After our latest article where The Unseen Singapore likened Mr Mohamed Jufrie Bin Mahmood to be Singapore's version of Edward Snowden, the article was extremely well received by our online readers and readership has shot through the roof!
It was also a pleasant surprise when our friends at The Real
Singapore informed us that Mohamed Jufrie had come out to give
further clarity on what transpired. Unfortunately, Mr Jufrie may have
misunderstood our intentions. Perhaps he thought we were painting him
as an Opposition mole as he took a harsh tone against our writing and
argued for his innocence. Jangan sensitive uncle!
On the contrary, Mr Jufrie's past actions showcased his valiant
struggle for democracy and firm defiance against the lack of free
speech in Singapore, both qualities befitting of whistleblowers like
Edward Snowden and himself.
Also, since Mr Jufrie himself said that his previous employment with ISD was well-known within the opposition circles, he should have
confidence that his friends would not see him with a different
light. Evermore so when he is a seasoned opposition warhorse who
after being removed from ISD/CID joined JBJ's Workers' Party and ran
for three elections (1984, 1988, 1991) before eventually switching
his allegiance to SDP in 1997.
Having clarified our position, it was heartening when Mr Jufrie
mentioned that "many friends and party comrades were surprised
to learn ... that he had at one time worked in ISD". It truly
validated the existence of The Unseen Singapore where we bring
out such little known facts into the public spotlight. Despite this
little success, we at The Unseen Singapore will continue to unearth
such little gems and we look forward to the continuous support from
Moving on to Mr Jufrie's revelations, we were genuinely appalled
at the treatment he endured and we urge him to sue the Singapore
government for this outrage. Mr Jufrie must have his reasons for
taking a long 34 years before coming out into the open on these
outrageous series of events but justice delayed is justice denied.
If Jufrie argued that he was wrongly jailed for speaking up
against the government, coerced to lie under oath in court and was
physically abused during his detention, then Jufrie should hire
prominent human rights lawyer like M Ravi or Choo Zheng Xi to
represent him and fight against his wrongful arrest and punishment.
Given M Ravi and Choo Zheng Xi's track record (SMRT bus drivers &
Little India rioters) in taking up cases involving police brutality,
they are best positioned to help Mohamed Jufrie in this legal
There are however a few issues which may work against Mr Mohamed
Jufrie if he were to sue the Singapore Government. Once these issues
are comprehensively explained, Mr Mohamed Jufrie will have a rock
solid case at undoing the injustice done to him 34 years ago.
In his FB post, Mr Jufrie admitted to phishing for information
(detainee whereabouts) from his ISD colleagues after being approached
by the relatives of ISD detainees. Depending on how the learned judge
interprets or twists this, it could be easily perceived as spying and
that could be problematic.
Next, Mr Mohamed Jufrie also mentioned that ISD found translated
documents which he was not supposed to have under lock and key at his
CID office. We are not certain of the exact terms and conditions of
the Official Secrets Act, but having unauthorised documents under
one's possession could be an another technicality used by the
prosecutor to do him in. Perhaps Mr Jufrie should reveal the nature
and ownership (CID or ISD) of these documents and debunk these
baseless accusations of unauthorised document ownership against him.
The Unseen Singapore wishes Mr
Jufrie good health and a better showing in the coming general
elections. Hopefully, Mr Jufrie will finally get the justice that he so deserves!
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