Don’t Be Fooled by Heng’s Rehashing of Old PAP Slogans – There’s Nothing New Here

Recently devoted family retainer and PM-in-waiting Heng Swee Keat called on Singaporeans to build a “democracy of deeds”. He was quoting LKY’s loyal and well rewarded sycophant, former Foreign Minister S. Rajaratnam. If we look at the actual words he used we get a darker meaning than Heng’s words appear to bear on the surface:

“What you have done may not get as much publicity as the utterances of professional oppositionists, but long after these have gone, what you have done will strengthen the democracy of deeds and not words.”

So it is clear that what Rajaratnam was really doing was tapping into that long PAP tradition of belittling and ‘othering’ those who dare to criticise them. In particular those who stood in the way of Lee Kuan Yew’s and his family’s untrammelled entitlement to power, including the power to enrich themselves from their connections in a manner which, while it may not have wholly illegal by the standards of the times, was certainly morally reprehensible and definitely “not cricket” as my late father said about LKY’s enrichment of his family back in 1976.

The State Times, in an article written by former PAP MP Irene Ng, helpfully elucidates:

Known as the ideologue among the first-generation Cabinet leaders, Mr Rajaratnam advocated what he termed a “problem-solving democracy”, oriented towards solving the problems of the people in practical ways – as opposed to a democracy of words, engaged in empty rhetoric and political confrontation...

This is intended to convey the impression of the PAP as ‘men of action’, in classic fascist terminology while anyone who criticises them can be derided as ‘oppositionists’ and shouted down with the words “don’t oppose for the sake of opposing”. Or the refrain which I often heard from PAP MPs in West Coast and Choa Chu Kang, “What’s your plan to improve residents’ lives?”

Ms Ng, Rajaratnam’s biographer, goes on to say that this is why Rajaratnam hailed the Government’s decision to set up town councils:

“This stage would be the most difficult because Singaporeans would have to learn to be responsible for their mistakes… They would also find that exercising authority would not mean popularity and total freedom,”

While many of the Workers Party’s problems are of their own making, the idea was to set up the Opposition for failure by giving them a job that turned them into mere estate managers while denying them the tools to do their jobs effectively. Only the PAP could solve problems since they controlled all the levers of power, would never relinquish them and Singaporeans would be fools to think any other way. Anyone who showed that it might be possible to take back control would be ruthlessly removed from Parliament as LKY, Goh and then LHL did with my father.

So when Heng talks about a partnership between the Government and the people, he is not talking about a partnership at all. I can supply a helpful translation for those who might not understand what he really means:

  • Our idea of partnership is one in which we continue to have absolute power and you do as we say.
  • We will control all the information and only release data to support the notion of a fake technocracy. In particular we will conceal from you what Singapore’s reserves are or the size of the accumulated surplus after 55 years of austerity. Either the Government is sitting on Croesus-like piles of gold or the PM’s wife and her cronies have blown everything through bad investing and trading decisions.
  • Your rulers (Lee Hsien Loong and his wife) can appoint themselves to the most important posts such as head of the sovereign wealth fund built up over years of austerity and pay themselves whatever they want. Her remuneration (whether several billion or merely hundreds of millions) will remain a state secret which Singaporeans have no right to know. Similarly the size of the Lee dynasty’s fortune and how it was accumulated will remain not only a secret but so well hidden that no information will come to light as to what assets they own.
  • We will use the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act as well as the new Protection from Online Falsehoods Act to stifle criticism and scare you into keeping quiet and meekly accepting the status quo.

Heng talks about working hard to improve Singaporeans’ lives. Who is he kidding?

  • Economic growth. Despite its growth record being no better than Ireland, Singapore frequently bamboozles foreigners by saying “Who cares about human rights? You can’t argue with 10% growth”. However not only is Singapore’s growth fuelled by allowing employers to bring in dirt cheap foreign labour without any minimum wage or employment protections for Singaporeans but that growth has brought almost no benefits in terms of extra spending on public services or welfare.
  • Instead of enjoying a bonus from what should be an exponentially growing pile of foreign assets, the Government keeps putting up taxes while shuffling money around in a sophisticated version of the shell game in a charade called the Budget. Finance Minister Heng is as adept at this as his predecessor Tharman.
  • Subsidising wages to make Singaporeans competitive with cheap foreign labour has just trapped our economy in a low-wage low-productivity trap. Singapore’s productivity, properly measured, is mediocre compared to other developed countries and appalling if compared to leading global cities on a per-capita basis.
  • How has the Government helped to reduce inequality when they have lied to Singaporeans about the value of their principal asset which they are forced to buy, when there is no old age pension despite what should be its easy affordability and there is no free or compulsory education and performance is artificially boosted by effectively excluding special needs or problem children from school?

