Thursday, 23 May 2013

Not happy then please leave Singapore


After disagreeing with the Malaysian politics, will the unhappy PAP ask the unhappy Singaporean citizens to leave the country? Some things similar to the newly appointed Malaysian Home Minister suggested to their countrymen.

If you read about this article, “ S’pore cannot afford to import M’sian politics”,  (http://www.todayonline.com/commentary/spore-cannot-afford-import-msian-politics) you will know how unhappy the PAP is. Not only they are unhappy about the political development in Malaysia, they are also afraid of the consequences – the migration of voters, especially Malay voters from BN to PR. 

The ruling BN is under pressure. The pressure is so unbearable that the result is:    
New Malaysian home minister tells unhappy Malaysians to emigrateMalaysia's newly-appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has reportedly said that Malaysians who are unhappy with the country's political system should leave the country, stressing that loyal citizens should respect the rule of law.http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/new-malaysian-home-minister-tells-unhappy-malaysians-emigrate-20130516

Yes, this is what the PAP hopes to achieve too. Voters are not happy with the political and electoral system can leave Singapore and more new “loyal” citizens who agree with the present system are been encouraged to come here.  With a plus of loyal voters and a minus of unhappy voters, this is long life the PAP.

Lost citizenship  

In fact, the PAP even went further than asking unhappy Singaporeans to leave.  They just simply take away their citizenships.    

[In 1965, Nanyang University faced the expellation of 101 students and 75 staff members in 1964 and had their students union dissolved. Why so? Some say that it was because  had a powerful influence on electoral outcomes. In the 1963 General Elections, founder of Nanyang University, Tan Lark Sye and the students gave tremendous support to these Barisan Sosialis candidates. As a result, BS won 32.9 percent of the seats as a result. This was an impressive feat despite the arrest of popular candidates in BS by PAP before the GE 1963. 
After the elections, the citizenship of Tan Lark Sye was revoked and he was accused for “collaborating with the communist group in nan-tah (nanyang university)”. The PAP also raided the school and used the Preservation of Public Safety Ordinance to arrest a number of students and alumni.]http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2013/04/untapped-power-youth-activism/

It is not sure whether making a person lost his citizenship is more effective than asking the person to leave Singapore.  Perhaps, it is more civilized to invite people to leave rather than losing the citizenship.

Change within rather than external influences

President Obama can only show his concern about the irregularities in the recent Malaysian general election. What else can he do besides congratulate both the ruling and opposition parties and the people of Malaysia?

Statement by the Press Secretary on Malaysia’s ElectionsOn behalf of the President and the people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Najib on his coalition’s victory in Malaysia’s parliamentary elections on Sunday May 5.  We also congratulate the people of Malaysia, who turned out in record numbers to cast their votes, as well as the parties of the opposition coalition on their campaigns, as a vibrant opposition is a foundation of democracy.  We note concerns regarding reported irregularities in the conduct of the election, and believe it is important that Malaysian authorities address concerns that have been raised.  We look forward to the outcome of their investigations.  The United States looks forward to continuing its close cooperation with the government and the people of Malaysia to continue to strengthen democracy, peace, and prosperity in the region.http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/08/statement-press-secretary-malaysia-s-elections

So, political changes have to come from within the country. The PAP and the Singapore authorities are very uncomfortable about the aftermath of Malaysian GE and so they have to form the idea of “Singapore can’t afford to import Malaysian politics”.

Anwar also knows that he cannot depend on the USA for assistance.  Changes have to come from the Malaysian people within Malaysia.

If there are further changes in Singapore politics, it will have to come from within Singapore.  Malaysia politics, whether imported or not imported into Singapore, whether we can or can’t afford, is secondary.  Like President Obama’s statement, Najib can just put it one side but bi-lateral relationship between US and Malaysia will still go on. 

This is why striking off citizenship or leaving the country is a better solution than a press statement ‘looking forward for the outcome of the investigation.’

But both methods will not work under a more open and more democratic Singapore.   

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