The problem is PAP has mastered the craft so well that whatever you do, can be to their advantage.
Fight for gay rights? PAP says I allow Pink Dot, I support you, just that “society not ready”, so you blame society.
Retain traditional values, Christian and other religious values? That’s me again! I am omnipresent, and I am everywhere in your religious places, some people even think I am God.
Fight for more fairness and equality? Bingo! That’s what I have been saying all along. Right from the days we recite the Pledge, regardless of …this and that.. I am for equality, but I know it’s difficult, so don’t blame me.
Fight for environmental activism? PAP says I have Saving Gaia, I want to do my part, but you people must do your part too. You people want plastic bags, not me.
Fight for less emphasis on grades? PAP says, yes, that’s me, I just abolished streaming and will now start to de-emphasise grades, but some of you parents still want grades and exams, and qualifications, so don’t blame me.
Fight for more Chinese language emphasis? PAP says, me again, I have the SAP, I have cultural programmes, but it is you people who don’t like and don’t want to study Chinese, don’t blame me.
Fight for dialects? Yes, here I am again. I endorse dialects through having dialect programmes on my Gov.sg youtube channel. You can’t say I don’t encourage dialects, it is you guys who don’t know and forgot how to speak dialects, don’t blame me.
You want to speak Singlish? By all means, all my proxy youtube channels, proxy clowns and IBs all know how to speak Singlish, like Mr Brown, Ah Lian, and Phua Chu Kang. It’s these people do one, not me, don’t blame me.
You want more work-life balance? I have always been promoting and encouraging it! It is you people who want to work long hours, party outside, and don’t want go home and eat and spend time with family.
Now, by now, I hope you realise the only thing PAP will not say “me again“, are things like real democracy, human rights, free speech and transparency.
Real democracy? No, PAP says I can have smaller GRCs, more SMCs (they themselves created GRCs). I also choose which presidential candidates you can vote for, and who to certify as which minority race.
Human rights? No lah, you have rights to smoke, right? You have rights to study, or don’t study, right? You have right to use e-scooters to endanger people, right? See, I give so many rights, I so liberal!
Less media monopoly? At most I can give you MediaCorp and SPH. Anything beyond that, maybe some youtube channels that sing my praises. Free media that checks on the Govt, and can report fairly and bravely on all parties, not for us.
You want transparency? Think again, our country welfare and national interest is at stake! Telling people how much we really earn will cause catastrophe, and opening up the books, will cause Singapore to collapse.
If you still believe in them, I think there isn’t something wrong with them; there is something wrong with you.