Ladies and Gentlemen,
Of Singapore's state owned and controlled newspapers of which the Straits Times is the biggest, in it's online edition of March 12, 2010 has the story "Changes to political system".
An unsympathetic observer of the real Singapore, had he been asked what he thought of Lee Kuan Yew's Parliament House, he may have called it a theater, because what goes on in there is not real political debates, it is simply theatrics; simply make believe.
It is a comedy, and if it is already funny, it is going to get even funnier.
According to the Constitution of Singapore as it was originally written, Singapore was to be a democracy, with representatives free and fairly elected by their citizens who will represent their interests in Parliament.
Just as any other democracy in England Australia or Iceland.
But we all know by now that Singapore's eternal leader, Lee Kuan Yew has other plans. He disapproves of the whole concept and the provisions of democracy in that supreme document has in fact turned out to be a hindrance.
He is going to rule whether anybody likes it or not and anyone in Parliament better do as he says or he is out. Simple as that.
And since he is the island's superman who controls everything and everyone under pain of imprisonment or impoverishment through the courts, anyone who doesn't sing his tune has no place in Parliament, period.
That is why anyone who really believes in democracy like the late JB Jeyaretnam or Dr. Chee Soon Juan of today will never have the chance to represent anyone in politics, because they are people who have independent minds, and they will not sing his tune.
But since it becoming an international embarrassment to be called a one party state, which Singapore really is, as Lee wants to attract foreign banking insurance and commerce; he has to do something to give the impression of democracy but which in reality it is not.
He does this by selecting opposition politicians to support his policies but who agree to publicly claim they are opposition politicians. Lee Kuan Yew presently has 2of them, one Low Thia Khiang of the Workers Party and Chiam See Tong of the SDA, thoroughly harmless individuals from whom Lee has nothing to fear.
These 2 will never challenge Lee Kuan Yew on any real issue and if faced with one, they will invariably back off. In return, as PAP supporters in reality but in appearance opposition members, Lee gets what he wants and they get what they want.
They will never be sued or jailed as real opposition politicians would be, they will get their salaries from Lee Kuan Yew and live happy peaceful lives. As for Lee, he does not have to fear any threat from them. You scratch my back and I scratch yours, as the saying goes.
But as such pretenders like the 2 are hard to find, and with only 2 of them in Parliament with his overwhelming 82 members from his party, the general public impression both in Singapore and elsewhere is that it is still of a one party state.
He desperately wants to paint a facade of democracy but at the same time, still control everything and everyone. The classic case of having the cake and eating it as well.
So to come round it, and to give the impression of more debate, according to this state controlled newspaper report, he is going to legislate new law to allow up to 18Nominated MPs into Parliament, according to him, to debate more views and policies and have "more diverse views in Parliament".
But this is not democracy at all if you really look at it. These nominated MPs will have no power whatsoever because they do not represent anyone since they were not elected by anyone.
Moreover as is the case of the few Nominated MPs that we already have, they will all be PAP supporters in reality anyway who will be acting like opposition politicians.
They will speak on topics selected by PAP but give the impression that it was their own, but since they have no power, and neither do they represent anyone, having been nominated, all they speak would be of no consequence whatsoever, just simply hot air.
In Singapore colloquially it is called "Wayang" the name for a Malay drama.
But of course, Lee Kuan Yew with his state controlled press will conveniently report of democratic vibrant debates and immediately declare that Singapore is the healthiest democracy in all Asia if not all the world!
While the real people who should be in Parliament such as Dr. Chee Soon Juan will never get a chance and will instead be labelled a thief, a fraud and any other insult that comes to Lee Kuan Yew's mind, and periodically sent to prison for speaking without a permit.
Hollywood should come and visit the Singapore Parliament some day as there is some real acting talent in it.
You have to have at least some acting skills to put on a serious face arguing policies when in fact it was all stage managed by Lee Kuan Yew.
And what is also funny is that Lee Kuan Yew in his arrogance thinks that no one knows any better and he can play this game hoodwinking his people at will.
But that is where he is simply wrong. Singapore is hurting very badly under his arbitrary rule.
And no one is being fooled, except for himself.
The ones who are aware are not taking kindly to his hijacking the island for his own benefit.
People are leaving, resignations from the government is mounting and he is left with people with a lack of education or experience who cannot see the joke of it at all.
And that is why, with each day passing, he finds it harder and harder to function as a government.
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