This will better allow the government to focus on what they want to hear.
This after PM Lee said at an event with technology industry people that the government in Singapore can take criticism as long as it is from people they can have a productive disagreement with.
One Singaporean, Pi Ping, said locals agree that criticism of the government and PAP is allowed as long as it is not critical: “For example, you cannot say ‘the government is lousy’ or ‘there is too much focus on economics at the expense of other areas’.”
“What you must say is, ‘The PAP is doing everything they can for Singapore and without them the country will collapse into ruin.”
“This is the kind of criticism the PAP understands.”
Other Singaporeans said trying to blame the PAP for a poor press freedom and overly tight controls on individual liberties is not the way to go about things as they will not understand.
Another local, Jin Ho Tia, said: “If you tell the PAP, ‘Singapore needs more freedom so that the population can be more autonomous and creative and a bit of rebellion is good’, they will not comprehend a single word.”
“What you must say is, ‘The PAP is the best government in the world as they do their best for the people because there is no other political party that can do likewise’.”
“And then you must also say, ‘The government can only provide for the people if the people works with them’.”
“This is the type of criticism they like so that they can focus on what they want to hear. Everything else is one ear in, one ear out.”
At press time, the government has registered some of these criticisms they want to hear.