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李光耀 – 确实是一个可悲景象

14/08/10

作者/来源:Andrew Loh (30-7-2010)
http://theonlinecitizen.com
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我记得在上世纪的80年代,我会期待在电视上观看国庆群众大会。李光耀的演说让我觉得他是一名优异的演说家,他的每一场演说都让人精神振奋。我会粘在屏幕上细听他的每一个字,即便非要上厕所也尽快赶回去看,为的是不要错过他所说的每一个字。

要澄清的一点是,我从来都不仰慕他,我只是喜欢听他的演说。

把时间拉回到2010年,我已经再也不能够容忍,即使只是阅读他的谈话。

他在今时今日的谈话都几乎会令人觉得反感,肤浅,尤其是那不可一世的嚣张气焰。我已经记不起有多少回了,他使用贬意言词羞辱新加坡人,这些字眼和比喻包括,狗,佣人,愚蠢,懒惰,无知等等。

他的一些支持者或许会尝试作出解释,说他只是为了要激励或者敦促新加坡人要更有生产力,竞争力和辛勤工作。我的体会却刚好相反,李光耀的选词用字在在表现出傲慢和狂妄自大。在拥有着这一无往不克的政权和职权的格局下,他滋长了一个丧失功能的紊乱社会 – 这好比一个有如此个性的父辈会造成的局面。

这带来了不应该发生的唯唯诺诺心态,即便他犯了错误,没有一个人敢于指出他的过错。或者当他发表了一种观念说法,没有人 – 媒体更不必提 – 有胆量去置问或者去挑战他的论说。

这里边就隐藏着新加坡的危机。

已经过了50年,我们还是被按压在一个人的拇指之下,就像其他长期在位者一样,他已经是活在自已的世界里。我们大家也都是活在他的世界里,毫无保留的接纳了其内的所有缺点。

不是这么一回事,李先生,我不支持你的说法,认为一个人不必退休,他不应该停止工作。恰好相反,我相信,和你不一样,人生并非只是为了喂养一头经济畜生,或者是作为你的一个经济齿轮。

李光耀并非圣人,如果我们继续过着并且信奉他说的那种生活,我们会很快发觉我们的人生毫无意义。我们的所作所为只是持续不断与永无休止的追求所谓的‘一个光明的前程’- 一个乌托邦式的未来,一个遥不可及,也无法去到的目的地。

这是因为世间没有这种未来。

这是那些政客们,如李光耀的工作,使我们去相信世间是有这么一种的未来。

快乐,满足,称心如意,是眼前之事,並非来自未来。没有必要去追求什么‘美好的将来’因为那是无法触摸到的。

这是不存在的。

当我们看到了这一点时,我们会满足于当前处境。我们会明白人生是多样化的。那就是,到了最后,只是一些很简单的东西就会让我们感受到快乐 – 家庭,朋友,帮助别人,以及和我们心爱的人在一起。

我们并不需要拿着‘经济上的成功’去成就我们的心愿,或者去完成我们期待去做的事。

我满足于我目前的处境 – 我并非一名大企业家,或者是一名高级公务员,或者是一名特优的学者,或者是一名收入百万元者。

事实上,我在日常生活中经常面对经济拮据的困境。

然而,我心安理得,我感觉到快乐。

喜悦的心情会油然而生,是当我见到我的母亲时。是当我和我的姐妹们谈话,感觉到她们的快乐时。是当我见到我的外甥和侄子们时。或者是当我在和我的朋友谈天说地时。

我清楚的意识到我并非活在李光耀的那种不正常的失调家庭模式里。这种不正常是到了狂妄自大,个人自我中心,相互批斗,竞争程度到了我们可以若无其事的把外来劳工安顿在坟场居住,支付女佣那么微薄的工资,拒绝让她们在每个月里享有一天的休息日,把年紀青青的孩子吊死,我们有着很高的自杀率,我们削减年长者的工资,只因为他们已经年老。

