Monday, July 24, 2006

Collision of politics & the spiritual - Falungong & the PAP government

I've seen the print version of the Epoch Times being sold in some shops here. I've also noticed people selling them outside MRT stations. But the ones in print are usually the chinese version. Its a good thing they have the website. Here are two reports from the Epoch Times published on July 23, 2006.

Singapore Has Different Laws for Different People
By Huang Hui
Epoch Times Staff

SINGAPORE – On July 21, two individuals were charged by the Singapore police for hanging a banner with slanderous words across from the Chinese Embassy. The day before on July 20, Ms. Ng Chye Huay and Mr. Erh Boon Tiong were protesting at the Chinese Embassy against the persecution of Falun Gong in China for the past seven years and calling for an end to the persecution. An officer told Ng that Singapore has different laws for different people.

The words on the banner displayed that day were "Stop Persecution of Falun Gong in China" in English and Chinese. Police said the contents of the banner were slanderous to the Chinese Embassy and might obstruct and disturb passersby.

Ng also faces another charge. On July 6, Li Lanqing, former vice premier of China and former head of the 610 office, arrived in Singapore to receive an honorary doctorate from the National University of Singapore upon invitation by Lee Kuan Yew, senior minister of Singapore. On July 12, Ng went to the Chinese Embassy to protest against Li's visit and was charged by police for displaying a banner defaming Li Lanqing. The words on the banner read "Li Lanqing Persecutes Falun Gong, Heavenly Principles Will Not Tolerate This".

Ng is shocked by the charges brought against her. She said, "I have been holding a silent protest outside the Chinese Embassy for over a year. Why did the police suddenly say that I have violated the laws when Li Lanqing visits Singapore?" She revealed to a reporter that an officer had told her Singapore has different laws for different people.

The Singapore police have filed a lawsuit against nine local Falun Gong practitioners on July 14 for participating in an "illegal assembly" on Orchard Road last October. Falun Gong practitioners claim that they were only distributing flyers to the public in small groups and did not have a gathering.

The president of the Singapore Falun Dafa Association Professor William Huang said, "We urge the Singapore police to withdraw all charges against the Falun Gong practitioners. Don't bow to the Chinese communist regime for short term benefits.

"The regime puts out materials defaming Falun Gong in the Chinese Embassy. Till now, their websites contain information attacking Falun Gong. The Chinese Embassy even held an exhibition defaming Falun Gong in Singapore to deceive the Singapore public. When we hired venues to hold our activities, staff from the Chinese Embassy would exert pressure on the owner of the venue not to lend it to us. Besides, Singapore has a close trading relationship with China. We believe that the Singapore government has bowed to China for economic benefits, suppressing kindhearted and peaceful Falun Gong practitioners. Recently, former vice premier of China and head of the 610 office Li Lanqing came to Singapore for a visit. The lawsuits were brought up against Falun Gong practitioners just after he left," Huang stated.

Li Lanqing is the former head of the 610 office in China, a Gestapo like agency, and has been sued for crimes against humanity and torture by Falun Gong practitioners in the US, France, Belgium, Taiwan, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, Holland, Japan and Sweden. His name has been added to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police watch list, along with Jiang Zemin, Luo Gan, Li Jing and Bo Xilai. If anyone on the list attempts to enter Canada, an investigation would take place and he would potentially face charges from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Timeline of events:

On May 28, the Singapore media published news of Lee Kuan Yew's invitation to Li Lanqing to bestow on him an honorary doctorate degree from the National University of Singapore. Subsequently, a series of incidents targeted at Falun Gong practitioners took place in Singapore.

On June 2, Falun Gong practitioner Nie Ge holding both a legal working permit and social visit pass was suddenly informed that her permits were cancelled for no reason. She was detained for eight hours by the police for being an illegal immigrant.

On June 14, the Singapore immigration department informed a student holding a Chinese passport Yang Yongli that he must leave Singapore within three days. On June 15, his departure was postponed with the aid of international human rights organization.

On July 10, the Singapore Immigration department demanded that Yang Yongli leave Singapore the next day; on the same day, nine practitioners received a subpoena from the police informing them that they were charged for participating in an illegal assembly in Orchard Road last October. The court hearing was scheduled on July 4 (the first day of Li Lanqing's seal cutting exhibition). This was later postponed to July 14.

On July 12, Ng Chye Huay was arrested by police for displaying a banner during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy against Li Lanqing's role in the persecution of Falun Gong in China. The charges stated Ng was defaming Li Lanqing.

On the morning of July 21, the police filed a lawsuit against Ng Chye Huay and Erh Boon Tiong with the charge of "harassment by displaying insulting writings - with common intention".


Singapore Government Influenced by Chinese Communist Regime?
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.
Link to the above reports on Epoch's website

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