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The people have risen

It is not without satisfaction that we have managed to donate $133,000 to Leong See Hian on Easter Sunday, after just 11 days of crowdfunding. It is, I believe, the first time that a Singaporean is saved from having to sell his home to pay a judgement debt.

People from all walks of life have donated. They include retirees who do not know how to use Paylah or bank transfers. They have taken the trouble to visit the bank in order to transfer money to Leong. They have given cash to others to send it to Leong using their mobile phones.

Leong is one of three people I know who has a photographic memory for numbers and enjoys analysing them. The other two are Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui. The three were a formidable team at Hong Lim Park until the authorities realised that their abilities to analyse our CPF savings exposed the weaknesses of the scheme. The trio had to be stopped.

The first to get into serious trouble was Roy Ngerng. Suddenly he was sued by PM Lee Hsien Loong for defamation in May 2014. He had reproduced and edited some charts from Channel News Asia. The prime minister claimed those had defamed him.

Roy’s defence that he had no such intention failed to persuade the judge and he was ordered to pay $100,000 as general damages and another $50,000 as aggravated damages.

Poor Roy attempted to crowd fund but he did not reach the target. In the end, he had to plead for payment by instalments. He is, I believe still paying the debt by instalments.

Roy’s life was completely ruined by the prime minister. He was dismissed by Tan Tock Seng Hospital even though he had not so long ago won the “best employee” award. He could not find a job in Singapore and had to work in Taiwan. Such is the fate of Roy and so many other Singaporeans who our government take them as “enemies of the state”. It is a sad reality.

The lives of many Singaporeans have been shattered by the authorities using the full force of laws. As ordinary citizens, we do not pay any attention to the laws that are enacted in our parliament. We leave them to the people who we elect to do the job. We trust them to make laws that will protect us. Sadly, we see so many of us being caught by laws that control our lives in the most absurd ways and remove our rights to live as human beings. These laws serve only to protect those in power.

I think we have reached the bottom of the pit when even one person holding a cardboard or paper Smiley has been charged for unlawful assembly.

Easter Sunday’s victory of the people of Singapore is to be celebrated. We have finally realised that we cannot be bullied any more and that one person’s trouble concerns all of us. We are no longer afraid to donate money for a cause. The authorities can check the list of people who donated but we no longer care.

We know that if the prime minister keeps suing people instead of doing his work for which he is paid millions, we have a serious problem in our country. Government agencies and security forces will be kept busy. Our law courts too will be burdened.

The people have risen. Let us unite and help one another. We don’t know who will next be in trouble. But we know that Terry Xu, the editor in chief of one of our independent online media, The Online Citizen is now in trouble with an ongoing $400,000 defamation claim from the prime minister and criminal charges under some obnoxious laws.

Remember: United we stand. Divided we fall. We are many. They are few.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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11 Responses to “The people have risen”

  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Like Roy, Kenneth and others, Leong has raised issues and produced stats, etc. which we had hoped would receive answers. Answers would have helped some to see admin’s side of the story also, and for stats and finance ignorants like myself, understand better the arguments. Govt would have taken the opportunities to fulfil its obligation to inform and explain, and educate the people. Instead it preferred combative politics – something it claims to discourage.

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  • xoxo:

    CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME,wise men taught us.
    But where is *HOME*?
    ISNT IT OUR *hearts* right in the centre of our body?

    If your heart is *e****,the charity that comea from you is NOT CHARITY AT ALL!

    So,please DO NOT STAIN charity for it is kind and knows no e***.

    Go use the ill-gotten money to buy dinner for your doggie$ and get choked …

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  • KT:

    The ordinary peoples here have got back the deserved justice for Mr Leong and also for all the true loving peoples of this little island. Thro donations, this is only way in this island that the people can protest against the Party Against People. Remember the true peoples here can be arrested even with a single person holding a smiley card in public. This is indeed frightening and fearful for the peoples.

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  • The militaire arrogance in him:

    “He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty…. Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

    - Grand sage Lao Tzu

    After arrogating to oneself a whole people’s blood,sweat & tears lifetime savings, what kind of afterlife shall be one’s destiny?

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  • Sad, Sad Sheeporeans:

    Sad, sad, sheeporeans herded to the edge of the cliff.
    Sued, sued, sued. Sued until pants and panties dropped.

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  • Kosong:

    The scariest thing was you were robbed at Home.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Once digital currency is used like in China say goodbye to crowdfunding. $G citizens will be afraid to donate since they will be tagged as anti-regime. At that point there will be no resistance to anything the regime does.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Toh,
    You hallucinating ? 133K is enough?

    Hahaha… another round of donation request is coming to pay help off Leong’s legal fees. This would easily come to 200K.

    We shall see how many Singaporeans will donate again.

    And oh, please do not seek the help of National Endowment for Democracy (NED), everyone knows that it is operated by CIA to sabotage other countries success.

    PAP.Guaranteed.Win.2024 Again

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The people has spoken. The citizen has spoken.

    PM’s face was slapped. PAP’s face was slapped.

    SG judicial system exposed itself. The blind fold was transparent and the weighing scale was rigged.

    Singaporeans are united. Singaporeans know right from wrong.

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  • @KT

    If the PM decides to sacrifice his reputation again to raise more funds for all the charities on the island, how much can Sinkies afford to donate?

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  • Worker Pioneer awakening:

    PAP govt survived on crisis when GE comes around n during the 4 -5 years between GE. Papownself gratifys n gloiifys ownself by giving them n the compliant bureaucrats millions to themselves n slightly less to the CBs for shielding n protecting them for the ownself xxxx ownself crimes. Companies need to recruit ministers on their Board of Directors to shield n protect them esp with CEO freely imported from the Indian sub continent as the minister indianee learnt to bc the white trash by labelling SIN netizens as they lynching not the rotten bananas but going after the white Brit trash for humidiating our seniors n public transport commuters as the white trashy lynchers. Some pioneers were advising the indianee to immigrate totus south or toronto canada to face the real lynching but r sure that she would havethe guts to do so.

    Judges r now facing dignity n humiliation crisis with the CBs demoralization towards the pap herds of brownoses n ball carriers although they r ardentlydoing themselves!

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