I HAD to post this.
Conscience dictates that I must honor this humble, intriguing, BRAVE man who stood like a Giant Cactus in a pristine, over-pruned artificial garden of roses.
I don't know Mr Jeyaretnam but I have often seen him when he was trying to sell his book in Singapore at Orchard Road.
On a few ocassions, I have slipped him a little something to help out & he has tried to push back his book to me. I was sure as hell secret police were present & monitoring him & all who approached him but I couldn't help it. I reasoned that if "they" can let him stand there, they will let me support him a little.
I know many ADMIRED (not pitied..but ADMIRED) this man with the dogged tenacity. He stood up (& out) for his views against the ruling party.
I can still see him - standing unbowed in the heat (& even rain) to sell his books. (Maybe so he can have money for legal defence or to live on?)
Many who were (rightfully so) afraid of trouble went out of their way to avoid his "personal space" as he stood there. The only clearing on a crowded lunchhour in Orchard Rd was wherever Mr Jeyaretnam was standing.
I also know some considered him gila / siau / stupid / fanatical / idiotic to go against the system like that. But I gotta tell you, I really REALLY liked the man. He is my idea of a REAL man
After they have demolished this man financially, now the Sing Government has given him a glowing condolence - "honoring his fighting spirit".
WTF ain't it?
Mr. J. I will miss your Undauntable Spirit!
ye..eahh..BITE ME !!