No Country for Old Men
Asia Sentinel reports on the results of Lee Kuan Yew’s Malaysia trip.
Lee Kuan Yew, the 85-year-old patriarch and minister mentor of Singapore, might have thought he was taking a pleasant eight-day valedictory lap across several Malaysian states last week, but it has turned out to be anything but.
Not only did Mahathir release a blazing attack on Lee, but Mahathir’s former political secretary Matthias Chang, writing in a publication called Suara Keadilan [link to story], said even worse, saying that, “To many anti-colonial fighters of the third world, Lee Kuan Yew was contemptuously referred to as “ivory-skin Englishman” who “was and still is perceived as the lackey of the British power elites.”
Kuan Yew’s dream, Chang wrote, of “being the Overlord of Malaysia, comprising of Peninsula Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah was shattered and he has to be content with being a bully of a city state! Given such a traumatic experience, and possessing a vindictive disposition, it is a given that Lee Kuan Yew would harbor a secret agenda against Malaysia. And over the years, he has sowed and continues to sow discord among the races in Malaysia.”
But the Sentinel also points out that in many ways, all this has more to do with internal Malaysian politics than LKY himself:
Lee’s visit appears bound to stir up additional tensions between Mahathir and Najib Tun Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, who extended the invitation to Lee and who has publicly said he wants cooperation with the island republic, especially over the massive Iskandar development at the bottom of Johor state which was begun by former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, which is being built partly on Singapore money.
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