Sunday, September 04, 2011

Interesting Wikileaks Revelations about Singapore...

The complete collect of the recently leaked US diplomatic cables on Singapore is found here :
http://wikileaks.org/tag/SN_1.html. If you find anything else interesting please post in the comments section and I'll add it to this posting.

Deliberate lack of transparency in Temasek Holdings[Link]
2. (SBU) Comment: Tracking the money of Singapore's SWFs is a
long and arduous effort as each institution involved can only
describe its small part in the process.  Few people in
Singapore (and likely no one outside of government) know the
full details of how funds are transferred in and out of the
SWFs or how decisions are made about how much to transfer.
This compartmentalized structure has kept the general public
in the dark about how much money the GOS has saved on the
public's behalf and how well it has been invested.  Details
of investments are released only sporadically, but have
demonstrated strong returns over the years.  The current
crisis has raised concerns that GIC and Temasek will not be
able to continue earning similarly high returns without
taking excessive risks.  With limited transparency, it
remains impossible for outsiders to assess the SWFs risk-
return tradeoffs.  Moreover, Singaporeans are privately
questioning why the SWFs earn much higher rates than the
government pays its citizens as a return on the mandatory
retirement savings accounts which fund the SWFs.  End
comment. 


Structural Inefficiencies caused by GLCs[Link]
5. (C) Entrepreneurs continue to face obstacles in a number
of sectors in the form of Government-Linked Corporations
(GLCs), which account for nearly 60 percent of the national
GDP.  Temasek Holdings, the government's investment arm, is
by far the largest investor in Singapore, with an estimated
50-percent stake in Singapore's GLCs.  GLCs often compete
against each other in key markets, making entry by an
independently-held company difficult.  For example, SingTel
and Starhub, both Temasek Holdings companies, compete
directly in the wireless service market and will soon do the
same in the cable television market.  The strong GOS role in
directing the economy likely has the unintended result of
"crowding out" natural economic development, according Dr.
Sha Reilly, Chief Knowledge Officer at the National Library
Board (NLB), which has a mandate to encourage creativity and
entrepreneurship among young Singaporeans.  She believes

SINGAPORE 00000394  002 OF 003


James Gomez incident and 2006 election[Link]
8. (C) Turning to a new target, the PAP spent the first week
of the nine-day campaign launching vitriolic attacks against
WP MP candidate James Gomez over, bizarrely, an election form
he didn't submit and didn't need to submit.  Gomez claimed to
have submitted a registration form to be a minority
candidate, but security tapes showed he failed to do so.  MM
Lee called Gomez a "liar" over the non-submission of the
form; Deputy Prime Minister Wang Kan Seng said Gomez had
shown "blatant dishonesty"; and PM Lee accused Gomez of
perpetrating a "dastardly trick."  The local media also
played up the "story" -- on one day, the Straits Times
newspaper ran more than a dozen stories that discussed Gomez.
Eventually, some PAP officials realized that the personal
attacks on Gomez were creating a backlash, as PAP
Headquarters Executive Director Lau Ping Sum told us on May
2.  It took several more days, however, for it to stop.
After the election, the GOS continued to harass Gomez.  On
May 7, immigration authorities seized his passport when he
tried to return to his job in Sweden and police questioned
him for eight hours, according to press reports.

A New Hope and a Lost Opportunity
---------------------------------
9. (C) Comment: By performing credibly in this election and
avoiding the buffoonery that damaged its chances in the past,
the opposition laid the groundwork for future electoral
gains.
  In particular, the WP fielded a better qualified
slate than it has in the past and ran a capable issues-based
campaign.  It refused to rise to the bait of the PAP's ad
hominem attacks on James Gomez.  The task for the opposition
now is to sustain its energy and commitment over the years
until the next election.
10. (C) For PM Lee, the election  was an opportunity missed.
The PAP could have run on its superior policies, experience,
and candidates and eschewed the old-school
hit-them-when-they-are-down tactics.  Its candidates could
have asked voters if they wanted to be governed by someone
(James Gomez) who didn't even live in Singapore instead of
launching a phony attack that extended to opening a
"criminal" investigation as the defeated candidate was trying
to return home to Sweden.  Instead, the PAP's hardball
tactics -- vintage Lee Kuan Yew -- cost them some votes and
contradicted the PM's stated interest in a more open society.


