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Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper the Straits Times of Feb 13, 2009 has an article, "Voting is not a privilege". Lee Kuan Yew's one party state's handpicked Minister for Law has categorically stated in Parliament recently that in Singapore voting is not just a mere privilege, but a constitutional right. This might be reassuring to the uninitiated in Singapore's unique style of doing things. But tell me, Mr. K Shanmugam, is this right worth anything in reality? My guess is this. Most Singaporeans if given the choice, would rather not vote at all, thank you very much.
Lee Kuan Yew has rigged every parliamentary election in that island, since the country's inception. And after rigging the elections to ensure Lee Kuan Yew's party wins hands down each time, what is the point of even voting, let alone the right to vote? But the voter is denied even the privilege of not voting, as in Singapore, voting is compulsory and for refusing to vote, you will be fined and sent to jail. The situation becomes intolerable as you can see. Lee Kuan Yew will insist on rigging the elections first, and after the rigging, you are forced to participate in the same elections that know was rigged in the first place!
If what I am about to say is not rigging, then what is it?
At every single election in the history of Singapore, any opposition politician who wants to stand for office, if he happens to be worth anything, is promptly sued for defamation (Lee Kuan Yew's favorite trick) or convicted of real or imaginary offenses. Lee Kuan Yew's willing judges will bend and twist the law for him to bankrupt and criminalize his political opponents. Since bankrupts and criminals are not allowed to stand for elections, even before the election campaign has begun, any opposition politician of any substance is already eliminated! If this is not rigging elections, then what is it?
JB Jeyaretnam who was Lee's political opponent for decades was repeatedly disqualified from standing for office through Lee's trumped up defamation charges and bankruptcy. Dr. Chee Soon Juan, another opposition politician was repeatedly bankrupted and sent to jail and vilified in the state controlled press, on criminal charges disqualifying him from standing for political office.
It was the same with Francis Seow who had to flee to the US and Tang Liang Hong who ran to Australia, all bankrupted and vilified as thieves and child molesters by Lee Kuan Yew, his compliant judiciary and his state controlled press before they even had a chance to contest elections.
And as Lee Kuan Yew intends, this sends a chill down the spine of every Singaporean not to meddle in Singapore politics unless it is in praise of Lee Kuan Yew, and his sole political party in power, discouraging anyone with a head on his shoulders never to challenge Lee Kuan Yew's authority, let alone stand for elections against him.
The only ones who can effectively stand for elections are bicycle thieves, illiterates and those without any merit whatsoever. Lee Kuan Yew knows they are no threat to him, since they have no substance anyway and will be defeated. They of course are very welcome to stand for elections, and after they have lost their deposits through lack of votes, Lee Kuan Yew's press will discredit them, calling them a bunch of names while extolling his greatness and his party!
As if this was not enough, the time for electioneering by opposition parties is only 8 days while Lee Kuan Yew has the entire 4 years to campaign anytime and anywhere he wants, the state controlled media giving him and his party full exposure in his state controlled press.
Furthermore the deposit needed for standing for elections has been steadily increased now standing at several thousand dollars, making it financially impossible for many to contest elections; and each candidate has to get more than a dozen sponsors with their identity card numbers, addresses revealed, making one reluctant to sponsor a political opponent, in fear of reprisals from Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's strongman.
Thank you Mr. K Shanmugam. I would prefer not to vote, if you can make that possible. At least one can retain at least some dignity, that way.
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