien Loong is also well-connected, he is also POWER – in your words, he is “emperor”.
    I think you disagree with Tang Li’s on this clause trying to show your superiority in intellectual and knowledge … or inferiority complex in real life … or maybe wealth or lack of wealth …
    Read each word, clause, sentence, paragraph in its context as what you often emphasize and use the word “context”.
    You do not have to disagree to bring out your points, you could simply add on your comments on emperor with no clothes …
    If you insist everyone to only debate around your so called CORE ISSUE, then sad to say, there may be only one and only one narrative – CORE ISSUE. Sorry, I am unable to see other narratives if we debate only your CORE ISSUE. Please enlighten me.

    You need to have good lawyers to defend or fight for you. That costs $$$$$.
    SPH had Davinder Singh.
    Khoo Teck Puat’s family had Davinder and Shanmugam.
    I’d better qualify before Realistically rebukes me … – Parti is not rich and did not have Davinder or Shanmugam.
    Aiya, I’d better get used to it like TKL if I am going to “contribute” significantly or otherwise, rubber or otherwise.

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  • Baba Siâu:

    Baba Siâu

    Dear Realistically: We do have to take the words “rich and well connected” literally. Rich is relative – Woffles Wu is rich, Khoo Teck Puat family is even richer.
    Well-connected is also relative – Lee Hsien Yang is well-connected, Durai was also well-connected (to the wife of Sg PM then).
    When Durai sued a “nobody”, he won.
    When he sued SPH, he lost. SPH is PAP mouthpiece, sorry the government’s as LKY alluded to.

    I’ve said many times before: “Money Talks Bullshits Walks”
    Here in TRE is “Show Me The Money”

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  • Is it so, Realistically?:

    TumasikPatriot: The DAY when the Privy Council overturn JBJ’s CONviction as a Miscarriage of Justice and The CON remove the Council as the Last Post…whatever “CORE ISSUE” there is will be flush in the TOILET!!!

    The core issue is 61% gives PAP mandate to rule – change constitutions, laws at whims and fancies.

    Can you Realistically tell us what other core issue you are referring to?

    I still do not get it Realistically.

    Good analogy about flushing in the toilet. I do not think I am reading out of context Realistically.

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  • Cliche:

    @Realistically

    Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Did you ever vote for PAP?

    Why?

    I am sure people like Tan Kian Lian voted for PAP until he stepped down as NTUC Income CEO.

    I am not saying you are he.

    I am not sure about the core issue you are harping on. If we adopted your approach on core issue, how then could we resolve the issues we are discussing? I am at a loss. Please shed some light.

    We have to look at the very source, whether it is light or black hole. Oops, I begin to speak like you.

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  • Realistically:

    @ Dear Realistically:
    September 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I suggest that you first consider Law Minister Shanmugam’s saying asking what went wrong, before you let go of your angst.

    If it is just an issue of the rich and powerful against lowly placed members of society…..there had been many such injustices such as the verdict of misadventure in the Coroner’s ruling of the death of the teenager who was killed when the severely corroded lamp post fell on him at the Tampines TC controlled basket ball court or the famous or in famous case of the Privy Council’s judgment that the late JBJ was had suffered grievous injustice for a crime he did not commit. BUT no one has raised the question of “what went wrong”…..not by the wayang party MPs nor Chiam See Tong, who qualified and practised law.

    Did anyone talked about “what went wrong” when Li shengwu’s defence was partially struck out by the HC judge on application of the AG? NO.

    So what is the CORE ISSUE/similarity in all the above cases………..and more which hopefully, I will provide the details. I have already said that those who are seriously interested in the CORE issue would be more enlightened if they were to apply to the Supreme Court for the case file number: HC/OS 1496/2018 to have a better picture what the CORE issue, in so far as the systemic effort to “FIX” those on the judiciary black list.

    Oh……if you still haven’t got it, the context is in respect of the emperor without clothes PUBLIC PRONOUNCEMENT at the 2006 GE husting at Raffles Place of how he had to think of ways to “FIX” his opponents of which I had also elaborated to include those and buying his supporters’ votes.