11. (C) While the MM's abrasive style may appeal to older
"heartland" Singaporeans, it does not work well with younger,
better-educated voters.  He appeared a cranky and sour old
man and was only a liability to the PAP's campaign.  The
extensive reporting in the government-controlled press may
have backfired for the PAP as voters found the vindictiveness
against Chee and his party distasteful and tired of the
overwrought Gomez affaire.  The MM's role in the 2006
election may have accelerated Singaporeans' reaching an
emotional turning point.  Many of the younger voters do not
recall Singapore's early, precarious days.  They are less
willing to accept the PAP's fundamental premise that
opposition and choice lead inexorably to disunity and chaos.
SINGAPORE 00001486  003 OF 003
End Comment.

Charles Chong on poor quality of PAP candidates and inablity to recruit[Link]
 7. (C) PAP MP Chong admitted that the party had not succeeded
in recruiting a number of "high-flying" business leaders to
run.  In fact, the party had to reach down to some of its
second and third tier candidates
to fill out its ticket.
Those new candidates will all run in the Group Representative
Constituencies (GRCs) helmed by higher profile ministers --
for example, four of them will run in Senior Minister Goh
Chok Tong's uncontested district.  Overall, the opposition
will compete in only 7 of the 14 GRCs. 


Govt does not want more Singaporeans to have degrees[Link]
9. (C) Singapore boasts a highly competitive and
well-regarded primary and secondary education system, but the
number of Singaporeans completing a tertiary education is
relatively low. 
Only 23 percent of Singaporean students
entering primary school complete a degree at a local
four-year university.  In other knowledge-economies such as
Japan's, around 50 percent of students complete a university
degree.  However, according to Cheryl Chan, Assistant
Director of the Planning Division at the Ministry of
Education (MOE), the government does not plan to encourage
more students to get a higher education.  The university
enrollment rate will continue to be maintained at 20-25

percent because the Singaporean labor market does not need
everyone to get a four-year degree, she asserted.
10. (SBU) Singapore's education system has been criticized
for being heavy on memorization and light on critical
thinking and creativity.  Based on the British model, the
system is highly test-focused and separates students (a
process referred to as "streaming") at an early age between
high, middle, and low achievers.  The GOS has slowly begun to
introduce greater flexibility into the system by allowing
"streaming" in subjects (rather than based on total average
scores) and has created new magnet schools focused on
mathematics, the arts, and sports.  But there are only three
such schools, and the overall education system has changed
little.

Harassment of Martyn See[Link]
4. (C) Comment: If the GOS files criminal charges against
See, we will need to speak out publicly against it.  For now,
we will raise the issue privately with senior GOS officials.
On August 29, the Ambassador discussed the See case with
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
Permanent Secretary Tan Chin Nam, who professed ignorance of
police motives.  The Ambassador will also raise it with
Foreign Minister George Yeo in a previously scheduled meeting
on August 31. 
End Comment.


Lack of Independence of Singapore Judiciary in political cases[Link]
4. (C)  This latest defamation case offers additional proof
that Singapore's judiciary is not independent in political
cases.
  The High Court will likely grant the Lees' motion for
summary judgment -- a legal stretch because the very meaning
of the allegedly defamatory words is disputed and the Chees
have not apologized to the Lees.  If the High Court does so,
Chee Siok Chin probably will be bankrupted as has her
brother, Dr. Chee Soon Juan.  Dr. Chee already is effectively
prohibited from traveling outside Singapore; the GOS holds
his passport and he must seek its permission to travel until
he is able to pay his debts stemming from prior legal cases.
If the same fate befalls Chee Siok Chin, both Chees will be
cut off from most direct contact with the international
community and, as bankrupts, be prevented from participating
in domestic politics.


