It has been more than 4 months since Halimah Yacob resigned from her MP position at Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, and there has been no by-election. So why? Nobody is asking why because the ruling party government decided so, that is why.
However, little did what everyone know, the official reason is an illegal one. According to the Singapore Constitution, an election is held to determine a MP and that if a MP resigns during his term, a by-election will have to be held to fill in that position. Parliament powers are below Constitution, and it is up to the Singapore judiciary to ensure a rogue government do not breach the Constitution.
That is if you are living in a law-based democracy. The absence of the by-election in the Halimah Yacob episode is testament that the ruling party government is a dictatorship regime and a menace to public interests.
Singaporeans have been living under the false impression of a free and independent nation, when the pre-1965 British colonial masters were simply swapped for a minority group of elites with the same skin colour. Not only were the citizens swindled, foreigners who understand little about Singapore are similarly cheated by the prosperous facade.
Most people, including the academics and even the bureaucrats themselves, experienced cognitive dissonance trying to justify illegal official decisions like the one above. For example, many Singaporeans kept questioning why was the Presidential Election never contested when they themselves are fully aware of the walkover electoral rule. Another good example will be Singaporeans questioning if they are “homeowners” as HDB claimed when their HDB apartments are only valid for a lease. Or why can’t they get back their CPF in full, when it is clearly contributed from their monthly salaries. Or why Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is allowed to debate about his late father’s private will in Parliament, where it has no national interests. The people are always in a state of confusion, questioning whatever that they already have official answers. Feeling so wrong when you do something right? Feeling so right when you do something wrong? It is prevailingly common for people diagnosed with serious mental conflicts.
However, once we accept Singapore as what it truly is, that is a corrupted dictatorship ruled by a single man called Lee Hsien Loong, everything that seems illogical now makes sense.
The situation of Singapore is best described by a Japanese children’s game – Ouusama Gemu, or the King’s Game, where everyone listens to the order of the King who is picked from card shuffle. The only problem is that every Singaporean is participating in this game and only one person gets to be the King every single round.
Dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the king of this game, and he issues the orders and the law. This explains why he is in-charge of the elections commission and the corruption bureau. He is above any investigation. Now it makes sense why there is no conflict of interests – he is the king.
Lee Hsien Loong gets to invest your CPF money overseas as GIC Chairman, and control your CPF contribution amount as Prime Minister. His wife is CEO of Temasek Holdings, and his former subordinate Halimah Yacob is President. Now it makes sense why there is no conflict of interests – he is the king. Lee Hsien Loong decides that there will be no by-election in Marsiling-Yew Tee, because Singaporeans are playing Ouusama Gemu. Singaporeans are taught from young to be law-abiding, but whose law are we abiding by?
With this true understanding of Singapore’s law and order, it is hence conclusive to say that elections is just a waste of time and that even with a by-election at Marsiling-Yew Tee, the ruing party will still win. It is also conclusive to say that anyone who believes in Singapore elections is a fool. Good luck trying to vote out the King.