Ladies and Gentlemen,
No society can progress unless it's people respect their government. Singapore cannot progress because it's people do not repect it's government. And it is impossible for any honest person to do so. The corruption stares you in the face. Look at the list.
Each member of the Lee ruling family pays themselves $3.7 million or such other ridiculous sum per year each. They call this a salary. I call this theft. No sane person can respect a government when they do this. Each member of the Lee ruling family are thieves. And one cannot respect a government made up of thieves. It is simply impossible.
Every single judge in the island is corrupt. They use their power in the courts to silence and punish anyone who criticizes the government. They do it through libel actions, criminal prosecutions or contempt of court actions. Every single judgement of these courts involving opposition politicians or government critics have no merit whatsoever. You only have to know the facts of these cases. When you cannot honestly respect the courts, it is impossible to respect your country.
Every single newspaper, every single radio station, every single TV station are all controlled by the government. There are no independent newspapers in the island. It is impossible to trust a government which refuses freedom of the press. It is like living in North Korea. No one who has a choice would want to live in North Korea.
Any attempt to peacefully protest is outlawed. It will result in your arrest and imprisonment. Any government which outlaws even a single one man peaceful protest cannot be respected. It is like saying, you listen to me or else. Only gangsters behave like this, not respectable governments. It is impossible to respect a country which denies you the right to even peacefully protest, and what is more, it is a constitutional right.
Today the Lee ruling family of Singapore manage to carry on through the use of a few compliant police officers with ignorant policemen and judges who are prepared to do their bidding. But the vast majority of Singaporeans bitterly hate their government and given an opportunity would leave the island instantly.
It is impossible to respect a country which requires conformity both in thought and behaviour in order to survive. Any thought of independent thinking is quickly dampened because of the ever present fear of reprisals and victimization, causing everyone to have only one opinion, which is the safe one. And the safe opinion is that put out by the Lee ruling family, which is that everything is fine, and there is nothing wrong with Singapore or the Lee ruling family.
In such a stifling atmosphere, it is impossible to gives one's best. If possible people leave the island. The ones remaining are those who are incapable of leaving or incapable of self respect.
Unless the Lee ruling family are prepared to acknowledge this fact, Singapore can only hope to carry on limping along with second rate people, opportunists and mercenaries at the top.
You simply cannot respect a government of gangsters.
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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