A 40-year-old protester has been ordered by the Singapore Court to be remanded in the mental asylum, Institute of Mental Health (IMH), after he was charged for protesting against corruption in Singapore.
At 10.02am on March 2 this year, Singaporean, Yan Jun, held two placards protesting at a public park, the Istana Park. One of his placards written in Chinese says “Protest against High Court of Singapore for miscarriage of justice”. Yan Jun repeated his protest at High Street Centre at North Bridge Road on Wednesday (April 13) around 4.25pm. He was then arrested by the Singapore Police for protesting without a permit. His earlier applications for protest permits were not approved because the Singapore Police is politically-influenced and corrupted, he alleged.
During the court hearing, Deputy Public Prosecutor Yang Ziliang miraculously became a psychologist and concluded that Yan might have a mental disorder “such as persecutory delusional disorder”, and applied for Yan to be examined at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
Yan Jun did not engage a lawyer in his defence, the Singapore Law Society did not assign a pro bono for him as well because the case is sensitive politically. He is now remanded in the IMH as ordered by the Singapore Court.
Earlier in March, government critic Ai Takagi was sentenced to 10 months’ jail for criticizing Lee Hsien Loong and his government with her popular online website The Real Singapore. The Singapore government cracks down on dissent and have been recently referred to as the “Bright North Korea”, highlighting it’s paradoxical first-world economy with third-world freedom, by a Japanese business news media. In Singapore, nobody can criticize Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong without getting a backlash. A law has also been recently enacted to penalize anyone who insults his deceased father Lee Kuan Yew’s reputation.