Singapore state controlled newspaper Straits Times of Oct 15, 2013 has the story "Foreign guests can attend Singapore Day but admission is by ticket only: Organizer" Please see report http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/foreign-guests-can-attend-singapore-day-admission-ticket-organiser-201
A little background. Tiny Singapore continues to have a major disastrous unsolvable population problem. The island is very tiny a mere 274 square miles. The local native born population has been declining through the world's lowest fertility rate. In other words almost no children are being born. Second the brain drain is the highest in the world. Every person capable of leaving for the West has already left or is in the process of leaving. Third, the island today has no more than perhaps 2 million native born citizens, and shrinking.
The problem for the shrinking population, the world's highest brain drain and the world's lowest birth rate is because the people have lost confidence in their government. In Singapore, there are no human rights; no right to free speech, expression or assembly. The entire media is state controlled and the courts and judiciary are no longer impartial. They have become an extension of the government one party police state.
In this scenario, with the population being English speaking, it is not too difficult to move to the West. As a result any capable person able to emigrate is doing so. If not they are sending their children abroad for education after which they do not return. And once their children are settled in the West, they arrange for their parents and relatives to join them. And with this multiplier effect, the number moving abroad increases multifold with each passing day.
Realizing that the government simply cannot function without any skilled educated Singaporeans, they had sent out numerous high ranking government officers including the Singapore dictator himself Lee Kuan Yew and other Ministers to go the capitals of the world to persuade Singaporeans to return evoking their sense of loyalty to their country of birth.
Unfortunately for them, none of these tactics worked and the Singaporeans who have left not only refuse to return but in fact are encouraging their friends and relatives to join them thereby increasing the rate of brain drain.
You can see no doubt that a tiny island with a tiny population such as this simply cannot survive under these circumstances.
Realizing that the battle is lost and Singaporeans abroad are simply not going to come back to the one party police state of Lee Kuan Yew and his son, they have done the next best thing. At the Singapore taxpayers expense, they have set up Singapore government funded organizations around the world and they now try, instead of persuading them to return, "to keep in touch with their homeland" instead.
I doubt very much whether any of these foreign Singaporeans who were so eager to get out of Singapore are bothering to "keep in touch" with Singapore, but that is another matter.
One such function organized by these overseas Singapore associations in this case is the Sydney Australia Singapore Day.
It appears as many as 6,000 Singaporeans living in the Sydney area have turned up to for the event (which shows how large the overseas Singapore population has grown) which has put up a huge sign saying "I Love Singapore". But there is only one catch to this. They may love Singapore, but they simply don't want to come back. Not only that, while loving Singapore so much, they are persuading ever more of their friends and relatives in Singapore to join them in Australia.
Even though I find this funny, I also consider this a tragedy. If only Lee Kuan Yew, his son will understand. The West is far superior to Singapore because they are democracies and their inhabitants have freedom. And as long as Singaporeans are treated as "digits" as Lee Kuan Yew has called them with no freedom, no rights and Kangaroo courts, no foreign based Singaporean would ever want to return and ever more Singaporeans given the choice would leave for the West.
And you can go on putting these lavish parties in Sydney and elsewhere and call them Singapore Days and put up huge sings saying "I Love Singapore" but it is simply not going to do you any good. The sooner Lee Kuan Yew and son realize it the better.
And the sooner they stop wasting taxpayers money with these lavish parties and big signs saying "I love Singapore", the better. They should get this into their heads; they simply don't love Singapore because if they did, they would not have left.
I live in San Francisco, California. I have no intention of returning to a one party police state like Singapore. I think those in Sydney think so too.
Attorney at law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
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