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Many Singaporeans have asked me to run for the next general election and become a member of parliament.
I am sorry. I won’t be able to do it.
If you have followed the ongoings of the PAP’s prosecution against me over the last six months, since I was first sued for defamation, and if you have read and understood how the PAP has used the defamation suit in the past to not only silence the opposition politicians but to prevent them from entering parliament, then you will understand why I cannot do so.
I am sorry. I cannot represent you in parliament.
The PAP won’t let me.
In order to be able to run for the general election, a person cannot be made bankrupt and/or be fined more than $2,000.
I will be made bankrupt by Lee Hsien Loong.
I will also be fined more than $2,000.
Based on past precedence, all the opposition politicians who have been sued by the previous prime ministers have been made bankrupt by between $200,000 and $8 million.
Lee Hsien Loong has filed for the defamation suit in the high court which oversees cases of more than $250,000, so this is the least he is hoping to made me bankrupt by.
The government has also levied criminal charges against me, accusing me of public nuisance and demonstrating illegal under the Parks and Trees Act. Together, I would be liable for a penalty of up to $6,000.
As I had mentioned, there is absolutely no grounds to charge me with these two charges, but the PAP has decided to abuse the law and manipulate the law in their favour.
You can be sure that the PAP will make sure that I will be fined more than $2,000.
With a fine of more than $2,000 and a bankruptcy of at least $250,000 for the defamation suit, or even half a million or $700,000 from the rumours that I have heard, I will certainly be disqualified from being able to take part in the next general election.
You know, Singaporeans, one thing you have to understand is that you have to stop waiting for a “hero” to save you. The truth is, if you don’t help yourself, no one can save you.
I cannot save you. The PAP has already planned for all sorts of ways to stop me from running for the general election.
But you can still save yourself. You can still stand up for yourself and run.
You know, the reason why I fought the defamation suit right from the start, was not because I believed that I could win. I knew right from the start that I would lose. I knew that the PAP would make sure they would squash me all the way.
Right from when I was sued, I had become the #1 political enemy of the PAP. The defamation suit has always been reserved for the PAP’s topmost enemy. Thank you, it must be an honour to be looked so up by the PAP.
But you see, I fought because I believed that at some point, Singaporeans would join in, and stand up to fight back.
I had believed that within a few months, Singaporeans would have thronged the streets and the PAP would be unseated.
That day never came.
At the first #ReturnOurCPF protest in June, just before I was fired from my job at the hospital, an estimated 6,000 people attended the protest. That gave me a bit of hope. At the second protest in July, about 5,000 people came. It dwindled by a bit.
But after I was sued, I wrote another almost 100 articles on the CPF. I exposed what the PAP was taking Singaporeans’ CPF to use but no one moved. No Singaporeans felt it serious or urgent enough to fight back. No one came.
Ironically, it was only after I was sued that I discovered even more about how the PAP is siphoning off Singaporeans’ CPF to earn for themselves and finally put together the complete picture of what the PAP has been using government to do, and to take from Singaporeans’ CPF.
At the fourth #ReturnOurCPF protest, a bit fewer than a thousand people turned up. The PAP then set us up. When we got to stage, they pushed the children out just as we got there, took photos, then said we “heckled” the children. Then the PAP used its ministers, members of parliament and state-controlled media to whitewash the truth and accused of “heckling” the children.
But we never did. We did not go near the children at all.
It was soon discovered that the PAP lied but they did not apologise. They had the audacity to lie and accuse us of doing something we never did but when they were caught out, they pretended nothing happened.
But what became more obvious to me at that time was that, Singaporeans did not stand up, or fight back.
When the PAP said we “heckled”, Singaporeans instead drew back. Some even among the opposition and activists also decried us for “heckling” the children.
It was only then that I realised that Singaporeans were still willing to be subdued by their fears and to distance themselves from us and from me, and they were willing to find a reason to draw themselves away.
We made some mistakes, yes. But when it became clear that we were set up and people remained silent, I became crestfallen.
What was I to do, when in the face of a snide attack from the government, that when the “hero” that many held on to was inundated with waves of attack by the government that people were willing to back away?
I am writing this not because I am upset. On the contrary, I’ve resigned myself to the knowing that Singaporeans are still not willing to be ready. After having been heckled by the PAP for “heckling” in September, I spent the next few months being disillusioned, sunken, rejected and have finally learnt to come to terms to how Singaporeans might still not be ready.
