05 Jul '11, 12am

In the usual PAP manner, Mr Chan wagged a finger at his listeners, lecturing them to come up with solutions...

In the usual PAP manner, Mr Chan wagged a finger at his listeners, lecturing them to come up with solutions...

In the usual PAP manner, Mr Chan wagged a finger at his listeners, lecturing them to come up with solutions instead of just criticising the Government. He asked the audience whether their ideas could move the country forward, rather than just "throw stones, cast doubt and tear down institutions." It is unfortunate that the Minister characterises well-meaning calls for liberalisation of the political system as one of tearing down the country. The PAP often paints extreme scenarios whenever people express the desire for democratic freedoms. In this way, it avoids answering the question while at the same time caricaturises people who want a more open system in a negative light. For example, calls for a free media is met by the response that such an environment will lead to an uncontrolled press that will serve to confuse the electorate and lead the country to ruin. When one a...

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