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Jolovan Wham fined $8000 or in default 32 days in prison

I was in the spanking new state of the art Court No. 32A of the State Courts on 15 February 2021 where Jolovan Wham was sentenced to pay a total of $8000 or in default 32 days in prison.

It was utterly absurd and incredible that he should be penalised so heavily for peaceful acts of civil disobedience which in any other country, including developing countries, would not have batted an eyelid.

It was even more bizarre listening to the prosecution baying for blood, and the judge taking in everything as gospel truth.

Jolovan was charged for organising an “unlawful assembly” in 2017 on trains running along the North South line.

A small group of young people held the book ‘1987 SINGAPORE’S MARXIST CONSPIRACY 30 YEARS ON‘ during their train rides. They were photographed standing or seated with or without blindfolds made from black plastic strips of trash bags.

At some point in time, two A4 sheets were scotch taped to a glass panel of a carriage. The words on the papers were “MARXIST CONSPIRACY? #notodetentionwithouttrial” and “JUSTICE FOR OPERATION SPECTRUM SURVIVORS #notodetentionwithouttrial“.

These papers were immediately removed when they left the trains.

What is so wrong with such an activity on our trains? Are commuters not permitted to read or perform on trains? They were not inconveniencing anyone even though the prosecution and judge would like to believe that they had inconvenienced some commuters.

Jolovan and his friends were clearly inspired by the survivors of Operation Spectrum who had a few weeks earlier, commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the 1987 incident with the launch of the book. The book was published to place on record what actually happened in 1987. The book contains essays about the incident written by survivors, their friends, and supporters.

The Government may wish to forget the grave injustice done to 24 people in the 1987 incident. This incident is not in its official history. Unfortunately, many of the victims are still alive and well today. They have managed to arouse the curiosity of young people like Jolovan and Seelan Palay who not only did their own research about the incident but took upon themselves to publicise it so that it is not erased from the collective memory of Singaporeans. They have paid the heavy price of going to jail.

I can think of no country in the world where peaceful assemblies and protests are disallowed by law on the pretext that such assemblies would result in chaos and bloodshed.

What is even more deplorable in Singapore is the law that even one person is not permitted to stand with a placard or perform in public without a police permit (which incidentally will never be granted), and certain areas in the city are out of bound to any person who wish to publicise a cause.

When the law disallows peaceful expressions, and the judiciary’s duty is merely to administer such a law, what can a person do to bring attention to his cause or unhappiness? Hold a placard in the middle of government sanctioned Hong Lim Park?

Pushed to a corner in colonial India, Mahatma Gandhi found a solution. He organised peaceful disobedience to unjust laws. He perfected civil disobedience, and contributed to gaining independence for his country. He concluded:

“Civil disobedience is not only the natural right of a people, especially when they have no effective voice in their own Government, but that it is also a substitute for violence or armed rebellion.”

The judiciary in India sent Gandhi to jail several times.

Martin Luther King Jr, who was inspired by Gandhi, led huge protest marches against racial discrimination. He too was sent to jail several times. Reflecting on civil disobedience in Birmingham Jail, he wrote:

“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

It is to be noted that while in India and America, people were and are allowed to march and protest peacefully, in Singapore we do not have such a right.

The Public Order Act, like so many recent laws passed by the People’s Action Party (PAP) government are unjust laws. Our judiciary has time and again ruled that laws, including unjust laws are to be obeyed, and it is their duty only to administer such laws.

What then can a person, especially a citizen do if he wishes to champion a cause or voice his unhappiness over any matter? Disobey the laws or support the unjust system with silence?

We may have splendid buildings for the administration of justice, but what justice can we receive?

Jolovan is presently serving a 22-day prison sentence for organising an unlawful assembly and vandalism. He paid the fine of $2500 for the charge of failing to sign a statement made in the course of police investigation.

Under the law, the police have a discretion to insist that the person sign such a statement, and if he refuses to sign, our colonial master and the PAP government can send him to jail.

In solidarity with Jolovan Wham, Function 8 is publishing a Solidarity Edition of ‘1987 SINGAPORE’S MARXIST CONSPIRACY 30 YEARS ON‘. Details of this publication will be released soon.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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24 Responses to “Jolovan Wham fined $8000 or in default 32 days in prison”

  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear TSL,
    “What is even more deplorable in Singapore is the law that even one person is not permitted to stand with a placard …..”
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    It is you, TSL, the opposition that are deplorable.

