"If the army is dissolved, the country has got nothing to govern itself because they have dismantled all administrative instruments,"
-MM Lee interview with Tom Plate, UCLA 27 Sep 2007
Singapore's UN rep Vanu Gopala Menon said, "If the military is not part of the solution, there will be no solution.” Our beloved govt has taken the position that Burma needs to retain its ruling junta. Given the junta has been busy arresting and killing monks these few days, some might find it strange that our leaders keep repeating this point about keeping the junta in power, perserving the junta etc. They have concluded that the Burmese people can't possibly figure out how to run their own country without the junta. I thought only Singapore would sink without its wonderful leaders, it seems Burma will also sink without its junta.
20 years ago when the Berlin Wall fell, communist countries Poland, E. Germany, Hungary, Romania & Czechoslovakia, threw out the communist regimes that controlled everything in their country and replaced it with full blown democracy. Sad to say, nobody told them that regime change was bad...and that the communists who controlled everything had to be "part of the solution, because the country has nothing to govern itself ". It is indeed a tragedy for these countries to end up with an inferior type of govt known in Singapore as "Western style democracy". If our MM Lee was there to advise them, they would have retained the communist dictators as part of the solution and ended up with something far better. ...they wouldn't have so many political parties jostling for power, media that provide so many different confusing points of views or trouble makers who will protest against the govt.
Indeed it takes alot of wisdom for our leaders and UN rep to keep insisting that the junta be retained in Burma, they want this for the good of the Burmese people...even though the Burmese people themselves are not smart enough to want this. See how considerate and compassionate our leaders are to put the interest of the Burmese people above other interests. Singapore is so lucky to have leaders who are so compassionate and wise.