You should read the above interview with MM Lee which appeared on the Straits Times this Saturday. According to MM Lee, there are 2 reasons why Mas Selamat was able to escape from the detention center - he was an escape artist and the guards were complacent. Complacency has become a point of discussion in the Straits Times recently. The Straits Times in its article "Kiasu Kiasi ....now complacent?" gave the 2 main reasons why Singaporeans are complacent:
"There is a sense of general complacency in Singapore because we have a very efficient civil service and Government that takes care of most people's needs - shelter, employment, education, medical, transport, even retirement needs...." - PAP MP Lim Wee Kiak.
Singaporeans have become complacent because the govt is so good at meeting their every need. No wonder the govt has been hiking the fees of every single one of those services mentioned by MP Lim Wee Kiak to reduce complacency among Singaporeans. His argument is indeed compelling - people in Hong Kong are politically active because their govt is unable to take care of their needs ....S. Koreans, Brits, Australians' needs are all not well taken care of by their govt, that is why they lack political apathy...a characteristic common among Singaporeans. This pervasive apathy has nothing to do with the arrest of dissidents in Singapore, censorship, media control, defamation lawsuits, draconian illegal assembly laws, treatment of the opposition etc.
The 2nd reason for complacency given by the article is this:
"Singaporeans take the smooth running of the country for granted and fail to appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure this" - Straits TimesYes, Singaporeans are complacent because they fail to appreciate the work of the govt. I've often urged Singaporeans to be grateful to the govt...showing your appreciation is one sign you're not complacent.
MM Lee who often spoke of the need to preserve the system he has created was probably saying that more has to be done to ensure that the system he created will last. We must guard against dangerous forces that threaten this system especially the Opposition. No Singaporean should be complacent when it comes to the Opposition. We have to guard against the ideas they attempt to propagate by finding more time to read the Straits Times and listening to speeches of our esteemed leaders attentively. We can see that the Singapore Police Force is not complacent when there is a need to control the activities the opposition they always have ample manpower and vehicles ready to make arrests. We should also do our part - avoid undue opposition influence by systematically rejecting their ideas and believing what the Straits Times writes about them.
I urge Singaporeans not be so complacent that they are seduced by simplistic ideas put out by the opposition that is incompatible with the system that our MM has created. Among these seductive ideas is that of having stringent check and balance in the system. ...yeah like the idea of voting a sizable opposition to check on the govt. Our great govt needs no such checks because it is the only one in the world that can check itself. The other idea is giving the people more freedom and democracy - I'm sure Singaporeans don't want to be burdened by the responsibility of freedom and the duties as citizens of a full blown democracy. Good governance is best left to the PAP - a leadership that can be trusted to work for the people's interest.