    Singapore had a protest corner in Hong Lim Garden for anyone who wish to protest.

    But opposition intentionally do not want to use Hong Lim Garden to protest.

    Opposition intentionally break the law by not protesting in the lawfully designated area.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear TSL,
    The action of the small group of protestors is akin to the HK protestors who intentionally block train doors to force others non interested people to join them.

    You and your so called pro democracy backside poker are the same as the communists …..

    Does democracy means forcing others who disagreed with you to join you ?

    Activists disrupt rush hour trains
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49161816

    Like HK paid protestor actor, Singaporean was paid to burn police station
    https://streamable.com/rhf5x

    Readers be warned. Do not be stupid and be fooled by the Opposition.
    Remember what GCT taught us.
    If you see them, ask:
    1. What can Opposition do for me ?
    Then, you probe deeper,
    2. What is your hidden agenda in pushing for freedom without responsibility ?
    3. Will you be also disrupting train for LGBT rights to have public orgy like ROC Taiwan?

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  • Thank you jolovan wham:

    Freedom is NOT free. Hongkong thailand india and now myanmar citizens are out on the streets . so much time effort and suffering. I salute them. We here in this land cant even speak out the hard truths… worst kind of dictatorship disguised as democracy. Mr wham ‘s peaceful fight is not only for himself but us all . When will it be our turn ?

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear TSL,
    “What is even more deplorable in Singapore is the law that even one person is not permitted to stand with a placard …..”
    =====================================================
    It is you, TSL, the opposition that are deplorable.

    Singapore had a protest corner in Hong Lim Garden for anyone who wish to protest.

    But opposition intentionally do not want to use Hong Lim Garden to protest.

    Opposition intentionally break the law by not protesting in the lawfully designated area.

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

    Well said TSL.

    Only ball licker and Low IQ guy above defends the PAP Govt.

    He thinks he’s smart but people brush him aside and skip his usual BS.

    He’s a waste of space and should not be allowed to shit here.

    If MSM don’t allow us to voice our opinions why should TRE permit him to shit here?

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  • Tracey Ching:

    You graduated with a law degree and was a practicing lawyer in Sinkapor. You are at the stage of post-menopausal life. You were arrested and jailed under ISA. What have you learned? Are you stupid and naive? Let me teach you and everybody which is that, Sinkapor is not a sincere and genuine democracy. Sinkapor do not have rule of law. Sinkapor have rule BY law. You should left long time ago. You should have seek political asylum in the US like your mentor the late Francis who died in the USA and escaped from Paradise.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Readers,
    Beware.
    What TSL, Jolovan and Seelan are doing is to forcefully drag others who are not interested with them to join them.

    They had Hong Lim Green to lawfully protest but they intentionally not to do follow the law.

    Watch this video. They are now using HK violent protestor tactics to force and drag other non interested Singaporeans with them.

    Worst, TSL and her gangs are now trying to drag in young students just like what you see in the video above.

    Do you want this kind of democracy

    香港市民坚持移除路障,暴徒正要嚣张时警方终于赶到
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUk4WJBxc8o

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
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  • AUTHOCRATIC GAGMT ,NO JUSTICE:

    there is NO JUSTICE UNLESS U VOTE OPPOSITIONS To CAPTURE 40% OF SEATS IN PARLIAMENT.
    WHEN U HAVE 90% OCCUPIED BY THE RULING PARTY, AN AUTHOCRATIC REGIME WILL ALWAYS BE THE RULE AND TRY TO STIFLE YOUR VOICES AND GRIEVANCES, SUPPRESS U WITH ALL SORTS OF UNJUST LAWS.
    SO DONT BE SO STUPID TO GIVE THE PAP GAGMT 90% SEATS IN PARLIAMENT.
    U NEED SOME 40% in parliament seats to be given to oppostions to check and vigoriously question the gagmt policies…and prevent abuses, indirect corruptions ……
    It is human natures when one become very powerful, abuses started and proverb saying “Absolute power corrupt”….is eternal wisdom.
    DON”T forget oppositons serve the nation also, and try to correct gagmt flaw policies.
    THINK!!!
    DONT ABSORB PROPAGANDAS LIKE A ROBOT AND TO BE USED BY OTHERS FOR THEIR PURPOSES.
    CAN U THINK AND EVALUATE….OR LET YOUR BRAIN TO BE SWAYED BY OTHERS EASILY AS IF U DONT HAVE A BRAIN!!!

