Ladies and Gentlemen,
For the last decade or so, Singapore island, or one would better call it, Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore is not looking good at all. Today the island has the distinction of having the lowest, I mean lowest birth rate in the world, according to the latest CIA World Factbook
It presently stands at 0.82. I hope the reader can understand how bad this is. It means that for every couple, they may have, in a small minority of cases, one child but in the vast majority of cases none at all! In other words most couples do not have any children! Not even one!
One has to see the enormity of this fact. It is not just a case of people unable to have children. This is a sign that the people in already tiny Singapore island have deliberately decided that they do not wish to have children regardless of what happens to their country! They care two hoots if their Singaporean identity becomes totally extinct from the face of the earth! This is how much they hate their country and their rulers. Today the size of the native Singaporean population cannot be more than a million in tiny Singapore. The remaining 4 million are foreign imports. In just 2 decades, at this rate, there won't be anymore true Singaporeans left in Singapore island!
This news is bad as it already. But it is even worse because despite the government vigorously campaigning for more babies, Singaporeans are deliberately having less children. They are making clear to the Singaporean authorities that despite how much they tell them, they are determined not to have any children in that island! They are defiant in their refusal to co-operate with the authorities.
This phenomenon must be an alarming sign to any government. What the people are telling their government is this. We do not appreciate you, we do not trust you, and we do not want to have children in a society such as this. This phenomenon is a clear slap in the face for this government. What it shows is that the people of Singapore have no respect for this administration and will deliberately refuse to do what the government wants.
Anyone who understands the island like I do, being born there and having been persecuted for my political beliefs can understand why. Despite the island's claim that it is a free and democratic country, nothing can be further from the truth. It is a one party state with a bunch of rulers who are some of the most corrupt in the world. The present Prime Minister has been in power for the last 12 years. Before that his father was the first prime minister who governed Singapore for more than 50 years since independence. It is like Haiti's Papa Doc and Baby Doc. Papa Doc was the sole ruler until his death. After his death his son Baby Doc ruled. Just as in Syria, you first had father Hafiz Al Assad. When he died the son Bashar takes over. In Singapore it was Lee Kuan Yew, and now his son Lee Hsien Loong. And then they are the world's most corrupted leaders. The Prime Minister like his father pays himself several millions and in addition a 12 month salary bonus each year which makes their total theft of public funds several million dollars each year.
You simply cannot respect a government such as this which literally are the most corrupted rulers in the world. Therefore any self respecting human being would be uncomfortable raising children in a society as corrupted as this, one reason why it has the lowest birth rate in the world.
In addition you have a total lack of rule of law. The police are given free reign to go around arresting and persecuting government critics. Every single politician who posed a political threat to the government were all systematically removed and destroyed. Singapore's shameful pages lists good men such as JB Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, Tang Liang Hong and many others who are all jailed and destroyed for criticizing the government. The average Singaporean is fully aware of the fact that he is allowed to survive and exist only as long as he is supportive of the system. If not he becomes a victim. In an atmosphere such as this, no one wants to start a family in the island. Why would you want to bring up your children as slaves with no right to independent thinking. It is bad enough that the parents have to live such miserable lives. Why bring children into the world to suffer like this.
Realizing that the government can do nothing to stop the total extinction of its native population, they have been bringing in thousands and thousands of Chinese immigrants from Communist China who are happy to come to Singapore where they can earn more than back home as peasants. Because they are both ethnic Chinese, looking at them you won't tell the difference. But the Communist Chinese recent arrivals are totally different from the native Chinese of Singapore. All their lives they lived under Communist rule and they have no idea of such concepts of human rights. What happens then as a result of the disappearing native population is that Singapore has become just as another Communist Chinese city, where people walk around as just slaves, as they would do in Communist China. This obedience mentality brings Singapore island several rungs backward to just another Communist China peasant society, a very regressive step from what Singapore once was many decades ago, a British style democracy.
What is happening in the island can be explained through imagining a hypothetical situation in the USA. Imagine if America is losing its own people through the lowest birth rate in the world and the government decides to bring in droves of Russians to populate the United States and the country slowly becomes another Russia where people walk around in fear of Putin! This is exactly what is happening in Singapore today.
And the economy is dead. Literally dead. From double digit figures, it is today hovering between 1% and 2%. And the signs are that it is going remain so in the permanent imaginable future. Once again if you understand Singapore, you will realize that this stagnation of the economy is not just transitory, it is sadly permanent. And the government does not have an answer to this problem.
The dead economic future for Singapore is totally the fault of the government messing with the minds of its population. Ever since Singapore's formation, the economy has always been state managed. The government like they did in Communist China and Soviet Union, selects certain sectors for economic development and creates jobs in these sectors, such as the port authority, electronics manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, airport, airlines, tourism etc. All this worked for a long time since its neighbors were far behind Singapore. But as time progressed, every other country has not only imitated Singapore, they are also able to do this at a far lowest cost. So there goes Singapore's edge.
The economy may be salvaged if the people of Singapore are capable of looking after themselves. Unfortunately this is not the case. Lee Kuan Yew's model citizen is not someone who questions, thinks and challenges authority. He is someone who obeys and his greatest quality is total obedience and submission. A Singapore worker is someone who is capable of working hard and a very obedient one. But the area of his failing is his total incapacity to think independently and make a life for himself. He is always waiting to be told what to do next.
In a situation such as this, unfortunately until and unless the state can come up with some new idea, the society of Singaporeans are doomed to a permanent 1% or 2% economic growth. A country with vast resources both local and abroad such as the Netherlands would not only survive but even excel for 2 reasons. First they have greater resources and a greater population. Second because their society comprises one of thinkers, the people themselves are capable of new ideas and will always propel the state forward. But Singaporeans do not have this ability. They have been trained not to think for themselves. And this is the reason why Singapore has no hope in the future.
And the small size and the fact that the vast majority of businesses are in foreign hands make the society' existence highly uncertain. It will only take a little bad news for foreign businesses to pull out completely from the island which will trigger a massive capital flight and the end of the island. This is unlike larger countries and economies who can weather the storm of such temporary setbacks.
A free independent thinking democratic people have the ability to think of new plans and new ideas to better their lives. Sadly Lee Kuan Yew's Singaporeans lack this quality which will be the cause for their demise.
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont San Francisco California
Tel: 510 491 8525