Ladies and Gentlemen,
It was gratifying to read the article on Singapore Democratic Party's Website, Singapore Democrats "From strength to democratic strength" of Thursday, 17 September 2009. Gratifying to read their strength in numbers has increased.
But I am sure, they, just like me, are fully aware that these numbers don't mean much by themselves. It has to be acted upon.
Being a Singapore native, born and raised there, and having spent an entire 6 months there last year, thanks to Lee Kuan Yew's hospitality, speaking with tongue in cheek of course, I have come to an opinion.
Singapore today has a sufficient number of people who are prepared to do whatever is necessary for the good of their country. To be precise, for democracy in their country. And a look at this Singapore Democrats article confirms this.
But one unfortunate reality which everyone has to understand is Lee Kuan Yew's unwillingness to allow for a democratic change of government. This means the elections will be rigged, voters would be intimidated, threats would be made against those who dared to oppose and in the end you will have the same of what you have been having for the last 50 years; perpetuation of the dictatorial rule.
And it would be a waste of time for anyone to raise their expectations into thinking anything else.
The only way for a change to come about is for these growing supporters of the Singapore Democratic Party to show Lee Kuan Yew and friends that they are standing up to him. That they are not afraid. That they are willing to show their faces and be counted.
Activists have to stand at street corners distributing leaflets and dropping them in the HDB flats, protests have to be held openly challenging Lee to arrest them, there has to be constant and visible agitation throughout the island. This would attract and embolden others to do the same. Hopefully there will be the beginning of a serious protest movement throughout the island.
Those in the movement should not be pandering to the tastes of the masses. I get the impression that because of a perception, perceived or imaginary I do not know, that Singaporeans are averse to protests, many in the movement are reluctant to do it. It is my view that public perception be damned. Men have to do what is right. And in the end others will realize the truth and join you. Therefore it must be done.
I fear, and I hope I am proved wrong, that this election is going to be no different than any other. There is going to be just more of the same. The same 2 willing horses, Chiam See Tong and Low Thia Khiang will continue the theatricals, the same lies will be repeatedly told to you all over again, and you will continue the lives of slaves that you now lead.
Unless you realize that something different has to be done, it is going to be the same boring place for a while yet. I am hoping you will do something different.
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