Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew — Geoff Wade

10Oct13

Geoff Wade opines that Lee’s successor might be George Yeo. Malay Mail:

At a time not too far distant, Lee Kuan Yew, the font of all authority, legitimacy, orthodoxy and indeed fear in Singapore for over 50 years will no longer be with us. It is thus perhaps appropriate to begin discussing what the absence of Lee Kuan Yew will mean for the Singaporean republic. …

Amazingly little has been written on what might happen to Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew passes on, as if even expression of this possibility is sacrilegious. Whither, then, Singapore after the demise of Mr Lee? Little change can be expected in administrative superstructures within the Republic or even in foreign policy directions. …

There is no likelihood of the PAP losing power in any foreseeable election, but the death of Lee Kuan Yew will greatly diminish the authority and likely the legitimacy of Lee Hsien Loong both as leader of the party and as Prime Minister. Are there other leaders in waiting? Lee Kuan Yew has long done his utmost to eliminate potential rivals to his own leadership and then rivals to his selected successors as party leaders. The former foreign minister George Yeo had been recognised by Lee as a likely potential challenger to his son in the event of his own death. It was thus that we observed, prior to the 2011 election, the remarkable threats made to the voters of Aljunied Constituency by Lee senior. Repeatedly telling the electorate that they would have five years to ‘repent’ if they chose the Workers’ Party, Lee brought about the result he intended. The electorate voted for the opposition and thereby drove George Yeo out of Parliament and beyond capacity to challenge for the party leadership. No other credible challengers now exist within the cabinet. …

Today, the PAP is obviously frightened. Both the results of the 2011 election and the impending death of the man who has held the party together for more than half a century are bringing to the surface insecurities about the directions which the party has long pursued and its future leadership. Social and welfare policies unthinkable in the past are now being discussed and inviolable shibboleths, such as meritocracy and mandatory death sentences, are being questioned. As the PAP is inevitably pushed by its competitors toward a locus more aligned to social justice, and having necessarily to address some of the injustices perpetrated during the Lee Kuan Yew era, it will be seeking a leader less affiliated with the man and that period. It is at that time that the preparations which George Yeo is now making will position him to contest the leadership of the PAP, a party which he has already declared ripe for reform.



3 Responses to “Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew — Geoff Wade”

  1. I hope you are wrong. We have man & woman waiting in the PAP to take over when our sick PM past on. Saint Lee Kuan Yew will have a few more good years to live us through our next big problems coming soon.

    There will not be a good next 3stars general as our country. Generals in governing a country are 3rd world war torn country – no Singapore which sees no violent whereas 3 stars general always creates fear into it citizens by given false reports to scares the people.

    Next good PM in our country can be an Indian or a Lady as we have to move with the greatest changes that happened after 2011 on the opening of the biggest sins by building the 2 impressive CASINOS but a monster in human life.

    Do you know that the biggest sins we call in Chinese are Killings, Burning others, do not respects your ancestor, pimps and last but not lest is creator gambling houses.

  2. 2 LY Lim

    为这城求平安。
    Jeremiah 29:1-7

  3. Yes, L Y Lim, praying to your lord after committing a sin is not and answer at all. It is for the sinner to reflect to himself what have happened to him and to
    Singapore during these periods after the opening of the Casinos in 2/11/2011?

    These were some of the things that happened which have never happened before:- 1) 2 floods in Orchard, 2) 9/11 people killed themselves at Bedok Reservior 3) The highest Denges in Singapore History 4) The biggest HAZE in Singapore history and the Ministers have to come out to distribute masks – a most stupid thing that a government can do??? 5) PM got a relapse of his Cancel? and so on and on for others to fill.



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