Ladies and Gentlemen,
Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore's state controlled newspaper the Straits Times once again unashamedly publishes propaganda that even a child would know is false, and yet, they willingly do it.
In this case, the October 9, 2010 online edition of the Straits Times has the gall to say, believe it or not, that Singaporeans are the 4th richest people in the world; the story's headline is "Singaporeans 4th richest"!
Who are they talking about anyway, and who are these world's 4th richest Singaporeans, I would like to know.
Of course there are some multi multi millionaires and billionaires money launderers, drug runners from Burma and Indonesian embezzlers who have stacked their ill gotten gains in Singapore. These people are not just the 4th richest in the world but simply the richest.
I am not sure if the late Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord ever applied for permanent residence in Singapore, but if he did, I am sure with his money, millions of it, Lee Kuan Yew would have managed to claim that Singapore is not just 4th richest but the 3rd or even the richest country in the world.
The dirty trick that he uses here, just as all the dirty tricks he employs in his state controlled propaganda sheets which he calls newspapers, is this; he has taken the wealth of the few dozen very very rich people in Singapore, added it to the rest of the Singaporean population who hardly survive the poverty line, divided the total by Singapore's total population and come up with a huge Alice in Wonderland figure for each person, saying Singaporeans are one of the richest people in the world.
I can tell you the average, I mean average Singaporean, is far far poorer than those in every Western country. In fact I would go so far as saying that the average Singaporean is even poorer than the average Malaysian or Indonesian, regardless of what the numbers say.
I can tell you how an average Singaporean, a product of the dictator Lee Kuan Yew lives in one of the ubiquitous government owned apartment owned by Lee Kuan Yew's government. I know because I am a Singaporean myself and many of my friends live this poverty stricken lives, pathetic lives. I can tell you right away, they are not the 4th richest people in the world.
First unlike every Western individual, the Singaporean lives in a cubicle, like a human pigeon hole, in a high rise building. He has no garden, and usually has bad air flow caused by buildings built very close to each other. He usually has no view to speak of, blocked by other buildings only a few feet away. His living conditions are crowded with noise and disturbance every minute.
Unlike the westerner, he does not own the apartment. He only has a 99 year lease, and it is any body's guess when the government may take it back. For this almost worthless piece of property, he is made to pay hundred upon thousands of dollars.
The average Singapore in an ordinary job earns somewhere between US dollars 1000 to 1500. These are the clerk, the postal workers and sales staff. If they had a wife and children, by the end of the month, they would have nothing left. The rent for the apartment takes the bulk of the money, then there is food, children's clothes, schooling etc. If they were foolish enough to have a car, they would be running into debt.
The average European, Australian has far more money and a better living than these pathetic Singaporeans. First they all have cars, they all live in houses, not pigeon holes, and they all have better quality of life overall. And far far better than any Singaporean, the government provides enough social security to ensure that they would not have to become beggars, or worse, kill themselves if they fall into bad times.
And more than that, people in the West are all the more happier, since they don't have to live lives in perpetual fear of a Lee Kuan Yew suing them into bankruptcy if they ever criticized him.
In fact there is about 20% to 30% of Singaporeans who actually live below the poverty line in their HDB cubicles. Many go starving or have to send their children to school without food. In order to make ends meet, many down-size from small apartments to even smaller ones in the hope that the money they get would see them through a while longer.
And unlike people in the West, Singaporeans simply cannot retire because there is simply no safety net of government social security. If they stopped working they would starve. That is why you see tottering old stooped men and women well into their 80s and 90s shuffling to your restaurant table to take your finished crockery, not because they enjoy the work but because they would starve otherwise.
The average Singaporean has no car, no proper house, no social security and no money. The average Singaporean lives hand to mouth, a day at a time.
Malaysians and Indonesians live much better. Of course they don't have the wealth of Singapore's money launderers, but their cost of living is cheaper, they live in houses, they have cars because they are cheaper, and they don't have to live in fear of Lee Kuan Yew suing you into bankruptcy.
And there is not a single day that passes in the island where you don't see crowds gathered under the high rise HDB apartments with police cars and ambulances. Another Singaporean has just committed suicide by jumping off their high rise government owned apartments.
In Singapore on average 2 people take their lives every day. The preferred methods are jumping off high rise buildings and throwing themselves on to high speed trains.
The trains are delayed everyday because of having to extricate bone and twisted flesh because the wheels of trains and the machinery under them almost turn the person into a mess as if he was put through a meat grinder. The dead man of course is no longer recognizable.
This sort of poverty does not exist in the West.
Singaporeans 4th richest? Baloney!
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