Ladies and Gentlemen,
Is it time for reckoning? Let's look at all the grandiose plans of Lee Kuan Yew, son and their side kicks.
Recently K Shanmugam, Lee Kuan Yew's handpicked Law Minister had hoped for it to be a world class legal hub, as are London and New York. To accommodate it, they had built world class offices and courtrooms to rival the most modern in the world. But with the International Bar Association recently calling Singapore's legal system a third class corruption riddled system, all the hopes of K Shanmugam appear dashed.
Also on the same topic, in order to alleviate the extreme shortage of lawyers, he was reported to have come up with various novel ideas, one of which was to shorten the training period of foreign lawyers to practice in Singapore. Apart from the fact that it was hardly novel, being nothing more than allowing under qualified lawyers in, can we ask him if any lawyers have come and if so, how many? Knowing how Singapore's state controlled newspapers would splash headlines of any news that was even remotely positive, not having read anything recently in it, confirms my belief that no one has come.
So much for K Shanmugam, Lee Kuan Yew's handpicked Minister of Law and his visions of grandeur for the Singapore legal profession. Could we also ask him how many lawyers actually practice in the island of his with 5 million people now? 3,000?
Then we have heard the government asking Singaporeans to have more babies, as the reproduction rate is below replacement level meaning, without the huge influx of non English speaking foreigners from the Communist People's Republic of China, Singapore's population would have declined and there would be no one left! So Lee Kuan Yew, has the reproduction rate increased? Has the generous tax incentives for children helped? I guess not.
And then there was the language problem with Singaporeans speaking an unintelligible form of language called Singlish, a cross between Hokkien Chinese and English. Very painful to the ear for anyone from elsewhere. Lee Kuan Yew held one of his various periodical campaigns to correct the problem, this time "Speak Good English". Do they now speak any English? Or is it still horrible sounding Singlish?
And then the problem with people not getting married with Iswaran and Vivian, Lee Kuan Yew's million dollar ministers standing at train stations matchmaking, or attempting to match make I don't know which. Well are they getting married? I guess not.
And then you had the emigration problem with 2 out of 3 overseas Singapore students not returning and families emigrating enmasse to Australia and Canada. Well has the exodus stopped and are they all coming back? Once again, I guess not.
And then you had the troublemaker Gopalan Nair coming to Singapore and criticizing his (Lee Kuan Yew's) judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for "prostituting herself as a judge into becoming nothing more than an employee of Lee Kuan Yew and son, in court". Well, he was put in jail in the hope that he will stop criticizing. But has he? It appears not.
And now Lee Kuan Yew has threatened to commence a "2 man tribunal" (odd choice of words indeed) to discipline him and to disbar him. Well, I suppose it was hoped that he would go away quietly. But no, he refuses to roll over.
But we must admit success when we see it. Lee Kuan Yew has successfully managed to attract hundreds and thousands of Chinese non-English speakers to replace the lost Singaporeans. Well, success indeed. If in fact you are trying to transform Singapore into Hubei. Sorry for the Ramasamys of Serangoon Road and Ahamd Dauds of Lorong 2 Geylang Serai. As for them, they can just disappear. Here comes the new Chinese city with the new Mandarin speakers.
With the Tamil, K Shanmugam, Lee Kuan Yew's student, the Minister for Law running the Singapore law ministry. What an island!
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