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Disappointed with the ‘Singapore Conversation’ so far

Posted by temasektimes on September 16, 2012

To no one’s surprise, PM Lee has emphasised that the National Conversation is NOT about slaughtering sacred cows. He said this at the end of the APEC leaders’ summit in Russia.

As I’ve stressed many times before, the core value of the ruling regime is one of repression. Many things like the law against peaceful assembly and association as guaranteed in our Constitution, gerrymandering, GRC, control of the unions and newspapers and so on emanate from this core value of repression.

PM Lee did not specify which sacred cows he was referring to but Singaporeans and the world knows so there wasnt any need to be coy about it

For instance, the whole world knows of the lack of press freedom in Singapore. This is one very sacred cow that the regime will never let go.

Faced with waning popularity and massive public dissatisfaction in any other democratic country a challenger from within the party would arise to challenge the incumbent PM. But not in a repressive party.

So if we are not going to talk about fundamental issues what will we be talking about? How to prevent vice spreading from Geylang to Orchard Road? Road safety for cyclists? Kindness and graciousness?

National Conversation, as the grand-sounding term implies, should be about fundamental issues like press freedom, political reform etc.

The National Conversation was the name given to the Scottish Government’s public consultation exercise regarding possible future changes in the power of the devolved Scottish Parliament and the possibility of Scottish independence, a policy objective of the Scottish National Party, who at the time were the minority government with power over devolved affairs in Scotland, as the Scottish Government. It culminated in a multi-option white paper for a proposed Referendum (Scotland) Bill, 2010 (Wikipedia)

Increasingly, ours is beginning to take on the appearance of a National CON-versation.

LEGION

*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times. 

16 Responses to “Disappointed with the ‘Singapore Conversation’ so far”

  1. teo cheap buy said

    Kelong

  2. Ester said

    Singapore Conversation is “dead on arrival”. It is just another PAP wayang to improve its image after its numerous mistakes and failures since LHL became PM (“Prime Mediocrity”) .
    (1) low productivity of Singapore economy
    (2) low birth rate which started from LKY’s “Stop at 2” policy
    (3) depressed local wages
    (4) failing to plan for the many foreigners it allowed into Singapore
    (5) shortage, “shrinking” and high cost of public housing
    (6) shortage of public buses and MRT trains
    (7) shortage of hospitals, doctors and nursing homes
    (8) shortage of teachers and places in schools for Singaporeans
    (9) shortage of jobs for Singaporeans
    (10) foreigners taking jobs away from Singaporeans
    (11) frequent breakdowns of MRT trains
    (12) overcrowded public transport (buses and MRT trains)
    (13) bailout of public transport (failed privatisation)
    (14) frequent 50-year “ponding”
    (15) high inflation (Singapore more expensive than Hong Kong)
    (16) high cost of education and healthcare
    (17) high cost of electricity (failed privatisation)
    (18) high cost of private transport and fuel
    (19) poor air quality as per WHO Air Quality Guidelines
    (20) depleted CPF accounts after buying “affordable” HDB flats
    (21) many CPF accounts below CPF Minimum Sum
    (22) massive (billions) losses of taxpayers’ money by Temasek / GIC
    (23) wasteful purchases by Government agencies like NParks
    (24) made Singapore a “tuition nation”
    (25) real income likely to fall this year
    (26) failing to provide Singaporeans with Swiss Standard of Living

    • compatriot said

      I think you have politically put to shame the PAP and I dont think they have the guts to respond

      Indeed it is well articulated and written to state as a recourse article for the OPPOSITION if they will,for the coming parliamentarian sittings

  3. Singkaypoh said

    Obviously, they will CONtheNation , in the same way they arranged the tai chi & kids for the Royal Couple at Queenstown, probably the very same “kelefes” who “performed” there will be the ones they “CONverse” with. Hopefully the 60% wake up & smell the rats.

  4. DON'T SLAY THE SACRED COWS. THE COW PEHs and the COW BUs. said

    DON’T SLAY THE SACRED COWS. THE COW PEHs and the COW BUs.

    • my mother say.... said

      ya lor, PM Lee also use the phrase “cow peh, cow bu” you know? how come ah?? So, everyone dont cow peh cow bu now, next time during election what PM Lee say you all want to listen or not????

  5. Singaporean said

    national converstion is just a fake show to win over voters by using tax payer money!

    In the end, what Singaporean wanted is result!!

    By using taxpayer money to create 26 members committee and spend on all activities on relating to national conversation, what is the final result vs money spent!!

    Please don’t waste taxpayer money to go on this show!!

    What we need is to remove all s-pass/EP holders immediately as all these jobs are what Singaporean wanted!!

  6. Wishes to be anonymous said

    If there is something to say, why not find out how you can get onto the Singapore Conversation and contribute? It is a chance for you to engage and make your contributions? Seriously! Please do not be an arm chair critic when your views could be vital in making Singapore greater and better?

  7. P Koh said

    The National Conversation – I am lost for words.! Perhaps it is a Con vers a Nation.

  8. Aaron Beng said

    I thought it was obvious that this national conversation was just another wayang to fool the people?

  9. Naivety said

    Wayang kulit show of the century…highest level!

  10. Ah Gong said

    In Singapore, unlike other democracies, you choose your audience, who in turn will ask questions posed to them to ask and you get a predictable reply. Ask ST journalist who cover events by PM & Cabinet Ministers – they are prompted to ask questions on the walkabouts, those questions are given to the ST Editor who then delegate the questions like a faithful dog.
    The agenda to the Straits Times is given by the PAP government – on what to publish, who to denigrate, how to glorify our chosen Messiah Lee Hsien Loong. Thats the Singapore Conversation.

  11. No Future said

    No need to have National Conversation lah. This NC thingy is like telling us I open the hell gate to help the country & people you also not happy, so let’s have NC and tell me what you want lor. Why don’t admit your mistake and correct it now? I am NOT asking you to chase away foreigners, but make sure you select the right talents & monitor their performance as long as they are in S’pore. The talents you allow into S’pore must not be here to replace the job of another Singaporean. I know nowadays jobs can be outsourced easily with clicks of the mouse, but that is the different story, don’t use that to scare us and protect your immigration policy. If you can protect locals, then there is no need to pity the low-paid workers and talk about implementing minimum wage.

  12. viking said

    How’s that there is no call-ins by the TV audience!!
    Me thot this is a national con.? to be really national and inclusive and far reaching and meaningful, call-ins is a MUST have, so as to really ‘engaged’ with the citizens in the conversation!!

  13. Singkaypoh said

    Spore COWersation, MOO MOO here & a MOO MOO there…

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