Singapore Government Launch Anti-Mahathir Campaign – Former Associate Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School
Worried that Malaysia’s progress may influence Singaporean workers to remove the PAP dictatorship, the Singapore government launched an anti-Mahathir campaign. PAP-paid online pages are now attacking the new Malaysian government alleging that the Malaysia Ministers are corrupted, and that a 10% pay cut would only worsen their corruption.
According to the former dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public policy, Singaporean academic Donald Low, it is natural that the PAP government is criticising the new Malaysian government because of the 180 degree narrative in governance:
“Ultimately though, I think the reason many pro-Establishment people want to see the Mahathir government fail is that they seem to be doing everything that our Establishment says cannot or should not be done, eg GST abolition (which I also think is a bad idea; I think it should be reformed not removed), review of repressive laws (like the anti-fake news law that was recently passed, the Printing Presses Act, Sedition Act, etc.), a clearer separation of powers between different branches, etc. In other words, the reason many here would like to see the new Malaysian government fail is that its success would cause them cognitive dissonance and discomfort. So to preserve the coherence and consistency of their worldview, they are willing to put Singapore-Malaysia relations at risk.”
In recent weeks, the Malaysian government took swift actions against former dictator Najib Razak for siphoning state funds, and implemented a number of progressive policies including removing GST, reducing Ministerial salaries by 10%, releasing formerly-restricted public accounts (revealing a 1 trillion RMB debt), relinquishing government control over the mainstream media and releasing political prisoners.
29 May 2018
PM Mahathir Mohamad, longtime frenemy of Singapore’s People’s Action Party, on how the ouster of Malaysia’s ruling party will affect Singaporeans http://on.ft.com/2LEfoiM
Mahathir Mohamad charts new democratic path for Malaysia
Now as he embarks on his second spell, he faces the daunting task of reforming the political system, stabilising the state’s finances and restoring the international reputation of the nation of 31m people. “Soon I’ll be 93,” he said, wearing a trademark safari suit bearing a “Mahathir” name tag. “I will try to accomplish as much as possible in the short time given to me.”
Mr Mahathir, who has always enjoyed needling neighbouring Singapore and its long-ruling People’s Action party, said the electoral earthquake in Malaysia would reverberate across the narrow Straits of Johor. “I think the people of Singapore, like the people in Malaysia, must be tired of having the same government, the same party since independence,” he said.
Dr M believes GE14 may inspire regime change in S’pore
Newly minted Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that the move by Malaysians to vote BN out of power on May 9 for the first time in the country’s history may inspire neighbouring Singaporeans, who have also been under one-party rule since independence.
“I think the people of Singapore, like the people in Malaysia, must be tired of having the same government, the same party since independence,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times.
BN and its predecessor the Alliance Party had governed Malaysia for 61 years, but saw its hold on power abruptly come to an end when Malaysians voted in the new Pakatan Harapan federal government in the 14th general election.
Similarly, the People’s Action Party (PAP) has governed Singapore for 59 years, since the country’s first general election in 1959.
The Financial Times noted that Mahathir had “always enjoyed needling neighbouring Singapore”.
Prior to Mahathir’s comeback, he served as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, a period which saw a rocky relationship between Malaysia and Singapore.