Fake News Again?

An election is just around the corner and the economy is in recession or very close to it. Despite the latest figures from our non-independent Statistics Department housed within the Ministry of Trade and Industry showing that we dodged a technical recession in the third quarter, falling retail sales and imports tell a different story. Like China, the economy is probably already experiencing negative growth.

Lee Hsien Loong and his highly paid Ministers certainly do not have any answers to the slump in global trade. He is quick to say is beyond his Government’s control but strangely he claims credit for the decades of growth that propelled Singapore’s rise. Meanwhile instead of having answers he recycles the same old PAP myths and fake news.

This was evident in his speech to the NTUC Delegates’ Conference yesterday. The NTUC, which dates back to 1961, was the PAP-controlled successor to the original Singapore Trades Union Congress while its independent competitor, the Singapore Association of Trade Unions was shut down and its leaders detained in 1963. Since then it has acted, not as a champion of workers’ rights but as just another facet of the PAP’s control of all aspects of life and work in Singapore. Instead of championing workers’ rights it has just become another commercial enterprise with the edges blurred between Government and PAP ownership. It has expanded into many areas of consumer business including food retailing (NTUC Fairprice), where it is the dominant player with over 30% of the market, financial services (NTUC Income), consumer healthcare retail and transport (Comfort Delgro), preschool education (where it and the PAP Community Foundation have a large share of the market and benefit from Government subsidies). Between Temasek and NTUC the PAP control most areas of the economy.

The head of NTUC is a Government minister. The CEO of Fairprice is a PAP MP and the board are made up mostly of PAP MPs and statutory board and GLC employees. I remember from my dad’s WP rallies in the 1970s the initials were aptly said to stand for Never Trust (A) Union Chief. Four of the 12 members of NTUC’s Central Committee are PAP MPs and one is an ex-NMP, so effectively PAP. So when LHL talks about strengthening the bond “between the PAP and NTUC leadership” he is spouting fake news and disinformation as usual. NTUC IS a PAP- infiltrated and controlled organisation just like most organisations in Singapore.

There is nothing “tripartite” about the relationship between workers, the Government and business, much of which is state or PAP-owned. NTUC had nothing to say about the abolition of the right to strike in 1969 nor has it done anything to campaign for a minimum wage which was absolutely necessary if Singaporeans’ living standards were not to be eroded by low wage competition given the easy access to cheap foreign labour given to our employers. Neither has it campaigned for workers’ rights.

The rest of Lee Hsien Loong’s speech was the usual falsehoods, rewriting of history and fake news about other countries. During downturns Singaporean workers have suffered as their wages have been cut while the PM, his family and cronies continue to accumulate massive wealth. It is offensive to suggest that everyone is in the same boat when Lee Hsien Loong refuses to tell us what his wife earns, leaving Singaporeans in the dark as to whether it is billions or only hundreds of millions. Workers in high income countries are not left to fend for themselves but receive unemployment benefit and other social safety nets which are denied to Singaporean workers despite the enormous surplus of $30-40 billion which the Government has been making year after year since at least 2000. The reason why Singapore has no populist movement is that Lee Hsien Loong controls all the media (and the election machinery and the judiciary and so on ad infinitum) and ruthlessly crushes or neutralises any critics by suing them or shutting down alternative news sites. Adopting the SOP of a totalitarian dictatorship he has co-opted a significant segment of the educated, including the majority of what passes for Opposition, by sharing or holding out some of the spoils. Tharman, a friend of exiled Singaporean dissidents in his student days, is a fairly typical example.

Rather than peddling myths and fairy stories, Lee Hsien Loong should answer the questions that he is dodging just as cynically as he did when he appeared against my dad in the 1988 debate on the Elected Presidency. Just that now he uses his power to make sure that he does not have to answer the questions. Will this election finally force him to?

 

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

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

 

 

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14 Responses to “Fake News Again?”

  • Sinkie:

    But 69.9% still vote for PAP leh . . .

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  • Mr Kia Su does Kia Su:

    Mr Kia Su will live up to his name.
    How low will he go?

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G did not succeed because of one man’s brilliance or superhuman godlike abilities – this is what they want you to believe. $G would have survived better had the people more faith in good men who knew there was no free lunch rather than a despot who promised them one.

    SG’s position as the prime SEA port was temporary – anyone who reads history can see that easily.

    The prosperity of $G in the 1960′s during the short-term height of the oil trade would happen regardless of whom was in power – a fact buried by the dictator and his minions and who proclaimed they – and only they – could have done this ‘impossible’ task. A task the British were unable to complete and whom would have been credited with the same had they decided to stay.

    With time $G was expected to lose its advantages given by the British. The onus was on a government that could look past this historical vision. This never materialised. The wealth built up through trade has been so obviously squandered by those running the Communist Island.

    Citizens’ livelihoods have been pillaged to build monuments and edifices to the self-declared greatness of the power-hungry parasites – like the emperors of old they deem nothing is beyond them and everything is for the taking.

    Very few knew, cared and were ignored by the majority – that the ‘progress’ advertised daily depended on the simple outcome of cheap exported labour and short-term returns on their employment. It was not worth investing longer term in citizens who could keep $G unique and at the forefront of trade and business.

