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:
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.
My answer to Kenneth Jeyaretnam:
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.
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.