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New books on Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew launched — in Malaysia, for obvious reasons.  Malaysia Chronicle: Comparison and analysis about the styles and qualities of two notorious Southeast Asian autocrats – Lee Kuan Yew and Mahathir Mohamad – are bound to be reignited with the release of two books published this year to coincide […]

Lee Kuan Yew gets a medal in the US.  AsiaOne: Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was presented with the Lincoln Medal, an award which honours those whose accomplishments exemplify the legacy of America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Mr Lee is the first Asian to receive the annual award, reported The Straits Times. Previous winners […]

More from the Singapore Global Dialogue.  CNA, with video: Singapore’s former minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew said it is unlikely that Singapore and Malaysia will merge in the future. … “Najib has brought forth a positive view of bilateral relations and the desire to develop southern Johor, the Iskandar region, using Singapore as a kind […]

Lee Kuan Yew admits he was wrong.  Straits Times: ‘Initially, I believed that intelligence was equated to language ability. Later, I found that they are two different attributes – IQ and a facility for languages. My daughter, a neurologist, confirmed this,’ he said in an interview carried in Petir, the People’s Action Party magazine. Asked […]

The fallout from Lee’s Malaysia trip refuses to end.  Malaysia Insider on its impact on the by-elections in Manek Urai, Kelantan: Less than 12 hours before polling begins in this rural constituency, Barisan Nasional (BN) put up banners showing picture of Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat shaking hands with Lee Kuan Yew in an […]

Lee Kuan Yew on a favorite theme, immigration.  Channel NewsAsia, with video: Speaking at the “Making Singapore Home” seminar, Minister Mentor Lee said inter-mixing new immigrants with Singaporeans is important and both sides should make the effort. He said: “I think families should begin to adopt new families coming here. Invite them to your homes, […]

Lee Kuan Yew had a dialogue with Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative Asia meeting at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong today. 4:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor and Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Grand Ballroom Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and former […]

The Wall Street Journal publishes its official response to the contempt of court fine — but only online and outside Asia. In the second editorial, we reported on the International Bar Association’s critical study of the rule of law in Singapore. This is the same outfit that held its annual conference in Singapore last year, […]

Lee Kuan Yew speaks out on his theories of eugenics.  Singapore’s state media maintain an embarrassed silence, but Seah Chiang Nee at Malaysia’s Star is on the ball once again: SINGAPORE’S founding leader has revived a 25-year-old eugenics debate, by advocating assortative mating, or finding a spouse that is at one’s level. A long time […]

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Some of the few public discussions about the fate of post-Lee Singapore. Singapore’s ‘Martyr,’ Chee Soon Juan. Hugo Restall, Far Eastern Economic Review, October 2006. Smutocracy is a facade for democracy. Michael Backman, The Age (Australia), May 17, 2006. Will SG Change After LKY? Discussion in the forum, via Little Speck.