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John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Singapore terrorist, Baldraj Naidu, deported from the U.S.

Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu

Balraj (aka Baldev) Naidu

Singapore Reform Party chief, Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s friend and associate, Baldraj Naidu was released from prison in the U.S. and deported to Singapore.

Singaporean Balraj Naidu, 51, spent years in a U.S. prison after trying to funnel arms to a Sri Lankan terrorist group

He has now been deported from the U.S.

Considered to be extremely dangerous, he was accompanied on his flight by heavily armed officers of the U.S. Customs Enforcement and Removal Field Office.

“As a convicted felon, Naidu is prohibited from re-entering the United States,” U.S. Customs Enforcement and Removal Field Office director Simona L. Flores, said in a statement.

In 2010, Naidu was convicted in Baltimore, Maryland in the U.S.  of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and sentenced to nearly five years in prison. Prosecutors say Naidu tried to buy $900,000 in illegal weapons from an undercover business in Maryland.

In April 2006, on being introduced to a U.S. undercover agent, Naidu negotiated to buy weapons worth $900,000, including grenade launchers, sniper rifles and machine guns.

One of his co-conspirators, Haniffa Osman, test fired several of the weapons in the summer of 2006 in Baltimore.

Osman, 62, was convicted and sentenced in the U.S. He has completed a 37-month jail sentence and testified in Naidu’s trial in 2010 before returning to Singapore. Osman’s term was shortened as he gave evidence against his friend, Naidu.

As a result of the trip, Tamil Tiger representatives wire transferred US$250,000 into the undercover business’ accounts as a down payment on a US$900,000 weapons deal. About 28 tons of weapons and ammunition, which the conspirators believed they were purchasing, was airlifted to the US territory of Guam.

On September 29, 2006, after inspecting the weapons and transferring an additional US$450,000 into the undercover business’ accounts, Naidu’s four co-conspirators were arrested and indicted.

A total of US$700,000 were paid by Naidu and his co-conspirators for the weapons and ammunition.

Where did these terrorists raise $700,000? Who financed them?

Recent Tamil rioting in Singapore

December 8, 2013 Singapore Riot

December 8, 2013 Singapore Riot

The Tamils are becoming an increasing power in Singapore. Thousands of Tamils are arriving in Singapore to take up positions as laborers. Naidu, who was also a friend and associate of J. B. Jeyaretnam, father of Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam, after serving his time in the U.S was deported and arrived in Singapore on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

In December, for the first time in decades, there were riots in Singapore. The riot started around 9:30pm after an Indian national, like the Tamils, was killed by a private bus in a district known as Little India. The bus was driven by a Singaporean.

Immediately, about 400 foreign Tamil workers took to the streets, throwing objects at the police and setting police cars and an ambulance on fire.

During the riot, several police cars were overturned and five vehicles—three police cars, an ambulance and a motorbike were burnt. Several private vehicles were also damaged. Singapore’s Special Operations Command personnel and Gurkha troops were called to the scene.

In total, five police cars and nine Singapore Civil Defense Force vehicles were damaged. In addition, there were 18 casualties including 10 police officers, four Singapore Civil Defense Force personnel, as well as the Singaporean bus driver and his assistant. At least 18 people were hurt, most of them police officers, before the violence was brought under control. Six people were rushed to Singapore’s Tan Tock Seng hospital.

December 8, 2013 Singapore Riot In Flames

December 8, 2013 Singapore Riot In Flames

Twenty-seven of the foreign rioters were arrested.

Police commissioner Ng Joo Hee said it was the first rioting in Singapore in more than 30 years. He condemned it as “intolerable, wanton violence”. “It is not the Singapore way,” he added – but the rioters were not Singaporeans, but immigrant laborers – Tamils.

In an attempt to boost its sagging economy, Singapore depends heavily on foreign workers, with migrant laborers dominating sectors like construction.

A statement from Singapore’s Civil Defense Force (SCDF) said that emergency services were alerted to the killing.

“Upon arrival, there was a man trapped under a bus. An SCDF paramedic pronounced him dead on arrival. SCDF rescuers extricated the body using hydraulic rescue equipment.”

“Projectiles were thrown at the SCDF rescuers while they were extricating the body.”

Nine SCDF vehicles were damaged in the incident, including five which were burned, it said.

Tamils taking over power in Singapore

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

Philip Jeyaretnam, a Tamil, has infiltrated Singapore’s Public Service Commission, where he will “approve” Singapore Civil Service hirings and salaries. As such, he has a role in determining who gets promoted and who does not.

Philip Jeyaretnam is also the Managing Partner of the prestigious Singapore law firm, Rodyk & Davidson. He took over the firm when the former Managing Partner, Helen Yeo, became involved in a botched attempt to ban Escape from Paradise in Singapore.

In this effort, Helen Yeo was assisted in this effort by her husband, Yeo Cheow Tong, a former Singapore cabinet minister—he also lost his job over the incident.

Philip Jeyaretnam

Philip Jeyaretnam

Since they were unable to get Escape from Paradise banned in Singapore, the Yeos threatened Singapore bookstores with lawsuits if they sold the book. With the influence of her husband’s position as a cabinet minister, Helen Yeo had all 25 copies of Escape from Paradise removed from Singapore’s National Library—save one copy which was placed on “restricted distribution”—meaning readers had to sign for the copy (giving the Yeos access to their name).

Let’s not forget that Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s father—failed politician, Joshua. B. Jeyaretnam, was the lawyer who helped Naidu change his name so Naidu could hide. Both Kenneth and Philip Jeyaretnam are sons of Joshua B. Jeyaretnam.

Kenneth Jeyaretnam is now the head of Singapore’s Reform Party—thanks to Balraj Naidu. On April 26th 2009, Kenneth Jeyaretnam ‘become’ Secretary-General of Singapore’s Reform Party with the help of Balraj Naidu. A “Gang of 4,” spearheaded by Balraj Naidu executed a coup d’état to help Kenneth Jeyaretnam seize the post of party Secretary-General that day.

Singapore’s Tamils are a rising power along with the Jeyaretnam brothers.

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