We should be grateful for the good government we have?

My PAP loyalist friends say that we should be grateful for the good government we have not to compare with the corrupt and incompetent other country. In a material sense they are correct but in a spiritual sense Singapore has lost much.

I hesitate using the term “spiritual” because of its metaphysical connotations. But the term means all those creative, inventive, courageous and self-motivating impulses humans have. These we have lost due to “good governance” that took away iinitiative through taking charge of everything and through a plethora of regulations cramped our enterprising spirit. This loss is insidious.

It happens unconsciously because we can at every moment pause to consider the costly trade-offs in our lives: conform or lose out. Don’t play- play for pay-pay! Soon we even forget how to “play”. We begin to think small. We lower our sights. We don’t want to look far or look deep. We stick our noses to the grinding wheel. Its all very “natural.” But there is a small angry voice inside and sometimes it erupts in blind hatred as we see on some FB posts.

It is now a dilemma. How to open the confining gates of the mind. If the gates are flung open the animal spirits will roar out. In Malaysia the animal spirits frustrated by corruption and mismanagement and misrule took 3 decades to release at GE14 the electoral tsunami with no violence even under intense provocation. Great respect for the maturity of the Malaysian electorate!

How will Singapore’s bottled-up spirit be expressed? Just like in Malaysia it will take the concerted efforts of civil society and professional groupings to judiciously unleash pent up energies just like what happened in Malaysia but our administrators must be wise enough not to quash such movements. They must Stop threatening, stop lecturing and hectoring all the time. Let the induced immaturity of society grow up! We need bold and wise leadership in power and in society. They must work together in this next phase of Singapore’s growth.

 

* Facebook post by Tay Kheng Soon.

 

 

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31 Responses to “We should be grateful for the good government we have?”

  • Bapak:

    Good government? Must be still sleeping. Ignorance is for fools, supporting a rogue regime is a capital offence. A serious offence to be charged for treason.

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  • LIONS:

    Mr Tay,bro of eng soon?
    Cant totally agree that materially,*we* are better off.
    Only maybe the top 15/20 pct n that must count you n your frens.

    Many middle-class have been relegated to NEW POOR CLASS following the DISRUPTOR-FT POLICY of lee ah long n gang.

    Many more poor have been rendered into desperados like those elderly cardboard pickers.

    Ywt lwe ah long can atill keep boasting about high gsp per capita.
    Guess hw is gri ning coa hw haa billiona stashwd away

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  • "Good" for whom?:

    Is it really “good” IF Singaporeans suffer from:

    (1) high prices with stagnant wages

    (2) loss of jobs to “cheap” (no CPF) foreigners

    (3) over-priced HDB flats (price more than doubled over the last 12 years)

    (4) depleted CPF account after paying for “affordable and subsidized” public housing

    (5) CPF money invested in HDB flats (a depreciating asset) losses value at a rate of 1% per year.

    (6) the high cost of education except for foreigners who are given full scholarship using taxpayers’ money

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  • LIONS:

    Think PAP shud be grateful they have such an easy people to lord over?

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  • Do yourselves a favour:

    Our parents of the pioneer gen were suppressed in though word n deed
    ..they therefore brought us up ,their children ,to fear the G n police. The poor old past generation…
    Altho our G havent much changed but most of us are better educated , thanks to our parents, so we should try to breakthro this mindset n question things that dont seem fair …read alot n ask questions

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  • Take off yr blinders:

    This gov is treating its citizens as if WE are the terrorists they are trying to keep out.
    Installing all manner of surveillance mechanisms all over the country, plus the fake news laws, ‘raping’ citzens of our hard earned monies thro all kind of taxes n price increases ev few months , etc etc.
    Its like punishment for something not even our faults!this is called a good gov? Please get out n smell the roses!

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  • opposition dude:

    Good government indeed. Some idiots will never wake the F up and still think this is the 70s just like the party they support.

    They haven’t lost too many parliament seats yet so they are just simply cruising along and getting away with everything. Should the day come when they aren’t the ones running the show it will be interesting to see where all their fat cat ministers end up when they are forced to say goodbye to that salary. Will they be like George Yeo or simply fade from public view like Hwee Hwa?

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  • LIONS:

    In recent times,we have a GOONDOO govt rather than a good govt.
    I can single out good minister n that is LUI TUCK YEW.
    in a way,he did * protest * of lee ah long’s erratic ways by * resigning *?
    Well,there is no perfect example but i think lty ia a good exampler.

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  • Singapore tsunami:

    don’t give up too soon.

    because no need 70% sheep all to turn. just need that 20.1% the job gets done nicely.

    we have analyzed and we know for sure. OPPOSITION parties cannot stand in GE just desiring to be member of parleement. they must stand in GE desiring to form New Government.

    if they are small, then, do the needful. talk to the bigger parties. and if the bigger parties do not have the big mind, tell the voters.

    in order to have regime change we must have mindset change. and that is, when contesting in GE, don’t just aim to be member of parleement. aim to be a member of New Government that can change parleement back to parliament.

    join that OPPOSITION party that has that big view. quit that small minded OPPOSITION party that only wants to fill parleement seats and not regime change, that is doomed to fail anyway.

    doing the same thing over and over again gets one the same result. OPPOSITION parties contesting just to fill parleement seats ain’t going to do any better GE after GE after GE. let us learn from the best. let us learn from Dr Mahatir. start by desiring to down clown pap. start by desiring to investigate clown and gang for abuse of power. start by desiring to form New Government after next GE.