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  • IMHO, Jolovan Wham should just stick to what he does best, which is to continue to support the migrant workers.

    All this wasting of thousands is really not in his best interest, especially when it’s for childish pranks and civil disobedience.

    After so many courts appearance, hasn’t he learned that when you go against the party, it’s not a fight but a slaughter?

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Readers,
    Beware.
    What TSL, Jolovan and Seelan are doing is to forcefully drag others who are not interested with them to join them.

    They had Hong Lim Green to lawfully protest but they intentionally not to do follow the law.

    Watch this video. They are now using HK violent protestor tactics to force and drag other non interested Singaporeans with them.

    Worst, TSL and her gangs are now trying to drag in young students just like what you see in the video above.

    Do you want this kind of democracy

    香港市民坚持移除路障,暴徒正要嚣张时警方终于赶到
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUk4WJBxc8o

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    Hong Lim park protest also need to seek approval from Police. It’s not that you can suka suka walk in and protest!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Nothing is forever. Including and especially a tiny island pretending it is something great just because the global economy needed it the last fifty years.

    When you take away the reasons for $G’s economic success, you take away $G’s economy. Selling something no one wants anymore is a sign the island has come to the end of its economic life. This means the political parasites that live off the economy will also meet their end.

    The regime will never give up their power. They cannot change. You can see the collapse already starting.

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  • Where are those people?:

    Many commenters here support the Myanmar protest. Where are you? Please show your strong support for fellow Singaporeans.

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  • HalfTruth:

    Everybody knows the story of the ten commandments. The Jews waited 40 years for Moses to respond to the call to bring them out of slavery. It has been 55 years since PAP rule Singapore. How long will Singaporean have to wait for JUSTICE to prevail?

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  • oxygen:

    LAWS ARE NEITHER fair nor moral. Remember this – mafia sends beautiful eulogies to those they murdered or plotted in their assassinations.

    Victims never forget.

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  • Boka:

    Remember those big big danasour,they too exstint.

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  • Boka:

    Kayu will outlive everyone.

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  • TEMUSIK PATRIOT:

    Maids are given legal help from pro-bono lawyers seeking Justice for Injustice done…

    Why is there NO pro-bono or legal help for the helpless charge for “WRONG” acts in the eyes of a Leegal system where carrying a poster or wearing a Tee saying what he/she “THINKs”??? with the exception of Ravi and Lim Tian and maybe one or two more the rest are sparrows???

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  • TEMUSIK PATRIOT:

    TEMUSIK PATRIOT:
    Maids are given legal help from pro-bono lawyers seeking Justice for Injustice done…

    Why is there NO pro-bono or legal help for the helpless charge for “WRONG” acts in the eyes of a Leegal system where carrying a poster or wearing a Tee saying what he/she “THINKs”??? with the exception of Ravi and Lim Tian and maybe one or two more the rest are sparrows???

    Is the Law Society a gathering of Legal Eagles of LEEgal Sparrows where Justice is question??? even in the LEEgal System of the DOT…

    Sit back Relax the Eyes of 1984 is watching so why rock the boat…Bukan pasal saya, apa lagi, Boleh terima ASPAL President jugah lah!!!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Uncle Lim: Well said TSL.
    Only ball licker and Low IQ guy above defends the PAP Govt.

    He thinks he’s smart but people brush him aside and skip his usual BS.

    Dear Readers,
    As you can see from above Uncle Lime statement, Oppie are gullible and easily brainwashed to support TSL, Seelan, Jolovan and gang to hijack people who do not agree with them.

    This is what they call democracy, hijacking and forcing others to join them.

    We must stand our ground and rebut them like what the Hong Kee did to the black shirt pro democracy protestors.

    No physical, no abusive language needed….just follow what the old man do in video below.

    香港大爷地铁怒斥废柴前程不带一个脏字
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgdBLfLXLZA

    廢青阻港鐵車門逼人罷工 市民痛罵:你哋都係靠父母 我哋唔返工你食屎啦
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40ih7qubIrE

    If they refuse to budge, then call in our great PAP Scholar police…

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Readers,
    Hong Kong and ROC Taiwan is exporting their intrusive civil disobedience overseas.

