PAP should cease wasting tax dollars on its propaganda because it is no longer effective in the internet age.
This is also an insult to citizens and will invite even more ridicule. Unless PAP doesn’t mind becoming a laughing stock.
How ineffective is propaganda? Just listen the the nonsensical factual errors spouted by our taxpayer-funded President Tony Tan about Lee Kuan Yew.
He began his speech by claiming “….Yesterday, we lost the founding father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.”
According to Wikipedia, the “founding of modern Singapore” was between “1819 – 1826”, at least 196 years ago. Lee Kuan Yew was only 91 when he died so Lee couldn’t have qualified to be even the founding father of modern Singapore.
Going a little further back, “the written history of Singapore dates back to the third century”, some 1800 years ago. Is Lee a reincarnation then? Why was Tony Tan so certain about Lee being the founding father of Singapore?
Whichever way one looks at his statement, Lee is not, and never will, be the founding father of Singapore. Perhaps PAP considering editing our school history books?
Tony: “Mr Lee Kuan Yew dedicated his entire life to Singapore.” Lee was able to ‘dedicate’ his entire life because the PAP had instilled fear in citizens by imprisoning and bankrupting political opponents, constantly gerrymandered and implemented the GRC system, abused the civil service and grassroots, etc to perpetuate its power. Without the GRC system, who would have voted for those PAP clowns which helped PAP to remain in power? Serving the people was only incidental.
This can be confirmed by Lee who once said, “If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless”. Lee’s objective has always been to instill fear in order to gain total control. That gave meaning to his life. By pricing ‘dedication’ at million$, it appears to be more of a rip off. What do you think?
Tony: “He rallied colleagues, built up a capable civil service and led the founding generation of Singaporeans to achieve this vision.” But from our experience of PAP-created issues, we know that Tony was trying to take us for a ride. It was true during the first couple of decades with competent men assisting Lee but certainly not with clowns during the past 3 decades. Questions for Tony Tan:
– The majority of Singaporeans are not able to retire despite having a ‘capable’ civil service tweaking our CPF for decades. Was this Lee’s vision?
– Ordinary citizens, mostly dual income families, require 25 to 30 years to pay off their last HDB mortgage installment. Another one of Lee’s vision?
– The civil service is devoid of any idea to generate economic growth other than by increasing foreign labour/foreigner population. Did Lee contribute to building up such a ‘capable’ civil service?
– Three decades ago, the PAP told Singaporeans our HDB flats were our assets. Was it Lee’s vision that most citizens would have to sell our assets to fund our retirement?
– Almost 55,000 Singaporeans have to eke out a living as cleaners and thousands more as security guards in our ‘wealthy’ country. Was this Lee’s vision?
But we certainly know what a ‘capable’ civil service has done ie profit from citizens from public housing, public healthcare, COE, GST, fees, etc. Did Lee have any part in building up such a ‘capable’ civil service?
Tony is right to state that “many of his (Lee’s) ideas for Singapore live on”. These brilliant ideas include muzzling free speech, control of the civil service which could be used against opposition parties, the use of lawsuits against citizens, etc. Lee’s idea was to do whatever the PAP wants, never mind what the people think.
Tony: “Mr Lee’s passing is a great loss to all of us”. Try telling this to fellow citizens who were jailed without trial. Lee’s passing is a great loss to only those who had benefited disproportionately from Lee’s system of total control.
Tony says we should continue building on Lee’s “legacy” without objectively defining what has been left behind by Lee. Is it a political system which has been corrupted by greed? One which parliamentarians are blind to the elephant in the room?
Giving credit where credit is due to Lee Kuan Yew is fine. But Tony should know this is not the time to joke about our history.