The Rhetoric

“There is no policy too sensitive to question, and no subject so taboo that you cannot even mention it.”
– DPM Lee Hsien Loong, Straits Times, 17 Jan 2000

“Whether Singaporeans fully agree with the Government’s point of view is less critical than whether people are following the issues at all.”
– Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Singapore 21 Conference, July 2001

“There will be no sacred cows…there will have to be a systematic willingness to go through all policies and programmes we’re about to embark on.”
– Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Remaking Singapore, Straits Times Feb 15 2002

The Reality

“The police will be commencing investigation since a contravention of the Speakers’ Corner conditions had been committed.”
– Singapore Police Force statement on Dr Chee Soon Juan for criticising the government’s banning of four Muslim schoolgirls from school for wearing headscarves, February 2002

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