This is not a time for the government to be playing Jekyll and Hyde with Singaporeans

One moment, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is on TV and Facebook telling Singaporeans how serious the fight against COVID-19 is and advocating social distancing and social responsibility to help contain the spread and win the fight.

Next moment, he is on a merry walkabout in Ang Mo Kio, interacting with hordes and hordes of people, all within centimetres of each other. All this is happening while we are supposed to gather in groups of not more than 10, and be at least one metre apart when eating or queuing.

Once again, PM Lee is playing Jekyll and Hyde with Singaporeans. He’s putting on a split personality – in this case, alternating between keeping Singaporeans safe from a pandemic and forsaking health and safety by working the ground in the lead-up to a widely anticipated election.

One minute, projecting care and concern, the next displaying political self-interest and opportunism.

We should be used to a Jekyll and Hyde government by now.

For another recent example, we can look to the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).

The government’s Dr Jekyll part: This is important legislation for the benefit of Singaporeans who desperately need protection from deliberate online falsehoods by malicious people. To show how seriously we take this and how impartial we will be, we will convene a select committee to study all submissions and recommendations.

On the split side, the Mr Hyde part: Ministers have not been shy to use the wide powers vested in them. Since coming into effect, POFMA has been directed primarily at government critics and opposition political parties or those associated with political parties.

Adding insult to injury, the government puts this down to an “unfortunate convergence or coincidence”.

How many of us still buy into their Jekyll and Hyde routine?

 

Augustine Low

* The author is a proud but concerned citizen. Voicing independent, unplugged opinion is his contribution to citizen engagement.

 

 

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20 Responses to “This is not a time for the government to be playing Jekyll and Hyde with Singaporeans”

  • Show us the Law?:

    Show us how we are unconstitutional if we hold the erections after expiry of current government!

    Isn’t this the job of the erections dept?

    Or are you also the controller of erections dept? Hey show us the LAW not just advice!

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  • well said Bro, Agree 100%:

    social distancing is for sheep only.

    another pap one law two interpretations.

    no different from INSIDE 200m is not within 200m.

    the best of all, when papa is INDIAN, I/C says INDIAN, mendaki says INDIAN, ownself lamented about INDIANness, pap says malay and out comes pap malay a special one in istana.

    sheep, the 70% sheep, truly WTF.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Mr. Speaker, sir may I ask if calling for General Election during this Convid-19 pandemic period “guilty of endangering lives”?

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  • POFMA is a Farce:

    Ever since POFMA was introduced, PAP has lost much trust of the people.

    PAP is now exposed with their pants down, as Singaporeans start to discover how this new law is suppressing genuine feedback from people.

    The Govt has been withholding vital information on CECA, FT, PMET jobs..etc.

    We have been overrun by thousands of New Citizens and PRs, who have brought their friends and relatives affecting the livelihoods of Singaporeans.

    With POFMA backfiring PAP with their own gun, PAP is quite desperate to have election soon, by putting fear of more deaths from the virus and that only PAP can fix the problem.

    NO TO ELECTION TILL VIRUS EPIDERMIC IS OVER !

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  • Too tasty to miss:

    Every crisis gave PAP landslide victories. This time is record landslide victory because it’s biggest crisis ever.
    The temptation to be Opportunistic and take full advantage of it is too great.

    Greed knows no boundaries.
    They can even try without Jerry Mandarins and have full confidence.

    Many Singaporeans bathing in slow cooking tub.

    If not told they don’t know.
    These zombies base on being told to think what the garment wants them to think only.

    The virus is has severe consequences on anyone’s health, even young and healthy people can get lung tissue scars. It’s not a simple flu. The deprecation of oxygen affects and can lead to organ damage.

    This is why those elderlies and those having preconditions can die.

    I worry selfish Singaporeans think that a virus is only serious if he is personally affected. If others he don’t care.

    The GE if allowed rallies will likely cause new infections since people may move around the estates more and can spread at coffeeshops malls and public transportation, lifts etc. The spread need not happen at rallies but as a result of rallies.

    The Trust in garment is too great for singkies to be able to question nor think independently. They buy what they are told.

    Only an act of God can stop this GE.

    Or Abolish the Elections from Constitution. Am sure at least 51-60% will support.

    The arrogance is unmistakable :
    1. People call it lockdown. They use of words. To differentiate.

