Friday, August 8, 2014

Singapore Lee Kuan Yew's handpicked leaders who sprout out from the woodwork

Unemployment here is low, and the strong growth figures should remain that way for the near- to medium-term, said Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Thursday, Aug 7, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN      
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The man in the picture is Tan Chuan Jin, just like his other minions in Lee Kuan Yew's ruling party leadership, a handpicked minister to rule over his people. A quick look at his profile in Wikipedia goes something like this. He went to Anglo Chinese School, was a government scholar sent abroad for an education, returned to be appointed into high office in Lee Kuan Yew's military, stood for elections in circumstances where it was impossible for him to lose, after which he was promptly made Minister and allowed to pontificate and lecture to his people in Lee Kuan Yew's state controlled press at periodic intervals. See

To call him a leader is to do grave injustice to the very word.

In the article in the state controlled press Straits Times he is giving unsolicited advice on why "opportunities are created for people", "why continuing education is important"  "why people should seize opportunities" and other obvious nonsense which any 10 year old would also know. See state controlled Straits Times article of August 07, 2014 here

Except for Lee Kuan Yew himself, Singapore's supreme dictator, who is now comatose and 92 years old, and about to die any minute, there are no leaders to speak of. Lee's idea of leadership was to choose selected candidates, usually scholars who have passed exams, field them in elections where it is impossible for them to lose, and thrust them upon the Singaporean society as leaders who will thereafter lecture you on how you should live.

None of them have any real support on the ground. They are merely bureaucrats. And the entire population have no respect for any one of them. They are seen simply as opportunists who view politics as a means of self enrichment. Each one of them is corrupt to the core, as they pay themselves no less than $3.7 million a year and much more secretly, thanks to their benefactor, Lee Kuan Yew. One wonders if any one of them would be even around if not for their huge incomes.

As for independent views, they have none. All they are capable of is to parrot the government line. And what is Lee's government? It is a government that denies a free press, denies freedom of speech, denies freedom of expression or assembly. It is a government that denies democracy and the right to criticize. And just like the architect of this dictatorship, Lee, Mr. Tan too stands for the same. He has obviously no views of his own and even if he did, he won't say it, lest it jeopardizes the $3.7 million a year he gets.

The entire government is corrupt to the core. Corruption and repression is the basis and foundation of Singaporean society. In addition to the denial of individual freedoms, the judiciary has no respect whatsoever among the people. Judges are seen simply as a rubber stamp for the government. Anyone who the government does not like is promptly put away by these Kangaroo courts.

If the government continues to maintain order, it is not because the people respect the government. It is because of brute force violence and repression that they remain in control. Anyone who criticizes faces a defamation action, imprisonment and bankruptcy, not to mention being victimized for the rest of their lives.

I am not sure if this order based on repression can outlive the old and dying 92 year old Lee Kuan Yew. Any country to survive has to have identifiable leadership around which the people can gel. Leaders with courage; with independent views. Leaders who the people can at any time identify with certain causes and certain beliefs. Singapore has no such leaders. Every single government minister's duty is simply to press the views of Lee Kuan Yew at any one time, which presently is a society which denies every single civil liberty which people around the world take for granted.

What does one do if Lee Kuan Yew dies? Rally around this man Tan   Chuan Jin because he has great wisdom? Or has he? Does he know anymore than any one of us? Does he have any burning cause which appeals to any section of society? And the same applies to every single one of his other minions, who run around making any speeches they want anytime they want and expect us to listen?  It will bore you to death.

Singapore is an artificial island state created under force compulsion and repression. Even if we do not agree with Lee Kuan Yew, none can deny that he was a man of his own. He had his own head, with his own ideas. This cannot be said of any one of these minions who hang around for the $3.7 million a year.

And this lack of real leadership will result in Singapore descending into total chaos and disorder after Lee's parting. Because Lee has not allowed any real leaders to form, finding it safer to have handpicked bureaucrats such as these instead, none of them would be able to command the respect of Singaporeans. Unless and until you allow real democracy and allow the people a real stake in the way they are governed, the island has simply no hope once Lee Kuan Yew dies.

It is simply far too small and far too dependent on foreign investment to withstand even the slightest unrest.

In this event, I expect to see even more of local educated and skilled Singaporeans departing for settlement to the West and the miniscule local population will decline to zero. What you will have left is the large numbers of Chinese human imports who will babble all day in Mandarin Chinese as well as the foreign bankers making money serving a handful of Chinese money launderers and tax cheats.

Even Tan Chuan Jin might pack up after saying enough is enough.

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Old dictator is still alive, just!
Can see that his 2013 stroke has paralyses his left side.

Diamond polisher ...

Meanwhile, the son celebrate 10 years at the helm.