20 July 2023 Dear Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, It is with regret and affliction that I write to you today, under the present circumstances. I have spent my life upholding my duty as a Singaporean citizen to be kind, to maintain integrity and to faithfully return the luck and opportunities bestowed upon me – for which I am thankful and blessed, knowing that I have been given aplenty and can only hope for the continued privilege to give even a fraction of it back – to others in need. The recent events of the past few weeks have undeniably caused injury to Singapore’s reputation. These are manageable; I do not doubt that as one people and one nation we will be able to overcome these if we work together with careful consultation with each of the relevant stakeholders party to these matters. More crucially, I have been made aware of a serious threat to our security, both domestically and internationally. This has been referred to as “Operation Ink Tiger”. I know with certainty that I am not the only person to have come to, or will, learn of this. 1. Background “Operation Ink Tiger” is in service of the bigger “Operation High Tide”. For the latter, I am only familiar with the information made public by an individual “Carissa Cheow” on https://tinyurl.com/Istana-letter, who specifies that she has lodged her own CPIB complaints and has submitted evidence in relation to “Operation High Tide”. I believe your agency to be aware of “Operation High Tide”, in far more detail than I can possibly furnish, so I shall not unnecessarily waste time elaborating upon what your agency is already privy to. I also write this on the assumption that your agency is aware that one protest against “Operation High Tide” has taken place outside the Singapore High Commission in London (https://www.instagram.com/p/CtjyfonIDqz/), and another has taken place outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York (https://twitter.com/safety4harveyUS/status/1675714544960778240). This has been reported on https://www.thepinknews.com/2023/07/14/singapore-lgbtq-queer-trans-asylum-attacks/. I urge your agency to take seriously its legitimacy, and the economic, social, political and diplomatic impacts “Operation High Tide” will have on Singapore, should it succeed. The associated operations within “Operation High Tide” and that predate “Operation Ink Tiger” are, to my knowledge, “Operation Mandrake”, “Operation Poison Ivy” and “Operation Werewolf”. I trust that your agency is also familiar with the details of these. These are connected to what is colloquially referred to as the “Mercury-Chettiar Situation”, concerning two individuals: “Mercury Jamie Alice” and “Vickreman Harvey Chettiar”. Both have ongoing criminal cases that are considered politically sensitive to the government. There are concerns that should either of these cases be more widely known, the People’s Action Party will be at far greater risk of losing the next General Election. 2. Who is involved in “Operation Ink Tiger”? “Operation Ink Tiger” was led by Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin prior to his official resignation recently, and is being executed by the Internal Security Department. The Speaker of Parliament under normal circumstances does not exercise power over the Internal Security Department. I do not claim that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has the full knowledge of the details of “Operation Ink Tiger”. In fact, to my knowledge, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has made it explicit that he does not want to know about its details, but simply wants the matter resolved. I understand that, ultimately, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier delegated his power over the Internal Security Department to Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, as this was necessary for “Operation Ink Tiger”. I also understand that both the Attorney-General Lucien Wong and the incumbent Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Leader of the House Indranee Rajah are aware, but are both taking a hands-off approach prior to Tan Chuan-Jin’s resignation. Consequent to Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin’s resignation, “Operation Ink Tiger” has since been passed onto Minister Indranee Rajah, who currently oversees the operation in place of Tan Chuan-Jin. Should anything happen to, or come to light about, Minister Indranee Rajah, “Operation Ink Tiger” is to be passed to Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong for leadership. The three persons, namely Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin prior to his recent resignation, Minister Indranee Rajah, and Minister Gan Kim Yong, are known to be the political officeholders involved in “Operation Ink Tiger”, and I am not unaware that Tan Chuan-Jin’s recent resignation was also at least in some part related to “Operation Ink Tiger” in addition to his extramarital affair. While the Internal Security Department is typically secretive in conducting such work due to the sensitive nature, in this instance such secrecy is not possible due to the need to involve other government agencies, and hence several other civil servants are also aware of its existence. I understand that upon taking over responsibility for “Operation Ink Tiger” from Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister Indranee Rajah had consulted Senior Counsel Kuah Boon Theng, who I am aware has been reported to your agency as the subject of another corruption complaint, for advice on “Operation Ink Tiger”. Senior Counsel Kuah Boon Theng suggested that Vickreman Harvey Chettiar be detained by the Internal Security Department to resolve the matter. This suggestion was rejected due to it being unfeasible, due to a much earlier Internal Security Department operation referred to as “Operation Providence”. I understand “Operation Providence” took place in 2013 and had resulted in Vickreman Harvey Chettiar coming to be framed for a bomb hoax which he was subsequently acquitted for. Because the Internal Security Department is not unaware that there are other persons aware of “Operation Providence”, the Internal Security Department assesses it to be too politically expensive to detain Vickreman Harvey Chettiar in the present situation despite having explored the option of detaining him in 2017 and ultimately deciding against it. I understand that both the Thio family and Senior Counsel Kuah Boon Theng are also aware of “Operation Ink Tiger”, and have differing levels of involvement respectively. 