Monday, 18 May 2009

The line has been crossed

The attacks have continued since my last posting on this blog. In particular, the latest attacks have alleged and/or insinuated that (a) I asked for and am receiving foreign funding from a Swedish politician, who allegedly funds the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) as well, and (b) I am involved or associated with the SDP and may be their representative or “mole” in Parliament.

Both of these allegations are untrue and false. They are vile, vicious and malicious attacks on me, and nothing short of character assassination. I consider them extremely defamatory and criminal in nature.

I did not at any time ask for, and have not at any time been offered or accepted, any sort of funding from any local or foreign entity, including the Swedish politician named in the latest attack. The only sources of income (or funding) that I have, are my employer and the Government of Singapore (in the form of my monthly NMP allowance). Furthermore, I am not involved or affiliated or associated, whether directly, indirectly or in any other way, with the SDP, and am certainly not their representative or “mole” in Parliament.

While I have not previously taken any action in response to the attacks to me on the Internet, I feel that this latest attack crosses the line and goes beyond any attacks that I am willing to countenance as being fair game for a public figure. I do not think that it is appropriate or acceptable for any MP, including an NMP, to accept any funding, whether local or foreign.

Accordingly, I made a police report on this matter tonight. I have also requested those forums that I am aware are currently hosting these falsehoods, to take them down.

In the interests of full transparency, I did meet with certain Swedish gentlemen recently. Details of those meetings are set out in my statement to the police. I met them at their request, just as I have met other foreigners from time to time, including staff from the various High Commissions and embassies in Singapore (such as from Australia, the US, the UK and other EU countries) and visiting foreigners, such as academics doing research on aspects of Singapore. At these meetings, we discuss matters related Singapore, in particular current affairs and the political situation in Singapore. From my perspective, these meetings are to help the foreigners obtain a better understanding of Singapore. I do not think that there was anything wrong with those meetings, and I have nothing to hide.

While I continue to believe that it is, on the whole, beneficial for Singaporeans to speak up for what they believe in, and I certainly hope that this wish and desire will continue and extend beyond the current discussions around the NMP re-nomination process and homosexuality, I also do believe -- and have always believed -- that rights and freedoms have limits.

I have to date refrained from taking any legal action in response to the lies and falsehoods that have been levelled at me. But this latest attack goes beyond anything that a reasonable person could possibly perceive as being a valid or legitimate exercise of the right to free speech, and I certainly will not tolerate the latest rounds of character assassination from cowards hiding behind the perceived anonymity of the Internet.

68 comments:

Chee Wai Lee said...

*facepalm* ... this is starting to feel like some of the US politics I hate most.

For what it is worth, I'm sorry you are going through this right now.

Davester said...

Agreed. The comments and pure slander have been too much. The reach forum is an utter disgrace with all sort of stupid conspiracy theories.

Jeanne said...

Good for you, Xiao. I'm glad you at least have this platform to clear the air. The accusations I've seen on the forums are really malevolent. From the very bottom of my heart, I hope these cowardly attackers get weeded out through official criminal investigations -- and the rest of the slanderous commentators will know that they are not above the law just because they hide under a cloak of anonymity.

BenedictSays said...

Dear Kum Hong,

Good that you made a police report. You have nothing to hide and you certainly have nothing to be ashamed of.

Thank you for keeping us posted.

Take care and God bless you in all the good that you do for so many.

benedict

xNSman said...

Dear Siew,

You must be doing a great job if you have riled up these groups of people with low EQ. Don't worry, when you are doing something with a clear conscience and openly unlike these people, you are on the path of the righteous. Keep it up and best wishes.

yeu@nn said...

Take heart, Mr Kum Hong... Keep up the good work... Don't be discouraged against all this slander. You have my support, and I'll keep you in my prayers too. Fight the good fight and God bless!

THE LUCKY 7 MOVEMENT said...

