Veteran Singapore social worker charged with public order offenses

Jolovan Whan (Photo: Redwire SG)

Veteran Singapore human rights defender, Jolovan Wham, was today detained by the Singapore police.

The prominent social worker, educated at Singapore’s National University, was the founding Executive Director of HOME, a Singaporean NGO dealing with low-waged migrant labour issues.

Wham attended at Central Police Station this morning and was detained then. He was released on bail and is to be charged at State Court No 23, 1 Havelock Square, tomorrow, 9.00am. It is an open hearing.

According to the police statement reported in local media, Wham is to be charged with organising public assemblies without a license, refusing to sign police statements, and organising a silent protest on the city state’s train system, including posting two signs in a train carriage.

The latter is deemed to be vandalism which carries stiff penalties in Singapore. The other offenses carry fines of up to S$10,000 and/or jail terms.

Wham, who has wide networks across the globe, has been a tireless campaigner for human rights for more than a decade. He has won various awards including one by the Singapore Social Workers Association.

The Singapore government has long used a range of public order offenses to manage public opinion. As a mature, advanced nation which exhibits the key forms of parliamentary democracy, the stifling of free speech has been widely condemned for its chilling effect on human rights.

The Singapore police should not proceed with charges against Wham. The government must reconsider its position on free speech and freedom of assembly. It is time for Singapore to recognise that peaceful protest is not a crime.

For further details of the police charges, please refer to the Police News Release attached above. For further information, please contact Community Action Network (CAN) at [email protected].

 

Statement by Community Action Network

 

 

 

 

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21 Responses to “Veteran Singapore social worker charged with public order offenses”

  • Singaporeans need help:

    The best defence or protection for Jolovan Wham is International publicity.

    Make the news go viral.

    Singaporeans are at the mercy of the PAP controlled police and judiciary. Singaporeans need help from the International community.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Here we go again. Noe that Amos is beyond their reach, the system goes after other brave souls to make an example of them and show $G who is the real boss.

    This is not 1965 anymore but for despots it is necessary for someone to be made an example of in order to keep the rest in line.

    Nothing lasts forever – not even the pappies.

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  • New Egg Yoke:

    How much more proof does the world needs to mega confirm that Sinka-bore-nei-noy is a dictatorial regime cum junta police state run by the pink flamingo lady boss who loves to slap senior statesman and persecute family members and has a man wife who sleeps with pillows stuff with taxpayers’ monies.

    Pappy bootlickers/supporters/cronies/lackeys….all of you have BLOOD on your hands and KARMA is a real BIATCH when it hits. It may seem slow for retribution to ripen but no 2 ways about it, it will hit eventually. It’s not superstition, it’s Cosmic Science ! Wait for it traitors !

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  • nathan:

    Civil Serpents are getting 13th month bonus plus ang pow worth a month salary from their PAP paymaster. Extra motivation to serve not the people but the big G. But these ingrates have forgotten where the money is coming from, it’s from the people, the tax payers. The tax-robbers rob the tax-payers to pay these civil serpents.

    We pay them and they are expected to perform to do their job. The SPF should concentrate on crimes and terrorists during this festive season not on helping the G to curtain the people’s freedom of assembly and movement.

    Vandalism you can find everyday in Singapore. All kinds of people post notices all over public place. Some offering jobs, some looking for jobs, some looking for lost pets. Since the SPF is so free, they should go after these people. ALL their personal details and addresses are written and contact details are supplied to the public. Very easy police work.

    Relatives, friends, sympathisers and human right activists have the right to hold vigil for death-row inmates in his last hours. Don’t criminalises it. Don’t alleged it’s an illegal assembly. Did the police ever ask people holding vigil outside Changi Prison Complex to apply for permit. why demand that from Jolovan Wham this time. Because the police think that this social activists is a trouble maker.

