Hello friends? Yes I am still in American jail. This post is written by me but posted by Melissa Chen, a friend that I’ve been speaking with daily on the jail phone to organize the media campaign to call for my release, generating as much attention and emotion from my time in jail that most of you are probably familiar from yours truly. If you haven’t already, you should follow Melissa’s Facebook account – she’s been an absolute pleasure to work with.
Anyways like all previous instances in a cell, my time in America has been fine. In fact American jail is far better than Singaporean jail, my gosh. Instead of one empty cell with two cell mates that you are trapped in for 90% of the time, in American jail there is a common area with books, board games and a TV. There are up to 10 people to talk to and the food is sumptuous; there has been cake almost every day. I’ve been so used to the very important and fun activities of exploring my mind and talking to myself that I literally have not felt a single bored moment in this jail. It’s quite amazing and I am surprised too. Of course the Singapore government-run mass media is going to portray like I am being tortured inside to create fear amongst Singaporeans, scaring them into not criticizing the government, engaging in human rights activism that can benefit society, and instead, continue leading their selfish, mundane lives.
Do not be fooled, it is perfectly legal to criticize the government: Wake Up, Singapore does it, The Online Citizen SG does it. Fuck fear, we’re going to highlight that Singapore is one of the unhappiest countries in the world, we’re going to highlight the country’s 30% poverty rate, and we’re going to highlight that Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s acclaimed dictator, imprisoned Chia Thye Poh for 32 years for engaging in a non-violent protest calling for fair elections (and no that was not necessary at the time to ensure Singapore’s peace and economic growth, you fucking pieces of shit). The people will not be in fear. The people will not be silenced. The people will voice their dissent. The people will rise.
I feel that recent articles by high profile international news outlets misrepresented my views. We’ve decided to just turn down all exclusive interviews for now. Any reporter who wants an interview, private message Melissa Chen on Facebook sending interview questions. I’ll give my answer or opinion in a Facebook post where there is crystal clear evidence if you ever misrepresent me. If you did write an article about me accurately, motivating people to call for my release, thank you so much for your help.
Coming to America came at a pretty large expense, I think I’m left with ~$1,000 in my bank account. So it will be a bit of a struggle if I only have that amount.
My friend Nina Paley has kindly set up a relocation fund to aid in travel expenses for my legal team (who are working pro bono) and in the transition to a life here in the US:
You’d also probably want to donate to express a sign of resistance to issue a firm and resilient “fuck you” to the Singapore government because I’m telling you, Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore’s current dictator) will probably be very upset that I’m making money highlighting Singapore’s barbaric anti-free speech laws. Donate perhaps $5, maybe $10 at least, maybe more? It is probably worth the cost of a meal or two to help me settle in America and to show disdain for Singapore’s anti free speech laws, surely?
I look forward to coming out soon to see all your lovely comments and meeting my dear American friends. I’m now able to criticize ideas freely and it will be wonderful, wonderful! Thank you all so much for your support. Take care everybody, and have a very nice day!