My Opening Remarks before Reform Party’ s Statement on Truth, Transparency and CPF at Hong Lim Park on 7 June 2014
Good Afternoon Singaporeans!
I would like to begin by thanking the organisers of today’s event. It is great to see so many people from different backgrounds coming together in pursuit of a common objective.
We have an ex-Presidential candidate, several former candidates from political parties, civil society, human rights lawyers, and last, but not least, our brave young activists Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui.
In solidarity with these young activists, and especially Hui Hui, on whose slim 22-year-old shoulders the burden of organising this event has fallen, I have asked a member of our Youth Wing to deliver a short statement on CPF. But before I hand over to Tyeisha I would like to say a few words about defamation.
As most of you will be aware, I have had up close and personal experience of defamation suits and the devastating effect they can have.
The latest round has already had a chilling effect.
To illustrate, we have been trying to get our new flyer printed for months now. I have lost count of the number of printers we have approached but the standard response has been that they are too scared to take on the job because they are worried about getting into trouble.
I will read out one email the Chairman received from a printer he approached to do the job. The printer’s response was:
Sorry, my boss just told me that we are unable to accept this job), just to be safe not to be involved in any lawsuit.
She went on to say, in brackets:
(Well, since LHL like to anyhow sue people).
However I’m not going to let them stop me from pursuing transparency. I will not let the threat of defamation suits prevent me from finding out the truth. If this government refuses to provide answers to our questions then its time to change the government!
So on that note I’ m going to hand over to Tyeisha, a brave young woman just a few months short of her 17th birthday!
But before I do I will just mention that we have a walkabout tomorrow in the PM’s constituency at Ang Mo Kio. We are meeting at Block 127 at 10am. I hope many of you will be able to join us.