The paragraph below is extracted from a website.
Film on Lee Kuan Yew seized by MDA
"It was a private screening but that didn't stop officers from the Media Development Authority (MDA) from seizing a copy of the film, "One Nation Under Lee", at the Tulip Room in the Peninsular Excelsior Hotel.
The film, produced by activist and artist Seelan Pillay, was a narrative of how Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew subjugated various institutions in Singapore, such as the press, under the government's control during his time as Prime Minister. It also depicted how the social divide in Singapore is a result of the People's Action Party's policies. The film included interviews with former Solicitor General Francis Seow, political detainee Said Zahari, opposition politician JB Jeyaretnam and scenes of various public protests which had taken place in Singapore."
Now, how many of us are actually aware of such events taking place? And if we aren't, why not? Is it because of political apathy? Or simply a case of reigned press? I really don't know which is more pathetic. It is with this line of thought that I direct you to watch this video yourselves. You be the judge.
Simply visit http://sheepcitytv.com/ and click on the video titled One Nation under Lee, where you can then see for yourself the lengths our Singapore government has gone to maintain complete political dominance. For more information on the abovementioned event that took place at Peninsular Excelsior Hotel, you can read up about it here. ↗
Now, before I start getting branded as a leftist without a cause, please don't get me wrong. Firstly, I agree that Singapore has seen remarkable social and economic progress over the last three decades. I agree that the Singapore government has done a splendid job in maintaining public law and order and safety. But, at what cost? Do all of these outweigh basic constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and peaceful assembly? The PAP has done great things for us. But who are they to say that anyone else will fare worse?
What have we Singaporeans sacrificed for this utopian facade that is Singapore? Truth be told, most Singaporeans are stuck in such an apathetic rut that they can't be bothered to see for themselves. They don't even want to be given a choice. The illusionary concepts of freedom and democracy have been force-fed to us all since our childhood days to a point that we have become agreeable tools of governmental policies.
This isn't a call for us to protest, or for us to take up arms and march down the streets. I just wish to share this informed opinion that I believe every citizen should have the right to. Watch the video, and share it with your family and friends if you feel it to be informative. I sure have.
On another related note, I read recently in the papers about the issue on why NSFs who have not reached legal voting age are not allowed to vote at elections, but are still deemed old and responsible enough to bear arms and defend our country. (Read more about it here. ↗)I await with bated breath at another cheesed-up response from the government. Having just recently ORD'ed myself, I look back and realize that being an NSF brought me only two viable advantages.
1) Being able to receive free medical care at governmental clinics and hospitals. Ok, great for all those days where I didn't feel like working and needed an MC to cover.
2) Receiving an additional $100 for the progress package. Which I view as nothing more but public funds disguised as bribes for political reasons (read: elections).
Such two-sided views on our fine young men are simply a scratch on the surface of how bias our own government has become. What separates us from other oppressed states is that our government masks these shortcomings with pretty outlooks of "economic progress" and "social stability". I beg to differ. It's time for all of us to be informed and educated. The time to abolish political apathy is now, and the time to make informed choices has never been sooner.