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Climate of Fear Prevails in Singapore. Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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    The PAP used every tactic and strategy familiar to Communism to create an air of anxiety and despair among the people - then baited them into submission with
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2006
      "The PAP used every tactic and strategy familiar to Communism to
      create an air of anxiety and despair among the people - then baited
      them into submission with promises of patronage and protection to
      those conforming."
      Asean News Network
      Thursday, August 04, 2005
      STRAITS TIMES SINGAPORE, Aug 4 1965 - 5 days before Separation
      Singapore's road to independence
      STRAITS TIMES, Aug 4 1965
      Examining the PAP concept of Malaysian Malaysia, Inche Senu
      said: "The PAP itself a shining example of what its Malaysian
      Malaysia stands for.
      "One can judge for oneself the troubles and tensions in Singapore
      ever since the PAP captured the State administration.
      "First there was a tirade against all opposition parties and leaders
      coupled, of course, with the mailed fist shown to professionals,
      social workers, trade unionists and others.
      "The PAP used every tactic and strategy familiar to Communism to
      create an air of anxiety and despair among the people - then baited
      them into submission with promises of patronage and protection to
      those conforming.
      "Every legislative and administrative organ in the State was twisted
      to suit the polemics of the party and its ruling clique".
      "Rivals and opponents were placted for a while with false promises of
      co-operation and ruthlessly weeded them out".
      "Now the PAP has isolated itself that it fears its own shadow.
      Probably memories of its past misdeeds - arrests, liquidation and
      elimination of opposition by any means - are haunting its leadership
      so much that it is now convulsed with fear of retribution.
      "Let me tell you this: If you are sincere about a Malaysian Malaysia,
      then do not betray the trust, however unknowingly placed in you, by
      the people of Singapore. Do not become heroes on someone else's
      Ten years ago, he said, there were some who had felt uneasy about
      independence. But instead of losing all to the Malays - as some then
      feared - Malaysians of all walks of life gained immensely through
      Inche Senu then referred to "threats" by Mr Lee Kuan Yew that if the
      Central Government did not yield to his interpretation of a Malaysian
      Malaysia, Britain, Australia and New Zealand may do some serious re-
      thinking about helping to defend Malaysia.
      "First of all," Inche Senu said,"Mr Lee must know that the defence of
      Malaysia is primarily the responsibility of Malaysians themselves".
      'Clarify' call
      "Our Commonwealth allies are here by invitation of the Malaysian
      Government for the specific purpose of assisting in our external
      "Do Mr Lee's threats mean that the purpose of our allies in helping
      to defend our integrity is merely to prop up Mr Lee Kuan Yew and the
      "I think they know better than to interfere in our internal affairs."
      "Whoever is trying to implicate others in our local affairs is in
      fact betraying our national interests and may be considered by the
      people as a stooge of foreign powers."
      #Article posted by Wolfgang Holzem / Erwan Shah @ 12:20 PM
      Comments: Mellanie Hewlitt
      Singapore Review
      28 May 2005
      No climate of fear in city-state, says Home minister Wong Kan Seng.
      Some how I don't really trust him....would you? I suppose we should
      give the man an Oscar as he managed to make the statement with a
      straight face, which is no small feat.
      But hey, Singaporeans are all living in the Singapore Matrix....
      "Cypher: (Talking to Agent Smith) I know this steak doesn't exist. I
      know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain
      that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, do you know what I
      realized? Ignorance is bliss."
      Singapore, May 27, 2005
      Singapore defended its media laws on Friday and balked at the
      suggestion that its citizens live in a climate of fear.
      Singapore's home affairs minister Wong Kan Seng said in a newspaper
      interview that citizens in the city-state have spoken up at public
      forums without reprisals and commentaries critical of government
      policies have also appeared in newspapers.
      "What is the consequence of saying something that is challenged? Is
      the consequence being locked up in jail, disappearing in the middle
      of the night and you don't come back?" Wong was quoted as saying in
      Singapore's Straits Times.
      The answer to Mr Wong's question is a resounding "YES"
      See:  http://singabloodypore.blogspot.com/2005/03/report-film-about-
      Detention without trial
      In September, the government released two detainees held without
      trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and placed them under
      orders restricting freedom of movement. It also extended for a
      further two years the detention orders of 17 other men. In total, 36
      men accused of plotting to carry out bomb attacks continued to be
      held without charge or trial under the ISA. The authorities said that
      many of the men, who were arrested in 2001, 2002 and 2004, were
      members or supporters of an Islamist group, Jemaah Islamiyah. The ISA
      violates the right to a fair and public trial and the right to be
      presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law. Amnesty
      International Report 2004 (http://web.amnesty.org/report2005/sgp-
      "Get real. Come on, we live in the real world in Singapore."
      Yes Mr Wong, we live in a "real" make believe world created by the
      Singapore Matrix;
      In an annual report released on Wednesday, rights group Amnesty
      International slammed Singapore's human rights record, saying that
      control on political expression in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-
      state remained tight despite Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's
      repeated calls for more openness.
      The US State Department, in its 2004 report on Singapore, sharply
      criticised the country for using libel suits to intimidate opposition
      politicians, saying the threat of libel has stifled political opinion
      and disadvantaged opposition. (See:
      Early this month, a 23-year-old Singapore student in the United
      States shut down his personal Web site after a government agency
      threatened a libel suit for comments he made on the blog.
      Wong, who will assume the post of deputy prime minister later this
      year, also defended a law which bans political videos, saying that
      the law is applied in an even-handed manner and not designed to
      stifle political debate.
      "Political videos, by their very nature, will be political, will be
      biased and, therefore, will not be able to allow the listener or the
      viewer to see a whole range of arguments," Wong said, adding that
      proposals for films about the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) were
      also shot down.
      Under provisions introduced to the Films Act in 1998, anyone involved
      in the production or distribution of "party political films" -
      defined as films containing partisan references or commentaries on
      government policies - can be punished with fines of up to S$100,000
      ($60,860) or a maximum jail term of 2 years.
      The law came under fire this month after local filmmaker Martyn See
      was summoned for police questioning over a documentary he made
      featuring prominent opposition leader Chee Soon Juan.
      See: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sg_Review/message/1710
      Wong was also asked about whether the law applied to TV stations
      airing programmes about PAP ministers, following a recent series of
      one-hour programmes on state broadcaster Channel NewsAsia that
      featured government ministers.
      "That is not a political video. That's a broadcaster and a content
      provider doing a job. It is done in other places. The minister is
      explaining himself, his policies and how he wants Singapore to move
      ahead," Wong said.
      International free-press advocates have repeatedly criticised
      Singapore for its tight media control.
      (see: http://singabloodypore.blogspot.com/2004/11/singapore-slams-
      The government bans non-commercial private ownership of satellite
      dishes, and publications need permits to circulate. Films and TV
      shows are routinely censored for sex and violence.
      The government says a high degree of control over public debate and
      the media is needed to maintain law and order.
      "Someone once said, 'My right to swing my arm must end where your
      nose begins'. That is the limit of free action; that is the
      boundary," Wong said.
      Singapore has been ruled by the People's Action Party since
      independence in 1965. Its 84-member Parliament has only two
      opposition members.
      See: http://singabloodypore.blogspot.com/2004/05/singapore-model-
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