Extortion rackets as a symptom of political malaise

Tourism in crisis. Duty-free shop employees (or maybe owners) are desperate for cashflow. Police officers see weak government and feel confident that they can line their own pockets with impunity. Crime flourishes when political authority breaks down. Why Singapore is at risk too. Full essay.

2 Responses to “Extortion rackets as a symptom of political malaise”


  1. 1 Kai Khiun 2 July 2009 at 00:25

    considering that the president has been mum about the cowboy investments of GIC and temasek and, only takes 11 days to approve the recommendations for drawing upon the reserves, Singapore isn’t any better.

    But tks YB for warning us about bangkok

  2. 2 sm 5 July 2009 at 23:05

    perhaps we can draw lessons, if any, from countries like South Korea and Taiwan. They have shifted from authoritarianism to democracy. The irony is, however, that the SG government seems to pat themselves on the back for “averting” the kind of mess Taiwan is known for in its political landscape.


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