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I am Singaporean XIII – Thoughtcrime January 10, 2007

Posted by The Truth in I am Singaporean, Vol. I.

Having read Orwell’s 1984, and referencing to things which have happened in the past year, in addition to material i have read on the Net, and looking back at Singapore, i can say one thing.

Thoughtcrime is going to be a crime soon in Singapore. Especially in the areas of politics or the authority of the government.

Thoughtcrime is going to be a crime, because up til the 2006 GE, we’ve had a pretty much thought-homogenous society. Well, not thought-homogenous (although the Government does its darndest) but i guess many people have just given up thinking about making their home a better place and decide to dedicate their energies to chasing the Jade Rice Bowl. But those who have attempted to show a different mindset have been detained, locked up in mental institutions, or deemed a ‘threat to civil order and peace’ (read: Enemy of the State) and been detained for long periods of time – months, years even – without facing trial.

With such silencing, anyone who thinks differently can be expected to be ridiculed and even persecuted. What makes this ridicule and persecute movement even more effective is that due to the homogeneity of thought (‘I would like to thank the PAP for making Singapore what it is and i think a statue of Kuan-Yew should be worshipped next to that of Kuan-Yin’ or ‘you can’t change it, so join it’) these people stand out like a sore thumb. The Government is being pretty smug on this, dismissing people who are low-profile, average guy-next-door types as suffering from bouts of temporary insanity. But as profile goes up (mrbrown is a very obvious example) the risk of thoughtcrime becomes a real, material one.

Normally, the Government doesn’t even have to step in (with those Really Nasty Things called Defamation Lawsuits) because in almost every area of Singaporean society, self-regulatory measures are in place – well, in the public sector at least. Senior officials in the internal security department are transferred to be senior editors in the media. Education is standardised – kids learn once they start studying social studies that the PAP saved Singapore from almost certain doom and made it into the glitzy metropolis that it is today. By making everything homogenous already implies that the end-product of thinking differently will leave you branded as a thought-criminal. The Government latches onto the Asian (predominantly Chinese) school of thought that if you express something which your dad was against, you’re being an ingrate. And ingrates deserve to be punished, don’t they?

Yes, we are still being nannied. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling?

Of course, you could say that thoughtcrime exists everywhere. Hate laws are in effect in the Land of the Free, namely, Uncle Sam. But what about getting charged for posting something which, say, may be interpreted to have the slightest bit of racism in it? Happens in Singapore! Because in the eyes of the local government, homogenous thought involves everyone thinking about the same goal and striving towards it. Any sign of dispute or unrest which can be traced back to an origin brands the origin as a centre of thoughtcrime which has to be stamped out.

Thus, you have people being charged under the Sedition Act, and our Dear Leaders have began to widen the scope of the Sedition Act even further. It seems that control is the key to Singapore’s success, and that means an iron-hold on everything, including citizens.

What of the ‘open society’ promise? Oh, yes…it’s going to take 20 years. Sorry for being so forgetful. I hope you’re not as forgetful as me.

We’re not the kids you are used to having anymore. We are THINKING, EDUCATED, PEOPLE. And if we have to censor what we think because it’s perceived to be not going to be good for the State or for someone’s blood pressure…then we are nothing more than just AUTOMATONS. Well, if you’d rather have automatons, go and start building robots. I’m sure they’ll be more able to obey protocols and not think. After all, we’re not paid to think. We’re paid to give the guys upstairs more money so they can think for us.



1. Singaporean Abroad - January 11, 2007

Not many will admit to this – cognitive dissonace, for sure – but this is precisely what it is. The difference between the silent money worshippers led by the mandarins who think for them, and you is that you have the brains and the balls to say it as it really is.

Bravo, I say!

2. The Truth - January 11, 2007

yes, brains and balls. i wonder why no one ever despairs at the lack of individual thought and for creativity, and the craze for conformity. Power is dangerous, it seems. If i remember correctly LKY was an opposition politician. And when he got into power, he established his power base so solidly as to exclude the opposition. From politics to everyday life this has spread…sigh.

3. Robert HO - January 11, 2007

My blog, “I came, I saw, I solved it” proves that LKY and PAP rig elections when they lose, even with all the decks stacked against the Opposition. There is also more in an email interview filmmaker Martyn SEE did with me. All these prove your point. Thanks for having the brains to think your thoughts out and the balls to publish them.

Robert HO

4. The Truth - January 12, 2007

Heh. Rigging of elections? That’s dangerous territory…well, if it floats your boat…

5. nedstark - January 12, 2007

Whoa…so many power people post to ur blog…wonder when the kwayteowman and gayle will start to appear….

Anyway this engineering of thought will harm singapore in the long run…that i firmly believe…this is because as zheng hu keeps telling us…the industry today is a knowledge based one and no longer a manufacturing based one…to be able to compete with countries like China and India we cannot rely on a complaint workforce…we need people with the courage to act and take risks…yet instead of opening up what we have here is a small step here…then several steps back….in the short run things look fine but eventually, as globalisation’s effect becomes greater…singapore would suffer

6. Thoughts on Singapore Part I « Winter Is Coming - May 9, 2007

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