People who have no real power and/or positive purpose in life resort to bullying others in their cloak of anonymity. For all we know their hatred has got nothing to do with your role as NMP or anything you do as an NMP or not, but you are an easy target and a safe outlet for their pent up frustrations. Anyone who has experience with bullies will report similar observations.

Or it might just be cases of "you're doing something I'm not familiar with. I feel stupid but I'm not willing to spend time and effort to understand. So I've decided to comfort myself by labelling it as bad. If it is bad, we must get rid of it. If we can't get rid of it, we must get rid of you. Otherwise this nagging conflict within me will never go off."

I'm just sorry you have to bear so much of these people's confused negativity.

TOC Moderated said...

If you want an honest opinion.

I am fully agree that such baseless attacks on one's character is utterly disgraceful and must be challenged to prove that such allegations are true, and if not, a legal course of justice must be brought to bear on those who male these allegations.

However, I would like to you take a step back and see why there is this sudden high-intensity activism against you and your character. I am sure you will know that you have stepped on many toes with the just-concluded women's saga. Your conduct, although supported by your supporters, was very much left to be desired, reasoning that it was because of a soundless microphone that allowed you to behave the way you did.

You might not have asked for, been offered or accepted any sort of funding but you cannot blame people for putting one and one together to get two, just like the AWARE saga, when people were putting Christianity and Christianity together to get anti-homosexuality, before anyone could even figure out who the new faces were. So now the tables are turned and you is jumping like a monkey. It's time to take a leaf from Josie on how to conduct oneself under such scrutiny.

You make a police report without considering the adverse effect it might have on internet regulation, which had been a topic of discussion some time ago, and for which we are still waiting for some sort of regulation to come from the authorities. This will be made into a case-study and I am sure the authorities will exact all it can from it to regulate the internet. Again, your reason that you had previously ignored such attacks does not stand up to reason. One cannot pretend a fire is burning until the fire reaches his doorsteps. If it does, it is one's fault for ignoring the fire while it can still be contained. (read: AWARE).

Now you want a complete cleanup of the forums hosting these ‘falsehoods’. Sigh!.

“ I do not think that there was anything wrong with those meetings, and I have nothing to hide” : SKH.

Mr. Siew, when one’s integrity comes under scrutiny, nothing you say will stand up to credibility in the eyes of the observing public. It becomes your words against theirs. So who do we believe when you say you have nothing to hide? Do we need to come together to give a vote of confidence to you a la AWARE EGM meeting?

"While I continue to believe that it is, on the whole, beneficial for Singaporeans to speak up for what they believe in, and I certainly hope that this wish and desire will continue and extend beyond the current discussions around the NMP re-nomination process and homosexuality, I also do believe — and have always believed — that rights and freedoms have limit"

And the majority of people believe in this philosophy too. That’s why I said you have stepped on the toes, of too many, of the majority when you supported the ideology of a few. This is no longer a question of whether what you did was right or wrong, but why.

Finally, you save your last breath of attacks on Anon posters, calling all Netizens who use anonymous nicks, and who have contributed to online discourses with their well-researched and quality postings, in one fell sweep - as cowards.

Do note that your own blog welcomes the comments of anonymous posters.

Don’t you think the Anons can take out a collective legal suit against your insinuation?

Mr Siew, you have shown yourself to be a good NMP, even though you may not have shown the same level of professional integrity in your personal dealings. You may be a public figure and you may even accord yourself a certain level of importance in terms of social standing. I urge you therefore, to exercise your tolerance and understanding that you will inevitably get such close scrutiny because of your standing, more so when you had used your standing (whether deliberately or not) to bring effect and impact on a situation that is very sensitive and close to the hearts of a lot of people.

My personal opinion is this: that you have shown yourself to be a great NMP. Unfortunately, your recent backing of the AWARE old guards, and particularly, the CSE programme it was running, have both done you in.

Perhaps it might be good to ’shut up and sit down’ and take some time to reflect on all these - well, if the advice is of any use to you that is.

DK said...

You have our support. :)

Salary said...