In the PAP’s Orwellian Newspeak, “partnership” is dictatorship, “inclusive” is used to justify paying themselves more, “good governance” is Ho Ching’s remuneration remaining a state secret, helping Singaporeans is “ownself help ownself”, fake spending justifies raising regressive taxes like GST, “good jobs” are for foreign talent otherwise Singapore would not be competitive and “staying vigilant against forces that can drive society apart” is crushing dissent and keeping the PAP in office because of the enemies at the door. Singaporeans have been taken in by this humbug for fifty years. Will they allow themselves to be fooled for another 50?

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

* The author blogs at https://kenjeyaretnam.com/.

 

 

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12 Responses to “Don’t Be Fooled by Heng’s Rehashing of Old PAP Slogans – There’s Nothing New Here”

  • pap stroke heng:

    name one good the stroke heng has done for 70% sheep. NONE.

    name one bad thing. there are many. just to name one, GST 9% akan datang.

    70% sheep no need to do anything one. heaven has eyes. 2nd stroke soon. then talk hen and chicken also no use since heaven mandate.

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  • Buay Heng:

    This question has all Singaporeans speechless.

    Who is his father?!

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  • Singaporeans Be Brave:

    Very enjoyable to read KJ’s letter.

    Singaporeans must not give up on themselves.

    Only Singaporeans themselves can save themselves and conquer fear by themselves.

    No one else can cure them.

    They must not stop getting treatment.

    We should aspire to live in a country where we feel free to debate with govt.

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  • @Buay Heng

    Remember the late Comedian duo Wang Sa and Yeh Feng bo? Wang passed away at the age of 73 in 1998, 3 years later than Yeh, who passed away at 63. When the duo retired, Ye Feng (real name was Xiao Tian Ca) opened a chicken and duck rice stall at Tai Seng Eating House while Wang lost his voice after contracting a chronic lung disease.

    Wang Sa (real name was Heng Kim Ching) reportedly had a son who was a senior police officer.

    Also reportedly:
    1. Wang’s 1st marriage was short-lived and ended in 1961.
    2. Wang had 6 children, (some MSM say 5 children). So issit 4 or 5 sons and 1 daughter???
    3. Wang was Teochew.

    Interestingly I heard Wang’s wake was attended by a lot of people, so MAYBE those who attended the wake might know more, not forgetting of course those staying in Telok Kurau area (Wang’s family home).

    WARNING: Before you go off making any wild guesses, remember got POFMA hor, sekali some millister come out shout “fake news” then jialut liao.

    Anyway, the duo was a great comedian pair in the 60s. Here’s to teh good old times:

    Rare Wang Sa Yeh Feng Compete Song Video”

    .

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  • TruBlu:

    I hate to repeat but what makes the PAP LEADERS lousy are the $elf-serving gra$$LOOTers they nurture.

    Many grasslooters make use of *status* n connections to SERVE THEIR OWN INTERESTS.
    Many throw their weight on their neighbours and DICTATE CIVIL SERVANTS TO DO THEIR BIDDING.Even grasslooters’ relatives are extended the PRIVILEGES N ABUSES.

    TIME TO RELOOK AT GRASSROOT MEMBERSHIP.

    PAP LEADERS ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE COMMON Sgs n only listen to FAKE NEWS furnished by their grasslooters.

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  • @Buay Heng

    I recalled that ions ago, someone told me over a lot of beer that there is currently a millister who is the son of the beloved late Wang Sa. He also said that this millister also has a brother who is/was a senior officer in the police force.

    And after some Yahooing, I found this by a local Chinese MSM (1998):

    “王沙的大儿子文凯是在汽车行工作,二儿子志成和三儿子志辉都是政府公务员,在政府部门服务。最小儿子文志则是蚬壳石油公司的职员。”

    Loosely translated from the article, ASSUMING IF indeed that someone was telling the truth, the millister MAY BE Heng Chee How who may have a brother named Heng Chee Keong. This millister was offered a SPF scholarship alongside DPM Heng Swee Kiat in the 80s.

    In 1998, both DPM Heng and this millister would have been 37-year-old with DPM Heng PPS to LKY while this millister the Assistant Sec-Gen in NTUC.

    HOWEVER, what I am confused from the searches is that different MSM are reporting different figures for the number of children that Wang had, so was it 5 or 6? This is a very important figure and may suggest that Wang had a missing son whose may be from his 1st marriage. In that case, my above deduction may be seriously and totally wrong.

