The reality of voters voting out governments is not as straightforward as what some put it to be

In a state media interview with Channel News Asia (CNA), Minister of Home Affairs and Law, K. Shanmugam was quoted as attempting to assuage public fears about the abuse of power by claiming that his government is accountable because Singaporeans have the power to vote them out in an election.

He said,

“We’ve always said: ‘OK what works for us, we’ve put it in place and we exercise those powers honestly.’ And we allow ourselves to be judged and, periodically, the people judge us at the elections and they look at the results of what we have done. The pluses, minuses, bottomline, how does it work,”

When I read that, I couldn’t help but smile to myself because despite what he has said were not incorrect, the reality is not as straightforward. There is more than meets the eye. Let me explain.

I will give an example and I believe that fellow netizens will understand better. Indian fortune tellers in Little India very often open their little bird cage doors to let their birds out to pick a playing card and the birds will then automatically go back into the cage when they tell fortune. Naive people often wonder why didn’t the small bird grab the opportunity while being let out and fly away.

In case anybody still doesn’t know why, the simple answer is because one, the wings of those small birds have been clipped and two, the birds have also been regularly fed until they are now, both, can no longer fly and don’t bother to fly away. Those birds’ situation is like saying Singaporeans have the power to vote them out in an election lalala…

The late Lee Kuan Yew told the late Deng Xiao Peng when the latter visited Singapore that Chinese Singaporeans are descendants of inferior Chinese migrant stocks and he was probably correct. That is also true of our Indian citizens. Those wealthier, better connected and better educated forbears didn’t have to leave their homelands to come to Singapore in search of a better lives.

We, Singaporeans have basically inherited inferior genes from our forebears and when such people are also ruled under an authoritarian People’s Action Party government for far too long like in our case, a government that knows too well about playing the game of when to come down hard on its people and when to pacify them, over time, people’s behaviours, awe and fear of the PAP government become ingrained in their psyche. In other words, our people have been conditioned.

Despite repeated assurances given by the PAP government, alternative parties and civil society that your vote is secret, too many ordinary citizens and I believe that a not insignificant numbers of civil servants too harbour genuine fear of voting against the PAP government. We can either choose to continue to ignore or pretend that this is not true because to many of them, maintaining the status-quo and/or ignorance is bliss or we can choose to develop the enlightenment to realise that the best of the PAP government is behind us and courageously vote for a new day and new hopes for ourselves and our children and refuse to continue salivating PAP’s past achievements and glory….

So, to what K. Shanmugam said to CNA, I say yes, he was correct but let us be ever mindful of this one important Uniquely Singapore cavaet. Think!

 

Simon Lim

 

 

 

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17 Responses to “The reality of voters voting out governments is not as straightforward as what some put it to be”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Simon…Nothing to do with Genes only IDIOTS and Evil bastards think that way…what was LKY’s Father and Mother??? a Housewife and clerk at best a salesman where he inherited his genes of Bullshitting???

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  • No Dafts or Dogs Allowed:

    A better example would be the ‘conditioned’ elephant. When they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

    These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

    So the same with Singaporeans. The younger ones will grow up dafts because the present anti-fake news legislation is one of those “ropes”

    Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for the opinions above, as apparently one of my dogs has learned how to type.

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  • LIONS:

    Well ok,cannot deny poor chinese migrants from the south came to Singapura.
    But must poor ppl be stupid as well like lky said to Deng?

    Wealth is not the only measure of intelligence and even more so,WISDOM
    Indeed,JUST HOW MANY ARE THE WEALTHY WHO ARE FOOLISH?

    WISDOM IS BETTER THAN MERE *$MARTNESS* or even intelligence,dont LKY’S DIRECT DESCENDANTS n other clever $CHOLARS AGREE?

    FOOLS CAN BE SMART BUT THEY ARE NEVER WISE?

