Ladies and Gentlemen,
My recent post of March 06, 2010 in this blog (Update: March 07, 2010, this is a hoax) Singapore strongman 87 year old Lee Kuan Yew suffers massive heart attack has proved my point.
It is unsafe for any society to live under a dictator, especially a dictator that happens to be 87 years old.
87 year old men do drop dead, and when they do, dictatorships usually descend into uncertainty and very often into total chaos; bad for any society to have to face. And that is why I have been clamouring for Singaporeans to realize the precarious position they are in with an 87 year old tin pot, Singapore's version of Dear Leader.
As for my false blog post about the man's heart attack, I have had a flood of comments, the vast majority of whom have thanked me for writing it and reminding them of the thin ice of political uncertainty, over which they walk today.
Any article such as mine, not someone writing for any major newspaper would have just been ignored anywhere else. But that was not what happened in Singapore. I have read that numerous local blogs including Asiaone, a Singapore state owned newspaper have commented on it.
Perhaps I am more important than I thought?
Or perhaps, which I think is the correct explanation is; Singapore is so fragile, so politically unstable, so unprepared having lived under one man for the last 50 years, that if in fact Lee Kuan Yew did have a massive heart attack, Singapore as what you know today will totally disintegrate, collapse; if this much upheaval can be caused merely by a blog post from a former Singaporean who does not even live there!
Let this blog post and the consequences of it being up for even less than a day, be a warning not only to Singaporeans but also to all foreign businesses in the island city state. It is simply not safe. And now is the time for reckoning.
I made sure that the hoax which I perpetrated did not stay too long. The point I wanted to make to Singapore, a country that I was born in and want to see changed, is that it sadly is ephemeral, not something that is on solid ground; everything and everybody is dependant on one 87 year old man, Lee Kuan Yew.
And with his likely demise sooner than later, Singaporeans better be prepared for what is to come, and it is not going to be pretty.
And let me reiterate again what is to come, my humble blog post being a warning. People with money will transfer their funds abroad. Foreign companies will depart. There will be a run on the banks. Lee Kuan Yew's men at the top will flee for their money and even for their lives. Belinda Ang Saw Ean, Lee Kuan Yew's judge, responsible for human rights violations, will flee for her life, as well as her money.
Even larger countries cannot withstand such an upheaval, let alone tiny island city state of Singapore.
The people of Singapore should take a page from this and see for themselves the precarious position they are in. Doing nothing merely postpones the fateful date. If you care for stability of Singapore, you should act now. Realise the danger that you are living in. Lee Kuan Yew cannot help you after he is dead.
The time in now to engage in public protests, demanding your human rights which you have been denied. You need to empower yourselves to take charge. Inaction is clearly unsafe.
Finally I extend my gratitude to the overwhelming number of people who had thanked me for writing this article for reminding them of the fragility and uncertainty under which they live under the 87 year old Singapore version of Kim Jung Il.
By the way, we know that Kim Jung Il is in failing health. But unlike Singapore, North Korea being a closed society will seamlessly serve his son. Singapore is not North Korea and Lee Kuan Yew is not Kim Jung Il, even if he wants to be.
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