    What do you think?

    Caveat: I cannot confirm that what I have deduced is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I therefore stand corrected.

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  • Somewhat surprised:

    Kenneth jeya wrote series of brilliant articles ; he does not have charisma of his late dad
    I used to stand with a umbrella rain n shine to listen to Jbj
    Kenneth would be great as a political Researcher n analyst for Tan Cheng BOCK; just idea Ken think abt it

    Kenneth wrote about TEMASEK’s investment in Bayer which is disastrous due to heavy law suits against Monsanto
    A subsidiary of Bayer in usA;
    What befuddles me is TEMASEK being a big corporation how come due diligence was not done by its Researchers and fund mgrs before investing large sums of money in corporations when rumours are circulating already

    Common sense tells us that when we buy a house or car we look it over carefully
    Can someone comment..?

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  • I ask sg education system:

    This proves the vast majority Singaporeans, product of the education system, are Unquestioning.

    Regurgitation is not wisdom.

    Impressed by TRE Techie sharing of somethings he heard though unverified.

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  • Moneyface Humbug:

    A guy walks into a bank and says to the teller at the window, “I want to open a f**kin’ checking account!”
    To which the lady replied, “I beg your pardon, what did you say?”
    “Listen up dammit, I said I want to open a f**kin’ checking account right now.”
    “Sir, I’m sorry but we do not tolerate that kind of language in this bank!”

    The teller left the counter, went over to the bank manager and told him about her situation. They both returned and the
    manager asked, “What seems to be the problem here?”
    “There’s no damn problem,” the man said, “I just won 50 million in the lottery and I want to open a f**kin’ checking account in this damn bank!”
    “I see sir,” the manager said, “and this b*t*h is giving you a hard time?”

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  • Be worthy:

    Ah kiat is either an over confident hotshot or a silly fool.

    He would either be dropping dead in office from stroke #2 or becoming the worst Piss Man after collecting loads of shits left behind by Pinky.

    What do you think?

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  • @I ask sg education system

    Here is where I have to admit that as far as Minister Heng Chee How is concerned, I am terribly wrong and I apologise to the readers and Minister Heng Chee How for that.

    To clarify again: Minister Heng Chee How is not the son of the late Wang Sa.

    Having reviewed the information that I have obtained from the web, millister Heng Chee How could NOT have been the son of the late Wang Sa. The most obvious reason being that Wang Sa is Teochew while Heng Chee How is Hokkien, among other reasons too long to write.

    Remember I said some MSM said Wang had 5 children and some said 6? I have finally managed to figure that out and both papers were in fact correct!

    Correct in the sense that its merely a perspective issue. Allow me to cite a few examples for better comprehension:

    Example #1
    I divorced my 1st wife and remarried my 2nd wife who subsequently bore me 5 children. During my divorce, my 1st wife gave birth to my eldest son but we were already divorced, so my eldest son grew up with my ex-wife, i.e. his biological mother.

    Technically therefore, I can be said to have 5 or 6 children and it won’t be wrong.

    Example #2
    I divorced my 1st wife and remarried my 2nd wife who subsequently bore me 5 children. However, my 2nd wife is actually her 2nd marriage (she divorced her 1st husband) and she brought along a son to live with me.

    Again technically, I can be said to have 5 or 6 children and it won’t be wrong.

    *** I met 老夫子 in my dream ***

    Maybe due to my obsession with figuring out the why of 5 or 6, I had a strange dream last night where I met 老夫子 (LFZ) and he told me that Wang actually had 7 children.

    In the dream, LFZ told me to add example #1 and example #2 together and the result would be the closest answer you will ever get.

    Since the information of Wang’s 6 children are in the public domain and widely reported, then who is the “missing son”?

    Before leaving my dream, LFZ said since he no longer stays at Telok Kurau Lorong G, I can visit him at his new home at Mt Sinang (spelling?) to find out.

    Hm…. so strange a dream. :)
    .

    P/S: Damned, forgot to ask LFZ for 4D numbers. :(

    .

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  • Marketing Talk - beware:

    > “In the PAP’s Orwellian Newspeak, “partnership” is dictatorship, “inclusive” is used to justify paying themselves more. . .”
    -
    When Lau Goh CT first became PM,
    when Mr. Pink first became PM,
    -
    all the same – using the above quotes –
    -
    When things did not go well –
    when criticism started pouring in . . .
    -
    they took out the knuckle duster – lawsuits ,etc.
    -
    So, remember the Ballot Box !

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