Archive for July, 2010

Lee leaves his audience in stiches with his opinions on retirement age and intellectual classes. CNA, with video: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has said that there should be no retirement age for workers. He made the point at a dialogue session with over 900 senior managers, government officials and unionists on Wednesday. The session […]

Here’s an interesting case of newspapers in Singapore and Malaysia spinning the same story in completely different ways.  The Straits Times: THE Government’s best efforts are no match for Mother Nature. That was Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s take yesterday, as he said that little could have been done to avoid flooding after the recent […]

Lee Kuan Yew manages to insult four nations in two sentences.  Today: But Mr Lee noted that corruption will be China’s greatest problem. Doing business in China requires connections, but Chinese officials understand that Singaporean businessmen are reliable and not corrupt. He said: “The Taiwanese are ruthless, Hong Kongers are shameless and Singaporeans are ignorant. […]

Lee Kuan Yew pens a piece for a rotating column at Forbes, touching on the Koreas, Thailand and monetary union in East Asia with reference to the euro: It’s not clear what North Korea hoped to gain by this wanton act of state terrorism. But cross-border tensions tend to rally North Koreans around their leader, […]

The Online Citizen unearths an old memo from 1965 with odd instructions: He emphasized the seriousness of the occasion and threatened “punitive” measures against any newspaper which printed pictures of him smiling. Of course, in the end Lee famously cried on live TV while announcing the expulsion of Singapore from Malaysia.

Temasek Review offers a cynical view of a PR appearance by Lee Kuan Yew. Speaking at the opening of the Bhai Maharaj Singh Memorial Temple yesterday, Lee claimed that the Sikh community has done well under the PAP’s unique “meritocratic system.” “The government has not disadvantaged any minority group. We are a multi-racial and multi-religious society. […]