24 Hours to Remember

Who’s afraid of the 24 hours?

Anyone who belittles the p65 people should see Fredric Fanthome’s defense of the 24 hours of political silence prior to Election Day:

One argument [against the rule] being touted is that the fact that political broadcasts and news reports are allowed is unfair as the media is “in the hands of the government”. Well, if we assume that is the case, then by the same measure, the population will disregard anything the media puts out in that period, and moreover, it would actually be incensed by any blatant misuse of the media – and hence vote against the PAP rather than for it.

An excellent piece of rhetoric that simply works in Singapore. Because too many Singaporeans are not  as the above argument implies they are.

I have never seen anyone else take every Singaporean (or every person of any other nationality for that matter) to be so sophisticated that s/he is able to distill subtle political messages from seemingly innocuous news coverage, and attribute it to governmental control over the media, and hence vote against the PAP. (Hey, is that last bit not a tad irrational?) If  Singaporeans were so sophisticated, Fanthome should not even be attempting such a defense. And he should be able to come up with a more sophisticated defense. If Singaporeans are so sophisticated, they would also be discerning during the nine or more days of rallying by various political parties and would not need a day to cool down and think rationally, so maybe the new rule should be ditched.

But perhaps the 24 hours does not matter. Or it need not. It is not the 24 hours of virtual silence from political parties, but what the people have been told to do that matters.

As a general observation, whenever the PAP appeals to rationality, it is merely telling people to think silly. It is telling people not to be political. For the PAP can only thrive when Singaporeans are completely politicized by having their political nature suppressed. Be rational: forget about all those little inconveniences of your existence and compromise in the PAP’s favor for you know not what might befall you if the PAP does not have your favor. If you fail to persuade yourself to generate reluctant complicity with the PAP, Dr-acula Chee might appear at midnight and suck 7% of your blood and murder your domestic worker because she is not local, the ghost of Jeyaretnam might pay you a minimum wage and cause you to lose your job. Low Thia Kiang might defile your potential saviors, and Chiam See Tong devalue your expensive HDB flat. Heaven’s wrath will send floods to your doorstep and drown your car together with your COE. (Freak floods for freak election results, anyone?)

Are we being told to be rational or being told to fear? One cheap tactic that always works in horror films: get the audience to scare themselves; it is the best solution when the filmmaker only has puerile antics that will not really scare people. Let people scare themselves silly. And silly is the key word.

When we are being told to be rational, we are being told to be irrational and everyone should understand the rationality of this seemingly irrational statement.

24 hours to be irrational. 24 hours to scare ourselves. But we can always choose how we want to be (ir)rational.

Let it be a day of memory.

Remember the expensive people who tell us to be cheaper.

Remember who spoiled our Mee Siam with cockles.

Remember who tells us not to politicize lifts but try to buy our votes with lifts.

Remember the Frankenstein behind every oppositional monster spun with the demonic threads of a crippled press.

Remember who promised to help the poor and created a lot of poor people needing help.

Remember the Public Order Act that does not allow you to show your cancerous dissent alone.

Remember more, more than I can.

Remember who forced 24 hours down your throat, telling you to remember.

Remember to remind others to remember.

Remember the 24 hours. Remember during the 24 hours.

Never forget (yourself).

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14 Responses

  1. Hi Molly….ouch, the noose just keeps on tightening up a notch for the poor Singaporeans! 😦 😦

  2. 😦 It would seem that some Singaporeans like to be strangled though.

    • The people will not allow the noose to tighten any more.

      Ultimately they will lose because they have exploited the people too much.

      Pragmatism require people to cut Losses.

  3. How come the blog no longer has a picture of the kitten ?

    What happen to the kitten ? Has it turn into a human just like the frog turn into a prince in fairy tale ?

    • Don’t know how to put in leh.

      Turn into human? No happy ending yet. The evil witches are still triumphant. 😦

  4. “One argument [against the rule] being touted is that the fact that political broadcasts and news reports are allowed is unfair as the media is “in the hands of the government”. Well, if we assume that is the case, then by the same measure, the population will disregard anything the media puts out in that period, and moreover, it would actually be incensed by any blatant misuse of the media – and hence vote against the PAP rather than for it.”

    This silly P65 PAP chap is really talking like MIW, and maybe he is aspired and training himself to be one. If his twisted logic applies, he can apply this way to

    “One argument [against the rule] being touted is that the fact that ISD jailing political dissidents and opp party members without trial is unfair as it is is “in the interest of the PAP government”. Well, if we assume that is the case, then by the same measure, the population will disregard anything that the ISD arrest in that period, and moreover, it would actually be incensed by any blatant misuse of the power – and hence vote against the PAP rather than for it.”

    So silly Fredric Fanthome, did you now know what you talking about ?

    • Silly argument indeed. But who knows whether the phantom is being silly or being devious? For we know such silliness works like magic on many Singaporeans.

      • Meow,
        next time, you seen this Fredric Fanthome, may you give him a bite onto his butt and a taste of your sharp claw to remind him of all his silliness. My impression of P65 PAP people are nothing but a bunch of moron pathetic idiot who sell their soul to the LeeYin (also called Kuan Yin of No Mercy)

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  6. Thank you for the insightful blogpost. The Singapore Democrats have featured your post in our blogs of the week section – http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/blogs-of-the-week

  7. I am reminded of the man praying at the Wailing Wall for 40 years for peace.
    Someone appoached him and asked him if its doing any good.
    He said.. NO, its like talking to a flipping wall!
    Same story here.
    Nuffin will change until the passing of LKY. Then the fun begins…when the NEW Singaporeans start to vote and be attentive.

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