Wednesday, May 03, 2006


06 May 2006 is election day back in Singapore...3 more days. Those who are working overseas are allow (for the first time in history) to vote online provided your constituency is not a walk-over. I am tired of hearing how efficient...clean and beautiful city my country is...everything here runs on clockwork precision..etc YES THEY ARE ALL TRUE! However,the following..more or else summed up what most of us feel for a long time:
You accept their system of government, a system of trampling on the basic civil rights of the citizens. You have no right to free speech, and that means criticisms will be censored, or worse, interpreted as defamatory and be charged. Even when you criticize court cases or its sentencing, you will be treated as contempt of court, and be fined or jailed. In other countries, when their govt deliver poor performance or overtax their citizens, they are allowed to demonstrate and protest. Not in this system we have - you talk and you will be in trouble.

You accept a system of stiff fiscal penalties, from paying ERP and COE, to buying and maintaining a public flat - either for reasons of "limited resources" to "market pricing" excuses. You will be so broke and in debt that in later life, retirement is something no longer availble to you. You will work until you drop dead.

You accept a system of totalitarian rule, with laws to tell you how many children you should have based on your academic attainment, to freezing your CPF money based on your inability to manage your own retirement.

You accept a system of state controlled media propaganda where only one side of the story is promoted, and television that shows monologues between the leaders and their citizens. Anything else will be censored.

You accept a system of non-functioning parliament - Members of Parliament, which you are going to elect as your voice in government, are not allowed to speak nor vote on your interest or welfare. No matter what the candidates promise you of "adding value in parliament" or to "help the poor and sick", they are prevented from doing so in parliament, for if they try to speak and vote on the peoples' behalf (that's their job, really) they will face party disciplinary action for not supporting all policy or law put forward by their party leader. What is the big deal, you ask. Well, it means in plain language, your voices are gagged in parliament, the nation's highest decision making assembly. It means you had been silenced by the government.

You accept a system of non accountability to the people - from absence of transparency of the country's reserve, to details of how many citizens lost their jobs or were downgraded in salary or rank. Nor is there independent audited figures to tell us how many foreigners we let in took away mid- to senior positions from citizen workers. You may sacrifice your years doing National Service, but this govt system do not protect your jobs, do not really subsidize your healthcare or govt built homes, and leave you out in the cold with media silence and parliamentary gag. They can grab numbers from thin air and publish them for public consumption, and with transparency lacking, you never know if the govt took you for a ride.

You accept a system of unmoderated and excessive elitism in this govt system, where you get top posts from paper certificates and no measurement of their proficiency nor performance. In fact, these "elites" (some called them scholars) can get into parliament without a contest, get top public office positions without any relevant background, and continue to hold their posts without delivering any improvement to the public. Not only will you be burdened with their generous financial rewards, you will also have to put up with their frequent cost increases that you, the public has to pay for.

You elect a govt who when it comes to writing laws, or finalizing policies, do not have the obligation to ask the people, even if such laws and policies affect every citizens' lives. You elect a big-brother-knows-all govt who speaks of public feedbacks but never take them into consideration nor acted on them. Faulty policies and unfair laws were passed and who will suffer? It's YOU. Not the govt, not the elites who makes the decisions. Did they listen to you? Acted for your interest? Or did they put you in debt by squeezing your hard earned money by way of taxes, levies, penalties, HDB flats, CPF distortions, and fines?

You accept a Party lacking in integrity - when the leader push his son into office, put his relative to manage our national reserves, put his buddies to administer the laws, use public money for their party interests, punish and prevent free speech and criticisms, disallow their MPs to speak and act for the citizens, maintains an army of mercenaries, allows citizen to be incarcerated into a mental institution at the president's pleasure, sue opposition leaders into bankrupcies, character assassinate political opponents, pretending to be whiter-than-white rascals, and remove any contest to the presidency election

So do not be a wisely..YOU HAVE A CHOICE!


Blogger Balushi said...

how can i apply to run for your country's leadership?

8:50 PM

Blogger junebee said...

I read that Singapore was a very tightly ruled country. I remember reading about many years ago when a teenager was caned for spitting chewing gum on the sidewalk. Americans heralded it as "getting tough" on small infractions and teaching respect. Funny, there wasn't a mass emigration to Singapore!

10:44 PM

Blogger San Nakji said...

I always wondered about living in Singapore, I have had a couple of chances, but the things you outline are what have put me off. Good luck with your vote! I will be watching, but I don't have much hope...

