CSJ rejects police warning

April 6, 2006
Singapore Democrats

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6 April 2006

Abdul Kahlik Bin Abdul Latiff, DSP

Head Investigation ‘A’

Central Police Division
Fax: 65573326

Dear Sir,

I refer to your two letters (see below) both dated 30 March 2006 in which you say that you decided to issue me a warning instead of prosecuting me in court over the following matters: One, the protest outside the CPF Building on 11 August 2005 and, two, possession of a VCD of my arrest outside the Istana in 2002 which you seized during my book launch on 9 July 2005.

I write to inform you that I do not accept your warning. If you think that you have a case against me, please prefer a charge. Otherwise, it behooves you to admit that you have overstepped your authority and undertake to refrain from doing so again in the future.

Instead of warning me to “refrain from such conduct,” you would do well to remember that your job is to deal with crime and not to be used as a tool of the PAP to harass and persecute citizens who exercise our right to freedom of speech and assembly.

As to the VCD that you seized, you are welcome to keep it. Please, however, show it to your colleagues and assist me in my continuing effort to raise awareness of the importance and need for democracy in Singapore. Our police officers are Singaporeans too and would want to see Singapore become a democracy as well.

Sincerely,

CHEE SOON JUAN
Secretary-General

Singapore Democratic Party

LETTER 1

Central Police Division

391 New Bridge Road #03-112

Cantonment Complex Blk A
Singapore 088762
Date: 30 March 2006

To: Dr Chee Soon Juan

Dear Sir

Police Report Dated 11 August 2005

Miscellaneous Offence (Public Order and Nuisance)
(Assemblies and Processions) Rules

We refer to the above case.

Our investigations into the case have been completed. After careful consideration of the circumstances of the case and in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Police have decided that a warning be issued instead of prosecution in court.

You are hereby warned to refrain from such conduct or other criminal conduct. If you commit any offence in future, the same leniency may  not be shown to you.

Yours faithfully
Abdul Khalik Bin Abdul Latiff, DSP

Head Investigation ‘A’

Central Police Division

LETTER 2

Central Police Division
391 New Bridge Road #03-112
Cantonment Complex Blk A
Singapore 088762

Date: 30 March 2006

To: Dr Chee Soon Juan

Dear Sir

Police Report Dated 9 July 2005

Films Act

Please refer to the above case.

After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case and in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Police have decided not to take further action against you.

All investigations and enquiries into the matter will cease and the case will be closed.

Pertaining to the VCD that was seized, we have decided to return to you. Please contact the investigation officer, ASP William Goh, at DID: 65573324, FAX: 65573326, for return of the said VCD by 29 June 2006.

Yours faithfully
Abdul Khalik Bin Abdul Latiff, DSP

Head Investigation ‘A’

Central Police Division