Hopes and Wishes for Singapore
It was said in media reports that Singapore was going to sentence 7 Falun Gong practitioners to 4 weeks' detention. We feel very sorry to hear that.
As Falun Gong practitioners, we share the feeling of Singapore Falun Gong practitioners. More than 100 kind-hearted people like Ms. Zhao Jinhua and Chen Zixiu were persecuted to death in China. On Chinese New Year's eve, Singapore Falun Gong practitioners grieved in Mallege reservoir (a park) over those Chinese practitioners who have lost their lives. This did not cause any interference with or obstruction to society. They might not have had enough time to apply for the permit, but under such a special circumstance, isn't it too harsh and inharmonious to give such a heavy sentence for such a minor issue? One thing we can say for certain is that Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore absolutely will not purposefully disobey the law or impede the function of official duty. What they did was only to practice Falun Gong in a quiet park and mourn those Falun Gong practitioners who have lost their lives in China.
Nowadays, all the countries around the world except China under Jiang Zemin's rule, allow or even support Falun Gong. Various levels of governments in the US, Canada, Japan and England, etc, have given Falun Gong and Mr. Li Hongzhi much recognition and many honors. The Falun Gong exercises themselves are also embraced by people in many countries including China.
Jiang Zemin himself directed the crackdown on Falun Gong, but how long can the crackdown be sustained? In China, innocence will certainly be returned to Falun Gong in the future. Nowadays there are tens of millions, perhaps over 100 million Falun Gong practitioners around the world, and there will be even more people coming to practice Falun Gong in the future. Singapore, with Chinese people as the foundation of its society, should look at and deal with questions from a long-term perspective.
The heart of Falun Gong practitioners in safeguarding Dafa is worthy of respect and admiration. They put aside their own self-interests for Dafa, made a lot of sacrifices, and will be facing various tests. However, what needs to be emphasized is that, as Falun Gong practitioners, we need to take the overall interests of Falun Dafa into account in this Fa-rectification period. Our practitioners inside and outside China are one body. We need to look at things within a larger scope. A cultivator's right understanding of the Fa is limited to a certain scope. When you look from a distance, the higher up you stand, the wider your field of vision will be. When there are different understandings about individual questions, we should put Dafa in the forefront and keep purifying our thoughts. This is the precious characteristic of cultivating as Falun Dafa practitioners. Let's conduct ourselves according to what Master Li teaches, "Validate the Fa with reason, clarify the truth with wisdom, spread the Fa and offer people salvation with benevolence." (Rationality)
Jiang Zemin's crackdown on Falun Gong has gone crazy. If at this time, Falun Gong practitioners in Singapore were sent back to China, what would await them would be sentencing, forced labor, torture or even death. Now the whole world is looking at Singapore. How this issue is handled will directly affect the international image of Singapore. We appeal to the Singapore government to handle this incident carefully from the perspective of humanity or human rights. The future prospects of Singapore are shaped by the actions of Singapore's government. In fact, a peaceful, safe, and fair social environment that is ruled by law doesn't conflict at all with the principle of Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance). Falun Gong practitioners are always considerate of others. They emphasize the upgrading of morality and bring no harm but only benefits to the family, the government, and society. We hope the Singapore government will try to understand Falun Gong in more depth and support the healthy development of Falun Gong in Singapore.
April 3, 2001