Condoleezza Rice's comment on authoritarians of a Jurassic era makes for a fit response:
"The people who are experiencing glimpses of freedom in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and across the Middle East have just begun to build the institutions that will secure their liberties. And in some places, dictators are fighting to hold back the day when they will fall. Freedom can be delayed but not denied."
Reliving the terror of 9/11, Ms Rice maintains she would not trade stability at the expense of democracy. As she sees it, if people have no way to hold their government accountable through peaceful change, they will do so violently. Think about that. The world does not need another Tiananmen.
Instead of fessing up to the follies of ill conceived party policies, Lee Kuan Yew chose to invent straw men arguments like rising levels of education result in segmentation of society. He even blames the populace for the jealousy associated with disparity of income levels, instead of taking ownership for the obscene Gini efficient. He still points towards a relentless pursuit of a growing GDP as the holy grail, blind to the many unfortunates who have, and still are falling through the cracks, due to circumstances beyond their control. Like being born physically and/or mentally handicapped. Or crippled by an industrial accident at work. Or humbled by the ravages of age. Is he even aware of the social impediments in the development of his albino grandson? Not everyone has the financial resources to smoothen out the ride.
Nope. Singaporeans are politically aware. Aware that locking up people without trial can't possibly be an honorable act. Aware that elections have been robbed through gerrymandering. Aware that dual passports are only available for the privileged. Minister Yaacob Ibrahim claims his kids were "conferred US citizenship" because his wife was foreign born. If his heart is truly with Singapore, why is he waiting till they are 18 before encouraging them to declare their true loyalties? Your shopping purchase may come with a free voucher, but that doesn't always mean you should accept it. Not when the freebie is for a massage at Geylang. Sigh, so much wasted social capital.