Ong Ye Kung; Straits Times

Speaking at a public forum, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung chirped in to trivalise diplomatic dynamics yesterday (Feb 11), saying that managing the Foreign Affairs Ministry is “like school life”:

“Foreign affairs is like a schoolyard. Small states – like young children – thrive best in an orderly environment with clear rules. But the well-being of both states and students depends ultimately on the individual, and is not a function of size. If you do your schoolwork well, you submit your homework on time and are helpful to the rest of your classmates, chances are the teacher will know you… and your friends will watch your back.”

The S$1.1 million-a-year PAP Minister who was a former government scholar and civil servant throughout his career, also added that democratic systems are now manipulated by “small groups” and “breaking down” because voters are now more informed:

“Now, politics is at risk of becoming a round-the-clock competition in public relations as opposed to a contest of big ideas for the future… a divisive rather than unifying force. Voters are bombarded with excessive information of varying accuracies, and may not be sure if they are getting the right information to make informed decisions. The narrow interests of small groups can somehow go viral and be amplified to dominate the national agenda. And using big data, campaign managers can slice and dice their voter bases into tiny segments. The result is an explosion of issues, causes and interests. When technology shrinks politics to that nano level or even smaller, we can imagine democracy starting to break down too.”

The fascist PAP leader then started waxing lyrical about democracy, when his country is a dictatorship regime:

“Democracy is healthiest when it functions as a contest of big ideas. In the ideal democracy, voters pick the best leaders, the losers compromise and respect the results, and society unites and moves forward.”