Playing cupid once more

01Nov08

Lee Kuan Yew speaks out on his theories of eugenics.  Singapore’s state media maintain an embarrassed silence, but Seah Chiang Nee at Malaysia’s Star is on the ball once again:

SINGAPORE’S founding leader has revived a 25-year-old eugenics debate, by advocating assortative mating, or finding a spouse that is at one’s level.

A long time advocate of selective breeding, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew told some 700 people that a Singaporean with a non-graduate spouse “will worry if their children will make it to the university.”

Lee told the Human Capital Summit last week, “I have explained this. I think I lost votes after I explained the awful truth.

“Nobody believed it, but slowly it dawned on them, especially the graduates, that yes, you marry a non-graduate, then you worry about whether or not your son or daughter is going to make it to the university.”…

The 85-year-old father of three bright children, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien long, first raised it in 1983 at a lengthy National Day address to the nation.

He said: “If you don’t include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society. So what happens?

“There will be fewer bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That’s a problem.”

Many non-graduates were furious at his theme that intelligent parents beget smart off-sprints, and vice versa, which implied that they could be from lower quality stocks.

Lee began articulating it as far back as 1967.

“We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two,” Lee said.

“We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellectually and culturally anaemic.”



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