In the past two weeks, Singaporeans are now more emboldened to call out dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s corruptions. Prior to the 38 Oxley Road episode, Singaporeans actively watch their words in the dictatorship regime especially when it comes to criticising the powerful PM and his ruling party.
Not so anymore. According to most Singaporeans, Law Minister K Shanmugam today is a fork-tongued two-face. Ho Ching is a thief and she squanders CPF funds with billion dollar losses at Temasek Holdings. PM Lee Hsien Loong is a dictator who abuses his powers in Parliament. President Tony Tan is a puppet. Senior Minister Indranee Rajah is a tongue twister. Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean puts words into a dead man’s mouth. Minister Lawrence Wong, well, a dog. The entire S$53 million-a-year PAP Cabinet are corrupted cronies who legalise corruptions through changing the laws whenever they want.
The only reason why Singaporeans are not taken to task for the above comments is because there is legitimacy. Take for example, Ho Ching, she herself admitted that she committed theft for taking important documents belonging to the executioners of Lee Kuan Yew’s estates without permission. Singaporeans know they have a case but the legitimacy in their minds was realised only by States Times Review, who logically put the pieces together. The legitimacy was further reinforced by the awkward silence from the authority.
Lee Hsien Yang must be credited for his sophisticated and systematic revelation. The shrewd son of Lee Kuan Yew knows putting a huge chunk of data and accusations is hard to digest, and so, he does it bit by bit making headline news every evening. Then again, Lee Hsien Yang needed an ally who is totally unafraid to fight against the government-controlled media mouthpiece, and this is where States Times Review fit in. The Australia-based news site with 36,000 genuine followers have no regards for Singapore laws as much as for North Korea’s. Compared to all Singapore media, States Times Review has the highest engagement per article and the comment section is the real forum free from the terrorism of government-hired trolls – no thanks to the active banning of unverified users.
Given the Singapore government’s modus operandi, Lee Hsien Loong badly need the editor of States Times Review in jail. However, the digital nomad’s whereabouts in the world is unknown and Singapore is the last place he would step foot on. Law Minister K Shanmugam tried to undermine the website’s credibility by calling it a “fake news”, but unfortunately this achieved quite the opposite as the minister himself is widely reputed as corrupt. Straits Times also tried, and likewise, only raised the credibility of States Times Review because the Singapore media’s 151th ranking. The Law Minister said he is writing new media laws next year, and a ban on States Times Review will come. However, the ignorant minister is unaware that the Pandora box is already opened: Singaporeans are no longer practising self-censorship and banning the website no longer serves any purpose.