Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dr. Chee Soon Juan is the chief of the Singapore Democratic Party, one of the island's minuscule, marginalized and fractional parties completely under the mercy of Lee Kuan Yew and his son who run riot over their people.
Singapore Democratic party has a colorful and detailed blog the Singapore Democrats www.yoursdp.org. But a more careful look at some of it's contents leaves one to wonder what was the purpose of it all.
Take the recent article in it, "Democrats meets Sembawang residents" June 10, 2011. It criticizes Lee Kuan Yew government's negligence in permitting a murderer to dump a dead body of a woman he killed into the water tank aloft above one of the government residential blocks, resulting in the residents even drinking water from the tank with the submerged decomposed corpse. Truly horrendous but something which could not possibly have been expected by the government.
But what is somewhat strange and inexplicable is the SDP members visiting residents of the housing blocks affected. I am pains to understand what did they expect to achieve by the visits. Merely going apartment to apartment, knocking on door to door, which they appear to have done, and telling them how sorry the SDP was appears to be neither here nor there. We all know that.
And we also know that as the apartments are owned and controlled by Lee's Singapore government, these SDP people are in no position to help any resident, even if they had asked for help. For instance if the SDP wrote a letter in their letter heads, to Lee Kuan Yew's HDB which owns these flats, I can be very sure that instead of they being helped, they would be targeted for victimization and intimidation for their audacity in seeking help from the SDP.
In fact had I been a resident in one of these apartments and Dr. Chee had knocked on my door, I would say thanks of course but since they are not in a position to do anything for me, I would be wondering why they came in the first place. On the other hand, since the apartment is owned by the HDB and Lee Kuan Yew is the ruler, I would receive better results for my grievance through a PAP person than one from Dr. Chee's party.
The article also mentions something which we already know, that Lee Kuan Yew's state controlled newspapers never mentioned anything about SDP's activities in Sembawang and Woodlands areas. Of course they did not. What did they expect, for Lee's state controlled media to give coverage for their arch enemy, Dr. Chee Soon Juan and his party!
Frankly the blog post did not make much sense to me at least.
The next article "Rethinking health care financing in Singapore Part 1" of June 09, 2011, talks about how the health care system has to be improved. I did not read much of it, for one because I was asking myself what good would it do, even if I read it. I might walk away knowing that Lee Kuan Yew's health care system is all wrong, but can the SDP do anything about it? I think not? With the state controlled press I cannot have it published in the state controlled media, second even if I thought it was a marvellous idea and wanted to speak about it openly, I would be arrested and then, if I protested about it I would suffer the same fate.
So I might as well forget about it, and live happily under Lee Kuan Yew as the other 5 million Singaporeans do.
There were several other articles about how they are organizing committees and other very confident sounding future plans about how Dr. Chee's SDP is going to be the party of the future.
All very nice sounding of course, but at this point of time, is all this any good? I have my doubts. I have my doubts because Chee and his SDP do not appear to appreciate that all this is simply a waste of time, if Lee Kuan Yew does not allow the SDP to do anything at all.
For instance they can visit as many apartments as they want but every single one of them is government owned, every single resident in them is either a Lee Kuan Yew employee or is afraid of him, and no one is going to want to waste his time with the SDP because under Lee's Singapore the SDP is not in a position to do anything for anybody. That I am afraid is the unfortunate fact. It is the same with their health care plans, their plans for a fairer and just society and everything else.
Simply put, if they have no access to anything under Lee's Singapore they simply cannot get any results either.
Which brings me back to what I have said all along. Dr. Chee of the SDP should first demand his fundamental rights, which includes an independent judiciary, a free press and the right to free speech and expression because everything else depends on these rights.
And remember, Lee is not going to give it merely because you asked. You have to insist and demand it and prepare to be arrested for it, and stick at it until you get it, no two ways about it.
To put it another way, without these rights, you cannot achieve any of these things.
I am sorry you may not like what I say but unfortunately it is true. My message to Dr. Chee and his SDP is this. Either do these things first or simply stop wasting any one's time. You are not going to get anywhere by simply writing this stuff. You and I know that this is not going to get you anywhere.
You have reached a fork in your political path and now you are compelled to decide which road you want to take. You can take the correct one and demand justice from Lee Kuan Yew or you can waste the time of the residents of Woodlands and mine too, by writing this stuff which is not furthering any one's cause, unless you want to wait another 5 years (the elections) and hope for the best.
I trust Dr. Chee is taking note and reading this. I am not sure who said this but glossy paper and colorful websites will not change Singapore. Only the truth will. And I agree entirely with that sentiment.
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