Archive for August, 2009

More political biography of questionable value.  Straits Times, on a book SPH itself is publishing: THREE senior Straits Times journalists have written a book on the ruling People’s Action Party, describing the conflicts and the power struggles of the PAP’s early years. The 692-page book also lifts the veil from some of the most dramatic […]

Chinese Vice Premier meets Lee Kuan Yew.  Xinhua: Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan called on Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew here on Tuesday. … Lee said that since the 1980s, Singapore has believed that China will make great achievements with the reform and opening-up policy, and made the correct decision to enhance cooperation […]

The Quotes page on LEEWATCH has been updated, with several new quotes by Lee Kuan Yew and a new section for quotes about LKY by other people.   Please add interesting new quotes, with sources, to the comments. LEEWATCH

The thin field of Lee Kuan Yew biographies is apparently going to get a new entry by columnist Tom Plate.  Regrettably, it seems highly unlikely to punch harder than a newborn kitten, as it will be published by Singaporean company Marshall Cavendish in the “Giants of Asia” series, and Plate’s previous book is full of […]

Awards named after Lee Kuan Yew just keep on multiplying.  Up next, the Lee Kuan Yew Award for the Best Lee Kuan Yew Award?  Straits Times: [Paul Tan] is one of two recipients of the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Special Achievement … The other five award categories were the Lee Kuan Yew Award for […]

Lee Kuan Yew makes a rare appearance in Parliament to “demolish” the heretical views of newly minted Nominated MP Viswa Sadasivan. CNA, with video: Speaking in Parliament – which he seldom does – Mr Lee explained that he did not intend to intervene in the parliamentary debate initially. But having read what a Nominated Member […]

Like father, like son, like grandson?   Straits Times: THREE Singaporeans topped their respective courses at Oxford University this years, in a rare and extraordinary showing. They did politics, philosophy and economics (PPE); physics; and law. One of them is the grandson of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Li Shengwu, 24, whose father is Fraser […]

Lee’s first major speech in a while, tackling not the economic crisis, but the challenge of keeping up Singapore’s population (with a few heavy hints about the Chinese needing to breed more) and integrating immigrants.  CNA: SINGAPORE: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has highlighted two challenges for Singapore to undertake in order to do well […]

An interesting editorial piece on Lee Kuan Yew’s ubiquitous presence at National Day parades.  Temasek Review: For those of you who have watched last night’s National Day Parade (as well as previous years), you will not fail to realize a recurring theme: the images of MM Lee Kuan Yew either from the past or the […]

Still quiet on the Lee Kuan Yew news front, but he put in the obligatory appearance at the National Day celebrations.  Straits Times: Joanne ( HQ, 6:31pm): The audience has been practising a welcome drumbeat for the last few minutes as they wait for the Prime Minister, Senior Minister and Minister Mentor to arrive. They […]