“We are going to have an intellectual class, about maybe three times as big as what you have now and that will give us the dynamism, the powerful engine to carry us forward faster.”
- Lee Kuan Yew, 28th July, 2010Just take a look at Singapore's recent history to see what Lee Kuan Yew's "Intellectual Class" has delivered. Led by none other than his own son, PM Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore's "elite intellectuals" have bandied about policies which are slowly eating away at Singapore's social fabric and which are systematically undoing years of hard work and the foundation upon which this country has arisen.
A senseless growth-at-all-costs mentality and narrow minded focus on GDP growth has led to an open-door immigration policy which is testing the limits of this country. Due to the sudden population shock to the system, transportation, healthcare and housing infrastructure is bursting at the seams. Trains are overcrowded and overpacked, and the roads are chock full of cars. Our hospitals are showing capacity strains, with waiting times for hospital beds raising to all time highs, and doctors being overworked and underpaid. Housing price inflation in Singapore is shooting through the roof due to a lack of common sense on the part of of the Government to provide and plan for adequate housing infrastructure to accommodate the influx of foreign migrants. And while the cost of living continues to soar, incomes for most of Singapore society have either stagnated or fallen. Ostensibly, Singaporeans can now never ever retire.
Crime, prostitution, gambling addiction, human trafficking, ethnic enclaves, and other social problems associated with the importation of 'foreign talent' and a luring of the regional uber rich to the country, are steadily on the rise. The restructuring of Singapore's economy to depend on foreign monetary inflows, particularly through the inordinate promotion of integrated resorts and the private banking sectors, has meant that Singapore's economy will be more highly exposed to the booms and busts of external sector.
Meanwhile, Government failure seems to recur without reprieve. The escape of Mas Selamat and the undetected trespassing into the MRT depots have revealed systemic failures in Singapore's national security. The multiple recurrence of "50-year floods", absurdly labeled as "freak events" by the minister responsible, has put to shame the "forecasting" ability of the old man and his "intellectuals".
And what must surely look ridiculous must be the unjustified expenditure of almost $400m of taxpayers' money to organise a little known sporting event which hardly anybody in the country cares about and which is mostly an inconvenience to the daily lives of ordinary Singaporeans.
No - Singapore's intellectual class is neither vibrant nor 'dynamic'. Singapore's "intellectual class" is really a bunch of book-smart goons hiding behind the screens of Lee Kuan Yew's personal approval, and who have not been through the fire necessary to prove their legitimacy to leadership of the nation. Singapore's "intellectual class" behaves like it has no genuine concern for the prosperity and well being of the country and its citizens, and seems like a group of self-interested individuals bent only on padding their pockets with astronomically large paychecks for as long as they can, while riding on the coat-tails of an authoritarian megalomaniac.
The old man has seriously overstayed his welcome. His misguided ideology is bringing the country down the wrong path. Without the stalwarts of years past (Goh Keng Swee, etc.), there is no wisdom to counteract his madness.
Lee Kuan Yew's "intellectual class" is not only a bad idea for the country - it will run Singapore into the ground.