Despite all their repeated warnings of the chilling effects of laws like ISA, POFMA and now FICA, none of these useful idiots appeared to be deterred at all at attacking ruthlessly at the leadership. If anything, they have become more vicious and personal.
I have not been blogging. No prize for guessing what I have been up to. Covid and all the overwhelming amount of workload at the medical centre. So, what can there be that will drag me back to writing despite all these work commitments?
Yes, the usual useful idiots and crybabies.
I am talking about the usual suspects Kirsten Han, Cherian George, Alfian Saat, PJ Thum, Terry Xu. In what appears to be a well-coordinated attack on the Government’s plan to pass the Foreign Interference (Counter Measures) Act, this bunch which appears to be suffering from chronic catastrophic thinking, are essentially declaring the end of Singapore as functioning, thinking nation.
And if you believe them, the Law Minister will be taking over the country as this all powerful dictator arresting and jailing every academic and commentator he dislikes. To be honest, it is becoming hilarious, if not, comical, seeing them trotting out their same old arguments every time they disagree with the Government.
And in yet another piece last week, these bozos, including Hong Kong based Cherian George and other activists and academicians, argue that the latest law’s overreach will undermine internationalization and deepen self-censorship and bring down our academia from our high global standing. They warned: “Universities are among the most globalized of sectors in advanced industrial economies. Internationalization played a major role in the impressive progress that Singapore’s universities have made over the decades and remains a prerequisite for realizing further aspiration. Most academics on research track have multiple active ties in any given year…Internationalization is one of the criteria considered in university rankings and helps account for our universities’ stratospheric positions in international league table.’’ Presumably, FICA will end all that.
George and company must be foaming in their mouths with FICA. We all know they just can’t resist attacking Singapore with every means at every opportunity they have to bring down our beloved nation in the eyes of our global friends. Ironically, it is exactly this kind of alarmist idiotic pieces that will bring down our “stratospheric positions in international league table’’.
George and company obviously never thought through how our universities got to where we are today. If we have been running our country so badly and the government being such an awful dictatorship breathing down on our academia all the time, how the hell did our universities end up with such stratospheric global rankings? In fact, these bunch of useful idiots for our foreign foes are fast becoming a broken clock. George and the likes of Kirsten Han and PJ Thum appear to have suffered from memory loss too.
They said the same thing about Pofma when it was debated more than three years ago, declaring the end of the world for civilized Singapore. Fortunately, thinking Singaporeans and, more important, foreigners refused to believe them. Our top two universities continued to power ahead in their global rankings last two years. (Above Hong Kong universities for that matter where useful idiots like George and his buddy Donald Low are now based). Foreign investments, MNCS continued to pour into our market, bringing with them important technology and capital to us. Top foreign talent continued to arrive to the point that political parties like PSP had to come up with a racist policy to stop them. Despite the catastrophic scenarios painted by George and company on Pofma, Singapore continues to attract people and money seeking out better return and better livelihood here. It was ironically lost on Mr George that his beloved Hong Kong, where he is based, is now being ransacked intellectually and politically by Beijing to the extent that people and monies are fleeing from the territory to, yes, this dictatorship.
So it must have really hurt these critics to know that Singapore and Singaporeans continue to power ahead in all global rankings – from academic research excellence and rule of law to public safety, governance and transparency. And to, yes, trust in Government (See Edelman’s latest ranking on trust) and economic freedom and, more importantly, improving livelihood and global reputation for our people despite the Covid pandemic. And yes, despite strong laws such as Pofma which these useful idiots despise. The facts don’t lie, guys.
Another favorite tactic used by these critics, including dense blogger Miss Bertha Henson, who doesn’t seem to be able to read anything critically. Oh, the issue of foreign interference has been not discussed publicly and the bill has been hastily rushed through without discussion. What? Weren’t you the same guys there at the Select Committee on Pofma which extensively debated the threat of foreign interference and its serious consequences and the need to address it? Besides the Select Committee, the issue of foreign interference had been debated extensively in Parliament sittings as well as other forums. There was also a public conference on foreign interference and numerous articles in the public and the media during the last three years. Government officials and experts have also given their take on such views and ways to move forward. I believe the POFMA Select Committee had released a public consultation paper that captured all the foreign interference issues. Internet giants such as Facebook and Twitter had also been consulted and made their views openly. Are you suffering from selective memory loss? Or more like collective memory loss by this group of crybabies.
And finally, to the question of excessive powers extended to the Government to attack people they dislike – the ability to take down content and arrest those deemed working covertly for foreigners without a court decision. Again, what? Correct me if I am wrong, aren’t these powers already in existence with ISA, Broadcasting Act, and that British era law to lock up serious criminals without trial? FICA merely narrows down the laws to surgically target covet foreign interference that attacks Singapore public interest. I understand the law has redress in a tribunal which includes a High Court judge. Of course, unless you are saying you don’t trust the High Court judge in which case it doesn’t make any difference even if it must be subject to the High Court. Not to mention these critics, as usual, conveniently chose to ignore the more draconian, stricter laws dealing with foreign interference by developed countries including USA, Australia and some in Europe.
Let’s not kid ourselves. The likes of George, Kirsten, PJ Thum, Terry Xu and company are never going to be interested in facts. Worse, they are prepared to twist the facts to suit their case. It is all political. Attack at every turn. Bring down Singapore whenever they can in the eyes of the foreigners so that they prove the point that the Government is messing it up. But despite all their repeated warnings of the chilling effects of laws like ISA, POFMA and now FICA, none of these useful idiots appeared to be deterred at all at attacking ruthlessly at the leadership. If anything, they have become more vicious and personal.
On a more serious note an, the sad thing is this: we should be looking at FICA and suggesting how the law can be strengthened to better counter foreign influence and hostile campaigns. And not chasing shadows by worrying about how it would be used against ourselves, as propagated by these blokes. Because when the foreign major powers do come in with a major covert hostile campaign against us, tiny Singapore with its diverse social make-up is not going to stand much of a chance.
I can only wish there will be fewer useful idiots and crybabies among the rest of us.