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  • Writer's pictureJulie O'Connor

My Sarcastic Symphony: Singapore's Grand Ballet of Truth, Defamation Duets, and Bureaucratic Majesty

Yesterday morning brought tidings of the Singapore Government positioning itself as the arbiter of truth, graciously blocking access to Kenneth Jeyaretnam's now off-limits blog. How thoughtful!

In the annals of heroic acts, Jeyaretnam emerges as the whistleblower extraordinaire, exposing the Ridout scandal where two Senior Government Ministers engaged in the innocent pastime of renting state-owned properties, where some modest renovations were undertaken and some light tree removal...Yes I'm being sarcastic.

Oh, the delicacy of the Ridout conflicts, a subject that clearly demands a velvet touch. Following a lightning-speed "nothing to see here" investigation led by a close pal of the Ministers, we marveled at the heroic initiation of defamation suits against Lee Hsien Yang – a strategic move to kindly encourage him to zip it. Of course, the Ministers, brave as they are, opted for a local showdown in Singapore instead of gallivanting to the UK for a potentially less hospitable legal dance. How audaciously strategic!

In the realm of pristine white uniforms and million-dollar packages, who would dare cast doubt on the impeccability of Singapore's esteemed Government Ministers? Clearly, the color of their attire is a testament to their absolute truthfulness. Yes, more sarcasm.

Marvel at the spectacle as I gracefully turn my attention to the upper echelons and their enchantingly convoluted intricacies. With unwavering confidence, I declare the undeniable legitimacy of my claims. These involve a client of the Attorney General's former law firm, a once-revered client of the Second Minister of Law, and the eternal limbo – or maybe a full-fledged burial – of Police assessments, with investigations conspicuously absent. Ah, behold the grand ballet of bureaucratic majesty!

Witness the grandeur of evidence unveiling a conspiracy to defraud, with a third party intricately woven into the tapestry of DBS and Allen & Gledhill documents. A modest $3.5M incentive was tossed in – a mere trifle to sweep away those pesky fraud allegations and safeguard the cherished client. Could it be that the Police, amidst the complexities of upper echelon conflicts, discreetly turn away from institutional cover-ups? All this, despite the Prime Minister's solemn promises that cover-ups are absolutely not on the agenda.

Let's all hope that the noble act of blocking Kenneth Jeyaretnam doesn't suggest even a smidgen of apprehension from Singapore's esteemed leaders in the face of truth seekers bravely navigating the shadows with an unwavering commitment to transparency.

Perish the thought!


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