Flaws in SDP Leadership and Strategy[Link]
1. (C)  SUMMARY:  Beset by legal actions, threatened with
insolvency, and hobbled by a leadership that seems unable to
gain traction with the public
, Chee Soon Juan's Singapore
Democratic Party (SDP) shows no sign of becoming a credible
political opposition for the long-ruling People's Action
Party (PAP).
  On the contrary, recent defamation judgments
mean the party may be one step away from dissolution.  In
addition, the Attorney-General charged three SDP members with
contempt for wearing T-shirts showing a kangaroo in judicial
robes to a court hearing in the defamation case.  Meanwhile,
trial commenced for 18 SDP members accused of unlawful
assembly.  Two of those defendants undercut the SDP's
civil-disobedience approach by pleading guilty
on the trial's
first day, and Chee's call for a public show of support
generated virtually no response and few spectators in the
courtroom.
  End summary.


On the execution of Australia Nguyen for drug trafficking[Link]
3. (SBU) The GOA has appealed quietly and behind closed doors
for clemency.  The Australian High Commission Political
Counselor told us the GOA approach emphasized that, while
Australia did not take issue with Singapore's use of the
death penalty, compelling facts called for mitigation in the
Nguyen case.  The GOA raised the issue when Nguyen was first
arrested in December 2002 by trying--unsuccessfully--to get
the charge reduced. Prime Minister Howard also raised the
Nguyen case when he visited Singapore in January 2005
(Reftel).  The GOA most recently helped facilitate a contact
meeting between Nguyen and his mother, who had requested that
the GOS allow her to hug her son before his execution.  The
GOS agreed to allow them to hold hands.  The Pol Counselor
stated that, while both the GOA and the GOS have been careful
not to let the Nguyen case affect bilateral relations, there
is a personal dimension to the case that most Australians
feel, and Australian media coverage reflects this. 


Why Some Young People Join YPAP[Link]
6.  (C) Comment: YP appears focused on trying to make the
ruling party more attractive to young people and acting as
one of the many channels through which Singapore fosters
closer relations with China.  As a result, it currently
places little emphasis on substantive thinking or on trying
to influence public policy.  For example, Leong, although in
charge of YP's international activities, claimed to have no
opinion about the state of bilateral relations between the
United States and Singapore; he merely commented that YP
leaves such things to the civil servants.  Likewise, though
Leong and Chng said YP is an effective conduit for
transmitting young people's feedback and ideas to the
government, they were unable to give a single concrete
example of this.  They also claimed that YP helps the PAP
change with the times by keeping "an ear to the ground," but
in support they offered only the vague and commonplace
observation that as young Singaporeans become better educated
and cosmopolitan, demands will grow for greater openness in
government.  Singapore will have to respond, they said, but
only incrementally over time. 
Meanwhile, two other young
Singaporeans recently told PolOff in unrelated conversations
that they have considered joining YP - not out of affection
for the People's Action Party, but because they think it
would enhance their career prospects. 
End Comment.

Sustainablility of Singapore Economic Model[Link]
14.  (SBU) Economists view Singapore's focus on rapid GDP growth as
masking slower growth in overall welfare, and a growing income
divide.  Singapore has one of the highest per capita incomes in the
world; the IMF listed Singapore as 22nd highest in 2008 with a per
capita income of US$38,972.  However, Centennial Group's Manu
Bhaskaran estimates profits take about 46% of that GDP pie, almost
half of which go to foreign companies.  Much of the economy's recent
high growth was concentrated in high-end manufacturing and finance,
dominated by foreign companies.  Bhaskaran notes that although
Singapore's GDP per capita is roughly 11% higher than Hong Kong's,
per capita consumption is 21% lower.

