It has been several months since the PAP govt allowed protests to be held in Hong Lim Park. Gee....our govt must be very disappointed. When our PM allowed protests at Hong Lim, he must have thought - "ah, now people can protest against the evil western media that has been attacking our respected courts" ...if Singaporeans truly believe the integrity of our judicial process, they should be outraged by the ang moh media that portrayed our courts negatively . Instead of protests against the Western media, we get all these minibond investors gathering there every week saying negative things about the MAS, banks and even the govt. ...and there is this opposition character called Goh Meng Seng aka Madcow poking at the holes in the system everyweek.
Hey, given the grand achievements of the PAP govt, its 4 decades of building trust, a caring govt, a govt of the highest integrity and govt of the highest competence, one can expect at least a few ordinary Singaporeans to stand up and say a few good things about the govt. Where are these people? There has to be something good about this govt worth defending. Surely there is someone who is not paid by the govt, does not depend on govt for business or a job ...surely given the quality of this govt, there has to be someone willing to stand up and say a few good things about the govt.....what happened to all these people why so quiet?
When the Internet became widely used, all we get is this negativity about the govt sloshing around in cyberspace. It must have been disappointing...even terrifying for our govt. Given what they thought of themselves, they must have expected a thousand blogs dedicated to the profound thoughts of MM Lee and another thousand dedicated his grand achievements. There should be another thousand blogs dedicated to explaining the superiority of the Singapore govt's policies and planning over those lesser govts. But all we see is citicism...more criticism. Our leaders who have made a painful sacrifice to lead us are so disappointed. They tried to first to control the Internet by regulation, monitor it to induce fear,....but decided recently that they needed to embrace it....yes, it has been a love-hate relationship with the new media but they realised that they have no choice but to love it and hope it will love back.
If Chee wants protests to be allowed everywhere in Singapore, he should really do the opposite of what he has been doing. He should send someone to Hong Lim Park every week to say wonderful things about the govt or talk about the evil western media. I'm sure a video of this will make it to the desk of our PM and he will be so delighted and happy with the decision to allow protests in Hong Lim, he will allow protests in every housing estate...and may be everywhere in Singapore. If the Internet did bring with it 1000 blogs dedicated to promoting the Singapore form of govt and explaining the superiority of our system over the inferior ones in the western world, our govt would have embraced it from day 1. Singaporeans are not ready for freedom of speech until they learn to use that freedom to praise our esteemed govt. Singaporeans are only ready for their human rights the day they learn to use it against the oppressive western media that imposes its ideas on us. Singaporeans are not ready for democracy ....until they are ready to use it to defend the great ideas of this govt...