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  • 亜李爸爸:

    Mr.Tay die hard PAP loyalist friend must had been heavily rewarded by the Daylight Robbers party. Obviously, this loyalist friend must be leading a life, very different from the ordinary, no worries for the high cost of living, raised GST and the many varieties of other raises do not bothered this guy. Have this guy spare a thought for the majority whom have to edge out in this country, highest cost of living? Corruption free country? but many informations regarding state funds are kept top secret, so the non transparency is very suspicious. Only as and when another regime take charge, and all suspicions are cleared up, can we say this regime is honest.

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  • Breaking news:

    Breaking news just heard on radio.
    Another NSman (SCDF)has died.
    2 Officers arrested.

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    Grateful ………. yes; gratefully stupid !!!

    Good Govt ……… indeed; bloody good at fleecing and spinning its citizenry !!!

    Anything else ……… yes; they are bloody overpaid and their departure/dethronement is long bloody overdue !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • bgkl:

    Gratitude Is Not Servitude!

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  • rukidding:

    Only “fools” will “wavier” and be greatful !

    Change we must !

    Be greatful to the Past Leaders …..but be grateful to the present means you are stupid !

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  • Great Asia:

    This kind of PAP worshipers is still living in the 20th century.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • Be grateful to Malaysians:

    Singaporeans should be grateful to Malaysians for showing them what to at the next GE. The only issue now is whether Singaporeans have the spine to follow the example set by Malaysians.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Be grateful to a Bastard who is a lapdog to Kissinger…and through his anointment into the Owl Club in 1974 when Kissinger used him as a puppy to execute the Depopulation Programme of humans in the 3rdWorld in exchange for INVESTMENT…1974 was when the Bastard enacted the LEEgal abortion bill that eradicates 1,000,000 unborn @ last count 2016 Reported by Shitty Time gleefully with an editorial to BOOT their Evil DEED!!!

    and in the Process PENALIZED mothers or parents with low education should they NOT STOP or HAVE more than TWO

    ADD the Unsuccessful Graduate Mother scheme to CREATE an ELITE society and FULFILL Kissinger’s plan to reduce the world population by 50% by eliminating the IDIOTS in their eyes!!!

    Not COUNTING the TREACHEROUS & COWARDLY act during the Japanese Occupation when he was a Running Dog for the all Conquering Japanese Imperial Army

    Be Grateful??? F…U…

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  • Dafts Will Be Dafts:

    Educated dafts paid billions to clowns to be grateful.

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  • oxygen:

    HAVE YOU ALL NOT NOTICE THIS YET? POLITICAL GRATITUDE is the exact CONVEX of DUMBEST investing. PAPpys news publishing claims that 75% of CPFIS did worst than 2.5% annual rate of return. Any surprise there of this “discovery of facts”.

    NOT HERE in the least. Majority of investors and voters ARE STUPID. Politically, the smartest are in the minority of opposition divide as it is very true that only a small part of the minority in the investment world makes really good money.

    In the investing world, the majority of curved or swelling out of stupidity of losing big money.

    In the political world, the most naive, gullible and stupid bulge of voters is found in the pro-establishment – they never check, never think, never questions the sly chicanery that is engulfing the lives are the results of the dirty work of political deceptions. Most of this lot is simply too stupid to even begin to discover they are stupid to impossibility.

    Good example is PAPpys asset enhancement politics scam – their property is worthless and the CPF retirement money vaporize together with that. And some still refuse to repent their shame of stupidity even at this late stage.

    THE SMARTEST LOT IN THE POLITICAL AND INVESTING WORLD ARE THOSE WHO QUESTIONS AND CHALLENGE EVERYTHING – they seldom fall into traps set up waiting for them.

    So how to pity this mob of gullible dumbfarked peasant (even intellectual) idiots?

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  • must be so comfortable:

