Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am not one to dampen your spirits and the euphoria for political change but let me tell you my fears. Frankly I don't think there is going to be any real change whether you have 80 opposition seats or 800.
This is what it is. Power lies in the organs of state, not individual members of Parliament. Lee Kuan Yew now controls Singapore, as well as the judiciary, as well as the press, as well as the media, as well as everything, period.
I think Lee Kuan Yew has realised that whether you like it or not, there are going to be some opposition candidates. If so, how else to continue ruling over Singapore by having a few PAP men disguised as opposition candidates. This way, they could not only give the impression of a multi party state; they could still continue their absolute control over Singapore just as they done for the past 40 years!
Let me tell you my suspicions on these people. Look at Tan Jee Say who has suddenly cropped up from the woodwork, the star of the Singapore Democratic Party. A former PAP man all his life and the trusted right hand man of PAP's Cabinet Minister Goh Chock Tong as well as serving in numerous important positions under the PAP. Now suddenly he claims to be a defender of the people's rights! What I want to ask him is this. Did he not realise that everything was wrong under the PAP during all those years when he slavishly licked his master's (Lee Kuan Yew's) boots?
The same goes for the other major discovery of the SDP, Dr. Ang Yong Guan, another British educated erstwhile lackey of the PAP who has suddenly realised that PAP is not so good after all. Where was he during the last 40 years of PAP dictatorial rule, licking his master's boots?
And I understand that all of them are working for the same goals, which is giving Singaporeans more jobs, lowering the cost of living, and making life for everyone better, thank you very much.
But have you forgotten that Singapore today does not have a free press. It does not have an independent judiciary. It does not have the right of freedom of assembly, freedom of expression or any damn freedoms whatsoever. And as long as you don't have any of these freedoms, regardless of who is voted in as an opposition politician and how many are voted in, you will still be Lee Kuan Yew's slaves, completely at his mercy at anytime and anyplace.
And have you noticed that none of these opposition marvels have ever spoken of the need to introduce human rights into Singapore as the Constitution demands. All they want to do is to bring down the cost of living. But what good is a lower cost of living if Lee Kuan Yew can put you in jail the next minute on trumped up charges.
Frankly I have no proof of any of this, but this is what I believe anyway. Each one of these political marvels would enter Parliament and further the political ends of the PAP without rocking the foundations of the dictatorial regime.
That is why, I am not holding my breath on these elections. Indeed I fear that after these former PAP men and women are elected into Parliament, they would themselves kick Chee Soon Juan out because that is, I believe, the ultimate goal of the Lee Kuan Yew regime. Another way to put it is regime change. In Lee Kaun Yew's eyes, an SDP without Chee Soon Juan is a desired goal for the good of the PAP, just as JB Jeyaretnam was ousted out of the Workers Party when he got troublesome.
If I was Chee Soon Juan, I would be more wary of these surprise entrants from the PAP into the opposition. There is more to it than meets the eye.
To Dr. Chee I will say this. I told you so. As for me, I would advocate the need for changing the foundations of state before anything else. Demand an independent judiciary. Demand your rights. And don't stop until you get it. And elections and such things should follow only thereafter.
Dr. Lee Siew Cho once told me that he had many Barisan Socialist members in Lee's Parliament. But no matter what they said or did, nothing happened. This was because Lee Kuan Yew controlled everything, the courts, the police, and everything. That is why Dr. Lee Siew Cho took to the streets. Can anyone blame him?
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