Thursday, November 11, 2004

A Singapore Political Report -- 2058

The People's Action Party (PAP) has steered the country of Singapore from one success to another. The transition of political power in the country remains smooth as silk. Following the retirement of PM Lee Hsien Loong, in 2040, the reins of power was handed to #nameless digit# and in the year 2055, Singapore welcomes its third PM Lee.

In his farewell speech to the nation, MM Lee Hsien Loong said: " I am proud to have served Singapore. And I am sure that even if PM Lee was not my son, he would have been PM anyway. Indeed, I delayed his ascension because it was not right yet."

The economy of Singapore continues to register erratic growth. Rather than relying on an econometric model of analysis, the economy of Singapore appears to follow its own Election patterns, prompting the introduction of electionmetrics as a compulsory module for the study of the Singapore economy. Whenever a GE is slated to happen, the national newspaper, Straits Times, will have numerous headlines proclaiming economic recovery. This will be followed by prophecies of doom after elections in Singapore.

The Straits Times boasts the longest running back-to-back awards for great graphics. It was won this award for 54 years running and experts deem that it will continue to bag this prestigious artwork award for years to come. The paper now boasts a circulation of 80,000, a figure that corresponds roughly with the number of civil servants in Singapore.

In terms of labour force. The Singapore workforce is generally recognised again as a model workforce. They continue to endure numerous pay-cuts,the most recent being the slashing of employer CPF contributions to 0.25% per annum. At the same time, because of good medical care in Singapore which is leading to longer lives for Singaporeans, as proclaimed by the Straits Times, CPF withdrawal is now extended to 80.

It is projected that Singapore will continue to post similar performances for the next millenia. Significant changes will primarily be focussed on numbers such as CPF contributions, salaries, GDP figures. Structurally, Singapore remains very very sound.

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My fellow Singaporeans, choose wisely. We have now a President electing an woman who turns the wheel in Wheel of Fortune as a MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT. Jesus Fucking Christ. I am Xeno Boy. I am the Political Savant.

Quote of the Day

"The essence of the matter is that the generals were so surrounded by the general democratic practices of the Greeks, the ordinary Greek was so vigilant against what he called “tyranny”, that it was impossible for generals to use their positions as they might have been able to do in an ordinary bureaucratic or representative form of government ... History is a living thing. It is not a body of facts. We today who are faced with the inability of representative government and parliamentary democracy to handle effectively the urgent problems of the day"

CLR James
Every Cook Can Govern :A Study of Democracy in Ancient Greece, Its Meaning for Today

11 Comments:

Blogger Agagooga said...

I see that you have returned.

It would indeed have been a pity to see "Singapore's first political blog" sink into the ocean after a mere 6 days.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think while plausible, its not really realistic the scenario you painted. The walls have ears and the dissent will be too high if a thrid 'lee' takes over. Also there isn't any1 old, prominent and worthy from the lee family now to take over immediately after lhl, maybe after lhl's sucessor. i think u better head back to the drawing blocks. -ivan

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno.. but to me you are just a whiner who doesn't dare to show your identity.. Thus there is no credibility in the stuffs you say.

6:18 PM  
Blogger wandie said...

Dear Anonymous, Three words for you. Pot. Kettle. Black.

9:54 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

Please learn the grammar of "stuff" before I will comment. Thank you.

2:42 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

Ivan : Your confidence that dissent will be too great to bar a third Lee from ascending the throne is something I lack. From a juridical, legal, political standpoint, there is nothing in the existing Singapore system to bar a third Lee from the throne and there should not be.

The difference maker in the scenario is indeed dissent. For dissent to foment politics is necessary. Where is that?

2:51 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

Wandie : Insightful comment and leaves me speechless.

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other hand, a more scary scenario is that there might not even be a need for a third Lee to ascend to power.
- Who was often conceived of as being the most powerful person when GCT was in power?
- Who/ which group of people have enough economic clout?

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caveat: a dumb irrelevant *fact* (to be verified). I believe PM LeeHL is born in the year of the dragon which makes him 48 in 2000, 88 in 2040, and a whopping 106 in 2058 ! They must have done something right (or *wrong*) about healthcare....

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fellow Singaporeans, choose wisely. We have now someone who calls himself 'Xeno Boy' pretending to give intelligent commentary.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LKY has 2 sons who have sons, who may have their own sons in time to come. Plausible can become reality over time.
-EO

10:44 PM  

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