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Discrimination, reputation and legacy
Colin Tan is from Singapore and receives a monthly payment from a private savings account named Central Provident Fund (CPF). This is not a pension scheme but a compulsory savings scheme. When former Prime Minister John Key finished working in Singapore, as a foreigner he got all his savings back. Singaporeans are paid their money in monthly instalments. Against all contrary evidence New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has declared his savings a pension scheme and keeps on deducting his personal savings from NZ Super.

Here Colin Tan describes his situation - which is also explained on the page The Law - and his thoughts in an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, here published on 12 June 2020. This article is Colin Tan's personal account and opinion, and is outside the responsibility of www.nzpensionprotest.com.

By Colin Tan

Everybody dies eventually, whether from Covid-19 or from natural causes. When you die, what do you leave behind - your partner, money, house, car, bicycle, boat, pets or reputation? Yes, you are right - your name in the obituary i.e. reflects what you were famous or infamous for, your reputation, your legacy.

Dear Jacinda,

On 15 April 2020, you said on TV when referring to landlords increasing rental charges during this Covid-19 lockdown: "Be a good human being." 

In the YouTube video when you were in the opposition against the National government under the PM famously known as the smiling assassin, you spoke about the unfairness of Section 70: http://www.nzpensionprotest.com/Home/letters-from-wellington/pm-jacinda-ardern

Since you came into power some years ago, you have remained curiously silent about the evil of Section 70 [now Sections 187 - 191], abused and implemented (against Singaporeans) by your former Chief Executive, Brendan Boyle, of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Instead, you have referred all letters from victims (Singaporean, British, German, Dutch etc.) of Section 70 to your Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, who then referred to the MSD for replying to their victims.

What does your action or non-action: hone or blemish your reputation?

The evil face of NZ discrimination

If you google the word "idiot", a picture of Donald Trump comes into view in technicolor on your computer screen. This is telling indeed and does not need any explanation.

If you google the ex-Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development, the article: "The evil face of NZ discrimination", comes onto the screen. It is about the CPF (Central Provident Fund), a savings scheme which started in Singapore in 1955. It had not been deemed a pension by all the previous Chief Executives, and only under Brendan Boyle and during John Key's reign as Prime Minister of New Zealand, the CPF savings were suddenly redefined as a pension, payment, periodical allowance and benefit, similar to NZ Super. Singapore has no social security similar to New Zealand, and there are no free medical benefits at all.

Brendan Boyle is also remembered as the Chief Executive who instructed his staff to use fake names in Tribunals/Courts of law.

The irony is that John Key had collected his CPF savings from Singapore and he knows jolly well that the CPF is a savings scheme and not a pension because barely any country on this planet gives out pensions in advance of 65 years of age. [Note: In some countries you can go into early retirement at e.g. 62 or 63 years, accepting lifelong lower pension payments.  A few countries have a lower retirement age than 65, see here: https://www.etk.fi/en/the-pension-system/international-comparison/retirement-ages/.Some countries like Germany allow the payout of 50% of someone's contributions if they move overseas and give up the German citizenship, the employer's contributions are lost.] 

New Zealand social security is not self-funded by employer/employee contributions like the CPF as NZ Super is funded by the state. Millions of people have seen the numerous websites on discrimination in New Zealand and laugh in derision at its superior ranking on the Human Rights ladder.

If you google the Chairwoman of the Social Benefits Review Tribunal, Marilyn Wallace, who defined the refunds from the Singapore CPF Board to be a payment, pension, periodical allowance and benefit, her conviction for unfairness against her tenants appears on the screen. This is also telling indeed.


[Justice Brewer decided that MSD was right in deducting Colin Tan's personal savings, saying he "characterised" the CPF as a pension.]

Six years of engineered delays by the Human Rights Review Tribunal

My complaint of discrimination by nationality to New Zealand's Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT) was shelved and discarded after six years of engineered delays by the HRRT, on the excuse that I didn't comply with an unlawful order from MSD and HRRT Chairman, Rodger Haines, meekly complied by issuing an order that was intrusive and unlawful under the NZ Privacy Act. 

Just listen to the three recorded tele-conferences by the HRRT-biased Chairperson, and the truth will be revealed. I'm betting the UN Human Rights Commission is  shocked at the subservience of the HRRT to your Parliament and to MSD.

On my Appeal to the High Court against the Director of Human Rights Proceedings, the judge was told by MSD that he had no authority to hear the case, and he changed the appeal to the MSD as the respondent. Therefore I had to appeal to the defendant MSD instead of the Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT) which struck out my complaint of discrimination against one nationality, Singaporeans, by Brendan Boyle, the ex-Chief Executive of MSD. Which government body struck out Case HRRT 059/2015 - MSD or the HRRT? This also makes one wonder if the judiciary in New Zealand is independent or not.

I wonder what you will get if you google New Zealand's Human Rights Commission (HRC) - whether it is independent or subservient to the Ministry of Social Development.

We can't publish a photo of Colin Tan because this would make his family in Singapore a target for the dictatorial regime in his home country.