Unlikely for S’pore, Malaysia to merge: Lee Kuan Yew
More from the Singapore Global Dialogue. CNA, with video:
Singapore’s former minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew said it is unlikely that Singapore and Malaysia will merge in the future. …
“Najib has brought forth a positive view of bilateral relations and the desire to develop southern Johor, the Iskandar region, using Singapore as a kind of Shenzhen. (This) means a complementary set of forces will be let loose, which will make it unprofitable for either side to be unfriendly,” said Mr Lee.
He added: “You want our investments, we want to invest. Having invested, we don’t want problems with Malaysia, and Malaysia which wants more investments will not give us problems. So that’s a positive development.”
Mr Lee also said it is in the country’s best interest to spread its wealth, to maintain “national solidarity”.
“If you have fast growth, and it’s confined only to one section of society, particularly the Chinese, and the Malays are left behind, I think it’s not sustainable,” said Mr Lee.
“It is in our interest to maintain national solidarity, to ensure there is a spread of the wealth that comes with growth, to the disadvantaged in the population.” …
Asked about his thoughts on Singapore’s recent general election in May, where the ruling People’s Action Party saw its vote share dip, Mr Lee said the “result was bound to happen”.
“Our total dominance was not sustainable, a younger generation wants to see competition, they voted in an opposition party… (but) to have a two-party system is another matter. It depends on the performance of the opposition, the response of the government, and the mindset of succeeding younger generations that come with every general election.”
When asked on how he hoped to be remembered, Mr Lee said he has no desire to be remembered for any particular reason, but he has a job to do – that is to maintain a fair distribution of growth for the country, and to maintain good relations with neighbours.
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