Not for love of money, but of Humanity. "Greater is he who works for the good of all, then he who works for the good of himself only" ~ Matthew 25:40: "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"- (NIV). I live in Singapore where the Emperor must not be disturbed.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

(Ionescu saga)- Singapore behaving in the likes of a woman scorned.[PG]

 (Ionescu saga)- Singapore behaving in the likes of a woman scorned. [Rated PG]. Just my humble take, published here to which U may submit your comments and complaints. This article is unsuitable for those aged 18 and below, parental guidance is advised. For those who have the time and qualify, please read on, I promise you won't be disappointed, better to read about this here then elsewhere.

 To understand my satire, please be aware about the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR), the point of interest being the purpose for which it is written and the spirit by which it is mutually acceded- this is contained in the preamble.
In regard to the articles of the VCDR, please at least read up on the articles quoted by the SG MFA in the report: CNA 17April2010- 'MFA reiterates that Ionescu cannot now claim immunity for accident', namely article(s): 29, 31 and 39(subsection 1 & 2) which are appended as follows after the preamble. (The key sentences, by my opinion, I have highlighted them in red)

The States Parties to the present Convention,
Recalling that peoples of all nations from ancient times have recognized the status of diplomatic agents,

Having in mind the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations concerning the sovereign equality of States, the maintenance of international peace and security, and the promotion of friendly relations among nations,

Believing that an international convention on diplomatic intercourse, privileges and immunities would contribute to the development of friendly relations among nations, irrespective of their differing constitutional and social systems,

Realizing that the purpose of such privileges and immunities is not to benefit individuals but to ensure the efficient performance of the functions of diplomatic missions as representing States,

Affirming that the rules of customary international law should continue to govern questions not expressly regulated by the provisions of the present Convention,
Article 29
The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity.
Article 31
A diplomatic agent shall enjoy immunity from the criminal jurisdiction of the receiving State. He shall also enjoy immunity from its civil and administrative jurisdiction, except in the case of:
a real action relating to private immovable property situated in the territory of the receiving State, unless he holds it on behalf of the sending State for the purposes of the mission;
an action relating to succession in which the diplomatic agent is involved as executor, administrator, heir or legatee as a private person and not on behalf of the sending State;
an action relating to any professional or commercial activity exercised by the diplomatic agent in the receiving State outside his official functions.
Article 39
1. Every person entitled to privileges and immunities shall enjoy them from the moment he enters the territory of the receiving State on proceeding to take up his post or, if already in its territory, from the moment when his appointment is notified to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs or such other ministry as may be agreed.
2. When the functions of a person enjoying privileges and immunities have come to an end, such privileges and immunities shall normally cease at the moment when he leaves the country, or on expiry of a reasonable period in which to do so, but shall subsist until that time, even in case of armed conflict. However, with respect to acts performed by such a person in the exercise of his functions as a member of the mission, immunity shall continue to subsist. ...
In my satire, the relationship between Romania MFA and Singapore MFA is described metaphorically as a marriage between 2 willing parties- Roma and Singa, the former the Husband and the latter the Wife. 
It is by mutual agreement and in accordance with the terms of the VCDR that the marriage is solemnized- Romania being the sending state and Singapore the receiving as is currently the case.
As in any typical matrimony, the marriage is consummated by an emissary, the 'Appendage of Love' (Ionescu) - Romania the sending, Singapore the receiving as is the current case.
For many years was the marriage peaceful and productive, both parties enjoying the relationship, not to mention the Appendage rising to the occasion, much to the bedtime delight of both parties. However coming along in years and sinking under the pressure at work, Roma took to alcoholism; as a result, the 'Appendage-of-love' practically malfunctioned. Singa became enraged by the turn in events demanded 'justice'. To which she resolved would mean punishing the appendage. Roma, noticing her displeasure and accepting responsibility for the break down in relationship, apologizes profusely and ask how better he should make amends, keeping in mind the sanctity of their marriage. Singa unfortunately disagrees, persevering in her objective to rain justice on the 'appendage'. With the Ambassador cowing in fear and Roma totally confused, Singa calls in the police who of course dutifully arrive to take down her statement of complaint. The police officer arrives and finds Singa, dressed in white Cheong Sum, waiting impatiently at the door, visibly upset and still bitterly complaining about the inability of her husband's appendage to perform. Roma dressed in rags, cowering timidly in his room, is in tears.