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  • LIONS:

    And oh,btw,LEADERS NEED TO BE WISE IN ORDER TO *LEAD* while governing?
    Dr Goh Keng Swee is a fine example.
    He was smart,brilliant than all subseqquent PAP gahmen before n after him,but was he that *FILTHILY RICH*?
    PS: If he just wanted,he could have left a humongou$ fortune for his descendants like many of his colleagues,couldnt he?

    But,being the WISE MAN he was,he chose to SERVE THE PEOPLE instead of worshipping *$* like our current $cholar-general-gahMEN.

    So fools will never truly understand WHAT SERVING MEANS n as a result,THEY ARE LOUSY LEADERS.

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  • Opposition dude:

    Yup agree with Simon Lim that technically the minister is correct. But one day things will change and though PAP might not be voted out they will have to learn to share power.

    As for that nonsense about your vote not being secret think about this for a moment. In an election 30% of voters vote for opposition which is around 600k voters. Have you heard of any of them being jailed?

    We showed PAP something back in 2011 and they respinded by finally cutting their salaries. PAP fears being voted out so as long as voters do not scare them then PAP will have the upper hand.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “Chinese Singaporeans are descendants of inferior Chinese migrant stocks and he was probably correct. That is also true of our Indian citizens. Those wealthier, better connected and better educated forbears didn’t have to leave their homelands to come to Singapore in search of a better lives.”

    @Simon; you might be right or late LKY was right! But Malaysian Chinese also the same, why are they smarter? 7 out of 10 adult Singaporeans hold all kinds of degrees and the rest with some qualification, Malaysia has less than that, but they could sensed something wrong with 1MBD and kicked the culprit out.

    Singaporeans don’t even know those hands inside the cookie jars of Temasick, CPF, GIC, GLC and how much its CEOs are paid with taxpayers’ money. Some of these graduates don’t even know why they were retrenched and have to go for training and re-training to get a job working under FTs with questionable qualifications.

    The PAP government wanted to ensure minority races to be represented in Parliament and the people supported the introduction of GRCs. But were told that minority representation was only required during election time, after election it is not necessary. Kanna played out.

    In the last few elections, several Chinese MPs had to enter Parliament through GRCs. Ironically an Indian was voted into Parliament alone without the help of Chinese. Kanna conned again.

    Don’t blame our ancestors, Singaporeans are just stupid by themselves despite with all kind of qualifications!!

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  • oxygen:

    EXERCISING THOSE POWERS HONESTLY and still bent on repressive anti-fake news legislation of WHOLLY FAKE CONSTRUCT?

    He wants to hear only the pluses (praises), NOT THE MINUSES (dissenting criticisms/pushbacks), never part of the PROCESS and SERIOUS DEBATE for policy deliberations or issues confronting the nation in this era of turbulent change.

    :We’ve always said: ‘OK what works for us, we’ve put it in place and we exercise those powers honestly.’ And we allow ourselves to be judged and, periodically, the people judge us at the elections and they look at the results of what we have done. The pluses, minuses, bottomline, how does it work

    Indoctrinated peasant Ah Seng will discover that drowning takes a while longer before the nation’s death and extinction come visiting suddenly of collapse.

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  • If u have ...:

    The government openly challenged the Constitution right n independence of regulatory public institution n demeaning the honour of the CJ appointment. If this is not abuse of power, what is? The people gives the mandate to govern within Constitution n not to self gratify or self glorify themselves or the party. To give themselves mmultimillions n undisclosed amt is not constitutional as it ONLY benefits themselves which is not what they have sworn before their God. If a man can defy their faith who else they are afraid to fear. Could the ministers n Parliament spell out openly to all Singaporeans what have they sworn on the Bible, Koran, Dogma or whatever God they pray to.
    tThe latest giving judicial power to the Ministers is the last straw n a direct slap on the whole judicial Public Institution. contempt of Court is frequently used in Singapore particularly on citizens n political dissidents n why all front r silent when the ministers belittle the sanctity of Justice n its office bearers! if this is not Contempt,of the extreme, what is? Now it becomes clear why our own son internationally teputed to be Constitution zlaws Expert is forced out by an angmoh relative. His (Son of Singapore) international academic standing is evidenced from he being head hunted immediately by one of Asian top university n of a big nation!

