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You Don’t Have To Answer ‘Yes’ Or ‘No’

Many of you may be thinking after certain parliamentary events in recent years that in a courtroom, a lawyer can force you to answer “yes” or “no” to questions.

Let me tell you that there is no such rule.

If the opposing counsel in a courtroom tries to force my witness to answer “yes” or “no”, you can be sure I will be jumping to my feet and protesting at his questions! I will be reminding the judge that the witness is entitled to answer the question fully in a manner he deems fit and not just utter “yes” or “no”.

So the next time a lawyer tries to force you to answer “yes” or “no”, ignore him and answer the question the way you see fit. And if he tries to force his ways on you, berate him and tell him that your answer deserves more than a “yes” or no. A judge worth his salt will never force you just to answer “yes” or “no” if the answer requires more than a monosyllabic response.

Never allow these bullies to prevent you from answering the question fully!

 

Lim Tean

 

 

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26 Responses to “You Don’t Have To Answer ‘Yes’ Or ‘No’”

  • opposition dude:

    Yup and that is what Mun Wai has done. He knows he is up against the horde so he has prepared to defend himself adequately. I’m looking forward to more questions from him.

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  • Wisdom:

    Knowledge then Wisdom….
    Stand your ground.

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  • Protect Aristocrats Party:

    Watching the parliamentary debate and witnessing how that Shamfuman behaved and bullied the opposition members, many of us had wished that Lim Tean could be in parliament to take on that big bully.

    The day when Lim Tean wins a seat in parliament, Shamfuman would guai guai retire from politics to save himself from being embarrassed by Lim Tean.

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  • Vive le resistance:

    They will invent new laws to make that legal too.
    Who owns the SG courts system, the judges…?
    Thew whole jingbang on this island they control …even sgs minds with frequent propaganda.
    Fortunately the 39% are not giving in.

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  • xoxo:

    Yes or No is for answering primary school exam questions.
    As adults,we see both sides of a situation.
    Asking MPs from OPPO to answer yes or no is simply not right.

    But,YES,CECA-FTs stole plenty of PME jobs from sgs.
    And,NO,PRs are NOT singaporeans!

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Ok. Lim Tean point taken.

    Judge to Bill Clinton : Did you have sex with Monica ? Yes or No ?

    Bill Clinton : “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

    But later confessed that he did indeed have an “improper physical relationship” with Monica Lewinksky.

    So what is improper “physical” relationship here ?
    1. poke CB or poke backside ?
    2. squeeze neh neh only ?

    Can Lim Tean or Oppie fans enlightened us here ?

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Dumbing down to sham speakers:

    Q: So… do you support Ceca or not?
    A: Yes I do, but with qualifications.

    Q: Is that a yes or no?! Are you from a qualified school?
    A: Yes, I hope so. But what has it got to do with free trade agreements?

    Q: You are free to agree or disagree. What qualifications do you have?
    A: Well, as I said before… the Ceca is acceptable if it satisfies the needs of our own people foremost.

    Q: I asked you for your qualifications! Are you illiterate?
    A: No, I hope not!

    Q: Is that a yes or no?! Don’t you be double-dealing me you hear? Are you covering up your xenophobia with your qualified literacy?
    A: Only Almighty God knows.

    Q: I’m sure He knows more than me…. but I don’t know what you’re trying to say or qualify!

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  • Si si si:

    Dumbing down to sham speakers:
    Q: So… do you support Ceca or not?
    A: Yes I do, but with qualifications.

    Q: Is that a yes or no?! Are you from a qualified school?
    A: Yes, I hope so. But what has it got to do with free trade agreements?

    Q: You are free to agree or disagree. What qualifications do you have?
    A: Well, as I said before… the Ceca is acceptable if it satisfies the needs of our own people foremost.

    Q: I asked you for your qualifications! Are you illiterate?
    A: No, I hope not!

    Q: Is that a yes or no?! Don’t you be double-dealing me you hear? Are you covering up your xenophobia with your qualified literacy?
    A: Only Almighty God knows.

    Q: I’m sure He knows more than me…. but I don’t know what you’re trying to say or qualify!

    Hilarious…m0re please.

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  • guided & restricted:

    //So the next time a lawyer tries to force you to answer “yes” or “no”, ignore him and answer the question the way you see fit.//

    exactly ?? why must anyone be guided & restricted by certain rules (especially wayang rules ???) not to their advantage (more so if he is the aggrieved party ??) ??? a YES or NO answer always comes with reasoning, if any from the person saying it and why can’t the reasoning / explanation accompanying a YES or NO be tendered also; RATHER than letting others speculating ???