    2. People call it social distancing. They use of words, safe distancing.

    3. People say wear masks even washable masks won’t cause mask shortage. They insist you do not wear until infected. Once said, though scientifically wrong, the won’t admit.

    4. Jerry Mandarin despite its obviousness.
    Not ashamed.

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  • CITIZEN:

    No Sporean is going to say accelerate the GE at the cost of human life because no Sporean is going to say how much a life is worth.

    Top priority of a responsible Govt. job is to keep focus how to “save lives!” You are given mandate to rule till April 2021, more than a year from now…..

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  • N.Jungne:

    Don’t Bluff lah, tiu.

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  • Retiring outside SG:

    How can improve Singaporeans easily trust and are unquestioning ?

    Using Facts :

    1. Fact : South Korea govt Tells citizens to wear masks even if healthy. This can reduce infections though not perfect.

    SG on the other hand : believe the Advisory that you do not wear mask unless you are infected already.

    Let me clear up.
    A. Both has its logic. To me south Korea base on scientific truth that wear something better than nothing.

    SG is actually coming from Logistical concern but sort of miscommunicating the message due to political pressures. They may fear lack of stock but their explicitly telling people Not to wear is wrong and uncalled for. There is no Shortage as boldly claimed by chan. So that debunks himself already.

    But this also proves my point about Singaporeans. They really always fail to think independently due to shutting off thinking because of psychological factors like Extreme Believing. 53 years of social engineering is not totally immune to them.

    2. Scientific Fact : wear better than not wearing. Wearing a condom is better than ramming in naked. It does not even take medical credentials to know his medically qualified fact. All it takes is commonsense.

    3. But Singaporeans minds are Biased from the start. They hear what sounds logical. That if people start wearing masks, psychologically could lead to hoarding.

    But did they not say they can control how many buy how much per household?

    And washable masks are cheap and we only need one or two. There is no shortage. And chan boldly claimed no shortage. So, again and again this cream of the crop world highest paid govt is self debunked by ownself.

    Also, they try to downplay need to wear by using the fact that masks are not 100%. But even 50% is better than 0%. Singkiee stop thinking when told masks are not foolproof. And they accept. They can be debunked by saying if so, hospitals should no be wearing masks by the same logic.

    Yes, there may be good intentions but wrong is wrong. Flawed logic is flawed logic. World highest paid should not be easily debunkable by me.

    The saddest thing is not their flawed logic. It’s the unquestioning people and over believing zombies. Proven again and again.

    I continue in my quest to find a retirement village. Future will cost an arm and a leg in SG. The goats pubic hair cums from the goat.

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  • TruBlu:

    $eculari$m invokes $$$ as some ‘GOD-HEAD” AND POWER AS KING?!

    IT IS TIME FOR LEADERS TO PRAY RATHER THAN ‘PLAY’!
    SAME TOO GOES TO THE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY THE RICH N ARROGANT!

    TIME IS NO MORE…FOR ‘PLAY,PLAY’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    STOP THE CLOWNING AND PARTYING OR HELL YOU GO!

    PEOPLE ARE SUFFERRING,INNOCENT PEOPLE; EVEN SOME FATHERS OF POOR FAMILIES ARE RAPING THEIR OWN DAUGHTERS!

    INSTEAD OF SHARING AND GIVING,THE TALENTED /GIFTED ARE HOARDING AND TAKING !!!

    IS THIS HUMANITY IS ALL ABOUT?

    IF YOU HAVE A $1 BILLION ,WHAT IS THE NEXT $1MILLION?

    PEOPLE SIMPLY DONT GET IT.

    BAD CONDUCT/SELFISH CONDUCT BRINGS ABOUT BAD KARMA.
    AND,BAD KARMA BRINGS ABOUT BAD CONSEQUENCES IN A BIGLY SPIRAL!

    NEGATIVE/EVIL FORCES ARE RAMPANT AND ‘PROSPERING’ WHILE HUMAN KIND ARE SUFFERRING.

    WHY DO HUMANS NEVER LEARN?

    HISTORY: NOAH’S TIME,SODOM N GOMORRAH ,WHAT ABOUT SARS N MERS,ARENT THERE ENOUGH WARNINGS?

    COVID IS JUST THE ‘STRENGTHENED’ FORCE OF EVIL PROJECTING ITSELF EVEN STRONGER IN THE FACE OF HUMAN GREED AND SELFISHNESS.

