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Repression? What repression?/ Alt media cannot be trusted

In Political governance, Public Administration on 10/01/2019 at 11:25 am

Going by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, Kirsten Han, the Lee White than White  Horses, TOC, other alt media, and Lim Tean and his fellow cybernuts are fibbing when they claim that the PAP govt is getting more repressive.

S’pore’s Democracy score is improving

2018 — 6.38

2017 — 6.32

2016 — 6.38

2015 — 6.14 LKY died in March

2014 — 6.05

2013 — 5.92

2012 — 5.88

(2011 — LKY resigned from cabinet after GE)

2010 — 5.89

2008 — 5.89

2006 — 5.89

S’pore is classified, like the US, as a “Flawed Democracy”. To be fair to both nations, the US of A only joined S’pore in this category since Trump’s election as president. Before that it was a “Full Democracy”: juz on the right side (or wrong side, depending on one’s views) of the railway.


The Chinese Communist Party way is the The PAP way?

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The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index. The index rates 167 countries by 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties. It is stricter than most similar indices: it concludes that just 4.5% of the world’s people live in a “full democracy”. However, the overall global score remained stable in 2018 for the first time in three years.

  1. Threshold of full democracy is very very high in this index, it seems. Countries which are usually thot as full democracies are considered flawed democracy. Nonetheless even within flawed democracy there is a huge difference – US is near the top of this category at 25 whereas SG is near the bottom at 66. The difference basically says there are some that was a bit flawed and there are some that are very flawed. Good that the US got kicked down – where it stands is hardly that the Yanks think of themselves!

  2. Kirsten Han was not fibbing when she claims that the PAP govt is getting more repressive. That’s the only thing she knows and could write about. There is ready market for it and she gets into washpost, nytimes, foreign policy… But usually only once – they dont want repetition

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