Sunday, June 13, 2010

Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew's son, the Prime Minister speaks to pre-university students.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Singapore's state owned and controlled newspaper the Straits Times online edition of June 1, 2010 has the story "Remember your obligations". He was speaking to graduating High School students, telling them to remember their obligations to society by either joining the one party dictatorship's Government Service Sector or do charity work.

By this, he was implying that as the state has given them an education, it was only just for them to repay the community.

But really is this all correct? Has his father, Lee Kuan Yew really done something good for these students, or has he in fact damaged their minds by turning them into cowardly servile robots, only capable of blindly following Lee Kuan Yew's orders?

Education, we would all agree is meant to open the minds of students, enabling them to think openly and fearlessly for what is right and the courage to execute it. But if this was in fact what education was meant to be, these students have not been educated at all; they have been brainwashed into submission and complete obedience to authority. Singapore has in fact damaged their minds, resulting in fact in their being handicapped in any other society other than Singapore.

The Singapore government has caused these students by years of indoctrination to become consumed in fear, unable to think openly and act upon their ideas. For instance, every single one of these High School students is fully aware that in Singapore there is no freedom of speech, no human rights whatsoever. Had these students been in any other country, they would have protested against this denial of rights a long time ago, and held nationwide protests to demand them.

Yet, these Singapore students have no courage to do any of that, thanks to Lee Kuan Yew style education which has turned every single one of these people into literally robots, only capable of obeying orders but incapable of having any opinions about anything.

If these students are aware of how much Lee Kuan Yew and his son have damaged their minds, they would would be so enraged as to tell both father and son to stop this immediately. But no, these students did not have anything to say. As expected of Lee Kuan Yew's students, they knew no better, quietly listened to the son's speech and went home to their HDB government apartments, to another day of the same old boring, submissive, uncomplaining existence.

No, these students did not have an education. What they have had in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is a brainwashing.

Those whose minds have been damaged beyond redemption, will perhaps stay behind and join Lee Kuan Yew's government service as his son desires. Others who are still able to realise the harm that is being done to them, would in all probability pack up and leave Singapore permanently.

Gopalan Nair
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Anonymous said...

More aggrieved Singaporeans are turning to mass action for satisfaction rather than just depending on the government. By Seah Chiang Nee.
Jun 13, 2010

WITH the city easing up on protests, more people are going public with their grievances – the latest being thousands of football fans.
(read more)
Recently, a former Singaporean, now an American citizen came under attacks from all sides when he posted a hoax on the web that Lee, Singapore’s founding leader, had suffered a heart attack.

Gopalan Nair, a lawyer, stirred outrage even from staunch Lee critics, who called it a sick idea and in ‘very bad taste.”

No one believes all this will herald in a new era of unfettered politics in Singapore.

The average Singaporean is more concerned about getting a degree and a good job than he is about political reforms.

A commentator said, “Can political issues engage their hearts and minds, when their stomachs are kept well-fed and the standard of living remains high?”

That does not mean, however, that public protests against bad policies will not continue to grow. It’s human nature that even compliant Singaporeans have.

(This was first published in The Star on Jun 12, 2010.)

Anonymous said...

Singapore didn't give me an education. I pleaded with the polys in SG so that I can get an education. But they said that I was too old. How can I get an education and upgrade myself when govt agencies deny an aspiring citizen? I had to sell my flat and go to the private schools in SG, before using that to go to a foreign university.

No, SG did not give me an education. In fact it denied me an education! I do not owe SG anything!