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Is Singapore a democratic and egalitarian society?

Mr S.W. Yoong

Is Singapore a democratic and egalitarian society? The answer may be an intriguing one especially with government tongue-in-cheek.

I come from a very humble beginning and could only manage to receive basic education. Tertiary education was only meant for scholarship holders and scions of affluent families. I joined the Singapore Police Force because it was a good career option for one with basic education. I joined with an open mind and conviction.

Singapore was under the Emergency Regulation to combat communist armed struggle to seize power. The situation was extremely turbulent. I was posted to the Special Branch amd was in the front line fighting the communists and we were prme targets for assassination by the communist killer square. Lee Kuan Yew had already returned to Singapore as a Cambridge-trained lawyer and was an up-and- coming barrister who was also a very ambitious politician. He was handicapped in his mission in that he lacked a mass base. So when Lim Chin Siong emerged out of nowhere to become the undisputed leader of the Communist United Front end of 1953/54 Lee Kuan Yew saw him as a godsend to provide a mass base for his political ambition.But he was later jolted out of his fantasy when he realised that Lim Chin Siong was an insurmountable obstacle to his ambition. He formed the PAP in1954 to advance his political standing and ambition but the mass base was really with Lim Chin Siong.Lee Kuan Yew and his sturdy fellow combatants were simply no match to the communists with Lim Chin Siong showing his prowess of his leadership. It was Special Branch with the imprimatur of Chief Minister Lim Yew Hock who rescued Lee Kuan Yew and his fellow combatants from being devoured by the communists and paved the way for Lee Kuan Yew to capture power with a land-slide victory in the 1959 general election and propelled him to the post of Prime Minister.

In 1961 the US Central intelligence Agency (CIA) tried to recruit me to be their agent to supply them with sensitive security intelligence. I played along in an ambivalent role which resulted in a crackdown on the CIA and the arrest of four CIA top officers.

This had an earth-shattering effect which reverberated right up to the White House and rattled the American President John Kennedy and his coterie of ministers. Lee Kuan Yew exploited the situation and raised his world political standing to such a dizzying height that he overawed the Americans which was his intention. There was a demand for USD 30 millions but John Kennedy was no pushover and offered Lee Kuan Yew USD one million which LKY considered an insult to accept. Will PM Lee Hsien Loong or any of his gutsy ministers be able to emulate this patriotic performance?

I think it must have been Divine blessing that George Bogaars became the Director Special Branch. He was such a consummate outstanding Director in the maintenance of national security that it mesmerised Lee Kuan Yew who relied heavily on Bogaars for his survival and existence.

When Lee Hsien Loong took over from the seat-warmer PM Goh Chok Thong, he was quite oblivious to the sacrifices made by civil servants like us to make it possible for him and his cabinet stooges to sit on their fat asses to enrich themselves with millions of people’s money to wallow in the luxuries of their high office. When the president and vice-president of the Pensioners’ Association approached them for a raise of the pensioners’ poverty-level pensions they were peremptorily dismissed with a most inhuman admonition :You have served your purpose. What you get is enough. We are waiting for you to die. No one who is a human being will say such inhuman utterence. Lee Kuan Yew for no reason at all defamed me with a blatant lie which he delivered in the august Parliament House and telecast to Singapore and the world. No Singapore judge had the courage to convict him if he was sued. I requested PM Lee Hsien Loong to make a public apology for his father’s sin abd he simply remained dumb like a dummy.

The paradox of this comic opera is while PM Lee Hsien Loong treats me with animosity I am making a modest contribution to ISD. How valuable is my contribution Lee Hsien Loong can easily get ISD to apprise him, if this had not already been done. I am doing this because I think that God wants me to do and not to take it with me to my grave.

I am living on borrowed time at 95 and would like to keep a low key while waiting to be called home to be with the Lord.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

 

* The author was the Director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) from 1971 to 1974. He was Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the 1960s, and had a distinguished career in the Singapore Special Branch in the 1950s.

 

 

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30 Responses to “Is Singapore a democratic and egalitarian society?”

  • Singapore Punch:

    A piece of white paper is most terrifying.

    This gov is so scared of a piece of white paper. A piece of white paper does not state definitely what it is. But in the scared mind of the gov, all imaginations come forth. All possible protests rushed into their eyes.