I support this police report move.

solo bear said...
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solo bear said...

I wanted to post long comment. But decided against it because I'd rather dirty my own blog than do it here.

Here's my opinion about Kum Hong's latest issue.

So what now, Kum Hong?Sorry for deletion of last post - duplicate.

Yujin said...

Mr Siew, I just want to add a word to say thank you once again, for all that you have done as NMP. You have our support. I only wish more of our MPs are like you. Continue the good fight, knowing that MANY, MANY of us are supporting you in making Singapore a better place for all.

Tracker said...

Hi Sir,

You have my support too.

runmondeo said...

Such baseless accusations are deplorable and have no place in public discourse, no matter how much ill feeling you have generated. Its good that you have made a police report and I hope the perpetrators be brought to book.

beng said...

Siew Kum Hong. Thank you for all you have done in parliament and for speaking up. Sorry you have to endure all these nonsense. Chin up! You have my support for a second term. cheers

lokyc said...

I'm trying not to be an Obamaphile (I did support him from his nomination btw), but I cannot help but admire his masterstroke of a speech at Notre Dame Uni yesterday.

the battle lines (for we are forced into a battle) are as a previous poster mentioned, for an open and informed discourse between various opinions.

For too long, our country has been totalitarian and monolithic in not just policy, but in thought. So much so that the authorities recognises its detrimental effect on the economy and continued prosperity of Singapore.

Siew Kum Hong has been a breath of fresh air. A prominent green shoot, amongst many, to bring diversity of thought back on the agenda.

the depiction of AWARE and Siew that they support homosexuality and their subsequent demonisation reflects the totalitarian and chuavanistic attitude of their critiques.

There is only one side trying to impose their views on everyone else. Frankly, their sense of superiority disgusts me. Stop treating people like children!

I am comforted by the response of the wider public at the EGM. We have chosen discourse over extremism.

to the extremists, desist your charactor assasination. If your views have any substance, welcome to bring them to the table.

Smear campaigns only reflect your hollowness. Address the message, not the messenger.

Hean teik said...

Please do not sue, or put in more police reports. Politics is like this, even in the states- what they had said of Obama etc.
You have said your piece, move on. if you think this slander is too much, maybe give up NMP, and just be in NGO. personally, I think you should continue being an NMP, just don't bother with detractors, and certainly do not emulate PAP in legal suits.

JVC said...

I hope the truth comes to light but nevertheless I have this to say... I don't support your re-election as NMP simply because you're perceived as advancing homosexual agendas instead of working towards national unity in mainstream society.

lokyc said...

Hean Teik, I the gist of what you said. Its a nasty tactic. If SKH stays silent, they will take it as an admission of guilt. (read solo bear's blog). If he defends himself, they will claim he is being defensive. Worse, they will draw parallels with libel suit extraordinaire.

Nevertheless, the accusation levelled, treason and corruption, are criminal in nature. For the citizen, and more so for a member of paliarment. If SKH is a traitor or corrupt, then I as a member of a public want to know. And see justice done. So if there is any crednece, then the accuser should step forward, not necessarily in public. But to the relevant authorities. If there are reasons not to, then the accuser should also explain. If anything, I do not think we want our political discourse to degenerate into a playground shouting match. We must put a stop to this.

One could argue that the wider public should be able to see sense. However, one could forsee that a less than robust rebuttal from him would lead to allegations of "no smoke without fire".

Referring the matter to the police invites a "neutral" 3rd party to investigate any bases for these claims and put the matter to bed.

SKH puts himself to as much scrutiny as the accuser, and can therefore put himself above suspicion.

I think most people would agree SKH is not in bed with the government, and therefore unlikely to conceive of a cover-up.

Libel suits though, are civil proceedings. Those acquinted with British law know more than I do about its existence. As such, I agree its definitely not worth pursuing.

Davester said...

