Wednesday, June 22, 2005
  System of a Down
In the past 24 hours, I have made possibly the greatest personal discovery yet on the world wide web. I have found a number of blogs of varied styles but by like-minded people who share my distaste for the Singapore political system and mentality. It's like finding fucking Kryptonite in my backyard! Here are three I've read so far:

Matrix Singapore: More like an article rather than a blog, this is the latest political website I've been to. The author explains the 3 general mentalities of Singaporeans towards the government in an uncanny way by highlighting all the remarkably similarities found in the movie, the matrix. I share the author's view a 100% because, I find myself in his exact same shoes who have come across the exact same types of people. It some ways, it answered my question as to why it can feel unatural or uncomfortable to indulge in political issues with probably all of my Singaporean friends. I remember asking a friend once if he realised what a prison we are really living in, to which he replied with a 'herd mentality', "who cares as long as it's a safe and prosperous country". These are the masses who are willing to forsake freedoms such as those of speech and expression in exchange for security, a livelihood amongst the well-oiled system. In addition to the 'matrix theme' there are some pretty disturbing excerpts from major political figure and founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew. This is an accurate, well-rounded and informative article if you want to understand our political atmosphere.

The Police State: Occassionally updated, this blog still provides some deep in-sights into recent political news. Mentioned in blogs such as this recently is a documentary called Singapore Rebel (somewhat Singapore's F9/11?), which has since been banned by the government (how did the director not see this coming??) after being pulled from the Singapore Film Festival when the director was threatened with a possible 2-year jail sentence. Well, like all political documentaries in Singapore, its worth getting is measured by its jail-time.

Singabloodypore: An ex expatriat from Singapore blogs his experience with the Singapore government and in his latest post, opens doors for conspiracy and shines light on a potentially much, much darker side of the Singaporean government. Almost X-Files-ish. Minus the aliens and add anal-retentive government agents.

I don't pretend to hate the Singaporean government for things I personally don't know about. But Im only today discovering hints of information into Singapore's political past that it has kept hidden better than the Japs have hidden WW2 truths in school textbooks. But it is not a very big secret, if you choose to look at it, that those who stand up against the government WILL fall without fair fight. A bit like choosing to fight Agent Smith perhaps. Because every man who HAS chosen to fight, has lost more than just his reputation....and a broken pair of sunglasses. While there is no "Neo" in this case, I do know this; that the number of Singaporeans with 'freed minds' is increasing, or at least surfacing to public attention either via the internet or mass media. Recent events that push and test the boundaries of Singapore's "democratic" image prove what's real and what's plastic. More people are challenging the system or at least questioning those policies in the public eye. Your whole life as a kid in Singapore has been brainwashed, turning you well into being a nationalist with wool pulled over your eyes. You call it civil education, I call it propaganda. Making you believe in this 'perfect' society on condition that you look no deeper. I couldn't even believe the propaganda bullshit I saw on TV regarding National Service (2yr+ compulsory military service for young Singaporean men) about how well your sons are treated at army and that driving trucks/tanks..etc (and pushing pencil for some that I know of) is really worth giving up 2.5 years of your youth for (Singapore's stupid military strategy is another story). The National Parade, while I do appreciate the spirit of unity, is utter bollocks if you do not recognise the wrongs of your country as well. But as said in Matrix Singapore, I guess for even those who know the truths about the system, they have chosen the blue pill for ignorance is bliss.

I remember mentioning the subject of human rights to a group of Singaporean friends once, "Doesn't it surprise you that we have one of the highest execution rates in the world? We're practically up there with Saudi Arabia which chops off limbs for breaking islamic laws." which my topic was met with little response. Yea why should we care. We're not on death row.

"Repression, Sir is a habit that grows. I am told it is like making love-it is always easier the second time! The first time there may be pangs of conscience, a sense of guilt. But once embarked on this course with constant repetition you get more and more brazen in the attack. All you have to do is to dissolve organizations and societies and banish and detain the key political workers in these societies. Then miraculously everything is tranquil on the surface. Then an intimidated press and the government-controlled radio together can regularly sing your praises, and slowly and steadily the people are made to forget the evil things that have already been done, or if these things are referred to again they're conveniently distorted and distorted with impunity, because there will be no opposition to contradict." - Lee Kuan Yew, 1956

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