Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's dictator Lee Kuan Yew during the last 52 years of political control made sure that no one else will ever emerge or even allowed to become a leader in the island, which was the best way to ensure he will never face political competition.
Today every single Minister in his Cabinet and every other person who has any sort of power over the people derive it, not on their own merits, but because they have been approved and "licensed" by Lee Kuan Yew or his son, who effectively between them run the country, his father being Minister Mentor and the all powerful person in the island while his son, placed there by him as Prime Minister, as second fiddle, wields power through his father.
And these politicians who govern the island through proxy of Lee and Son, can hardly be described as leaders because they simply are not. They were all scholarship recipients who did well in school and universities who are then seconded into the government, promptly made to stand for elections and immediately thereafter get elected because of their connection to the government.
Therefore nothing they have achieved politically is because of anything political they themselves did; because all they did was to pass exams in school, which caused Lee and Son to select them for office.
And these Lee Kuan Yew backed "instant politicians" are not accountable to the people as they are in other democracies, but accountable instead to father and son, (Lee Kuan Yew and his son). Therefore they are at all times fully aware off their of their tenuous situation, which is they govern only as long as Lee and Son approve, and the moment they are disfavored, they become history.
This sort of an unhealthy political climate, where everything depends on a single family, the Lee family, simply cannot instill confidence among the citizens, because the frightening question is always this; what happens to Singapore when the dictator is dead?
In any other democracy, it does not matter when the political leader dies because there are procedures in place for other leaders who have the stature and the respect of their citizens to continue government. In Singapore, with Lee Kuan Yew having made sure that no one really had any real power or support as a leader, it is worrying what would happen when this 89 year old man finally kicks the bucket which I expect to be very soon.
Will Vivian Balakrishnan or Deputy prime Minister Teo or any other of Lee Kuan Yew's bootlickers be telling us that there is going to be no welfare for the poor, because Lee Kuan Yew wanted everyone, no matter how helpless, to fend for themselves? Will any of these yes men be telling us that foreign Chinese immigrants must flood Singapore island and dislodge the dying local population because that is what Lee Kuan Yew wanted? Would any of these characters be telling us that even a single peaceful person standing in a street corner with placard deserves arrest because Lee Kuan Yew did not appreciate any protests? And if they decided instead to adopt these silly ideas as their own and thrust it down our throats, do you think they would have sufficient respect or support of the people to except anyone to listen?
With the sad fact that all these men and women calling themselves Ministers who surround the Lee family like dogs waiting for the crumbs he throws at them, are only as good as far as they have Lee's seal of approval, I am afraid that the people are not going to tolerate any of these characters once Lee is gone. And with Lee's disappearance, it is probably going to be the end of Singapore too.
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