We cannot remain silent

“If credibility, trust, and character become critical issues in deciding the political outcome, the destruction of credibility and character assassination become the most potent political weapons.” (Manuel Castells)

Here we go again.

Character assassination is a very effective method used against dissenters and opposition political parties to discredit them and eliminate them from public life. This is a very successful strategy used by our government and which have been honed in by over 50 years’ of execution. It is now being deployed against PJ Thum, Kirsten Han and others. They are targets especially since they are activists, intelligent and articulate.  It is so predictable and rather tiresome.

As I watch this strategy unfold I am reminded of all those people, J B Jeyaratnam, Francis Seow, Chee Soon Juan, and others all of whom paid a heavy price for standing up to the PAP. All those years we remained silent. Our silence has resulted in the emasculation of our public life and has discouraged able and good people from participating in opposition party politics. For our country these are heavy prices to pay.

A political party, and a one-party system of government, which welcomes only party loyalists and ‘ye sayers’, and that is hostile to dissenters, cannot attract the best candidates to contribute to the contry’s political life. The result is the leadership crisis that we face today. This is a cause for serious worry. Singaporeans have a right to be worried and they should worry. But they should act.

We cannot remain silent. We have been conditioned by history and by our one party system of government to accept the government’s methods of control over our public life. Traumatized by the conditions of our independence, fifty- three years ago, we Singaporeans complied with our government’s actions to set limits to our freedom, sometimes in fear, sometimes recognizing the need for stability and economic growth till we reached a point when government control became so complete and repressive that fear and apathy have become our default mode.

But we can no longer afford to remain apathetic or keep silent. We have to act and use the power we do have to ensure that good people get elected.

And we do have the power to act and to make a difference. All governments, including the PAP government is dependant on the electorate to get elected.

So as we watch the government determined in its strategy to put down dissenters we have to see it for what it is: a potent political weapon but just fake news. We have to ask ourselves why a powerful government such as this one is so determined to tarnish an individual’s character and destroy his credibility?

 

Constance Singam

* The writer blogs at https://constancesingamblog.wordpress.com/.

 

 

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16 Responses to “We cannot remain silent”

  • Lee Kon Yew:

    But the peasants are INTIMIDATED , thus TIMID.
    They have reluctantly accepted everything in the last 53 years. They dare not voice up publicly to criticise their gabrament.

    This is an Absolute Truth.

    Else you debunk me lah.

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  • oxygen:

    DICTATORSHIP MEANS INCUMBENCY STOP THINKING AND STOP LISTENING – they are the residual leftover of rubbish scavenging of only those they like or like them and their money purse disbursement handout of State resources.

    @ Constance Singam is dead right – the biggest loss is the nation’s survival chances. Adding to that, I might illuminate further, is the cancerous metastasis of the GRC construct of dictatorship bunker fortification – A DISASTROUS COMPLETE FAILURE since inception. 2G was a scam of ministerial pay mixed with a concoction of the scam of asset enhancement politics. 3G is a monumental font of failure of its population recycling economics and even more draconian oppression. 4Gs are clueless lot of stand-up comedians.

    And some parts of the public service is filled with men and women whose backbone is made of rubber instead of steel – they either silent of failed policy or ordered the peasants that they will refuse to answer question whilst they hold the microphone on the public stage forum.

    It is AMAZING LIKE A CLOCK TICKING TO a sudden stop in ticking waiting. Our SWF earns a few percent return per annum since the last GFC and PAPpys even proud of this sh*thole achievement. Major US market indices meanwhile quadrupled since 2009 i.e. about 40% per annum.

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-look-at-this-chart-and-you-might-be-tempted-to-cash-out-for-a-couple-years-2018-09-06

    Redundant Past told the nation that our politicians are not paid enough – LOWER THAN EVEN SOME PUBLIC SERVANTS.

    I AM SCARED SH*T OUT OF MY WIT AND COMMON SENSE.

    PAPpypolitics and PAPpynomics GOT ALL THE WRONG PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACES.

    HOW CAN PATRIOTIC INFORMED PEASANTS REMAIN SILENT FOREVER or if they are noisy of truth-telling BE FORCEFULLY SILENT BY OPPRESSION AND CHICANERY?

    FOR THE SAKE OF NATIONAL SURVIVAL, I SAY WITH UNBENDING CONVICTION – IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE.