还有着其他的许多,和许多。

新加坡如今是一个令人伤心的地方。它变成了一间旅店。我们的家园让一个人夺走了,他自认是我们的‘父辈’,实际上,确实是有一批人把他称为父亲。

这真是可怜可悲。

我希望李光耀尽快下台。

我不再钦佩他,或者他说话的行态,或者他所说的话。

事实上,我肯定他是一个最大的绊脚石,妨碍着新加坡和新加坡人的发展潜能。

李光耀对我而言,他並非一名圣人。

实际上,他已经成为一个最大的笑柄,这是一个可悲老人的事迹,他为了满足自尊心而几乎每天的,去做出一些引人注目的言行。

这的确是一个可悲的景象。

现在,每当我看到他出现在电视上,我会把电视关掉,或者走开。

此人一无是处,除了炫耀自我。

后记:文章内容与遣词用字以原文为本,译文中的额外文字为的是使文章更为通畅易懂。

原文来源:http://theonlinecitizen.com/2010/07/lee-kuan-yew-a-sad-sight-indeed/

Lee Kuan Yew – a sad sight indeed
July 30, 2010
Andrew Loh

I remember in the ’80s when I would look forward to each National Day Rally on television. Lee Kuan Yew was gonna speak and I’d always found him to be a great orator, someone who enthralls me each time. I would be glued to the screen listening to every one of his words, even to the point where if I needed to use the toilet, I would run there and be back as soon as I can, so that I wouldn’t miss a word he says.

But to be clear, i was never a fan of his. I just loved listening to him speak.

Fast forward to 2010 and I can’t even bare to read what he says anymore.

Most of what he says nowadays is irritating, shallow and most significantly, condescending. I’ve lost count of the number of times he has put Singaporeans down with degrading remarks, using words and analogies including dogs, maids, daft, lazy, ignorant and more.

While some of his supporters may try and explain that he is just trying to inspire or urge Singaporeans to be more productive, competitive and hardworking, I feel it actually is the contrary. Lee Kuan Yew’s words are borne out of hubris and arrogance. And with such overwhelming power and authority, he is fast nursing a society which is fast becoming dysfunctional – just as any father with such attitudes would.

It breeds deference where there should not be, where even when he is wrong, no one dares speak up against him. Or when he makes a declaration, no one – least of all the media – dares question or challenge his claims.

This is where the danger lies for Singapore.

That after 50 years, we are still under the thumb of one man who, as with all who stays in power for so long, has become a world unto himself. And we live in this world of his, warts and all.

Nah, Mr Lee, I do not and will not subscribe to your view that one should not retire and that one should never stop working. Instead, I believe, unlike you, that there is more to life than just feeding the economy beast, or being a cog in your economic wheel.

Lee Kuan Yew is no sage and if we continue to live and believe as he does we will all soon find that our lives have become meaningless. That all we do is this relentless and endless pursuit of this thing called “a brighter future” – a utopian future which we never seem to be able to reach or arrive at.

This is because there is no such future.

It is the job of politicians like Lee Kuan Yew to make us believe that there is.

Happiness and satisfaction and contentment is now. It is not in the future. There is no need to be running after this “brighter future” because we will never reach it.

It does not exist.

When we are able to see this, we are content with the here and now. We realise that life is so much more. That at the end of the day, it is the simple things which makes us happy – family, friends, helping others, spending time with loved ones.

And we do not need “economic success” in order to be these or to do these things.

I am happy where I am – and I am no big-time businessman, or a top civil servant, or a great scholar, or am earning millions.

In fact, I am on the brink of being broke most of the time.

Yet, I am contented. I am happy.

I am most happy when I see my mom. When I speak to my sisters and see them happy. When I see my nieces and nephews. Or when I chit chat with my friends.

I am consciously aware of not being a part of this dysfunctional family of Lee Kuan Yew. Dysfunctional to the point where we become arrogant, self-centred, back-stabbing, competitive to the point where we feel it is right and proper to house our foreign workers in a cemetery, where we pay our maids such a pathetic salary, where we even reject their request for a single day off per month, where we hang young boys, where our suicide rates are so high, where we cut the pay of older workers for no other reason than that they are old.

And so on and so on.

Singapore is a sad place now. It has become a hotel. Our home hijacked by one man who sees himself as our “father”. Indeed some have called him so.

It is pathetic.

I hope Lee Kuan Yew would leave the stage soon.

I no longer admire him or the way he speaks or what he says.

In fact, I am convinced that he is the biggest stumbling block to Singapore and Singaporeans achieving their full potential.

Lee Kuan Yew to me is no sage.

Indeed, he has become something of a joke to me. A sad relic of an old man trying to feed his ego by claiming the limelight almost on a daily basis now.

It is a sad sight indeed.

And now, whenever he comes on the telly, I would turn the telly off or walk away.

The man is nothing but an ego trip.

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