Just like slaves, the people of
Here is an example. Yesterday's Straits Times, a state controlled newspaper has this article, "New Minimum Standards for Taxis" Nov 23, 2012. The following is part of this article:
"Cab operators will have to ensure that their taxis are plying the roads during peak hours and clock a minimum mileage everyday.
These new standards, aimed at making it easier for passengers to get a cab during peak hours, take effect from January.
The six operators must ensure that 70 per cent of their fleet clock an average daily mileage of 250 km a day from next year. This standard will be upped to 85 per cent in three years.
They must also have 70 per cent of their fleet on the road during peak hours. In three years, the standard will be upped to 85 per cent."
Please see http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/new-minimum-mileage-standards-taxis-20121123
As you can see, without any debate whatsoever, the government by themselves had decided, whether the taxi drivers liked it or not, that they are required henceforth to drive additional hours at specific times. Just like that. The drivers are not asked what they thought of it, the people are not asked what they thought of it, and no one else was ever asked what they thought of this. Just like that, drivers would have to do as they are told, or else stop driving a cab.
It is like this with every aspect of life of every person in
It is not much different from living under a King. Just like a King, Lee and his friends at the top decide on how to live your lives, and all you have to do is obey.
Had this been considered for taxis in San Francisco, firstly, the plan to promote this would have been made public, the taxi associations would be invited to comment, the public would be invited to comment, the newspapers would carry headlines on this, radio shows would be conducted for the public to speak on this, and after all this, the city councilors would call town hall meetings with the people and only after this would the debates be held to finally vote one way or the other. That is why San Franciscans are not slaves and this is why the people of
And this is why, Americans are proud human beings, a free people, who are proud of their lives as human beings and proud of their country as a democracy. It is the feeling that your life counts, your views counts and you are a respected member of society. It is this same good feeling that the British, the French, the Germans and every other citizen of democracies in the world. The ones who live like the people of
It is like this everyday in Lee Kuan Yew's
The streets of
I hope the reader appreciates the picture I am painting of
So what do people think of living like this? Well, it will depend on who you ask. If you ask an Australian foreigner who is temporarily working in
But as for the locals, most of them don't even realize that they live as slaves. They know no other way of life. There are some locals who have travelled abroad, and they are the ones who hate this sort of life and leave for settlement in the West in increasing numbers, leaving those unable unwilling or incapable behind as Lee Kuan Yew's slaves.
Attorney t Law
Singaporean by birth in exile
Tel: 510 491 4375