You can live in
To an ordinary person, who I assume most people are, such a life would certainly be distasteful. A life such as this is tantamount to your accepting the fact that the Lee Ruling Family are kings and you are their absolute subjects.
I would assume faced with such an unacceptable choice, one would have done one of the following. One would have protested, resisted and challenged them openly and worked to overthrow them.
Or one would have packed up and left
But one would not have thought that the vast majority of
Dividing Singaporeans into segments of thought, would come out something like this. We can assume the majority of Singaporeans are native born. This section of the population have been so intimidated over the years by Lee Kuan Yew suing them for defamation of character for even the slightest criticism, imprisoning them and bankrupting them that they have been terrified into total submission and silence. They are by and large resigned to the fact that there is nothing they can do. Whether they like it or not, they have no choice but to accept the Lee family ruling over their lives with absolute impunity and eternally. One can in fact describe them no better than slaves.
Then you have the recently arrived mainland Chinese people who are given instant citizenship. They are by and large simply opportunists. They don't care who is in power or who is not. For all they care, Lee Kuan Yew can be a monkey if he likes, as along as it does not affect them. They have come to
Finally you have the few who work for the Lee Ruling Family government. They have an education and qualifications. But what they do not have is pride, self confidence or principles. It is quite all right for them to work for a dictatorship as long as the money is good. I would call these educated Singaporeans who sell their conscience and their self respect to the highest bidder as unscrupulous opportunists.
Let me give you an example of such a man. K Shanmugam is Lee Kuan Yew's handpicked Minister for Law. In that position, he has managed to promote and enact numerous items of legislation that take away even the little rights that Singaporeans may have had. A few years ago, he passed legislation that required even a single protestor even peacefully to require a government permit which by the way will never be granted. For al lawyer he knows that the Constitution is supposed to guarantee the right to peacefully protest as enshrined in the UN Declaration. But as it is comfortable for him, with his large salary he gets for the dirty work he does, it becomes perfectly acceptable to do this.
Such are the men and women who surround the Lee Ruling Family in
The other section of Singaporeans are the ones who simply refuse. They find it impossible to live this way and therefore leave the island permanently for the West. But as long as
One thing that must be apparent is this. Because of the large numbers of temporary Chinese immigrants in
One such sudden change that can come about is the very probable death of the Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew. Since everything and everybody in the island depends on the dictates of this one man, who is now 89, as is the case in all dictatorships, his death would mean a sudden drain of foreign capital, a sudden exodus of Singaporeans leaving the island, because no one has any respect or confidence in his son, whom he placed as Prime Minister.
With the 89 year old Lee's demise,
This cannot be a secure future for
If you can see the writing on the wall, perhaps the time has come for even those undecided to pack up now with your families and your belongings and head to the West like Australia. It may be a very good idea.
Singaporean by Birth
Critic of the Singaporean Lee Regime
Attorney at Law
Tel: 510 657 6107 or 510 491 4375