Alas, the officer summons Roma from his room and notes that he is already well aware about Singa's dismay and demands. Speaking in Romanian accented English, Roma reveals that he is still shocked and confused about the whole episode over his appendage. With face buried in palms, Roma says that marriage to a Chinese girl has thus far proved stressful and it was sometimes difficult understanding Singa's demands and complying with them.

Roma declares that whilst he is willing to uphold the marriage, he finds Singa's current demands cruel and unusual and thus feels totally confused. Roma pleads with Singa how else he can make recompense but Singa remains unyielding.

The police chuckles to himself about Singa's cruel and unusual demands, not to mention the embarrassment it would cause him should Roma suddenly accede to her demands at this point of time. 
Whilst sympathetic to the Singa's plight, he notes that no capital offense has been committed in this case by the appendage.
Besides just a short word of advice, the officer puts no effort in enforcing Singa's requests and writes of the matter as a simple problem of domestic marital conflict amongst a rather immature couple. He is is soon called off, to to deal with more pressing issues.

Whilst Roma remains willing to further compromise so as to defend the marriage, Singa remains adamant about her demands, the appendage being her target of scorn.Without any recourse in sight so far to reconciliation, both parties temporarily part ways to stay with their respective parents to avoid further conflict.

Singa's mom listens to Singa's problem and senses something amiss to Singa's attitude to marriage. She tells Singa that marriage is more then about just the appendage and that it is through trust and commitment that a marriage remains strong. Only this way can one's bedtime problems be solved. Further counseling reveals some of Singa's deep seated emotional insecurities, however, with her parents assistance, Singa soon makes amends in her attitude towards the marriage. 

The couple return home with Singa now giving her perspective. Roma does the needful, compensating Singa for the episode of neglect promising more vigilance, Singa pledges her love to Roma. The couple reunite and continue on in marital bliss happily ever after.
It is in the spirit of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations that international relationships are maintained to this day and age. May that spirit never die. 

We must all learn from our mistakes.

May God help us all to be a peaceable and friendly people living in harmony for his glory and by his word.

May God bless you all and with warmest regards,

References and analogies:
- Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 
- CNA 17April2010- 'MFA reiterates that Ionescu cannot now claim immunity for accident'
- "alcoholism"- 4 March: 'Dr Ionescu had drinks at 3 different locations'
- "practically malfunctioned"- 27Jan: 'Police investigations reveal Dr Ionescu was driver of car that hit 3 people last month'
- "police"- ''
- "emotional insecurities"- 'PM Lee says countries worldwide respect and admire Singapore's proven system' (#t=1m10s)
- "amends"- The George Bush of Singapore (#t=1m24s)

Other references U might be interested in:
- The Ambassador - It Was Love (Music- Christianity related)
- Diplomatic immunity [wiki]

this message has also been posted to the following forums for discussion:

17Apr2010 ([GLGT] Romanian Ambassador Dr Silviu Ionescu's profile on Interpol Web)
17April2010 (Govt has done right: S'poreans )
17Apr2010 (CAL: Romanian diplomat Ionescu was the driver in fatal hit-and-run)
17April2010 (EDMW: Arrest warrant issued, Interpol on red alert against Silviu Ionescu)
17Apr2010 (Embassy car in hit-and-run 'was stolen' )

([glgt] Arrest warrant for Ionescu)
17Apr2010 (Re: Romanian Embassy Diplomatic Car Hit & Run)
17April2010 (Re: Odd silence on Romanian front)
17Apr2010 (Re: Romanian diplomat claims he was framed)
17April2010 (Romanian diplomat's car in hit-and-run: cover up?)
17April2010 (No Immunity for Ionescu) (REMOVED by moderator, user BANNED)
17Apr2010 (Singapore application to Interpol hits brick wall.)

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