Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am referring to the recent April 14, 2010 interview Lee Kuan Yew's son had in the US on the TV Show Charlie Rose, http://charlierose.com/view/interview/10963, when he said Singapore is governed on the precepts of Confucianism, when asked about nepotism.
I am sure not only the Indians and the Malays but even almost all the Chinese in the island always thought that Singapore is based on the principles of democracy (or at least it should be) and the Constitution of the island which derived from the British model, with the principles of freedom of speech, assembly, a free press, and an accountable government.
But now this son of Lee Kuan Yew who is the Prime Minister of the island claims that that is not the case, that it is in fact run on Confucianism. Not being an authority on the subject, I believe its basic foundations rest on the belief that the the citizens should respect authority.
That in fact explains why Lee Kuan Yew and his son sues anyone who criticizes them and sent me to jail as well, becasue I and several other foreign newspapers and JB Jeyaretnam and Dr. Chee Soon Juan did not show him and his father the necessary Confusion respect as a Confucian gentleman is supposed to do.
Lee Kuan Yew's son's statement on Singapore being Confucian, was a startling revelation. So far his father had never confessed to this fact, even though everyone knew this before, but this time his son finally admits openly to practicing Confucianism, changing everyone's concept of Singapore once and for all.
And if this is so, then surely, should he not completley re-write the Constitution to reflect this fact, and why are we all continuing to pretend that it is democracy?
You cannot help but watch the video to see first hand what this man is actually saying. Some of the astounding parts, I paraphrase below:
Charlie Rose: How do you measure your commitment to democracy
Son: Legitimacy of government, how Singapore works, a better life
Rose: Is it a Jeffersonian style of government
Son: No we do not equate with American systems
Rose: Your father Mentor, you the son, your wife Tumasik? You seem to be very sensitive to the word nepotism
Son: We are very sensitive. The whole system is based of meritocracy, you are where you are not because of your father. If anyone thought I am where I am because of my father, my entire credibility will be destroyed, then I am not fit to govern. It is based on the Confusion precept, first you should have the moral authority to govern, then you form policies. Otherwise I should be kicked out.
Rose: Your defamation case against International Herald Tribune?
Son: They apologised and paid damages
Rose: (Laughing) So if anyone mentions nepotism, you will sue them?
Rose: Have you sued others?
Son: Bloomberg apologized and paid damages
Rose: Are you sending a signal to others not to mention nepotism?
Son: We are saying that they can say what they want, but be prepared to prove it, otherwise they will lose and pay damages.
With this interview in the US, like both him and his father does all over the world, he is making the Singapore public look imbeciles, prepared to live under this father and son Confusion dictatorship and when everything they say is just simply humbug.
Firstly, Singapore is not a Confucion society, it is a democracy. (At least it is supposed to be)
Second, when he talks about suing people, he fails to mention that he engages in this cowardly practice only in Singapore, not anywhere else.
Third, he fails to mention that he and his father has not lost a single case they undertook against their opponents in the entire history of Singapore. In other words all his judges are corrupt or Confucian, whichever way you want to call them, and they are beholden to the father and son and will give away every case to them. So it is no great success when they win each time hands down in their Singapore.
Fourth, Singapore is not based on meritocracy, it is based on nepotism as his shown by his being the Prime Minister of Singapore and it is run by a bunch of opportunists who have lost all sense of decency and moral fibre. The way to success in Singapore is either through your relationship either blood or marriage to the Lee Kuan Yew household, or through boot licking such as the Tamil Minister for Law K Shanmugam, a Lee Kuan Yew minion, makes a living.
As proof, Lee Kuan Yew's son went to school, was given a scholarship to England by his father's government, was made a Brigadier General, the highest position in the Singapore Army within a couple of years by his father, was immediately made an MP by ensuring that noone else can challenge him at elections, was immediately thereafter made a Deputy Prime Minister, and immediately thereafter Prime Minister.
Someone should ask him, if this is not nepotism, what is it?
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