Monday, February 18, 2013

Singapore's population woes; decades of failed policies

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The shocking announcement of the Lee Kuan Yew administration’s intent to increase the tiny island's population from its already overcrowded count of 5.3 million to nothing short of a staggering 6.9 million has drawn overwhelming disapproval with a rare protest held in opposition yesterday.

Why they even have to threaten to do this in an already sardine packed island of 5.3 million is clear from their misguided policies in that one party dictatorship.

Dictatorships everywhere usually get things wrong because they have no one to criticize them in whatever they do. Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore’s dictator who thinks he knows best never mind anyone else, decided decades ago that the first thing you do for nation building is to silence all criticism, which he succeeded in doing very well. Opposition politicians and anyone else who had the slightest contrarian ideas were all sued for defamation, jailed and bankrupted in such a way of making sure that the message was delivered to everyone that for a happy life, you best conform. The result of course was island wide mindless conformism.

It appears that the dictator failed to realize one thing; that if you do this, you are going to antagonize anyone with a head on his shoulders and some pride in it. And once living in Singapore meant obedience to the Lee Kuan Yew thinking at all costs, Gopalan Nair and many like him simply left the island to live elsewhere. As for the people remaining behind, most of them were either incapable or unable to leave either because they did not have the necessary qualifications or the courage to do so; but they nevertheless were still unhappy with their lives under a dictatorship.

Even today, there is a large segment of the Singapore population, I dare say even the majority, who would emigrate this minute to the West, if given the chance.

Such people do not give their best in anything they do, they don't perform well in their jobs, and they are always unhappy and on the whole have low productivity. This is not the building block which Lee needs to build upon his dream city of Singapore. But it seems, he never realized it.

Instead of realizing that it is a small island with a tiny population and therefore it takes time to grow and adapt, he transforms the island overnight into what it is not simply by importing large populations from abroad to work in newly created industries such as casinos, banking and money laundering.

And to fuel this sudden burgeoning of business, he allows unrestricted numbers of foreigners and foreign businesses to set up shop in Singapore, just as in Dubai, a free for all no questions asked; somewhat like the California gold rush of earlier times.

Naturally foreigners who wanted to make a buck jumped at the opportunity and came in not only with their businesses but began employing foreigners to run them as well. As these foreign businesses burgeoned with foreign labor, it became necessary to continually allow even larger and larger number of foreigners to work these growing foreign businesses because without them, locals are insufficient and not available since these jobs by and large are paid salaries below the poverty line. At the same time with increasing numbers of foreigners are employed, larger and larger numbers of Singaporeans are displaced, made redundant and unemployed.

Now that Singaporeans have come out and clearly said they want no more of these foreigners, the government is in a bind. They are the victims of a policy they themselves created. If they stopped further immigration, it would result in thousands of businesses closing, with far reaching consequences; less income would be created, less tax would be paid and together with foreigners being repatriated, many locals would also lose their jobs resulting in a path to a economic deflation and depression. On the other hand if they carried out their threat to in fact increase immigration, the island will be overwhelmed with foreigners and its Singaporean character would be lost entirely. Singaporeans would for the first time become strangers in their own island.

I don't think there is a clear answer to this one way or the other. And the lesson to be learnt clearly is this; anyone who thinks he knows best on how to run a country and shuts up everyone else, always gets it wrong, and makes a fool of himself, just as Lee Kuan Yew has done in this case.

The answer has to be is to allow the island to be a democracy and allow everyone to be part of the national debate without having to fear arrest, defamation lawsuits and bankruptcy. But of course, Lee cannot do that. If he did, he would lose his seat. So whether he likes it or not, he has no choice but to keep moving from one failed policy to the next as he has done for the last 52 years of his dictatorship.

Form the outside Singapore skyscrapers may be very nice to look at but I tell you, underneath it is rotten very badly.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California, USA
Tel: 510 491 4375


Anonymous said...

It's all false glitter, all external lights and architectural deceptions made to cover up the corruption inside.

Anonymous said...

LKY's cult of confucianism has afflicted even the non-chinese. Looks at the fawning remarks by this cretin - Ramesh Subbaraman, a 'journalist' with an indian name.

Anonymous said...

A very disturbing story that involves Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore the Huawei, the company accused of espionage by many governments, including USA, Australia and India of spying for the PRC.

There are already 1 million PRCs in SIngapore and LeeFamilee want to increase this number.

"...the mysterious 2012 death of a young American engineer in Singapore has raised serious questions about whether he was murdered to keep him from blowing the whistle on the theft of militarily sensitive technology by a Singapore government-owned research institution and Huawei Technologies, the Chinese tech giant."

Anonymous said...

Here is you chance to do something good for SIngapore and expose the nefarious links between the Lee Familee and the PRC.

"Todd's parents and the Financial Times were stonewalled by the police, the Singapore government, the government-owned research institute, Huawei, the Chinese government and the US consulate."

Write to your congressman and state senators (Feinstein and Boxer).

Write to the FBI.

If the Obama Admin is slow to act,write to blogs such as WND.COM, Daily Caller, Red State, Fox News.

Expose these rascals. In addition to corrupting your birthplace, the Lee family is trying to undermine your country, the USA, by helping HUAWEI spy on it.

Anonymous said...

An scary example of how LKY's Gestapo operates. A journalist being harassed by the Singapore Police.

She names names
Superintendent Lim Chan Huat
Superintendent Goh Tat Boon
DSP Sim Ngin Kit
officer Florence Koh

Anonymous said...

Was he murdered? Mystery death of American engineer working in Singapore on cutting-edge military technology 'who had deep misgivings about his work'

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Anonymous said...

This if funny.

In early 1999, Lee Kuan Yew wished to The Wall Street Journal that someone would invent air-conditioned underwear – because that way "everyone can then work at his optimum temperature and civilisation can spread across all climates".

Not at the ST [Straits Times], which ran it as a straight story on page one. A month later, it published a 1455-word feature quoting local academics and engineers hot for the idea – with an illustration of how a "cold suit" might work.

Anonymous said...

Singapore's population woes; decades of failed policies

The lack of opposing voices meant that Lee Kuan Yew's Stop at Two policy was never challenged.

We can see how stupid that policy was. But, still Singaporeans still revere the idiot.

He will be dead and gone soon. But these idiots who gave LKY a blank cheque for social engineering will pay the price.

Let the population rise to 6.9. Who cares if the fools who supported LKY suffer. Those that never supported him have all left the country (with the CPF.)