Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state owned and controlled official government mouthpiece, the newspaper Straits Times, online edition of June 13, 2010 has the story "Grassroots activity rewarded". The title is slightly misleading. It should have read "Pro Lee Kuan Yew grassroots activity rewarded".
It says the Peoples Association, (which is a branch of the Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew's Peoples Action Party, which has been governing the one party state island for the last 50 years), will reward those who take part in it's grassroots activities, by being eligible for better chances in a state lottery. Actually what they meant to say was, handsomely rewarded in their jobs, careers, and in every which way you can imagine.
Although it is already well understood by Singaporeans that to succeed in the the one party state, you have to be recognized as a supporter of Lee Kuan Yew's political party, the PAP, this official notification in the state controlled newspaper makes it publicly official.
Which is why every promotion, recognition and increments in wages and salaries (bribes and corruption) goes only to those who are known supporters and activists of the PAP, while those who refuse to participate, and worse, publicly oppose the ruling party stand to be sued and suffer other terrible things.
You can see the beneficiaries and victims of Lee's, now official policy of rewarding supporters and punishing it's opponents.
Consider the case of the recently appointed Tamil Minister of Law K Shanmugam. As a life long member of Lee Kuan Yew's PAP, for many years he worked hard at showing his loyalty to his master. He willingly sued Lee Kuan Yew's opponents, regardless of whether there was any merit in these actions; he was prepared to call the late JB Jeyaretnam a liar and anything else Lee wanted; he would have licked Lee Kuan Yew's boots if that was demanded.
Around 1988, after the Privy Council had declared JB Jeyaretnam innocent of any wrong doing, to please Lee Kuan Yew he wrote a long legal treatise in which he in effect said that the English Law Lords, the highest judges in England were all wrong, and that he was right because JB Jeyaretnam was thoroughly guilty according to him.
After doing this sort of dirty work, selling his soul to the devil, naturally Lee Kuan Yew is very pleased, and in return he makes him a Minister.
This shameful existence goes for each one of the Singaporean ministers, every one of them willing to curse their own mothers if that meant pleasing Lee Kuan Yew resulting in career prospects thereafter.
And it is the same for every other normal Singaporean that you see. They all know, of course, not being stupid, which side the bread is buttered. So the average Singaporean makes a bee line to the offices of the Singapore Peoples Association or any other organ of the People's Action Party to register their membership. This fact is immediately made known to the government department or private company that he or she works in; with his or her enthusiasm and hard work keenly monitored by Lee Kuan yew and the government.
When a lot of hard work for these organizations is put in, and leadership promise shown, they not only are rewarded in their jobs with higher salaries, they might even be selected for high office as Lee Kuan Yew's ministers.
On the other hand, those who are silly enough, or courageous enough, depending on which way you look at it, to oppose have the butt end of the stick. For instance, Dr. Chee Soon Juan, the foremost critic of Lee Kuan Yew was fired from his job as professor and sued several times over. Evey single publicly known member of his political party has suffered one way or the other. For instance, none of them hold a government job or even a good job, either running their small businesses, supported by their spouses, or else eking out a living one way or another. There is clearly a price to pay for opposing Lee Kuan Yew in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore.
Singapore now has the classic elements of a one party fascist state. In Mussolini's Italy, you needed to be a member of the Fascist Party to even get a job. Men used to publicly announce with pride, fascist party membership and there was a witch hunt against non party Italians. People were afraid to criticise the government for fear that the walls have ears. A people who lived consumed with fear, always ever ready to sing praises for the dictator because without it, there is no survival.
Although it was always so, Lee Kuan Yew has now publicly come out and said exactly that.
Which is why I ask the question, is this how you want to live your lives? Is there any honor in it? And if not, is it worth it, for you and your children? Would you rather live slavish craven lives in return for 3 meals a day, or would you rather say it as it is, come Hell or high water. At least you can walk with your head high on your shoulders. These are questions that I have asked and answered. I wonder what you think of it.
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