Sunday, June 7, 2009

Singapore island. All talk and no action make Jack a dull boy

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Have you read the article "The Singapore that we aspire to build" which appeared Monday June 1st 2009 in the Singapore Democratic Party website by my good friend, Jufrie Mohammed? I have. A well written moving article on the need for greater co-operation, fraternity and good neighbourliness among Singapore islanders.

I have also read a great many other moving compelling articles on countless political websites in the island, all critical of Lee Kuan Yew and his collaborators in the one party state dictatorship.

One thing that can be said is this. The writing gets better and better. Obvious since so many people are writing so much in that small island about the need for democracy and freedom. Agreed. Unconditionally agreed. But my question is this; to what purpose?

My friend Jufrie, Messrs Dr. Chee, Gandhi, Siok Chin, etc etc all can write very well, I concede. There can be no doubt of that. But to what purpose? Are they all trying to win the Pulitzer Prize as the world's greatest writers or are they trying to topple Lee Kuan Yew and bring about democracy for their islanders. That is the question they should ask themselves and ask it now.

With Lee Kuan Yew running the country with his iron grip, the way he always does, totally indifferent to whatever you have written and whatever you will write in the future, should you not be asking yourself whether instead of simply writing reams upon reams of King's English, should you not be doing something else?

My humble suggestion to Messrs Jufrie and the others is this. Thanks for your writing. You write well. I have enjoyed it. But this is not enough. Get off your backsides and do something about it. Move the citizens to action. Protest. Demonstration. Civil Disobedience. Block streets. Block the entrance to Parliament. Lie on the middle of Orchard Road challenging Lee Kuan Yew to run over you. Publicly speak out with loudhailers to the people to rise.

Short of Molotov Cocktails and other violence; use any peaceful means you can to dislodge the tyrant Lee Kuan Yew and his son for the sake of Singapore.

I assure you I will continue reading your writings. But you have to be clear of one thing. If your ambitions do not lie towards being another Charles Dickens but rather politicians in that island, act like one. Do something other than just writing.

Gopalan Nair
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Anonymous said...

not everyone wants to get arrested so the next best thing to do is leave the country.

Anonymous said...

To be fair to the Messrs mentioned above, they have done their share of peaceful protests and got arrested many times and jailed as well not to mentioned been fined in court. This can only be successful if there is enough courageous people to have a mass demonstration. Unfortunately in the land of 'Kia Soo' many pathetic people are contented just having their stomach filled, a roof over their head and an ever increasing bank balance in their bank account.

Gopalan Nair said...

To anonymous June 11, 11.28.

Of course I respect all those whom I had mentioned for the courage for standing up agaisnt the dictatorship. Not for one moment will I hesitate to give them credit.

Since most human beings are followers, which is a fact, these courageous leaders can do more to lead others into action. That was what I meant. There was no negativity intended against these very people that are my heroes in Singapore.