Ladies and Gentlemen,
Any visitor to Singapore would be surprised at a sudden disinterest in anyone, the moment the topic of politics is raised, surprising given the fact that outwardly it seems like any other prosperous Western city.
Remember despite it's outward appearances of normalcy, Singapore has no free press. Just like the Soviet Union, it is all state controlled. The reason why you haven't heard of any protests or demonstrations is not because everyone is happy; it is because these things are illegal. There are no strikes because they are not only illegal, the unions are all controlled, believe it or not, by the state. Judges appear on the outside to be like they are anywhere else, with their robes and books. But in truth Singapore judges are not judges in the true sense, they are politicians in Lee Kuan Yew's party, who destroy political dissidents and detractors by abusing the law.
There are no jury trials, with judges alone deciding. And if the ruling party does not like you, the judge is either promptly notified or they act on their own, and you know you have lost even before stepping into the courtroom. Whenever Lee Kuan Yew or his government charges someone in court, it is certain he is guilty of all the charges, no two ways about it.
Although many Singaporeans disgusted with living under the Lee Kuan Yew dictatorship have left for settlement abroad in Western countries, many still remain in Singapore for one reason or another. Some do not have the skills for settlement abroad or for family or personal reasons remain behind.
Those who remain behind have no choice but to live double lives. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's dictator who has governed the country with an iron fist for the last 52 years has a large Internal Security Department or secret police, not dissimilar to the Tonton Macout of Haiti or the Mukabarat of Assad's Syria, who mingle among the citizenry listening to what people say, some of whom are then targeted for victimization one way or another. You could say, Lee Kuan Yew rules Singapore through fear just like Syria's Assad rules through his Mukabarat.
Which is why Singaporeans have no choice to live a life, saying one thing in one place and another in some other.
If you were to ask a Singapore lawyer what does he think about Singaporeans having no rights to peaceful protest, no right to free speech and expression, all clear violations of the Constitution, matters which are pertinent to lawyers all over the world, his answer will depend on who you are and where the conversation takes place.
If you were a foreigner and did not know you, or if you were a government official or a stranger, then the answer would probably be either that he does not know these things, he is not interested in the subject or that these laws are necessary because Singapore was small and was good for stability.
On the other hand, if you were a personal friend of his and he could trust you, the answer would probably be that Lee Kuan Yew was a ruthless dictator who has these laws in place to oppress the people, these laws are all wrong, that he hates Lee's party, the PAP and would wish that they would all drop dead the next minute.
It is the same with every other Singaporean. Schoolchildren are told by their parents to say nice things of the Lee Kuan Yew government. In private they would curse this government and the dictatorship that run it sky high.
People either go around silent, avoiding these issues or if necessary saying things that they don't believe in one bit, but politically correct. I guess it was the same in the former Soviet Union, present day China, N Korea, Cuba and Singapore. I suppose a Russian would have praised Stalin even though he personally considered him the biggest criminal.
If you don't like all this, you can if you want leave Singapore. That is what many others like myself have done. Singapore today has one of the highest rates of emigration in the world, the lowest birth rate in the world and a fast ageing population.
Among the population, the majority are no longer local born resulting from the government's policy of bringing in ship loads of Chinese from Mainland China to populate the dying population. These recent Chinese arrivals have nothing to say about these things one way or another since they don't know Singapore.
If you want to live in a country where you can say the same thing any where then leave Singapore, for otherwise you have to constantly do this mental gymnastics to avoid arrest or state victimization.
Especially for your children, if you want them to live in a country where they don't have to say one thing at one place and another at another, then leave Singapore for free country. Having to live a life like this is a terrible thing.
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