11th NOVEMBER 2021
11th Nov 2021
I am here to speak as a volunteer in Healing the Divide. Healing the Divide stems from the love of our country. Our members range from unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated.
As a result of the recent actions by Ministry of Health, we are compelled by our duty and loyalty to our great country to do the following;
1) Defamatory words used on Ms Iris Koh & the telegram group of “Healing the Divide”. As nobody is above the law, we are consulting our lawyers about our legal options against the Ministry of Health.
2) The Ministry of Health has in their statements referred to statements released by Youtube and seem to rely on those statements as a statement of truth made by that foreign entity in deciding their press release.
Our Law Minister, Mr Shanmugam, has repeatedly said that the highest arbiter of truth in our great country is the Court of Law. With regards to Truth, the Court is even higher than any ministers, the parliament or even any Ministry for that matter. The Court of Law, of course, is higher than YouTube, determining what is true and what is not in our country.
On top of that, the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act (FICA) is being passed in the Parliamentary session on 4 October 2021, precisely to keep foreign influences at bay. Our own Ministry, quoting a foreign entity as the basis of truth in releasing their press release is unbecoming of a Government Ministry.
I am compelled by law and duty to my great country to report this case to the law enforcement. Probably Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. It is not up to me to overlook any fault that may be made by any Ministry for that matter.
In our country, not reporting what I believe could be a crime, is a crime in itself.
Under Section 202 of the Penal Code, “whoever, knowing or having reason to believe that an offence has been committed, intentionally omits to give any information respecting that offence which he is legally bound to give, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months, or with fine, or with both”.
As a person who truly believes in the Rule of Law, the place to decide whether the Ministry of Health has contravened the law is in the Court of Law. After law enforcement investigates it completely. Where applicable, the Honourable Attorney General Chambers shall prosecute.
3) In the said press release, the Ministry of Health has said that they would not hesitate to issue a POFMA notice. We are waiting with bated breath for that POFMA notice, and we would comply first as per required by law, and where applicable, we would appeal in Court of Law.
And one more thing, we would also not hesitate to initiate our legal options against the Ministry of Health, or any Ministry for that matter.
Do note that our legal action against the Ministry of Health is independent of any upcoming POFMA notice that the government may be issuing us. We would comply and appeal where applicable.
We believe as loyal citizens of Singapore, we must love our country. It is unfortunate that at times, we may need to manifest our love for our country by having to consider legal actions against our own government Ministry.
Thank you very much.
Volunteer, Healing The Divide