Ladies and Gentlemen,
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister stated categorically that it was propaganda that they relied upon to advance Nazi Germany. To do this end, every newspaper, every radio station, every magazine, and every other means of dissemination of information was brought under the firm control of the state. Every word, every sentence was decided by the government and nothing adverse was allowed.
In North Korea, the same applies today.
And Singapore is exactly the same. Every newspapers is owned and controlled by the state organ, Singapore Press Holdings and every TV or radio station is similarly state controlled. Every single word that is said in Singapore is first censored by the state employed journalists who are daily told what to publish and what not to publish. TV radio stations are again directly and firmly controlled and what is said is intended to further the interests of the Singapore government.
Just as Hitler's Germany went to great lengths to photograph and film their country in the best light to sell it to the world, so does Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore which goes to great lengths to show it as something which it is not, hoping this way, to fool everyone.
Chee Soon Juan, a Lee Kuan Yew critic, the late JB Jeyaretnam and myself are carefully reported as thoroughly bad individuals, thereby attempting a negative public opinion whereas Lee Kuan Yew, his family and party members are put up on a pedestal as if they were saints incapable of any human failing. Frankly I am not sure whether anyone in Singapore believes anything that is said about us, which is why this sort of propaganda actually does them more harm than good.
In this manner, Hitler did manage to not only maintain control over his people, he in fact managed to achieve great success initially. Similarly in North Korea today, a closed society, it seems to continue it's control over it's people despite international sanctions and every manner of obstacles placed in their way.
The question is, will Singapore also manage to continue hoodwinking it's citizens and the world to it's advantage. I think not. There is a very big difference between North Korea of today and the Hitler's Third Reich of the 1930s, as compared to Singapore of today, which is this.
Today's North Korea is a closed society and it's people are kept completely in the dark as to the outside world. A North Korean citizen has no idea whatsoever about anything that happens outside his country. There are no foreign newspapers, the TV and radio does not report anything foreign and there is no way you can find out anything about the world. Whatever you are told is what the state wants you to hear. Therefore the state's ability to brainwash their people is easily achieved. Today I understand the vast majority of North Koreans actually believe that theirs is the best country in the world.
Yesterday I met a South Korean who told me that North Korea is actually preventing many of it's citizens who were working in Libya from returning because they do not want them to be telling their fellow citizens about the overthrow of Gadaffi lest they think of doing the same to their leader; imagine that.
Similarly the Third Reich was also in fact a closed society, since it was much more difficult to travel internationally in the 1930s and even without travel restrictions, you still never knew anything much about what was happening outside your country.
Singapore on the other hand today 2012, is entirely different. Even if Lee Kuan Yew controls his media in the island, you still can purchase foreign newspapers, you still can read the Internet, and you can still travel abroad whenever you want. And with a growing sophisticated English speaking population, it is simply impossible for Lee Kuan Yew to try to hoodwink anyone else. If he is, he is only doing it to himself.
For instance consider this silly propaganda put out today in his state controlled newspaper the Straits Times. In it, there is an article which states that some obscure French survey had found Singapore's Orchard Road to be the best shopping street in the world. Come on, who are you kidding? Has no one gone to Barcelona's La Rambla, a thousand times more lively and interesting a place. What about Paris's Champs Elysee's? Are you telling me that Orchard Road is better than that? What about Oxford Street or Reagents Street in London? You can see how stupid such a claim about Orchard Road is.
You see Singapore can only come up with such nonsense because there is no way that anyone could argue with them, since they control the press. But this sort of nonsense does not have the effect it could have had in say 1930 or some earlier time.
Take another bit of nonsense put out in Lee's state controlled Singapore newspapers today. The Straits Times reports that some Singapore Chinese girl had won the world Optimist Class sailing title. If you are a sailor you would know what an Optimist sailboat is. It is about 8 feet long, more like a bath tub than a boat. It is intended for small children. My son sailed it when he was 6 in Singapore adn later the similar class of boat the El Toro after he came to America till he was about 12. And if a 16year old girl sails a boat like that (this Singapore girl), well, it does not say much for her or her choice of boat. And this isolated incident of a 16 year old girl in a little boat does not make Singapore a world class sailing country. If you want to see world class sailors look to Australia, New Zealand or the US; not to Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. Many of them are even afraid of the water.
See picture of Optimist dinghy:
In 2008 when I was arrested in Singapore for criticizing Lee Kuan Yew's corrupt judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for punishing Chee Soon Juan for going against Singapore strongman Lee Kuan Yew, I recall several court documents filed by the government in my case which claimed that they had the best legal system in the world!
I want to put this message out to Lee Kuan Yew. You are running out of ideas. You really cannot control the way people think by writing such rubbish in your state controlled press. You are making yourself look very silly. Read my lips. Orchard Road is not best shopping Mall in the world. It is best in nothing.
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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