So by now you would have seen this:
And I’m sure thoughts are running in your minds.
Under the leadership of Lee Hsien Loong and his highly-paid Ministers, our society and education environment seem to have entered into a breakdown situation, if not evolved into chaos.
It seems the brazen actions by these kids cannot be untied with the fact that our youths are living a ‘soul-less’ life. A life that only tells them to get good grades, yet not teach values. This is yet another manifestation (out of many more, just ask your teacher friends) of a youth who holds no regard of respect to national or societal belonging and who is easy in displaying disrespect and disregard for others and the larger good.
Wayang like “values-driven, student-centric education” coined by ex-Minister Heng Swee Keat cannot undo the “students are customers” mindset set by ex-Minister Teo Chee Hean. Today’s parents also spoil the rod in favour of such a mindset.
Add to that lack of respect, the lack of knowledge and understanding of society through MOE’s indoctrination-in-education and censorship and whitewashing of history and political education in our curriculum, plus the mainstream media’s rubbish news and programmes. It would not be a surprise at all that these youths are unable to think and feel because they are otherwise docile and ignorant ‘digits’ anyway. People who can scream at their Korean idols and would not hesitate to scold their parents, but sit still and keep their mouths shut when injustices happen in the society around them.
On a much larger scale, a quick look at the news show us:
It seems all is not well. And violence and crime in society are always a reflection of a breakdown in the economy (or distribution/equality/equity of wealth) and/or societal breakdown.
Just recently, we also saw a spate of armed robberies, almost unheard of during Lee Kuan Yew years due to the heavy legal penalties.
What has happened to Lee Kuan Yew’s values, or simply, basic, human values?
This screengrab of a boy showing his middle finger to the camera at the live telecast of the National Day Parade on MediaCorp channels last night, has now gained the attention of many people in Singapore.
There was also a shot of the boy supposedly getting reprimanded by Parade organisers.
To add salt to injury, perhaps less widely-known, is the fact that there was another boy who also showed his middle finger to the cameras, if not more brazenly:
Perhaps this is what our education system, under the leadership of Lee Hsien Loong and co., have produced these recent years.
Hang on to a better future ahead!
Huang Jing, a Lee Foundation professor at the LKY School of Public Policy at NUS, had been accused by the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA) of Singapore of being “an agent of influence of a foreign country.” The MHA determined that Huang was an ‘undesirable immigrant’ pursuant to Section 8(3)(k) for ‘engaging in activities inimical to Singapore’s national interests.’
According to news reports, Huang had given “privileged information” while working with ‘intelligence organisations’ to persons including a senior member of LKYSPP who duly converyed the information to very senior public officials ‘who were in a position to direct Singapore’s foreign policy.’
MHA also said the Singapore Government declined to act on the ‘privileged information.’
However, Prof Huang, who is reportedly still in Singapore, has denied the allegations against him.
He told the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Friday that it is “nonsense” to identify him as an “agent of influence” for a foreign country.
“And why didn’t they identify which foreign country they’re referring to? Is it the US or China?” Prof Huang asked.
Prof Huang added that he would seek help from his lawyer and the US embassy in Singapore, and that he has not been given a deadline to leave the country, according to the SCMP report.
Singapore’s government has been trying for two weeks to get the Harvard economist Li Shengwu, a grandson of Singapore’s founder, Lee Kuan Yew, to apologize for comments he made in a private Facebook post that were seen as critical of the country’s leadership.
The Singapore attorney general’s office even drafted an apology letter for Mr. Li to sign, in which he would admit to contempt of court and to making what it called “false and baseless” statements.
But on Friday, Mr. Li declined to give in to the demands of the government, which is led by his uncle, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and refused to sign the apology. In the Facebook post last month, he said that some foreign news outlets engaged in self-censorship when covering the prime minister because of the threat of legal action in Singapore.
He also told Reuters that he will not be returning to face charges after the AGC of Singapore, under PM Lee Hsien Loong, announced that it would press charges against him after he refused to sign a document admitting that he was in contempt of court, and to apologise.
Social media has been unforgiving recently over an apparent act of threatening done by several SAF commanders in army camps, forcing NS personnel to download the government’s (actually Ministry of Home Affairs’s) app called SG Secure, available on the Apple and Android platforms.
The app’s said purpose was to disseminate timely information with regards to national security and/or terrorism in Singapore. However, from the reviews (mostly 1-star, given by the ‘forced’ NS personnel), it seems the app has been misused as some kind of alternative propaganda channel, alerting users to frequent non-emergency updates from Channel NewsAsia.
Lengths the PAP government can go to to extend their ‘outreach’.
Some Singaporeans have even called the country ‘a f**king joke’, which is difficult to deny.