15.  (SBU) Singapore's income divide as measured by the Gini
coefficient has been rising steadily in recent years from .42 in
1998 to .48 in 2008, one of the highest rates in the developed
world.  The stream of unskilled foreign labor has depressed wages at
the lower end and contributed to a widening income gap.  At the same
time, cuts in corporate and personal income tax rates to encourage
business have disproportionately benefited higher income groups.
According to a recent Citigroup report, real household incomes for
the bottom quintile of households actually fell in the years after
the 1997 financial crisis and 2001 recession and have only recently
begun to creep upwards again.


16.  (SBU) The Singapore government has begun to recognize the
growing income inequality and is changing policies to address it.
In previous economic downturns the government focused its efforts on
restraining wages and reducing costs for business, but last year's
stimulus budget in reaction to the economic crisis used state funds
to preserve jobs by extending worker retraining programs and
subsidizing salaries.  The government has been reticent in the past
about building a social safety net, fearing it would reduce
incentives to work and damage Singapore's competitiveness.  However,
economists expect the government to go beyond current health,
housing and retirement programs and put in place programs to provide
a cushion against economic downturns.  A more solid net would not
only serve as an automatic fiscal stabilizer during difficult
economic times, but would also improve social cohesion and guard
against a potential reaction to globalization. 


Singapore's uncaring elite[Link]
1. (SBU) Summary: A vituperative internet posting by the
daughter of a ruling party MP helped spark a recent public
discussion on the role of Singapore's bureaucratic elite and
its relations with the rest of society.  There is a growing
concern among average Singaporeans and even within the elite
that certain educational policies are creating a more
isolated and detached elite.  In addition, growing income
inequality and concern about the influx of "foreign talent"
have added to the general population's unease with the elite.
However, over the last several months, the GOS has announced
measures to reduce income inequality and the fear of foreign
workers that could generate discontent among the average
Singaporean with the elite's handling of the economy.  End
Summary.


PAP wins old-style election in 2006[Link]
2. (C) Summary: In the May 6 general election for parliament,
the ruling People's Action Party won another landslide
victory with 82 out of 84 seats.  The election is another
mandate for the PAP to continue its successful economic and
security policies.  It is not a mandate for Prime Minister
Lee Hsien Loong, who frequently failed to take center stage
in the campaign and did relatively poorly in his own
district. 
The PAP continued to rely on old style tactics,
from threats of defamation suits to ad hominem attacks, to
defeat opposition politicians.  Despite winning only two
seats, the opposition parties performed credibly, improved
their tattered reputations, and laid the groundwork for the
future.
  PM Lee lost a golden opportunity to put his own mark
on the PAP and change its style
-- and get out from the
shadow of his father, Lee Kuan Yew.  End Summary.

Need for PM Lee to establish himself before LKY demise[Link]
9. (C) PM Lee seems regularly to pass up opportunities to
define himself as Singapore's true leader
.  In the short and
medium term, he may not pay a political cost for this.  The
economy is humming along, the opposition remains weak and
divided, and with LKY looking over everyone's shoulder, it is
hard to imagine a rival emerging from within the tight-knit
PAP.
10. (C) LKY's death will touch off a period of national angst
-- he has been in control for so long that few in Singapore
can remember life without him
.  If Singapore or the PAP were
to face a major crisis during this period, PM Lee's failure
to establish himself as a strong leader in his own right
could come back to haunt him.  He could be vulnerable and his
leadership abilities would be tested like they never have
before. 
If no crisis occurs or the PM handles it
effectively, Singapore's well-oiled PAP-led political system
may very well chug along with Lee Hsien Loong serving another
decade or more as Prime Minister.


