Fundamental Rights of Citizens Must be Protected

The Singapore Democratic Party is disappointed with the regressive steps and punitive measures taken recently against Singapore citizens exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and assembly.

In particular, we are disturbed by the police action against performance artist and activist Mr Seelan Palay as well as the crackdown on friends and activists attending the recent vigil for Prabagaran Srivijayan who was about to be hanged.

Our constitution is the highest law of our land and it guarantees our citizens freedom of speech and assembly as long as it is peaceful and does not harm any individual or community. A country can only progress when its citizens are engaged in debating fully and actively participating in matters that affect the lives and well-being of our people.

We call on the government will take steps to protect our constitution and fundamental rights of the people of Singapore.

 

Paul Ananth Tambyah
Chairman
Singapore Democratic Party

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21 Responses to “Fundamental Rights of Citizens Must be Protected”

  • annelise:

    Its sickening as well as frightening to see someone being arrested for no crime or offence committed.!
    What next…?
    In the first place there is no freedom of speech.– only to a certain extent.
    Certainly not anymore now the online word is so virulent and can be monitored by ” anyone.”

    protect our constitution and fundamental rights ‘?
    What rights we have is what they govt in their so called ”infinte wisdom ”seems fit to render its ”daft ” people …
    If a PM of a country can say that of its own people instead of encouraging and uplifting its people what more can be said.????

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  • Patriot of Temesak:

    What CONSTITUTION are you talking about Doc??? when JBJ won Anson a Coward & Traitor went on TV @ pass 1 am in the morning and say that the voting system may have to change….The educated 2 votes and lesser educated 1 vote similar to the [email protected]…lesser educated [email protected] or be Penalized and made Abortion LEEgal slaughtering 500,000 unborn babies in the PROCESS ie one WHOLE GENERATION of TruBlu Singaporeans and currently being replaced by supposedly FT to replace the LOST GENERATION

    Had it not been for the SANE early Founding Generation leaders the Bastard would have had his way and the voting system CHANGED…

    That is the EVIL we have to LIVE(the reverse of EVIL) with even though he is BURNING in Hell!!!

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  • pap Selected INDIAN president:

    some ah pek in coffee shop said pap today worse than North Korea.

    never been to North Korea. unsure if Singapore is same as North Korea or Singapore is worse than North Korea.

    one thing we do know though. pap lies. to cover up lies, pap ensures all MSM do not report the truth. so when pap pointed at a pig and called it a goat, no sound no fury from MSM. which explains why for a reserved PE for malay and INDIAN is selected no sound no fury from MSM.

    only the few here in TRE, last count less than 30, know the truth. even with these 30, pap PA not stopping, sending in pap IBs especially ci to distract.

    how to improve? only one way. pap must be voted out. anything else does not work. because as long as same pap folks in charge, Singapore shall remain the same.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    pointing at a pig, pap says, look, a goat. every pap MP clap clap says yes sir yes sir a very obedient goat. how come like this? S$m. take away the S$m see any pap MP still clap clap at goat when it is a pig.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Kimberly Kim:

    Ah Loong ever said he did not see any protest outside the Parliament. They people must have agreed with the CPF changes.

    Now 1 people protest outside the Parliament also kena arrested.

    Yet people are still voting him. The gods must be mad. If not, the voters are mad.

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  • Sg constitution is broken:

    Hate to say it but the SG Constitution is ‘broken’. Its been manipulated n tweaked to suit the miws whims n fancies too many times .
    In other 1st world countries, every change needs to go thro the high courts n the citizens vote on it ..YES or NO.
    Here its like PAP owns sg and they suka suka do what they like for their own advantage.
    .”never mind what the people think”!

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  • Is it going to get worse?:

    It should be no surprise that our constitutional rights of freedom of speech and assembly is being treated with contempt. It has always been there and now it ugly head is getting bigger!

    How many policemen do we need to arrest a performance artist and activist Mr Seelan Palay as well as the crackdown on friends and activists attending the recent vigil for Prabagaran Srivijayan who was about to be hanged?

    Our government is sending us a clear message; FEAR. Heads I win, Tails you lose.

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  • Perspective:

    Seelan Pillay can now apply to the US for political asylum. LOL! His arrest might just make it to the world media: Another Political Activist in Singapore Arrested by State Police (Ministry of Home Affairs).

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    What “fundamental rights” is Paul Tambyah talking about? Singapore is a police state run by PAP. Singaporeans have no rights. That is why US gave Amos asylum.

