The day that Singaporeans take to the streets

29Apr12

Lee Kuan Yew’s uncharacteristic absence from public view continues, now two months with no sightings.  Meanwhile, Yawning Bread:

In Singapore’s case, the ruling party has been more successful at maintaining internal unity. Having a strong leader (Lee Kuan Yew) whose very person was a source of legitimacy for the party certainly contributed to it. And with the man prepared to resort to thuggish methods to maintain his power, any insider thinking of challenging Lee would know what peril such a course of action would expose him to.

The lack of internal challenge in turn preserves Lee’s and the PAP’s image of invincibility, and becomes a major discouragement to anyone outside the ruling party taking him on. However unhappy one may be with the PAP, so long as there aren’t dissenters within the PAP that one may build alliances with to leverage both your causes forward, the chance of success must look extremely slim. …

As much as it explains the past, the above analysis makes a prediction about the future too. It will not be long before Lee Kuan Yew fades from the scene, and given the fact that Lee Hsien Loong is more of a ditherer than a natural leader, Singapore is looking at a future without a colossus.

 

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14 Responses to “The day that Singaporeans take to the streets”

  1. 1 Evi

    Is it possible that he ill right now? He is old, isn’t he?

  2. 2 patriot

    Me wishes that Lee Kuan Yew lives to see
    Singaporeans clean up Sin.

    I believe that Singaporeans do want to
    make Sin cleaner than it is now for Lee Kuan
    Yew to be happy. And that he will not have to
    turn or rise again.

    patriot

  3. 3 LY Lim

    Being assertive can come across as weakness, while meekness mistaken for cowardice.

    Being a nation’s leader making any decisions, one has to consider many issues of which most people are not aware of.

    Being a contributor one should not take for granted that readers are ignorant and easily persuaded by fancy phrase i.e. given the fact.

    Being a reader I will want to ask what is your so called fact based on.

    Meanwhile, should a person decide to stay away from public view for awhile, why would someone or you stir doubt and suspicion into it?

  4. 4 Anonymous

    where is lee kuan yew?

  5. 5 imelda

    he is not in the pink of health – that’s the hard truth he never talked about .

    everyone around him is worried for their children’s future in a divisive singapore but then again, they have accumulated enough wealth to ‘run’ from singapore any time now when lky kicks the bucket for good.

    notice how lacklustre are the people around him?

  6. 6 imelda

    if the pap loses power when lky makes his exit, will there be a witch-hunting of all the people who became unusually rich during lky’s times?

  7. 7 Anonymous

    will the SAF be on standby?

  8. 8 Anon

    Doubt SAF will be used in the event of any disturbance when LKY passes away. Remember that SAF is a conscript force, something unusual in a developed, educated country, which means that there is a lot of stresses lying just beneath the surface between NSmen and their commanders. I doubt the government would be inclined to test just how far they can push the citizen-soldiers by ordering them into action against their fellow citizens – and in a nation as small as Singapore – their own friends and family.

    Also, Singapore is not North Korea. It is an open country and cares quite a lot about how it is perceived internationally. I would envisage something like this:

    * Prior to LKY’s death (i.e. now, whilst he is alive) the ISD will subtly monitor known subversives and social media to ensure that preventative actions taken to actually prevent a disturbance form happening in the first place. This way any unfortunate scenes are avoided to begin with, which has long been a staple of the government policy.

    * Buy off dissent through with money. Expect an avalanche of “sweetener” policies.

    * Divert any residual or persistent hot emotions through two approaches. 1) For any specific grievance offer up a human sacrifice. Fire or charge in court some civil service or GLC executive and give the media free reign on him so the public can rip him to shreds and vent their anger on a single target, allowing life overall to carry on as normal.

    * If *ALL* of the above fail (to be honest, this is pretty unlikely), then try and divert protest into a manageable activity by sacrificing a few MPs and hold by-elections. If things look really bad then ensure the PAP candidates don’t stand a hope in hell, so the euphoria of opposition win will defuse any wider anger.

    * If things do get out onto the street, then as far as possible then carry on with business as normal by legitimising it – i.e. giving free reign at Speakers Corner. Finally, and only finally do you have a public showdown in the streets between a *mass* protest and the police.

  9. 9 lee fuck yew

    i bet my ass that when he dies,there are more ppl celebrating his death as a joyous occasion than it is a sombre event.

    the lives he ruined is incalculable and many jus wish to see him dead and buried 6 feet under.

    fuck off and die already lky,u are not needed and take ur cancer ass son and cronies with u!

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