    //My PAP loyalist friends say that we should be grateful for the good government we have not to compare with the corrupt and incompetent other country//

    yes. yes. yes. loyalist friends must be so comfortable to ‘overlook’ the deeper importance of 4 = 5, selected = elected and once-upon-a-time secret committee.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    What “spirit’?, we wonder. A former colleague at work, yea, even in an institution dedicated to education of our young, who had Ph.D in humanities, warned me with all caring intentions, because I had been outspoken about political issues, that “they knew where my children were”, even though I was about to retire and could myself “risk speaking out”! Another well-meaning and caring colleague whispered to me that my Deans knew I had been posting views on the SDP website. Once I ventured to suggest to my Director of that Institution the possibility of my leaning to the Opposition, and he gestured fearfully, probably not for my but for his own interest, never to even think of that. And just notice the majority of those postings views here who have not dared even to put their names to own what they say. What stuff are we made of, and who had maneuvered to reduce us to this fearful, abject condition? And those following him, (hopefully not the 4Gs?), had tried also to be him. I recall one, then high ranking civil servant, whom Goh Keng Swee brought in to run our Institution. She started by warning us “money does not grow on trees. You have to earn it”. A little Goh Keng Swee? Also, Goh brought in a very young guy from his former Defence Ministry to become both Perm. Sec. and Director of Education, and his style was also little Goh Keng Swee. We were discussing and approving some leadership positions in Council, and, uncalled for, he pronounced, “That doesn’t mean they can’t be removed”.
    Now, LKY and Goh are gone. These “scholar” civil servant and army boys want to also be LKY and Goh Keng Swee? Or should they, even his son, heed Kishore, rather than remove him, by not pretending to be LKY!

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  • cdrfgvhnji:

    Good gov my foot and your head. Things turn sour after ah loong took over. If they are so called good and clean. Then release out all the total assets of ministers and above, TH, CPF and etc. If not, no talk. But for sure once all these being release out, there is no way PAP can stay in power any more.

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  • Why beat around the bush?:

    Tan KS why beat around the bush n wear the cloak which the Biws spurned. Wake up. Follow your saviour and don’t wayang like the biws.
    Truth r truth. Thum flew 6000miles to say what he think but humiliated for what inteenational scholars have praised. Shits r shits no amt of burying in opacity would change it.
    Good govt. Corruption. Why opacity? Why ground Roy to the ground? Why tortore a teenager? Why suopress freedom of speech and gathering? Why suppress freedom of press? If squeakly clean why cover in darkness. Take a look at a netizen comment on cpf of generation and effect of robbing cpf when one has been wiped clean.

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  • oxygen:

    JAMBAN MOUTH ALSO SAID that we should be grateful for the “good” government we have. What SH*T have not yet come out of the same jamban mouth in that political zoo?

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  • LIONS:

    PG aside,those who offered their precious votes for lollies bot with taxpayer money must be damn grateful to PAP for robbing them off their precious jobs n handing them over to Fake Talents.

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  • GRATEFUL or CHEATED?:

    We paid lesser to maintain first and second generation leaders who did wonders for Singapore.

    How come we are paying so much today for leaders who hardly produced any good
    for Singapore?

    I don’t feel grateful at all for the past 10-15 years, infact I feel cheated!

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  • Coalition Manifesto for ..:

    For GE 20/21…

    1. No Increase in GST

    2. Review All Mega Projects (HSR, Tuas Port, T5, etc)

    3. Review Key Appts (CJ, AG, Perm Sec etc)

    4. Accounting of Nation Reserves

    5. Accounting of Temasek Holdings

    6. Accounting of ‘Generals’ in GLC/GICs

    7. Max 3 Terms for PM and Ministers

    8. Reduce Ministers’ Pay

    9. Review 30% Water Tax

    10. Review CPF Interest and Withdrawal Rules

    11. ‘Singaporeans First Policy’ for Jobs, Medical Care, etc

    12. Do away with Minister Mentor and Senior Minister appointments
    (they can volunteer their service free if they want)

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  • HarderTruths:

    When this small island is run by despots who will work you until you die or starve you otherwise or make you homeless or put you in ISA just for telling the truth – you talk about ‘good government’??

    Tay – if you are one day looking into dustbins for food remember your post today.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Oh, I will be grateful… When we have a credible opposition that will give PAP some serious competition. The monkeys in white have become complacent, arrogant and incompetent.

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  • AnT:

    Many of these brainwashed people who remind about loyalty are living in their cocoon of an ideal utopia which they have been deceived into believing to be of ‘world class’ simply because they are still getting good income and work long hours operating within a narrow social class and socialising within a narrow economic class.

    Until the reality hits their doorstep

    Like a landed property business owner who sits on the country club and resident’s committee rubbing shoulders with natural aristocrats suddenly found a group of Indian nationals renting the house next door and experiencing first hand the nuisance, noise and intrusion of his living space which he had dismissed as the inability of HDB dwellers to integrate.

    Like a trusting couple who thought that their constant employment and high savings with regular overseas family holidays were the outcome of that party’s right policies until they were struck with a major medical operation costing close to 6 figures for less than 7 days of stay. Then their faces started to contort with disbelief and anxiety as their finances to support the forhtcoming courses of therapy and treatment became their new mantra that if only they had known how Singapore has become a living hell.

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  • Jman:

    Capitalism is broken.
    BIg tech is abusing its position, usurping business and profits, and driving people out of jobs.

    As increasing numbers of people get driven to the edge, they become increasingly susceptible to populism and vote buying.

    The system created by the West is broken. And so far all our talents in the PAP and the Govt are still singing the same broken tune of Western capitalism and democracy. And the PAP and the Govt doesn’t seem to have the wherewithal to call the bluff and participate in a new way forward.

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