Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Insight from The Star’s Seah Chiang Nee: The authoritative former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew had little use for public opinion when he was in power, preferring to set his own agenda. Now a year after he quit active politics, his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has indicated that he wants to move away […]

Analysis of Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew, intended for an audience not already familiar with the topic.  Foreign Affairs: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s storied first prime minister, gave his countrymen two things that elude most developing nations: stability and prosperity. Now, a new generation of Singaporeans with little recollection of Lee’s crusade against poverty and […]

A refreshingly frank Malaysian analysis of what Lee’s Malaysia trip actually means.  Suara Keadilan: A proposed visit by Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew is being trumpeted by Malaysian premier Najib Razak as a ringing endorsement for his newly-installed administration, but has raised cynicism amongst veteran analysts who questioned the motives of both leaders. “Firstly, […]

The kind of news the Government loves best: successful foreign people saying nice things about Singapore, and nodding sagely while Lee tells them why they are inferior. CNA, with video: “Singapore is a real example of a country that has transformed herself from a third world country to a first world country in my own […]

Devastating analysis from the Far Eastern Economic Review’s Hugo Restall. If Singapore were a plural democracy, it would no doubt have developed an independent civil society capable of binding together the native-born and immigrants, providing mutual support. But the PAP and Lee Kuan Yew are like the African baobab tree, whose spreading canopy hogs the […]