Singapore Beyond Lee Kuan Yew: Institutionalising the Singapore Way
This just may be the first time that the question of what will happen to Singapore after LKY’s death, the very reason this site was founded, has been discussed not only in an academic forum, but in Singapore’s government-controlled media. The Online Citizen offers the best coverage:
Firstly, whether it is legitimate to pose the question of Singapore’s prospects beyond Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Mahbubani acknowledged that many internationally had raised similar concerns, some expressing pessimism over Singapore’s future after MM Lee; one being Professor Samuel Huntington, who had said: “The honesty and efficiency that Senior Minister Lee has brought to Singapore are likely to follow him to his grave. “ …
However, when it came to the question of a Singapore after MM Lee, his take was that no one can be sure what this will be. He speculated three scenarios, one: a seamless transition, second: a significant reversal of the legacy left by MM Lee, and third: PAP continues to rule Singapore, but with a strong opposition force.
But even Today has a surprisingly detailed article, albeit one peppered with the usual praise and downplaying the “imponderable” possibility of factions or corruption in the PAP:
A PEOPLE’S Action Party (PAP) split by internal schisms. Future leaders bereft of the “huge political legitimacy” that could be gained from endorsement by the man with unmatched moral and historical authority. These are some of the leadership fates that could befall a post–Lee Kuan Yew Singapore, as hotelier Ho Kwon Ping sees it. And such “imponderable” scenarios could help explain why a “system of elders” is now taking shape in the political landscape.
However, aside from that oblique reference to a “system of elders”, not one word about the role of the Lee family in the future of Singapore.
UPDATE: Full text of Ho Kwon Ping’s remarks.
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