Archive for March, 2009

A telling anecdote about how Singapore’s media and government are inextricably entwined.  AsiaOne: WHEN President S R Nathan took over as the chief of The Straits Times Press in 1982, then prime minister Lee Kuan Yew told him that it was a precious piece of porcelain. Mr Lee said: ‘Nathan, I’m giving you The Straits […]

A terse announcement in the Straits Times: PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has lost weight – because his doctor ordered it. The Straits Times asked about his health on Monday during a press conference on the Cabinet changes announced last Thursday. He said: ‘My health is okay. I’ve lost weight because my doctor ordered me […]

The Singapore Democratic Party provides their own view on Lee Kuan Yew’s prognostications of the future last week. YourSDP: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew told the audience: “If you get capable people forming the next government, people who know what they have to do to make Singapore work, then I’m not worried. I’m not worried […]

Lee Kuan Yew on the future of Singapore.  The unsaid “we” is, of course, the Chinese.  CNA: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew painted a picture of the future on Friday at a National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) lecture, on the topic of “Singapore and Singaporeans – Quarter Century From Now”. … Mr Lee said: […]

Shawn Crispin offers up incisive analysis and even prods at the CPF.  Asia Times: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong faces Singapore’s worst economic crisis since it achieved independence in 1965 and some analysts believe his handling of the downturn will determine largely his future staying power as premier once his influential 85-year-old father, Minister Mentor […]

Lee Hsien Loong gets grilled about family connections, in a way that the local media would never dare to do. Some unintentional irony in the “not the way things work in Singapore” response there: it’s not that people can blame the Lees instead of the GLCs, it’s that people can’t (publicly) blame either.  Straits Times: […]

Lee Kuan Yew is still promoting Mandarin. Straits Times: THE Speak Mandarin Campaign marks a major milestone as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. The initiative has come a long way since its inception by then Prime Minister Lee in 1979 where it was launched to promote a common mother tongue language and social […]

After his daughter-in-law’s untimely departure, Lee Kuan Yew “clarifies” his implication that current Temasek employees are incompetent.  Straits Times: MINISTER Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has clarified remarks that he made last week about succession planning at Temasek Holdings. During a dialogue with business leaders last Wednesday, he said that Mr Charles W. Goodyear, a 51-year-old […]

Lee Kuan Yew on immigration.  Channel News Asia, with short video: Mr Lee said: “Singapore treats all our citizens equally, (both) Singapore-born and new citizens. What each of you earn or make in business depends upon your effort.” Mr Lee also urged the new citizens to get involved in civil organisations such as Residents’ Committees, […]

Lee Kuan Yew certainly can’t be faulted for thinking that he’ll live forever. Straits Times: Reading the citation before presenting the award at a gala dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Rotary International president Lee Dong Kurn of South Korea described it as a ‘small token of the great respect that you have earned for […]