Know that there's people behind you, SKH. In just three days, the FB group supporting you has ballooned to more than a thousand:
http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=82451473402

You've stuck your head out for Singapore. Whether or not you're elected for a second term, there are plenty of people who respect you and wish there were more people who dared to cross swords, rather than accept things blindly.

Gavin said...

Whatever the outcome is, you will always have my respect Mr Siew.

Sojourner said...

Mr Siew, you have my respect and support for all you have done for Singapore. This campaign of slander and lies is disgusting. When it is conducted in the name of public morals and godly behaviour, it is even more disgusting and deplorable.

The moral majority Mr Siew applaud you for standing up for justice, taking principled action and speaking your mind fearlessly. Please continue doing your good work. We are behind you

Siew Kum Hong said...

To all: Thank you for your support and words of encouragement.

To TOC Moderated: Now that this is a police matter, I am not able to make any further comment on this matter. When this is resolved, I do intend to post some further thoughts about this incident, and my stand on freedom of speech, at an opportune time.

Mr Sia said...

Hi Mr Siew,

hope you remember me, Mr Sia (feoleo88.. email), the one who raised the "Utilities Rebates" issue with you?

I just want to say to you, please be strong in the face of the current besiegement...

...I still hope that you will be there to raise the "Utilities Rebates" issue in the Parliament..

(the Rebates issue is far from settled as there is no definite and satisfactory answer from the Ministry of Finance yet..)

At this difficult time, pls remember that only history will be the judge of your works..

Boh Tong said...

I am not sure moderating comments helps.If you believe in free speech and democracy you should welcome all comments...of course it hurts sometimes to get adverse comments. Here I am talking about the comments in your blog and not about the debate that's going on about the postition you are in.

Ben Etc said...

Keep on keeping on.
You're a sterling example of Grace Under Pressure.

Gabriel Sim said...

Hi Mr Siew.

First let me say I fully support your past work as NMP and would in a heartbeat, if given the authority, nominate you for another term.

Perhaps i will never understand the challenges of a public figure and thus am unable to appreciate the stresses you are undergoing at this point.

So please indulge me some comments.

I take some issue with this statement of yours:

"cowards hiding behind the perceived anonymity of the Internet."I believe it was you who when interviewed by TODAY stated that you hoped for more people like you. Active citizens who are willing to speak up. So I do hope you do not intend to issue a blanket characterisation of all anonymous netters as cowards.

Sometimes, anonymity on the net is the only protection some of us have from police state surveillance and the abuse of the judicury to silents dissident voices.

Lets use some hypotheticals.

Imagine, if Wong Kan Seng went after all netters that had made defamatory comments or comments perceived as character assassinations. Alot of us would be sued pantsless.

Or imagine if every MP - who was covered in Wayangparty's exposes - filed police reports compelling the release of his hosting information because they felt defamed.

Anonymity is what protects wayangparty. Would you label Wayangparty a coward as well?

A coin has two sides. Oftentimes, what constitutes the valid or legitimate exercise of the right to free speech, is defined by whether you are a heads or a tail.

~~~
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.... Ab. Lincoln
~~~

Mr Sia said...

To Mr Gabriel Sim,

I believe there are lots of dissenters over here and Mr Siew probably will not have the time to lengthily discuss all the accusation questions, especially the silly ones..

So for the sake of standing up for fairness, I would like to address yr grievance: ......

You are suggesting that irresponsible and inflammatory comments without validation should be encouraged or allowed under the cloak of anonymity on the Net, I do not think a single responsible netizen will condone that.

If a person wish to voice a comment in any media, like any honorable person do, they should be able to validate their claims and claim responsiblity and not be afraid of scrutiny of the justice system.

The integrity of the internet should not be abused by sneaky users whose only aim is to spread untrue rumours..

Freedom of speech is entitled where there is a responsible and honorable intention from the speaker..

lobo said...

