MM Lee in Brunei: ‘Special relationship’

26Feb09

Lee Kuan Yew delivers a content-free speech in Brunei.  BruDirect reports it as a paean of praise for the late Sultan:

“At a turning point in its history, the Brunei Sultanate would have ceased to exist as an independent state without him. He put his position as Sultan and the fate of his people on the line.”

Singapore’s Minister Mentor Dato Laila Utama Lee Kuan Yew’s words surmised Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar AU Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien’s vision and single-minded determination to see Brunei Darussalam attain sovereignty and grow into a country respected by all its neighbours in the region and the world.

While Channel News Asia delicately tiptoes around the fact that both states are now ruled by the sons of their founders:

The personal bond has extended to the new generation of leaders. Mr Lee said the close ties continue “between the Sultan and his brothers with the present PM and other leaders of Singapore”.

Video at CNA (only a few seconds of Lee reading his speech), and a full transcript at Straits Times.


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