Speaking at a forum today (April 8th), Law Minister K Shanmugam lied that no one is above the law and that even PAP Ministers are not immune:
“No one is above the rule of law – whether he is a Minister, a Member of Parliament, a chief executive or a cleric. If found guilty of an offence, action will be taken regardless of who you are. We have an independent judiciary to mete out befitting punishments.”
The Minister was addressing the public backlash on the successful appeal of Kong Hee. However, the Singapore dictatorship guarantees that one man is indeed above the law – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The Corrupt Practice Investigation Bureau (CPIB) reports to the dictator and despite his position as both the Prime Minister and Chairman of GIC, along with his wife Ho Ching’s position as Temasek Holdings, Lee Hsien Loong was never investigated for conflict of interests pertaining to the use of CPF funds and the national reserves.
Law Minister K Shanmugam himself had also previously committed contempt of court but no police investigation was inquired.
Addressing to questions from the floor, Minister K Shanmugam said that young Singaporeans should take the lead in the country’s future:
“While the Government can provide a framework and impetus to support conversations about national identity, the onus falls on ground-up efforts and idealistic young people to take the lead to make this work. Meritocracy and Singapore’s housing policy which integrates different races… All of these are not small things…It’s not just about shaking hands and being nice…All the fundamental efforts have been built in by the Government framework, but…it’s a work in progress.”
Law Minister K Shanmugam then blame the internet for “destabilizing” the society and said that the ruling party government will implement new censorship laws to ensure Singaporeans read the right things:
“At the same time, there are strong centrifugal forces given the rise of the Internet which could threaten to destabilise existing community ties by creating closed, insular communities and growing divisiveness. For instance, one issue Singapore is grappling with is the prevalence of fake news. This could be news created by foreign agencies to break down Singapore’s psychological resilience and “weaken its defences”. On the other hand, others could put up fake news for financial gains by benefiting from an uncertain climate, or they could simply have an agenda in order to sell advertisements and stories. We have to deal with it, and we are looking at how other countries do it, and we will do what we can.”