Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore state controlled newspaper Straits Times of Sept 22, 2011 has the report "Values, character education to take center stage: Heng Swee Keat".
In this story, the Singapore Minister for Education, Heng Swee Keat, I suppose for want of anything else to say, says that Singapore education will henceforth make "values and character education center stage" when he spoke to the island's school headmasters.
He said" values and character education are important as both globally and locally profound changes are taking place".
This report, as is the case usually with state controlled newspapers around the world, is completely untrue; nothing but pure and unadulterated propaganda or political rhetoric.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
In fact the vast majority of Singaporeans, even on a conservative estimate lack values and character which one would have expected of any human being anywhere else in the world.
Let me give you some examples of the sort of people Singaporeans today under the Lee Kuan Yew government are.
Recall the late Mr. JB Jeyaretnam, a fierce political opponent of the Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew.
You can look at the series of court cases brought against him by the Singapore strongman Lee, resulting in his kangaroo courts repeatedly making Jeyaretnam pay outrageous amounts of damages, bankrupting him which finally resulted in his heart attack and death.
Anyone with eyes can see that he was not guilty of anything, in fact, quite the contrary, he was indeed an upright brave man, a beacon for upright morals and decency, fighting for the rights of his fellow men.
If you wanted to find character and values in a man, you need have gone no further; Jeyaretnam was the man.
Yet according to Lee Kuan Yew's government of which this man Heng Swee Keat is a loyal supporter, JB Jeyaretnam was a criminal, a cheat and a thoroughly evil person.
On the other hand, we can assume according to the Lee Kuan Yew government, Lee himself is copiously endowed with these desirable attributes of values and character, although we all know that he repeatedly sues his opponents in his kangaroo courts to silence them, shuts down all the newspapers and prints propaganda for public consumption and employs thoroughly disgraceful characters like Davinder Singh, Attorney to persecute his opponents in his courts.
In the Pickwikian sense, or Singaporean sense, Belinda Ang Saw Ean his fawning boot licking judge, his Attorney General and all his lackeys who do the dirty work to silence political opponents are all men and women of value and character, thoroughly upright characters.
And according to Singapore, I Gopalan Nair who was recently disbarred from practicing law in Singapore for criticizing Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for her dishonesty, among other things is a person lacking in integrity, is untrustworthy and unworthy to practice law in Singapore.
By the way, you might want to know that only Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore has this rather unflattering view of me which quite understandably is not held by the State Bar of California, USA or the Bar in England and Wales.
Over in these jurisdictions Gopalan Nair is a pretty upright character.
Unless this state controlled newspaper is writing these things for our entertainment, they should stop making these completely ridiculous claims; because by uttering this brazen stupidity they are insulting our intelligence.
It is just the reverse in Lee's Singapore. In fact if you did have values and character, you would not last in Singapore for one day, because you would be hounded and persecuted by Lee until you are literally finished.
Let me tell you who has character in Singapore today. It is Dr. Chee Soon Juan who continues fighting for the rights of Singaporeans despite having to suffer unbearable persecution.
However Lee Kuan Yew and I am sure this man Heng Swee Keat has a completely different view of him. According to Singapore's assessment, Dr. Chee is a crook, a criminal and any number of derogatory names that you can think of.
He has been repeatedly jailed for exercising his rights, ordered to pay more than a million dollars by his kangaroo courts, disqualified from politics and repeatedly maligned and vilified in Lee's newspapers.
And the Singaporeans who remain in Singapore today are by an large a people who do not have courage, scruples or values because if they did have any of these qualities, they would have been so indignant and outraged that they would have shown Lee Kuan Yew and Son the door a long time ago.
The very fact that they continue to live like slaves in Lee's Singapore shows they lack none of these qualities which one would look for in a human being.
To put it simply the people at the top in Singapore who govern with Lee Kuan Yew are nothing but a bunch of bootlickers and crawlers who achieve high office not because they have any values or character but because they are eternally willing to lick Lee's boots to prop him up in power.
The moment they stop singing the praises and pick up even some courage to do the right thing, they are instantly removed, maligned and defamed in his state controlled press.
I don't think Heng Swee Keat, a Lee Kuan Yew lackey is fooling anyone by talking about character and values in Lee's Singapore, unless of course he is trying to entertain us.
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