Gabriel,

It is one thing to give opinions, regardless of how 'extreme' they may be, and another to accuse someone of criminal behaviour.

e.g someone can call me 'stupid', 'idiot', 'no brain', etc. These are extreme (to me^_^) opinions that I do not feel requires the intervention of police.
If someone posts widely, I stole money from an NTUC cash register, and my real identity on the Net is known, I do feel the police intervention is necessary (though cost might be an issue). What if for my next job, the interviewer reads about it?

ahblabla said...

Boh Tong, just to point out, the deleted post in the comments was by solo bear (he said so himself in his subsequent post).

Nevertheless, I would not advise going to solo bear's blog, for we all know the diatribe in it after the AWARE saga. =P

family man said...

Dear Sir,

I am glad you have cleared the air with a formal police report.

Francis Seow was also accused by people of receiving rewards from foreigners and we know what happened to him.

I am proud of you and will pray for your safety.

Gabriel Sim said...

Mr Sia,

I do not, nor have ever, condoned
nor encouraged irresponsible and inflammatory comments under the cloak of anonymity on the Net.

All I am saying is that for every action, there are ripple effects.

I hate the "slippery slope" argument but things always have a way of escalating.

This is just something I hope Mr Siew and other public figures will keep in mind.

Although Alex at yawningbread is fully supporting Siew's actions, he did note that "those who put themselves in the public eye should be more tolerant of public discussion of their activities and motives than truly private citizens."Somethings to bear in mind:
1) The Lee's defamation suit against the publisher and editor of FEER
2)The use of defamtion against CSJ
http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ASA36/010/2001/en/dom-ASA360102001en.html
3) Libel suit against Gopalan Nair
http://cpj.org/2008/06/singapore-detains-us-blogger-over-libel-commentary.php

Obviously the cases are different from the current one but they serve as reminders that what is deemed fair comment is often skewed by those with the power and money to sue.

When the little guy has to watch every single word he uses in fear of being accused of at best inneundo and at worst libel, the only form in which free speech can take place is in the shape of anonymity.

Once again, I am sympathetic to Mr Siew but i wonder why a police report was lodged against anonymous individuals who accused him of accepting foerign money (a lie) and no action was taken against the real life agents of the former Aware New Guard when they operate in the light of day and accuse him of abusing his position as NMP to further a Gay-agenda.

Donaldson Tan said...

Hi Gabriel Sim,

I want to make a few points here:

Firstly, it is criminal for politicians to accept foreign funding. It is criminal to be a SDP agent when NMPs are supposed to be non-partisan. It is not criminal to advance a homosexual agenda, assuming if one even exists.

Secondly, making a police report does not contradict the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Are you suggesting that the anonymous critics are already guilty of making malicious remarks when Kum Hong lodged a police report?

Kum Hong has made no mention of any defamation suits. Please don't insinuate that he would even though it is his right. His anonymous critics also have the right to put forward a libel suit against Kum Hong if they want to.

angry doc said...

I think we can all do with reading the relevant sections on defamation under the Penal Code (S499) to see what is and what is not considered defamatory under the law before commenting.

Donaldson Tan said...

The people who wants absolute free speech safe from repercussion gotta be dreaming. Repercussion is the balancing component that keeps free speech in check. Moreover, we have laws to regulate on what repercussion is acceptable and what isn't.

andres said...

first and foremost, kudos on all your effort as NMP- film act, discrimination, etc.- and I hope your nomination will be accepted. Singapore needs citizen like you to speak up for issues that ppl living in Singapore face, and issues that are ppl in Singapore are unaware of. Your action push for more voices and awareness of issues in Singapore, and- as we are all moving towards globalization- in the world as a whole.

I'm sure, voicing and pushing what you believe in takes a whole lot of effort and time, but at the same time, effort is needed to answer all kinds of feedback in return. I know, most of the time, we tell ourselves, in rhetorical manner, that we don't need all those remarks, especially negatives ones, and certainly, it would be a waste of time to respond to such remarks.

