Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper has the continuing story of 2 men in Lee's government being investigated for corruption. Straits Times online edition of Jan 25, 2012, carries this story under the title "CPIB probe: Ministry and Home Team will cooperate fully, says MHA". It is about Peter Lim Sin Pang, the chief of Singapore Civil Defence Force and Ng Boon Gay, the Director of Singapore's Narcotics department being investigated for corruption.
All very nice to read. I suppose another feather on Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew's cap as a fighter against corruption.
But then who is the most corrupt individual in Singapore? You will be surprised to know that it is none other than Lee Kuan Yew himself. First of all, he pays himself officially $3.7 million a year and treble that amount secretly as his salary. What do you call that then? I call this corruption of the worst kind. Even if the aforesaid Lim and Ng stole some money, surely it cannot amount to the several millions that Lee himself steals on a yearly basis without fail. And secondly at least they had the decency to do it secretly. In Lee's case, he not only steals, but does it before his people's very eyes.
Do you recall the Jade Mansions scandal some years ago, when he, his late wife, and every one of his children got huge discounts to purchase Jade condominiums at specially discounted prices which the public never got. When Tang Liang Hong, an opposition politician had the temerity to mention this fact at the 1997 elections, Lee not only sued him in his courts where victory is certain, he had to pay several million dollars in court awarded damages, bankrupted and forced into exile. Today poor Tang, who was once a millionaire himself ekes out a living in Melbourne Australia.
What is disgusting about the entire Lee family is this. They not only are thieves, they take offense when you call them so.
The one other dictator that comes to mind to the disgraceful extent of Lee's baseness is the former Iranian king Reza Shah Pahlevi who ruled from 1925 to 1941, a carbon copy of the Singaporean tin pot tyrant. In his case, it is often said that one good thing he did was to root out corruption entirely in Iran except for one person, himself. Under his harsh rule, with draconian laws, anyone found pilfering even the slightest amount faced harsh sentences and even execution. But then anything that was worth anything in Iran belonged to himself with a few crumbs thrown to his sycophants. The way he managed to govern was with harsh laws and fear.
And by the way have you ever wondered why noone else dares to write this in Singapore? You guessed right. He would be sued, arrested, bankrupted and jailed which is why he dares not write. In my case, I write from Fremont (San Francisco) California, which makes it a little difficult for him to successfully sue because California unlike Lee's Singapore has the rule of law.
It would be correct to say, Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore's Reza Shah Pahlevi.
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