Ladies and Gentlemen,
You have read the recent reports in the Singapore press that civil servant's salaries will be raised. The report also states that many in the civil service are resigning their positions. But the report does not allude to the reasons. Here they are.
The majority of average Singapore citizens are fed up with Singapore. Singapore suffers from a strange situation where even though there is no abject poverty in Singapore, the majority if given a chance wish to emigrate. This is unusual as opposed to every other country where people leave when they are unable to feed themselves and their families. The reason can only be that they are fed up with living under a dictatorship, where they have no chance to make any decision about their lives, and where the decisions are made for them by the dictatorship. Educated individuals find this unacceptable and would prefer to live in free and democratic societies where their views count, as in Australia and New Zealand. Therefore in spite of the hardships involved in re-location and disruption to their lives, they are prepared to suffer the inconveniences and prefer to leave Singapore. The resignations from the civil service which the newspaper mentions is due to civil servants resigning to emigrate to Australia and New Zealand.
Honest and decent citizens of any country would be abhorrent when the state abuses the law to stifle dissent. This is what is happening in Singapore with the repeated politically motivated prosecutions of Dr. Chee and others. Any decent upright individual would feel a sense of guilt themselves where in their name, the dictators of the country abuse the law unjustly. Decent people therefore, in such circumstances would prefer to leave the country and go to settle in countries where there is rule of law and fundamental rights. They would prefer to live in free and democratic countries such as Australia and New Zealand which welcomes good people. This is the reason why there is such heavy attrition from the civil service, because the civil servants and their families prefer to live in respectable countries where there is rule of law and democracy, rather than in Singapore which is ruled not by law, but by Lee's dictate.
The quality of those who are prepared to work in the Singapore civil service is poor. This is because, the civil servants themselves, just like myself are fully aware that Singapore is ruled by Lee's dictates and it is not a democracy. Therefore those civil servants who are prepared to remain in the service are not the best because they lack the integrity and self respect of those other civil servants who resigned, since only those who lack self respect and honesty would be prepared to assist a regime which survives by bending and breaking the law for their self preservation. Therefore those remaining in the Singapore civil service cannot be truly dedicated persons serving the interests of Singapore. They are mediocre men and women, lacking in integrity, who are prepared to work as long as the pay is right and regardless of how offensive their work might be. In this regard, I am thinking of High Court Judges such as Belinda Ang who abuse the law by granting summary judgement in favor of Lee Kuan Yew against his political opponents.
The growth of the alternative media in the Internet, such as blogs like mine and others is another reason why the Singapore civil servants are resigning in droves. These civil servants, like everyone else are being continuously made aware of how shameful this present administration is, how much they abuse the law, deny fundamental rights of the individual everyday of their lives. Therefore, although there may be the few hard core unconscionable men or women who will do anything for money, many others become affected by what they read and realise that further co-operation with this regime of Lee Kuan Yew is immoral and unjust. Their conscience therefore makes them to stop further co-operation with this regime. This is the reason for the resignations from the civil service.
The government's plan to pay the civil servants more and more money is a sign of desperation on the part of the Lee regime. The government finds that they are unable to attract honest capable individuals to the service because the service has been discredited. Good people will not lend their support to this corrupt regime, a regime which abuses the law to silence their opponents. The administration therefore finds that the only way they can entice people to stay is by paying them more and more, in the hope that money, sufficient amount of it, will somehow make them stay behind. Money will be able to entice the opportunists and mercenaries to stay. The real professional cannot be bought with money. This is why despite the already very high salaries that are being paid at present, the civil servants still leave the service in droves.
Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada attract the best qualified immigrants. This is because these countries have shown that they are based on the rule of law. Not on the whims of any dictator. In these countries, people are able to fulfil their potential on their own ability. They do not have to look away as if nothing happens, as they have to do in Singapore, when opposition politicians are daily persecuted merely because they oppose Lee's policies. Although there are those who apply to immigrate to Singapore, these are those who find themselves unable to emigrate to the Western countries because of lack of ability. They may also be applying to Singapore because they are ignorant of the political situation in Singapore. Or they may be persons who have no regard for decency or fairness and justice because all that matters to them is money. If Singapore hopes to employ these to replace the ever increasing numbers that wish to leave the civil service, they are not going to have the very best of civil servants. These too may work for a while and leave when they find another place more lucrative.
Singaporeans who are born in the country just as and Englishman German or anyone else who are born in theirs naturally feel a duty for their country of birth. But in Singapore, the majority of these very Singaporeans born and educated in Singapore are the ones who wish to leave the country and settle elsewhere.
And thanks to the Internet, and to blogs such as mine, they are reminded of the unjustifiable and dishonorable position they find themselves in, by continuing to serve the dictator. This is the reason why they leave. And the Singapore government which abuses the law to stifle dissent will find itself having to pay more and more money in a desperate attempt to try to retain their workers.
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