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Gaslighting by Politicians: No wonder Singaporeans are susceptible to scams

Amidst the rise of scams in Singapore, constant political gaslighting casts a shadow, making discernment a challenge for even the most educated citizens. Such as being told a seasoned politician who has been affiliated with a particular party for decades, can suddenly disassociate from the party’s ideologies and adopt an independent stance.



Singapore, a bustling hub of technology, finance, and innovation, boasts a highly educated populace. It’s a country known for its rigorous academic standards, with many of its citizens pursuing higher education.

So, it’s indeed puzzling when we see statistics indicating that scams are on the rise, with victims losing a staggering SG$1.3 billion over the past two years.

It’s even more surprising to learn that over 53% of these victims are between the ages of 20 and 39.

While Singapore’s scam figures are alarming, we can also observe a similar trend in its neighboring country, Malaysia.

The upward trajectory in scam cases there includes online trading, business email scams, and more. But the question remains: why is this happening in a nation like Singapore, which is so well-educated?

A hypothesis that comes to mind is the conditioning by Singapore’s political landscape.

It can be argued that Singaporeans are often conditioned to accept questionable logic and narratives, especially when they emanate from established authority figures such as police officers or institutions like ministries.

This conditioning can lead to a weakened sense of judgment when confronted with half-truths, misrepresentations, or blatant lies.

Case in point: the notion that a seasoned politician who has been affiliated with a particular party for decades, can suddenly disassociate from the party’s ideologies and adopt an independent stance.

For many, this is a difficult pill to swallow. It’s akin to expecting someone who has sung the same tune for 20 years to suddenly change the lyrics while maintaining the same melody.

When such arguments are propagated and largely unchallenged, it can create a populace less adept at spotting inconsistencies or fallacies in reasoning.

If one can accept the above political scenario, then it might not be a huge leap to fall for the manipulative tactics of scammers.

But it’s essential not to conflate political conditioning with susceptibility to scams entirely.

There are other factors at play. The proliferation of technology, especially among the younger demographic, exposes individuals to a wider net of potential threats.

The anonymity of online platforms, coupled with advanced scamming techniques, has made it easier for perpetrators to deceive their victims.

However, it’s also worth noting that fostering a culture of critical thinking is beneficial for any nation, not just in terms of warding off scams but also in promoting informed decision-making, especially during significant events like elections.

As Singaporeans approach the polls for the presidential election this year, it’s crucial to weigh the claims and credentials of every candidate critically.

While every nation has its unique political intricacies and nuances, at the heart of a thriving democracy is an informed and discerning electorate.

The rise in scams should serve as a wake-up call for Singapore to reinforce the value of skepticism and independent reasoning among its populace.

It’s not just about protecting one’s assets but also about safeguarding the very fabric of a democratic society.

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They could fool and control our parents & grandparents generation…but things are changing fast.
Next elections will be very challenging for candidates..
They and their families will be put thro a sieve and scrutinized thro a magnifying glass..
The younger generation are well educated and know how to question stuff they see not right.
Times are a changing ..
They cant fool all the people all of the time.
We should not have to accept 2nd best or 3rd best…
We want The Best!
SGs deserve it.

We trusted the PAP because of their education to do the right for the Citizens and State. They have used the education as a cover to scam us repeatedly. Now a digital system which is full of flaws is being forced onto us by MAS. Why? MAS as regulator should be protecting the consumer but it is acting in the interest of the banks in forcing digital banking onto the people. The costs of using this service will be added onto the price of goods. So eventually, the banks will increase their profit margins because every digital payment will be… Read more »

It’s the gullibility factor that is, … PAP’s trump card, time and time again, year after year and forever and ever !!! C’mon, if the Supreme Leader can exonerate his personal abuse of power in parliament because he says so, cite that there’s no conflict of interest when appointing his personal lawyer to the AG’s position, … and deny that there’s neither nepotism or a conflict, when his other half is “hand picked” to run state charitable organisation, Temasek on a state secret salary, … whilst the forever fools and flippin flounderers, despite their intellect and discernment, fall for it… Read more »

Tis r real job for the king clown of law to do to prevent SG citizen especially the senior fm being scam & lost their hard earn $ due to the open society tat FT access to SC privacy data. Instead of protecting more on SC hardship……. king clown help himself retired mil$ live like king in big access oxygen, huge quiet garden, play around online social media to correct comment. He should pay attention to scammer online not comment? Ask around, how many relative or frens got scam in SG? Continue wif tis grp of clown, if there is… Read more »

Dear Singaporean, kindly ignore the last minute bomb the establishment is going to throw out as we head into cooling of day. Remember what Pappy Charles Chong did previously.

Vote for TKL for the betterment of Singapore.


Long Live Singapore. Loong Leave Singapore (after he pays for all his wrong doings).

SG PO & Shan are the scammers & scam.
This is why we Urgently need an Independent Ombadsman to take into all account all these rubbish & look out for The Real Stuff. Too much of Spin everywhere.