    【香港黑暴輸出英國?】倫敦示威者爬地鐵車頂抗議、阻人上班被「私了」 乘客怒斥:有人要去醫院或重要地方怎辦?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ssFWhikGw&has_verified=1

    This show that Britcunt protestors are stupid people who just swallow without thinking.

    Luckily with the cooperation of the passengers, they, the passengers, removed all protestors.

    We must learn from Britcunt passengers, next time you see Jolovan, Seelan, TSL protesting in train, removed them.

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  • xoxo:

    Next time,i see ang moh TUA KEE FTs donning T-shirts emblazoned with *SMILEY*,can we report to Police???

    Whats wrong with Smiley?
    It makes one happy,right?

    Is chewing gum more dangerous than $peed Cars?
    Can ban chewing gum,can oso ban speed cars,yes or no?

    Remove GRC ,then come and talk MERITOcracy???

    Where is the BULK OF OUR SGS’ $100 BILLION GOES TO?
    We want FULL DETAIL$.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote -”SINGAPORE – The founder of a modelling and escort business arranged for models to provide sexual services to customers and kept a portion of the earnings.

    She even assigned a teenager, whom she had earlier hired, to service two clients.

    Farlynda Tan, 38, was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined $920 on Friday (Feb 19).

    She pleaded guilty to one count each of procuring a girl for the purpose of prostitution and of living in part on the earnings of such prostitution.

    The court heard that Tan, who used to work as a freelance model and social escort, operated a company known as Elixir Event for about four years before her arrest in November 2019.

    She had started the firm with a pool of about five freelance models working under her.

    Using her contacts from her modelling days, she helped the models obtain event assignments and provide companionship to male customers.

    Tan knew that the provision of such companionship involved sexual services, which she referred to as “intimacy”, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Joseph Gwee.

    She arranged about two prostitution assignments monthly, each time charging customers between $1,300 and $1,500, and taking 40 per cent from the earnings.

    “The accused further estimated that, in total, she had received about $30,000 from the prostitution of the models in her company,” DPP Gwee also said.

    The court heard that Tan also posted advertisements for models on e-commerce platform Carousell. A 16-year-old girl responded to that in April 2019.

    The teen cannot be named due to a gag order to protect her identity.

    Identifying herself as “Alexa” through WhatsApp calls and messages, Tan told the teen that she would be offered assignments which involved “intimacy”.

    When asked by the girl if this entailed the provision of sex to customers, Tan responded that it would…

    Court documents state that the girl agreed to work for Tan as she wanted to earn fast cash.

    She also told Tan that she was 19 years old. Tan did not conduct any further verification of her age.

    The court heard that Tan arranged for the girl to provide sexual services to male customers on two occasions in June 2019.

    She received $920 in earnings from the teen’s prostitution and spent the monies on daily expenses between July and November 2019.

    Tan was originally scheduled to plead guilty to her offences on Thursday (Feb 18), but she was deemed to not be in the right state of mind to do so by District Judge Prem Raj after she broke down in tears in court.

    The judge eventually moved the hearing to the next morning.

    On Friday, Tan cried again in court but appeared to have regained enough composure for proceedings to continue….”Unquote .

    Response : Farlynda Tan, 38,woman pimp earned so much pimp money, was sentenced to five months’ jail and fined $920 so super lenient.

    While Jolovan Wham did nothing much ,was fined $8000 so harsh ? The whole court is e*** mad with woman rights ?

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  • Harsh:

    Punishment is out of proportion, worse than a foreigner who punched and bloodied an innocent security guard and still being able to get away with a light punishment.

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  • Harder Truths:

    It is called the “Crawl & Beg” punishment for political dissent.

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  • PAP is Finished:

    One person considered assembly? Not the same as dictionary definition.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear TSL,
    “What is even more deplorable in Singapore is the law that even one person is not permitted to stand with a placard …..”
    =====================================================
    It is you, TSL, the opposition that are deplorable.

    Singapore had a protest corner in Hong Lim Garden for anyone who wish to protest.

    But opposition intentionally do not want to use Hong Lim Garden to protest.

    Opposition intentionally break the law by not protesting in the lawfully designated area.

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.HuatAgain
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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