Too strong a charge, some may say. Then we must refer them to the definitions of the words :
Blackmail is the exertion of pressure or threats, in an attempt to influence someone's actions.
A Bully is an overbearing, or blustering person who intimidates or threatens those who are weaker, or smaller.
Mr.Lee has said that if you vote for the opposition, your constituency will not receive development funds, or will be the last to do so.
Mr.Lee blackmails you with the threat of withholding development, if you do not surrender your vote to him. It is extortion, of course, because he will use the power of his office, to make good his threat.
What would cause a Prime Minister to publicly make such an odious and undisguised threat? Surely, he should be concerned about the backlash against such remarks. The reason he does not care is arrogance. Arrogance born of the fact that you have continually voted for his party, no matter what they say or what they do.
We learned as a child that the only way to stop the schoolyard bully, was to stand up to him, even if it results in bruises.
As Singapore's electorate must stand up to the PAP, if they wish to be freed, once and for all, from their bullying and their blackmails.