But like you've mentioned, sometimes, such remarks crossed the line and the repurcussions of such remarks are severe and sometimes irreversible. It's very unfortunate that, an open forum has been abused for attempt to spread lies (that is assuming what was mentioned is a lie). If indeed lies have been spread, personally, what I would do is to go all way to counter that. That does not translate to disapproving the lies and proving that it's a lie- why should I be the one to prove that that is a lie- but rather to force it upon the person who make the remark to prove that he/she is correct in every sense.

And yes, Ill make a police report, and I would flush out the person and all that is related to the person and his/ her remarks. I'll make it an onus for the person to prove himself/ herself, and especially for the sake of transparency, nothing is to be hidden behind anonymity. I believe, anyone who hide behind anonymity, or act behind anonymity, has hidden agenda which are most probably only to his/her own advantages and skewed belief.

Anyway, I hope your personal saga will be triumpant on your side and I hope to see you in the Parliament in the near future. Again, kudos, and thanks for your voice.

Gabriel Sim said...
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Gabriel Sim said...

Donaldson Tan,

#1 You said "Firstly, it is criminal for politicians to accept foreign funding. It is criminal to be a SDP agent when NMPs are supposed to be non-partisan. It is not criminal to advance a homosexual agenda, assuming if one even exists."

Defamatory comments or libelous remarks are not limited to the accusations of criminal conduct. A person's status/character can be damaged any number of ways. If Mr Siew is caricatured as someone pushing a gay-agenda, it brings into question his impartiality and motives behind very move he mades. #2 You said: "Kum Hong has made no mention of any defamation suits. Please don't insinuate that he would even though it is his right. His anonymous critics also have the right to put forward a libel suit against Kum Hong if they want to."

You are twisting my words. Yes i did reference other cases where libel suits were brought up BUT when referring to Mr Siew, I merely pointed out the chilling effect of his police report; which i am sure even he would not deny are intended to identity the anonymous cowards as he put it.


As for your statement that the anonymous critics having the right to put forward their own suits... you are making absolute no sense at all.

solo bear said...

Just a sidetrack from the issue of police report.

I feel that if Kum Hong really wants to contribute, he should just join a political party and contest as an MP instead.

What's the purpose of sitting a second term?

Donaldson Tan said...

Hi Gabriel Sim,

I don't need you to inform me what libel is. I can look up the Penal Code myself.

One of the premise for libel is that it must lead to some kind of damage. By labelling the pink agenda as libel, you think it is damaging to be associated with the homosexuals.

There is no chilling effect associated to the police report unless you reject that the police operates on the principle of innocent until proven guilty or you have knowledge that some of his critics are intentionally propagating lies.

I look forward to the anonymous critics to put forward any suit in a court of law. They would have to reveal their identities in the process.


Best regards
Donald

loti said...

To TOC Moderated:

I completely disagree with your following statement:

“That’s why I said you have stepped on the toes, of too many, of the majority when you supported the ideology of a few.”

(Ideology of a few, in this case, it seems being “homosexuality”.) Note that a finding from the Singapore Government’s Social Attitudes Survey 2001 carried out in 2001 found that 88% of older Singaporeans and 71% of younger Singaporeans found homosexual behaviour unacceptable.
http://www.mcys.gov.sg/MCDSFiles/Resource/Materials/Attitudes_on_Family.pdf

That means almost 30% of younger Singaporeans finds it acceptable. And this survey was done 8 years ago and Singapore has definitely become more liberal now. Is this the “ideology of a few”? Then are the social practices and beliefs of the Malays (14%) and Indians (9%) in Singapore also the “ideology of a few”? I dread to think that if a Chinese is to support the culture/practice of the others, they would run the risk of being accused of “stepping on the toes of many”. This is not the best example but you see where I am going with it.

In the same survey, 68% of older Singaporeans found divorce unacceptable (almost the same as younger Singaporeans found homosexual behaviour unacceptable). In the same breath, those who seek a divorce to get out of an unhappy marriage are following the ideology of a few and we would be stepping on toes to support them? Your statement seem to imply that. Singapore is a progressive society that is gradually becoming more liberated. We seek to respect the choices of individuals and minorities and your statement seemed to take us back by 40 years.