Large Number of PRC Immigrants n Singapore[Link]
(C) Summary:  Faced with a chronically low fertility rate
and high emigration, Singapore has used a selective but
relatively open immigration policy to increase its
population, fuel its normally strong economic growth, and
maintain a politically delicate balance among its Chinese,
Malay and Indian ethnic groups.  While the GOS keeps its
immigration numbers secret, it appears that a particularly
low birth rate among ethnic Chinese has allowed
Chinese-national immigrants to overwhelmingly benefit.  Many
Chinese immigrants use Singapore as a stepping stone and
depart for greater opportunities abroad once they have
obtained Permanent Resident status
.  The integration of
culturally different mainland Chinese remains a challenge.
End Summary.


Corporatisation of Changi Airport Strengthens Lee Family[Link]
1.  (C) SUMMARY:  Singapore has "corporatized" Changi
International Airport in a move that will consolidate control
of the domestic aviation sector in the hands of sovereign
wealth fund Temasek and the Lee family
.  Aviation regulator,
the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has split
off from a newly created airport operator, owned by Temasek
Holdings, called Changi Airport Group (CAG), which will run
the airport and attempt to expand the Changi Airport model
into new markets.  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's brother
Lee Hsien Yang is the new chairman of CAAS, while the PM's
wife, Ho Ching, remains as CEO of Temasek, the owner of CAG.
Temasek also owns a majority position in Singapore Airlines,
which in turn owns a majority stake in the dominant
ground-services handler Singapore Airport Terminal Services,
which appeared to force out a foreign competitor earlier this
year.  Temasek may be consolidating its domestic airport
services businesses to create a platform from which to export
the Changi Airport model into other markets, but such control
also provides latitude to protect local market share and
jobs, which has political implications.  Even as the GOS
trumpeted the benefits of corporatization, bloggers wrote
that the restructuring of Changi Airport is just a
reshuffling of assets between the Lee family and Temasek
.
End Summary.


Lack of Unity Among Opposition[Link]
1.  (U) Summary.  A public forum on the future of opposition
politics in Singapore drew an audience of about 100 on
February 7.  Panelists representing civil society and two
opposition parties aired grievances against the ruling
People's Action Party (PAP), Singapore's electoral system,
and other members of Singapore's fractured opposition.  The
moderator called for concrete suggestions for action, but the
panelists offered only general proposals for more cooperation
among opposition forces.  Speakers emphasized the
opposition's dependence on the Internet given that the
mainstream media is effectively closed to them, and several
expressed hope that Singapore will follow a Malaysian model
of uniting activist bloggers with opposition politicians.
Ex-PAP member Tan Kin Lian, who last year made headlines by
organizing protests about ordinary Singaporeans' financial
losses on Lehman Brothers "minibonds" (see reftel) and has
shown interest in potentially running for elective office,
spoke at the forum but did not align himself with any
opposition party.  End summary.


Frustration Among Singapore Journalists over Govt Control[Link]
1. (C) Summary:  Singapore journalists say they are
increasingly frustrated with GOS-imposed limits on their
domestic reporting.  Political leaders put pressure on the
Straits Times (ST) staff to ensure that the paper's domestic
coverage follows the government line
.  Reporters say they are
eager to produce more investigative and critical reporting,
but they are stifled by editors who have been groomed to tow
the line
.  Some reporters seek an outlet for their
journalistic passions by serving as overseas correspondents,
where ST allows reporters much greater latitude; others
consider plying their trade elsewhere.  Given that media
restrictions are no greater now than in the past, reporters'
increasing frustration may reflect this generation's rising
expectations.  End Summary.


3. (C) Singapore journalists tell us they are increasingly
frustrated with the obstacles they face in reporting on
sensitive domestic issues.  Reporters have to be careful in
their coverage of local news, as Singapore's leaders will
likely come down hard on anyone who reports negative stories
about the government or its leadership, Chua Chin Hon
(strictly protect), the new Straits Times (ST) U.S. Bureau
Chief (former China Bureau Chief) told Poloff January 6.
There is a growing disconnect between ST's reporters and its
editors, with the reporters wanting to do more investigative
and critical stories than the editors will allow
Chua
lamented that the ST editors have all been groomed as
pro-government supporters and are careful to ensure that
reporting of local events adheres closely to the official
line
.  Chua said that unless one of the editors is a "Trojan
Horse," someone that for years has successfully concealed any
non pro-government leanings, none of them has the courage to
publish any stories critical of the government.


