Is democracy a dirty word in Singapore?
After securing the premiership, Julia Gillard said, “Australia has a strong democracy.”
Although our ministers have been taking the pledge every National Day “to build a democratic society” in Singapore, they’re actually extremely shy in uttering the word “democracy” on other public occasions.
Other leaders in the region are also proud to declare their achievements in strengthening democracy in their countries.
But Singapore ministers, including MPs, are firm believers in the adage that “silence is golden”.
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