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  • Regime change is the solution:

    The problem in Singapore is that after 50+ years under PAP Singaporeans are suffering from an extreme case of Stockholm Syndrome. The education system also trains students to comply and to always defer to authority. They graduate “spineless” and mediocre.

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  • More Pain Needed:

    When the house is on fire, or the cage is on fire, any bird will fly again.
    What is needed is pain, more pain, continuous pain.
    Pain will jolt dreaming dafts back to reality.
    If dafts do not force themselves to fly, then they will be roasted. Simple.

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  • Loveless & materialistic:

    “You (oh soul) must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty … Power is of two kinds: One is obtained by the fear of punishment, and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the power derived from fear of punishment.”

    - Mahatma Gandhi

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  • Anon:

    Simon is obviously right in saying it is not so easy to vote out the govt.
    But I have to confess I too had to ‘smile to myself’ when he went on to give a major reason as our ‘inferior Chinese migrant stock’!! especially after explaining why this Indian birds don’t fly away.
    In every country in the developed world, it is well acknowledged that it is the migrants that display entrepreneurial qualities and they are the ones who have acquired the nous to survive; they have to, given the situation they find themselves. Virtually all the great entrepreneurs that made America were migrants; were they of inferior stock’? Not at all. Genetic determinism has been much disputed and rightly so. LKY subscribed to a form of Social Darwinism; he regarded nature as more important than culture. that’s why he believed in social engineering. The facts show otherwise.
    Indeed if Simon himself is descended from this ‘inferior stock’ and if it were really true, he would not be asking these kinds of questions. He would be like the compliant masses himself. That he is presumably not shows that people can be ‘awakened’ and galvanised to act differently than expected. There is still hope; all that is needed is a thawing if the conditioning process.

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  • Harder Truths:

    I am sure Tan Wah Piow, JBJ, CST and all the other SG freedom fighters who have spoken out against previously enacted laws such as ISA will surely agree with this guy. Right?

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  • Cronyism is Not ilLegal:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    Simon…Nothing to do with Genes only IDIOTS and Evil bastards think that way…what was LKY’s Father and Mother??? a Housewife and clerk at best a salesman where he inherited his genes of Bullshitting???

    A person won’t learn until he is screwes.
    Hokkien wisdom words :
    Boh Heng Gao Gan Buay Toa Han.

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  • Effect of Brainwashing:

    A Brainwashed does not know he is.
    This is the real dangers.
    It is true that most have been brainwashed.

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  • 70% mandated:

    70 or 69 % mandated …. !

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  • nizhemoshou:

    bloody hell, what did the old dead bast**d dictator mean by inferior stock Inferior in what sense? Just bcos our forefathers who arrived were mostly poor or lliterate , they are inferor ? Stupiad.

    Unlike today 3rd world migrants who come to enjoy the helping hand of his stupiad pro aliens policies , our forefathers came to an undeveloped world of the old Nanyang where it is very much the survival of the fittest . Our forefathers were the real pioneers , tough , brave and hardowrking who helped make old Nanyang economically rich n prosperous today. They are the old money as featured in the Crazy rich Asians bestseller by Sg author.

    Never take what the old dead dictator said as gospel truth He always spoke with fork tongue with a hidden agenda to justify in this case his then so called ft policy. He just wanted to open the floodgate to all n sundry dont say

    He ought to be told off what inferior stock is. The most inferior of the worst inferior stock from all the undeveloped countries in the world that he n his son have openly welcomed to our already developed sunny island country viz the low life , jobless poor , the fake qualification , the criminal and the prostitutes chapalan kind .Some more guarantee them jobs over local sgs and give away our citizenship/sprs to them Stupiad.

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