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sickened..

Low Thia Kiang was up bright and early this morning going around Hougang, thanking the residents for their support. The pickup truck drove by my condo and I had a glimpse of the man through my window as he was shouting out thank you messages through the loud hailer. I waved enthusiastically at him and he smiled and waved back at me. I'm glad my vote counted. It made my day somehow and I was in high spirits.

Just a few hours ago, I read that James Gomez has been detained at the airport just when he was leaving for Sweden. No..he wasn't trying to escape the country. He was leaving for a job posting there..something that had already been planned and it was a job he was willing to give up should WP win Aljunied. But his passport was impounded and he was brought to the police station as 'someone' from the Elections Dept had launched an official complaint against him..for criminal intimidation.

My heart sunk. I just couldn't believe what I read on the net. Switched on the tv and a newscaster was reporting about it too... The sickening feeling in my stomach stayed there the entire evening. It's affecting me more than I thought it would. It actually made me wish that I could pack up and leave this country together with my family..And I've always maintained before this that Singapore is a place I would live in for the rest of my life. I should go get some sleep but I don't think I will feel any better tomorrow.

Quote from Low Thia Kiang "Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the will to act in spite of it."


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mrsbudak
May. 7th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yes. We ought to be proud of and be grateful to our government. Amen.
swimzguy
May. 7th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
yah.. watch tat news on tv too.. *shocked*

but since MM mentioned if he really wanted to move on he should "move on out of politics".. so good lor.. hopefully they will just let him to sweden for his job posting..... hate to see another ugly event following election..
justt
May. 7th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
sickening is an apt term. singapore is turning into a fascist state. wait, it already is except that the fangs are growing.
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angeliatay
May. 7th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
the only possible 'planted' opposition i can think of was during the presidential election in 1993.

peaelle
May. 7th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
My heart sank when my parents told me about Gomez being detained.
Such is the harsh reality here.

I attended Low's rally and it was powerful beyond words.
It says something.
Singaporeans are becoming less fearful and more verbal.
Which is a good thing.
Let's keep our finger crossed for more drama to come..
In a good way, of course.
tinymich
May. 7th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to say, man.
e_rambler
May. 7th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Singaporeans deserve the government that they vote for. I feel sickened too but since the people won't stand up when it counts, who is there to blame but ourselves?

Get ready to be screwed royally over the next 5 years - and of course the collective memory will conveniently forget all that's done to us once the carrot is dangled in front of them. What will the new vote buying (LHL never denied that part of his speech) scheme be called?
l1sh
May. 7th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
Much as I respect the people in white, their election behavior "TacticS" have to change. Otherwise all it takes is this very election for us to see that this is not the government we want, clawing into the next five years like Ci Xi empress.

Yes we are a protected society, but we are not that blind. *sigh*.
geekgeek
May. 8th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
When I first heard about it, I was disgusted beyond words. Now, I am more than disgusted. I am sickened.

This is not the sort of society I want my future kids to grow up in. I do not want them to grow up repressed and fearful to speak their mind.

I sincerely hope that the international media pick up on this and give some unbiased coverage so that the rest of the world knows that this is the kind of leadership we have.
jinsiew
May. 8th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
let the REAL drama begins...seems like the busiest time for the lawyers, judges, courts etc. is always after election!! i wonder why this guy even bother when he has a job posting in sweden waiting for him...how silly!! sigh!! hope he is ok and people will let him move on to his new posting and put this politic behind him...but...i dun think he will be be easily let go...
parentingjoy
May. 8th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
If he has done nothing wrong, what's there to fear? He did threatened a civil servant (which is an offence). Being a politician, you have to be clever and know that every word you say counts (whether in your favour or against you). You can't just "anyhow say say" and then hope to get away with it. The least he could have done was to apologise to the officer he threatened.

As for this whole hulabaloo about the 'persecutions' that the opposition suffers from the ruling party, come on lah. This is call the rule of the law. Opposition means can be above the law? For argument's sake, assume that there are underlying agenda in this arrest, don't the opposition already know it, being here for long enough? It is either (1) they are stupid enough to get into the tangle themselves or (2) like Chee Soon Juan, they have a 'martyr' mentally. This, in Chinese, is called 有勇无谋.
angeliatay
May. 8th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
the key question in my personal opinion, is whether the law has indeed been broken or whether the interpretation and enforcement of the law has been stretched .....