    A piece of white paper is the mother of all protests.

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  • ah seng:

    Our leaders are Christians, you are Christian. So do you believe all of you will go to heaven even if you do shix?

    Till today, where is old man grave located? No public knowledge…

    You were part of the security which did a lot of harm to innocent. After you retired, you rediscover your conscience?

    I think you should pray and seek god to take these evil with you for what they did.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Bro, the TRUTH has set you Free from the shackles of an Evil Dynasty whose Lies Will be the curse that had n will befall them.

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    If you want to know the PAP, the answer is in their party symbol. Look it up and who the symbol represents.

    The symbol is widely used in pop culture. Sometimes you see it on clothing. It is also used by most rock musicians. Let’s list some very obvious ones. AC/DC, David Bowie (on his face), KISS, Lady Gaga. If you like music, the symbol are on album artwork, music videos, and muscisians may flash it during concerts.

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  • MarBowling:

    Yong was previously an EXECUTIONER for Lee Kayu. Once his USEFULNESS is gone, Lee Kayu proceeded to discard him like a piece of SMELLY Shit! Yet, Yong is STILL EXPECTING Mai Hum who is 101% REPLICA of his Big Daddy Lee Kayu to buy his cup of KOPI oops Tea!

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  • SINGAROAR:

    As I have said previously, the PAP lack EQ. Almost all the PAP have excellent academic achievements but if EQ is missing,they lack empathy, compassion without which they are educated idiots. LHL in his long tenure as PM has failed to understand that all his actions must be for the benefit of the State and citizens.It is a sick society that does not take care of its elders. The ComCare is like throwing bones to dogs.The PAP copy from other countries, isn’t heartless that they refuse to copy Canada’s implementation of living wage for all in retirement. The PAP must remember that as a govt. they own nothing. All assets of the State belong to the Citizens.So why is there no distribution done by way of health care or a basic living wage for all citizens? I myself know of an ex-naval officer who is 86years of age and has to pay $1800/- monthly towards medical expenses. Malaysians have no medical cost. Where is the win in having 5 airport terminals or boasting of the MBGardens when the State ignores the plight of our elders without whom we will not be.

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  • nathenchen:

    The true will set you free. So, speak up, tell the true and shame the devil. What more have you got to lose? Your life, your money,your reputation. You have chosen to lead a fearful life. Free yourself of this fear.

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  • Rip lim:

    They all feared lim chin siong, an ordinary humble Singaporean who once lived in Blandford drive.

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  • Civil right important:

    Freedom of speech, press and assembly are important. When your eyes and ears are cover, you know nothing. People assume that everything is alright and poor are well taken care of when inflation is happening because the press did not go deep on such issue. I feel that during period of bad times, many issues concerning poor are not mention. People have been brainwash to hate America and against freedom of speech and assembly with biased information. They have not live to experience the beauty of America, freedom of speech and assembly. If people does not have freedom of speech, they cannot speak freely. They fear lawsuit so it is not possible to have true feedback. In a nation without civil rights like freedom of speech, press and assembly, many nations view it as authoritarian. Yet the people still believe they live in democracy. Are the people getting the truth and true information?

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  • xoxo:

    Ours seem more like demon-cra$y?
    What u say?

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  • SINGAROAR:

    @xoxo
    Have to agree with you. Well said.

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  • Press Freedom:

    American freedom to speak is a myth. Little nobodies can speak, e.g.,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui0MEN3skGA
    CHINA’S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION!

    Big organizations are “free” to speak against certain parties or countries. In fact, their people are compelled to do so, or go elsewhere.

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  • Papa's Pappies R Freeloaders:

    “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”

    - Abraham Lincoln

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Yoong,
    What you are doing is jeopardizing Singapore survival by giving our enemy excuses to do us in.

    Do you even know what politics is all about ?

    1. WHO blew up the nord stream pipeline ?
    https://bit.ly/3SuWKMa
    Ans: Americunt

    2. WHY blew up the nord stream pipeline ?
    Ans: To break up German / Russia alliance which post a threat to Americunt dominance

    Do you really thing In God We Tru$t Christian Americunts really cares about human rights and environment ? It is all about money and self interest/gain!!!

    Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks lead to “significant climate damage” – environment agency
    https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/nord-stream-gas-pipeline-leaks-lead-significant-climate-damage-environment-agency

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  • idontbelieveinccpbs:

    I think everyone wants to have a choice, choice to choose and not to be told what to do. For US or West, democracy means you elect majority to run the model you wanted. You can say or criticise without fear.

    In a model like Singapore, its pretending to be democracy but you have all kind of laws to suppress speech, protest etc. And constant intimidation and controlling of media to brainwash locals. It is same as in China or Russia.

    I think most of us prefer to choose and free, not to be managed and controlled.

    I am not sure CCP or Russia lovers what they think, I am sure they also dont like to be managed.

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  • xoxo:

    In truth,there is no actual difference between a so-called democratic govt and a communist govt.
    The way the G treats the citizens is more important than all things else.
    What matters is EVILS of all forms,be it from democrats or commies be stamped as much as possible.

    Ask the chinese what they think of their leaders.
    What about the westerners?
    What about us?

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  • USkillZEROasianssinceWW1:

    Why are you here? Go migrate to US.

    idontbelieveinccpbs:
    I think everyone wants to have a choice, choice to choose and not to be told what to do. For US or West, democracy means you elect majority to run the model you wanted. You can say or criticise without fear.

    In a model like Singapore, its pretending to be democracy but you have all kind of laws to suppress speech, protest etc. And constant intimidation and controlling of media to brainwash locals. It is same as in China or Russia.

    I think most of us prefer to choose and free, not to be managed and controlled.

    I am not sure CCP or Russia lovers what they think, I am sure they also dont like to be managed.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    @xoxo
    Is there a right or wrong way as to how a govt. should treat citizens? What is important is I have recourse to ask for accountability of any elected govt. This means the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary powers are separate and are used to protect the citizens and state from a abusive, rogue govt.This can never be in Singapore where a personal lawyer to the PM is now the AG.We have no representation in Parliament except via WP and PSP.The President and all PAP MPs only represent party interest.I can only think of Li ShengWu’s “pliant,” about our Judiciary. This is where the failure of the State lies.

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  • myfirstscrew:

    USkillZEROasianssinceWW1:
    October 2, 2022 at 7:32 pm (Quote)

    Why are you here? Go migrate to US.
    —————- sorry we are a democracy, a flawed one better than autocracy—

    Why you here? You should move to China and Russia to embrace full autocracy.

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  • Western Sheep:

    The separation of E, L and J is a myth. At best, it’s only an aspiration, like our pledge.

    https://history.house.gov/Institution/Presidents-Coinciding/Party-Government/
    Parties aim to get Congress, Senate and POTUS. When successful, it’s called UNIFIED. It happens frequently.

    If separation is so ideal, won’t US have a law for it?

    Separate J? Dream on.
    Under the Trump Administration, the Mitch McConnell-led Senate has produced few significant legislative accomplishments. Instead, it has prioritized packing the judiciary with far-right extremists, who then enjoy life tenure as federal judges. Working hand-in-hand with the administration and anonymously-funded outside groups, the Senate has confirmed 200 new life-tenured federal judges to aggressively remake the federal courts and rewrite the Constitution. Most of these judges were chosen not for their qualifications or experience—which are often lacking—but for their demonstrated allegiance to Republican Party political goals.

    These judges get appointment until they die. Talk about autocracy. US has the most powerful and autocratic judges and who have party allegiance. Congress and Senate both can be forever. Pelosi – long term career politician.

    SINGAROAR: This means the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary powers are separate and are used to protect the citizens and state from a abusive, rogue govt

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  • Pinky & Pork Belly Inc.:

    “By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens… The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.”

    - John Maynard Keynes

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  • xoxo:

    @SINGAROAR
    Your point about recourse is appreciated.
    But does democratic govts ensure this in all honesty in the practical world,even U$A?