GLC Advantages and lack of Transparency[Link]
1.  (C) SUMMARY:  Some U.S. and other foreign firms have
found the lack of transparency from the Singapore government
and its government-linked corporations (GLCs) a serious
challenge in operating in Singapore
.  The GOS maintains a
strong grip on the economy, whether through the Economic
Development Board's (EDB) aggressive efforts to entice
foreign investment here, or through sovereign wealth fund
Temasek Holdings and other GLCs, which dominate key parts of
the domestic market and infrastructure.  While most foreign
firms find Singapore among the world's easiest places to do
business, for others the business and regulatory environment
can be maddeningly non-transparent.  Companies in direct
competition with Temasek or another powerful GLC can face
severe disadvantages.


Ho Ching's Departure from Temasek Holdings[Link]
7.  (C) Comment:  Despite the Temasek chairman's denials, the
announcement of Ho Ching's resignation seems connected to
Temasek's untimely investments in the financial sector and
the private criticism of Ho's performance.  Although
Singapore can be quick to crack down on public criticism of
its leadership, the government is sensitive to low level
grumbling and often moves swiftly to head off complaints
before they become serious issues.  It fits the Singapore
style for Ho's resignation to have been made public on
February 6, while confirmation of Temasek's major losses only
came on February 10. 
The nine-month delay in Ho's departure
may be a face-saving measure, designed to reduce any
impression that she is being punished for Temasek,s
performance while still blunting public anger and criticism
over the losses to Singapore's reserves under her watch
.

Why Seagate closed its Singapore Plant[Link]
3.  (SBU) Seagate's HDD production will move to Suzhou, China, just
outside of Shanghai.  Dehaan said that lower labor cost was a
significant factor in the decision to shift manufacturing to China,
but noted that infrastructure advantages were at least as important.
Seagate estimated it would save as much through lower electricity
costs in China as it would save in labor costs.

Magnate Tang receives "one-eye-dragon's" kidney[Link]
2.  (C) This neat resolution appears to raise new questions
about the GOS's role in addressing Tang's health problems and
perhaps facilitating the transplant.  Tang's predicament
prompted the GOS to undertake a major reform of the Human
Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) to allow compensation for organ
donors (ref B).  However, Tang would still have awaited
parliamentary action on the HOTA amendments, which could take
several months.  Meanwhile, more than 500 other Singaporeans
are waiting for donor kidneys and only 80 receive one each
year.  Tang's health was at one point so poor that he had
been removed from the kidney waiting list.  He was only added
back to the list last October after undergoing triple heart
bypass surgery.  If Tan did not specify Tang as a recipient
for his kidney, it is not clear how Tang got to the front of
the line.

19 comments:

Ghost said...

Personally I do not find anything new on WikiLeaks expect one; The Sustainablility of Singapore Economic Model.
If you read between the line, the fact is that most economists (in Singapore) view Singapore's rapid growth as bad because they masked slower overall growth in all sectors and create a growing income divide. That to me is a big issue because this was written 4-5 years ago and this means the government has been ignoring the economists for 4-5 years!
If true, it seems that the government has NOT been listening to the experts and is promoting growth at all cost over objections. I have to wonder why?

Anonymous said...

The elites do not pay tax but entitle to pension. The non elites pay tax but have no pension. World is never fair to start with and 60% voters still prefer to be ruled by PAP. No wonder someone called us draft.

Anonymous said...

/Ghost said...
Personally I do not find anything new on WikiLeaks expect one;/

Really ? A lot of things were not revealed to us officially. And this is serious cocktail talk.

