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Singapore Reform Party Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam attacks us!

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

Today, Singapore Reform Party Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam attacked us by email.
Here is his email and our answer.

Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s email dated Oct. 2, 2011:

Hi John,

I don’t really get your personal beef with me. I am aware you and your wife feel that you suffered a miscarriage of justice and that Helen Yeo and Partners (as it was then) was responsible. However I have nothing to do with my brother’s firm which has in any case merged with Rodyk since then. Neither does my brother have anything to do with the Reform Party.

Therefore your antagonism towards me and publication of grossly libellous statements about me is puzzling, to say the least, particularly as I am standing up for democracy and freedom of expression and against all the things you hate about Singapore.

I would be happy to meet you either in London or when I am in the US to discuss any issues you have.

Regards,

Kenneth

My answer to Kenneth Jeyaretnam:

Singaporean terrorist Haniffa bin Osman, now in a U.S. prison.

Naidu’s partner, Singaporean terrorist Haniffa bin Osman, now in a U.S. prison.

 

Kenneth:

I am in receipt of your email to me of Oct. 2, 2011, copied below.

Your statement, that I have made “grossly libelous statements,” with no further specification on your part, is libelous and defamatory in my regard.

You state further, “I am standing up for democracy and freedom of expression and against all the things you hate about Singapore.”

Here you defame me again.

Let me clarify—I do not hate Singapore. I have no problem with Singapore. My problem is only with a few people, who happen to be Singaporeans, because they are engaged in illegal and terrorist activities.

I had sued Helen Yeo for her personal banning of our book in the U.S. District Court.

There were two hearings at which Helen Yeo never appeared, either in person, or through counsel.

Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu

Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu

The fact that Helen Yeo and Partners merged with Rodyk & Davidson does not change in any way the fact that she has allegedly committed illegal acts in Singapore, which damaged us financially through her unofficial banning of Escape from Paradise.

We have received confirmation from Singapore’s Media Development Authority that Escape from Paradise has never been banned in Singapore.

Only after Helen Yeo had taken steps against us, did we investigate her and discover her allegedly illegal acts related to a sale of 69 Holland Road in Singapore.

On information and belief, your brother, Philip Jeyaretnam, Helen Yeo’s partner, allegedly played a part in Helen Yeo’s activities against our book.

Being an American, I am doing my patriotic duty in speaking out about the your close relationship with convicted terrorist Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu.

Naidu, your partner and co-founder of Singapore’s Reform Party, of which you are Secretary-General, is currently serving a prison sentence in the United States for his terrorist activities.

On October 18, 2010, a Baltimore federal court jury convicted Balraj Naidu, 48, a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, for providing material support for selling U.S. weapons to a terrorist organization. Four co-conspirators pleaded guilty in the case, said the Sri Lankan embassy here. Naidu was later sentenced to 57 months, imprisonment. Naidu’s appeal of the decision was denied on May 4, 2012.

The co-conspirators – Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, 40, of Sri Lanka; Haji Subandi, 73, and retired Indonesian Marine Corps General Erick Wotulo, 62, both Indonesians; and Haniffa Bin Osman, 59, of Singapore – all pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 57 months, 37 months, 30 months and 37 months in prison respectively.

I believe that you should not be allowed to enter the United States due to your terrorist connections.

John

9 comments to Singapore Reform Party Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam attacks us!

  • senven

    I don’t know who you are but I suggest you remove this post, cos it makes you look like a complete ass. I’m no staunch supporter of KJ or the reform party but when u take a private email written to you and display it in public it should be in the public interest. How on earth has he attacked you? Any one with a basic command of english can understand that he suggested that he was attacking THE THINGS that you hate about singapore. ( I’m guessing restrictions on free speech and the usual stuff). He doesn’t seem to be saying anywhere that u hate singapore. Furthermore his statement suggests that he is impying that he shares your views on certain things. If you love or like a country does that mean that you have to love every single aspect of it? What about contradictory things? If there was any reason to suspect that KJ had involvements or knowledge about Naidu’s connection to the Tamil rebels I’m sure he would have been summoned by the ISD or the American authorities by now but he hasn’t. Do you know something the intelligence agencies don’t?

