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In recent days, the campaign worldwide to stop apartheid in South Africa has intensified.
Amid calls to take the case to the International Court of Justice, South African seditionist Nelson Mandela has chosen to lend his support in protest against apartheid.
In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, Mandela called on South Africa to end ‘many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites’.
He added that ‘I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation.’
In my opinion, his comments are clearly unhelpful and unconstructive. They show the extent Mandela will go to to align himself with other Western democracies to undermine South Africa.
Lest Mandela is mistaken, apartheid is a purely domestic matter that no other country has a right to interfere in. It is simply letting our laws run their course.
Mind you, our laws are very clear as to how apartheid should be enforced.
Our laws and statutes state clearly that apartheid shall be practised in South Africa. “Europeans Only” and “Non-Europeans Only” signs, too, are displayed prominently.
Citizens of South Africa know that apartheid prevails in South Africa, yet they choose to reside here.
Our laws are applied fairly across the board to South Africans and foreigners alike. In this case, our Government has found no grounds for abolishing apartheid.
The United Nations has passed, under Article 13(1)(a) of the U.N. Charter, a Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. The Convention declares that “apartheid is a crime against humanity,” and it criminalizes the principal features of apartheid, namely murder, torture, and arbitrary arrests of members of one particular race group. Unfortunately, they fail to realise that the United Nations is the party commiting a crime against South Africa for refusing to recognise South Africa’s sovereign right to let our laws run their course.
As a South African, it is shameful of Mandela to actively call on other countries to interfere in South Africa’s judicial and legislative process.
This is another clear example of how low he will stoop to undermine South Africa, through every means possible.
Chee shows he’s out to undermine S’pore
In recent days, the campaign in Australia to prevent the execution of heroin trafficker Nguyen Tuong Van in Singapore has intensified.
Amid calls in Australia for the country to take the case to the International Court of Justice, Singapore opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has chosen to lend his support in protest against the planned execution.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dr Chee called on Australia to ‘appeal to other countries, including the United States, to put pressure on Singapore not to carry out its plan to hang Nguyen’.
He added that ‘the international community… should put a stop to this insanity…’.
In my opinion, his comments are clearly unhelpful and unconstructive. They show the extent Dr Chee will go to to align himself with other Western democracies to undermine Singapore.
Lest Dr Chee is mistaken, the hanging is a purely domestic matter that no other country has a right to interfere in. It is simply letting our laws run their course.
Mind you, this was a man caught smuggling almost 400g of heroin. Our laws are very clear as to the consequences of committing such a serious crime.
The disembarkation card states clearly that the death penalty is mandatory for drug offences. Our airport, too, displays such warnings prominently.
Nguyen knew what he was getting himself into if he were to be caught, yet he chose to take the risk.
Our laws are applied fairly across the board to Singaporeans and foreigners alike. In this case, our Government has found no grounds for clemency.
Australia’s federal opposition foreign-affairs spokesman, Mr Kevin Rudd, accuses Singapore of treating Australia ‘with contempt’.
Unfortunately, he fails to realise that Australia is the party showing contempt for refusing to recognise Singapore’s sovereign right to let our laws run their course.
As a Singaporean, it is shameful of Dr Chee to actively call on other countries to interfere in Singapore’s judicial process.
This is another clear example of how low he will stoop to undermine Singapore, through every means possible.
SIOW JIA RUI