A ‘fake’ democracy is not what we need at our current stage of development

Democracy literally means “rule by people” – people elect representatives into government to represent their views and interest.

Regular elections – which can be influenced – is but the mechanics; the lifeblood of a democracy is information, communication and trust. But how is the people going to make their views and interest heard if there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of information and no freedom to assemble?

The genius of LKY was that he was able to build a democratic system without the parts necessary for a democracy.  In other words, a ‘fake’ democracy for which he was able to convince the people that it was the real deal.

In 1965, a fake democracy, meaning a dictatorship, was fine as the government needed to quickly settle the infrastructure, employment and housing. Autocracy worked fine then, and LKY and his team did a fine job.

But at our current stage of development, we need diversity and creativity. We need to have a Free Press Act so that diverse and alternative views can become mainstream. We need the Freedom of Information Act so that people can get the information that affect their lives and we need the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act to push forth our common interest.

Had these Acts been in place, collective stupidity like increasing the population to an already very crowded place would be nipped at its bud, likewise the collective stupidity of bringing bus loads of foreigners to take over our jobs in an already very stressful and expensive country.

At this stage of our development, we need more democracy, not less. POFMA is a very big step backwards. At the current rate the government is clamping down on alternative views and debates, I fear we will shrivel, not blossom. The government would do well to promote democracy , if it wants to stay in power.

 

Foong Swee Fong

 

 

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19 Responses to “A ‘fake’ democracy is not what we need at our current stage of development”

  • Dishonest son cheats:

    From a recent IPS video I perceive Tommy Koh insisting SG is a Democracy.

    I disagree because a coin has two sides. I also can say sg is not a true democracy.

    An Ang Mor said something like it’s Perception by other countries that matters too.

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  • Prata man:

    Just know that words can be twisted to your advantage.

    Remember , one can twist to say it’s democracy and one can also say it’s not.

    But one key important factor is Perception by the world. Collective wisdom.

    Technically , one can argue anyway one likes. But perception to people is something you cannot argue.

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  • Bapak:

    The best example of fake demoncracy is inside 200m is not within 200m. And no one can ask another question why 1 + 1 = 1. You say 2, they pofma you. You bring them to court you lose because their paper record is 1 not 2. Therefore, kan**roo also follow thru’.

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  • tan kin lian is pea brained:

    for one moment we thought the pap liar lky did not lie but returned from cul de sac.

    ffff.

    almost kenna conned by the pap liar lky.

    it is just a picture of the pap lying cock.

    in the end, true as everyone knows, this pap liar lky lied that he would return to hammer his useless clown.

    pap liar lky didn’t return.

    because he can’t.

    he is now being punished on the other side for all his lying wrongs.

    true justice in the end. fair justice. after all this pap liar BSed the world with his BS telephone book sized memoir. as soon as pap is toppled we shall come out with the true version of how this one pap liar has stolen from the small island nation.

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  • TheTruthIsOutThere:

    Everything about this country of ours is fake.

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  • 69% mandated:

    @ But perception to people is something you cannot argue.

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  • Mari kita rakyat Singapura sam:

    From the 80s onwards after fixing the original natural aristocrats of PAP, lky proceeded to exert his crony-capitalistic will upon the Noble republic: wallah! we sheeple now under his family’s Sinchiapor Incorporated where the political party’s business CEOs are also elected representatives controlling the legislative and judiciary branches of our government.

    Problem is…. there’s no bottom-level minimum wages for us while abhorently there’s no ceiling to the cronies’ sky-high salaries and bonuses…

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  • Boh Kia See:

    The PAP does not have a sense of National Interest. They only have a sense of party interest.

    While what you say may be right, it is like asking for the moon. To the PAP, party interest comes first; nothing else matters.

    The island is ruled by fear with thick skinned shameless PAP elites, who are trying to establish themselves as “natural aristocrats.” They are people who can only survive as a politician under the PAP banner and being well paid for that as well. With so much personal vested interest, it is impossible for them to rise above party interest to look at National Interest.

    As I have always said and will continue to repeat–VTO the PAP–totally and completely–the only way.

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  • Audit TB stats:

    Bapak:
    The best example of fake demoncracy is inside 200m is not within 200m. And no one can ask another question why 1 + 1 = 1. You say 2, they pofma you. You bring them to court you lose because their paper record is 1 not 2. Therefore, kan**roo also follow thru’.

    Singapore ALREADY has a garment that says HDB FLAT YOU LEASE BELONGS TO YOU AND IT BELONGS TO HDB.

    OXYMORON.

    YET, ZOMBIES ACCEPT UNQUESTIONINGLY AS THEY SIP THEIR COFFEE WITH A GRIN ON THEIR F.FACE.

    BUT WAIT, THERES MORE!
    NOT JUST ONE BUT TWO!

    YOUR HDB FLAT IS VERY AFFORDABLE.

    THERE’S MORE !

    ONE OLD GUY SAID, YOUR USB FLAT VALUE WILL NEVER DROP! ALMOST EVERYONE IN SG BELIEVED THIS FOR DECADES !!!

    TIADA HARAPAN. HOPELESS.

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Bastards:

    They would have you believe that EVERYONE is treated equally and fairly, is it not? Recite your pledge.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Absolutely right. So get rid of the PAP at the coming GE. VTO. Vote for REGIME CHANGE and tell your family members and friends to do the same.

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  • Steven Balboni:

    Steven Balboni:
    Guys, notice the state media coming out NOSTALGIA videos or programming.

    Will this remind singkee of old man?

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  • 70% are happy to suffer:

    State propaganda machine is already rolling thro tv filmlets and radio presentations.
    Hope people can see thro their wayang…or else suffer for more number of years!

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  • Farkenandez Warren:

    70% are happy to suffer:
    State propaganda machine is already rolling thro tv filmlets and radio presentations.
    Hope people can see thro their wayang…or else suffer for more number of years!

    To be Fair TV programming, state media should remind citizens of Operation Cold store, Spectrum, Marxist conspiracy.

    But I doubt it will without demonizing .

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The FACE of an evil bast**d!!!!…A FAKE who smells worse than A FART within a Ten Feet Radius

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  • 30% failure:

    30% failure to convince for so long shows lack of capabilities ?!?!?!

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  • justanothercitizen:

    Dishonest son cheats:
    From a recent IPS video I perceive Tommy Koh insisting SG is a Democracy.

    I disagree because a coin has two sides. I also can say sg is not a true democracy.

    An Ang Mor said something like it’s Perception by other countries that matters too.

    Prof Tommy Koh is a smart and well informed man. He knows what attributes true western democracy entails. But he though not a politician, nonetheless has MIW DNA. I would give a big discount to his views in local politics.

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  • Evil, Greedy, Corrupt:

    .The CCP is backing us, we taught and supported them.

    We are the first to have crony capitalism and kleptocratic dictatorship morphed into one, with huge success.

    This is the real genius.

    Your suggestion of “fake democracy” is nothing as compared.

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    To frankly put it, the current state of singapore is a remnant from the draconian past leftover by LKY.

    The next gen leaders who took over are just exploiting the one man rule

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