But first, watch this viral video which shocked many Singaporeans
The following video produced by All Singapore Stuff shows a group of passers-by at Orchard Road being asked about what they feel about quotes uttered by Donald Trump — a candidate in the upcoming United States Presidential Election.
Trump is notorious for his offensive comments, so how shocked can Singaporeans get? Well, let’s just say there’s a little plot twist at the end. Watch the video to find out for yourself!
So here’s a breakdown of the video:
- Passers-by are given quotes from “Donald Trump” to read out, the first one being, “If I have to shoot 200,000 students to save China from another 100 years of disorder, so be it” and the second one being “I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, inter-marriages and so on – than Muslims.”
- Passers-by react to Trump’s quotes
- They are then asked about their thoughts on these quotes — if made by a Singaporean Minister
- They are then told that these quotes were actually not by Trump and was actually said by the late LKY, and later react to LKY’s quotes
When Trump says it
First things first, these quotes do seem very “Trump” since he is known for his outrageous racist comments and what not — especially towards the Muslim community. So the following reactions from the passers-by to “his” quotes were not that surprising.
The reactions were caught on video and these were some of the reactions;
“Wow..That’s f***ed up Trump.”, “That’s a bit screwed up.”, “That was kinda rubbish-y, do we really have to state how Trump makes us feel?”
“What the…we do not agree. That is just wrong. Unjust, very angry actually.”
Singaporeans have so much faith in their Ministers
And this little clip also showed us the amount of faith and trust Singaporeans had in their Ministers, which is of course respectable.
“Singapore minister would never say that. If they were , there would be a outcry. There will be a lot of trouble if that happens”
“I would think that the sedition act would come down hard on him…poor guy.”
Well, looks like they were sure in for a huge surprise — and possibly left heartbroken and confused.
But when LKY says it…
Everyone’s shocked. The passers-by were left in awe when they were told that these quotes were in fact made by the late founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.
Their reactions were as follows:
“I would say the same thing.”
“He said that?”
“You are joking right? But a lot of people compare LKY to a dictator? So you know, if you look at him from that perspective, its not so odd…but if you see him from the Singaporean education kind of perspective where Lee Kuan Yew is god then.. oh my god, is it real? It is just very untrue. Not untrue but it’s just very hard to believe that came from Lee Kuan Yew.”
Notice the big difference in responses? If Trump said it, it would be deemed as bad and unacceptable, but if LKY said it, everything should be looked at from a different perspective.
One thing though — the first quote appeared in a Wall Street Journal report in August 2004. And to be fair to Lee, he was wrongly attributed to have passed the statement on shooting Chinese students. He was in fact quoting Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping on what the latter said about dealing with the 1989 Tianenmen Square Protests.
Regarding the statement about the integrations of Malay-Muslims in Singapore (made in his book Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going), Mr Lee issued a statement on 7 Mar 2011 stating that he “stood corrected” on his verdict, agreeing that his call was out of date — after much controversy and negative response were brought to light due to the comment.
I made this one comment on the Muslims integrating with other communities probably two or three years ago. Ministers and MPs, both Malay and non-Malay, have since told me that Singapore Malays have indeed made special efforts to integrate with the other communities, especially since 9/11, and that my call is out of date. I stand corrected. I hope that this trend will continue in the future.
Do Singaporeans really have double standards?
So you’ve seen for yourself the reactions to Trump vs LKY, and it’s not wrong to conclude from these reactions, that Singaporeans have double standards for their political leaders.
Perspective? How has racism got ANYTHING to do with perspective? When Trump said it everything was just f****ed up, but not when it’s LKY?
Okay, so let’s look at this scenario in a different perspective.
Maybe it’s not about the double standards, maybe this video has showed us something more.
Not only has it shown that the younger generation of Singaporeans are rather sheltered towards such issues, but it has shown us the fear Singaporeans have for saying something wrong about the government/ruling party out in the open. In other words, their reactions to “Trump’s quotes” were the ACTUAL reactions they had to this entire issue, while the LKY reactions are the politically correct reactions Singaporeans should have towards their political leaders.
And so, this video has basically proven that Singapore does use a lot of propaganda to rule its people.
Surprised? Not really.
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