    HUMAN,WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Jekyll & Hyde…Father & Son…

    The Father “Murders” unborn in their WOMBS through LEEgal Abortion

    The Son does it the “Natural” way through the Evil “Crown of Thorn” Virus

    Singlish…”LamPar ParLan” both are evil

    the difference between J & K and the F & S??? there is a good side of JK

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  • oxygen:

    POFMA IS EITHER AN INCORRIGIBLE LIAR or its integrity is below the belly of a cobra.

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  • opposition dude:

    That’s PAP for you! Always telling us they care for us, make life better for us, no one will be left behind etc etc.

    Then you have high BTO prices which can take up to 25 years to pay off, more than a million non Singaporeans here forcing you to drive for Grab or deliver makan and our perennial favourite, the high, HIGH cost of living which never ever goes away.

    Fantastic government right? And the better thing is, the majority never learn from their mistake! They just keep making the same mistake every election and get defensive in order to justify their decision ha ha ha!

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  • Bobo:

    That’s one of the reasons why PAP is always the winner. Did you see all the PLPs pretend to be oppositions supporters at the last rally?

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  • TruBlu:

    THIS IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE NOTE OF.

    I check the WORLD STATS FOR COVID CASES,INFECTED,RECOVERED ETC.

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT I FOUND OUT?

    DIAMOND PRINCESS INFECTED CASES MOSTLY RECOVERED?
    SG ONLY A THIRD OR SO.

    WORST OF ALL ARE THE MAJOR EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND MIGHTY USA RATES OF RECOVERY.

    TWO THINGS IN MIND.

    EITHER ‘RECOVERY’ IS SUBJECTIVELY REPORTED /CONSIDERED AS CASE CLOSED OR THE HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS OF MAJOR GOVTS OF SO-CALLED DEVELOPED COUNTRIES ARE SO LOUSY AND OVER HYPED ALL THIS WHILE!!!!

    EVEN PRC ,THE ORIGINATOR,HAS BETTER RECOVERY THAN THOSE WESTERNERS!!!

    DIAMOND PRINCESS PROBABLY HAS A ‘SHIP CAPTAIN’ AND HE MANAGES MUCH BETTER THAN MOST WORLD LEADERS ALBEIT WE CAN SAY ITS ‘SMALLER SIZE’????

    SO,WHAT ARE WORLD LEADER$$$ LIKE OURS DOING?

    AND,IS ANG MOH STILL ‘TUA KEE’???

    I am afraid ang mohs are back-sliding!!!!

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  • Dr Jekyll ...hear him confess::

    “I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both…. I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed, promising subsequent penitence, but not yet moved to begin…. All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil….”

    (from R.L.Stevenson’s novel)

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  • was already all intended:

    //Show us how we are unconstitutional if we hold the erections after expiry of current government!//

    aiyoh ? funny that the white idiots tokkok so grandly about holding elrection after dateline as unconstipational ?

    the white idiots could even change the constipation on the pessident elrection and the joke is that after all the grandmother story telling by the white idiotic gang why it should be done (reserved for INK-DIAM ??), surprisingly for many (perhaps no surprise for the white monkey idiots as the white monkey agenda was already all intended ??), no elrection was held as it was ruled that they were no other qualified candidates by the white monkey idiots and gang ???

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  • Truth Seeker:

    Where is Ah Chan now? Maybe cannot turn back to Jekyll.

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  • AristoCATs - WhatEver it Takes:

    Too tasty to miss:
    Every crisis gave PAP landslide victories. This time is record landslide victory because it’s biggest crisis ever.
    The temptation to be Opportunistic and take full advantage of it is too great.

    Greed knows no boundaries.

    -
    Remember SG needs Checks even on good Gov.
    -
    Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • Anti PAP:

    Gotcha,

    You useless netizens slamming PAP in these times, can you imagine if guys like GMS and Chee Soo Juan and Lim Tean are in government during this crisis?

    You cannot, because you are too stupid.

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  • @ AntiPap pappy:

    What gotcha you narcissistic megalomaniac crony-capitalist crisis critter? You make use of us sheeple, fix us, and abuse us. Pay yourself crazy and let granny grampa slave for peanut wages. 129 oldies committed suicide two years ago not enough of a crisis for you….you crisis critter!?

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