Asking a S-Pore friend the difference between USA freedom and Singapore freedom, his response was “theirs was freedom from crime”. Aside from owning a gun or chewing gum, its hard to argue he's wrong.
As pretty, safe, friendly and clean as Singapore is, I'll still take the USA any day, or at least Texas.
“Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-government in 1959, and governs on the basis of a strong state and prioritising collective welfare over individual rights such as freedom of speech.”
“Amnesty International has said that some legal provisions conflict with the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and that Singapore has “possibly the highest execution rate in the world relative to its population”. The government has disputed Amnesty’s claims. In a 2008 survey, international business executives believed Singapore, along with Hong Kong, had the best judicial system in Asia. In 2011, in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index Singapore was ranked in the top countries surveyed in “Order and Security”, “Absence of Corruption”, and “Effective Criminal Justice”. However, it scored very low for both “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom of Assembly”. All public gatherings of five or more people require police permits, and protests may only be legally held at Speakers’ Corner.”
“Lee Kuan Yew”
“Lee Kuan Yew (born Harry Lee Kuan Yew, 16 September 1923), GCMG, CH, is a Singaporean politician. He was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, governing for three decades. He is also widely recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore.”