For some strange reason, someone made a police report about the PAPpies distributing flyers. Our friendly policemen responded, and said that distributing flyers was completely legal.
Which makes total sense, because otherwise that would mean that people like property agents, chiropractors and insurance agents are breaking the law everyday! Impossible lah.
Of course, a lot of people simply don’t want to believe what the policemen are saying. Some even pointed out that Mr Chee Soon Juan and friends were arrested for distributing flyers in 2009.
Which is really awkward because Mr Chee and his friends weren’t actually arrested/sued for distributing flyers. Just check out this long-ass document. Can’t be bothered? Never mind I summarise for you:
You, [name of appellant] are charged that you, on the 10th day of September 2006 at about 12.15 pm, in the vicinity of Raffles City Shopping Centre, North Bridge Road, Singapore, which is a public place, together with the [two other appellants and three other people, ie Tan Teck Wee (“Tan”), Jeffrey George (“Jeffrey”) and Harkirat Kaur d/o Harmit Singh (“Harkirat”)], did participate in an assembly intended to demonstrate opposition to the actions of the Government, which assembly you ought reasonably to have known was held without a permit under the MOR, and you have thereby committed an offence punishable under Rule 5 of the said Rules.
So you see, Mr Chee and his friends were charged for illegal assembly and not for distributing flyers. My suggestion for Mr Chee is to distribute flyers alone next time. Be smarter lah!
And I’m pretty sure the WeePies themselves know the law. I mean, even the WeePies themselves distribute flyers and newsletters every weekend!
No wonder the WeePies went along their party SOP and said ‘no comment‘, and did not send any lawyers to the PAPpies’ office.
Mainly because, you know, no laws were broken.