    • admin

      Of course you know who I am, as is obvious from your comment. Had Kenneth Jeyaretnam sent me a private email, I would have kept it in confidence. However, he sent the email to other parties – so there is nothing private about it.

      Here is an excerpt of an email that Kenneth Jeyaretnam sent to a third party, and not to me:

      I notice you copied John Harding on this.

      I may not be able to sue him as he has no assets in Singapore but take note that I and my brother will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone based in Singapore or the UK who spreads his lies.

      Regards,
      Kenneth

      By this statement, he links his brother, Philip Jeyaretnam, in with his political party and the terrorist, Naidu. Both Jeyaretnam boys are out to protect Naidu.

      Kenneth Jeyaretnam has also attacked me directly. Can you read? He states I am making libelous statements – which is an attack.

      Like parroting Jeyaretnam, you mention, incorrectly, the things I hate about Singapore. Again, read what I have written. There is nothing that I hate about Singapore. I said, “My problem is only with a few people, who happen to be Singaporeans, because they are engaged in illegal and terrorist activities.”

      There are plenty of reasons to suspect both Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Philip Jeyaretnam and their father for involvement with terrorists. Naidu was their close friend and partner. Even after Naidu was exposed, Kenneth Jeyaretnam came to Naidu’s defense.

      By the insulting, emotional and irrational tone of your comment, one could only conclude that you are one of Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s people.

      Thank goodness that the U.S. now kills terrorists, even if they be U.S. citizens.

      I am sure that the U.S, is aware of the activities of Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam (and Singaporean Eric Pala).

  • PLT

    KJ is on the watchlist by PAP. Glad to read this interesting revelation. KJ is a public figure, so what he writes and says is for the people to read.

  • targetman

    KJ’s Reform Party is not doing well at all in Singapore. He sounds desperate. John, don’t worry, Singapore’s ISD is watching him closely! We’re not for any terrorist fellows.

  • manintheknow

    Both PJ and KJ are not ideal citizens here in Singapore. After the disclosures of the sale of the singapore property??? and Baldev Naidu friend, i can assure you that they are not welcomed!

  • Poooolitical SalesMaN

    particularly as I am standing up for democracy and freedom of expression. This sentence I feel like throwing out.KJ can U elborate on April 26 2009, U N a group of crook came to siege RP.Where is your minute of vote of no confidence.Claim that RP belong to your father. Ah-Ah-Ah.Frankly your Father did not form this Party.The Party was form for your father. Monitoring your father movement.U’re an idiot to siege this Party.U’re carrying a death baby.After Naidu complete his jail term in USA,(Another 12 month to go). In Singpore Naidu file will re-open again with your invitation.

  • James

    Hi, may I know whether you can show your readers the proof to:
    1) there is a “convicted terrorist Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu” (e.g. court judgment document about a Singaporean by this name had been convicted for terrorism, or a newspaper report)
    2) this convict was a co-founder of Singapore’s Reform Party.

    • Strange (and interesting) that you should ask for us to prove our facts. However, here goes.

      First off, I won’t let you waste my time with the second question. In Singapore, it is common knowledge that Balldev Naidu (as the Reform Party calls him) was co-founder. You can consult Google – it’s all over the place, and well-documented.

      To fill in an important detail, we have placed a photo of Naidu’s partner, Singaporean terrorist Haniffa bin Osman, who is also serving time in a U. S. prison.

      As for Naidu’s it is also on the Internet – here, and printed, below – read on.

      FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT

      AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or

      MARCIA MURPHY at 410-209-4885
      October 18, 2010

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/md

      SINGAPORE MAN CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY TO
      PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

      Aided Tamil Tiger Terrorists in the Attempted Purchase of Grenade Launchers, Sniper Rifles, Machine Guns and other State of the Art Firearms

      Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury today convicted Balraj Naidu, age 48, a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

      The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security Investigations; Special Agent in Charge A.J. Macisaac of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Washington Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service – Mid-Atlantic Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.

