Yes, here we go again. Hardly a week or two can go by without our MM divining the future. There is something new here. He said "the opposition gets a good team together, we are at risk." . ..well this is the first time he ever acknowledge that the opposition "can" get good people but he is also saying the opposition today doesn't have a good team. I think the people will be the judge of that.
He also repeated this thing about the opposition taking power in a "freak result". There are elections held all over the world these days...do you recall one in which there were "freak results". The only one I can think of is the one in Iran - nobody can explain how that guy win again when he is so unpopular. "Freak results" means that Singaporeans want the PAP to win but voted for the opposition.....can you figure out how that can happen? It can only happen if Singaporeans can't think straight i.e. they are incompetent voters. Maybe that is why the PAP link votes to estate upgrading to make it more straightforward for Singaporeans - if you like that blue dolphin fountain and that Japanese style garden, vote for the PAP. ...thanks for the help but Singaporeans now can think.....hmm...maybe that is what is getting the PAP worried.
The other thing he talked about is how he spent 15 years thinking about how to safeguard our reserves - yes, 15 years of thinking. That is how we end up with Ho Ching in Temasek investing our reserves and President Nathan holding the key to it....thank you, we should all now feel very safe about the reserves except we don't know what it is due to the lack of transparency. But seriously MM Lee was talking about a populist govt raiding our reserves and distributing our hardearned reserves to the citizens by giving out generous subsidies, free transport, free education and turning our workforce into a welfare dependent, slothful bunch. Actually, if that happens, President Nathan, vigilant as he is, is actually no major impediment. The populist govt can just replace him by promoting their own guy and accessing the reserves is no issue. ...now that is 15 years of thinking down the tubes. The only way for a democratic country to safeguard anything is to have a well educated patriotic population that is interested and aware of what is going on in the country. ..and you have to give them the right to protest when the govt does something against their interests. If you have an uneducated population or one that does not care, you can "fool most of the people most of the time" then it is only a matter of time before the country sinks. While the MM keeps insinuating that the opposition will squander the reserves by giving away freebies, the opposition has so far been diligent in asking for greater transparency and the people...the ordinary Singaporeans..oh they just want the MM's daughter-in-law to stop making all those risking bets that has resulted in so much losses. We too want our reserves to be safe...and how can it be safe if it is used to make risky bets.
S'pore's Lee Kuan Yew: Party will win next 2 votes
Singapore's elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew said Wednesday that he expects his People's Action Party to win the next two elections to extend its grip on power by as much as 10 more years.
"I don't see any problem in the next election or probably in the next one after that," Lee, 85, said at a dinner to mark the fifth anniversary of a college named after him. "But if we don't find a good team in the election after that, and the opposition gets a good team together, we are at risk."
Lee, who founded the PAP and was Singapore's first prime minister from 1959 to 1990, remains a powerful figure in the Cabinet and in the party. The PAP is the only party to have ruled Singapore. The current government was elected in 2006. The next elections are set for 2011. Lee, who now has the title of mentor minister, said even if the opposition took power by a "freak result," it won't be allowed to fire top police, army and other officials without the approval of the president, who is appointed by a committee of government officials. Lee, who is the father of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said an opposition government would by law also need the president's approval to tap international reserves, indicating it would not be given. Otherwise "all our hard-earned savings could go in five years," he said. "I spent 15 years thinking up these safeguards."