Challenge for change in Singapore

I am pessimistic about the future of Singapore. This is largely due to the kind of leaders that are now in charge in Singapore. But my pessimism is due more to the kind of people and the culture in Singapore.

Let me explain my view.

We have the wrong kind of people leading Singapore. Most of them are incompetent, selfish and arrogant. They think that they know the answer to the problem. They do not seem to have the ability to listen and are not aware that the right answer to our problem may lie with people outside of their small circle.

I will not talk too much of this issue, as it can be the subject of a separate debate.

I like to talk about the kind of people and the culture in Singapore that make me pessimistic.

I share with you three types of situations that I have encountered over the past year.

Situation 1 – Mr. X wants me to be involved in politics to bring about change in Singapore. More than that, he advised me to round up a group of like minded people, as I cannot do it alone. I asked Mr. X if he can belong to the group and be available to help me. His reply – sorry I cannot. He explained the various kinds of difficulties that hamper his personal situation. Mr. X must think that other people do not face the same difficulty and obstacles that he faced.

Situation 2 – I discussed with Mr. Y on a government policy that needed to be changed. Mr. Y agreed with me. He advised me to change my approach and modify it so that the solution can be “acceptable to the PAP”. He said – if the PAP does not agree, there is no way that your idea can see the light of day. Mr. Y does not realize that the PAP leaders will never accept any idea that is different from theirs.

Situation 3 – I discussed with Mr. Z on another policy that need to be changed. Mr. Z started to point out the “flaws” in my idea. It was clear to me that his understanding of the situation was quite shallow. Yet he felt that he had the ability to judge my view – which I had considered at great depth for the past one or two decades. Some of his objections are imaginary and not based on facts.

During the past decades, I have met countless people like Mr. X, Mr Y and Mr. Z.

I consider that they represent the “culture” of Singapore. It must be the product of our education system and our environment. Many people cannot think deeply, and they tend to make judgment based on their shallow thinking.

I am not saying that everyone in Singapore is like the three kinds that I have described. There are exceptions, and quite outstanding ones. They can think out of the box. They also have the courage to express their views.

Sadly, these exceptions are few. But they should be treasured.

I am not saying that the shallowness of thinking applies only to Singaporeans. Many other countries probably faced the same challenges of getting their people to think differently.

But I am sad to say that the quality of shallowness appears to be more ingrained in the Singapore psyche. From my personal experience, I see that some other nationalities appear to have a broader mindset and approach towards issues.

I am pessimistic for the future of Singapore, with the kind of leaders and the kind of people that we have.

Nevertheless, I continue to give my views and my ideas, with the hope that more people, including our leaders, will realize our shortcomings and be willing to make a change.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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11 Responses to “Challenge for change in Singapore”

  • Hypocrite?:

    Tan Kin Lian:
    We have the wrong kind of people leading Singapore. Most of them are incompetent, selfish and arrogant. They think that they know the answer to the problem. They do not seem to have the ability to listen and are not aware that the right answer to our problem may lie with people outside of their small circle.

    Tan Kin Lian:

    But I am sad to say that the quality of shallowness appears to be more ingrained in the Singapore psyche. From my personal experience, I see that some other nationalities appear to have a broader mindset and approach towards issues.

    I am pessimistic for the future of Singapore, with the kind of leaders and the kind of people that we have.

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  • DeLorean:

    I agree with Mr. Tan. Our wonderful world class educational system has produced an army of robots. Intelligent when programmed but proud of their slavery. Always looking for the right answers but never looking for the right questions. They are fit to be exploited by rent seekers and used by the government before being discarded. They are scared to question. As a result, this wonderful infrastructure, the result of arduous work by our forefathers, has been turned over to foreigners and the Party loyalists to make what they can of it. Good luck Singaporeans.

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  • Agreed With Your Pessimism:

    Agreed with your pessimism. People who have lived overseas for a period of time (a year or more) would agree with your observations.

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  • None So blind Can See?:

    DeLorean:
    I agree with Mr. Tan. Our wonderful world class educational system has produced an army of robots. Intelligent when programmed but proud of their slavery. Always looking for the right answers but never looking for the right questions. They are fit to be exploited by rent seekers and used by the government before being discarded. They are scared to question. As a result, this wonderful infrastructure, the result of arduous work by our forefathers, has been turned over to foreigners and the Party loyalists to make what they can of it. Good luck Singaporeans.

    Agreed With Your Pessimism:
    Agreed with your pessimism. People who have lived overseas for a period of time (a year or more) would agree with your observations.

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  • hold the bigger stick:

    //I am pessimistic for the future of Singapore, with the kind of leaders and the kind of people that we have.//

    aiyoh. so which is which ? the white monkey idiots are the problem as they hold the bigger stick OR the daft sinkies who v for the white monkey idiots every 5-year cycle to use the stick on them hence feeding on one another ???

    maybe the white monkey idiots are doing daft sinkies a great favour by bringing in more FTs to wake daft sinkies up as FTs all along are not subject to the brainwashing by 158th standard from the white monkey idiots ??

