Chia Ti Lik’s Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Confessions of a Protestor, World Consumer Rights’ Day – Protest in front of Parliament House Part 5

[News has it that Uncle Yap has been charged for 2 charges unlawful assembly and illegal procession. This is a sad day for Singapore. Something must be wrong with this nation when the administration punishes civil activists for speaking up for the Singapore people.

As it is, we are a nation under seige and a terrorist is on the loose, yet there is enough police determination to deploy surveillance policemen to be waiting for the civil and political activists outside parliament house on 15th March 2008. There was also enough resolve to get ready scores of female policewomen to soften the image of the regime. There was also enough determination to make sure the dirty deeds are done outside a police uniform.

All these point towards one thing that though what the police may be doing is backed up by law, what that is done is nevertheless clearly and morally wrong.

Things being done wrong in public would be done without the police uniform, but things done wrongly in police uniform would be done in private.]

Siok Chin was heard raising her voice in an exchange with the police whilst in custody. It must have been very loud for us to hear it when we are in the smaller lock up. We believed that Siok Chin was resisting the police’s demands. We did not wish that Siok Chin compromise her well-being and safety. Therefore, after a while we made a request to see Siok Chin. The request was rejected. At this time it was probably about 5 pm plus. We asked for water.

We were then transferred back to the 1st holding cell and we were given some water. We were then told that there would be dinner provided. Dinner came in the form of packed rice in styrofoam boxes. We took the food. Plain but edible and not much to complain about.

After we had our dinner. Most of the meal boxes were collected. Except Kaixiong’s, Kaixiong suffered from some gastric problem which prevented him from eating too fast. He had to take his time to eat mouthful by mouthful.

Time passed and we still did not see Siok Chin. At around 8pm plus, Station Inspector Tan Kok Ann informed us that we would be granted bail. All would be granted bail except Siok Chin. Siok Chin would be kept behind because the IO was not finished with Siok Chin. We requested to see Siok Chin thinking that she had issues which needed special addressing we were thinking of asking Siok Chin to accede to the police demands as we have all done so. Furthermore, if we were to leave we would clearly prefer to leave together since we were arrested together in the first place. Station Inspector Tan Kok Ann rejected the the request.

We made the request to at least see Siok Chin before we would call our bailor. Station Inspector walked off to check with the IO. We contemplated staying behind with Siok Chin if she was not allowed bail like us and we would ask Shaffie to go out and inform our family members. About 1/2 and hour later he returned and informed that now all of us would be offered bail, including Siok Chin.

Siok Chin was then produced before us. When we saw Siok Chin we all burst into an applause. This was because she had managed to be the only person who has kept her Tak-Boleh-Tahan shirt on. This was significant, this meant that 11 men were no match for this single lady. Siok Chin was subjected through longer interrogation and persuasion / pressure by the police simply because she was the stronger one. In fact she has proven to be the strongest one.

We were elated and then we tried to decide who to call to come down to bail us. It then dawned on us that one person was suitable to come down to bail us.

We requested this mystery person to be so kind as to come bail all of us and that person agreed. The person came down and did the processing to bail all 12 of us.

The Police waited for our bailor to arrive and then proceeded to process our bail. We were released in two groups. as we were brought out to be out-processed, I counted as many as 8-12 officers in the area to process our bail.

As my name was amongst the first few who were called, I was one of the first few who stepped out of the lock up first. I was surprised that the remainder of the rest burst into song “We shall overcome”. I was so touched by their faith and conviction.

I was brought upstairs to meet my bailor and when the 2nd group came up, i realised that Uncle Yap was serious in his refusing bail stance. He indeed was adamant on staying in the lock up. By that time i was very tired. It had been a long day. Some of us made several requests to speak to Uncle Yap to ask him to accept bail and from what i understand it seemed that it was not successful.

Siok Chin made a request for our handphones to be released. This was unsuccessful as well. We then left Central Police Division, Police Cantonment Complex at about 10pm.

Advertisements

March 19, 2008 - Posted by | Politics

2 Comments »

  1. […] walkndude wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt[News has it that Uncle Yap has been charged for 2 charges unlawful assembly and illegal procession. This is a sad day for Singapore. Something must be wrong with this nation when the administration punishes civil activists for speaking up for the Singapore people. As it is, we are a nation under seige and a terrorist is on the loose, yet there is enough police determination to deploy surveillance policemen to be waiting for the civil and political activists outside parliament house on 15th March 2008. There was also enough resolve to get ready scores of female policewomen to soften the image of the regime. There was also enough determination to make sure the dirty deeds are done outside a police uniform. All these point towards one thing that though what the police may be doing is backed up by law, what that is done is nevertheless clearly and morally wrong. Things being done wrong in […] […]

    Pingback by Confessions of a Protestor, World Consumer Rights’ Day - Protest in front of Parliament House Part 5 | March 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. TiLik actually i pity you. I guessed its your 1st time in locked up… its the same experienced for those who in locked up and being bailed out. I experienced it too as well but Im not sure which station u were in. The food there was tasteless and of course doing your business will not be private like u does in your daily life.
    worst if you in prison. I guess there is no chances in Singapore for a ” real” opposition. Only those Wayang Kulit can do it.

    Comment by nfirdaus | March 21, 2008 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: