A weak government will build lifeless memorials, instead of really tackling the issues Singaporeans face

It was recently reported that there were five shortlisted designs for the Founders’ Memorial. Let me share my thoughts on this matter.
When Singapore proclaimed independence in 1965, nobody gave it any chance of survival. Had we not made it, we would have no other choice but to crawl back to Malaysia on their terms. The people in Singapore at that time very well understood the stark reality about what was at stake. With their backs against the wall, our old guards ministers dug in their heels, bit the bullet, and the rest is history.

When he was alive, the late MM Lee had time and again expressed his objection to have any sorts of statue or memorial erected in memory of him. He had good reasons for it – he had lived long enough to see that statues and memorials built in memories of Gandhi, and the pharaohs in Egypt, were left to neglect and decay after some time. He was against any sorts of the same.

I therefore cannot understand why PM Lee and his government are so insistent on splashing hundreds of millions (or perhaps even billions) of our hard-earned tax dollars building the Founders’ Memorial. This clearly goes against the instructions, wisdom and objection of the late MM Lee?

The present day success of Singapore is much more than the efforts of just our founder politicians. It has been (and still is) a collective effort by people over the generations – the rich, the poor, the young, the old.

If this PAP government is serious and sincere in wanting to pay tribute to all those who have – in one way or another – contributed towards the success of Singapore, then the most meaningful memorial that we can build is to ensure Singapore’s continued success instead of a memorial.

As it stands, our locals are suffering from depressed wages owing to foreigners who are willing to accept working in Singapore. Our elderly have to sell back a part of their lease to the government in order to find the money to survive in their old age.

A weak government will build lifeless memorials which are the easy part, instead of really tackling the issue.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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34 Responses to “A weak government will build lifeless memorials, instead of really tackling the issues Singaporeans face”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Simon…how NAIVE can you get…when the Evil Bastard said NO to immortalise him in stone-steel and Buildings he MEANS Yes!!! why did he NOT stop the various schools and whatever SHIT named after him when he was ALIVE??? he THRIVES on sycophantic adulation…the Great Hypocrite that he is including a f….g LIAR

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  • Darth Vader:

    Simon, are you REALLY SURE you’re a Singaporean? Because you sure don’t think like one. WHY are you even asking WHY the pink moron wants to build a “founders’ memorial” for?! Isn’t it obvious?!

    Okay, since you DON’T know the answer, I’ll give it to you. It’s because the pink moron himself is a lazy, daft, useless good-for-nothing stupid idiot that has accomplished ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of note; all he EVER does is build monuments to his own administration such as Garbage-by-the-Bay and [email protected] Under this useless idiot, Singapore has steadily degenerated and regressed. So now, to prevent Singaporeans from forgetting about daddy dearest, the pink moron wants to build the “founders’ memorial” hoping that the people will keep voting pap out of loyalty and sentimentality towards daddy dearest. And it doesn’t matter how much it costs; it’s the people’s money after all, not the pink moron’s own money. Understand now Simon?

    Well anyway, since the pink moron is SO adamant in squandering state funds on the memorial, let me submit my proposed design, one that will be MUCH cheaper than the rest: it’s a giant “$” sign on a pedestal, and on the pedestal is a plaque with this on it: “What’s wrong with collecting more money?: Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew”…

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  • oxygen:

    LIT UP GHOSTS OF PAST does not give us a future – WE HAVE TO WORK THAT FUTURE TO SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS.

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  • CECA See Ah:

    What do you expect when the G is led by someone whose own blood sister called him “D!SHONOURABLE SON”?! Do we need to say more?

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  • I Know:

    It’s to ride on the LKY brand. Nothing else.

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  • time to go:

    this is a useless inept gov, thats why.
    they resort to this type of window dressing to disguise their lack of foresight and inventiveness to bring our country forward.
    bringing in planeloads of foreigners to replace sgs is but a quick fix.
    there is already ‘trouble’ brewing below the superficial facade..
    murders,sexual crimes, brutal fights all over the place , worse of all suicides, have all multiplied.
    if this inept gov cant carry on with integrity for all in sg, then we beg them to step down.

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  • On Natural Aristocracy:

    It is politics to please and hoodwink those
    Who flatter but despise us.

    Virtue alone is Happiness; all else
    Is other, unpraiseworthy.

    [Thiruvalluvar the Sage]

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  • DavidLKSee:

    That’s why, at the next General Elections, S’pore Taxpayer-Voters must use their PRECIOUS VOTES & LAST CHANCE to VOTE AGAINST the Obscenely-Overpaid PAP Million-dollar Govt with this long over-due message:

    > First, you ABUSED your Parliamentary Majority in BULL-DOZING through Parliament and ARM-TWISTING the People to pay yourselves world-infamous obscenely-humongous million-dollar pay packages (paid out of public funds i.e. taxes collected from the hard-earned monies of the People).

    > Next, you’ve already confirmed that GST will go up (after the next GE). This will jack up the already HIGH COST OF LIVING.

    > Now, you show a lot of ARROGANCE in telling the People (S’pore Voters) you’re going to spend millions(?) or BILLIONS (?) on some STUPID MEMORIAL ( and spending more money on building a brand-new MRT Station next to it !!!) ???
    Such clueless/hopeless/useless Political NINCOMPOOPS you are !!!

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  • Another brainwashed critic:

    “When Singapore proclaimed independence in 1965, nobody gave it any chance of survival. Had we not made it, we would have no other choice but to crawl back to Malaysia on their terms. ”

    This is just another story put up by the PAP.
    First place, Singapore merged with Malaysia without the people given a choice. The referendum was merger A, merger B or merger C. This was a taste of how dictatorial the gov was to be.
    Second place, it is not clear that a remerger would had been bad for Singapore. Sure, it would be bad for PAP. But the average Singaporean could end up with higher quality of living.
    - big bungalow
    - EPF of 6% instead of 2.5%
    - cheap healthcare
    - cheap petrol
    - easy travel across Malaysia
    - not kicked out by foreigners/new citizens into becoming drivers, servants and security guards.

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  • still wanna vote PAP?:

    the Loong is hoping for the same effect generated @ LKY death to win the next GE i suppose.
    how hopeless and shameless can the Loong be?

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  • Brave New World:

    Yawn….

    With more and more foreign trash given pink cards, do you think they care a hoot about who wad that dead old man?

    Ask any young ah Tiong what they think of uncle mao. Or young ah Nam about uncle ho?

    They would give that “ha…..” as they scratch their heads trying to respond to your question.

    Hello, move on lah. Leave dead people alone.

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  • a PG:

    I just wondering y he continues to disobey him despite the late old man’s strong objection (whilst he was alive) to any monument at all ? This is the old man’s 2nd objection, and 1st one is alrdy well-known, so no need to say out. This shows total disrespect for a dead man’s wishes, and further, it is coming from his own flesh & blood. And will the next one next to it be reserved as well, just like the ones (father & son) in N Kor.

    Many of us respect LKY wishes and objected to it. If they die die want to build a monument for him, then what about our earlier great leaders like the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, Dr Toh Chin Chye, Mr Rajaratnam, Mr Othman Wok, Mr Ong Teng Cheong. These are some of our heroes, and many more. They also played a big role in shaping the Red Dot in the earlier years.

    If you are a great statesman or an evil one, ppl will always remember him/her accordingly, without a monument. Look at Iraq’s Saddam Hussein monument and many others. It’s gone, right ? People can find out in history records.

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  • oxygen:

    YET ANOTHER STUPID EGG-STACKING EXERCISE from PAPpypolitics to delude peasants.

    Ling Chen::. Here is the second case, a story that created another set phrase for the Chinese,
    weiruleinuan (more dangerous than stacking eggs).

    In Spring-Autumn period, a king of the kingdom of Jin intended to build a pavilion of 9 stories, which would demand huge labor and other resources and would deplete the treasury. Against opposing voices from below, the king declared to kill anyone who dared to dissuade him of this plan. Then an official, Sunjin asked to see the king, claiming he could perform a very difficult trick of stacking up 9 chess pieces with 9 eggs on top of them.
    The king was intrigued and ordered to have all materials ready for Sun to perform. Sun carefully put chess pieces one on top of another to stack them up, and then, very gingerly put one egg on top, then another and another … Sweats ran out of Sun’s face as he went on with utmost care. The stack grew higher and higher, and became less and less stable, and the atmosphere in the house more and more tense. Every official watching was holding the breath in case air vibration would shake the stack.

    The king was very nervous and murmured, “so dangerous, so scary.” Sun immediately put in, “This is not dangerous. There are things more dangerous than this.” The king was surprised and asked for an explanation.Holding a last egg in one hand, Sun said, “Building the 9-story pavilion is more dangerous, which would take at least 3 years. In the 3 years, many strong labors are needed to do this, so is a huge sum of money. By the time it is done, people would be exhausted and disgruntled.

    The treasury would be empty and the state very weak. Neighboring states would take advantage of the situation to attack us, when we are at our weakest. Then we would not be able to defend ourselves. The kingdom of Jin would be conquered. And your majesty would be no more. Is that not more dangerous than stacking eggs?”

    The Jin king was so shaken by the scenario and ordered the immediate halt to the building plan

    Persuasion in Chinese Culture:
    A Glimpse of the Ancient Practice
    in Contrast to the West*
    Ling Chen
    Hong Kong Baptist University

    https://web.uri.edu/iaics/files/03-Ling-Chen.pdf

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  • Asd:

    A disguised communist country showing it’s TRUE self… with statue as big as Kim’s or maybe bigger

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  • Asd:

    Want m$ perks yet want free state benefits after retirement.. yet proclaim there is no benefit after retirement..

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  • Bapak:

    The clown wants to follow North Korea where people have to bow to the statures of all Kims. The clown wants his to be there nest to the old hack. Not surprise that woody will be left out.

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  • Guess:

    Guess nationalism education or cohesion or integration purposes as shown by China as well.

    Need to roll out some public project for construction section as well.

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  • MarBowling:

    If Mai Hum die die must build a farking monument to DISHONOUR oops HONOUR his Big Daddy, strongly suggest he proceeds to build one that Resemble the shape of a Bloody HUM(bloody cockle)! Only the GIGANTIC LYING statute of his Big Daddy is to be installed inside the HUM! Don’t think family members of Rest of those GREAT Founding Fathers like the late Dr Goh KS, Dr Toh CC, Mr Ong TC want their late beloved ancestors to be placed NEXT to his Big Daddy. Big Nose Teo and the 69.9% what do you think?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The legacy LHL leaves behind would be;

    1. Biggest spender on all unnecessary big ticket white elephants.

    2. Most useless and incompetent PM.

    3. A D!shonorable son, brother and uncle.

    4. A leader betraying his citizens, but loved by foreigners.

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  • a PG:

    Y must keep thinking of spending money to build many structures for show and to highlight his achievements to the world after he is no longer around ? The late LKY had voiced out clearly to all while he was alive, that he did not want any monument at all. Dont tell me all the “white” leeder and MPs are deaf or sleeping in parleemen.

    How much tax payers money have been spent for unnecessary projects while they are collecting millions$$$ plus bonuses. Y not use their own money ($$$millions salaries)but not taxpayers money. Many are struggling each passing days and calling out to return their coffin money but to no avail.

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  • Better Idea:

    Its not a good idea. Better still build a statue for The Zinc who is the smartest of them all without uttering a single word and can have the most power. Break record by losing the most money without any repercussion.

    The people can honor by depositing their urine there when they are near to the location.

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  • Father of Cronyism?:

    Q: How did the Pharaoh get so damned rich?
    A: Oh, he was running a huge pyramid scheme.

    Q: Where did Pharaoh go after he perished?
    A: Well, the old soul is still trapped inside his pyramid….

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  • PAP signed CECA:

    Monuments are to keep the dead alive; jobs are to keep the living from dying.

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  • Yoda:

    Show a gorilla sticking out its’ middle finger to a giant cockle, and on the pedestal is a plaque with this on it: “Mai-hum, mai-hum”: Dishonorable son

    Darth Vader: Well anyway, since the pink moron is SO adamant in squandering state funds on the memorial, let me submit my proposed design, one that will be MUCH cheaper than the rest: it’s a giant “$” sign on a pedestal, and on the pedestal is a plaque with this on it: “What’s wrong with collecting more money?: Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew”…

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  • Simon, wake up:

    pap is never weak when it comes to legislating owself justify ownself S$m pay schemes via a pliant pap parleement.

    pap aka pap clan members are never weak when it comes to S$m into their own pockets.

    if pap is ever weak, ever, it is in everything to do with lightening the load of the S$3,500 pm and below citizens. in fact, instead of doing good for the weak, pap justifies GST from 7% to 9% all in the name of taxing you more in order to help you more. GST works if everyone is working. but if such a small percentage is working, or even working part time, GST is the same as squeezing blood out of stone.

    pap IBs say what is happening in HK cannot happen in pap Singapore. how wrong. the resentment here, same as in HK, is building up. it is only at which point the critical mass is reached and the dam breaks. in truth, when it happens in pap Singapore, it can be much worse. because unlike in HK, the local males due to NSF NSR can handle all kinds of equipment. meaning, the damage is far, far, more serious if it happens.

    DON’T let it happen. vote OPPO before everything is in ruins.

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    WTF. Why waste taxpayers’ money on a memorial? LKY was paid big money. He also made big mistakes. He is dead and is now ashes. His ashes can be kept in his house at Oxley Road since this will nor be demolished. Singaporeans need to move on without LKY and PAP.

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  • SureDie:

    it is written….you shall have no other gods before me whether democratically or through papal conclave(one party sysyem)

    If you do, you shall die in your Sin.

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  • oxygen:

    HISTORY DOES NOT WALK BACKWARDS, so is our future and survival. In a turbulent world, the baggage is irrelevant, just throw that away and bravely face reality of a new future.

    REMEMBER THIS – in isolation of trapped in cocoon mentality, we just ROT WITHIN oblivious to changing world outside.

    PAST TENSE IS SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THIS.

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  • Kettle and Pots Are both Black:

    The main objective is to build a Milking Farm.

    They have been trying all ways to milk the LKY legacy, from speech and action. Continuously mentioning and even repeating what LKY has said in some of the speeches especially when they were addressing the people of Singapore like a broken record.

    Building this milking farm is to facilitate them to continue to get the “milk” passing from one generation to the next in building the dynasty. If the chain is broken it may allow others to discover the skeletons in the closets. TCB was denied the opportunity to be voted as the EP, speaks volume of how the closets are to be “walled’ from the public.

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  • Darth Vader:

    Yoda:
    Show a gorilla sticking out its’ middle finger to a giant cockle, and on the pedestal is a plaque with this on it: “Mai-hum, mai-hum”: Dishonorable son

    Ah Yoda, my former teacher. While Lord Sidious has opened my eyes to how dogmatic and lacking in wisdom the Jedi really are, at least you’re still smarter than the rest of them, especially that mf mace windu.

    So I take it then you are wise enough to explain your idea for the founders’ memorial here. WHY have a gorilla showing its middle finger to a cockle for? What makes you think hc the ugly monkey would show its middle finger to hubby dearest instead of to us all?

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  • Yoda:

    Unbeknownst to you, Vader, the Wise one had used his connection with the Force to infiltrate into pillow talk between ugly monkey and the dishonorable one. Middle-finger is because the partner keep repeating “mai-hum, mai-hum”…….

    Darth Vader: Ah Yoda, my former teacher.

    So I take it then you are wise enough to explain your idea for the founders’ memorial here. WHY have a gorilla showing its middle finger to a cockle for? What makes you think hc the ugly monkey would show its middle finger to hubby dearest instead of to us all?

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  • Great Asia:

    It’s a temple lah!

    It’s for Singaporeans to worship God Lee Kuan Yew lah!

    In the past it’s called temple, today it’s called memorial, but they are the same lah!

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Darth Vader:

    So you are saying that the ugly monkey hc & the pink moron view us as cockles? Good, because that means that if we swallow enough of the shit they keep force feeding us, eventually the next time they try to eat us up they’ll get severe diarrhea

    I always knew there was a reason I held you in higher regard than mace windu, who reminds me of tharman s for some reason…

    Must be the shiny head like someon’s well polished shoe…

    Yoda:
    Unbeknownst to you, Vader, the Wise one had used his connection with the Force to infiltrate into pillow talk ugly monkey and the dishonorable one. Middle-finger is because the partner keep repeating “mai-hum, mai-hum”…….

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  • who's paying arh?:

    these stuff dont cost $hundreds or $thousands even..rather costing $millions.
    spending good money for no good reason is not acceptable.
    if Loong misses his papa so much then go build a shrine or temple in his garden for “papa”.
    why use taxpayers hardearned money?

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