In remembrance of a Singapore Patriot – Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (1926 – 2008)

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Morreu JBJ

Posted by jbjmemorial on October 4, 2008

EDITORS’ NOTE: for anyone who may understand Portuguese

Hoje, 3 de Outubro soube que morreu JBJ.

 

Joshua Benjamin Jeyatetnam, advogado, cidadão

de Singapura, cristão anglicano e descendente

dos Tamil do Sri Lanka.

 

JBJ, como era conhecido, foi o primeiro deputado da oposição eleito daquela cidade-estado ao fim de 16 anos da independencia de Singapura em 1981, pelo Workers Party of Singapore.

 

Em 1984 foi reeleito, sendo um dos dois membros da oposição eleitos esse ano. Dois meses após das eleições apenas, foi acusado de má gestão dos fundos do partido, acusado e levado a tribunal, sendo banido da ordem dos advogados, arquido em vários processos de difamação do estado, governo e do primeiro-ministro, tendo sido condenado a idenmizações enormes, ficando na bancarota em 2003.

 

Em cima disto, após ter recorrido ao “Privy Council” em Inglaterra , uma especie de supervisor das ordens dos advogados na Commonwealth (a lei em Singapura previa este recurso, tendo após este caso sido revista e revogada), foi declarada a anulação da sua desclassificação como advogado, tendo o presidente de Singapura, ainda assim, recusado aceitar a decisão do Privy Council. E foi proibido de participar em eleições

por mais 5 anos.

 

Há menos de 1 ano, com 83 anos de idade, fundou o Partido Reformista para desafiar novamente o regime de mais de 40 anos no poder do People Action Party na cidade-estado de Singapura.

 

Eu soube do JBJ por alguém que era uma pessoa atenta ao mundo que nos rodeia. Questionou-me na altura “mas o que é que sabes de Singapura?” Tive que reconhecer que não sabia nada. Mas hoje reconheço que estou triste. E reconheço que o mundo está mais pobre.

Source: GREGOS & TROIANOS

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One Response to “Morreu JBJ”

  1. TH said

    Translation of Portuguese text above:

    Today, 3 of October, I knew of the passing of JBJ.
    Joshua Benjamin Jeyaratnam, lawyer, Singapore citizen, Anglican Christian and descendent of the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

    JBJ, as he was known, was the first member of parliament from the opposition elected in this city-state, after 16 years of independence in Singapore, in 1981, for the Workers Party of Singapore.

    In 1984 he was re-elected, becoming one of two members of parliament from the opposition elected that year. Barely twelve months later, he was accused of mismanagement of party funds, brought in front of a tribunal, banished from practicing as a lawyer, and accused on various counts of defamation of the state, the government and the prime minister, resulting in enormous liabilities that led to his declaration of bankruptcy in 2003.

    Despite this, after appeal to the Privy Council in England, in its supervisory capacity to the Bar of lawyers in the Commonwealth (the law in Singapore had previously allowed this recourse, but had reviewed and revoked it after this case), his disbarment as lawyer was annulled. However, this decision was not accepted and he continued to be prohibited from participation in elections for another five years.

    Less than one year ago, at the age of 83 years, he founded the Reformist Party to again defy the regime that had been in power in Singapore for more than 40 years, the People’s Action Party.

    I now understand that JBJ was someone who paid attention the world he lived in. I ask myself “and what else do I know of Singapore?” I have to recognize that I knew little more. But today I know that I am sad. And I know that the world is poorer.

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