Ladies and Gentlemen,
Although you may call it anything else, those who understand Singapore know there is no better word to describe it, just dictatorship. All you have to give the semblance of a democracy is rigged elections every 5 years where the results are known even before the votes are counted. They win and everyone else loses. And between the 5 years till the next 5 years, the average citizen is completely ignored, as if he never existed in the first place.
And just like dictatorships all over the world, the entire media in the island is state controlled. In other words except for blogs written from outside Singapore,(you will be arrested if you criticize from within Singapore) what you read or hear is exactly what they want you to read or hear. Which is why, since the state can say anything they want and there is no one to challenge you, the rosy picture can continue to be rosy up till their last day.
So it is with Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. Poor Lee Kuan Yew and his Singapore which has a dictatorial regime in today's 21 century, a square peg trying fit into a round hole, is facing impossible odds. Yet you will not read any of it, in his state controlled media.
I think many Singaporeans are already aware that with Big Boy's all 89 years of age, Singapore will not last after he goes. So they are not taking anymore risks by staying on. They are cashing their chips as fast as they can (an appropriate description for an island that lives off vice including gambling) and pulling out altogether.
I have heard there are massive resignations from top posts across all government departments, especially in the Police Force, resulting in their having to promote corporals to Superintendents of Police with just 10 grade education. The Civil service especially the legal service and the Attorney Generals Chambers are facing huge losses in manpower in their top posts.
And they are all scrambling in a mad rush, filling out forms to emigrate, to Australia or any other Western country, so they and their children can live free; not in the chicken coop where Lee struts around like a prize rooster bullying everyone in his way.
As far as the brain drain to the West is concerned, the government has given up hope. They understand no matter what they say, people are fed up and worried and they are going to leave no matter what. So the govt tries to do the second best thing, trying to keep overseas Singaporeans connected to Singapore, but even that is not working. Once they leave, all they say to Singapore is good riddance.
Lee Kuan Yew government faced with these unprecedented job losses and brain drain are now in a fix. They simply don't have enough people and you cannot simply give a readily available Chinese peasant who just arrived from Communist China who knows no English the job of an administrator.
They want to try to avoid giving these jobs to Westerners who come to Singapore for a temporary Asian experience since they may not be prepared to run around like one of Lee Kuan Yew's running dogs as Singaporeans do.
I think the message is already on the wall. This is the worry of the ones who are leaving. Singapore may turn out to be a very different place once Lee dies. First it may be chaos and disorder but even in time, it is unlikely to recover since far too many educated Singaporeans continue to leave the island. You simply cannot have a modern Singapore with just Chinese coolies just arrived from the villages in Mainland China.
This is how Lee Kuan Yew, the Singaporean miracle man, as some people mistakenly think of him, has ruined the island of Singapore.
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
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