NDP and the building of a personality cult around MM Lee
An interesting editorial piece on Lee Kuan Yew’s ubiquitous presence at National Day parades. Temasek Review:
For those of you who have watched last night’s National Day Parade (as well as previous years), you will not fail to realize a recurring theme: the images of MM Lee Kuan Yew either from the past or the present.
He was shown no less than 5 times on TV including a 1 minute clip of he making a speech in 1965 which must be familiar to most Singaporeans by now. …
An entire contingent of PAP members holding the party banners was included in the parade as well. Isn’t NDP supposed to be a non-partisan event for all Singaporeans regardless of political affliations? Why then only the PAP contingent is allowed to the exclusion of other political parties?
The subtle building of a personality cult around MM Lee over the years by repeated state propaganda seemed to have the aim of reminding Singaporeans, especially the young, that we owe our success today solely to him. …
We are grateful to MM Lee for developing Singapore into what it is today, but it is seriously time that we move on without him for his time and era have passed. It will be a sad day for Singapore that after 44 years of nationhood, we still live in the shadows of the founding father.
Only in North Korea do we see such an enduring personality cult of its founder and what’s more we are supposed to be democratic republic. MM Lee should bow out of stage gracefully and enjoy his golden years. Singapore can do without him and in fact, we will be able to soar to greater heights in his absence.
Oddly, the CNA article whose snapshot is included in the article has removed its pictures of Lee.
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