Posts Tagged ‘bilingualism’

Lee Kuan Yew gets a head start on celebrating his own birthday.  ST: Although he was feeling unwell, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew yesterday continued his perfect record of turning up at every National Day dinner of his Tanjong Pagar ward. Mr Lee, who turns 90 next month, was feeling weak yesterday but refused to […]

Lee Kuan Yew’s bilingualism fund is rolling in cash.  But why is it only for the Chinese?  Today: The Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism has swelled to S$113 million in pledges, as the Government yesterday appointed a 16-member board, chaired by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, to administer it. The board will spearhead initiatives […]

The Lees’ wealth is not often discussed, but as the figures here show, they certainly have quite a bit.  Straits Times: Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew on Monday launched what he described as the ‘most important book’ he has ever written and kicked off a fund to help children become bilingual early. Hoping that […]

Lee Kuan Yew on bilingualism.  AsiaOne, with video: Singaporeans should not give up on their Chinese language, said former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew at a dialogue session at World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention on Friday. He said: “Everybody knows you got to do English, otherwise you won’t get on in Singapore…you won’t get on in […]

88 years of Lee Kuan Yew.  AsiaOne: On his 88th birthday on Sept 16 , former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew launched the Chinese edition of the best-selling book, Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going. … Speaking in both English and Mandarin at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Mr Lee stressed the […]

Lee Kuan Yew is back in action, once again trotting out his mistaken conviction that bilingualism is impossible.  CNA, with video: Mr Lee said: “The difference really is in the quality of the students, their background. At the primary stage, the choice is not chosen in a uniformed way. If you have a brother there, […]

Lee Kuan Yew insists that bilingualism is impossible and that English must take precedence over Chinese.  CNA: Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said Mandarin is important but it remains a second language in Singapore. So parents must be realistic in their expectations. Mr Lee was alluding to the furore which erupted after media reports that […]

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 […]

Lee Kuan Yew speaks at the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry‘s Business China anniversary dinner, hyping up Singapore’s Mandarin education.  Straits Times: SINGAPOREANS must press on with efforts to equip themselves with skills to do business in China and capitalise on the Republic’s strong reputation there, said Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on […]