A new blog was started in April this year showcasing NUS Law professor Tey Tsun Hang’s papers criticizing the establishment which coincides with the time he was called up for questioning by Corrupt Practice Investigation Bureau (CPIB)
Prof Tey was slapped with six counts of corruption on Friday for allegedly soliciting sexual favors from his former student Darinne Ko Wen Hui in return for better grades, a charge which he had strenuously denied.
Speaking to the media outside the Subordinate Courts after he was charged, Prof Tey tried to portray himself as a ‘critic’ of the Singapore legal system:
“I am known to speak up, amongst other things on the Singapore legal system. My academic writings are in good faith with no ill intent,” he said.
The blog ‘Singapore Consensus’ eight articles by Prof Tey which are fiercely critical of the Singapore government and the judiciary, among other things.
One article described the process during which the Singapore media has been transformed into a propaganda tool of the Singapore government over the years:
“Singapore’s political leadership has molded a sophisticated press control regime that befits its “pragmatic” political ideology on the primacy of executive leadership and limited freedom of expression. This article – setting Singapore’s constitutional and legal framework and political system as a backdrop – delves into the legal structure that has been constructed, fine-tuned, and consolidated over decades of legislative amendments to explore its essential features and strictures.”
Another article attacks the electoral system engineered by the PAP to maintain the status quo:
“In its post-independence constitutional development, the dominant People’s Action Party political leadership had made a series of constitutional amendments to its original electoral system, introducing innovative schemes such as Group Representation Constituencies, Non-Constituency Members of Parliament, Nominated Members of Parliament and the Elected Presidency. These changes have resulted in an electoral system that is so different and divergent from the Westminster model that it should be regarded a unique regime of its own. This paper advances the view that the constitutional evolution of its electoral system is reflective of a political vision structured along elitist lines – underscored by a desire to restructure the voting behaviour of its citizens, and ensure predictability and the preservation of the status quo. It has been driven by paternalistic assumptions about what is beneficial for its citizens. “
The AGC has denied any link between Prof Tey’s charges and his academic writings.
In response to queries by Bloomberg, the AGC said:
“There is no link between these charges and Mr. Tey’s academic publications and writing.”
Read Prof Tey’s articles here