Archive for the ‘Interview’ Category

Lee Kuan Yew has a dialogue with students.  Article and partial transcript at TODAY: Even as he acknowledged that a political divide “has already happened” in Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew warned that this must not lead to a divided society because that will hit the Republic’s performance and growth. Citing how a national divide […]

Lee Kuan Yew once again tells people to stick with the PAP.  ST: FORMER prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has warned of the dangers of Singapore moving towards a two-party system and electing weak and ineffective governments. The progress made by the country since independence is not cast in stone and would ‘spiral downwards’ with […]

Lee Kuan Yew interviewed, although apparently only via a “written statement”, with softball questions and answers.  Asahi Shimbun: Question: Do you think Japan will emerge from this period of enormous challenge stronger or weaker? Lee: Stronger as a united people, but weaker in its economy. Q: You point out in your new book, “Lee Kuan […]

Lee Kuan Yew interviewed on exchange rates and more.  Wall Street Journal: Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said a stronger local currency could help ease inflation in the fast-growing Asian city-state, even as he warned of a continued weak U.S. dollar–and potentially more inflation–in the U.S. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with The […]

A new hour-long TV interview with Lee Kuan Yew on Charlie Rose.  As usual (this is his 4th appearance on the show), the questioning steers clear of controversy and lets LKY expound mostly on foreign politics.  Full transcript still pending, but in the meantime here’s a news story with quotes on AFP: Asked in a […]

More free book advertising by the Straits Times: Q: Does your food go through a tester before you eat it? A: (long chuckle) ‘What do I need that for? Who’s going to poison me? I’m not a defector from the KGB.’ Q: Do you believe in love, and love at first sight? A: ‘I don’t […]

Lee Kuan Yew does not want his house to turn into a shrine.  ST via Temasek Review: Now, the question is: Will the house at 38, Oxley Road survive its famous owner, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew? Broaching the subject was Mr Lee himself, during an interview with a team of Straits Times journalists for […]

And that “we” (who?) do not want Chee Soon Juan and JB Jeyaretnam.  Monsters and Critics: Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew justified the city-state’s defence spending as necessary to resist any possible pressure from its larger neighbours. ‘Without a strong defence, there will be no Singapore,’ Lee said in an interview published by the Sunday […]

WikiLeaks reveals Lee Kuan Yew’s less than diplomatic thoughts on North Korea, Taiwan and China, in a US diplomatic cable dating from May 2009.  The Guardian: 7. (S) MM Lee said he wishes the USG well in its efforts on North Korea, but he would be surprised if the North Koreans agree to give up […]

The Prime Minister’s Office has released a full transcript of Lee Kuan Yew’s controversial New York Times interview. TRANSCRIPT OF MINISTER MENTOR LEE KUAN YEW’S INTERVIEW WITH SETH MYDANS OF NEW YORK TIMES & IHT ON 1 SEPTEMBER 2010. Mr Lee: “Thank you. When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy..” Q: […]