What Now, Roy – A Contrarian Approach
I’m happy for the $70k contributions achieved to pay for the legal fees, not the libel damages. But damages there will be since Roy has already admitted and apologised.
From those who appear to be in the know of legal matters, at least 2 relevant points to bear in mind;
One, there won’t be any discussions on the CPF issues. The defendant has already admitted guilt by way of his apology. Of course, Roy can still withdraw the apology and go the whole nine yards.
But, what’s the point?
Two, there is the possibility of the PM applying for a Mareva Injunction the way LKY did agst Tan Liang Hong. If so, Ravi his counsel may not get paid. Good chance Roy may still be made a bankrupt. Or his supporters poorer from another donation appeal – supporters who Roy wants to help get a better CPF deal.
If so, what’s the point?
I think Roy has proven his point. Or Singaporeans have proven OUR point. There isn’t just a lunatic fringe not entirely happy with the CPF issue (related and other issues) – enough to put our money where our mouths are (me included). The speed and amount with which the $70k target is realised can only be seen as astounding in SGP’s context, a polity apparently apathetic or compliant, beaten or brainwashed into a submissive pulp.
But, not anymore; we have stood up. Now, PAP – Listen Up.
Why not for the good of the country and not the sake of either ego in this silly saga, settle out of court? If S$5,000 is not enough, Roy hasn’t asked, ‘So, how much do you want from me?’ Why he has not asked for that counter-offer, that amount that is enough to PM Lee? Don’t you get it – PM Lee can’t be asking for too much not to appear to be ‘greedy’?
So, settle. And let’s get back to the REAL ISSUE which is the CPF and its many policies tt have cut so many of us asunder. EGOs are not the issue.
I had observed that PM Lee, through his Davinder weaponry, held the initiative, was dictating the direction and pace of the situation. Anyone with any basic knowledge of strategy will know that you are on the losing side if the other side calls the shots. That PM Lee has more and better resources is not the issue and cannot be the excuse for not trying to figure out how to turn the disadvantage around. Where in his strengths is he most vulnerable?
Be that as it may, Roy (or the collective ‘we’ standing on the side of Roy) should and indeed must play the cards that are now in his hands. Roy, do not get caught up with the adrenaline rush of the moment, please DO NOT forget what you are fighting for. What you claim to be your aim. Revisit that aim now to stay true to yourself – and keep the faith of those who support you in yr time of need.
Ask yourself honestly, are you NOW fighting to humiliate the PM?
Or do you stay true to want to achieve a better transparency and return in what your fellow citizens rightly deserve from their CPF savings from this govt?
If it is the former, then what of your aim? Is there a better way other than going the whole 9 yards to the courts? How? How’s that going to help yr cause, yr aim? As noted, you have already apologised. The courts will be to determine the damages. No discussions on what you have alleged about the CPF.
If you then decide to retract that apology, then you would lose at least one supporter – me. It means your aim in yr blogging is no longer what you claim. I am inclined to believe it’s no longer about the CPF but something else.
What’s changed – a position of strength…
If nothing else, the S$70k raised in 96 hours is a clear statement of the anger of the electorate on the CPF issue. Now, Roy has the ballast of a critical mass of supporters behind you. Now, use that to regain the initiative. Now, you can go to Davinder and say, look, why not settle?
Roy, I say again, the PM cannot ask for too much without looking like shit. That said, can you just imagine all the invaluable gains accruing from taking that initiative? Yes! You would have gotten him pretty damaged either way. To accept, you come up tops as the matured party. To say, no way, Jose, he’d sealed for himself the image of a small-minded, vindictive person. So, he’s caught between his rock & his own hard place for taking action without thinking thro’ the end game, his exit strategy. I leave those who disagree with my view to imagine the many, many other gains to be had taking this route. To cede a battle is not defeat in a war.
Roy, if nothing else, for yr own integrity, settle and let him then show us the CPF money. That’s aligned to yr stated aim. He can’t get away from that now without losing more votes, credibility.
Let me end with not a quote from Sun Tze but Miyamoto Musashi 1584-1645, legendary Japanese swordsman:
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.”
There is little doubt that those you surround yourself with for support and counsel will give you a perspective different from mine. Well, you can’t now claim that you were not given some 2cents worth approach, with the best of intention.