      “This long-term undercover investigation kept sophisticated U.S. weaponry from the hands of terrorists,” said William Winter, Special Agent in Charge, of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Baltimore. “As this investigation demonstrates, Homeland Security Investigations has no tolerance for international arms brokers looking to equip terrorist organizations with advanced American weaponry and we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to target individuals bent on violating U.S. export laws.”

      According to evidence presented at his five day trial, beginning in February 2006, Naidu and his co-conspirators attempted to purchase state of the art weaponry from China, Thailand, North Korea, the Phillipines and Indonesia for the terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) operating within Sri Lanka, to be used to fight against Sri Lankan government forces. Several arms merchants refused to supply the Tamil Tigers with weaponry once the destination for the arms had been disclosed by Naidu and his associates. In April 2006, Naidu’s Indonesian sources for weapons unwittingly introduced Naidu and his associates to an agent for an undercover business in Maryland that purported to sell military weapons.

      The evidence showed that in the subsequent months, the conspirators’ negotiations with the undercover agent centered on the acquisition of American made weaponry. Terms of the sale included delivery of the weapons to locations in international waters off the coast of Sri Lanka. The weaponry was to be off-loaded by the Sea Tigers, the naval branch of the Tamil Tigers. A co-conspirator, Haniffa Bin Osman, visited Baltimore in the summer of 2006, where he examined and test-fired much of the weaponry. As a result of the trip, Tamil Tiger representatives wire transferred $250,000 into the undercover business’ accounts as down payment on a $900,000 weapons deal. Approximately 28 tons of weapons and ammunition, which the conspirators believed they were purchasing, was air-lifted to the U.S. territory of Guam. On September 29, 2006, after inspecting the weapons and transferring an additional $450,000 into the undercover business’ accounts, co-conspirators Bin Osman, Haji Subandi, Erick Wotulo and Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa were arrested and indicted. The investigation continued and led to the indictment of Naidu and an alleged Tamil Tigers financier on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to the Tamil Tigers and related offenses.

      Naidu faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake scheduled sentencing for December 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

      Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, age 40, a citizen of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Haji Subandi, age 73, and retired Indonesian Marine Corps General Erick Wotulo, age 62, both citizens of the Republic of Indonesia; and Haniffa Bin Osman, age 59, a citizen of the Republic of Singapore, pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and were sentenced to 57 months, 37 months, 30 months and 37 months in prison, respectively.

      Founded in 1976, the Tamil Tigers has advocated the violent overthrow of the Sri Lankan government, employing acts of violence, including suicide bombings, against both civilian and military targets. Approximately 200 such attacks have been attributed to the Tamil Tigers to date. The Tamil Tigers relies heavily upon supporters throughout the world to raise and launder money, acquire intelligence and purchase military use technology. The U.S. Department of State designated the Tamil Tigers as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in1997. As such, the Tamil Tigers cannot legally raise money or procure operational equipment in the United States.

      United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the investigative work performed by ICE, NCIS, DCIS, the FBI and the Baltimore City Police Department. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys James G. Warwick and Rachel M. Yasser, who prosecuted the case.

      Naidu had a co-conspirator, Singaporean Haniffa bin Osman, who is also serving his sentence in a U.S. prison.

      In July 2006, Singaporean Haniffa Bin Osman, met with undercover agents in Baltimore to inspect some of the weapons. Osman told agents that the arms requested were for the Tamil Tigers, and Osman knew the delivery would be illegal, according to court papers. Osman told agents that a subsequent order could be worth as much as $15 million, prosecutors said.

      So Baldev Naidu and Haniffa Bin Osman had plenty of cash backing them. It would be interesting to trace the source of those funds. There is no evidence that Singapore has done so – too embarrassing?

      On July 28, 2006, Osman test-fired several of the weapons, including machine guns, at a Harford County police range, according to the indictment.

      Osman had no idea that he was dealing with U.S. officials.

  • Mr Lau

    jbj-kj+baldev naidu = reform party