Because, are you?
I am thankful and grateful for the support that has been shown, via the donations and the words of support. I am thankful that people continue to believe in the cause that I have been fighting for and continue to hold me in high regard.
But my friends, things will only change if you are willing to fight for yourselves.
Your “hero” is only one person. After the PAP kills me off, as they have already planned to, I will be down, dead, and then you will go back to your lives, angry and upset that your “hero” couldn’t do more for you.
But what else am I do when the PAP has trained its ammunition at me? There was no where I could run. There was no army to fight the battle, let alone the war.
While I stand alone in the battlefield and you cheer me on by the side, the PAP simply charged right at me, laughing all the way.
When they saw Singaporeans donate more than $100,000 to support the cause, this shocked them and they were taken aback. But when the number of people who came for the protests dwindled, when I wrote nearly a 100 articles after I was sued and people did not budge, when they accused me of “heckling” and people withdrew, they knew they could continue to throw even the kitchen sink at me and Singaporeans wouldn’t fight.
I was on my own. They knew that I had the support, even as much as 60% or 70% of the support of Singaporeans. But they also saw for themselves that even with all the support, no one would step forward.
If so, what is there for them to fear except to charge on and kill me off?
When I am down, when your “hero” is down, what are you going to do?
Are we going back to square one?
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When I fought the defamation suit, it was because I believed that you would stand up and fight.
Just last week, I had a major argument with someone close to me – and I do not know who I can trust nowadays as the government has planted many spies around me – I told her that I am very tired. People aren’t fighting.
I told her, I do not know if Singaporeans know what they want. Many Singaporeans are urging me to continue to fight. But at the end of the day, what do Singaporeans want to achieve? Some want their CPF returned to them. Some want the PAP denied two-thirds of the seats in parliament.
However, you have to know that as long as the PAP is the government, there is no incentive for them to return your CPF to you. They’ve been taking your CPF as their own money to use for at least the past 30 years, if not the past 50 years. Why would having just a few more opposition seats change things? All they need to do is to prevent the opposition from running in the next general election.
The truth is that the only way when the CPF system will change, and in fact the only way that the government will finally learn to take care of Singaporeans is when the government changes and when the PAP is no longer the government.
But how many of you are ready for this? Or how many of you have thought through this?
So, the person close to me told me: but you know, I have to take care of my family, I have to take care of my children, so I can’t fight. You do not have a family or a partner, so you can fight.
But do you know that by fighting, I have lost my job and pretty much my life in Singapore? I haven’t been able to find a partner too because how many people would date a person being sued by the prime minister, no matter how unjust his action is?
I will only be able to get my life back in Singapore, when the government changes and the PAP is no longer the government.
But still, I fought. Not because I have nothing to lose but because I knew that if I don’t fight now, later on down the road, when things get worse, it will be too late to do something about it.
So I told the person close to me: no, you fear. Don’t come out with these excuses. You fear. And you have allowed the PAP’s propaganda to control you. Look at Hong Kong. The people there would say, for my family, for my children, I will fight.
But look at Singapore.
But you don’t understand, Singapore is better off, she said.
Rubbish, I shot back. Singapore is worse than Hong Kong. Poverty in Singapore is an estimated 30%. It is 19.6% in Hong Kong and this is already considered bad for a developed city. 30% of Singaporeans cannot earn enough to spend on basic necessities and the next 30% cannot earn enough to save. You are talking about two-thirds of Singaporeans who are not able to adequately earn to survive in Singapore.
And it is going to get worse. In 2000, poverty was an estimated 15%. It has gone up to 30% today. And at the rate it is going, in another 10 years, the number of Singaporeans living in poverty will hit 40%.
Singapore went from Third World to First World but it is going back to Third World again. Amidst the facade of the tall and new buildings, Singaporeans are actually languishing back into Third World livelihoods.
But how many of us are willing to acknowledge that? It even took me a while to see that even as people around me started talking about it. But it had to take people who have to loose their jobs and their homes, and people who cannot afford to pay their hospital bills or take their CPF out to have the veil taken off their eyes, to see what is really going on in Singapore.
Does it also means that you would have to lose your job or your home, or when you finally need to go for a major operation and can’t pay for it or when you want to retire but cannot do so, before you can also finally see the truth?
