The PAP has created a climate of fear, to the detriment of the people

I wish to talk about the climate of fear in Singapore. What is this climate of fear? It is the fear of criticizing the policies of the government.

Many people are worried that they might lose their jobs or their business might be badly affected, if they speak against these policies. They even worry that it might affect other members of their family. Their family members also ask them to tone down their views.

It is bad if we do not have a healthy discussion how the policies affect the ordinary people. We can have bad policies and practices that are not corrected for a long time, causing a lot of damage.

What are some of the bad policies and practices? Some of them could be:

a) Policies that lead to high cost of living, such as GST
b) Policies that lead to uncertainty of jobs or depressed wages.
c) Abuse of power and corrupt practices.

Why are people afraid to speak out?

They saw what happened to some of the people that spoke out and how many of them were sued and made bankrupt or have to run away from Singapore. The statements were not extremely bad but they were sued anyway.

It was rather sad that the judges found the statements to be defamatory, and awarded huge and financially crippling damages.

These legal cases create a climate of fear. Many people are not sure if their statements could lead them to be sued for defamatory or charged for scandalizing the judiciary. It is better to keep quiet.

I have personally been threatened with defamation by a land banking company. Their demands were excessive and bullying. I agreed to the reasonable demands but did not comply with the excessive demands. The matter was dropped after a few months. The company was later found to be cheating the public and the directors were jailed.

The government can remove this climate of fear and encourage people to think rationally and express their views freely. This will be good for our future.

The government should refrain from taking harsh action against people who might have gone overboard in expressing their views. They can point out the mistake and make it easy for people to retract them. People will understand and learn from the experience.

If people made unfounded allegations about the actions of the government, it is better for the government to be transparent and give the facts. There is no need to use harsh measures against these allegations.

By being transparent and accountable, they will gain the trust of the people.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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22 Responses to “The PAP has created a climate of fear, to the detriment of the people”

  • They Can't 'Hide' Anymore!:

    Singaporeans are angry and fed up!

    If GE is held tomorrow, they will be voted out!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    After the regime change in Malaysia, it is PAP that is now living in fear.

    LHL was most likely thinking of using the “LKY card” again in GE2020 after it saved PAP in 2015. But it will no longer work after it became clear that LKY lied to Singaporeans when he said the price of HDB flats will never go down. Lawrence Wong made public the TRUTH – that the HDB flats will be worth zero at the end of the lease. HDB’s Lease Buy Back Scheme also confirms that HDB flats steadily depreciate as they get older so it is worth nothing to the owner at the end of the lease. HIP1 and HIP2 cannot prevent this.

    Branding the activists who recently met with Dr M as “traitors” also shows the extent of PAP fear of regime change.

    Out of fear the Government will clamp down on socal media in the run up to the next GE.

    Gerrymandering will not help PAP much at the next GE because MOST of the ground is toxic.

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  • Fear and Stress:

    Fear and stress = low birth rate. Unhappy people

    Many will retire elsewhere.

    Tak Harapan

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  • Bapak:

    He is feared no more, down there. Instead, his turn to fear.

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  • oxygen:

    PAST TENSE BIGGEST MISTAKES ARE:

    - his political grooming of cronies via GRC, epic failure.

    - his refusing to take advice of Professor Krugman

    - he overstayed his welcome on the political stage perpetuating longevity and policy mistakes unchecked.

    GRC PRODUCED FAILURES – G2 was scam of asset enhancement politics and ministerial pay benchmarking only to winning pool of top private earners (pow chiak one) even unperforming. Swiss standards of living is bad taste comedy. G3 is one big fiack up of failed population recycling economics. G4 makes excellent clueless stand-up comedians Those scholarly crawling in under the crevices of GRC backdoor won’t be hired by Jack Ma’s Alibaba- they are ignorant of real world – grafted from retirement homes to be political apprentices. That is why GRC political grooming failed monumentally.