    Or maybe YOU and the likes of Tang Li and the other commenters about what I post can enlighten us as to how the emperor without clothes had in mind of how to “FIX” his opponents/critics, potential or otherwise?

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  • Realistically:

    @ Is it so, Realistically?:
    September 15, 2020 at 4:11 pm (Quote)

    The core issue is 61% gives PAP mandate to rule – change constitutions, laws at whims and fancies.

    >>Can you Realistically tell us what other core issue you are referring to?<<

    I have addressed your question in my reply to @ Dear Realistically:
    September 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm.

    Actually, it is quite simple……….what is the common thread in the Parti case, the Coroner Malcolm Tan's verdict; Li Shengwu's defence being struck out, at least the crucial part; and my case in HC/OS 1496/2018 and many others which I cannot recall at the moment?

    Do YOU and those inane diatribes commenter understand the BANKRUPTCY of the judiciary?

    Maybe you should also ask Dr Tan Cheng Bock why he would like an investigation/inquiry as to the conduct of District Judge Olivia Low who disallowed Parti's Defence Counsel submission of Parti's complaint to MOM about being forced to clean Liew son's house and his office which was the basis of Justice Chan's judgment of Liew Mun Leong's "improper motive" and that of the DPP for misleading the court that the DVD Player was not spoilt by linking the playback directly to the DVD's hard-disc when it could not play a fresh dvd disc?

    It is easy to heap your unjustified criticism because people like you and the other commenters criticising me in this thread – and others – don't take the trouble or have enough critical thinking skills understanding the ROOT CAUSE of the bankruptcy of the emperor without clothes and especially his public pronouncement as to how to "FIX" his critics…….

    Oh, and why do you think that this 83 year old chap called Tommy Koh Thong Bee whom the 158th refers to as Professor Tommy Koh took more pleasure in talking about sinkies being third world citizens rather than address the facts, which I have shown, that the judiciary is not first world?

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  • Realistically:

    Oh, from what I can find about the JBJ’s case, the Privy Council had described his conviction for a crime he did NOT commit as a case of “GRIEVOUS INJUSTICE” and NOT a miscarriage of justice.

    Maybe Kenneth Jeyaretnam can confirm which was which.

    AND to that rabid commenter of inane diatribe, the Geo-politico-economic macro conditions Singapore face at that time and the current situation is totally different ………..the REALITY, which I have been warning with my use of the term SINKaPOOR, is coming to past………..maybe people should just pay more attention to what the cotton from sheep ex-paper major general’s speech on the dire economic situation facing SINKaPOOR.

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  • Realistically:

    @ Is it so, Realistically?:
    September 15, 2020 at 4:11 pm (Quote)

    >>The core issue is 61% gives PAP mandate to rule – change constitutions, laws at whims and fancies.<<

    I forgot to delete the above from my earlier post……….since it is there, I would address it nevertheless.

    I would just repeat that people like you can keep blaming the 61% (actually I remember it is 61.24%) and the earlier GE % of 69.9%………..the FACT is that even TRE Techie had agreed that most of the of so-called oppos were/are charlatans……………I don't intend to repeat my criticisms of the wayang party MPs, past and present……..take Jamus Lim………while he said he had done "the maths" at the first CNA debate at the recent GE pertaining to minimum wages, made a volte-face confession that he did NOT know what is the sustainable minimum wage during the recent Parliament debate.

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  • Realistically:

    To all those commenters against what I have posted as regards what the CORE issue concerning the administration of justice, might want to enlighten us as to why the emperor without clothes had not extend the term of V K Rajah as the Attorney General when he had reached 60 years old but decided to appoint Lucien Wong who was already near his mid-60′s to replace V K and, if I read correctly, has just extended Lucien Wong’s term as AG.

    If this appointment has nothing to do with what I consider the CORE issue, then those people who criticise me should give their explanation as to why LW was 1st appointed and then has his term as AG extended………

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  • Realistically:

    Returning to the “GRIEVOUS INJUSTICE” that the late JBJ suffered, the difference then and now is that such “GRIEVOUS INJUSTICE” and TRAVESTIES can NOW be highlighted on SOCIAL MEDIA and that INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS agencies including the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights take active interests in such human rights violations……………as I have often highlighted those who criticise me are ignorant of the REALITIES of the BANKRUPTCY of the emperor without clothes.

