Singling out political opponents for working against the ruling party is precisely the tactic of every tyrannical government from Red China to Venezuela. The first step in the process is creating unfounded public suspicion of political opponents, followed by arresting and jailing any who continue speaking against the regime.
- John Carter
I'm sure when this was said, no one was expecting it to be true of both Malaysia and Singapore as well.
In Malaysia, the political opponent in question is Anwar Ibrahim. In Singapore, it is Chee Soon Juan. Both men have had charges against them and been to jail.
My point is not about the two men or whether they are upstanding and worthy leaders or not. My issue is with people who think that they can bully their way around because they wield power.
The tin-pot dictators who rule both Malaysia and Singapore respectively, barely worry about their actions because they know that the public would be slow to act and mild-mannered.
I don't know who Singapore employs to give them a good image, but it is public knowledge that Malaysia hires APCO and FBC Media.
Fortunately, Malaysians have been somewhat vocal in their disapproval of public funds being used to promote a certain political party.
But have they been vocal enough against the regime?
There is strength in numbers, and one thing that Asia certainly can boast of is the sheer population.