Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore is fascist. Fascism is a state where all organs of power are firmly in the hands of the ruling elite. They then use these organs of power any way the want to run the country. These organs of power that the fascists control are the judiciary, the press, the unions, the civil service, the Parliament, the police, everything. In a fascist society, any opposition to their decisions are not brooked. Every man must comply and submit. If not, it is your peril. This is in a nutshell, Singapore.
Those who stay behind, accept such as orchestrated life. Those who refuse are either punished and persecuted or they leave the country to live elsewhere.
First, life is boring. Boring because the press is owned and controlled by Lee Kuan Yew and his family. They tell you what they want you to hear. Things that are good for them. Things that help them stay in power.
And you as a Singaporean is aware of this. They themselves have admitted that theirs is not a press like what we have in the West. They say that theirs is different. They say it is a "responsible" press, a euphemism for propaganda, nothing less. And being told that it is nothing more than propaganda, it becomes very distasteful, patronizing and condescending of the government to compel you to read it, and for you to do so.
As for Singapore news, one has no choice but read the Singapore press. Where else can you get local news? And it puts you in a very uncomfortable position. Read the local propaganda or none at all.
There are some who do not mind it. An inertia has taken over these. They have abandoned their right to think. They are prepared to accept what is told them, day in and day out. These have decided that Lee and Company will do the thinking. All they have to do is just live. They have no desire to involve themselves in matters of government. No ambition, no aspirations, just a vegetable existence. These live boring lives. But some don't mind it. They stay behind in Singapore.
There are others who find this totally unacceptable. They demand to be heard. They claim Singapore to be their's as well, not just the property of Lee Kuan Yew, his son and collaborators. These will find living in Singapore unpleasant. For them, this talking down to them is demeaning. An insult to their intelligence. What can they do. The choices are dire, both ways. First if they protest and challenge Lee, they will be turned into Jeyaretnams or Dr. Chees. They will be turned into criminals. They will continue to be harassed, persecuted, defamed in the local press, charged with convenient criminal violations, and bankrupted. They as well as their children will suffer financially. Life becomes intolerable.
Otherwise they can get out of Singapore for good and live elsewhere as men, and not sheep. Many have taken this route and they continue to do at present. This is the brain drain. Educated Singaporeans leaving Singapore because they cannot stand being spoken down to, being treated like children.
Then there are those who remain and flourish. These are the "yes men". The minions. They have no self respect and will say and do anything as long as it benefits them. These are Lees handpicked members of Parliament to act as rubber stamp for whatever Lee wants to be done and enacted. Shameful lot. A self respecting person would find achieving success by stooping so low abhorrent.
For those who remain in Singapore, life is boring and uneventful. All they have to do is to continue working and living. All the rest, Lee and Company will take care of. I cannot see how, such a country can ever aspire to greatness. But according to the state controlled press, Singaporeans have already achieved greatness. You better accept that this is true. You will not get any contrary information. The Straits Times and Lee have spoken.
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