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Ladies and Gentlemen,
In Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, great effort was spent in brainwashing young children to support the dictatorship by extolling the virtues of total obedience to his dictates. This was done by rewriting history and crediting Hitler with every achievement in Germany. And with this brainwashing and brute force, he managed to bring to heel an entire people.
Reading George Orwell's 1984, which I read twice over while in Lee Kuan Yew's prison, it becomes clear how powerful this tool is. If history can be re-written the way you want, then it becomes easy to justify your actions at any one point of time. So history is constantly re-written to suit the prevailing situation holding at any one time.
For instance, Big Brother is credited with having invented the aeroplane, even though most people who have lived long enough would know that aeroplanes were in existence long before the creation of Oceania, that country. Yet, it did not matter in the least what people really thought, since every record of the invention of aeroplanes were completely destroyed and the date of the creation is adjusted to the time when Big Brother took office. In this situation it would have been pointless for anyone to argue otherwise, since you could not prove it because no records existed.
The same believe it or not is happening in Singapore. History is being re-written in praise of Lee Kuan Yew. It is being done to young Singapore children. They will grow up believing that everything that Singapore achieved is because one man, Lee Kuan Yew. And their minds being permanently programmed into believing this lie, they would then, when adults work to perpetuate his dictatorship. That is the plan.
In Singapore's state controlled newspaper the Straits Times, like all the other newspapers in Singapore, an article appears "Little Red Dot packs a punch" Jan 05, 2009. Bertha Henson, a journalist who works for this propaganda machine, is in charge of putting together a 16 page weekly publication called the "Little Red Dot". In it, the newspaper article states "there is an increased focus on national education. Singapore's historical sites and people who have made an impact (on Singapore) are featured weekly in Big Chances and Big Heroes". If you guessed that "Big Heroes" and "people who have made an impact" would probably prominently feature Lee Kuan Yew, you are absolutely right.
You and I know what Lee Kuan Yew is. He is a man who ruthlessly grabbed power from his colleagues. A man who controls the entire press. A man who has completely politicized the judiciary and made them his servants. A man who has completely politicized the civil service to do his bidding any time he wants. A man who uses the police force not for legitimate law enforcement but to arrest torture and destroy his political opponents. A man who remains in power by instilling fear in his people. A thoroughly corrupt individual who pays himself and his minions $3.7 million a year, which he shamelessly calls a salary, not counting the several more millions he siphons off from state coffers. Yes a thoroughly corrupt individual.
Such a man, in my books is a corrupt tyrant. But Bertha Henson will paint a totally different picture. Young children in her "Little Red Dot" will be told that Lee Kuan Yew single handedly created this Singapore we have, that Singapore is a democracy based on the rule of law, and that we should all worship him as a Godsend and she will finish off with the rhetorical question as to what would we do without such a great man.
If parents of young children are reading this, they should be aware that their children are now being subjected to brainwashing, like Hitler's children, like Stalin's children and like the brainwashing that children in all past dictatorships suffered. I am not a psychologist and cannot definitely state what damage this does to their minds. But personally I believe this brainwashing is harmful resulting in their growing up with a completely warped sense of history. The problem is aggravated by the fact that Lee Kuan Yew does not allow literature that is critical of him to circulate in Singapore, leaving the people without much opportunity to see the other side of the coin. Francis Seow's books on Lee Kuan Yew just as many other books are banned in Singapore. This leaves most people including young children with no alternative but accepting the falsities put out by Lee Kuan Yew's agents such as this woman, Bertha Henson.
Parents no doubt would find themselves in a quandary. How do they tell the children who have been subjected to this brainwashing in school not to accept what is told them? And if they did, would not the children find themselves in the most unenviable situation not knowing whom to believe, their teacher or their parents?
If parents dare, they should demand of the teachers to stop this dirty practice. If not, perhaps they should leave the country to save their children. This is a difficult proposition one way or the other, in this fear ridden Lee Kuan Yew's dictatorship.
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