Monday, October 26, 2009

Singapore. Neglecting the people

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Not one, but almost all of Lee Kuan Yew's ministers and himself have said repeatedly, with Singapore's small size, it's people is Singapore's greatest asset. It has got to be, since there are no natural resources expect the sea port. But we know now of course this is all a load of hot air. To use a stronger expression, one whole load of bullshit. Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore deliberately neglects it's people. Which is why there is no hope really for this island.

Education has to be key. And not just any education but a real one. The education that you give should equip the student to tackle the real world, to tackle the Englishman, the Irishman and the Bushman if you have to. Which means to say, you are teaching them to think independently. And they learn everything they need to learn, especially what freedom means, what free speech and expression means, and the courage to say that 2 and 2 are 4, even if Lee Kuan Yew wants people to say it is 5.

Yes, you said it. They have to think independently. Not what is only politically correct, like they do now in that small island.

So to educate the children, you get real teachers, not the timid souls we see in Singapore who are so afraid of Lee Kuan Yew that their students come out of their classes as robots, afraid to criticize Lee or anything that goes on around them. Since Singaporean teachers have already been brainwashed and terrified beyond help, you need to bring in real teachers with some backbone from abroad. Bring in British teachers, Australian teachers and American teachers. Teachers who are prepared to call a spade a spade no matter wind or high water and will equally teach their children so.

Number 2, you have to feed the children. This means parents who are poor have to given assistance. I mean real assistance, not just giving them 200 dollars and asking them to go. Without money, they can hardly feed themselves, let alone their children. Consequence is poverty and neglect and a lack of education. After that kind of eduction they are only good enough to join Lee Kuan Yew's police force, only knowing how to obey orders and nothing else. They in effect have no brain at all. In it's place there is a vaccum.

Now if you provide good education and a meaningful financial welfare for the needy, you not only get better educated students able to compete and stand up to the rest of the world, you also get a grateful and loyal citizenry, one that supports and appreciates their country and their government. And such a population would work for their country, for their people and have a stake in the Singapore that they belong to. Now on the other hand, with Lee Kuan Yew completely neglecting the needs of their people, they not only have disregard for their government and their country, you also have contempt, and outright hate. In fact a large segment of the people actually dislike their life so much, they want to leave Singapore at the first opportunity.

The leaders themselves have lost their respect totally. In Singapore, success depends not on your ability but how much you are appreciated by Lee Kuan Yew and his government. An aspiring student in Singapore now works primarily to achieve government recognition, beyond their personal ability. So that is why you see Lee Kuan Yew's recently hand picked Minister for Law, K Shanmugam, coming up with a spate of harsh laws restricting Singaporean's human rights because that is exactly what will please his master. I doubt if he personally believes anything he does. And you have a situation where this man's career depends entirely on the patronage and support of one man, Lee Kuan Yew, which he flouts to the fullest. But at the same time we know, the moment Lee Kuan Yew's support is withdrawn, he would be on the streets of Serangoon Road penniless. That is why this sort of Singaporean success is despised by most self respecting people. In fact were it not for Lee Kuan Yew, no one would even given a second look at this Tamil Singaporean. His abilities are no better than any other struggling Tamil lawyer in the cheap cubicles of People Park Center across from the Subordiante Court.

And this you see is the same for each and every Singapore government Minister, Member of Parliament, Civil Servants and anyone holding any office of importance. No one truly respects any of them, as they all got to where they got, not entirely on ability but by, to use a colloquial pharse, licking boots; Lee Kuan Yew's boots to be precise.

And then when you see these minsters paying themselves the highest salaries in the world, for a small island like this, you then lose all respect for the government entirely.

So what you end up is a people that have hatred for their government, and a government that neglects it's people and their children.

In these circumstances, there is no way you are going to have any success for this small island. Nothing at all. The only asset you have, the people, are themselves mediocre. In sum total, you have an uneducated workforce, a people that have hatred for their government, where success is achieved primarily by receiving the recognition of the people at the top, and the constant insecurity of the lack of welfare and for everyone, even the rich, the fear that they might lose their jobs, or the patronage of the Lee Kuan Yew, which means instant poverty and misery.

And then you have complete power in the hands of the government, with the people completely helpless to decide their own destinies. The government will decide, and you little people or "digits" as Lee Kuan Yew has called them, just obey. In truth, they are no longer citizens, they are slaves.

This is not a recipe for success. This was what the former Soviet Union or Roumania was. At least they lasted some time, because they were larger countries. With a system no difference from those failed states in this small island, tell me how long for Singapore?

And especially now since we know for sure the 86 year old octogenarian and strongman, leader for life, Lee Kuan Yew's batteries are beginning to run out anytime. How long does Singapore have?

Gopalan Nair
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jim clark said...

Our ministers are paid millions. They ought to be solving problems, not playing taiji (pushing the blame here and there) as shown in this article!

Anonymous said...

Why don't you post this permanently on the right-side of your blog. (Update after every pay rise.)

Lee Hsien Loong currently earns an annual salary of S$3,870,000,
or $322,500 per month,
or $10,602 per day.

Mr. Singapore citizen - How much do you earn?

Anonymous said...

Hello Gopalan,

Any protestors in US on Dictator Lee Kuan Yew's lifetime achievement award in DC?


WASHINGTON: Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has been given a lifetime achievement award in Washington.

He used the occasion at the US-Asean Business Council event on Wednesday to urge the United States to remain engaged in Asia or risk losing its global influence.

Former US presidents George H W Bush and Bill Clinton sent messages of support, as did President Obama whom he will meet at the White House on Thursday.

Mr Clinton said: "His work as Prime Minister and now as Minister Mentor has helped literally millions of people from Singapore and all across Southeast Asia live better, more prosperous lives."

Mr Bush said: "All of us who have worked with him have benefited from his wisdom, his insight and his dedication."

The Minister Mentor received the lifetime achievement award, witnessed by US foreign policy giants like Henry Kissinger.

JamesTan said...

Dear Gopalan,

Singapore is broken. An insight into what another blogger has to say about the Mysterious Singapore Way. It is going to sound familiar to you.

"But they never gave me anything specific. How could I defend myself when I didn’t even know what I was charged with? I was simply deemed guilty without trial. They can do that because they represent the system. They are the pooh-bahs of the government agency controlling billions of dollars of the country’s annual budget. They are so important that our country just cannot live without.

When you get picked on by the system, you are truly out of luck, because you have no chance to defend yourself, civil or otherwise.
Posted by Mingjie Cai at 6:15 PM "

King said...

I don't understand where your coming from when you say that Singaporeans have not been educated properly. That Singapore's "recipe" is one of failure, when the facts speak for themselves. Singapore has one of the best universities in the world, they are the "miracle" of Asia because of their rate of development, everything speaks of success. It is true that the government is controlling, however that control is what has led to Singapore's success, rather than it's "downfall", as you might put it. The government is slowly allowing change to happen, and that speaks true of the intentions of Lee Kuen Yew. You might hate him for his iron hand, but there must be acknowledgment of what he has brought to Singapore.

Keep in mind, your education, your lifestyle, the place you live, the way you live, has been indirectly affected by this man. Now when your comfortable and sitting in your office somewhere you can write funny posts about LKY, but without him where would you be today? Where would Singapore be today?