Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Lee Kuan Yew opining at Forbes: Barring any major disruption, the speed at which China is growing in terms of total GDP will enable it to catch up to the U.S. by 2020. China will then go on to surpass America. … I believe that during the next 30 years the Chinese will have no […]


Geoff Wade opines that Lee’s successor might be George Yeo. Malay Mail: At a time not too far distant, Lee Kuan Yew, the font of all authority, legitimacy, orthodoxy and indeed fear in Singapore for over 50 years will no longer be with us. It is thus perhaps appropriate to begin discussing what the absence […]


Nothing much new here, except the caricature.  Gulf News: If he played chess, you could call Lee Kuan Yew the grand master of the game. It was his vision, drive and single-mindedness that set the small island state on a course of stubborn independence, turning the trading post into an international powerhouse of shipping, trade, […]


Reuters via ABS-CBN: They crammed into an art cafe in Singapore and pulled no punches, deriding authoritarian officials who ruled with an “iron fist” and complaining that government ministers with million-dollar salaries were out of touch. One woman, a middle-aged professional, got nods of agreement when she said modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, […]


Lee Kuan Yew opines in Forbes: IN TERMS OF LAND area and population Myanmar and Thailand are close in size, and i n the 1960s both countries had similar rates of growth. But in 1962 Myanmar’s General Ne Win led a coup d’état, establishing a nominally socialist military government that followed an economic policy of autarky. […]


A Malaysian newspaper offers analysis that the local papers would not dare to touch.  The Star: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says he intends to stay in office for 10 more years. If he does, it will result in a record father-and-son tenure as prime minister. FACED with a host of tough problems that challenges […]


Insight from The Star’s Seah Chiang Nee: The authoritative former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had little use for public opinion when he was in power, preferring to set his own agenda. Now a year after he quit active politics, his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has indicated that he wants to move away […]


Surprisingly frank analysis from Today: A rumour that former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew had died started circulating on Twitter at least five days before the National Day Parade, with journalists asked by just about everyone – friends, parents, the neighbourhood barber – about its veracity. And despite a couple of journalists’ efforts to debunk the […]


Lee Kuan Yew’s uncharacteristic absence from public view continues, now two months with no sightings.  Meanwhile, Yawning Bread: In Singapore’s case, the ruling party has been more successful at maintaining internal unity. Having a strong leader (Lee Kuan Yew) whose very person was a source of legitimacy for the party certainly contributed to it. And […]


Wall Street Journal on the limited impact of Lee Kuan Yew’s illness: News that Singapore’s first and longest-serving Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, is suffering from a neurological problem affecting his ability to walk is the latest reminder of the generational shift under way in the Southeast Asian financial center. The ruling People’s Action Party […]



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