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Disciplined, or Oppressed?

Posted by inspir3d on September 11, 2006

“Singapore clampdown casts a shadow over IMF-WB meet” Agence-France Presse “Lidy Nacpil, international director of Jubilee South, a non-government group campaigning for greater debt relief for poor countries, said “what this shows is that the Singapore government is afraid of democracy.”…

“By now, people know what the image of Singapore is, and they realize we are who we are,” said Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

“We’re one of the most disciplined societies in the world because the environment we live in is special,” he was quoted as saying in the local newspaper Today.”

“Singapore Snub Stings IMF and World Bank” The Age, “THE World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, two organisations that repeatedly praise the role of “civil society” activist groups in poor countries, have protested against a decision by Singapore to bar representatives of several such groups at their meeting with the leaders of poor countries next week.”

Comment

“Smile, Singapore!” Gayle Goh, “I returned from Bangkok yesterday afternoon to be greeted by striking banners that hailed the arrival of the IMF/WB delegates to Singapore. A huge panel filled with smiling faces scratched annoyingly at my peripheral vision. Tonight, returning home on the bus, I saw another double-decker bus decorated with nothing but smiles, smiles and smiles!

I’m sorry, but I’m quite disgusted. The whole affair is nothing but a cheap plastic, embarrassing multi-million-dollar scam.”

“The Protest Against No Protest” Mr Wang, “Sounds nasty, doesn’t it? So much for the Four Million Smiles project. It looks like out of this whole IMF/World Bank event, Singapore has succeeded in creating a bad reputation for itself – even before the event actually gets started.”

“Civil Protests Lead to Terrorism!!!” Ms Molly Meek “So, engagement is about coming up with some sound logic to stick to your stance…”

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