    If the G thinks that hanging is an sensitive issue, stop the hanging. Or provide space inside or outside the Prison for the loves ones, relatives or interest group to hold the vigil out of public eyes.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    in the last days of the Qing dynasty in China, before Mr Mao took over, there was court decay.

    everyone works for the rot, whether right or wrong, because of money wealth bread connections.

    look at pap Singapore today. HDB PUB SPF SAF and all such supposedly apolitical public institutions all work for the rot, whether right or wrong, because of S$m pap pays each other.

    to expect pap to remove the rot creating S$m it is paying each other is to expect the pap pig to really turn into the pap goat.

    it is NOT going to happen.

    we are going to coffee shop in a moment. we expect those few die hard rot supporters to say, well he deserves it what. how dare he go against the rot in Singapore where it has a hand in everything.

    see. there we differ. we agree a crime is committed if a law is broken and the culprit must be duly punished. BUT don’t they know the difference between a political move and an apolitical move? why didn’t any of them take action when 3 pap folks were caught inside a polling station and was let go by the superbly unbelievable statement, inside is NOT within 200m?

    come on. there is deep rot in once great Singapore. to expect rot to remove itself is to expect the pap pig to turn into the pap goat. it ain’t going to happen. only New Government can do so.

    a sad day for once great Singapore. we used to be so proud for Singapore. we used to stand ready to defend all there is in once great Singapore. NO LONGER. why do anything and join the rot and be culpable?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    a country with 2 sets of laws ain’t going to last. a country with leaders ownself check ownself, a country with leaders abusing parleement to justify ownself ain’t going to last. it is a FACT.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Freedom lost:

    Dr Chee js, Roy, Ravi, Amos,Ms teo SL,
    ..now Jolovan.
    Before that in the 60s on, a whole lot of men n women too.
    SG is a nice place only for welcoming tourists..but
    for the natives, its one big ‘prison’..
    So stiffling n suffocating.

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  • 70%:

    PAP moulded 70% into self centred, kiasi and kiasu, they wont feel much for this guy, they might think he is stupid blah blah.

    Old folks selling tissues or working at hawker centres, Singaporeans see them but feel nothing… as long as it is not them.

    PAP is pushing 9% GST, people will complain but will gladly accept it.

    This is how Singaporeans have become, useless complaint kings, short of balls and selfish.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    It should be evident, to those who truly care for justice, that where “vandalism” is made to carry such grave penalties as caning, etc., the Act is meant to deter really serious acts, such as sticking or painting “subversive” adverts on walls during the so-claimed “communist insurgency”, which occasioned the passing of the Act by LKY. For the AGC to now use it to punish an activist’s pasting a couple of posters, rightly complaining of mere MRT breakdowns, is nothing less than state persecution and bullying! It is only technically lawful, but not in spirit and intention.

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  • rukidding:

    We MUST WIN this battle against those PIGs !

    Therefore TRE should “wisely” decide how to “entertain” …”enemies” like CI !

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  • Bobo:

    Singaporeans need help:
    The best defence or protection for Jolovan Wham is International publicity.

    Make the news go viral.

    Singaporeans are at the mercy of the PAP controlled police and judiciary. Singaporeans need help from the International community.

    70% had sealed their fate to be slaves forever and their young will follow their fate without fail. They will never agree with seeking help from international comm to protect innocent people.

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  • jaywalker:

    Such news is sickening. This is the stuff that makes Singaporeans reject the government.

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  • oxygen:

    THE HIGH COURT HONORABLE JUDGE CHOO HAN TECK RULED in the conviction of SDP 5 that two persons walking in the same direction for the same motive (how does he know motives sitting in the mind of defendants??) violated the ILLEGAL ASSEMBLY law.

    Ha Ha Ha,

    It reminds me of another court ruling that anyone caught inside the polling booth is NOT within 200 m of the voting place!!

    I am left bewildered how come NOBODY WALKING in the same direction for the SAME MOTIVE of wanting to ride MRT to their workplace or hospital visit every day are ALSO NOT ARRESTED, CHARGED AND CONVICTED for illegal assembly law violations?

    Plenty of old uncles assemble every day together at Paya Lebar MRT station marching in the same direction together to Geylang for the same “NOBLE” activities are also not charged for illegal assembly law violations.

    Isn’t this law hypocritical and well-targeted of persecution?

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  • Many SMEs say...:

    We are not making as much as the Gahment’s ‘corporations’ thus we cannot afford an extra month pay for our workers.

    Anyway, we need not placate our workers, they know how we are coping.

    Sudden GDP Growth in the 3rd Quarter and extra one month pay?

    Wonder it is simply justification to placate disgruntled Pappies and Civil Servants who are perplexed and displeased over ‘national abnormalies’ that took place from June to Sep 2017?

