Posts Tagged ‘succession’

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 […]


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, […]


New books on Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew launched — in Malaysia, for obvious reasons.  Malaysia Chronicle: Comparison and analysis about the styles and qualities of two notorious Southeast Asian autocrats – Lee Kuan Yew and Mahathir Mohamad – are bound to be reignited with the release of two books published this year to coincide […]


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 […]


More from the Future of Asia.  TR Emeritus: Former Minister Mentor (MM) Lee Kuan Yew claims that the next generation of leaders are not paid “very much” and therefore making a bit of “sacrifice” to be in the government. Mr Lee, a staunch advocate of paying out-of-this-world salaries to attract the “best talents” into the government, […]


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 […]


No Lee 3G?  AFP: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the son of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew, said Thursday that he does not think that his children will enter politics. “They will have to decide but if you ask me now I think the odds are not on it,” he told the Davos meeting […]


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 […]


Analysis of Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew, intended for an audience not already familiar with the topic.  Foreign Affairs: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s storied first prime minister, gave his countrymen two things that elude most developing nations: stability and prosperity. Now, a new generation of Singaporeans with little recollection of Lee’s crusade against poverty and […]


The New York Times interviews Lee Kuan Yew: “SO, when is the last leaf falling?” asked Lee Kuan Yew, the man who made Singapore in his own stern and unsentimental image, nearing his 87th birthday and contemplating age, infirmity and loss. “I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality,” said Mr. Lee, whose […]



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