    Why do something that would diminish their needs? To invest and diversify in the potential of citizens was beyond the capabilities of petty self-styled ‘scholars’ who never could get a job as a fast-food worker even if their fathers owned the company without copying from someone else and calling it their own idea.

    Eventually thew truth will have to be laid out – by the criminals themselves or others it does not matter, The perpetrators will be long gone. The people or their descendants will have to start all over again with less than nothing.

    ‘They who the gods wish to destroy they first make mad’. The quote aptly describes the citizens who have made this hell for themselves.

    It is only the last chapter that has not been written. The rest is already history.

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  • MikeB:

    I think opposite parties must very quickly start a collision party and have very clear Manifestos agreed by all parties.
    They should go all out to be the next ruling party. They should show strength collectively and promote their manifestos aggressively.
    Citizens want to know their readiness as the next ruling party and what improvements will the changes make for them.
    Most of us want Change but are afraid that the oppositions are not ready. The oppositions do not even have a proper manifesto except for SDP. I suggest the coalition use SDP’s manifestos. Oppositions must work as a coalition to make it work for the people.
    We want to know what they can do for us if elected in the next election and not talk about 2030 or 2040.
    We are ready but are they ready now.
    2030 or 2040 will be too late, period.

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    when market is good, and even a goon such as such as pap IB cystical incestor can make money in market, lying pap S$m thieves say it is due to pap talent and pay each other multi S$m GDP growth bonus.

    when market is no good, the same lying pap S$m thieves say it is due to market and continue to pay each other multi S$m GDP growth bonus.

    market up is due to pap talent. market down is due to market.

    these lying pap S$m thieves approved by a pliant pap parleement truly are the scums of the earth. not once are there honest. not a single one of them is honest. by omission or by commission all of them have lied.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.FLOP.GE2019/20:

    Any thing he does is still higher than you. Much much higher.

    Mr Kia Su does Kia Su:
    Mr Kia Su will live up to his name.
    How low will he go?

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  • MarBowling:

    Harder Truths
    $G did not succeed because of one man’s brilliance or superhuman godlike abilities – this is what they want you to believe. $G would have survived better had the people more faith in good men who knew there was no free lunch rather than a despot who promised them one………..

    It is only the last chapter that has not been written. The rest is already history.

    Response: very well said. You have spoken the Mother of all Hard Truths. Not those crappy Hard Truths bragged by that MF Old Coot!

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  • oxygen:

    WITHOUT THE ARTIFICIAL LIFTS from housing and infrastructure construction, we did be in a recession in the last qtr already.

    DESICCATED COCONUT PAPpy is clueless of how to navigate the economy ahead.

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  • Tripatite All PAP n PAPCB:

    The reality of in the interests n benefits of SIN zlabour, the Grand SB declared generously all for the benefits n interests of SIN Daft worker the formation of a Tripatite to decide their fortune. The tTripatite consists of PAP billionaire Munster, Singapore Employee Association (Hidden criteria: Rep should be from the harem, repeat Only PAP plp bootlickers brownnosers fartsworm ; Check the names since inception, angmoh included, yea yea ,many think impossible angmoh plp ya when$$$$$ involved byby white supremacy only white sticky glue from brownosing bootlicking plps n farts worming ), n lastly NTUC aka PAP Munster Haven (check names}

    R SIN workers know what r they doing behind the scene –
    limp kopi n share porny jokes or
    playing gollf n big angmoh lunch plus $500 bottle wine
    Sipping white gluing wine n watch Forny video
    Mahjong, poker strip ot otherwise

    n bravo tripatite comes to the agreement that

    Worker wage should remain stagnant pending evidence of their improvement in productivity! 5 y, 10 y, 20 y, 40 y passed. Productivity is the problem. Better remove insurance until productivity improve.

    Meanwhile Singapore GDP up.by …., manufacturing sector upwards trend profit improved 150% All due to good management n PAP mudsterso%’s foresight Bonus 2 years salary
    LHL all singaporeans love me screwing them good mah. while Gorilla sitting on!

    This is TRIPATITE doing very well except stupid Singaporeans hoping there are 26 h to get their productivity up. Look Trump Rally not him but behind him . Does it look familiar like SIN workkers look into a mirror!

    Iho ho ho down the dark chimney!

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  • Pappy Winnie the Flop:

    Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass.

    [William Shakespeare]

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  • Economy in deep shit:

    Economy in deep shit yet pappies bullshit.

    High Time for change.

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  • never give up:

    dear Mr KJ..
    you should try to find closure for the ‘mistreatment’ of your dad,our opp hero, by coming back stronger to fight the PAP this GE..
    thats why forming a coalition party is vital..working together to share ideas and strengths..
    all the best to you and your party.
    in the words of sir winston churchill ..” if youre going thro hell, keep going. never surrender”.
    applies in our daily lives too.

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  • What checks&balances Haoseow?:

    So exuding from the assinine disingenuity of mr. Top Gun we the Republic of Singapore have been compelled to devolve back to “delegated president” of the one party state. Worst of all, this time around it’s a 500 million dollar president in the service of Sinchiapor’s crony meritocrats.

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  • IB mothers work in GL:

    I think one possible reason why it’s good to have POFMA is because many Singapore educated voters do not really question .

    They never know the GDP is never audited by an independent body.
    They take it as a absolutely accurate number.

    The claims made by gabrament are taken in by them as facts.

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