8:43 AM

Blogger Pit Terrier said...


I've finally made an appearance. Have been following your blog since u left for Dubai. Knew that you'll write about this and I must add in my 2 cents worth.

I know what choice I'll make. See the below link to know my answer ...


4:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From one S'porean here in Dubai to another - I couldn't have said it better! It's a vicious cycle, isn't it?

But S'pore is still home and I love it, warts and all.

7:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

latest from the net:
Mr Lee, our Prime Minister said: "What is the opposition's job? It's not to help the PAP do a better job ... because if they help the PAP do a better job, you're going to vote for me again and they're going to be out of a job for a long time. So their job is to make life miserable for me.

"Right now we have Low Thia Khiang, Chiam See Tong, Steve Chia. We can deal with them. Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament. Instead of spending my time thinking what is the right policy for Singapore, I'm going to spend all my time thinking what's the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week's problem and forget
about next year's challenges?"
An uproar erupted..FIX the opposition? BUY votes? So an apology was issued.. not from him directly but thru his press much for damage control!
"SINGAPORE : The press secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has clarified remarks made by Mr Lee at the lunchtime rally on Wednesday.

During the speech, the Prime Minister had addressed the issue of opposition MPs in Parliament.

Mr Lee had said that if the opposition were to hold 10 to 20 seats in Parliament, he would have to spend much more time thinking what was the right way to "fix" them.

Explaining Mr Lee's remark, his press secretary said Mr Lee had meant to say that if there were many more opposition MPs in Parliament, the government and opposition would spend all their time and energies countering each other, and Singapore would be worse off for it.

Mr Lee used direct language to get this important point across to a mass rally crowd and is sorry if the words had offended anyone." - CNA /ct

11:27 AM

Blogger April said...

as much as i hate to say it, tht things you listed don't sound all that different from what politicians do here. they're just better liars in the states. they hide behind democracy while pretty much practicing all the corrupt things you listed. then, they cover it up with senseless political jabber.

3:56 PM

Blogger Cergie said...

The best helps to keep the power are division (of the opposition) and ignorance. And the first obligation of people must be to inquire and be vigilant.

8:53 AM

Blogger Tainted Female said...

Too many politics for this Queen… If Balushi gets to run; can I be vice?

12:32 PM

Blogger Ruben said...

Politics just give me the runs.

10:02 PM

Blogger black feline said...

The result is out..and I am disappointed. As per previous years..singaporeans...u have retained only TWO seats out of 84 for the opposition parties..thus for the next five not complain..u cant have the cake and eat it! serve u right!

4:57 AM

Blogger kingfisher said...


Did you vote online from here in Dubai?

I am a bit surprised at the rather lopsided result... does this not mean that the people have spoken? (Not that it's any consolation).

It's an old Platonic problem: the governed are often too stupid to understand what their elected governers are doing, or going to do, to the electorate.

Hang in there, it could be worse. I am in voluntary exile here(partially) from the stupid government in my country... at least it is sunny here all the time, and it doesn't rain every afternoon at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m....

Have you thought about emigrating to another country... like Canada? They take everyone don't they? lol...



12:28 PM

Blogger black feline said...

unfortunately my constituency...a real letdown...WALKOVER! no opposition parties...the member of parliament in that area is a crap..he will weeps even at the drop of a pin..PLEASE..give me a break!We had crossed swords b4 during the so called meet the people session.
The only comforting thing about this election..opposition parties have done well..increase in votes..the incumbent has posted a total of 66.6%..a drop of about 10% from the previous (666..a familiar number isn't it? from Mr. S A TAN himself lol)The opposition..especially the Workers Party has recruited many young professionals..lawyers, lecturers, entrepreneurs...etc This is only the beginning of a new 5 yrs, 10 yrs, 15 yrs..etc we will wait!

3:41 PM

Blogger Raheel said...

I dont know whether or not the idea is effective enough. If you are a non-resident then it doesn't even matter whos in charge of your country =S

6:17 AM

Blogger Balushi said...

No matter whatever leadership singapore gets AS LONG AS ITS NOT A WOMEN TRUST ME ITS ALL GOOD.

10:10 AM

Blogger black feline said...

raheel...the singapore international passport is highly sought after by the chinese and indian nationals...many got their conversion (citizenship) within a short period due to a biased policy. Sadly, after receiving their citizenship..many left for USA as "singaporeans"
Baluchi: Heard Hillary Clinton might stands for the next presidency

6:16 AM


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