Press statement by J B Jeyaretnam, 20 Apr 2005
There appears to be no end in sight to the PAP government's arrogance.
The latest is the statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs that "Singapore does not require a foreignerto tell Singapore and Singaporeans how our criminaljustice should function" (ST April 17).
The statement makes clear that the PAP will only accept praise and not any criticism from anyone outside Singapore. It is like the ostrich burying its head in the sand.
I said at the forum that our criminal justice system was taking a calculated risk of sending innocentpeople to death and to incarceration in the prisonfor long terms. If the PAP government is seriousabout its claim of the quality of Singapore justicein Singapore, the least the PAP government shouldtry and do is to answer my criticisms.
My previous calls to this government to debate have all been ignored. If the government continues toremain silent, then it must be deemed to accept mycriticism that our system of criminal justice may besending innocent people to death and to prison.
J B Jeyaretnam
20 April 2005
It is slowly beginning to look like a personality type after some but not all of the 'love letters' I have been receiving in the comments section.
I once had a discussion with a Singaporean social worker who argued that the inability to take criticism had something to do with an inferiority complex.
So now everyone can pick up on the phrase 'inferiority complex' mis-hear, mis-read and mis-interpret it out of context.