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  • Loko:

    THis country is even worse than North Korea in terms of human rights. They think they can continue cheat around the world by putting up some wayang, but we all know what they are capable of. Money laundering, human trafficking, shameless

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  • Devils In Disguise:

    The rogue regime is using its dirty tactics in spreading fear, similar to the N. Korean regime. Those evil actions must be taken seriously for accountability by future government. All those responsible, must be taken to task.人在做,天在看.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Not hard to figure how they could wear white, claiming uprightness and incorruptibility, etc. LKY had proudly declared he was a “pragmatist”. Now, pragmatism measures all good and right, including so-claimed “moral” good, by only “what works”. Notice the Pledge pledges for “justice and equality” and “a democratic society” only “so as to achieve prosperity and progress”. So, they could with clear conscience wear white, and yet be unjust, so long as they think justice would not serve what they consider “happiness and progress”. So they hang drug-traffickers and cane with the rotan mere over-stayers and graffiti artists, and handcuff Seelan Palay. And they do all those “tactics”, including all those DPM Tharman, in that moment of honesty, admitted he didn’t approve of his colleagues’ practices. LKY openly declared that he wanted only “democracy that works”, ie. should he consider the human rights, justice and equality, etc., democracy champions did not “work”, he would just set those values aside; for a temperamentally autocratic leader, like LKY, who also thought only he wasn’t “daft”, and despised his countrymen accordingly, “what works” would become effectively what he only thinks would work. So, by all means, however unscrupulous (because by Pragmatism, bad becomes good, as long as it ‘works’), that autocrat and his Party must survive, if he thinks that’s the only way to secure that “good”.

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  • kkj:

    lol. Singaporeans don’t deserve fundamental rights if they spell that as ‘fundaental’.

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  • Maxchewy:

    Yes indeed, the PAP led by the Loong is going to the dogs….

    They just fiack care about the Hoi Polloi or common people. No sympathy, no empathy !
    If you threaten my position and status quo….I will use every legal or illegal means at my disposal to chase you out of Singapore as I’ve done for even my only bro and his family. I fiack care abt them. I only care for my own family, cronies and supporters. To them I give everything, to my detractors and critiques, I give them the LAW!
    And I will amend the Constiturion anytime to get my way!
    Amos Yee? Just an insignificant fly bothering me years ago. Glad to be rid of him permanently now.
    Don’t be to sure Mr Loong. He will deft come back online for you as soon as he settles down.
    You can’t stop online Comm here unless you do a China or a NoKo.I’d always thought well of you decades ago but now I realised it was all misplaced. You have no human feelings at all. I suspect you are a humanoid
    Half-human, Half-machine. Beware of Karma.
    MC
    7.10.17

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Moral Educators have long stressed the importance of “values clarification”. One must be clear about one’s values commitments (and not suffer from subconscious ‘split personality’, etc) We know that persons in high places, in Party, government and elsewhere, do assume they are “moral”, having been selected on, inter alia, moral grounds (xuan xian yu neng; choose the moral and able). Well, in the light of my posting above about the “values” commitments of Pragmatism, are they so sure they should continue to uphold PAPism and its LKY-Pragmatism so diligently and honestly, rather than, say, try to change the system from within? I am thinking of the Tharmans and Tommy Kohs, and the several “Christians”, “Muslims”, etc. in their midst. Eg, had Jesus been pragmatic, would he have died for justice and truth?

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Appeals to Leegim will only fall on deaf ears.

    Feedback to the UN and countries like the US, UK, Australia etc might be more effective. Or write to the western papers to highlight Leegim’ s dictatorship.

    Leegim amended the Constitution on freedom of speech and assembly.

    Anyway, thanks to SDP for lending us their voice.

    What about WP?

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  • Waiting impatiently:

    When the PAP becomes history one fine day, the new leaders together with the people should re-write our SG Constitution
    …and may it be a great one!
    Where peace n harmony n justice for all prevails.
    Im so waiting for that day.
    May it come soon.

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  • N.Jungne:

    In Sinkapoola only LeeLong got Rights, others tan kuku

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  • justanothercitizen:

    Singaporeans sold their rights to the PAP for MBS, Santosa, HDB etc. etc…. long ago. Sad.

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  • PUTHUCHEARY AVOIDED NS:

    “We call on the government will take steps to protect our constitution and fundamental rights of the people of Singapore.”:

    Elected party WP calls on gahmen no effect. How so unelected party like SDP? Think better to just continue to work real hard on the ground first, show pics on social media, do real grassroots outreach first….then talk.

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  • Fear of the unknown:

    Always remember , whenever we scold or kpkb about the way our sg is run, the 70% keep giving them permission to do so..Sgs are not stupid but cowardly.
    Been controlled for 50plus years till cant think independently..always afraid of the unknown. Fear to a certain extend is good.it saves us from harm but more than that is crippling.
    The only thing to fear is fear alone, says a famous quote.
    May God Save Our Singapore!

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Fundamental and Constitutional Rights of citizens, can only be effective and protected if the Govt of the day respects and abides by it.

    Not in SG ……… not ever !!!

    So why holler, plead and repeat ……. ain’t gonna happen.
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    *****

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