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  • clown pap S$m liars:

    since time immemorial, S$m has been the opium of all humans, liars or not.

    with S$m, black becomes white, INDIAN becomes malay, and also milo too.

    is it any wonder then, pap clown and S$m clan members, every waking day of their lives lie, cheat, legally corrupt systems, in order to continue with the chance to collect S$m.

    let us not forget. S$m buys loyalty too. look no further. pap clown has over 1m fans in his clownish Facebook. hard to believe a hawker centre cleaner or HDB gardener can even garner 1k fans. pap clown so likeable? NO so, says clown brother Mr Lee Hsien Yang and wife, and clown sister Dr Lee Wei Ling, and clown nephew.

    that is why pap clown and S$m clan members no end lying, fixing of OPPOSITION.

    does it matter? NO, not since Dr Mahatir showed the way GE14.

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  • Bapak:

    First thing to do is to get rid of all the “Bo Pian” people. These are the sickest lots.

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  • why suffered in silence:

    A powerful government is what the voters make them to be. Once the voters awake from their slumberland and are compelled by the harsh living conditions facing them,they would hopefully vote wisely.Why our government is ever determined to tarnish an individual’s character and destroy his credibility, is simply because they could not tolerate dissent. They have to resort to numerous underhand tactics to discourage capable people from speaking against them because they themselves are not competent.But I am skeptical as to whether the 70% would response to your call for timely action and not remain silent,as their track record had provened in past GE.

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  • SatanClaws:

    Character assassination works profouundly because your society, or the Govt and SnakeHead, sleeps with Religion.

    Just like in Rome.

    You are religiously condemned – pervasive conditioning through govt media’s and religious institutions

    The Pharisees, administrators of laws, are exceptional to the rule or…law.

    So if you are religious, go shoot yourself.

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  • oxygen:

    NEARLY 70% OF THE SINKIES ARE EITHER TOO STUPID TO EVEN BEGIN TO DISCOVER they are stupid to impossibility (some even vomit out idiotic motherhood fake PAPpy morality preaching as if it is divine wisdom) OR they just “smart asses” waiting for the other 30% to take risks and absorbs all consequences of carrying the cudgels on their behalf (all that they care for, if no political cart got upturned, is buy-property-vote-PAPpy as if this is the divine stairway to wealth waiting for them in PAPpy’s kingdom of fiction).

    BOTH SEGMENTS in the 70% are all IDIOTS.

    They don’t own their HDB, what they own is a LIABILITY of inflated risks baggage hanging down on their neck for a life-time of mortgage slavery.

    PAPpy tribes rub the salt of insults into rotting wound. PAPpy institution, in their controlled PAPpy News Publishing even has this of comedy show – IN ONE PARAGRAPH of forum page reply, it claims that peasants “own” their HDB and in the NEXT LINE OF THE SAME PARAGRAPH asserts that it is a 99-yr lease. IT IS SHAMELESS WINDY HAPPY CONTRADICTION and a very public show of CONTEMPT OF PEASANTS’ STUPIDITY AND GULLIBILITY long known to PAPpys.

    Before that, the SAME PAPpys Minister told peasants their flat is a lease in 2017 and lately saying that it is owned by them. IT IS A BIT LIKE THE UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER and happily changing wind directions.

    Another PAPpy told peasants that they “own” their HDB because they can sell it and keep the profits BUT SILENT OF TRUTH that in many other instances, HDB collect part of the profit via resale levy. If profit retention is “proof” of “ownership”, the PAPpy tribe is SILENT that HDB is UNDISCLOSED SILENT OWNER collecting profit – NOT JUST FROM ONE SELLER (fictitious owner) and from seller A-Z. But if A-Z lost money in resale, this UNDISCLOSED SILENT OWNER CALLED HDB has different rules of “ownership” law – DON’T CALL US, WE CALL YOU! We only owns you if you make profit. Otherwise we just DIAM DIAM DIAM collecting pay.

    Shakespeares – not just one – told the nation that HDB housing agreement is NOT a 99-yr rental paid in advance but it is ownership “factually and legally” instead. NONE OF THESE SHAKESPEARES cite a single case law precedent of law logic to substantiate their “legal” ground. M. Ravi now says that the fact bank cannot possesses HDB on failed mortgage proved that the ownership claim is false. I AGREE completely. Ravi invited debate from PAPpys, any taker?

    The message society get out of these windy happy contradictions in public policy making and civil servants hypocritical behavior is that – TO SURVIVE AND PROSPER IN THE KINGDOM OF CORRUPT NEPOTISM, DEGENERATE YOURSELF INTO A MORAL CESSPOOL.

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  • LIONS:

    To tell the TRUTH,more than 70 pct DO NOT REMAIN SILENT.
    You see the HIGHER THE EDUCATION,THE MORE THE SELFISHNESS N SELF-CENTEREDNESS.
    These EDUCATED SGS COWPEH LOUD LOUD TILL THE COWS COME HOME ONLY WHEN THEIR THICK HIDES GOT PRICKED.

