Forum Letter to the Editor STR on the AHTC Trial

STR on the AHTC Trial

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Dear Editor,

I read Alex Tan’s take on the ongoing AHTC trial and felt compelled to voice out against his misguided post that seeks to divide people’s attention to the crucial issue at hand: Singapore may wake up tomorrow to the prospect of a total dictatorship when we lose our sole Opposition representation in Parliament!
STR’s editorial on where and how to draw the line when it comes to dealing with the regime also appears to be erroneous. The 33 million that the lawsuit seeks to recover from the 3 WP MPs are due back to the Town Council’s funds and not to the PAP as alleged.
It further suggests to let the WP MPs go bankrupt as it would be “better” for Aljunied to revert into PAP hands so Singaporeans from other Constituencies can vote to change the government.
This is typical behavior of a keyboard warrior and someone so far away for that matter, who is so detached from ordinary Singaporeans to really understand what is going on in the ground. Ironically, this is the same person who accused other Opposition leaders of being opportunists who do not toil the ground.
Although I do have a very low opinion of the PPP, DPP, NSP and RP, they are at the very least, still based in Singapore instead of seeking refuge from a faraway location while wanting to influence local politics. They are here to stay and help in the struggle against political oppression and structural injustices.
Are the WP MPs worth saving? Our every cent! I just hope they will emerge stronger after this ordeal and better appreciate the sacrifices that civil activists like PJ Thum, Jolovan Wham and Seelan Palay went through just to bring greater awareness of societal injustices.
Jim Yap

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