Many abroad attribute Lee Kuan Yew,
Today, as he has said in his National Day message, the biggest problems facing the island are the unrelenting brain drain from the already small tiny island with a native born population of only 2 million, the world's lowest birth rate which really means in 10 years there won't be anymore Singaporeans left and a fast ageing population with no one to replace the dying.
These facts, had it related to
And oddly enough, the reason for the dire straits that
Lee's style of government is to deny anyone else the chance to usurp him. In order to prevent this from ever happening, over the years he usurped the law courts, the press, the police and every other organ of power to ensure that the law is bent as and when he wants to punish any possible threat to him. And in doing so, he made sure that the message was clearly sent to the entire tiny island of 2 million people that it is suicidal to challenge him, by publicizing in the mass media repeatedly the punishments that his victims had received.
Sadly for him in retrospect, his object was achieved completely and absolutely. These repeated jailing and defamation actions against people whose only fault was to stand up to him, sent a chill down the spines of even the most courageous of citizens.
Take the example of JB Jeyaretnam. In the 1970s and 1980s he was repeatedly sued for challenging Lee Kuan Yew in politics, when it was as clear as crystal, that he had done no wrong. And in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, we have Chee Soon Juan, the former university professor who had similarly suffered at his hands. I too suffered for standing up to him in the 1980s when I was in
What did Lee Kuan Yew think Singaporeans would do if you abused the rights of his people in this way? Did he not realize that not everyone would be willing to live in an island where he could do willly nilly anything he wants to his people? Obviously he did not. Which is why he continues to face the fact of the largest brain drain to the West anywhere in the world, the lowest birth rate anywhere in the world and the world's largest ageing population, all in his tiny island of Singapore, where the native population does not exceed a mere 2 million!
Any fool would have known that if you mistreat your people this way, they would either rebel or simply leave. In
I remember in the 1980s when I was a lawyer there, and Lee was using his courts and his Kangaroo judges, to punish me into submission for daring to stand up to him. At this time I personally know that almost half the lawyer population of
Since then we have seen the repeated persecution of Chee Soon Juan, being repeatedly jailed and bankrupted simply because Lee sees him as his political threat. This is simply wrong and no honest decent citizen would want to put up with this abuse. And that is why as we speak thousands and thousands of
You don't have to an Einstein or a rocket scientist to know that policies such as this would chase away your very best. Apparently Lee Kuan Yew,
Today, Lee Kuan Yew is begging his Singaporeans to remain in
I live in
The only ones who would be comfortable in that island are those who are quite content to accept the Lees as their rulers and simply go along without complaint. This requires one to switch off their minds completely about government, be quiet, lie low and simply live your lives in accepting whatever you are told.
Only dumb animals and mindless spiritless people live like this. And that, unfortunately, is how the majority of Singaporeans live.
Anyone who has an independent mind and the ability to question and reason is not living in
By next year, a further 50,000
As for me, I won't be in Singapore but I will be watching the consequences of Lee's stupidity from near San Francisco, California while the other millions of Singaporeans and former Singaporeans would be watching from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, London, Vancouver, Toronto and the Western capitals of the world.
Not a very clever man, I don't think. Do you?
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