High Court rejects Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s application for open trial on Singapore’s loan to IMF
Posted by temasektimes on September 20, 2012
The Singapore High Court has rejected Reform Party Secretary-General Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s application for an open trial on the legality of Singapore’s US$4 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund.
Justice Tan Lee Meng who heard the trial in chambers today had said matters that were pure legal issues are usually heard in chambers.
Mr Jeyaretnam had asked Justice Tan to quash the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s decision to pledge the loan as it was unconstitutional, having argued that the Singapore government has no right to approve the loan without prior approval from Singaporeans.
A son of the late opposition scion Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Kenneth contested in the General Election in West Coast GRC last year where he garnered a commendable 34 percent of the votes.
Though he is not a MP, he still takes an active interest in national issues, asking many critical questions on his blog.
In contrast, the elected ‘opposition’ in parliament has not asked any intelligent questions of late, preferring to indulge in ‘bird talk’ with the PAP by tickling them with absolutely frivolous questions on bird droppings, car parks and construction materials.