JUSTICENOW!SUPPORT CHAN KUM SHEE AND CHING MENG KER IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST'OBSTRUCTION' CHARGE!Chan Kuril Shee and
Meng Ker's case will be heard in the 4thMagistrate's Court on 3rd, 4th, 5th December 1974.Their charge reads : '
did use criminal force to one Arumugam,a public servant , to wit, you pushed him and prevented him from entering the premises, in the execution of his duty as such public servant,and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under section 555of the Penal Code Cap 105 Section,'According to the police report of Inspector Arumugam and we quotes'On
at about 2220 hrs , together with a party of men, I raidedBlock 62, 157-N Commonwealth Close for controlled drugs. I identified
But entry to the premises was obstructed by two persons in the
They were violent and started to push me and prevented me fromsearching the premises. One of them, Chng Meng Ker, M/26 i/c 0124572/Aof 18-C Henderson Crescent called me a "bastard". However both of themwere subdued and placed under arrest. Nothing incrim
nating was found inthe premises. The other person is one Chan Kum Shee, M/24, P.P. 005916.'Chan Kum Shee is a student and a former Councillor of the Students'Union while Ch
ng Meng Ker was a final year student and a union member atthe time of the alleged incident. They were doing their exercises inH.D.B. environments. So that they may be better acquainted witn the HDBenvironment, the owner of the flat had very kindly allowed th
to livein his flat and had registered their names and particulars vrith the HDB
This flat was also frequented by other student friends ofChan Kum Shee and Ch'ng Meng Ker.Prior to the alleged incident on 1st June 1974 when the flat wasraided by the Central Narcotic Bureau for drugs, the HDB officials hadvisited the place on many occasions since December... On one occasion on9th May 1974, police officials and HDB men led by a Inspector Lee Soon Koy,searched the flat and particulars of various students, namely Chong Meng
Chia Yong Tai, Cecilia Lim, Chuah Chong Lai, Juliet Chin, Tsui HonKwong, Soh Weng Sing and Tan Wah Plow were recorded. They were then inthe flat helping Ch 'ng Meng Ker with his academic presentation.
week later, on 15th May, the flat was again raided, this time bythe Immigration Departmant, purportedly looking for "illegal immigrants"•Though Juliet Chin, Chia Yong Tai, Chuah Chong Lai, Soh Weng Sing and NoohKeng Gee could produce their passports which were in order, their passportswere nevertheless confiscated. But, their passports were returned the dayafter intervention by their lawyers. These high-handed acts are to bedeplored.The important question is ... are Chan Kum Shee and Chang Meng Kerinnocent scapegoats? Were the Central Narcotic Bureau officers actuallyafter some other people, as the HOB, Police and Immigration officers wereon previous incidents. Remember, their arrests wore just towards the endof the Anti-Busfare Hike Campaign.Recent events like the June arrests of 31 persons on alleged Communistactivities (including the famous lawyer T. T. Rajah) and the arrest of ourPresident Tan Wah Plow and American Marine workers for the so-called riotingat PIEU continue to expose the suppressive nature of our society.Against such a background, it is very clear to us why wo need supportChan Kum Shoe and Ch'ng Meng Ker, Because ve want to uphold the moralrights of students as human beings to participate in alleviating thesufferings of the country's poorer majority. We will not be cowed by theseintimidating and repressive measures that have been inflicted upon us.All the more, we have to stand steadfast on our rights.JUSTICE NOW! to CHAN KUM SHEE and CHUNG MENG KER.Attend all the court headings. Buses will be provided daily at8.50 a.m. at the Union House to bring students to the Court.