Sunday, April 17, 2011

Singapore General Election 2011: The arrogance of PAP

I remember being incredulous when told in 1994 by a friend that George Yeo (then Minister for Information and the Arts in Singapore), whom I respect, said this:

Remember your place in society before you engage in political debate... Debate cannot (de)generate into a free-for-all where no distinction is made between the senior and junior party... You must make distinctions - What is high, what is low, what is above, what is below, and then within this, we can have a debate, we can have a discussion... people should not take on those in authority as 'equals'.              
                                       -- George Yeo, Straits Times 20 Feb 1994
                                                      (see here and readers' comments here)

As I was then far away from Singapore, I knew only the gist of his remark without verification. I was left with a sense of deep disappointment at the PAP's despicable attitude of condescension and hubris.

Recently I found his exact words (as cited above) and they are more appalling and repulsive than I had expected.

Although such blatantly offensive remark has probably not been repeated by the PAP since, the arrogance of the cabinet, perpetuating the LKY legacy, is surely still dominant.

It is high time that PAP be taught a lesson that the government is not the master, but the servant of the people.

And that's why I will vote for any opposition candidate, no matter how impressive the PAP candidate is (be he the Chief of Defence Force, or the Commissioner of Police).

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