    What do you think?

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  • Have a heart @Xmas:

    SO Depressing news.
    All over the world these days, the good people are suffering while the wicked are enjoying life.
    IS THAT WHY GOOD PEOPLE BECOME BAD?

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  • Tatman:

    Where are all those Pink Dot people? Please Speak up for Jolovan!!

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  • Patriot of Temesak:

    “TRUTH” is a LONELY Warrior

    &

    Lonely is the “BRAVE”

    for…the POWER of the Elite is the “EVIL of MANKIND”

    And….Non is more EVIL than those who PERSECUTE the INNOCENT even the UNBORN

    Even though DEAD!!! the “EVIL” – Live on

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  • oxygen:

    PAPpys ARE TELLING PEASANTS THIS in no uncertain terms – STOP LEARNING TO THINK so that it is easier for failing dictatorship to thrive and LEE-jiapore sinks into the collapse of stupidity.

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  • Kangaroo logic:

    oxygen:

    It reminds me of another court ruling that anyone caught inside the polling booth is NOT within 200 m of the voting place!!

    Kangaroo logic.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Dr. Tan Tai Wei

    PAPpys ARE DESPERATE NOW to hysterical proportions. They resort to sledgehammer to smashing a “flea” when peasants knows that a rightfully “annoying” flea was merely raping a STUPID elephant for political theatre.

    THE NEW CHEE SOON JUAN? SINGAPORE ACTIVIST JOLOVAN WHAM DEFIANT AFTER COURT CHARGES

    http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2122153/new-chee-soon-juan-singapore-activist-jolovan-wham-defiant-after

    After Amos Yee’s shakedown humiliation of white monkeys and chimpanzies in US before the global stage of our peculiar judicial wit and half-wisdom in matter of law interpretation, order and freedom of speech, the elephant bloated full of constipated poo is in no mood of hearing the real news from little peasants whom they want to keep stupid and stopped of all learning & asking intelligent questions.

    The elephant has to fart EXPLOSIVELY of its anger expression. The public minds are NOT impressed of this “FIXING” the opposition mental disease affliction.

    Dr Tan Tai Wei: It should be evident, to those who truly care for justice, that where “vandalism” is made to carry such grave penalties as caning, etc., the Act is meant to deter really serious acts, such as sticking or painting “subversive” adverts on walls during the so-claimed “communist insurgency”, which occasioned the passing of the Act by LKY. For the AGC to now use it to punish an activist’s pasting a couple of posters, rightly complaining of mere MRT breakdowns, is nothing less than state persecution and bullying! It is only technically lawful, but not in spirit and intention.

    And in this mud-wrestling with political opponents (read pigs if you want) in the pigsty, the bow-tie, with pin-striped suite & red tie to match, perhaps, the stupid elephant will emerge all caked with piggy excrement – SAME AS THE PIGS they hate to infinity. PAPpys obviously think that peasants are NOT aristocrat, should be debased to peasantry stupidity of ‘STOP TO LEARNING’ existence.

    And guess who are the real losers? PAPpys have no time, energy or competence to fix the economy. This timely bloomberg article gave a good insight of the state of our SINKING economy and future outlook.

    Bye Bye Boring Singapore.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/singapore-s-boring-businessmen-discover-the-fun-of-risk

    I have given up on them LONG LONG AGO. Sinkieland will sink in collective collapse of stupidity. Blame this on the daft 70% too stupid to even begin to discover they are stupid to impossibility. Hope most will be displaced by foreigners in the next downturn.

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  • oxygen:

    AFTER FIXING THE OPPOSITION, can the apprenticeship fix the economy?

    The endless MRT debacles is symptomatic of our ailing economy. The parallel analogy can be interpreted in the publishing of Huffinton Post of an American political lexicon of working for the plight of working people – NOT CONFRONTING them of challenges OF FAILING GOVERNANCE.

    “In the presidential campaign of 1992, James Carville, an aide to candidate Bill Clinton, earned widespread acclaim (or notoriety) for his dogged insistence that everyone working for Clinton should remain focused on the plight of working people. “It’s the economy, stupid,” he said over and over until it became a mantra and part of the American political lexicon.”

    Bill Clinton:It’s the economy, stupid

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerry-jasinowski/presidential-debates_b_8478456.html

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