Besides, Mr Siew has no need to demonstrate more to us that he has spoken up on and supported a wide variety of issues affecting society as a whole. He has certainly NOT been single-minded in fighting for rights of gays/lesbians and he has only shown that he is anti-discriminatory.

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Chee Wai Lee said...

Gabriel Sim -

You wrote:

"A person's status/character can be damaged any number of ways. If Mr Siew is caricatured as someone pushing a gay-agenda, it brings into question his impartiality and motives behind very move he mades."

Frankly I don't think there's anything wrong with that and frankly I don't think Mr. Siew was even trying to be impartial (nor should he). How does that damage his character or "status"? I support him for his stance, his sense of reason, his sense of fair play and his good work, not for his impartiality.

The problem is when someone makes statements that are gross mis-representations of what he was trying to do and worse, an accusation that he was "on the take" from foreign agents.

Gabriel Sim said...

Chee Wai Lee,

Taking a stand and fighting for equal rights under the law for the gay community is admirable and by no means diminishes is status or image.

But when he is accused of having a "Gay Agenda", it suggest he has something to gain personally and is using his position as NMP to further that agenda.

Obviously these are ludicrous accusations, but it seems they had their desired effect in inciting action by this majority of concerned citizens.

Would that not constitute some form of defamation? In the end of course, its up to Mr Siew's personal judgement to decide if he wants to pursue each and every innuendo/allegation.

I just question the need to go after some anonymous internet commenters who quite frankly could be mere students, when the more vile perpetrators are left scott free.

Duh said...

Kum Hong, there are so many U-turns on your testimony and response, both in your blog and your input to the public media, it is clear you are not a man of principle nor integrity. You are therefor, unfit to be NMP. Do not be deluded by the bunch of sycopants in your blog only interested in self-congratulations. I hope the police investigations will prove the rumours true. I will be interested to hear why you did not report the Swedish gentleman to MHA when he offered you an opportunity to betray your own country.

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TOC Moderated is not being reasonable here.

The new AWARE Exco turned the office into some high security facility. The fired old staff, dissolved subcoms and spent a questionable amount of money over a short period of time.

These acts alone are worthy of a vote of no confidence.

In sharp and total contrast, the trolls at the various pub lic forums that villfy Mr Siew are accusing him of being one the payroll of foreign powers and political parties. These are serious insinuations which must either to proven or refuted.

Does this sound anything like what Ms Josie Lau received? Stop comparing apples with oranges.

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To DUH(22 May 13:08) who wrote "I will be interested to hear why you did not report the Swedish gentleman to MHA when he offered you an opportunity to betray your own country." It would be good for you to clarify the statement so that readers can be more enlightened, thanks.

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Duh said "I will be interested to hear why you did not report the Swedish gentleman to MHA when he offered you an opportunity to betray your own country."

Seems to be a fragment of imagination by Duh. What Mr Siew said "In the interests of full transparency, I did meet with certain Swedish gentlemen recently. Details of those meetings are set out in my statement to the police. I met them at their request, just as I have met other foreigners from time to time, including staff from the various High Commissions and embassies in Singapore (such as from Australia, the US, the UK and other EU countries) and visiting foreigners, such as academics doing research on aspects of Singapore. At these meetings, we discuss matters related Singapore, in particular current affairs and the political situation in Singapore. From my perspective, these meetings are to help the foreigners obtain a better understanding of Singapore. I do not think that there was anything wrong with those meetings, and I have nothing to hide."

Wonder how Duh can manage to twist something that is literally in Black and White?

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Support you Mr. Siew. Please don't give up on us.

I am glad and do hope that there are more people like you, who stand up for fairness and reason.

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Dear KH,You will face all this flaks now & the future.Do not be discourage stay true to yourself and stay the course.Good & sensible people will stand by and pray for you. I know because I am one of them.

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