Ladies and Gentlemen,
George Orwell in his celebrated book 1984 created Big Brother, an ingenious means by which a ruling party can in effect remain in power eternally. I am surprised Lee Kuan Yew in his eagerness to continue his grip over his people, alive or dead, never thought of creating such a system.
Orwell's Big Bother is not a man, it is a concept, an imaginary power like a God who remains in control permanently, regardless of whether the living human dictator lives or dies. Big Brother will always rule, and he does this through his proxies (his ministers) who take their power from this imaginary Big Brother. People are told that Big Bother is in fact alive and watching you every minute, but noone has really seen him or knows for sure that this true.
Every good thing that ever happens to the country is attributed to Big Brother. For instance Big Brother is given credit for creating the aeroplane, even though many in fact know that planes existed even before the creation of the state. It really does not matter what is true or false, all that matters is what the state tells you. And what is most important, the government is always selected from members of Big Brother's party since no other party is allowed to exist anyway.
Big Bother like Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, constantly rewrites history to make himself look good. This by the way continues to happen in Singapore. For instance, today's Singapore history books refer to Lee Kuan Yew as the father of Singapore which we know is by no means true. While at the same time, others who have made a real impact on Singapore's history such as JB Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan and Lim Chin Siong are carefully obliterated from all the books. If anything is said about them, it is only bad.
Since Lee Kuan Yew has placed his son as Prime Minister and I believe is having daily nightmares, given he is 89 and sickly, as to what the ungrateful Singaporeans will do to his son after he is dead, and will that also include tearing him apart literally limb by limb, would it not be a good idea for him to devise a scheme by which his family will continue in power in eternity, even after he is dead?
But I guess such a scheme is beyond even Lee Kuan Yew and his shenanigans.
It is a little too late now. If he wanted to create the Singaporean version of Big Brother, he should have done it decades ago. Today, with the Internet, Singaporeans are not only mocking him they are packing up and leaving in planeloads. Even if he tried, Singaporeans are not going to bother about the Singaporean Big Bother aka Lee Kuan Yew.
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