Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper, the Straits Times online edition of July 29, 2010 has the story "Singapore still top city to live in". I am not sure how or why whoever thought of this, but I can tell you they cannot be further from the truth.
For instance, I for one cannot live in Singapore at all, not just a case of livability, because I have been banned from ever going there! And why because I wrote an article in this blog which was not completely flattering of one of Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew's judges in 2008.
And neither can Tang Liang Hong live there because he too, like me, had said something that Lee Kuan Yew or his son did not like. He is in Australia.
And there are several more like me in countries all over the world who have been banished from Singapore because Lee Kuan Yew did not particularly like them.
And not counting those who have been officially banned from entering that island like me, there are as many as a million or more Singaporeans who have found Singapore totally unlivable and voluntarily packed their bags and left for Singapore airport, for a flight out, permanently.
What is even more revealing, another study not too long ago among young Singaporeans revealed the shocking fact that almost all of them given a chance want to get out of Singapore and live elsewhere. They simply hate Singapore, not just a case of finding it livable or unlivable.
Surely if you live in a country, you expect to have some peace, quiet and some dignity. You have none of that in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew can get his lackeys to have you arrested at his whim, never mind any laws, since he is the law. You can only live there without being molested by his police if you are prepared to be silent and not complain about his $ 4 million dollar salary, same for his son and his family members; if you are prepared to accept a life without any freedom of speech, assembly, association, constitution or the press. You can only live in the place provided you accept that Lee Kuan Yew is God and he is entitled to do anything to you anytime.
Most people, unless you are a dummy, is not prepared to live like that. For them, Singapore is not just unlivable, it is a dumb stupid boring place. It is a place where dummies and those who have no respect at all for themselves can live; living as slaves and worshipping Lee Kuan Yew and son daily, making sure everything you say is flattering of the duo.
You know, a sort of Lee Kuan Yew version of Orwellian doublespeak.
It is also livable for foreign merchants who temporarily do business in Singapore since it is, afterall, not their home. Which means they won't care one bit if Singapore was run by a bunch of dummies as long as they can make some money. If it is profitable in Pyongyang, they will go there too.
But for anyone with a head and some self respect, Singapore is not just unlivable, it is the worst place on Earth.
In my case, I would like to visit it if possible, but Lee Kuan Yew won't allow even that. It appears I have clearly upset him.
But this is what I want to tell the Big Boy. I may not be able to come to Singapore. But at least in California I can live with my dignity intact.
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