Saturday, August 21, 2010

Singapore. Structural damage.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Why is it, have you ever asked yourself, that Lee Kuan Yew and his bully boys never manage to solve the island's fundamental problems; uncontrollable brain drain, destructive falling birth rate, the fast disappearing lawyers etc.

Why is it, that after a few days of headlines splashed across the state controlled press and blaring from the TV and radio stations, all these campaigns are never hear of again, because they have completely failed.

Remember, K Shanmugam the recently handpicked Lee Kuan Yew Minister of Law proclaiming that he will increase the lawyer numbers in Singapore from the pathetic 3,000, a totally inadequate number for any city of 4.8 million. To that end he introduced various measures such as lowering the training periods of foreign lawyers to encourage them to practice there. What happened? Has anyone come? I guess not. And what is worse, it has shrunk even further to perhaps less than 3,000!

And by the way, after the news of my impending disbarment in Singapore which I know will be well publicised, I can guarantee you there will be even more resignations from the Singapore legal profession. The reputation of Singapore law as an organ of the Singapore government to stifle dissent is so well known both locally and internationally; no self respecting lawyer anywhere wants anything to do with them.

The falling birth rates is another total failure for this government. They have tried everything. Only 2 days ago the Singapore Social Development Unit, a sort of government matchmaking agency had urged young people to marry someone even if they were not to their liking or some other stupidity to that effect. You have correctly guessed it. No one is marrying. Once again a total failure.

Then there was the Minister Lui Tuck Yew, Goh Chock Tong and others who had not only pleaded to overseas Singaporeans in London Paris and Rome to return to Singapore, they even had a fair at London's Camden Park and gave out free food to passers-by in the hope that some passing Singaporeans might eat it, and out of gratitude return to Singapore. Alas no one did. And yet again a utter waste of taxpayer money. Once gone, Singaporeans refuse to return. And what is more they cleanse their minds of it, as if Singapore was a curse. Go ahead as ask any former Singaporean in London San Francisco or Toronto and see what you get.

As we speak, the local Singapore population is being completely replaced, as if like a blood transfusion. Singaporeans are either dying of old age or emigrating while millions of foreigners are being made instant citizens, who have by and large no idea of what to expect.

I can tell you the prognosis does not seem very bright. As usual these million dollar ministers do not appear to be able to understand the consequences of their actions. An unhappy people will not have children, they would not want to live in the island and with old age and emigration, the species of Singaporeans as we understand them would simply die off.

Foreigners who come to settle are by and large mediocre. They have to be. First, if they knew what they were getting into, they would never had come to an island that does not have a free press, an independent judiciary or democracy. So what you get is obviously ignorance. But if somewhere down the line, they become aware and decide instead to go back to their own countries, the result would a million or so unhappy recent immigrants who bad mouth Singapore and provide bad publicity in their countries of origin. If the reputation of Singapore internationally is already bad, it will get even worse.

Top down decision making as was the case in Stalin's Russia or present day Singapore usually fails and worse still has deleterious consequences much worse than you imagine.

Frankly with these million dollar men in Singapore who have become too big for their shoes, I don't really see much hope at all.

Gopalan Nair
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Anonymous said...

Many senior civil servants in Singapore are living very comfortably with many children.

Anonymous said...


I've been Singaporean all my life and have always loyally supported the Singapore government and its way of ruling. However, after reading a few of your blog posts, I must say it has rocked my belief and has made me question everything about Singapore that i hold dear.

I will be diving into much of your older posts as well as following your blog closely from now on.

Thank you for bringing this information, whether I shall change my beliefs, remains to be seen.

Anonymous said...

In December 2007, Rogers sold his mansion in New York City for about 16 million USD and moved to Singapore. Rogers claimed that he moved because now is a ground-breaking time for investment potential in Asian markets. Rogers' first daughter is now being tutored in Mandarin to prepare her for the future. He is quoted as saying: "If you were smart in 1807 you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907 you moved to New York City, and if you are smart in 2007 you move to Asia." In a CNBC interview with Maria Bartiromo broadcast on May 5, 2008, Rogers said that people in China are extremely motivated and driven, and he wants to be in that type of environment, so his daughters are motivated and driven. He also stated that this is how America and Europe used to be. He chose not to move to Chinese cities like Hong Kong or Shanghai due to the high levels of pollution causing potential health problems for his family; hence he chose Singapore

Can you explain this?

Gopalan Nair said...

To Anonymous of Aug 22, 12:11.
To the question, "can you explain this", no I cannot. You have to ask Rogers that question. You may also want to ask the son of the ousted president of Nepal who lives with his family in Singapore the same qestion. And don't forget to ask the Burmese military junta relatives who also live comfortably in Singapore with their money. By the way don't forget to ask the scores of Indonesian crimianls who have stacked their money in Singapore why they chose to live there. Perhaps you will even be educated.

Gopalan Nair said...

To Anonymous aug 22, 07:07,

Unless you are a 10 year old boy, if by now you don't have any idea one way or another, I fear perhaps it may be too late for you. I say this with all courtesy. But of course I wish you well. As the saying goes, it is never too late to learn. With hard work and sacrifice, it can happen to anyone. Including you.

Anonymous said...

One more thing to add, a portion of the influx of instant citizens who arrived in Singapore, only chose here as a springboard to migrate to other places, such as Australia and New Zealand. They only use Singapore as a stepping stone. Then the whole process of brain-drain and migration starts all over again.

Anonymous said...

Singapore is an ultra-rightist, inhumane and barbaric society. So the rich, powerful, corrupted and immoral will always choose to come here. I hope that answer the question by anonymous @ Sun Aug 22, 12:11:00 PM PDT

Anonymous said...

to anonymous of Aug 22, 12:11:00 PM. You may also want to ask the huge influx of Singaporeans - 100 000 of them , the highly skilled ones , as to why they left Singapore, to be fair.

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