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The Rocky Path Ahead

Life has its cycles.

Of late i am beginning to doubt whether i am in fact suitable for opposition politics and whether or not the fight should carry on.

I am not proposing that we let the PAPpies off and let them have their good time in peace. It is still my conviction that they should be bent over and shafted by someone like me at every single given opportunity.

There is however a limit to my abilities. I have a limit to my patience, my tolerance, my strength and endurance. I have a heart made of flesh just like any other human being. I have the pride which i hold dear just like any other man.

When I engage in combat on a daily basis, at the end of an eventful day, there is always a yearning to return to a cosy home, a warm hug from a pair of waiting arms. A tender and non-judgmental listening ear. Ever supportive words and unconditional acceptance.

When all these things are absent, there is no home to return to.

When there is no home to return to, what is there to fight for?

When there is nothing to fight for, is there even a reason to carry on fighting?

Without a home to return to, even the coolest and least emotional and mightiest warrior will find a fight difficult, the battles wearisome and the burden arduous.

Is it now time to laydown arms? Is it time to turn swords into ploughshares?

Amidst all these thoughts, I am aware that I will qualify to be a Commissioner for Oaths in less than a week’s time.

In any election, there will be a need for Commissioners who can attest the signatures of the deponents to electoral documents and for polling and counting agents to get their Oaths of Secrecy administered.

Who knows, perhaps a lesser supporting role like that might be suitable for me.

As before, I will not know whether I can fill this role until i try. I will not know if i will try unless i come to it.

Till i come to it, there is still this rocky path ahead.

May 27, 2009 Posted by | Life, Politics | 1 Comment

Pleading Guilty to Assembly and Procession without Permit – Why Pay More?

I took part in a protest on 15th March 2008. I was charged for 2 offences on 11th July 2008.

Yesterday, I decided to plead guilty to the charges i was facing as i already had gone through 2 tranches of 2 weeks each. This tranche would be the 5th week. The time spent on going on and on with evasive police witnesses in court was becoming more of a dread day by day.

I decided to plead guilty and disengage from the proceedings as i had my professionalism to my clients as priority. Surayah decided to do the same for reasons of her own.

DPP Issac Tan was visibly happy to know that i have thrown in the towel, the press was there ready to pounce…. ST’s Elena Chong and another reporter which I could not identify was there to report on the proceedings.

The charges were read. Surayah mitigated.

When District Judge James Leong asked me for my mitigation, this was what i said:

“I stand before this court with the dubious distinction of being an officer of the Court charged for offences which i am pleading guilty to.

Under normal circumstances i would be ashamed of myself but this is not the case here. It is my position that the law in question is designed to curb the activities of opposition political parties and it is my duty as a citizen to stand up against a law which violates principles of democracy and freedom.

Not out of defiance or disrespect towards the Court or the prosecution, i must state that I stand first and foremost a citizen of this country and because of my political convictions i cannot say that this will be the only offence.”

DPP Issac Tan jumped on my words and pressed the Court to take note of my lack of remorse.
District Judge James Leong took note of that and i was slapped with $200/- more for each charge. 🙂

ST was very quick with the report that i had thrown in the towel and that I had been fined $800 for each of the charges. However absolutely no mention was made by our mainstream media on why was it that i had to pay more? 🙂

Carl stopped me outside court and told me that if i had said too much. He told me that if i had stopped midway, i would not have been made to pay the additional S$400/-. So was it worth it? He asked me with a cheeky grin.

I told Carl that the $400 was well worth every cent as i needed to be clear that by pleaing guilty i am not backtracking on the principles and values i tried to push for. To me, i was only being frank to fellow officers of the court [the DPPs Issac Tan, David Low and the APP] an the Judicial Officer District Judge James Leong.

But frankly was being made to pay extra money wise? 🙂

To me, someone who has had the audacity to stand for public office,  it was a simple matter of principle, of truthfulness and accountability, of being having the guts to break the law and face the consequences. Furthermore, the $400 is money from my own pocket which i will gladly pay as the price. From my recollection, other politicians have been made to pay sums in excess of S$400,000 for saying things that are objectionable to the powers that be.

Critics will say “In essence, i was made to pay S$1,600/- of my hard earned money [I don’t make much anyway :)] to the State because of my noseyness in wanting to speak up for my fellow citizens and also of my big mouth during mitigation in Court. This was $400/- more painful than the rest of my co-accused.”

But at the end of the day, the $400/- that was losing was every cent my hard earned money. I don’t mind losing it to stand by principles of truthfulness and accountability. 🙂

This obviously pales in comparison with the position of stupidly losing S$4.6 billion of taxpayers’ money under extremely dubious circumstances and wanting to be shrouded under the cloak of secrecy.

For the Public Officers [public servants] reading such a comparison, I am sure they will be able to appreciate the finer differences between the two situations and reckon among the two, which would deserve greater respect.

I think by the above reasoning, i should measure up pretty well. 🙂 And there are no prizes for guessing where i would stand from a scale of 1 to 10.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Politics | 5 Comments

PoThePanda Trial Fixed for 3rd June 2009 Internal Investigation Interview 6th May 2009

Down with dog flu, this morning I attended PoThePanda (PTP)’s PTC in Court 3 for his trial fixed on 3rd June 2009.

Later in the afternoon today, PTP met me to make certain clarifications.

To put things in context, PTP had made several police reports relating to the safety of Iskandar and himself. PTP was supposed to be interviewed by the Internal Investigation Department tomorrow. PoThePanda requested for me to be present, i agreed. Over the phone, my particulars were provided to the Police as they requested for them.

After about 15 minutes the Frankie Yeo from the IID called to ask what is my purpose for being there. PTP replied that i was there to witness the proceedings. Frankie then replied that they view that there is no basis for me to be there and they dont want me to be there.

Before PTP put down the phone the, police verified with him again that he was going alone to the interview tomorrow.

My presence was not welcome on this occasion 🙂  So PTP will attend at internal investigation tomorrow.

More details can be found at PoThePanda’s blog at http://www.xanga.com/pothepanda/weblog

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Politics | 1 Comment