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  • Asd:

    I think LT can give us more tips weekly it will be most appreciated educationally

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  • Trust only myself:

    Now we know who should be the real students from RI and not those idiots who only know how to force answers from true representatives of citizens………

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    I love Lim Tean’s advice.

    I was under the impression that one could be impolite or insolent if one do not comply with the Yes or No answer.

    Wisdom:
    Knowledge then Wisdom….
    Stand your ground.

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  • illiterate lousy school:

    We have signed the petition to remove pap ong ye kung.

    Please do your national service by signing the petition.

    It is a pap PA paid IB lie that signing the petition is no use one.

    This is because of use two is the message sent to pap that 2.8m out of 3.0m local born want pap ong ye kung to be removed.

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  • Eliterates:

    We need more psp members like mun Wai n Hazel.

    We know that shame, the champion of Gupta n India is not with Sinkies.

    Neither is miss Vivian and the boy from the tanjong katong girls and the guy who want to be a monk!

    Eliterates all!

    Now you know why Sinkies who are not eliterates drive like monies on the roads?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    LMW and PSP should apply this very same tactic back to them when responding and asking the ministers questions in return.

    Pressure and corner them into giving their binary YES/NO answer.

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • What Say You, Ah Lim?:

    Ah Wong: One, he is in Singapore and hidden by sympathizers unknown to the authorities, or, two, he has fled the country.

    Ah Lim: So is he in the country, Yes or No?

    Ah Wong: It’s very hard to say. Both scenarios are plausible. Maybe the second one is more plausible.

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  • sibeh jialat:

    You don’t have to answer yes or no.
    If you see yes,they say NO!
    And,if you say no,they say YES!
    Yes or No,I dunno.
    All I know is your yes is their no.
    And,your no is their yes.
    Better not say YES OR NO.
    SAY YOU KNOW WE KNOW.
    YOU ARE A BUNCH OF Bozos!

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    What was really shameful was that the Speaker of Parliament was also egging Shanmi on and helped pressure LMW to answer Yes or No. But then, Ah Loong can hijack parliament for 2 days for his personal issues on Oxley house, so of course his million$ ministers can also act like gangsters in parliament. Like, is Monk Hill superior to IR – Yes/No?

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  • SEND FOREIGNERS HOME:

    Straits Times: $900m in JSS payouts to support wages of more than 570,000 workers from Sept 30

    PAP wasting taxpayers’ money again. The Government does not have to spend so much if foreigners are sent home by canceling their work visas. Employers will not retrench locals if they are short of workers because their foreign work has to leave Singapore.

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  • xoxo:

    Ya,no need to say yes or no,just VOTE THESE IDIOT$ OUT THE PARLIAMENT doorway.

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  • xoxo:

    Marine Parade countrymen,hear ,hear.
    Your beloved GOH PEA NUT IS NO MORE STANDING.
    You can now VOTE OUT HOW LIAN $PEAKER and Manpower Minister from MP GRC.
    SHOW them you not shiok!

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    The reality and buzzword is where’s your promise of class action suit ?

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  • buay song lah:

    @xoxo

    Yes,kick TCJ N TSL out!
    GCT ,that Goh Char Tow(Woody Goh) no more standing.
    Kick out all these two clowns.
    Show the arrogant PAPies we buay song liao.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    PAP mandate strong:
    The reality and buzzword is where’s your promise of class action suit ?

    Well said. Oppies Lim Tean promised but never deliver

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  • Calling black white & vice ver:

    “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; once separated from law and Justice he is the worst.”

    - Aristotle.

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

    - Martin Luther King

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  • Realistically:

    @ Lim Tean

    >>If the opposing counsel in a courtroom tries to force my witness to answer “yes” or “no”, you can be sure I will be jumping to my feet and protesting at his questions! <<

    You can "PROTEST" till your voice is hoarse………………the verdict is still AGAINST your clients……like in the case of Leong Sze Hian and Terry Xu……….

    I suggest it is more constructive and useful to educate sinkies as to what is the RULE OF LAW and CORE FUNDAMENTAL JURISPRUDENCE PRINCIPLES…the Constitution & the basis for COMMON LAW system.

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