Did I mention that Singapore is beautiful? Singapore is beautiful. Today on another rainy day, I asked myself the question, ”what would living in Singapore be like?” and ”could I see myself living here?”.
As many other people of today would do, I went to the internet. I'm here as a tourist, I see another Singapore than the people living here. After some research I found some more questions to answer before answering the previous question.
Is Singapore a democracy?
The short answer seems to be yes. Singapore is a parliamentary republic. First I went on with this, but started questioning it when I saw things about laws againt private tv broadcasting and I got really surprised when I noticed Singapore was a country with capital punishments.
So about broadcasting in Singapore, everything that broadcasts on television is under control of MediaCorp, a media company owned by the goverment. Maybe that wouldn't be the first thing to write about when talking democracy, but television controlled by the goverment makes me question the Freedom of speech which in Sweden is one of the countrys constitution.
So I went on to Human Rights. With some Google searching I ended up on Wikipedia and read the first sentence.
”The government in Singapore has broad powers to limit citizens' rights and to inhibit political opposition. ”
I'll leave it like that. This kind of questions is very detailed and politics is always a question with no right answer. So instead I'll name some things I found out over the internet.
Freedom of speech and Freedom of the press is something I, as a Swede, take for granted since it's two out of four constitution laws in Sweden. In Singapore you seem to be very controlled by the goverment. Censorship is frequently used which has resulted many journalists to self-censor.
Singapore is a country with capital punishments and is ranked as one of the counries with highest rated execution per-capita. Personally it makes me a little discouraged, but I guess these kind of topics has to do with different morals. I also happend to find out about other, I don't know, extreme punishments, things that to me sound like something that happened hundereds of years ago. Let's just not go in in detail.
This got longer than I thought let's cut it into two parts.