    AND,TURN A BLIND EYE WHEN THEIR MORE ORFINARY COUNTRYMEN ARE HARMED?

    I WANT TO SEE MORE SELFISH EDUCATED SGS GET PRICKED REALLY HARD BY THE ONES THEY SOLD VOTES FOR LOLLIES bought with taxpayers money!

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    The Master of Character Assassination is non-other than the Bastard now DEAD the man who Con You!!!

    He NOT only C-A oppositions, he does that to the neighbouring country leaders too, 3rdWorld Developing & 1stWorld…worshipped as a God in Singapore by IDIOTS at his Beck N Call…his Death though agonising BESEECHED by Demons & Diseases…he deserves Death of a THOUSAND CUTs for Destroying a Generation of UNBORN & Destruction of his opponents and their Families!!!

    Remember!!!… The OWL and Retribution for all Evil Doers…NOt the pussycat

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  • BodohBabi:

    Powers are male organ. Political and religious power collude or sleep together is faggish or sodom-y. The church has been judged globally in the scandal( alluding to sodom)

    “That crisis now threatens to engulf his papacy and do lasting damage to Francis’s own reputation. The scandal has grown from being, as the church once claimed, about a few bad apples, to a global disaster, revealing not only cover-ups by bishops of priests’ behaviour but accusations against archbishops and cardinals, the princes of the church. So bad is the situation that it has edged ever closer to the pope himself, with two of the members of his C9 group of cardinal advisers now tainted by abuse scandals. (It should be noted that the C9 members involved dispute the claims.)

    In recent days the Catholic church has also been rocked by accusations against one of the most respected cardinals of recent times, the retired archbishop of Washington DC, Theodore McCarrick. The Vatican has ordered him to cease public ministry. McCarrick, 88, was a confidant of presidents and popes, including Francis.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/26/pope-francis-catholic-church-abuse-scandal-failed

    If you are part of all these “fags” planted all over the island, you deserve to be blessedly deceived.

    You are a major source of sewage in the world(no salvation there)

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  • Songshu:

    The unfortunate situation in our Govt’s character-assassination tactic is that most of our citizens believe in what the Govt & the media told them. Character-assassination works only when the majority of the people believe the tellers.

    A lot of us are not able to observe, reason out & analyse the mostly false or one-sided information passed to us.
    Take the example of Dr Chee. I’m convinced that his was a genuine case of character-assassination by Harry, GCT & their gang. Dr Chee was also new into politics then & was probably guilty of being rash in some of his words & actions. The State Times didn’t help by not reporting the truth on at least 1 of the incidents between him & Woody who I believe is no saint.

    One mustn’t trust anyone or party that keeps urging the one to ‘trust me/us’. Such people cannot be trusted for sure.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Too little to late Ms Singam.

    Better you get ready to migrate after the collapse of the Pappy Ponzi Show. Unless you want to become cleaner for FT.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    All the talk of soliciting foreign intervention. LKY had, at a talk with NTU staff and students, told a Malaysian student who spoke up that he was one with us Singaporeans, considering that we had been all Malaysians before. And isn’t DAP, now in power in Malaysia, continuation of PAP which LKY set up in Malaya, despite his promise to the Tengku that PAP Singapore would not interfere with Malayan politics? (ie. surely one factor which led to Singapore’s expulsion from Malaysia)? Now, it is understandable, with UNMO in power, Singaporeans would not contemplate rejoining Malaysia. But might not things have changed, with DAP and its multi racialism, which caused our national loyalists to consider possible re-merger? After all, we all have been shown clip of our “founding father” weeping when Malaysia expelled us. And all these years we have been told that with our two to three million population, there can be too few “talents”, and we needed to get them from China or even Malaysia. So a Malaysian who joined us at NIE reminded me that we couldn’t do without him, as even our Cabinet was composed of many former Malaysians, quoting LKY and his likes. True, Goh Keng Swee, then Minister of Education, was on record saying even second-rated personnel from overseas would be better than locals, at time when NIE had had to recruit staff. Did not LKY similarly say, when PAP first came into power, that “local mediocres could not be preferred to foreigners?” And did not he say, more recently, in response to complains of Singaporeans facing competition from foreigners, “so much the worse for you”? (being less worthy).

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  • Singapore 'Robin Hoots'!:

    Rob the Poor to feed the Rich?

    We must get rid of them at the next General Election!

    What Merdeka Generation?

    Don’t try to bluff us anymore?

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  • DISTURBED:

    The Sounds of Silence

    https://youtu.be/usN-pKfw6Q8

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  • cfvtgj:

    We can be silent but we have to be a silent killer when comes to GE by voting them out.

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