Corrupted Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam

Rehashing his dictatorial ambitions on state media, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said he does not tolerate any form of peaceful protests because, he claimed, it will turn violent:

“We take a zero-tolerance approach to illegal demonstrations and protests. Where do we draw the line? One, two, three, 30, 50, 100, 200, 5,000? How many protesters are acceptable? How do we tell what will be a peaceful protest and what will escalate into violence?”

The powerful corrupted millionaire minister, who reports directly to dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, criticised the Hong Kong government for failing to ban protests:

“Part of the issue in Hong Kong is that protests are allowed and police are only allowed to intervene when they turn violent. By the time you have 50,000 people on the streets… let’s say 500 deliberately intent on creating violence, how do the police handle this? This sets up the police for failure and sets up the police to be the fall guys.”

Minister K Shanmugam also defended his authoritarian stance, saying that democratic countries also ban protests on special events:

“Singapore is not the only country to have clamped down on protests. Some countries that have traditionally upheld freedom of expression had also done so when it comes to the crunch. For example, Denmark, which hosted a United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, constructed a holding facility by setting up 36 steel cages that could hold more than 350 people in anticipation of widespread protests. London’s metropolitan police, meanwhile, banned the non-violent Extinction Rebellion protests that blocked roads and disrupted train services and arrested more than 1,800.”

The Singapore PAP minister then gave his unsolicited advice to Hong Kong, saying their government must “deliver good governance” like his PAP government:

“Hong Kong’s situation shows that protests cannot be seen solely as a law and order issue but also one of governance. The Government must deliver good governance, such that a large majority feel that the society is fair and only a minority would want to break the laws and destabilise society. Simply relying on tough laws is not going to work.”

Minister K Shanmugam is notorious for creating the POFMA censorship law, to oppress criticisms against the PAP government.