Thursday, 7 April 2011

PM Lee, are you Yin-Yang imbalance?

PM Lee, are you Yin-Yang imbalance?
PM Lee at NUS ministerial forum source: ST photo
Judging from your speech and questions and answers session to NUS students at a ministerial forum, it seems you are creating more and more Yin-Yang imbalance in Singapore.  One obvious imbalance is the infamous “A two-party system is not workable in Singapore because there is simply not enough talent to form two “A teams”.

No wonder your minister Lim Swee Say came out with the “ill and healthy theory”. In the Mandarin political debate recently he said:  A healthy person does not mean that he would never ever fall ill. Similarly, someone who is ill does not mean he is unhealthy person. For whether one is healthy or not does not depend on the fact of whether he is ill or not; the question is whether it is a major or minor illness, whether he falls ill frequently or infrequently. If one’s illness is minor and infrequent, he is considered healthy; if the illness is major and frequent, then it’s unhealthy.”

Which state are you in “minor and infrequent” or “major and frequent”?  You have failed to realize that the Singapore political illness is “major and frequent” and it’s unhealthy. It certainly needs immediate attention. However, in your address to NUS students, you are creating more and more imbalances in the future of Singapore. And in the coming election, voters are going to re-balance it and make Singapore a healthy place for political development.

The ancient Chinese subscribe to a concept called Yin-Yang which is a belief that there exist two complementary forces in the universe. One is Yang which represents everything positive or masculine and the other is Yin which is characterized as negative or feminine. One is not better than the other. Instead they are both necessary and a balance of both is highly desirable.

PM Lee what you are trying to tell NUS students is PAP is good and there is only one A team and obviously you are saying there is only a “Yang” in Singapore, i.e. PAP and there is no need for a “Ying” to balance off the political environment.  No wonder Minister Lim would stress that “someone who is ill does not mean he is unhealthy person’.  So, Singapore can remain ill but still healthy.

Normally Yin and Yang in the body maintain a dynamic balance through the interactions of inter-opposition, inter-dependence, inter-restriction and inter-transformation. The theory of Yin and Yang is used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine to explain the histological structure, physiological function, and pathological changes of the human body, and to serve as guide for diagnosis of treatment. 

Have you seen a TCM doctor before?  The doctor will advise to seek balance in life but never over stress on Yin or Yang. If you are weak in Yin or Yang, you need to re-enforce it. Look like you have forgotten the TCM advice and want to create more imbalances in Singapore politics. 

Here are some examples in your address at NUS that will lead to imbalance:

You called the following arrangements - a political system to avoid divisive politics and work for Singapore: Introduced Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs) in 1984, Introduced Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) in 1988, Provided for Nominated MPs (NMPs) in 1990, and Created the elected President in 1991.

You also made use of the forum to take a potshot at the opposition, saying that it is ‘futile’ to join the opposition as there is little they can do with the PAP remaining in power.

You championed One-party rule and Two-Party system will result to:  First, society splits along race and religion. Second, society divides along class lines. Third, split on policy. Fourth, most important reason why two-party system is not workable – not enough talent to form two A teams.

You disliked the saying:  Opposition parties pitch themselves as offering Singa­pore a fall-back should the PAP fail.  (No hope for people) Join the opposition, and spend his life waiting (and maybe hoping) for the PAP to fail one day.

You only wanted people to join the PAP, and help it make sound decisions, implement good policies, and avoid mistakes but agreed only “by all means join the opposition if the government is wrong or incompetent.”  How do we know when is the time the government is wrong or incompetent? 

Do we want to remain “ill and healthy” and wait until the government is wrong or incompetent? Act now before it is too late.   

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