[Singapore Dissident] Singapore. Scraping the barrell for good people.
- Ladies and Gentlemen,
Success in Singapore strangely usually requires a person to possess what we would generally consider inferior human qualities; a lack of courage and honor. Weak minded unscrupulous individuals are particularly suited in Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore. Here are examples of Singapore's unusual men and women role models.
Leslie Fong was the editor of Singapore's state owned and controlled newspaper for decades and he was recently moved to Singapore Press Holdings as it's marketing manager.
Fong studied at Raffles Institution where he joined the Straits Times in 1969 after completing the Higher School certificate.
His entire career as Straits Times editor was nothing more or less than turning it into Lee Kuan Yew's and his government's effective mouthpiece. Over 3 decades his job was to praise the PAP and Lee Kuan Yew, and put out complete propaganda, print false reports of the PAP's successes while discrediting and defaming the opposition. While at it he forgot completely his duty for professionalism, impartiality in reporting and sold himself and his soul lock stock and barrel to Lee Kuan Yew.
If he believed in Lee Kuan Yew style fascism, he should honestly have become a politician and promoted his beliefs in it. But instead, just as so many other "leaders" of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore, he chooses instead to debase his profession under false pretences, to further his master's goals.
In return Lee Kuan Yew takes good care of him, a lifetime steady job and salary, he had no worries whatsoever, he leads a quiet comfortable life, in return for abusing his profession and his conscience for money. Today he still carries on the servile boot licking in his position as Marketing Manager of the Singapore Press Holdings.
I am not sure how comfortable it is for him when he looks himself in the mirror or does he feel no shame at all, I do not know. But in Singapore, he is held out as a success story. Someone, according to Lee Kuan Yew, that Singapore parents should urge their children to emulate.
Let's look at another Singapore success story, the Singapore Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean. She is highly praised and rewarded by Lee Kuan Yew as one of his best judges. In any other country such a woman would not even be allowed to practice.
In Singapore's bizarre philosophy, it does not matter how unethical and dishonest she is; what matters is how much she has done to keep Lee Kuan Yew in power.
Her shameful record as a judge includes repeatedly bankrupting Dr. Chee Soon Juan and ordering him to pay several hundred thousand dollars and sending him to jail all because he criticised Lee Kuan Yew.
She has earned the notoriety of giving Lee Kuan Yew's defamation case to her master even without any trial at all; Dr. Chee Soon Juan being denied a court hearing, disallowed to call any witnesses and deciding the case in her private Chambers in private consultation with Lee Kuan Yew's lawyer Davinder Singh. Yet this is the sort of woman held out as a Singaporean role model, which mothers should urge their daughters to follow.
Then you have the rest of society, the lawyers, the civil servants and the policemen, who definitely know that it is all wrong, but simply go along either because they have no choice or because they are afraid to question authority.
Today people of Singapore with the benefit of the Internet have easy access to the truth. They are made fully aware that these disgraceful men and women, these Fongs and Belinda Ang Saw Eans are a disgraceful lot and worthy of scorn, not respect.
That is why in Singapore today you do not see anything new happening. Everyone, except for a few handful of men and women like Dr. Chee Soon Juan are all dull and unexciting. Singapore does not have entertainers, no sportsmen, no philosophers, no political dissidents, no mountaineers, no inventions, simply nothing. Of course there are no troublemakers. There was one, but he left for Fremont California, USA.
But that is not to say that Singapore does not produce interesting capable thinking men and women, of course it does.
The problem is, none of such desirable men and women, who by the way are simply ordinary human beings who you would find in any other society in the world, want to remain in Singapore. They have all left the island.
The best and brightest of Singaporeans are not in Lee Kuan Yew's fear ridden boring Singapore, they are in Sydney, in Melbourne, in London, in Frankfurt, in Paris, in Madrid, in Barcelona, in Tel Aviv, in Helsinki, in Stockholm and of course also in Fremont, California, USA.
And while the best continue to leave, Lee Kuan Yew and his million dollar ministers struggle to keep the puppet show going, they keep up the facade of success using their state controlled newspapers to hash out the daily dose of propaganda.
They are scraping the barrel for good people. While the Internet, their eternal enemy continues to tell the truth.
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Posted By Gopalan Nair to Singapore Dissident at 5/24/2010 10:48:00 PM