    //Many people cannot think deeply, and they tend to make judgment based on their shallow thinking.//

    aiyoh. why need to think when it can create more headache ??? just let the white monkey idiots do it on your behalf as the the creme de la creme talented aristocrats leh ???

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  • TumasikPatriot:

    Tan Ahhhh!!! you of all person should KNOW it is a CONditioned Mind not really shallow although there might be some that are…Those CONditioned will surprise you…they are well EDUCATED with degrees and not the ‘you see everyday complain and talking cocks @Kopi Tiams’…

    When I get into dialogues with such CONditioned Minded, they often tell me I am better off @Kopi Tiams or anti PAP / Govt Blogs in the NET where my Sense of Reasoning is readily accepted…

    That is the sad state of affair for Singapore when they are sold Log-Stock & Barrel by a Bastard(spiritual) Coward & Traitor plus murderer of the Innocents who created an Illusion…

    Reality will soon SINK in and it will be too LITTLE too LATE…and the Cocks will flee the COOP @ Seletar

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  • pap wrong is still right?:

    liew mun leong tried to FIX a low wage maid.

    he failed to do so.

    the 39% in Singapore all asking pap folks to take liew mun leong to task.

    alas.

    pap temasick folks all saying, NOW, liew mun leong has done a lot of good for Singapore.

    a lot of good?

    but we are talking about this FIXING of a low wage maid.

    what has the pap temasick “a lot of good for Singapore” got to do with this “fixing of a low wage maid”?

    1, doing a lot of good for Singapore? – pap clan already paid a lot of S$m to liew mun leong already. good or bad, only pap temasick say only. the point is, this is already well rewarded already.

    2, fixing of a low wage maid GOT to be a criminal offence. it is a wrong thing to do, whether under human law or monkey law. pap POLICE pap AGC pap law courts must punish liew mun leong for this morally despicable act.

    item 1, a lot of good for Singapore has got NOTHING to do with item 2, the despicable act of fixing a low wage maid.

    per item 1, pap temasick can dish out 61% sheep S$m cotton to liew mun leong.

    per item 2, pap POLICE pap AGC pap law courts cannot close one eye and let liew mun leong go free. This is because liew mun leong has done something very wrong and must pay the PENALTY.

    Look.

    per item 1, he got his reward.

    per item 2, then, he must pay the penalty.

    cannot confuse item 1 with item 2.

    item 2 is a criminal offence, the telling of lies to FIX a low wage maid.

    BTW we are dismayed pap temasick has come out to praise this lying scumbag liew mun leong instead of talking about what liew mun leong must do to repent of his fixing of a low wage maid.

    maybe liew mun leong used pap clown FIXING OPPO manual and so cannot be punished whether wrong or very wrong or very very wrong.

    ffff all these pap hypocrites.

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  • opposition dude:

    Don’t know about the people uncle Kin Lian has spoken to but the future is with the younger generation. Those who are fresh out of university or in secondary school today will be the adults in future. And they will be facing competition for jobs from non Singaporeans if PAP continues letting in these aliens by the planeloads.

    Most people do not bother with politics, prefering to leave it to PAP to decide what needs to be done. It’s only when things become uncomfortable do people voice out at the ballot box. Remember 2011 and 2020 for history was made on 2 occasions.

    So PAP with the old 3G in charge will just continue doing things in the only way they know how and continue with their nonsense of telling us this new policy or change to policy is good. We have all heard that far too many times liao. Expect more opposition MPs in parliament since PAP won’t listen to us anyway. So to send PAP yet another clear signal we need to kick out more from the PAP circus.

    West and East Coast GRCs the whole nation is looking at you all ah!

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  • Harder Truths:

    TKL

    $G is a small rock where migrants are crammed into tiny tiny spaces thinking they are somehow safe and protected. Just because some old dead despot has told the people this until he croaked, it still does not make it true.

    Also true is that old dead despot guaranteed to come back to life in case his beloved worshipers were in trouble. Hello, they are still waiting….

    This shitty little island can collapse tomorrow for any number of reasons. All the lies of the old dead despot and his unfilial son will not make you rich or safe.

    The reality is the island has become infested with the incurable diseases of overpopulation and gangster politicians. Although doomed, the people still pray to the old dead despot to come back to life and save them.

    Exactly what do you think is worth changing that will make any difference to the doom that is upon happy North Korea?

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  • Anaylize The Unanalyzable:

    Few dare ro challenge or oppose the system. That’s why you have this type of behavior. There are people who defend PAP nomatter what.

    But they all know underneath what you say is true. All no balls, puss* ass mama boys and girls, tongues in PAP’s butt.

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  • Went to Japan:

    People reason with u and provided evidence and facts, u block them because u cant win or you cant reason.

    U dont see XYZ in u too?

    Hypocrite….

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