Friday, October 31, 2014

Speak Softly And Carry Bricks

“Their remedy lies, if at all, in the legislative sphere,”  judges Andrew Phang, Belinda Ang and Woo Bih Li said in a written verdict to dismiss a constitutional challenge against an archaic law criminalizing sex between men. Section 377A was first introduced in 1938 by British colonial administrators, and carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail for homosexual acts between men, but not women. The government's official position is that Section 377A is not actively enforced, i.e. it stays on the books for "wayang" only. The disturbing message is not about what goes on under the bedsheets, but the subjugation of the law to the members in parliament.

Senior Counsel Alvin Yeo will be so happy, so long as he is still in parliament, no law can touch him. The Law Society's literary contribution about distinguishing between over billing and over charging was a waste of chargeable time.  From what we surmise from the erudite judiciary, parliament alone decides what is legal. Yang Yin need not lose sleep over deportation, if he still has the letter of recommendation from a parliamentarian.

Tim Cook, CEO of the world’s most valuable company, pointed out in his coming out article in Bloomberg that when Arizona’s legislature passed a discriminatory bill targeting the gay community, they spoke up, and eventually torpedoed that anti-gay bill.
"When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick."

Those who mounted the constitutional challenge against the "crippling" piece of legislation should take heart from Tim Cook's words. As should those fighting for our constitutional right of freedom of expression. Just speak softly and add your own bricks.

16 comments:

  1. You mean speak softly and add your own pricks to that prickly issue?

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  2. And there are those who speak loudly and carry other people's balls.

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  3. You think there will be a brick movement someday?

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  4. Speak softly, add brick? Futile lah. Let your feet do the talking and give them the boot.

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  5. Newsflash from CNA:
    Yang Yin has been charged with having "willfully and with intent to defraud" falsified receipts of payments to Young Music and Dance Studio, when there were no such payments. The payments range from S$1,000 to S$5,500. If convicted, the maximum penalty is 10 years' jail and a fine. So, no deportation, he gets to stay in Singapore for free.

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    1. Plus free meals (from us taxpayers of course).

      This is the kind of Foreign Talents that we are attracting.

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  6. "Just speak softly and add your own bricks."
    Heck no!
    "Just vote wisely and add your own bricks."

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  7. Just convince Tim Cook to take up residence in SG. Section 377A will be history before you can say "mee siam mai hum".

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    1. If Tim Cook come;
      I guarantee there will be a new type of visa .... the pink visa.

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    2. We may need a new pink passport, since even the United Nations is upset now!
      The UN’s Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said it is “disappointed” with the ruling of Singapore’s highest court to declare constitutional a law that sets a two-year jail term for men who engage in acts of “gross indecency” in public or private.
      “The Office said using criminal law to prosecute individuals for engaging in consensual same-sex conduct violates a host of human rights guaranteed by international law, including the right to privacy and the right to freedom from discrimination,” read the statement issued on Friday, October 31.

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    3. If only Time can cook.....

      Mee (me) Siam (avoid) Mai (don't want) Hum (as in humping your behind).

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    4. Haha. If Tim can Cook and he's here, maybe he can whip up some free pork soup, because pigs here are expensive and self-serving. What we do get that's free (maybe) is the smoke and the hot air from our great leader. Right now, our champion of 377A, pastor Lawrence Khong, is in third heaven celebrating, so don't spoil his day by talking about bringing Tim Cook here.

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    5. While he is adding his bricks, brick by brick, to pave the sunlit path toward justice, Tim Cook will be getting brickbats from pastor Lawrence Khong for sure. Sigh! While they are going at each other with bricks and bats, let us fill the ballot box towards justice together, vote by vote. Vote wisely.

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  9. What can you expect from a judiciary which gave new meaning to the word "in" and "within" just to save the asses of some prominent parliamentarian and proved beyond doubt that they are all just Kangaroos. I have not a piece of respect for them and the AG should know that you cannot scandalize a court which has already made a mockery of itself.

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