Like a broken record: PM Lee’s National Day Message
The quiet PM Lee’s National Day Speech contained nothing of much surprise. In fact, many could have predicted his message eg that of shared home in the face of the tens of thousands of newly minted citizens.
As expected, since he lacks leadership and vision the speech was fundamentally a rehash of the speech he gave last year after the watershed GE 2011.
Then he declared he would build a fair and just society. However, when the MP post for Hougang fell vacant, he vacillated with claims that there were more important things on the national agenda. In a fair and just society, constituents must be represented in Parliament and the PM would have declared a by-election to be held as soon as possible.
In the first place a fair and just society is an integral part of a democratic society which the regime has pledged to fulfil under The National Pledge but after more than 40 years it’s still struggling to build one. It’s an indictment on a regime bereft of a vision after decades on the job that it’s still talking about a just and fair society.
After the GE last year, PM Lee vowed to re-look at policies. It seems he’s forgotten because now he wants a committee to do precisely that. So more talking heads and copious amount of coffee will be drunk before things get done?
One would have thought GE2011 offered PM Lee some salutary lessons on what Singaporeans want. He has not been lying under a rock since then, has he?
PM Lee seems to take a perverse delight in confounding his critics with lip service declarations and promises.
Clearly the dynamism of his earlier years in politics has diminished.
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