Some of the leaks confirmed our suspicions.

Anonymous said...

It seems that 'cocktail talk' are indeed credible! PAP government's credibility has hit another low.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Lucky for consolidating these snippets.

Citizens would now have some indication of what others in the world think about our leaders.
This is the US of A here.. our biggest trade partner and one that dear leaders pander to.

Thanks again.. great stuff!

Anonymous said...

Actually all old news but it didn't stop Mr Lucky from bashing the few decent folks in ST trying to leak bad news. Nor will it convince Mr Lucky from making a stand on the well meaning but destructive SDP and help shepherd the opposition in a single direction.

Anonymous said...

So the hard truth is finally revealed:

Singapore has been growing the economy by mass importing cheap foreigners.

Singapore employers have been replacing Singapore Citizens employees by cheap foreigners so as to cut salary cost and increase profit.

Now, there is no where to hide.

Anonymous said...

The Wikilleaks revealed

"... Singapore has used a selective but relatively open immigration policy to increase its population, fuel its normally strong economic growth ...
... Many Chinese immigrants use Singapore as a stepping stone and depart for greater opportunities abroad once they have
obtained Permanent Resident status ..."


Now, it is confirmed that the huge number of Singapore permanent residents are using Singapore as stepping stones to greener pastures.

Singapore permanent residents cannot be trusted. They are here to dig all the fortunes in Singapore. Once Singapore permanent residents have finished digging away the fortunes, they will just pack their bags and leave Singapore.

The truth is

JOBS are for Singapore Permanent Residents
and
NATIONAL SERVICES are for Singapore Citizens.

Anonymous said...

60% voted PAP in the last GE.

70% voted for the candidates which was closest to the PAP during the last PE.

Wikileaks or whoever can say what they want but ultimately it is the above data that matters.

Anonymous said...

How does one eat an elephant?

One piece at a time, one piece at a time.. we will eat it all up..

Amused-Not! said...

Thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that generations of Singaporeans have been lied to and their thoughts manipulated by the ruling party, ultimately LKY, in the last 40-50 years.

Shame on you, PAP. Shame on you, LKY.

JeffGoh said...

Thanks for sharing - great piece of work

Anonymous said...

Without the similar Freedom of Information Act in this red dot, everything will remain top secret. In advanced real democratic countries, all government documents must be made public after 50 years. This totally unaccountable and opaque government will not have such act and instead the Official Secret Act to hide all the vital information from the public. In the first place, no information to the public ensure easy governance. And, this is definitely NOT a good governance. So, is this a good government?

Anonymous said...

Dear Lucky,


Is it true that our ministers and MPs do not pay income tax and are entitled to pensions?

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Going by all these revelations, it can be viewed as even highly defamatory especially the one particular reference to the Lee Family since they have previously sued for far less trivial matters.

If the GOS or the Lee Family does not sue the US govt, it will only lend credence that it was the truth afterall. There can be no basis to sue if it is true, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Don't be silly. How can you sue the US government over diplomatic documents that were never meant to be published??

Anonymous said...

WOW

I wish I could say something more insightful, but first I have to pick my jaw up off the floor...

Anonymous said...

Tan tock seng
when i was at b1 for counsalting dr daniel in 2004.n0w 2011 i became security during the election
i was resting at b1 saw tony tan as a young man his hair was black and with his wife.later in a@e his image was in car driving alone so many time i was only looking at his present on duty so know he is our president at2011.
very thank to singapore

Anonymous said...

Obviously the writer of the article does not understand the nature of 'diplomatic cables'. They are written as a form of a report of the opinion of people who man the embassy and does not reflect the opinion of the United States of America. They are reports, that may or may not be true but a viewpoint from one person's perspective. Most of the time another similar report will be sent that contradicts the other report due to a different viewpoint. I don't see how shifting out only those worth inciting hate in the people towards the government is a fair analysis or is the author just too chicken to admit the truth.