Singapore was an economic miracle, if one considers it’s location in turbulent Southeast Asia rived with racism, religious discrimination and communism. The success story of Singapore from 1965 was a textbook example for many developing countries, Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong’s PAP administration had no doubt steered the country well.
Unfortunately, everything started going downhill from year 2004 onward. The new PAP leadership rested on it’s predecessor’s laurels and corruption seeped in through legal loopholes. Economic and social indicators in the past two decades have been showing alarming statistics reflecting the declining standards of living and rising cost. New problems started surfacing and there can only be one guilty party: the 3rd generation PAP government.
1) Former Minister of National Development (MND) Mah Bow Tan
Disgracefully resigned in 2015, the former MND Minister raised housing prices and landed every new homebuyer into 30-year-loan debt. Also the former Transport Minister, Mah Bow Tan introduced the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) and the COE tax system, resulting in exorbitant travel costs.
2) Former Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew
Under the former navy admiral’s charge, SMRT and SBS Transit started cannibalising maintenance budget for profits. The former Transport Minister turned a blind eye to the two state-owned transport operators and that is why public trains started seeing more breakdowns. To worsen the worsening state of public transport, Lui Tuck Yew raised fares further, resulting in his resignation in 2015.
3) Former Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng
Wong Kan Seng is solely responsible for the influx of cheap foreign labour, and a fiasco in immigration policies. Under Lee Hsien Loong’s order, Wong Kan Seng opened the floodgate and the population increased 25% from in 10 years. The Minister’s reputation was badly hit for the escape of terrorist Mas Selamat, and he had to resign in GE2011.
4) Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam
K Shanmugam is notorious for writing new laws curtailing freedom. The powerful minister in-charge of two full ministries is a dictator who hates criticisms and actively abused police powers to arrest his critics. Minister K Shanmugam is currently mulling over options to tighten internet censorship, and criminalise criticisms as “fake news”.
5) Transport Khaw Boon Wan
Under Khaw Boon Wan, the Transport Ministry legalised billion-dollar corruption bailing out SMRT with CPF funds from Temasek Holdings. The PAP Minister made no improvement to the worsening state of public transport, and instead waged a war on the media accusing them of “sensationalising” train breakdowns. The budget of the Transport Ministry inflated under Khaw Boon Wan, but SMRT and SBS Transit continues to rake in record profits.
6) Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say
The Singlish-spouting minister depressed workers’ wages and is solely responsible for the rising income inequality in Singapore. The current GINI coefficient is 0.458, one of the highest in the world.
7) Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister Lim Hng Kiang, Minister Yacob Ibrahim
These Ministers are merely administrators acting on the orders of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Each of their respective ministries have a notable screw-up e.g. Terrex vehicles detention, Medishield Life premiums overcharging, formation of the PAP Internet Brigade, etc.
8) Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
The chief culprit responsible for undoing his predecessors’ good work and turning Singapore into it’s unrecognisable state today. Under Lee Hsien Loong, corruption and nepotism intensified. More army generals took up ministerial positions and CEO positions in state-owned companies. His wife Ho Ching lost tens of billions in CPF money, resulting in a need to raise Retirement Age and Minimum Sum.
Unfortunately for Singaporeans, Lee Hsien Loong does not want to give up power. Even when his predecessor Goh Chok Tong and his PAP mates “reminded” him to hand over power, the dictator Prime Minister said he doesn’t want to.