    Krugman lives in the real world world of economic realities. Past Tense from law background though distinguished, lives in an economic bubble of believing his own invincibility.

    Failed policies like HDB/CPF still haunt us today and worst of compounding errors of FAKE WONDERS OF SACRED COWS. No one would confront him.

    LEE-jiapore is now a sinking mess.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    I think it is easier said than done.

    In order to have a positive discussion, we need to have information. when everything is kept secret; what sort of discussion would be productive? So the opposition in Parliament asks basic questions seeking information and therefore cannot analyse the information on the spot.

    This is the fundamental mindset of the PAP–profess transparency and accountability but practice neither principles.

    The only way to resolve Singapore’s issues therefore comes down to getting rid of the PAP first and foremost. Then dismantle their insidious intrusion into civil society.

    After that, we should have full information for debates to be productive.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    The climate of FEAR is so prevalent it is not FUNNY but DEAD serious similar to the dead bast**d…CONDITIONED into the mind that it is almost impossible to REMOVE…

    TRUE experience:…A family GP I regularly consult was having a discussion on the current political affairs with me specifically on the 38 Oxley and FamiLEE dispute and the Comedy in Parliament that followed…as I went into a tirade of the IDIOT of a PM and his evil dead father…he hushed me and said the walls have ears though he AGREES with me… JustImagine in his Clinic in his consultation room and he has this FEAR!!! out of respect for him, I change the subject and left soon after, sad but how TRUE that the Bastard though DEAD his Evil never left the minds of a Generation or TWO…maybe the Generation may not be so Fearful leh!!!

    More IMPORTANT!!! Destroy that Evil LEEgacy and that EVIL Dynasty and the TRUTH, not the BullShit “HardTruth” will set you FREE!!!

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    The climate of FEAR is so prevalent it is not FUNNY but DEAD serious similar to the dead bast**d…CONDITIONED into the mind that it is almost impossible to REMOVE…

    TRUE experience:…A family GP I regularly consult was having a discussion on the current political affairs with me specifically on the 38 Oxley and FamiLEE dispute and the Comedy in Parliament that followed…as I went into a tirade of the IDIOT of a PM and his evil dead father…he hushed me and said the walls have ears though he AGREES with me… JustImagine in his Clinic in his consultation room and he has this FEAR!!! out of respect for him, I change the subject and left soon after, sad but how TRUE that the Bastard though DEAD his Evil never left the minds of a Generation or TWO…maybe the Generation may not be so Fearful leh!!!

    More IMPORTANT!!! Destroy that Evil LEEgacy and that EVIL Dynasty and the TRUTH, not the BullShit “HardTruth” will set you FREE!!!

    Correction: maybe the Generation of youngster today may NOT be so Fearful

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  • pap clown and gang S$m liars:

    fear? what fear when jobless and no more S$ to pay more GST.

    fear? what fear when only nestegg HDB is now worth zero at end of lease.

    fear? what fear when children from so called nus ntu no commensurate full time employment months after graduation.

    fear? what fear when jobless yet 30% water increase, gas increase, electricity increase, carpark increase.

    fear? what fear when in the end dying is far more better than being squeezed dry by pap clown and gang S$m liars.

    there will comes a point in time when fear is a meaningless word.

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  • orbit cha cha:

    Bapak:
    He is feared no more, down there. Instead, his turn to fear.

    absolutely correct bapak!
    on this earth he was a big hantu
    down there he’s a small toyol
    the really BIG BOYS will show him how a REAL hantu scares the shit out of you!

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  • HarderTruths:

    This is just an excuse made up to avoid the truth. The turth is 70% prefer to vote for pappies because they benefit somehow.

    The truth is there is no such thing as a nation since 70% clearly want FT here to rule them and believe that FT are superior to them.

    The truth is FT come from third word countries with third world qualifications and third world bullshit – yet 70% still want to grovel to them. The truth is 70% have no balls.

