Saturday, January 28, 2012

Singapore. A regime in denial

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore today is simply an island living in denial, but it simply refuses to accept it. Simply put, it is an island which continues to govern through brute force, in circumstances where the people are free not to accept such a life.

Just look at this. You have a situation where any criticism of the government would result in a situation like mine, where one has to go into exile. But yet I am no criminal, no pervert or madman, but just an ordinary person who thinks it necessary to speak out on what he thinks are wrong.

So just like me, there are are thousands if not hundreds of thousands who think the same. And realizing what can happen to people like me, like Chee Soon Juan and the late JB Jeyaretnam, what do they do? They do exactly what any sane normal human being would do. They pack up and leave Singapore for good. They emigrate to Australia to Canada or the United States like me.

And the ones who leave are the very best and brightest among Singaporeans, because to emigrate you need some ability. The very ones who a small country like Singapore needs the most.

The Lee Kuan Yew government thinks it can continue by trying to profit from the bad side of human beings like greed. They send many students abroad on scholarships at government expense in the hope that they will return to serve this dictatorial regime because of the huge salaries they will receive. But you see, not everyone is made of that dishonest stock such as Lee Kuan Yew's Ministers Vivian Balakrishnan or K Shanmugam. Most human beings especially those who are in a position to live the lives of their choosing, have some decency and self respect. They are usually unwilling to prostitute themselves like these 2 Ministers do.

Simply put the numbers that return to serve this regime after scholarship education overseas is far too small to run this government. The time had finally come when you cannot expect good people to submit themselves to this sort of dishonesty at any price.

At the end of the day, anyone with eyes can see that this regime continues the way it does to profit themselves and the minions who lick their boots. That is all that is Singapore today. Lee Kuan Yew can try to paint a rosy picture to the rest of the world of efficiency and prosperity as much as they want, but the world is so well informed that no amount of misinformation is going to work.

The sad facts are these. The small tiny island of a mere 5 million people, of which nearly a half are foreigners, suffers from the lowest birth rate in the world, the highest rates of emigration in the world, the biggest income gaps in the world and the fastest aging population in the world. The only way to go on is to continue bringing in massive numbers of foreigners mainly from Communist China in the hope that they would also accept Lee Kuan Yew's Singaporean philosophy of accepting a slavish and uneventful life in return for a living. Such a population would have been all right for an agricultural country like Cambodia but it is not sufficient for an international island without any natural resources like Singapore. Running the island like what Lee Kuan Yew does is trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. In 2012 it simply does not work.

As we speak, the massive brain drain continues, the massive importation of Communist Chinese coolies continues and Lee Kuan Yew behaves as if Gopalan Nair of the Singapore Dissident does not exist. Is this a case of Nero fiddling while Rome burnt?

Gopalan Nair
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
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