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  • Realistically:

    @ One observation:
    September 15, 2020 at 3:56 pm (Quote)

    >>You need to have good lawyers to defend or fight for you. That costs $$$$$.<<

    I don't think you even know the basics of jurisprudence……not that I disagree with you about having good lawyers.

    Even YOU and others of your ILK even talk about getting 'good lawyers' to fight the litigant's case or defend a criminal charge,you should FIRST of all comprehend the First Schedule (Form 6) of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore to have the legal authority and power to conduct judicial proceedings and pronounce judicial decisions pursuant to Article 97(1).

    In the case of judges in the State Courts, they have to take a similar oath of office per The Schedule in the State Courts Act (Chap 321)

    The CORE ISSUE for ALL those cases, with many others not stated, is whether the judges had breached their respective oaths…..PRIMA FACIE, the answer is YES…………NOW go and reflect on what is in the judge's oath, especially for judges of the Supreme Court.

    As for your mention of Shanmugam as a defence lawyer, let me tell you that I had an experience as an employee of a small company facing him in a case around 1989/1990 when Yong Pung How was appointed as Chief Justice……if the time is opportune, I would comment about it.

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  • Baba Siâu:

    Is it so, Realistically?: The core issue is 61% gives PAP mandate to rule – change constitutions, laws at whims and fancies.

    That’s why I am impervious to all that’s going on now. It’s going to get even worst in the months to come. If Trump got his second term, brace for a real war next year in the South China seas, Asia Pacific regions with China vs US, Taiwan, India, Australia. Not trying to be a doomsayer but the specter is very real plus Covid gathering its’ strength in the winter months.

    Core issue will not matter anymore. Console myself that there will be more slaves in Singapore to slog for me.

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  • Realistically:

    @ Dear Realistically:
    September 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm (Quote)

    You can have your right NOT “to take the words “rich and well connected” literally”. I do…………anything wrong?

    It might have escaped you and your ilk but have YOU EVER considered about WHO pronounce the JUDGMENT after the trial…whether the plaintiff/accused was defended by a “good lawyer” or a run of the mill lawyer, perhaps like yourself, or if the plaintiff/accused was a litigant in person? You know what the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore represent and the oath of office of a judge of the Supreme Court? Have YOU and your ILK pointed out or called out the SYTEMIC oppression and the denial of a person’s fundamental and legal right to access justice, let alone the right to a FAIR trial? Most probably NOT.

    Li Shengwu said he had also sought the legal advice of UK’s most famous silk – my opinion of course, unless YOU and your ILK can show otherwise – Lord Pannick, who incidentally was engaged by the Singapore Government SMC against the British Medical Council over the Prof Shorvon case, whose advice probably led Asst Prof Li to not continue participating in his trial as he did not wish to dignify the court (ie sham proceedings in my view). So what is the CORE issue in Ass/Prof Li’s case, the Woffles Wu case, Parti’s case, the Coroner Malcolm Tan’s totally ridiculous and legally unsustainable decision of misadventure when the teenager was killed by a severely corroded lamp post at the PAP controlled Tampines TC’s basket ball court opened to the public? More importantly what did YOU and your ilk and or the wayang party & other so-called oppos do about it?

    As for TT Durai and his connection, he was found guilty and sentenced to jail; so what was Durai’s connection to the peanut woman? For those interested please click on the NLB link:
    https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_2013-07-01_120748.html

    As for Durai’s earlier suit against his accuser for travelling 1st class, if I remember correctly, his accuser could not produce the evidence…..and had to settle out of court. The independence or otherwise of the judge/s in those suits which was not in question, unlike the Parti, Li Shengwu & other cases

    Only COWARDS without balls to stick to one moniker, let alone revealing your identity would try to take pot shots to discredit me……….HOW PATHETIC.

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