    So continue to moan and groan and make excuses – you sorry lot of citizens. No FT or pappy really gives a shit about why you are useless.

    The problem lies with you – the 70% – and no one else.

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    The game is long gone and game over. The damage is done long ago and will stay with generations to come. The cowardice and gutless instill in Stinkies will stay with them for generations to come. When you work with Stinkies, you will realize that they are gutless to do anything and always like to blame on someone else.

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  • opposition dude:

    Mr Tan the PAP is not known to be transparent or merciful when dealing with so called dissidents so please do not waste your time asking them to do so.

    The PAP only knows force so they have to get the same treatment from the voters. We saw what happened in 2011 when their forever dead founded asked Aljunied voters to repent if they voted opposition. So if we get the same or better treatment dished out to PAP this is when they will be forced to change.

    You know in your heart that PAP will never be a kind government, it’s just not in their blood to be loved but to be feared.

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  • we call them k*ng*r**s:

    It was rather sad that the judges found the statements to be defamatory, and awarded huge and financially crippling damages.

    In private (out of fear of reprisals by the PAP) circles, we call them k*ng*r**s.

    Is the fate and ricebowl of the judges at the mercy of the powers that be?

    Why were all lawyers in the whole of Singapore afraid to take up the cases of Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui except human rights lawyer M. Ravi? Of course, the ricebowl of M. Ravi was ruined.

    Many people are worried that they might lose their jobs or their business might be badly affected, if they speak against these policies.

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  • we call them k*ng*r**s:

    It was rather sad that the judges found the statements to be defamatory, and awarded huge and financially crippling damages.

    In private (out of fear of reprisals by the PAP) circles, we call them k*ng*r**s.

    Is the fate and ricebowl of the judges at the mercy of the powers that be?

    What happened to the fate of the judge who ruled in favor of JBJ?

    Why were all lawyers in the whole of Singapore afraid to take up the cases of Roy Ngerng and Han Hui Hui except human rights lawyer M. Ravi? Of course, the ricebowl of M. Ravi was ruined.

    Many people are worried that they might lose their jobs or their business might be badly affected, if they speak against these policies.

    Or if they oppose the PAP.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Fear is the very basis and structure of SG.

    It works, thrives and bloom, on account of it.

    The citizens pledge loyalty and subservience to it.

    Don’t knock it. It’s good for SG.

    Don’t take my word for it. Just ask the dead one, failing which, the SGov will put you right on the matter !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • Lan Tua Kee:

    If live in FEAR everyday, LJ can stand or not? Will fear reduce the standing strength?

    Will this affect birth rate?

    Oh my LJ!

    Yours
    LTK

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  • Only One Important Rule:

    Never vote for any PAP candidate.

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  • cfvtgj:

    Only by removing off from the parliament, then all the fear and problems will be mostly being remove.

    Just talk about solutions and not trying to criticize or death treats against them. Then you will be safe. If not, learn about hacking and post anonymously.

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  • Failed fundamentals:

    No where in any trustworthy democratic country east or west, is the administration of mandatory worker savings not open to public viewing of their accounts books. Where is the check and what is it to balance?

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  • 人小毛长那话大:

    这贴文作者是不是“陈金莲”?

    她好像什么都怕!她也以为其他人也和她一样,怕这怕那的。

    她错了,她周边的人胆子都比她大!

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  • Why suffered in silence:

    When the citizens are cornerned,the fear factor dosen’t work because they have nothing to lose.Perhaps for the 70% it is still effective.They fear that the country would collapse without Pay and Peng.Fear that they would loose their jobs if vote for opposition,especially so for civil servants.Fear of not complying with majorty or herd mentality.Resign to fate ,Bo Bian or it can’t be helped.If one has so much fear,what is the point if living? Ironically they do not fear about the future of their children if the regime perpetual their authoritative ,no accountability and transparency rule.

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