3. What is the purpose of “Operation Ink Tiger”? The ongoing goal of “Operation Ink Tiger” is to ensure that all evidence, especially direct physical evidence, that could seriously implicate Mercury Jamie Alice no longer exists. Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin and Minister Indranee Rajah have made clear that Mercury Jamie Alice is strictly not to receive any additional charges beyond his already pre-existing criminal charges. Under “Operation Ink Tiger”, this is the government’s current position. The Internal Security Department has been instructed by Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin to ensure that by the end of July 2023, no evidence that can be used against Mercury Jamie Alice will be remaining in Singapore, and that anything that directly links to Mercury Jamie Alice must be gone. The goal is to obliterate all physical and electronic evidence that might constitute hard evidence against Mercury Jamie Alice, and subsequently charge two or three people who have ongoing police reports filed against Mercury Jamie Alice with Section 182 of the Penal Code. The prevailing belief is that in the obliteration of hard evidence and the discrediting or detention of the persons who can directly testify against Mercury Jamie Alice (or any of the associated operations, such as “Operation Poison Ivy”), the remaining evidence against Mercury Jamie Alice would exclusively comprise circumstantial evidence which cannot be conclusively linked back to Mercury Jamie Alice, and hence will be unable to prove – to the standards of a high threshold of “beyond reasonable doubt” – a substantial case against Mercury Jamie Alice for any further charges. 4. Who have been detained under “Operation Ink Tiger”? One of the crimes committed by Mercury Jamie Alice involves the poisoning of an elderly woman at Singapore General Hospital. This is the grandmother of Vickreman Harvey Chettiar. The incident was in September 2022. The Clementi Police Division was overseeing the case. The Health Sciences Authority had managed to find a substance in the body of the deceased, and this was duly documented in an original autopsy report. A copy was provided to the Clementi Police Division. Under “Operation Ink Tiger”, the Internal Security Department was called in to persuade the relevant Forensic Medicine Division personnel to replace the original autopsy report with a new one falsely stipulating the cause of death to be natural. A copy of this new autopsy report was provided to the Bedok Police Division, which is the primary land division investigating Mercury Jamie Alice for his offences, and other police land divisions. The leading medical examiner who had conducted the autopsy complied with signing off on the new autopsy report. However, the assistant medical examiner, who had threatened to file a corruption complaint disclosing the improper substitution of the original autopsy report with the new autopsy report which had falsely replaced the actual cause of death has since been detained under the Internal Security Act. (It is with this knowledge that I have chosen to submit this complaint anonymously to your agency, as I fear that I may face similar reprisals for filing this complaint.) One of the officers from Criminal Investigation Department’s Major Crime Division involved in “Operation Poison Ivy” has left Singapore’s jurisdiction after its failure. Due to concerns from Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin that your agency might interrogate them about “Operation Poison Ivy”, the other three officers in the team have also been detained under the Internal Security Act, under the pretext that they have links to Jemaah Islamiyah. 5. Who else is being scrutinised and at risk of being silenced under “Operation Ink Tiger”? Assistant Superintendent of Police Shahudin Abu Bakar of the Bedok Police Division is also being monitored as he is overseeing the case against Mercury Jamie Alice. While many police reports have been filed against Mercury Jamie Alice due to his many widespread and grave criminal offences, serialised police reports cannot simply be erased. Under Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin’s instructions, the Internal Security Department has instead taken evidence from at least three of the land divisions to be brought to Senoko Incineration Plant to ensure that evidence that can be used against Mercury Jamie Alice will be cleared. I understand there is some doubt amongst some of the police land divisions as to the purpose for the sudden removal of physical evidence relating to Mercury Jamie Alice. The assessment by the Internal Security Department is that two persons would continue to pose a serious threat to the goal of “Operation Ink Tiger” to fully insulate Mercury Jamie Alice from any and all further criminal charges, even after the obliteration of all physical