Have you ever noticed that not once, not even once, has any government minister ever referred to the Constitution; and neither has anyone else in the entire history of the island.
You have the perpetual claims in the local state controlled newspapers of what the government is trying to do for their people, this plan and that plan and this idea an that; but that is as far as it goes.
As for the people's ability to challenge anything that the government puts out is simply non existent. The papers are state controlled, so you cannot have your views heard. The TV and radio are state controlled so you cannot have your views heard. You are not allowed to protest even though the Constitution does guarantee it. You cannot criticize even though the constitution guarantees it.
In the end the dialogue ends up simply as one way traffic. The government orders and you obey. On occasions they may reach out to discover what people think but in the end, it is they and they alone who decide what is good for you, not you.
With over eager ministers trying to please the master himself without the steadying keel of the people through debate and criticism, the
For instance today you have the overcrowding and overpopulation of a tiny island thorough indiscriminate immigration. As a result trains are overcrowded, buses are overcrowded and you simply cannot move through the throngs of people. This did not happen over night. It was because the people were completely denied the right to question ill advised government policies which are left to go askew without question.
You have an over populated Chinese sector while the Malays and Indians are becoming extinct through the Chinese racial preference in immigration. The Malay and Indian way of life is disappearing while the island becomes a totally Chinese island. This too did not happen overnight. It took decades to happen under the very noses of a voiceless populace.
As long as you continue to deny the people their rights under the Constitution, Singapore is doomed forever into become something which is completely alien to the character of what it was. I am afraid, it is already too late now, as the people have been so thoroughly brainwashed as to think that opposition to the government is something which is simply not done. They have also completely been fooled into thinking that as along as a law is enacted, it must be obeyed, although they do know that it is nothing but a one party state with no opposition whatsoever allowing them to legislate whatever they want.
As the government continues to silence the people into thinking that they can get away with anything they want, Singaporeans are doomed to hurt themselves more and more, in the economy, in social values and in every other way. Any country that desires to progress, requires the steadying keel of the people's input. Minus that you are, like Singaporeans are now, simply at the mercy of Lee Kuan Yew and his policies, good or bad. As to where it is all taking them, God only knows.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
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