By Zhang Jielien
By helping China to persecute Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore for economic trade, Singapore has lost its reputation as a democratic country.
While the US government stayed charges against Wang Wenyi, a Falun Gong practitioner who asked President Bush to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong during a White House press conference; and while Canadian investigators published their report confirming harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners in China; the Singapore government is helping the Chinese communist regime to victimize Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore.
According to Xinhua News Agency, on July 14 the Singapore police charged nine Falun Gong followers with "illegal assembly" for an event that occurred last October.
Why is an incident that occurred nine months ago suddenly so important to the Singapore police? As the anniversary of the beginning of the crackdown on Falun Gong in China approaches, the "610 Offices" have stepped up their harassment of practitioners in China. Has the Singapore government been ordered to do likewise?. Singapore has shown an increasing inability to stand up to China in the face of potential economic gains. This has been evident to the international community for sometime now. Since 2001, Singapore has exerted pressure many times on Falun Gong practitioners in tandem with the Chinese government.
As the world was shocked by the contents of the report from the Canadian independent investigation team, reports in mainstream media in western society increased dramatically. So why would the Singapore government disregarded its international image and become an accomplice to the brutal regime for some petty economic rewards? We have drawn two conclusions: first the actions of Singapore's leaders show a lack of morality, and second, the Chinese communist regime is really evil.
The "illegal assembly on Orchard Road" refers to nine Falun Gong practitioners peacefully holding placards and distributing flyers to the public on October 22 and 23, 2005. But according to a report in Xinhua News Agency, "After Singapore police finished investigations into activities held on the two days and discussed their findings with Singapore's chief procurator, the police decided to file charges against the nine Falun Gong practitioners who participated in the activity."
The Singapore police took nine months to complete investigations into such a small case of "illegal assembly" (it is said that the maximum penalty for such a crime is three months imprisonment.) Moreover, the case was unimportant for nine months and suddenly became "urgent" enough to be discussed with Singapore's chief procurator before any legal action was started.
It seems that the chain of command in Singapore starts in Jiang and Luo's "610 Office" who dictate to the Chinese Communist regime's Foreign Affairs Ministry, who then direct the Singapore leaders, down to the Singapore Attorney-General, who then orders the Singapore police, and the police take action. Recently the "610 Office" started the largest attack on Falun Gong in recent years; the purpose is to sustain the suppression that is on the brink of collapse.
Since July 1, the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese communist regime, the "610 Office" has established a new website that slanders Falun Gong, has bought space on Xinhua.net to disseminate information directly, spent money outside of China for investigations, research, and frame-ups, used secret agents to collect intelligence for writing slanderous articles, and made large-scale harassing phone calls to Falun Gong practitioners allover the world. Spies of the regime have even taken over the normally orthodox Christian forum to post defaming articles. All these activities illustrate the scale of the attack on Falun Gong this time.
It is no coincidence that Singapore was chosen to assist the "610 Office" to attack Falun Gong. The government and leaders in Singapore are actually used by the Lee Kuan Yew family. Many people think that Singapore is a democracy and is ruled by a legal system; but its legal system cannot challenge the power of the Lee Kuan Yew family. Singapore is ruled by a type of family dictatorship. Lee Kuan Yew has many "famous sayings." For instance, he once publicly quoted Deng Xiaoping's speech: "Kill 200,000 for 20 years' stability." He then said: "I would do the same." Lee was the only major political figure who dared to publicly support the June 4 Tiananmen Massacre in China. It seems that when Lee sees a ruler with an iron fist he has found an equal. Therefore, under the double strike of the Chinese Communist regime's bloodstained, comprehensive suppression of Falun Gong and the enticement of economic benefits, the Lee family has taken to pleasing the Chinese leaders with increasing proficiency.
This time, one could imagine the pressure from Jiang and Luo is so strong that the "610 Office" even had Singapore revoke the registration of the Falun Dafa Association in Singapore. Therefore the Singapore police sent out a warning to the Falun Gong association: "If any registered organization in Singapore poses a threat to public peace, benefit, and order, the registration of this organization will be in danger of being terminated."
Rather than saying that the Singapore government is trying to please the Chinese communist regime, in this instance, it is more accurate to say that coercion from China is a desperate act of self-defense by Jiang and Luo. They exerted great pressure and used economic benefits to induce Singapore to be their accomplice to an illegal persecution. While the Singapore government helps the communist regime achieve its goal of persecuting Falun Gong outside of China, it has sold itself for very little and has lost its reputation as a modern and civilized country.