But many other Singaporeans I have spoken to have come out with excuses like she did. Because we allow fear to overcome us.
Because we fear, we would rather not fight now no matter how bad lives are today.
The funny thing is, Singaporeans keep saying that we are afraid that there will be instability if we fight or protest. But they do not want to see how if we do not do something about it today, when things get worse and we decide to finally fight, by then, it might be too hard to control.
It is ironic that while we fear that there might be instability today but it might be because of our very lack of action today that instability might result in the future.
Just last week, I met a person who told me that she was worried that if the PAP is no longer the government, then there will be instability in Singapore.
But I told her, you look at the opposition, how many of them are willing to rock the boat? In fact, if the opposition becomes the government, they would be more likely to want to maintain stability because they are also conservative. They know that Singaporeans value stability and they will also want to maintain that stability. In fact, for any government anywhere in the world that becomes the government, the very first thing they would, or should do, is to assure the people and businesses that they will continue to maintain stability.
But I told her, if the opposition forms the next government, it will not be the opposition that will cause instability to happen in Singapore. It will be the PAP which will create instability in Singapore.
Over the past 50 years, the PAP has controlled the government, they have also used the government to control the civil service, media, the law, the major companies in Singapore, academia, think tanks and used money to also control the non-government agencies etc.
The PAP has over the past 50 years controlled all aspects of Singapore so that they can make money off this country and the people here, for themselves. If the PAP loses government, they would want to take back control of government so that they can continue to earn.
Thus if the PAP is no longer the government, they will want to create instability so that they can make it look like the opposition cannot run the government, then take back the government, so that they can continue to make money off the people.
It is hypocritical for the PAP to keep saying that only it has the interests of Singapore at heart when it is clear that it is because of the PAP, that Singapore’s future is now at stake.
Where the PAP has continued to control companies in Singapore, this has driven out entrepreneurship among Singaporeans and created a dearth of Singapore companies and a local base for economic growth. Where the PAP has continued to pay themselves high salaries while depressing the wages of the majority of Singaporeans, this has not only created the highest income inequality among the developed countries, it has also caused social problems to develop, where Singaporeans are stuck in lower social classes and where our people have become less motivated and dejected.
We are losing our country and I put the blame squarely on the PAP.
But how many Singaporeans are willing to acknowledge this? Many still will themselves into the propaganda that the PAP puts out. Many continue to allow fear to sway their logic and thinking. How many of us are willing to break free from the PAP’s indoctrination and to think clearly for ourselves, and more importantly, for our own lives and our children’s, and for the future of this country?
My friends, I cannot be your hero. You have to be your own hero. You have to fight for yourself.
If you want change, you have to fight for it. You have to stand up and fight.
I have been a symbol of that resistance and of that fight but I can no longer do it, not as one person on my own.
If you really want change to come to Singapore, so that the lives of Singaporeans can get better, you have to decide for yourselves if you are willing to fight.
Many Singaporeans hope that things will change at the next general election. They believe that they can vote for change.
However, you and I know that the PAP will not play fair. Will things change? I do not know.
If we really want things to change, we will need at least 60% or 70% of Singaporeans to vote against the PAP, so that even if the PAP plays unfairly, we can still win.
I believe that there are at least 60% of Singaporeans who are already very angry with the PAP but how many of us would vote right?
And if after the next general election, the PAP is still the government, what will you do? Will you just continue to be angry?
Or will you fight?
The thing is, there are already many Singaporeans who are sick and tired of the PAP’s bullying ways – and I am sure there are already more than half, or even more than 60%.
If we come together, change can come, either at the ballot box or if Singaporeans decide to stand and fight together.
Are you ready to do it? Will you?
This is something you have to think for yourself. I can definitely see that some change has come after the last few months.
More Singaporeans are speaking up. More are standing up. We need more. How many more would do so, together?
Today, the PAP is very scared. They pretend that they are not but they are shitting in their pants. It’s really up to Singaporeans to look beyond the old rhetoric that we have been told and to unite and turn things around for ourselves.
It is up to you now.
It is time you become the “hero” for I will soon be rooted out by the PAP. If you do not want the fight to die down, then you have to decide for yourself if you are willing to fight.
For your own freedom, for your own lives, you have to fight. And only when you fight, will change come.
My friends, be the hero you want to see. Fight for yourselves. And your families.
How Singapore will turn out will depend on what Singaporeans and you are ready for.