Gopalan’s Famous Last Words

“I repeat the threat that Lee Kuan Yew had made on day two of the show trial during the last 3 days in the High Court. When asked by Dr. Chee whether he will sue those who write on the Internet defamations against him, I mean defamations in the Singaporean sense, his definitive unequivocal answer was that he will sue them. There is no doubt in the Singaporean sense, I have defamed him and his Prime Minister son, not only in my last blog post but in almost all my blog posts since my blog’s inception in December 2006”

“Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, look here. I am now within your jurisdiction and that of your corrupt police and your corrupt judiciary who will do anything you want of them, however criminal and illegal.

What are you going to do about it?”

Gopalan Nair stood as a WP Tiong Bahru GRC candidate in the 1988 election. In 1991, he took part in a 3-cornered Bt Merah single ward fight. Now, after his arrest for insulting civil servant Belinda Ang, this would be his biggest political battle ever. Representing him is Chia Ti Lik another former WP member. If you observed Gopalan Nair’s style in his blog, I bet he was a fiery speaker back then at elections since his prose is dramatic and provocative. Personally, I feel it would be entertaining to watch him and the courts cross swords. We shall see if he still full of bravado when faced with a maximum one year jail sentence. Should we feel sympathy for Gopalan? It all depends on how much we think Gopalan set the course for his own unpleasant predicament.

US blogger charged in Singapore over ‘prostituting’ comment

SINGAPORE (AFP) — A California-based blogger who allegedly accused a judge of “prostituting herself” has been arrested and charged in Singapore, his lawyer and a court document said Monday.

Gopalan Nair, a former Singapore lawyer who is now a US citizen, was arrested in the city-state Saturday and charged Monday with insulting a public servant, his lawyer Chia Ti Lik told AFP.

Nair, 58, was later remanded in custody for one more week as the authorities said they needed to investigate further, Chia told reporters.

He is due back in court next Monday.

“We can confirm that Gopalan Nair, a US citizen, was arrested on May 31,” a US embassy spokesman said, adding that “we are monitoring the case closely.”

According to a court document, Nair is charged with insulting Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean last Thursday by sending an email which said she “was throughout prostituting herself during the entire proceedings, by being nothing more than an employee of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his son and carrying out their orders”.

Nair’s lawyer Chia said the comments essentially repeated those Nair made in a recent blog about a defamation case filed by Singapore’s leaders against an opposition party and its members.

In the blog, Nair strongly criticised a three-day legal hearing last week at which Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew and his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, testified.

In another post on his blog Saturday, Nair taunted authorities, saying he was in Singapore at a particular hotel, and also gave his phone number.

“I am now within your jurisdiction… What are you going to do about it?” Nair wrote.

Nair is charged with insulting a public servant, which on conviction carries a maximum fine of 5,000 dollars (3,660 US) or one year in prison.

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  1. […] He was, however strangely conspiracy theory it may seem,  an underdog when he vainly taunted the PAP to sue him for defamation when he arrived in Singapore. Gopolan styled himself flamboyantly as a Singapore […]

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