Sunday, January 29, 2012

Singapore's state controlled newspapers say they are going to build "mental toughness" in their soldiers! An impossible feat indeed!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you have a state controlled newspaper like Lee Kuan Yew has in his Singapore, you become so used to writing anything you want so much so it eventually becomes silly, as in this case.

Singapore state controlled newspaper the Straits Times online edition of Jan 30, 2012has the story "SAF (meaning Singapore Armed Forces) seeks to build mental toughness in recruits". If you knew Singapore, you would laugh at this statement. It would have been easier to make pigs fly!

The story states "A programme to build mental toughness among recruits by teaching them to talk about their emotions and think positively seems to be producing better soldiers, going by a recent study by the Singapore Armed Forces"

It says "the study found that recruits who went through the resilience building programme out jumped outran outshot and out performed those who did not".

If you knew Singapore and the sort of people who live there, you would realize why such a task is impossible.

In Singapore most young men are no better than zombies, strong language but true. You see, they don't realize that they are living in bondage. They don't seem to appreciate that they don't have any civil rights in that Lee Kuan Yew's island. No free speech no right of free expression or simply nothing.

I am not sure they do not know this because they are ignorant, and if they are not, then they don't protest their miserable lives because they are dead afraid of Lee Kuan Yew and what he would do to them; if they dared to protest these injustices.

Now tell me, how in Heavens would a young man, I mean Singaporean, who is dead scared of his government and willingly lives a life of a slave, because he is afraid, fight the enemy in battle if there was one?

Singaporean young men like their parents are living in mortal fear, and no amount of building mental toughness is going to change anything. You might as well try to embolden a rabbit. If the writer wrote this for amusement, I can understand, but please don't insult our intelligence. Singaporean young men are afraid of their own shadows.

Mental toughness, my foot.

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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