Re: papist system has failed Singapore
- From: "Pubic Hair" <pubichair@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 09:13:37 -0700
Excuse me for my ignorance. You have frequently wrote the word "Papist". Is
this the same as Pap Smear? Please clarify..Thank you so much...
"truth" <truth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
The Straits Times recently published a host of letters attacking Dr Chee
Soon Juan. When the SDP secretary-general replied, Forum Editor Mr Yap
Koon Hong said that Dr Chee had unfairly cast aspersions on the integrity
of the newspaper and said that unless he retracted his statements, the
Straits Times will not publish the replies (see here and here).
Below are the first two of the six replies by Dr Chee that the Straits
Times has refused to publish. Read and see for yourselves the real reason
why the newspaper censored the letters.
The PAP system works? Then why are so many S'poreans leaving?
Mr Patrick Tan says that Singapore should not have to apologise for the
PAP's authoritarian system (Why PAP's politics works for me, ST, 17 Apr
2010) because that system transformed "Singapore from a swampy fishing
village to a modern metropolis."
He has his history mixed up. Singapore was a swampy fishing village when
Stamford Raffles first arrived in 1819, not when the PAP took over in
By the time the PAP came along, there was already an efficient civil
service in place, trade was roaring, and entrepreneurs like Tan Kah Kee,
Tan Lark Sye, and Loke Yew were already blazing the business trail.
The writer also asserts that without the PAP Singapore "would have
disintegrated or become a communist state." Let us not get into conjecture
about what might have been because his guess carries no more weight than
the next person's.
Instead let us base our discussion on what is happening presently and
what will happen in the future. In this regard, the data is a lot less
wholesome than what Mr Tan and the PAP would have us believe. Consider the
In 2007, a survey found that more than 50 percent of younger Singaporeans
indicated that they would emigrate overseas if given a chance. And get
this - 37 percent indicated that they did not feel patriotic.
Every month, about 1,000 Singaporeans are applying for permanent
In February 2010 when New Zealand opened up its doors to Singaporeans for
immigration, more than 3,500 registered - in just three weeks.
Even the children of cabinet ministers have left Singapore. One of Prime
Minister's Lee Hsien Loong's sons has indicated that he may not be
returning to Singapore when he finishes his studies there.
Mr Goh Chok Tong, when he was prime minister, lamented: "If our best who
qualify to work for world-class institutions are not prepared to come
back, how can we make our institutions world-class?"
Does this sound like a system that has worked for Singapore?
More importantly, are there indications that the PAP is changing for the
better? The Internal Security Act is still in place, the mass media is
still totally under the control of the Government, and the Elections
Department still works from under the Prime Minister's Office.
The wrapper may have changed but the package is still the obsolete
authoritarian system that will retard Singapore's progress.
We are not looking for the PAP to become "more open to listening." We
want the PAP to hold genuinely free and fair elections, release its
control of the media, and respect Singaporeans' right to free speech and
peaceful assembly. In other words, abide by the Singapore Constitution.
The people's of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Ireland - just
to name a few societies - are embracing freedom and democracy to ready
their economies for the competition ahead.
Singaporeans, on the other hand, continue to be scared into fearful
submission that democracy and freedom will lead to chaos. This tragic
scaremongering will lead Singapore down the road to ruin.
Chee Soon Juan
Singapore Democratic Party
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