evidence and deletable electronic evidence which can link back to Mercury Jamie Alice. These two persons are “Wong J-Min” and Mercury Jamie Alice’s stepsister “Beatrice Chan Shi Qi”. Wong J-Min and her family are also under scrutiny, due to Wong J-Min herself being personally able to testify against Mercury Jamie Alice for rape and the mass circulation of revenge porn. Under “Operation Ink Tiger”, the Internal Security Department is determining possible grounds to argue that Wong J-Min is a sufficient threat to Singapore’s national security, so that detaining Wong J-Min can be justified. As Wong J-Min is not physically in Singapore at present, but is instead in the United Kingdom seeking political asylum after “Operation Mandrake”, the Internal Security Department is observing potential developments on Wong J-Min’s front. Mercury Jamie Alice’s stepsister Beatrice Chan Shi Qi and her family are also under scrutiny. Under “Operation Ink Tiger”, the Internal Security Department is unable to detain Beatrice Chan Shi Qi on her own, even though she is physically in Singapore, given that she is a minor. The Internal Security Department is hence looking into whether it might be feasible to detain the entire family instead, and under what possible pretexts can the detention of Beatrice’s parents be justified. Separately, but also as part of “Operation Ink Tiger”, the Internal Security Department is also looking to secure physical possession of Mercury Jamie Alice’s “PAWN-II” personal computer device, which contains crucial digital evidence that would link back to Mercury Jamie Alice and that therefore needs to be disposed of. 6. What implications have arisen from “Operation Ink Tiger”? Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who serves as Minister of State for Home Affairs and Minister of State for National Development, is known to have been monitoring any civil or criminal matters filed against, or even merely mentioning or naming, Mercury Jamie Alice since May 2023. He has asked to be informed if any related cases are filed, and was duly informed of claims filed before the Protection from Harassment Court on 17/18 July 2023 that pertain indirectly to matters involving Mercury Jamie Alice. Consequent to being informed, Associate Professor Dr. Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim had an informal conversation with the State Court Registry and had the matter assigned to a particular judge already overseeing previous claims against Mercury Jamie Alice who was made aware of the new autopsy report stipulating natural causes for the death. Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin had also instructed for Mercury Jamie Alice’s pre-existing criminal case to be brought forward and resolved as soon as possible. He expects that Mercury Jamie Alice is likely to claim that Vickreman Harvey Chettiar was the mastermind behind the anthrax hoax that Mercury Jamie Alice has been charged for. With this, the case gets shifted onto Vickreman Harvey Chettiar, and “Operation Ink Tiger” plans on enabling Mercury Jamie Alice’s plans to move to Texas in the United States upon the conclusion of Mercury Jamie Alice’s case, so that Vickreman Harvey Chettiar will be unable to cross-examine Mercury Jamie Alice on the stand as a hostile witness, and is thus no longer able to prove or dislodge anything. Should Vickreman Harvey Chettiar testify against Mercury Jamie Alice during his criminal trial, the intention is to charge him for lying under oath, and the same applies to anyone else who testifies and makes allegations against Mercury Jamie Alice. 7. Concluding Remarks I have taken some days and great consideration in writing this complaint. I do not write this lightly or easily, but with disappointment. I harbour no animosity or grudge against the government; I have worked hard and contributed back to Singapore over the decades, and I am uneasy and worried about what all of this might mean for the country. I wish for Singapore to do better and trust that our institutions can and will continue to uphold the standards it has maintained for the past few decades. As I have mentioned above, I am not alone in the knowledge of what has been detailed above, and I am not alone in these sentiments. Today, I write to your agency with a troubled heart but in veritable good conscience to honour the values I have always been taught: “to build a democratic society based on justice and equality, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation”. Singapore, as a small island with few natural resources and surrounded by bigger states, succeeded and flourished under these values as one people and one nation. We are a country of excellence in this world. We have come very far since 1965. It is in my deepest hopes that we do not lose sight of this history, grow complacent about the present, or take for granted the certainty of a promising future. I thank you for your kind attention and pray that this matter will be investigated thoroughly and rigorously, and that the government will not sweep anything under the carpet, even if disclosure is potentially embarrassing or damaging. ----- 8. Addendum 21 July 2023 I have unfortunately also come to learn that should anything happen to, or come to light about, firstly Minister Indranee Rajah and subsequently also Minister Gan Kim Yong, “Operation Ink Tiger” is to be passed to the newly-nominated Speaker of Parliament, Seah Kian Peng, for leadership. Upon the resignation of Former Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, the three political officeholders involved in “Operation Ink Tiger” are now Minister Indranee Rajah, Minister Gan Kim Yong, and Speaker of Parliament Seah Kian Peng, in that order of primacy.