|"The whole ground can be against me, but if I know it is right, I'll do it. That's the business of a leader."|
Lee Kuan Yew's election rallies at Fullerton Square were legendary. He and his audience braved downpours during the rallies, when he would speak, off the cuff, for hours, spelling out his hopes, fears and dreams for the country. ("LKY - The Man And His Ideas", Han Fook Kwang et al)
The son said yesterday's rally was an improvement over last election's, in that shelter from the sun was provided. Yesterday's gathering of supporters may not brave the sun for him. At the 2006 rally, the highlight of his speech was about buying supporters' votes and fixing the opposition. How times have changed.
PM Lee claimed that "what keeps PAP MPs on their toes is the risk of losing voter support". Yet he chose to defend the government's move to allow Integrated Resorts with casinos into Singapore. Go figure.Conceding what Singaporeans knew all along, and protested vigorously against in vain, he admitted more IRs mean more risk of problem gambling, and more foreign workers mean congestion. He also rattled off the litany of boo-boos, listing Mas Selamat escape, Orchard Road flooding, housing shortages, transport congestion, and blaming all it on wrong predictions. "We do not always get things completely right ... but overall, the PAP government has been more right than wrong, otherwise we would not be here today," he said. Well, the people will be deciding whether they were in fact more wrong than right, and whether they will still be there after 7 May. After factoring in all the fear mongering and gerrymandering thrown into the facade of a democracy.
Lee conceded that the average standard of the opposition has gone up, and said this is good since the PAP has to work harder. Which is exactly what the opposition is expounding in their rally speeches, slap the bleddy driver every time he tries to doze off. Complacency is no longer an option.
In conclusion Lee urged people to take a vow to "make tomorrow better than today". Oh they will be doing that alright, Mr Lee, but the dawn may be quite different from what you have envisaged.