You see them often at the night markets. These snake oil peddlers who give such convincing presentations for their magic elixirs that can cure almost any ailment humans can get. ...for just $10 per bottle you get a cure for any kind of skin problem and if you have stomach upset, you just need drink a spoonful and save that trip to the doctor. They have been around for decades speaking publicly to large crowds about their non-FDA approved miracle cures. With healthcare cost escalating, I notice their sales have increased as people seek alternatives to rising cost of conventional healthcare....the crowds attending their public outdoor presentations are huge.
I'm so shock the SDP demanding the right to speak in public without a permit. Who do these useless members of our society think they are? They certainly don't deserve this right because they will use it to poison our minds. It is dangerous...there is no guarantee that reading the Straits Times diligently for 20 days will fix the damage. They certainly don't deserve the same rights as credit card peddlers, floor cleaner salesmen and snake oil peddlers. I'm so glad the police has acted so objectively for the public good to haul them to court for speaking in public. I'm sure there will be great harm inflicted on our society if they are allowed to do this without prosecution. If you drink that magic non-FDA approved potion from the snake oil peddler you will save the trip to the clinic, that is why he is allowed to peddle his medicine for so many years - he is a trusted useful member of our society. These SDP guys they are here to peddle poison - demanding greater transparency from our esteemed govt, demanding greater freedom of speech & democracy, urging citizen to stand up for their rights...all the useless ideas they imported from overseas - we just cannot have that.
SDP pair again contest charges of speaking in public without a permit
By Teo Xuanwei, TODAY Posted: 28 November 2007 1127 hrs
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SINGAPORE: Answering charges of speaking in public without a permit for the third time, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan and party supporter Yap Keng Ho on Tuesday accused the police of "selective enforcement". The duo, who represented themselves in court, claimed that they and about nine other SDP members did not flout the rules by promoting their party newspaper in front of Causeway Point on April 8 last year. Comparing themselves to hawkers who peddle their wares in public without permits but are not prosecuted, they questioned if the action against them was "politically motivated". Cross-examining the first witness, Mr Loh Zhen Hong, a former police officer who had reported the incident, Yap tried to show there was "unfairness in enforcing the law between the ruling party and the opposition". He used examples of banks holding roadshows to promote their credit cards and people who sell their products with loudhailers to argue that the party's activities on that day were "nothing out of the ordinary". Yap also grilled Mr Loh, who was off-duty when he spotted the SDP's activities, on whether he would have gone to the police if he had seen members of the People's Action Party or Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew making speeches. Mr Loh said that he would have done the same thing in those instances. District Judge Jasvender Kaur cut off Yap several times to remind him that his cross-examination should focus on proving that Mr Loh "had ill motivations to report to the police". After the court was shown the video clip of the SDP's activities that day, Yap contended that the police, by filming the proceedings, had already assumed the party had committed an offence. The court also allowed the footage to be released to the duo to help them prepare their defence. The hearing continues Wednesday and is scheduled to last till next Monday. If convicted, the pair face a maximum fine of S$10,000 each. - TODAY/ym