Democracy in Singapore: how free are we?
Singapore’s TODAY newspaper today carried a report “Global Freedom slipped last year”.
It mentions countries that have declined in democracy like Thailand and Cambodia according to Freedom House.
There was no mention of where Singapore stands. Normally the media here will brag if any ranking is positive. A google search threw up some interesting nuggets of information.
In ASEAN, Singapore is ranked as Partly Free along with Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Some other countries also ranked Partly Free include Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan.
ASEAN countries ranked Not Free are Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and, of course, Burma.
Only one country in ASEAN is Free, and that is Indonesia.
ASIAN countries that are Free are Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India and Mongolia.
Singaporeans have been pledging, and are still pledging, since 1966 to build a democratic society but we seem to have lost our way.
The National Pledge of Singapore:
We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and
progress for our nation.
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