Monday, January 25, 2010

Lee Kuan Yew's son wants to "update the system"!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Singapore's official newspaper the state owned and controlled Straits Times on line edition of Jan 26, 2010 has this story "Updating the system takes time". The Straits Times is the principle propaganda department for Singapore's strongman Lee Kuan Yew.

Lee Kuan yew's son whom his father appointed Prime Minister some time ago said at a conference in Singapore recently " the most difficult challenge facing Singapore is finding a political system that works for generations to come"! Is he not being a little too presumptuous or can it instead be a case of total ignorance.

If we had to remind him where is he living, he has to be told that he is in Singapore, and not North Korea. And in Singapore the system of government has already been decided and which is found in a document called the Constitution. And this document it so happens tells us how Singapore is to be run; which by the way is through democracy.

And there is no need for his unsolicited plan for any change because we don't want any.

The arrogance of this father's son is simply outrageous. He talks as if the entire island of Singapore belongs to him! He has to be reminded that Singapore is not his to play with. It has a Constitution which has to be obeyed, which up till now both father and son totally disregard. And according to it, it is supposed to be a parliamentary democracy with a free press, with rights such as free speech and expression and with an independent judiciary with the rule of law.

The son in cohorts with his father has been denying the people each of these rights turning them into nothing more than slaves.

And not satisfied with the universal control over the people which he already has, he intends to control even more.

It is this arrogance on the part of father and son that chases away educated people from Singapore's shores, silences criticism or opinion entirely within the island turning the people into nothing better than robots.

No wonder father and son are struggling to keep going with every department of Singapore society steadily declining.

Thinking people are not going to help you if you treat them this way, which is something both father and son simply do not understand.

Gopalan Nair
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Timothy said...

Indeed, you've hit the nail on the head here. 'Leaders' in Singapore are more worried about how they will look to everyone else (Read: 'losing face'), they would sooner embarass someone or better still arrest that person just to 'save' that 'face'. I mean if Singapore was truly a democracy, such petty politicians would surely be booted out in the middle of their terms.

But alas, how do we boot them out when they keep silencing all important dissent such as what you write. Sure we can criticise petty things like crowded MRT trains, but how's that going to change Singapore in any truly useful way.

I shall now continue to peruse more publications they haven't sued on this lovely world wide web.

Look forward to reading more of your scintillating rhetoric...;)

Anonymous said...

Dear Nair,

Can you publish the Constitution to let us know what it says.