Archive for October, 2009

Lee meets Obama. AFP: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday lauded Singapore’s “legendary” founding father Lee Kuan Yew, as he sought advice ahead of his first trip to Asia since taking office. Obama told reporters before a meeting with Lee that he was looking forward to hearing his views on the evolving situation in the […]

Quotes from Lee’s speech yesterday. Straits Times: THE United States must be an important part of any new East Asian framework, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said on Wednesday, cautioning against defining the region in closed or racial terms. ‘Whatever the challenges, US core interests require that it remains the superior power on the Pacific. […]

Lee Kuan Yew is feted in the US.  Straits Times: A STAR-STUDDED cast of the US capital’s political and business elites turned up to honour Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning Singapore time) as he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his contributions towards United States-Asean ties. … Among those […]

Lee Kuan Yew meets Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today.  US State Dept: 4:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton holds a Bilateral Meeting with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, in the Treaty Room at the Department of State. UPDATE: Official remarks (just a few meaningless pleasantries) and video now available on State Dept site.

Gay magazine Fridae reviews local movie The Blue Mansion, suggesting it’s poking fun at the Lee dynasty.  Fridae: Finally, a Singapore film with enough guts and good taste to parody founding father Lee Kuan Yew and his family. Or did we get it wrong? … Written by former political journalist Ken Kwek and directed by […]

The transcript of the Charlie Rose interview is now available: The Online Citizen has posted the interview in three parts on YouTube (part one, two, three).  Some highlights at Bloomberg: “The first half of the 21st century, a large part of it, will still be the American,” Lee, 86, said in an interview with […]

Lee Kuan Yew meets Barack Obama on Friday October 30th.  AFP: President Barack Obama will meet Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew next week, the White House said Friday, as the US leader gears up for his first official visit to Asia. Obama will host Lee, who now serves as a senior cabinet advisor, at […]

Interesting anonymous opinion piece about the NUS dialogue at Temasek Review: The criteria used in selecting the questions were left deliberately unanswered. Needless to say, only politically correct questions found their way to the audience. Is this the kind of “forum” we expect from a supposedly renowned world-class university like NUS? Why can’t the undergraduates […]

Lee Kuan Yew will be interviewed on Thursday, October 22, 2009 by Charlie Rose.  The show airs at 11 PM in most American cities, Monday Oct 26th 7 PM on Bloomberg TV in Asia/Singapore (Starhub Ch 25).   This is Lee’s third appearance on the show. UPDATE: Full transcript now available.

Indexed video coverage of the entire NUS dialogue is now online at AsiaOne: » Influx of foreigners » Do or die! » Social divide in Singapore? » Recycling HDB flats? » Reaching out to the needy » Lower CO2 emissions = slower growth? » Singapore’s national identity at risk? » Youths don’t know what it’s […]