What did the person in question say or do that can be construed as criminal intimidation of a civil servant? Did he threaten the person with violence, hurt, vulgarities? He simply said to the civil servant that "there will be consequences" when he thought that the civil servant had misplaced the minority application form. Isn't that just a rant in a normal everyday world? That a person is saying, "I think you (the civil servant) have done wrong, and because of that you have caused me a potentially big problem, and as such I am going to complain to your superior or to the appropriate authority, and you will be facing the consequences of your action". Doesn't that happen everyday with everyday people telling traffic policemen, parking wardens, and other government officials when they feel that they have been aggrieved? Don't you see such complains, everyday single day, in the Straits Times Forum, when people who feel aggrieved by civil servants complain to the entire world at large? Do such everyday complainers get investigated for criminal investigation?

The 2nd point to note is what were the actions taken by the person in question and his political party when they felt that the Elections Department had misplaced the minority application form? Did it appear that they were going to make a big election topic out of the matter? Did they appear to be the Chee Soon Juan type of people who do character assassinations & protest marches?

Fact of the matter is that they did not make a big hullabaloo about it then (which was before the PAP jumped on the bandwagon and made it a big media issue). They simply said that they felt aggrieved, they felt that the form had been wrongly misplaced by the Elections Department, but they said that thank goodness it was not an issue because they had other minority candidates in the GRC. It was the PAP who turned the matter into a big media issue, not the workers' party who wanted to focus only on their calm, collected, campaign issues.

The last para about opposition being above the law...I don't think the opposition have the mentality of being above the laws... so long as the laws are fair to all. What they, and most people are concerned about, are that laws should be fairly applied to all and should not be grossly unfair to minority interests. A society at the end of the day, is judged, and succeeds, because of the way that minority interests are treated/handled. What do we mean by treatment of minority interests?.... in the old Apartheid days, South African treatment of blacks would be deemed as being unfair. In the old pre-WW2 days, Nazi treatment of jews would be deemed as unfair. In the corporate world, a majority shareholder's treatment of minority shareholders would be a similar yardstick.

There are other issues that are raised from this incident that disturbs people.... which i dont think i should touch on here..
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msbrightside
May. 8th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
The disturbing thing is that middle-aged men of my dad's generation are very inclined to believe the PAP's spin, which is that Gomez set out to launch a smear campaign on the Elections Dept that would have worked had there not been CCTV footage. I mean, for goodness' sake lah.. isn't a man innocent until proven guilty? As far as I can tell, there's no proof, just a widely-interpreted CCTV tape, speculation and (dare I say it?) propaganda.
chanrkl
May. 8th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
i'm late... i didn't manage to read about it. gosh. it certainly does say a lot. actions speak much more than words.
valska
May. 8th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
We were pretty surprised ourselves over the arrest. Terence thinks that this possibly couldn't be the work of the government, but someone from the elections department who did it, without thinking twice about the repercussions and how it would reflect on the state/government as a whole. I concur with that because well, of what I know of the general mindset of civil servants. (I said general, not all.)

I hope you feel better. Just think of how happy you were when LTK won, by a huge margin too! I was hoping that WP would win Aljunied, yet not hoping at the same time because I really am quite annoyed with that Gomez character. I think he probably caused WP the crucial votes needed to win that GRC.
platorulez
May. 8th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
I really don't understand why PAP would arrest Gomez over this incident. My guess is that it's either some cowboy over at the Elections Dept thinking he is very smart (probably getting a huge dressing down right now), or else they really have something serious on the man. I'm sure we'll find out what the charges are pretty soon. Whatever the case, I think that unless he's somehow involved in terror-related activities, arresting the man is the dumbest thing they've done so far. He's far from a saint, but I don't believe that what he's done so far deserves being treated like an axe murderer.
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mac_bart
May. 8th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
sickened is the right word. that's how I feel after reading about it here (yeah, I hadn't heard).
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