Ladies and Gentlemen,
Although Singapore state controlled media is not expected to come out with the bitter truth in the island, let me tell you that it is not looking very good. In fact it has not been looking good for some time now.
You have the low birth rate, the mounting flood of emigration to the West, the high mortality rate of an ageing society, and a general lack of confidence in the island overall. As we speak ever more educated skilled professionals continue to leave only to be replaced by temporary travellers passing through for a short Asian experience. The island has gotten a very bad name with locals, foreigners and foreign newspapers being regularly and repeatedly sued for having said things that the Lee ruling family did not like.
Recently they have resorted to sending "lawyers letters" to bloggers with warnings not to criticize and Singapore itself has become the butt of legal jokes because of the very delicate nerves of the Lee family.
These are the signs that manifest a general decline in confidence in Singapore continuing the way it is after Lee Kuan Yew's demise which has to happen sooner than later given he is 89 or 90 years old. His son whom he has placed as Prime Minister is widely believed to be unable to hold the fort and with him gone, there is expected to be general anarchy and a free for all which will not stabilize.
The entire ruling government is made up not of a single leader but of handpicked bureaucrats selected for having passed exams in school and their willingness to abandon their conscience and serve the dictatorship for huge salaries. It is quite clear that were it not for these mind boggling salaries and perks, not a single one of them would have ever stepped forward.
With a total lack of leadership and everyone playing their roles for monetary gain, Singapore is doomed the moment the dictator dies.
Therefore my advice given the state of health and old age of Lee Kuan Yew, to Singaporeans and foreigners is this. If you can leave, leave now before it is too late. Otherwise, the moment Lee dies, your money would be worthless and you would have lost everything because there will panic and disorder in the island. With a tiny population in a tiny overcrowded island, it will not overcome the disaster. As you can see, the signs of abandoning a sinking ship are already apparent. People who can see the writing on the wall are already leaving in even greater numbers.
And not to forget repeated flooding after almost every thunderstorm caused by rising sea levels and global warming. It will not get better, only worse. In a tiny island there will be no space left. And the Lee ruling family has no answers for this.
Leave now if you can before it is too late. Don't be left behind in a failed state.
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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