    So,i am with you n many here with regards to free will of man and righteuosness n TRUTH.Still,nothing is perfect in reality,neither in so-called democratic countries nor the communists,which are mainly Russia and China.
    The MARKED DIFFERENCE between MODERN DAY democracies and the communists is the *OFFICIAL* FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICES,particularly CHRISTIANITY .
    But are r once christian western countries truly christian anymore?
    $eculari$m n materiali$m are the order of the day!
    So it is in democratic *west* and communist *east*.
    GREED N LUST FOR MONEY N POWER reign in both extremes these days.

    Money Politic$ is the mainstay in truth n political decisions are often not for the COMMON GOOD of all citizens.

    Thats why i said earlier,we must try to RID OF EVIL as much as possible.
    Evil exists in both so-called democratic n communist forms of govts .
    Thank you for sharing.
    Cheerio!

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  • Sinful nation:

    LKY is by all means a righteous man in the context of our contentious and troubled world. His righteousness however fall short of “perfection” or the requirement of freedom from the abuse/ mismanagement of power by political representatives, or weasels, and the strong man – thus the state of world we are in now.
    Unless your righteousness EXCEED the righteousness of the hypocrites ( in outward righteousness to gain support and vote), you can’t progress to a better world(or save the world)
    The fragmented and beaten world due to two great contentious/fiery forces – democracy and authoritarianism – will no doubt bring great sufferings, lawlessness (hypocrisy) and deaths(selfish,purposeless and shallow existence) to all people rich and poor.
    True peace comes with a price. The price at the altar is your….head(autocracy)and body(democracy driven by your lusts)

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  • @Sinful nation:

    Your argument seems to be a classic case of putting the cart before the mule; a biased perspective making sweeping statements.

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  • Western Sheep:

    Democrazy versus autocrazy. That’s how the West put their narrative. Good versus evil.

    Western sheep follow.

    The real story is a lot simpler.
    G7 versus all who refuse to kowtow to G7.

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  • SINGAROAR:

    @Western Sheep,@xoxo
    Agree with you that the judges chosen were pro Republican and thus the Republicans are holding Americans hostage in the federal courts and that is how the Law against abortion came about. However Americans have the right of protecting themselves against a tyrannical and abusive govt. They are allowed by Law to own guns. So do you think LHL or Xi can remain as PM or President in America? In my opinion,they would have both been shot dead by the citizens.

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  • Wait a minute folks....:

    But all the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did in overturning the decades-old “Roe vs Wade free abortion” decision, was to say “no” to full nine-months term abortion anytime without qualifications – nationally. The SCOTUS decision hands that legislative decision back to each and every individual state in America and their own legislative bodies to reconsider the arguments both ways, and to pass abortion laws in accordance with the wills of their own constituents… isn’t this democracy by the people and with them?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Watch this Tik Tok link post by KJ Jeyaretnam-” https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSR41s8dT/“.

    KJ question something of how the con people couple get citizenship so easily and no need to serve National Service.Is this a equal society where rich has rich privileges law by ICA also give them citizenship without thorough checking ? Is it pay money to ICA and go through easily,who knows ???? All of us male has to serve low allowance pay 2.5 years of NS and reservist ,get really nothing from the lhl government !!!! While all the rich get more and more welfare and benefits ! Pui!

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    I really wonder why our highly paid government easily add up to few tens or few hundreds millions of overpaid salaries really did little for the country during parliament meeting .Just ask this question why nobody raise the question of creating a free website where newspaper news that are two months old be it Shin Min,Straits Times,Lianhe Wanbao,….are available online free for all Singaporeans to view and read “free” of charge ? This will help Singaporeans understand the situation of the world better for those who did not buy daily recent newspaper.Old news 2 months also got no value already also cannot give free for people to read online meh ? I am with so many MPs,minister,President,Prime Minister brains in government beside opposition MP brains,surely somebody can raise such question as to why newspaper two months old cannot be converted to online old news for people to read ? Are our whole parliament serving the people ? Old news still keep for what value ?Lee Hsien Loong ,you depend on shameless woman information minister Josephine Teo Li Min to perform to raise issue in Parliament to serve the people ?Pui !

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  • Observer:

    How do you get people who don’t enjoy pensions to sympathize with your complaint that your pensions are not high enough?

    Some people envy the European welfare state model.

    But there is a price.

    EU countries have to fight Iran, otherwise EU countries are unable to pay pensions.

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